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Entries from March 2013

Snow drops down into Maple Leaf, Wedgwood this a.m.

March 22nd, 2013 by Mike

Update 11 a.m.: Sun!

Update 10 a.m.: Steady, fat snowflakes. No accumulation.

After staying to the north of us all week, pestering the folks from Everett to Shoreline, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone dropped south around 7:40 this morning. No doubt to celebrate the first week of spring.

It’s snowing steadily at 8:30 a.m. in Maple Leaf. Nothing’s sticking, though. Outside air temperature right at 34 degrees, and the air is still.

Snow also being reported at Wedgwood, Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.

Traffic was snarled to the north earlier this morning, and several main highways were closed during the past 12 hours or so.

From the forecast discussion issued just before 3 a.m.:


Below, Interstate 5 at the Everett Mall earlier this morning:

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Few tickets left for NEST event with Nancy Pearl

March 20th, 2013 by Mike

There are still a few tickets left for this Sunday’s dinner with uber-librarian Nancy Pearl.

The event, from 5-8 p.m. March 24, is in part a celebration of North East Seattle Together’s one-year anniversary of launching its non-profit senior services.

Most of the cost of the event is tax-deductible.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also a NEST board member.

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Rain, WIND (and snow?): Welcome, spring!

March 20th, 2013 by Mike

Update 3 p.m .: Max Maple Leaf wind so far 34 mph.

Update 10 a.m.: Tiffany commented on our Facebook page: It’s TOO windy! Two 3″ tree limbs just came down on my deck.


Yes, it’s spring. Has been for, oh, five hours now. The days will be longer than the nights, and the peas are coming up at the Maple Leaf Community Garden.

On this first morning of spring our rain gauge measures .93 inches,   and it’s 50 degrees outside.

That’s about as good as the day is likely to get.

From the National Weather Service’s Seattle office:

The next 36-48 hours will be stormy over western Washington, with a large range of wild weather. This includes heavy rain, heavy mountain snow, strong wind, thunderstorms with small hail and wet snow, high surf along the Pacific coast, and brief spotty lowland snow accumulations on Thursday morning, so hang on!

The cold front that started arriving about a half-hour ago (9 a.m.) should drop temperatures in the neighborhood to the mid-30s tonight and Thursday night, with some chance of snow (but no accumulations) in the higher hills.

But the big story today is wind:

913 AM PDT WED MAR 20 2013




Gusts to 27 mph have already arrived in Maple Leaf, so watch out for power outages!

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Rain, Rain Ain’t Keeping Home Buyers Away (sponsored story)

March 18th, 2013 by Mike

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

It continues to be a seller’s market in Northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf, Bryant, Laurelhurst, University, View Ridge and Wedgwood neighborhoods where there is a little less than a one and half months of single-family home inventory.

If you are a fortunate home seller expect to see a lot of open house traffic, buyer “love letters” and possibly multiple offers if your home is located in a popular neighborhood and is competitively priced.

And what to do if you are a home buyer?

First, get your financial ducks in-a-row by getting preapproved by a local lender who is available in the evenings and on weekends.

Second, try to get out to see homes before the weekend which will give you more time to line-up pre-inspections if offers aren’t being reviewed for a few days.

Third, reduce the number of contingencies within your comfort level. Finally, write that love letter even if it’s just a short paragraph in addition to a summary of your offers terms. Don’t go overboard but in this market it just may help you stand out from the pack.

More info on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, or

Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.

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Wear your Maple Leaf pride!

March 18th, 2013 by master

Do you “Reside with Pride” in Maple Leaf? Now you can flaunt it with new T-shirts available at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.

In addition to wearing your Maple Leaf pride, you’ll also be supporting Maple Leaf resident Billy Thompson, who designed the T-shirts through his streetwear company 20Six FRESH.

T-shirts in both mens and womens sizes are available for $20 cash each.

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Stone Ground Coffee now open at Chevron on 5th

March 16th, 2013 by master

Stone Ground Coffee opened less than two weeks ago in the parking lot of Ricks Tire and Chevron at Northeast 85th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast, but already the mother-daughter duo running it feel like a part of the community.

Cherie Stone making coffee at Stone Ground Coffee

“People in this neighborhood are so nice and welcoming,” said Cherie Stone, pictured above, the mother part of the team leasing the drive-through coffee stand. “We’ve met a lot of really interesting people.”

Cherie and her daughter, Wendy, officially opened the stand March 4, but they’re waiting to announce their grand opening until they have a proper sign and have a better feel for the products that the neighborhood wants.

Stone Ground Coffee stand

“If you want something that we don’t have, please tell us,” Stone said. “We really want to cater to what people want around here.”

Although they now sell only pre-packaged foods such as muffins, cookies and scones, Stone said they’re hoping to partner with a local bakery to try to add fresh-baked products every day.

