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Entries from July 2013

Share your vision for Northgate Urban Design

July 17th, 2013 by master

How would you like to see the Northgate urban area evolve as we move closer to the completion of the neighborhood’s light-rail station in 2021?

You’re invited to share your thoughts at the upcoming Northgate Open House from 6-9 p.m. July 30 at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. Based on your feedback at previous meetings, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development already has drafted an Urban Design Framework for the neighborhood, but it’s seeking your help before it finalizes the plan in the fall.

The plan encompasses the station area and expands throughout the Northgate Urban Center, and includes such features as “urban plazas, active and green streetscapes, and a more complete neighborhood district near the light rail station.”

Your feedback is sought on:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle connections to the station
  • Public spaces in the vicinity
  • Other community amenities
  • Creating an active, healthy and sustainable neighborhood
  • Getting more green improvements
  • Getting more affordable housing

For more information or to comment online, go to the Northgate Urban Design website.

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Missing cat Mortimer near N.E. 82nd Street – have you seen him?

July 16th, 2013 by Mike

Jill emails that her 3-year-old daughter is very worried about Mortimer, their cat missing now for more than 24 hours.

“He is one year old, but looks younger because he is quite small. His name is Mortimer and he is all black with a very tiny white patch at his throat. He is extremely friendly.

“We were gone over the weekend when he disappeared. I think it’s possible a friendly family in the area might have taken him in thinking him a stray kitten (or that he’s been accidentally locked in someone’s garage).

Mortimer is micro-chipped, but has lost his collar. He lives on Northeast 82nd Street, between Fifth and Eighth avenues northeast.

“If anyone has seen him in the last day or two, I’d love if they could email or call me –  206-778-5277.”

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Zaina opens in Maple Leaf Village

July 15th, 2013 by master

If you drove in the vicinity of Lake City Way and Northeast 80th Street over the weekend, you likely noticed that the new restaurant Zaina, home of the “Greatest Falafel on Earth,” has opened and that it was immediately quite popular in the community.

Neighbor Eric sent us the above photo from Saturday night, telling us:

The place was slammed tonight with a line out the door.

We’ll try to stop by soon to get more information about the falafel and gyro shop, which previously was located in Pioneer Square.

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Two dog Sunday! Second dog found near NE 98th. Lost Lab today near Roosevelt and N.E. 103rd

July 14th, 2013 by Mike

Now Brett emails:

“This well-groomed male dog was found about 1:30 today near Northeast 98th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“Please call 206.384.5566 or 206.525.8951 to claim this cutie!”


At 1 p.m. Judy emailed that a male Labrador Retriever is visiting her at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street.

“No collar. Sweet and friendly.”

Know this dog? Call her at 360-265-6278.

Let us know when he gets home!

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Wedgwood Art Festival is on this weekend, just one neighborhood away

July 13th, 2013 by Mike

One of the summer’s premier neighborhood attractions, the Wedgwood Art Festival runs until 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

It’s at the Hunter Farms Tree Lot, corner of 35th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street.

For a full schedule of events visit the festival site.

Maple Leaf glass artist Maya Radoczy has a table!

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Earthquake on Lake City Way this morning – anybody feel it?

July 12th, 2013 by Mike

An earthquake of magnitude 2.6 was reported  a few blocks northeast of Maple Leaf just before 7 a.m.

The quake, centered essentially at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 120th Street, is shown in red on this map from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

It occurred at 6.56 a.m. and was 9.3 miles underground, according to the network.

A second quake, magnitude 2.3,  occurred just after 7:30 a.m. near Redmond.

We first heard of both from our news partners The Seattle Times.

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Maple Leaf home among "Top 25 Urban Farms"

July 11th, 2013 by master

For the third year in a row, the home Maple Leaf’s Stacy Brewer is on the coveted Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour.

The annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, takes you to “Seattle’s Top 25 Urban Farms,” as voted on by expert panelists. From the website:

In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around the city, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, Central, as well as NE & SE outside of Seattle. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!

Cost is $12 for individuals; $10 for Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists; $5 for youths ages 4-15; $35 for groups or a family of three to six people; and $30 for groups or a family of Seattle Tilth members or a group of bicyclists; and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available online.

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Rollover accident on southbound lanes of Lake City Way at N.E. 90th

July 11th, 2013 by Mike

Police and a tow truck are just now (3 p.m.) clearing a rollover accident at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 90th Street.

The accident clogged the southbound lanes of Lake City Way at around 2:17 p.m.

Amazingly, none of the people in the two cars involved were seriously injured. And neither was the large dog from this SUV, who was being fed dog treats by a police officer when we were there.

(Thanks, Donna, for the tip.)

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Neighbors invited to Seattle Police North Precinct Picnic on Saturday

July 10th, 2013 by Mike

(This post courtesy our sister site

Everyone is invited to Seattle Police Department’s Picnic at the North Precinct from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at 10049 College Way N.

They’ll have food and music, and you can meet officers and find out more about how they do their jobs. You’ll also be able to meet many of SPD’s specialty units, like K-9, mounted patrol, bomb squad and SWAT.

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Pop Up Market returns to Blue Saucer on Aug. 18

July 9th, 2013 by master

Local crafters and other vendors are lined up for the second annual Pop Up Market at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Maple Leaf café is filling its entire parking lot with wares with 30 local vendors, including crafts, collectibles, art, jewelry and more. In addition, there will be a food vendor on site, and owner Billie Bryan says she expects live music and/or other free entertainment. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the event.

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