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Entries from May 2013

One stolen Subaru (plus 9 other stolen or prowled cars) – BUT a found bike

May 16th, 2013 by Mike

Catherine emails this morning:

Last night between the hrs of 12:30-8 a.m. our family and business car was stolen from right out front of our house.

This is a travesty for us as we own & operate a small family pickling business and it is our only vehicle to make deliveries of our product to our restaurant accounts throughout the city. Tomorrow is our delivery day so we are pretty upset about what has happened as you can imagine.

To make matters worse we had just purchased $300 worth of pickling jars and put $50 worth of gas in it.

They live at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street. The license plate is ALC7551.

The car is a 1999 Black Subaru Outback, Limited edition with 2 sunroofs but a few little dings on the right front panel. I have attached the best pic I have of it.

There is a bright red bumper sticker on the back that say’s “Cape Flattery” in white letters that makes it very distinguishable and as I mentioned, the back was completely full of cases of pickling jars as of last night.

Of course the police have been notified and it is not in any impound so it could be anywhere at this point though the police just told me that they are finding many of them near the Children’s Hospital area.

It did not have an alarm or tracking system in it.

Thank you for your help in advance.

According to the police crime map, nine other vehicles have been stolen or prowled in the neighborhood since we last wrote about these crimes.

A bit of good news: Patricia emailed earlier this week to say a stolen adult bike was dumped in her yard and she’d like to get it back to the owner .

Found at 114th and Roosevelt:

Some shady dude ditched a sweet blue Italian bike in our flower bed. We called SPD but they wouldn’t take it because it hadn’t been reported. It has a word lock that is still wrapped around the frame and a tire kit. If you think it’s yours just send me the word. Sure hope we can reunite this beauty with its owner.

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Today is GiveBIG day for your favorite charities

May 15th, 2013 by Mike

Waving for donations. On behalf of the Maple Leaf Community Council, member Donna Hartmann-Miller works the morning commute for GiveBIG contributions.

Today is GiveBIG day, the day to donate to your favorite nonprofit charities, and have your dollars “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

Grow your gift! All credit card donations* made through The Seattle Foundation’s website TODAY, May 15 between midnight and midnight (Pacific Time) will be stretched thanks to $850,000 in support for GiveBIG from The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors.

* We will “stretch” all donations up to $25,000 per donor, per organization.

To donate, go here. Or act on any of the many emails you’ve probably received this week from nonprofits.

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Northeast Seattle housing market remains as hot as the recent weather (sponsored story)

May 15th, 2013 by Mike

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

There are no signs that the current trends of low inventory, rising prices, short sales times and multiple offers will be abating anytime soon.

For Northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Bryant, Laurelhurst, University, View Ridge and Wedgwood, there continues to be only about a one-month supply of single-family home inventory. This tight inventory can be attributed to continued low interest rates, robust Puget Sound area hiring and a generally improved economy including significant gains in the stock market. Whether the market will become more “balanced” (defined as a 3-6 month supply of homes) will hinge on many more listings hitting the market over the coming months.

Of homes closed in Northeast Seattle in April the average sale price was a little over 102% of the most recent list price. This indicates continued multiple offer situations.

Prospective buyers also should think in terms of at least a minimum of 3-5+ year home ownership horizon and preferably maintain the option to hold onto their home through future downturns in the market. Home seller costs (excise tax, title/escrow fees, sale commissions) of approximately 9% of the sales price should also be factored into any decision to purchase.

More stats 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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New owners at COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria

May 15th, 2013 by master

Since COA Mexican Eatery and Tequileria opened almost exactly two years ago at 7919 Roosevelt Way N.E., it’s been through menu changes, experiments with “street style” tacos and tacos for life, and even a merge with another restaurant.

But now it appears the biggest change is yet to come as the restaurant will be under new ownership, according to its Facebook page. Its website includes no details about the sale, but fans on Facebook are hopeful the menu will stay the same.

Rachel writes:

Don’t change the kitchen staff or ingredient quality either. I can no longer handle Mexican food that doesn’t taste like it was made by somebody’s grandma.

Does anybody have details about the sale and what Maple Leaf restaurantgoers will be able to expect in the future from COA?

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One-fanged cat found near N.E. 113th Street

May 13th, 2013 by Mike

On Sunday Laurel wrote us:

A short-haired, black, male cat, with one fang, no collar, a friendly demeanor and a loud meow has been hanging around our home on 14th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 113th Street. He goes away for a few weeks, but then comes back, much to the dismay of our elder kitties. Last night’s rain brought him back yowling on our deck all night. (He was covered and had something to lay on.)

She’s hoping somebody will recognize this cat and claim him. Otherwise, she says, they will try and get him to a vet to see if he’s chipped.

