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Entries from August 2013

Northgate, Ravenna-Eckstein picked as day care centers in event of Seattle teacher strike

August 31st, 2013 by Mike

As negotiations continue over whether Seattle schools will open as planned Wednesday, the city has announced it will open 20 community centers to provide free day care for some children during the work day.

They include the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6536 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Although the city is characterizing the service as “drop-in,” it is limited to children on free or reduced lunch programs, and registration is required.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted as space permits each day. All students must have a completed registration form, which can be obtained at open community centers starting this weekend, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks. A registration form still must be printed and brought to the community center if registration has been done online. Parents can secure a spot for their child in advance by going to https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp beginning Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., but those spaces will not be held past 9:00 a.m. each day of the drop-in service.

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Lindsey Hubbard takes helm at Wandering Cafe

August 27th, 2013 by master

After two years in the kitchen at The Wandering Cafe, 7533 Lake City Way, chef Lindsey Hubbard, shown at left, is taking over as departing owner Kristine Pottle migrates back to her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

They honored the occasion with an open house Tuesday night that more than 60 people attended, featuring plenty of nibbles and libations.

Pottle, shown below at left, will remain the main contact during the transition, and both she and Hubbard assured us that there will be more parties to come, such as last summer’s Paella Night.

To keep up with upcoming events at The Wandering Cafe, sign up for the email list on the website.

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Two maps that tell us something about ourselves

August 27th, 2013 by Mike

Our news partner The Seattle Times has posted two maps, in connection with different stories, that tell us something about the neighborhood.

In one story, the Times looks at primary voting patterns in the Seattle mayor’s race, won by incumbent Mike McGinn and challenger Ed Murray.

In Maple Leaf, the interactive map shows, Murray (purple) might have a slight edge on McGinn (orange).

Follow the link to the map and click for precinct-by-precinct details, including how the other candidates did.

The other story examines soaring rent increases by neighborhood.

In Maple Leaf the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is now $1,656, the Times found – a 6 percent increase over the last year. (The Times has a curious idea of where Maple Leaf is, however.)

The rent map is also interactive, showing average income, rents and increases by neighborhood. And it invites your rental stories – so far only one Maple Leaf resident has participated.

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Lucy the small rescue dog is missing

August 26th, 2013 by Mike

Holly emails this morning: “Could you post another missing dog notice?

Lucy is a very small, gray rescue dog. She escaped from our home Sunday night/Monday morning, from Northeast 95th Street  just west of 12th Avenue Northeast. She’s wearing a pink collar. She is very frightened and may be hiding.

We’ve only had her a couple of days and she doesn’t know the area. Please call 206-419-3996 if you spot her. Thanks!

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Scammer reported on Roosevelt this morning

August 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Pam emails: “Had someone knocking on our door early this morning with a familiar scam.

‘I locked my keys in the car, can you give me money to pay a locksmith etc.’

“Might be good to warn folks.”

This occurred in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

More advice can be found in this post from last year.

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Wandering Cafe introduces new owner at open house Tuesday

August 22nd, 2013 by master

Kristine Pottle, right, is handing the reins of The Wandering Cafe, her catering company at 7533 Lake City Way, to her chef Lindsey Hubbard with nothing less than yet another party (see photos from last summer’s Paella Night here).

In an email to Wandering Cafe friends and fans, Pottle announced that she’s heading back with her family to Buffalo, N.Y., but that you can bid her farewell and Hubbard hello at an open house featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

For more information or to inquire about attending, call (206) 367-3676.

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Maple Leaf Reservoir Park to open this fall – at least in part

August 21st, 2013 by Mike

View from the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The entrance will be at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Some – but probably not all – of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park will open this fall as expected, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The difficulty appears to be that some of the grass has not taken root firmly enough. That will likely preclude opening the re-seeded sports fields.

Here’s the current plan, in an email today from Kim Baldwin, a parks contact on this project.

We’ll open a portion of the park for use this fall but leave other areas fenced in where the turf isn’t well established. We’ll definitely keep the fields fenced until spring since they were seeded last and will probably get the heaviest use. One thought is to have an opening event this fall with some areas still fenced off and the other is to wait until all the fencing is down and have an event in the spring.

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Update on The Exploding Toilets of Maple Leaf

August 20th, 2013 by Mike

Update Aug. 21: KOMO-TV did a story today on this disquieting issue.

