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Entries from August 2013

Announcing Best Maple Leaf Garden contest winner

August 14th, 2013 by master

At the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, we attracted plenty of attention with our Best Maple Leaf Garden contest, although we started out with just one entry from Gayle Holm at 8241 15th Ave. N.E., which won hands-down by you, our voters:

However, the Fairy Garden on Northeast 97th Street came in at a close second after it was submitted at the start of the Summer Social, which took place July 31 at Olympic View Elementary:

We also received a number of even later entries in the form of addresses posted to our contest board:

We’ve since taken photos of those late entries and included them below: [Read more →]

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Two nearby police incidents this weekend at Green Lake and Northgate

August 12th, 2013 by Mike

A man with a handgun threatened people at the Green Lake Community Center basketball courts this weekend, police report.

And, somebody torched a photo booth at Northgate Mall, police add.

Both events occurred on Sunday, Aug. 11.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. police were dispatched to the community center, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N.

Twelve minutes later the suspect was in custody. No one was shot, police said.

“There are no additional details at this time. This remains an active and on-going investigation.”

About a quarter-hour later officers responding to a reported arson at Northgate Mall found somebody set fire to a curtain on a photo booth at the mall’s south end near the food court.

From police:

A witness saw the fire and notified a nearby store employee. They then flagged down a security officer who extinguished the fire.

Security camera footage was checked and showed the suspect exiting the mall and heading south on foot. Officers conducted an area search however, the suspect remains at large.

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

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Downtown buses snarled by possible shooting – buses using surface streets

August 12th, 2013 by Mike

Update 11 a.m.:

Seattle police and transportation officials indicate the investigation may continue into the evening commute. Check to make sure you can get where you need to go – a three-block radius around Second Avenue and Seneca Street could be closed.

Tweets from police:

Dwntwn workers:If yr office is behind police tape, plz contact officers near police line/show work ID if u can & ask 2pass thru 2 yr office

We’ll have updates on street closures throughout the day and will work with @seattledot to get you info for eve commute

Update 9:45 a.m. from Seattle Police:

A man suspected of shooting a bus driver multiple times Monday morning was shot by police after he fled through downtown Seattle.

Just after 8:45 this morning, Seattle police began receiving a flood of reports that a man had shot a Metro bus driver on the Route # 27 bus near 3rd Avenue and Seneca Street.

The male suspect reportedly stayed on the bus for a short time after the shooting, before he fled on foot through downtown.

Officers spotted the suspect near 2nd Avenue and Seneca, where they shot the man.

Homicide/Assault detectives are currently handling the investigation.

The 67-year-old Metro driver’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The suspect—who is in his 30′s or 40′s—is in critical condition and is being transported to Harborview.

A 32-year-old officer also sustained minor injuries in the incident, possibly from broken glass [Read more →]

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Snappy Dragon, Math ‘n’ Stuff make Best of Seattle list

August 9th, 2013 by Mike

This week two Maple Leaf institutions made the Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle list.

At least, we think they have.

We can find the link to Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, voted Best Chinese Restaurant. “Clay Pot Stews. Enough said.”

And Math ‘n’ Stuff has posted on its Facebook page that it was voted “Best Geeky Store.” Congrats! But, we can’t find that link. Help?

Found it! On page 95 of the hard-copy Weekly:

We mustn’t forget forget the archeology beginner’s kit;  that area in your backyard looks suspiciously old and probably contains lots of dinosaur bones.

Incidentally, Math ‘n’ Stuff has a 20-percent-off sale through Saturday.

2013 marks Math ‘n’ Stuff’s 20th Anniversary in business!

We are quite proud of this milestone, and to celebrate, we have decided to do a 20/20 SALE!

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Snappy Dragon, Math 'n' Stuff make Best of Seattle list

August 9th, 2013 by Mike

This week two Maple Leaf institutions made the Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle list.

At least, we think they have.

We can find the link to Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, voted Best Chinese Restaurant. “Clay Pot Stews. Enough said.”

And Math ‘n’ Stuff has posted on its Facebook page that it was voted “Best Geeky Store.” Congrats! But, we can’t find that link. Help?

Found it! On page 95 of the hard-copy Weekly:

We mustn’t forget forget the archeology beginner’s kit;  that area in your backyard looks suspiciously old and probably contains lots of dinosaur bones.

Incidentally, Math ‘n’ Stuff has a 20-percent-off sale through Saturday.

2013 marks Math ‘n’ Stuff’s 20th Anniversary in business!

