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Entries from May 2013

Stop by the Summer Soar Used Book Sale

May 31st, 2013 by master

Books for all ages will abound tomorrow at Olympic View Elementary School, where Day 2 of their Summer Soar Used Book Sale continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

Near closing of the kickoff event Friday, these were the titles that greeted customers at the door.


Photo courtesy Aiko Schaefer.

But there also were plenty or genres beyond popular fiction, including children’s books, books on travel, animals or cooking, DVDs, audiobooks for all ages and more.

Best of all, there’s nothing to feel guilty about since books you buy at this fundraiser will not only benefit your bookshelf, but also the students at Olympic View Elementary.

Don’t worry if you miss the May 31-June 1 book sale. Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View PTA says the event could very likely become an annual event to kick off summer in Maple Leaf after this year’s generous donation of books. Start saving books to donate now!

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More good news about Maple Leaf!

May 30th, 2013 by Mike

Just in case you missed the news a couple of days ago (Watch out! Maple Leaf is “increasingly popular“), Yelp’s Neighborhood Spotlight is now shining on us.

“Hidden away north of downtown, Maple Leaf is home to lots of lucky locals,” says the article, which spotlights several local restaurants.

“Teeming with Tudor-style and bungalow homes, those recent remodels and renovations also came to include some of Seatown’s most sought-after supper spots.”

The Kona Kitchen, shown at right, is called out, as are Cafe Piccolo, the Maple Leaf Grill,  Cloud City Coffee and Flying Squirrel Pizza.

Comments from neighbors have added in the Blue Saucer and the Snappy Dragon.

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Maple Leaf’s new free library (plus a reminder to donate books today to Olympic View Elementary)

May 29th, 2013 by Mike

We have a new, free, lending library at the corner of Northeast 88th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

(We first saw it on Cloud City’s Coffee’s Facebook page.)

Speaking of books, today is the last day to drop off donated books for Olympic View Elementary School’s Summer Book Sale, which is this Friday and Saturday.

Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

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Maple Leaf's new free library (plus a reminder to donate books today to Olympic View Elementary)

May 29th, 2013 by Mike

We have a new, free, lending library at the corner of Northeast 88th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

(We first saw it on Cloud City’s Coffee’s Facebook page.)

Speaking of books, today is the last day to drop off donated books for Olympic View Elementary School’s Summer Book Sale, which is this Friday and Saturday.

Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

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Traffic remains stopped for miles through Maple Leaf

May 29th, 2013 by Mike

At 8:30 this morning traffic was still backed up on Roosevelt Way Northeast from the Interstate 5 entrance back to Northeast 97th Street.

Other arterials weren’t much better after the early morning crash of a FedEx truck blocked all southbound lanes of the mainline I-5.

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Watch out! Maple Leaf is "increasingly popular"

May 28th, 2013 by master

In a recent slideshow on SeattlePI.com, Maple Leaf got something better than just a photo.

The slideshow, called “Where is that home, really?” includes the description: “Home listings often claim a neighborhood that’s not their own.”

It begins with what you would expect, a claim that if a listing says a home is in Green Lake, you should probably assume the home is not within a stone’s throw of the lake – it could even be as far as North Seattle Community College!

But Green Lake isn’t the only neighborhood that’s misidentified. Apparently, Maple Leaf is also a trendy label these days. According to slide 5:

It seems even fewer sellers want to identify as being in the Roosevelt neighborhood. Homes there often claim Ravenna or increasingly popular Maple Leaf.

Just for the record, here is the Maple Leaf Community Council’s official map of Maple Leaf, which runs from Northeast 75th Street to Northgate Way and from I-5 to Lake City Way (but minus Northgate Mall and Victory Heights).

Move over Green Lake, here comes Maple Leaf!

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Books still sought for Olympic View Book Sale

May 23rd, 2013 by master

The upcoming long weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to do a little spring cleaning not only for your own benefit, but also for Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Elementary School.

The school at 504 N.E. 95th St. is holding its Summer Soar Used Book Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, but first, it needs community members to donate a few of their gently used books, CDs and DVDs for all ages.

Maple Leaf businesses are making it worth your while by offering not only drop-off locations, but also special perks for donors. Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

But it’s really time to get spring cleaning, because items must be dropped off by Wednesday, May 29. If you have questions or are unable to bring your donation to a location, contact Aiko Schaefer at 206-941-4817 or aikoschaefer@gmail.com.

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Groupon offering deal at COA

May 22nd, 2013 by master

COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria may have new owners, but it’s still hoping to keep its customers with deals like today’s on Groupon:

For $22, you’ll get a tequila tasting and appetizers for two, or a margarita pitcher and appetizers for four, which is regularly priced at $66.

There’s lots of fine print, so be sure to read up before you click!

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Two community opportunities Thursday night

May 21st, 2013 by master

On Thursday night, you have two opportunities to make your voice heard on community happenings.

From 6-8 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., Sound Transit is inviting you to an open house to learn about Northgate Station design and access update.

The light rail project is part of the agency’s Northgate Link Extension, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

The presentation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., covering topics including:

  • Refinements to station and plaza design.
  • Preliminary results of Northgate Station Area Access Study (pedestrian and bike improvements).
  • King County Metro’s transit center and transit-oriented development plans.
  • City of Seattle’s 1st Ave NE cycle track and I-5 pedestrian bridge.

For more information, contact the Northgate Link Extension project team at 206-398-5300 or northlink@soundtransit.org.

Also on Thursday, May 23, you’re invited to a Town Hall Meeting with King County Councilman Rod Dembowski and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who also is a Maple Leaf resident.

Dembowski, who spoke at last month’s Maple Leaf General Community meeting, states on his homepage:

I am committed to listening and learning from you, so that county government can be as accountable, efficient, and responsive to you as possible. For that reason I will be hosting a series of Town Halls, in every community across District 1 this year, so I can hear firsthand what issues are most important to you

The Town Hall is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Which will you choose?

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Welcome to the Maple Leaf Family Terrace!

May 18th, 2013 by master

After looking through the fence at the playground that has been under construction all winter, the Maple Leaf Family Terrace welcomed possibly hundreds of neighborhood children and their families at a grand opening celebration this morning.

The presentation included plenty of thank-yous for the countless hours put in by volunteers Donna Hartmann-Miller and Scott and Jessica Bishop.

Hartmann-Miller, who heads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, also thanked the many volunteers who helped build parts of the playground at a work party in early April that ended in a torrential downpour, in addition to the many local businesses that donated food that day, including Cloud City Coffee, Blue Saucer, Maple Leaf Grill and COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

“I wish I was a kid again because I would be playing in this park endlessly,” added Hartmann-Miller, who also is a member of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

Of course, the zipline was a huge hit.

The playground at 1020 N.E. 82nd St. is now open to the public, although there still are areas that are fenced off as new grass continues to grow in. There will be more fun for all ages when the remainder of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opens in late summer or early fall, adding 16 acres of green space to the neighborhood that previously were closed off to the public.

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