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Entries from October 2013

Check out the new street mural on 98th!

October 23rd, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf finally has its own street mural!

Photos submitted by neighbor Barb Steffens, the artist who designed the street mural.

Over the weekend, neighbors on Northeast 98th Street between 15th and 12th avenues northeast came together to paint this street mural.

Maple Leaf artist Rachel Marcotte first brought up the topic of a neighborhood street mural in summer 2010, after her involvement with two street murals in Wallingford. Neighbors were divided on the issue, so the idea eventually fizzled out.

UPDATE: Neighbors tell us this mural was designed by Barb Steffens, although she gives credit to Ylanda Thomas Todd for starting the project, who tells us:

We weren’t aware of the previous mapleleaf project until we were well into our project. The inspiration was informed by Portland’s fantastic community building efforts.

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend’s activities: [Read more →]

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Overnight fire at 4th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 81st St.

October 22nd, 2013 by Mike

At close to midnight, Mike emails us pictures and this note:

Fire appears to have started in the detached garage between two homes, just west of Fourth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 81st Street.

Both homes appear to have taken minimal damage (minus the garage, which was destroyed). As an observer, it was an extremely quick response by Seattle Fire and Police to this call.

As a neighbor and resident of Maple Leaf, it feels good to have the responsive support. Also, many thanks to the emergency responders each time they answer a call.

Thanks, Mike.

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Comment by tomorrow on new school boundaries

October 20th, 2013 by master

UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.

We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:

Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.

In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.

But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: [Read more →]

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Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center joins Halloween festivities with Open House Oct. 27

October 20th, 2013 by master

Just a month after moving into new digs kitty-corner from Cloud City Coffee at 8626 Roosevelt Way N.E., Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center is inviting neighbors to stop by and get a behind-the-scenes look at the veterinary hospital during their Open House and Grand Opening from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

It will make a convenient stop for families marching through Maple Leaf for the annual Parade of Costumes, which starts at 1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron (Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) then winds around the neighborhood including a trek past the new veterinary clinic.

Be sure to stop by Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center before you hit the grand opening of Maple Leaf Park, because there will be treats for kids as well as for costumed and uncostumed pets. In addition, staff also will be giving tours of our new facility and serving refreshments for all ages (and species!).

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Candidates and Issues forum is tonight

October 16th, 2013 by Mike

Something over 50 people from the neighborhood are attending the Candidates & Issues forum tonight at Olympic View Elementary School. It runs until 9 p.m.

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Maple Leaf Candidate & Issues forum is on

October 16th, 2013 by Mike

School board candidates Sue Peters and Suzanne Dale Estey.

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Maple Leaf Candidate & Issues forum is on

October 16th, 2013 by Mike


School board candidates Sue Peters and Suzanne Dale Estey.

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Searching for stolen cars and parking scofflaws

October 16th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police are aggressively searching for stolen cars and parking scofflaws, sending a dozen vehicles equipped with license-plate scanners down most city roads.

During four months this summer more than 1.6 million scans were made of upwards of 600,000 vehicles, according to a story today by our news partner The Seattle Times.

The most emphasis has been on heavily traveled areas, such as Capitol Hill, downtown, Queen Anne and Ballard, the story states. But the scanners visited three out of every four city streets.

To view the Times’ interactive map, click here.

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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes and other fall festivals hereabouts

October 15th, 2013 by Mike

The annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, held Sunday, Oct. 27th, will end with the OPENING OF OUR NEW PARK!

It starts at  1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street. The full route will take a little over an hour to walk.

As in previous years, bring a non-perishable item for local food banks.

From the Maple Leaf Community Council:

“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 with questions, comments, or to volunteer!”

In addition, there are several other festivals planned for the neighborhood.

Saturday, Oct. 26th:

Olympic View Elementary holds its Fall Carnival from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. It will include games, crafts and food. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.  504 N.E. 95th St.

Northgate Mall has announced this year’s Halloween events.  The first event on Oct. 26th invites children and their families to enjoy some festive-themed activities for an afternoon of fun and a jump-start on the candy (1-3 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court). Then, come back in for some Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).

Thursday, Oct. 31:

Northgate Mall: Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).

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Community Council candidate forum – plus Q&A

October 12th, 2013 by Mike

A raft of candidates on next month’s ballot will be here Wednesday, Oct. 16th, for the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Candidates & Issues Night.

Candidates for mayor and city council and representatives for ballot measures are expected. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free babysitting will be provided on site.

The council has also sent mayoral and city council candidates a questionnaire. Answers can be seen here.

Those answers can range from weighty to scant. Two examples:

Q. Which Council subcommittees would you like to chair and/or be a member of? Why?

Albert Shen (first three sentences of three paragraphs).

Public Safety – We need immediate and decisive leadership on our public safety policy. With the recent stabbing of a local educator, I want to see our streets cleaned up. Recently I took my family to Macy’s in downtown Seattle and in taking my children to the bathroom, there were (2) people sitting by the bathrooms drugged out.

Edwin Fruit (entire answer).

None. I am not running to administrate the cut backs. I want to see a revolutionary change.

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