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Entries from June 2013

Celebrate North Seattle returns June 23

June 16th, 2013 by master

Celebrate North Seattle is returning for the fourth consecutive year from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Oak Tree Village parking lot.

You’re invited to bring the whole family to the free event that includes live music, carnival games, bounce houses, local businesses with interactive booths, local artists, food trucks and giveaways, including a gift bag for the first 300 guests.

For more information, go to the Celebrate North Seattle Facebook page.

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Two new police reports in Maple Leaf

June 14th, 2013 by Mike

Police this afternoon report two new incidents, at the north and south ends of Maple Leaf.

One involves a fight involving a knife at the Northgate QFC, the other a traffic incident at Northeast 80th Street.

From Seattle Police:

A man causing a disturbance outside a North Seattle QFC was cut on the nose by another man who remains at large.

At approximately 12:33 p.m. officers responded to the 11100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast for a disturbance that escalated into an assault with a knife. Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male was outside both the Jiffy Lube and QFC yelling, kicking and being hostile and confrontational toward customers and passers-by. At one point the man confronted another man and was cut on the nose with a knife by the man he confronted.

The knife-wielding man left the scene on foot and remains at large. He is described as a light-skinned black male in his mid-20′s, 6’2″ tall, with a slender build and light-colored hair in a pony tail, last seen wearing a brown coat and brown shorts.

The man who was cut sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

In the traffic incident:

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives are at the scene of a two-car collision that occurred at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street earlier this afternoon.

At around 12:15 pm, officers and Seattle Fire responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision at that intersection involving a small SUV and a small, private bus/large passenger van. Three of the occupants in the SUV were treated at the scene by Seattle Fire and then transported to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment. The driver of the bus was not injured.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and will conduct their investigation. Traffic is being diverted around the intersection until the investigation at the scene is complete.

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City warns of contamination in Thornton Creek

June 14th, 2013 by Mike

Great Blue Heron  (the official City of Seattle bird) fishing this week at Thornton Creek’s Beaver Pond Natural Area.

Thornton Creek, which flows through north Maple Leaf on its way to Lake Washington and includes the home of our very own beavers, has dangerous levels of human fecal bacteria, Seattle Public Utilities has announced.

A two-year investigation by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has confirmed human fecal bacteria are likely entering North Seattle’s Thornton Creek at multiple locations.

Funded by the Washington Department of Ecology and led by SPU stormwater scientist Jonathan Frodge, the study was based on samples collected at 45 sites throughout the watershed, under a variety of conditions

It has been known for years that fecal coliform bacteria concentrations in Thornton Creek exceed the state water quality standard and pose a potential threat to public health. The new study confirms human bacteria are present and contribute to the water quality problem. The study is also the first to identify sub-basins (general areas) where bacteria appear to be entering the stream.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a lengthy story here, including a plea for help determining where sewage is entering the creek.

Frodge says the public is being asked to help out with the smell test.

“If you’re out there walking, your nose is as trained as anyone’s,” he says.

Sewer smell is sewer smell.

Frodge says people can email him at

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Maple Leaf Physical Therapy moves to Beadworld building

June 12th, 2013 by master

The building that Beadworld took over last year continues to evolve.

After Beadworld expanded into 9524 Roosevelt Way N.E., Espresso Repair Experts moved in just next door at 9518 Roosevelt Way N.E., followed by the latest arrival: Maple Leaf Physical Therapy.

The one-therapist practice owned by Rändi Sundby didn’t have far to move from its previous location at 9414 Roosevelt Way N.E., but it’s a bit more visible now with its own storefront.

According to its website, Sundby “provides individualized comprehensive quality care for orthopedic injuries, cancer and lymphedema rehabilitation, and Pilates exercise instruction.”

Also new in the neighborhood is Giraf Design, which recently moved into the location vacated in the fall by maoStudios.

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Women stabbed in armed robbery at Northgate Mall

June 10th, 2013 by Mike

Police overnight report a woman attempting to make a deposit to the Bank of America branch at Northgate Mall was stabbed on the hand by a robber who took her deposit bag.

From Seattle  PD:

An armed robbery suspect and his accomplice remain at large tonight after robbing and assaulting a woman outside a bank this evening in North Seattle.

At approximately 7:45 p.m. officers responded to the report of an armed robbery with a knife outside the Bank of America located in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

Preliminary investigation indicates that an adult male suspect was waiting in the hallway area on the south side of the bank near the night deposit box.  The female victim approached the night deposit box to make a deposit.  The suspect attempted to strike up a conversation while moving in closer to the victim.  The victim ignored him.  The suspect then took hold of the victim’s deposit bag with his right hand while holding a knife in his left hand.  The suspect demanded the money and threatened to stab the victim.  The woman resisted and during the struggle that ensued the victim was cut on the hand.  The suspect fled the scene on foot with the deposit bag and the victim’s wallet.

Mall security followed the suspect as he ran out the exit door.  The suspect was seen getting into a black car that was occupied by one other person.  The suspects fled the scene in the vehicle and remain at large.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and treated the victim for her non-life-threatening injury.

The suspect is described as a very thin built white male in his 30′s, 5’10″ tall, last seen wearing a black baseball cap and an Alexander Seahawks jersey.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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Thornton Place introduces free Summerfest fun

June 8th, 2013 by master

Thornton Place is inviting the community to its upcoming free Summerfest activities, which kick off June 22 with the Latin-inspired “Side of Salsa” from 3-6 p.m.

