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Entries from January 2013

Maple Leaf Community Council meeting digs into transportation

January 30th, 2013 by Mike

Traffic was all the rage for the first hour and a half of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s January general meeting.

Still to come are discussions of the Reservoir Park – opening this summer, and emergency preparedness.

But right now, transportation is the key for the four dozen or so neighbors attending.

“Moms, on cell phones, taking their kids to Olympic View Elementary, are the No. 1 speeders on Northeast 97th Street,” one neighbor said.

There was discussion of the recent “vigilantes” on Northeast 103rd and 105th streets, the problems with Banner Way and merging onto Interstate 5, the “rabbit warren” of side streets between Northeast 75th and Northeast Northgate Way, traffic muddles at Northeast 105th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, and additional traffic from growth.

The community council is taking notes. We will, too. What’s your favorite/hated traffic issue in Maple Leaf?

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Stabbing standoff nearby – just north of North Seattle Community College

January 30th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Seattle Police tweeted:

Update on 103/meridian incident: victims injuries appear to be self-inflicted. Police will be clearing the scene shortly.

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Seattle police hostage negotiators are at an apartment just north of North Seattle Community College where a woman was stabbed multiple times earlier this morning.

That woman was in critical condition when  taken from the apartments in the 10300 block of Meridian Avenue North shortly before 11 a.m.

Our news partners The Seattle Times are updating the story here.

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Don’t forget tonight’s Maple Leaf Community Council meeting on traffic, reservoir park

January 30th, 2013 by Mike

Topics  for tonight’s Maple Leaf Community Council general meeting include Maple Leaf neighborhood transportation concerns; an update on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and upcoming volunteer opportunities; information on the Take Winter by Storm program; and time for Q-and-A.

Free licensed child care service will be provided at the site, Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., 7-9 p.m.

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Don't forget tonight's Maple Leaf Community Council meeting on traffic, reservoir park

January 30th, 2013 by Mike

Topics  for tonight’s Maple Leaf Community Council general meeting include Maple Leaf neighborhood transportation concerns; an update on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and upcoming volunteer opportunities; information on the Take Winter by Storm program; and time for Q-and-A.

Free licensed child care service will be provided at the site, Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., 7-9 p.m.

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More street vigilantism on N.E. 103rd in Maple Leaf?

January 29th, 2013 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s street vigilantes – or somebody – appear to have struck again.

This photo shows the “do not enter” signs on Northeast 103rd Street just outside the Maple Leaf Community Garden P-Patch.

Dana emailed earlier this morning: “Given your coverage of the non-SDOT ‘do not enter’ sign on 105th,thought you’d like to know that someone has put black garbage bags over all of the ‘dead end’ and ‘do not enter’ signs on 103rd. Doubt this was SDOT, either.”

The covered “dead end” sign is at 103rd and Fifth Avenue Northeast. The “do not enter” signs face west  midway between Fifth and Eighth. They are routinely ignored by drivers.

“What a little war we’re having,” DW commented on our earlier post on the apparently citizen-assisted “do not enter” sign on nearby Northeast 105th Street at Eighth Avenue Northeast.

The remains of that sign, which the Seattle Department of Transportation says it did not install, are shown below.

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Free flu vaccines available Tuesday

January 28th, 2013 by master

King County Public Health is offering free flu vaccines for people without insurance or who can’t afford to pay around the county, including tomorrow at the nearby North Public Health Center.

Vaccinations are available from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1051 Meridian Ave N. The county warns that the flu is likely to spread for many weeks, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated now. For more information, go to www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu.

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Chocolate-making classes at The Wandering Cafe

January 28th, 2013 by master

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way N.E., is offering chocolate-making classes from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. But you’d better decide if you want to do it quick because reservations and payment are required by Wednesday, Jan. 30.

At the first class, you’ll first learn a brief history of chocolate (while sipping something sparkly!) before making two flavors of ganache and a batch of caramel in preparation for the second class. You’ll also learn how to temper chocolate and why it’s important.

