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Entries from October 2013

It’s Halloween in Maple Leaf!

October 31st, 2013 by Mike

The cats at Seattle Creative Kids Preschool are counting on winning the 2013 biggest pumpkin in Maple Leaf contest. The actual weight of the pumpkin won’t be revealed until today.

Tonight – when witches and ghouls prowl – is now forecast to be dry. With temperatures in the 50s.

WEAK FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING WITH MOST OF WHAT LITTLE PRECIPITATION THERE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRONT OVER THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR.  UPPER LEVEL RIDGE STARTING TO BUILD IN LATER IN THE DAY WILL BRING ABOUT AN END TO THE SHOWER ACTIVITY BY EARLY EVENING FOR MOST AREAS.

Maple Leaf usually has hundreds of kids – and dogs – on the prowl for treats. See you tonight!

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It's Halloween in Maple Leaf!

October 31st, 2013 by Mike

The cats at Seattle Creative Kids Preschool are counting on winning the 2013 biggest pumpkin in Maple Leaf contest. The actual weight of the pumpkin won’t be revealed until today.

Tonight – when witches and ghouls prowl – is now forecast to be dry. With temperatures in the 50s.

WEAK FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING WITH MOST OF WHAT LITTLE PRECIPITATION THERE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRONT OVER THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR.  UPPER LEVEL RIDGE STARTING TO BUILD IN LATER IN THE DAY WILL BRING ABOUT AN END TO THE SHOWER ACTIVITY BY EARLY EVENING FOR MOST AREAS.

Maple Leaf usually has hundreds of kids – and dogs – on the prowl for treats. See you tonight!

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The view tonight from our new park

October 28th, 2013 by Mike

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Not raining on our parade! Updating as the Parade of Costumes reaches the Reservoir Park

October 27th, 2013 by Mike

Update 2:41 p.m.: The Maple Leaf Reservoir Park is officially open! There must be close to 1,000 people there.

From Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park:
“The Opening Festivities will include a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop quartet, ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments, and family activities. We look forward to seeing you there!”

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Seattle’s newest park – the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – is open!

October 26th, 2013 by Mike

Confluent Boulders. Inspired by the two water sources that feed the Maple Leaf Reservoir, the sculpture comprises two boulders taken from the Tolt River and Cedar River watersheds. (Thanks for the quick description, Donna. For more from Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, scroll down.)

The fence around our park is (largely) down this morning, and people are strolling the upper circle.

Dozens of them, with children and dogs.

(Dog owners beware: There is lots of tasty Canada Goose poop in the grass.)

Official opening is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s opening includes the annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes.

From our earlier post:

“The Parade will end in Maple Leaf Park, just in time for the Opening Celebration of the upper part of the Park (which officially starts at 2:30 and runs to 4:30).

“The Opening Festivities will include a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop quartet, ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments, and family activities. We look forward to seeing you there!

“We could use a few volunteers to help with crossing Roosevelt and do some ‘front running’ to inform participating businesses the parade is approaching their location and giving them a chance to get outside to hand out treats. Email donna.hartmann-miller@mapleleafcommunity.org with questions, comments, or to volunteer!”

Here’s more background from Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park: [Read more →]

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Seattle's newest park – the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – is open!

October 26th, 2013 by Mike

Confluent Boulders. Inspired by the two water sources that feed the Maple Leaf Reservoir, the sculpture comprises two boulders taken from the Tolt River and Cedar River watersheds. (Thanks for the quick description, Donna. For more from Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, scroll down.)

The fence around our park is (largely) down this morning, and people are strolling the upper circle.

Dozens of them, with children and dogs.

(Dog owners beware: There is lots of tasty Canada Goose poop in the grass.)

Official opening is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s opening includes the annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes.

From our earlier post:

“The Parade will end in Maple Leaf Park, just in time for the Opening Celebration of the upper part of the Park (which officially starts at 2:30 and runs to 4:30).

“The Opening Festivities will include a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop quartet, ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments, and family activities. We look forward to seeing you there!

“We could use a few volunteers to help with crossing Roosevelt and do some ‘front running’ to inform participating businesses the parade is approaching their location and giving them a chance to get outside to hand out treats. Email donna.hartmann-miller@mapleleafcommunity.org with questions, comments, or to volunteer!”

Here’s more background from Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park: [Read more →]

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School boundary letter making neighborhood rounds

October 25th, 2013 by master

There are clearly Maple Leaf families both in favor and opposed to the proposed changes to the Seattle School District boundaries, according to the comments in our recent post.

Those opposed are making their voices heard not only by responding to the district’s survey, which is due today at 6 p.m., but also by asking neighbors to sign a “Maple Leaf Letter to the School Board” by 4 p.m. today that supporters have been distributing around the neighborhood and via the Facebook page Maple Leaf Parents.


From the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook page.

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Two neighbors report car prowls this week – roughly 30 vehicle crimes so far this month

October 24th, 2013 by Mike

This morning Karen reports that her car was broken into, probably while she was waiting for the Olympic View Elementary School bus.

They smashed the passenger side window and rifled through the glove compartment. They scored an incomplete library audiobook – “Cleopatra: A Life.”

They didn’t get the complete audiobook because one of the CDs was in the player. A small consolation.

This occurred at Northeast 94th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

On Wednesday Donna emailed that her car was broken into on Northeast 102nd Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast , “leaving quite a mess in their wake.

“They ultimately found nothing of value other than a $20 bill, which they took.”

Car prowls – where a vehicle is broken into but not stolen – are considered the most common crimes in the city. We haven’t reported on them since mid-May, but since the start of October there have been roughly 30 cars broken into or stolen entirely in the neighborhood, according to the police crime map.

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Northwest Puppet Center introduces free movie series

October 24th, 2013 by master

We’re a little late with this announcement, but wanted to let you know nonetheless that Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., has started a new free film series featuring puppets that it is inviting the public to free of charge.

Over the weekend, folks were invited to view “Paranorman,” but the series continues this weekend with “Muppets Take Manhattan” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Puppet Center says the free film series will continue, adding:

In addition to popular hits like these, there will be some documentaries, cult favorites and some bizarre artsy films. Stay tuned!

When you visit, make sure to take time to look at the new exhibit of Chinese puppet traditions. Looking forward to sharing all the 2013-2014 programs with you and the rest of our community. Thanks for your continued interest in the art of puppetry and thanks for your support of this unique non-profit organization.

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Free job skills/career planning classes at the Northgate Library

October 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Eight free job skills/career planning classes are planned through the end of the year at the Northgate branch of The Seattle Public Library.

Classes are held at the branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., on Fridays. They include:

• The New Job Search in the New Economy

• Effective Networking for Employment

• Online Job Search

• Effective Resumes for the New Economy

• Effective Interviewing for the New Economy

• Mid-Life Career Changing in the New Economy

• The Role of Social Media; LinkedIn & Twitter in the New Job Search

The branch also has two laptop computers that patrons can use for job searching/career development for two hours a day in addition to their usual 90 minutes on Internet computers.

For details click here or check out our events listings.

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