The festivities begin with a salsa lesson by instructors from the Century Ballroom, followed by live music from Miho & Diego. There will also be food available from the food truck Taco Gol.

Summerfest continues July 27 with “Paris on the Plaza.” From a description distributed by Thornton Place:

Mais oui! We’ve enjoyed our Nation’s birthday this month and so did another country we know, France! Let’s celebrate with a little bit of Parisian culture on the plaza. Stop on in for a quick lesson in swing dancing, grab a crepe from Crisp Seattle, and sit with your amour as our jazz trio livens up the plaza with music. Have a taste of the classic Parisian time all and before you know it you won’t want to say Au Revoir to the night.

And we’ll say goodbye to Summerfest with a “Hawaiian Hello” on Aug. 14th:

Think summer is over? Well then say hello to some Hawaiian beach fun. Come enjoy our beach-themed night on our own private oasis. We might not have a pig roast but Raney Brothers BBQ will be on site to feed your beach appetite. Miho & Diego make their second appearance at the plaza with a completely different set of musical stylings, bringing you the sounds of the luau. Don’t say goodbye to summer, give a big Hawaiian Hello to our last Summerfest event hosted by Thornton Place! The party starts at 3:00pm!

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Reminder to not keep valuables in vehicles

June 8th, 2013 by master

At least two Maple Leaf neighbors on Northeast 97th Street between Roosevelt Way and Eighth Avenue Northeast woke up to a smashed windows Friday morning.

The neighbor we spoke with said nothing was taken and that the door wasn’t even unlocked, which she said was actually more frustrating since it appears to simply be a random act of violence. There’s also the possibility somebody spooked the would-be prowlers, but regardless, it’s a good reminder to always remove valuables from your vehicle.

The neighbor also noted that she had just lowered her deductible to zero, which might be a good thing for Maple Leafers who park on our neighborhood streets to consider.

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More than a dozen new home burglaries reported in Maple Leaf

June 6th, 2013 by Mike

Paul emails this afternoon:

I was wondering if you could do a quick post on the recent string of burglaries in Maple Leaf. My house was broken into in the last week in the area between 15th Avenue Northeast and Lake City Way. I’m starting to guess that it was during the day, but I was gone for 24 hours, so I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve been following the SPD blotter and it seems like there have been daily (as in, every day, during the day) burglaries working their way south from Northgate Way, down to 75th, and now working their way east towards Wedgwood since last Saturday.

In roughly a month since we last wrote about home burglaries, there have been right at 13 residential break-ins reported in Maple Leaf, according to the police crime map.

In one that occurred on May 16 in the 500 block of Northeast 86th Street, the resident arrived home mid-afternoon to find a woman holding open his screen door.

He yelled at her and she ran to a compact vehicle in his driveway, joined by a man from inside the house, according to the police report. The resident stood in front of the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, but it lurched around him, the report states, and the burglars drove “recklessly” east on N.E. 86th.

On the afternoon of May 10, in the 800 of Northeast 80th Street, the resident came out of an upstairs shower to discover a burglar had taken computers and electronic games, a TV, a digital camera and a backpack.

According to the police report the resident “stated  that the suspect climbed through the kitchen doggy door with his very large Rottweiler wandering around inside the house.”

The doggy door was slight bent. The dog never barked, according to the report.

Paul continues:

I don’t know if home alarms or any security devices will help (they seemed to move very quickly through my house due to the lack of items stolen), but fellow neighbors being aware of suspicious individuals, potentially ones going door to door looking for unoccupied houses, will surely help.

Before this happened, I would keep an eye on the blotter every now and then and I feel like this area between 15th, Lake City Way, and Thornton Creek is very safe and crime free. I’d hate to see this change, especially at the beginning of what might be a beautiful Seattle summer in a great neighborhood.

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Bids below estimate for Northgate Link Extension

June 3rd, 2013 by master

Since Sound Transit’s update May 23 on the Northgate Link Extension, the agency has announced that it received six bids below its $594 estimate for the 3.4-miles of tunnels from Husky Stadium to Northgate Station.

The bids ranged from $440 million to $517 million for the twin tunnels, which are the largest single piece of work on the $2.1 billion Northgate Link Extension project. According to the news release:

The winning contractor will launch two tunnel boring machines from the Roosevelt Station site to excavate the tunnels to the U District Station and on to the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium. A third tunnel boring machine will be launched from the Maple Leaf Portal near NE 94th Street and will bore two tunnels, one after the other, to the Roosevelt station. The work is scheduled to begin late this year and last just over four years.

Also, if you missed that meeting but still want to add your 2 cents to the project’s progress, you can catch all of the information that was available at the open house on the Northgate Link Extension project archive.

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Red Crossbills still here on the first of June

June 1st, 2013 by Mike

The Red Crossbills that arrived in Maple Leaf nearly two months ago are still here on the morning of June 1st.

This is, um, unusual. (From the Sibley Guide to Birds, Red Crossbills are “uncommon and very irregular.”)

In comments on an earlier post, Elizabeth noted that crossbills, a type of finch, would likely leave for the mountains around now.

But we have over a half-dozen in the yard this morning. They are quite bossy around the feeders, chasing other birds away. Earlier in the week they even tangled with an Anna’s Hummingbird at our water feature.

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