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Two neighbors report break-ins as area burglaries continue

May 11th, 2013 by Mike

Update: This was posted on our Facebook page.

Make that three break-ins. Last night my wife and I returned home (15th ave ne & northgate) to find our kitchen window broken into and all our electronics stolen (plus some jewelry and a watch). We immediately reported it and the officers took prints (2:00am). But who knows what will happen… if anybody notices a Toshiba Thrive tablet or a Dell Studio 17 laptop on the market please let me know! 🙁


We heard from two neighbors on Friday who reported burglaries.

Rachel wrote:

Hi Maple Leafers, we live near Sacajawea Elementary and our home was burglarized today. They broke open/kicked in a VERY strong door with a good solid deadbolt, and quickly took valuables out of the main floor rooms. It was clearly a quick grab job. Be careful out there with your homes, friends.

And another neighbor wrote under the header: “I hoped not to ever say this …

“I live on 80th. Looks like my house can be added to the list of ones that have been robbed recently. I have a big dog and everything.”

That one occurred just after lunch on Friday, near Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The police crime map shows right at 20 neighborhood burglaries since we last wrote about them in late March.

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Maple Leaf Playground opens next weekend!

May 11th, 2013 by Mike

It’s official – the grand opening of the new Maple Leaf Playground is next Saturday, May 18th.

Friends For a Greater Maple Leaf Park made the announcement on its Facebook page. (Mai Ling had mentioned it earlier, here.)

From the Friends invitation:

Swinging, zipping, sliding, spinning, climbing, hunting, or just sitting and enjoying our lovely new park. The play area features a zip line, climbing features, slides, swings, twirly things, a sand pit, and a children’s garden & butterfly hunt.

The celebration for the playground, which seems to be variously called the Maple Leaf Playground Area or the Maple Leaf Family Terrace, runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and is sponsored by Seattle Parks.

This is for the Playground area only and will not include the grass area (which is still in the newly planted stage and is too young and tender to be compacted down with happy feet or torn up with happy paws). The ballfields and the upper part of the park will be open in late summer/early fall.

We’ll check to see where and when the annual Maple Leaf Ice Cream Social will be held. It’s typically the last Wednesday evening in July, but when last heard from might be postponed until August depending on the state of the  new reservoir park.

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Hit-and-run driver smashes into Northgate TJ Maxx

May 9th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police say a 25-year-old driver smashed his old car into the TJ Maxx store at Northgate on Thursday afternoon, then fled the scene.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. on May 8th, police said, in the 11000 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the 25-year-old male suspect was driving his 1973 Plymouth Scamp westbound on NE 112th Street (the only other occupant of the car was an adult female riding in the front passenger-side seat). As the suspect turned south onto southbound Roosevelt Way NE he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the rear of the TJ Maxx building. Both the suspect and his passenger then left the scene on foot and were gone upon the officers’ arrival.

While officers were on scene investigating the suspect and his girlfriend returned to the scene. Officers arrested the suspect and transported him to the North Precinct where he was investigated and processed for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).

Damage to the building was slight. Damage to the car was substantial, police said. There were no reported injuries.

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Nathan Hale Plant Sale this week

May 6th, 2013 by master

In case you missed the big rush on the first day of the Olympic View Plant Sale last weekend, you’ve got another opportunity to spruce up your yard while supporting Maple Leaf students at this week’s Nathan Hale High School Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale.

The sale takes place at the school’s greenhouse, which is located just north of Jane Addams K-8 School. From Lake City Way, turn eastbound onto 110th Street. Turn left (northbound) onto 34th Avenue NE. Drive past the school, then turn left into the driveway. The greenhouse is at the top of the hill. Dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, May 7: 2-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8: 2-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9: 2-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The organically raised vegetable starts, perennials, hanging baskets and bedding plants for sale at the annual event all were grown by Nathan Hale High School’s horticulture students, with all vegetables started from seed. In addition to the more than two-dozen tomato varieties that will be available, veggie starts include: [Read more →]

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"Secret Life of Bugs" on at NW Puppet Center

May 5th, 2013 by master

Secret Life of BugsNorthwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., presents “The Secret Life of Bugs” weekends through May 12.

Step through a magnifying glass into the miniature world of insects. With mesmerizing blacklight puppetry, witness the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Along the way, spiders, dung beetles and dragonflies engage in daily activities such as orb weaving, nesting, and hunting. An exotic soundtrack provides the thread connecting different species in the web of life. This entertaining and educational performance has been developed with assistance from expert entomologist Erin Sullivan of Woodland Park Zoo.

Curtain is at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $10.50/$8.50 child (up to 16)/$9 Senior (65+) and are available at the box office 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at Brown Paper Tickets.

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