At the second class, you’ll:

  • Temper chocolate, line your molds, fill molds and closes for the molded chocolates.
  • Scoop ganache and dip for the dipped chocolates.
  • Caramels and dip. Top with assorted salts, flavors, etc.

Cost for both classes is $95 per person, which includes all supplies, chocolate and flavors, and you get to take home 24 pieces in gift boxes.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Wandering Cafe owner Kristine Pottle at 206-650-7714 or kristine@thewanderingcafe.com. Reservations must be made by credit card by Wednesday to order the supplies.

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New website connects neighbors and local businesses

January 27th, 2013 by master

From Meghan Walker with our sister site MyBallard

A new website aims to make it it easier for Seattle neighbors to connect and get things done around the house. Seattle-based start-up Knoq has developed a new type of social networking website, where users can find vetted local businesses that specialize in household services. The idea came from co-founders Karim Lessard and Ben Hanisko, who wanted to develop a tool to help foster more neighborly interactions.
 
Here’s how it works: users sign up for free, create a profile, specify what kinds of household services they need (such as cleaning, yard work, or even in-home singing lessons), and then peruse the featured businesses that pop up based on that user’s needs.

It might look similar to some of the daily deal sites, like Groupon, or Living Social, but Knoq’s focus is more on keeping it local. “The problem is people don’t interact the way we used to,” Lessard said. “There aren’t tools that exist to help you interact, and social networks have left that behind. That’s where the idea was born; we’re helping neighbors get things done in their house by connecting them with their neighbors and local businesses.” [Read more →]

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Two-decade old floor store moves showroom to Maple Leaf

January 26th, 2013 by Mike

One of Maple Leaf’s newest businesses used a contest to help its customers guess in which neighborhood the  company was opening its new showroom.

The final clue, shown at right, was posted on LeBlanc Floors’ Facebook page on Jan. 4. “If you know your Seattle neighborhoods, THIS should be a dead giveaway…,” the company wrote.

Apparently not, because nobody won the contest. (An earlier clue: “This old Seattle neighborhood, annexed in the early 1950s, always has a cloud, and here be a Dragon….”)

But LeBlanc Floors is now open for business at 8501 Roosevelt Way N.E., right next to another new neighborhood business, Moonpaper Tent.

With the new year comes new opportunities, the most exciting of which is the opening of our new flooring showroom located just minutes from I-5 in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. We have carefully chosen to proudly showcase products & finishes from manufacturers that we feel have demonstrated continuous commitment to quality, durability, beauty, & sustainability.

LeBlanc has been in business for two decades, emails Pieter Sundgren, project manager. The old showroom was in Lynnwood, where the company’s current warehouse remains.

Sundgren says he works with a half-dozen crews, but that another arm of the company, Pro Home Services, Inc., works on a larger scale. “PHS is one of a select few contractors capable of supporting such install programs as are offered at big box stores like Costco and Lowes.”

While we are not eco-warriors, LeBlanc Floors is dedicated to the idea that we all share one Earth, and it is our responsibility to offer our customers healthy alternatives for use in their daily environment. We offer a broad selection of locally harvested wood species, in addition to offering our expertise in selecting, sorting, & working with reclaimed wood floor materials.

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City did not install Do Not Enter sign on 105th!

January 25th, 2013 by master

Somebody in the neighborhood has some access to extremely official-looking traffic signs.

Turns out the “Do Not Enter” sign that recently showed up on the corner of Northeast 105th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast wasn’t actually installed by the Seattle Department of Transportation. Rick Sheridan, SDOT communications director, tell us:

“According to our records, this is not a City of Seattle installed traffic sign. SDOT will remove it shortly and replace it with a legitimate  ‘One Lane Road’ sign. That sign will appropriately indicate that, though it is a one-lane road, two-way traffic can use the street.”

Huh. So who installed the sign?

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