We are quite proud of this milestone, and to celebrate, we have decided to do a 20/20 SALE!

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More Northgate Way construction under way

August 7th, 2013 by master

Last week the city officially kicked off the Northgate Way/North 105th Street Project that we warned you about in February, when the road construction project that snarled traffic around Northgate Mall finally ended.

This time, the project extends 1.3 miles away from Maple Leaf, from Corliss Avenue North to Greenwood Avenue North, and involves completely paving North 105th and Northgate Way along that stretch, constructing new sidewalks and curb ramps, upgrading and adding street lights, and installing drainage improvements. Work on signals will continue all the way to Lake City Way with the project including upgrades to traffic signals and other “Intelligent Transportation System” components, which include electronic message boards and traffic cameras.

N 105th, N/NE Northgate Way Improvement Project

The project is expected to cost $9.2 million, and improve (eventually) nearly 27,000 trips each day. From the news release:

“Focusing on the basics like pavement and sidewalks is part of our Transportation Action Agenda,” said McGinn. “This project will help improve conditions on one of the major arterials in North Seattle.”

Demonstrating SDOT’s ongoing commitment to environmentally conscious design and construction, this major infrastructure project features several environmentally friendly elements. Over 20 percent of the new sidewalks will be pervious, allowing rainwater to be absorbed into the ground instead of running off. Additionally, the project will make significant drainage upgrades and use environmentally friendly paving materials.

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Is this impossibly fetching dog yours?

August 6th, 2013 by Mike

Hannah emails overnight:

Yesterday my coworkers and I found a lost dog in Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. My coworkers said they have seen it running since last Tuesday.

She is a female, Cardigan Welsh corgi mix, was wearing a pink camo collar; has a tail with a white tip. She is very sweet!

Contact Hannah at 206-450-1884 or hannahvonlossow@gmail.com

She is in my care now.

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National Night Out is tonight!

August 6th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf is taking the party to the streets from 6-9 tonight, so expect plenty of nonarterial road closures, along with the smells, sounds and sights of summer wafting through the air: barbecues, music and children playing in the (closed) streets.

Tonight is National Night Out, a Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts and unite communities.

According to the city of Seattle’s Night Out page, more than 1,300 neighborhoods in Seattle participated in the event last year, including this rager on Northeast 84th Street in Maple Leaf. More from the Seattle website:

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

So have fun with your neighbors tonight, and feel free to send us photos of your event!

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What's your favorite Maple Leaf memory?

August 6th, 2013 by master

In case you missed the most recent newsletter from the Maple Leaf Community Council, the executive board is on the hunt for your memories of Maple Leaf.

You have until Aug. 15 to write up to 300 words in short form (essay, poem, flash fiction, etc.) on “Maple Leaf Memories” for the newsletter’s first Maple Leaf Writing Contest. Editor and executive board member Charles Harper wanted to make sure we let you know that the deadline has been extended, and he adds, “If you’ve had trouble with the email we listed, please submit again; the technical problem should be fixed now.”

Only one entry is allowed per writer, and winners will be selected by the editor and the executive board. The essays will appear in the October-December issue of the newsletter in the categories General and Young Writers.

Send your submission by Aug. 15 to editor@mapleleafcommunity.org or:

MLCC
c/o Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 75595
Seattle, WA 98175-0595

Good luck, and we look forward to reading the winning Maple Leaf Memories!

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New in the hood: Ev Stern's Jazz Workshop

August 5th, 2013 by master

The Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social is a good way for us to get to know neighbors old and new, including newcomer Ev Stern’s Jazz Workshop.

For two decades, Ev Stern has been teaching jazz around Seattle and he told us at the social that he’s excited to now be in his biggest location yet, which just happens to be in Maple Leaf at 1060 N.E. 100th St. We plan to check out the space soon, but in the meantime wanted to make sure the community knew about his upcoming Summer Camp from Aug. 12-17, including Stern teaching bass, Eric Verlinde on piano and Jeff Busch on drums.

In addition, Stern’s 20th annual Summer Jazz Workshop is also continuing through Aug. 31. All ages, levels and instruments are invited, and instructors include Karen Moitoza, Darrius Willrich and Jeff Busch. Activities include ensembles, concerts, classes, jazz camp, lessons and jazz sessions.

For more information, email Stern at info@evsternsjazzworkshop.com, call him at 206-661-7807 or go to his website EvSternsJazzWorkshop.com.

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