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We’ve an answer back from Andy Ryan of Seattle Public Utilities (he was out of the office late last week) about “exploding toilets” here Thursday as maintenance was being done by the utility.

Thanks to the folks who provided 15 illuminating comments on the original story.

For those wanting more background on Annie’s and David’s comments on a Seattle woman who died in a flooded basement, our news partner The Seattle Times has more here and here. (If this is the correct incident, the victim was a 41-year-old women in Madison Valley in 2006.)

Here’s the reply from the utility:

We have been in contact with two customers who were affected by maintenance operations last week in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.

As you may know, we clean sewer mainlines with high-pressure jet nozzles, and on rare occasions this causes high pressure air or water spray to enter side sewers. If a customer’s vent stack is plugged, the air or water pressure can burble up in the toilet. This is a good reason for keeping your toilet lid down, which will prevent the “toilet burp” from spraying into the bathroom. We think this is probably what occurred in the Maple Leaf neighborhood last week.

Following up, we put one of the customers in contact with our claims inspector because dirty water sprayed on her bathroom floor. In the case of the other customer, it was clean water on the bathroom floor—which she mopped up with a T-shirt.

In the unlikely event that something like this happens to one of your readers, they should call SPU operations, at 206-386-1800.

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Two reports of exploding toilet bowls in the neighborhood – what’s that about?

August 16th, 2013 by Mike

Just now we received the second report of what, for lack of a better headline term, we’ll call exploding toilets.

We live just off Roosevelt Way Northeast on Northeast 94th Street and noticed when we returned from going out to dinner last night that both toilets (one upstairs and one downstairs) had, for lack of a better term, blasted the toilet bowl water out and onto the floor. We’ve no idea what could have caused this apart from a serious back pressure source somewhere in the city system. Anyone else reported such an event?

Yes. On Thursday we received this report:

Please let the other Maple Leaf neighbors know what happened to us when the Seattle Public Utilities vacuum truck was on our street this morning (Northeast 92nd Street).

They blasted air into the sewers with such force that water shot up from the toilets and shower drains, on every floor from the basement to the second floor.

Fortunately, all our toilet lids were in the closed position. We still had puddles around the toilets, but it would have been much worse if the lids had been up. So, if you see water on your toilet seat or lid, or around the toilet, you may want to get out a disinfectant because it’s likely that it’s sewer water courtesy of a blast from the same truck.

We have an email into Seattle Public Utilities, but probably won’t hear back until Monday. Both incidents occurred on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Does this sound familiar to other neighbors?

We are vaguely aware that “snorkel trucks” are used to clear leaves and other debris from storm drains. We can also remember an incident a couple decades ago when the toilets in the downtown King County Courthouse suddenly behaved in exactly this fashion. (Further, we think it was somehow construction related.)

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Two reports of exploding toilet bowls in the neighborhood – what's that about?

August 16th, 2013 by Mike

Just now we received the second report of what, for lack of a better headline term, we’ll call exploding toilets.

We live just off Roosevelt Way Northeast on Northeast 94th Street and noticed when we returned from going out to dinner last night that both toilets (one upstairs and one downstairs) had, for lack of a better term, blasted the toilet bowl water out and onto the floor. We’ve no idea what could have caused this apart from a serious back pressure source somewhere in the city system. Anyone else reported such an event?

Yes. On Thursday we received this report:

Please let the other Maple Leaf neighbors know what happened to us when the Seattle Public Utilities vacuum truck was on our street this morning (Northeast 92nd Street).

They blasted air into the sewers with such force that water shot up from the toilets and shower drains, on every floor from the basement to the second floor.

Fortunately, all our toilet lids were in the closed position. We still had puddles around the toilets, but it would have been much worse if the lids had been up. So, if you see water on your toilet seat or lid, or around the toilet, you may want to get out a disinfectant because it’s likely that it’s sewer water courtesy of a blast from the same truck.

We have an email into Seattle Public Utilities, but probably won’t hear back until Monday. Both incidents occurred on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Does this sound familiar to other neighbors?

We are vaguely aware that “snorkel trucks” are used to clear leaves and other debris from storm drains. We can also remember an incident a couple decades ago when the toilets in the downtown King County Courthouse suddenly behaved in exactly this fashion. (Further, we think it was somehow construction related.)

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