“We’d really like to work within the local community,” she added.

In the next 30 days, Stone Ground Coffee also plans to add smoothies to its menu, and is hoping to partner with Chevron so people who buy eight or more gallons of gas will get $1 off their coffee.

Stone Ground Coffee is located in the Chevron parking lot

Stone Ground Coffee is open from 5 a.m to 2 p.m Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Come help build the new Maple Leaf playground on April 6th, 7th

March 14th, 2013 by Mike

The playground this morning. The zip line runs between the two red arches.

In a couple of weeks it will be time to haul out the work gloves and come help build parts of the new Maple Leaf playground.

Or call it by its new name: the Maple Leaf Family Terrace. Complete with a  zip line!

The city is currently working on various pieces of play equipment at the terrace, but neighbors will have the opportunity to help construct two structures (seen at right) and put plants in the ground.

No tools are required, and local businesses will be providing lunch, but bring a beverage.

The dates are Saturday, April 6th, with both morning and afternoon signups, and Sunday April 7th if work remains to be done.

For more information visit the  Maple Leaf Community Council’s “build” page. And the online signup to volunteer is here.

The last time we looked the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – and Family Terrace – was to open this fall. (Update: Family Terrace to open for summer! See Donna’s comment, below. Donna chairs the community council committee on the park.)

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Notable Northgaters have toasting skills to share

March 14th, 2013 by master

Once a week at Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Community Church, expect to hear words of wisdom, encouragement, hilarity, humility — and quite possibly some very believable BSing — floating around one of the larger meeting rooms as the Notable Northgaters Toastmaster group meets each Wednesday.

From 5:30-7 p.m., the group that was formed in 1988 fulfills its mission to help people improve their leadership and communication skills, one toast at a time.

“People come for all types of reasons,” said longstanding member Fred. “I come because I like to laugh. But I also learn something new every time I come.”

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that has been helping people gain confidence when speaking (and then some) around the globe since it was founded in 1934. In the district the Northgate group falls in, which runs from Kent to Bellingham, there are nearly 200 different groups that meet regularly.

But the club isn’t just about public speaking. Learning how to give and take feedback is also an important tool, as each talk is evaluated by a specific member who must comment on what they liked and offer possible areas of improvement.

“You can’t help but get better,” Fred said. [Read more →]

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North Seattle Veterinary Clinic plans open house April 7 at new location

March 13th, 2013 by master

After more than 70 years in a converted residential home on Lake City Way, North Seattle Veterinary Clinic has changed locations to 11032 Eighth Ave. N.E. and plans an open house from 1-4 p.m. April 7.

Located in the former 24 Hour Fitness, the new vet clinic is on the upper level of the Northgate Village shopping center between the U.S. Postal Service and Hot Yoga Inc.

At 4,100 square feet, the clinic is nearly twice the size and a more convenient space than their previous location, which “became a bit of a maze”  after years of additions, said Practice Manager Natalie Ervin.

“We designed the new space for ourselves to give us the best use of space,” she said. “In a converted house, you’re limited by what you can do.”

Although it’s located right across the street from Maple Leaf in Pinehurst, Ervin said the clinic already has a number of clients from Maple Leaf, and hopes to grow even more into its new space. [Read more →]

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Car prowls continue to be Maple Leaf’s – and Seattle’s – most common crime

March 11th, 2013 by Mike

We’ve heard from several neighbors recently about car prowls – the most common crime in Maple Leaf (and the city as a whole).

We certainly have our share, particularly toward the Northgate area.

Jen emailed overnight:

I just wanted to alert everyone that there were at least two car prowling incidents in the Kona Kitchen parking lot (located at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) over the weekend, including one in the middle of the day.

Earlier Seth (from the Hudson New American Public House) tweeted “my car and several others broken into late last week. Popped the hood and stole all the batteries?!?! At Northeast 72nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.”

Last week we totted up the burglaries reported in Maple Leaf so far this year. We came up with roughly 33 break-ins to  homes, businesses or storage units.

Compare that with right at 40 vehicles broken into (car prowls) and nine vehicles stolen so far this year.

After the burglary story was posted Laura commented: “I live at 97th and 15th. Our car had a window broken about a month ago while it was parked in our driveway overnight. My diaper bag was stolen (I should have never left it in there- I know, I know). Please call the police if you see ANYTHING odd- they prefer that you call them before something happens so they can help.”

About the weekend car prowl at the Kona Kitchen, Jen continued:

Our car was broken into at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th, while we were dining in the restaurant. The rear passenger window was smashed and a backpack that was on the floor of the car, but not visible from the outside (it was covered by an empty grocery bag), was stolen.

In my case, I assumed that since it was the middle of the day, and we were parked in a very public and busy area beneath a security camera, and my backpack was not visible, there was very little risk, but you can never be too careful.

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