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Entries from November 2013

Will Thanksgiving weekend end with snow in the neighborhood? Updated

November 27th, 2013 by Mike

Update Nov. 29:

From the National Weather Service special weather statement this morning:

AT THIS TIME…IT LOOKS  LIKE MANY LOWLAND LOCATIONS WILL ESCAPE WITH LITTLE OR NO

ACCUMULATING SNOW. REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW ON MONDAY…IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY WITH A 4-DAY WEATHER FORECAST…SO CHECK BACK THROUGH THIS WEEKEND FOR THE LATEST FORECASTS…ALONG WITH ANY POSSIBLE WATCHES OR WARNINGS.

IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TRAVELING ACROSS THE CASCADES ON SATURDAY OR ON SUNDAY…SATURDAY WILL BE THE MORE FAVORABLE WEATHER DAY FOR TRAVELERS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL ON SUNDAY…YOU MAY BEAT THE WINTRY CONDITIONS BY TRAVELING IN THE MORNING…BUT HEAVY RAIN WILL GREET YOU INSTEAD ON THE TRIP THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS.

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The radio weather forecast this morning warns travelers to get home before Sunday night, when the second major winter storm of the season is expected to hit the Cascades.

It may well snow here, too, as the weekend ends. The official forecast for Maple Leaf on Monday is: “Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 37.”

A special weather statement from the National Weather Service reads:

HEAVY SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS  BEGINNING  LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR SUNDAY. CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.

SNOW LEVELS AROUND 5000 FEET LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY WILL RAPIDLY FALL TO BELOW 2000 FEET BY SUNDAY EVENING AND TO BELOW 500 FEET LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN THE PASSES WILL LIKELY BE QUITE HEAVY. SATURDAY WILL BE A MUCH BETTER TRAVEL DAY THROUGH THE PASSES THAN SUNDAY.

The top of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level.

Cliff Mass, at the University of Washington, posted the chart at  right, saying it’s hard to know how much confidence to place in current forecasts.  “Here is the total snowfall for the 24h ending 4 AM on Monday. Lots of snow over the mountains (foot plus over the Cascades), with several inches over Seattle to Everett.

“The big action will be on Sunday and early Monday…unless the models change, again. You coming home from east of the Cascade crest? Perhaps better to return on Saturday.”

Traffic in town will also be affected Sunday by the Seattle Marathon.

The state transportation department notes:

The I-90 express lanes will be closed to all traffic from 5 to 11:30 a.m. when they will open in the eastbound direction.

The I-5 express lanes will be closed until 9:30 a.m., when they will reopen to southbound traffic.

The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Lakeview Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The westbound State Route 520 exit to East Roanoke Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Another neighbor reports a home burglary – one of two dozen since our last roundup – updated

November 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Update Nov. 25:

Overnight we received an email from a neighbor who lives near Northeast 91st Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, saying her home was broken into on Nov. 4.

They used a rock to shatter the back door and made a mess of our house. The police arrived in 20 minutes, and we filed a police report. We also informed several neighbors. I am sorry to hear about the other nearby robberies. Maybe we should exchange security tips. Is it possible that the same thieves are behind all this?

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We get too many emails that go like this one:

“Wanted to report a burglary. It happened shortly before noon today (Friday). The perps broke our basement door and climbed through. We’re at 8th Avenue Northeast  Northeast and Northeast 97th Street.”

The previous burglary email came in earlier this month, from Northeast 102nd Street. At the time we noted we hadn’t rounded up burglaries since September.

The map at right shows burglaries since Sept. 9th. There are right at two dozen in the Maple Leaf area.

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Lane closures on both Interstate 5 and N.E. 92nd St. as light rail heads north

November 22nd, 2013 by Mike

Lanes will temporarily close on both Interstate 5 and the Northeast 92nd Street bridge over the freeway as crews work in several new areas to bring light rail to the Maple Leaf Portal.

The portal is where the light rail trains will emerge from underground to travel along I-5 to the Northgate rail station.

For the next two months crews will be relocating utility lines along the Northeast 92nd Street bridge over I-5.

The work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Sound Transit.

It will involve occasional lane closures with flagging crews alternating traffic.

“Crews will also work beneath the bridge at night, requiring I-5 lane closures between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Nighttime work is not anticipated to rise above the noise level of the freeway.”

There’s also a related Seattle Times story here.

Sound Transit also notes the following work:

Soldier pile installation near NE 94th Street
Crews will install solider piles to support the walls of the Maple Leaf Portal excavation. This daytime activity is unavoidably louder than other typical construction noise. Nearby residents may hear a periodic clanging noise. Crews expect pile installation to take approximately three months.

Utility work at First Avenue NE and NE 95th Street
Crews will work during the day in the intersection. Crews will flag traffic around the work.

Construction staging on First Avenue NE between NE 90th and NE 92nd streets
Construction crews will use the area between the west side of First Avenue NE and the WSDOT noise wall to store equipment and materials through 2017. Crews will install a screening and security fence before using the area.

Soldier pile installation near NE 94th Street
Crews will install solider piles to support the walls of the Maple Leaf Portal excavation. This daytime activity is unavoidably louder than other typical construction noise. Nearby residents may hear a periodic clanging noise. Crews expect pile installation to take approximately three months.

Utility work at First Avenue NE and NE 95th Street
Crews will work during the day in the intersection. Crews will flag traffic around the work.

Construction staging on First Avenue NE between NE 90th and NE 92nd streets
Construction crews will use the area between the west side of First Avenue NE and the WSDOT noise wall to store equipment and materials through 2017. Crews will install a screening and security fence before using the area.

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We’re back! (with links to school boundary update)

November 22nd, 2013 by Mike

We’ve come back from our unplanned down time this week.

While the site was down the Seattle School Board approved controversial boundary changes.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has an updated story here.

You can also follow the discussion at the Seattle Schools Community Forum and at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group.

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We're back! (with links to school boundary update)

November 22nd, 2013 by Mike

We’ve come back from our unplanned down time this week.

While the site was down the Seattle School Board approved controversial boundary changes.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has an updated story here.

You can also follow the discussion at the Seattle Schools Community Forum and at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group.

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Stolen mail reported on N.E. 95th St.

November 18th, 2013 by Mike

Rachel emails to say “I just wanted to let you know that there was a woman going through mail on Northeast 95th Street (we are east of 15th Avenue  Northeast).”

She notes:

I renewed my Washington ID a couple of weeks ago and was waiting for it in the mail, until I received a phone call from a Lynnwood police officer Wednesday night stating that someone had been arrested in Lynnwood and presented my ID as their identification and that she confessed to going through mail in our neighborhood. Who knows what else she got out of our neighborhood’s mail?

We don’t get that many reports of mail theft, and in fact the Seattle Police crime report map doesn’t appear to show any reports this year.

It may be seasonal, though. Our last reports of stolen mail or packages, here and here, appeared to have some connection to the upcoming holidays.

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Science, Santa and heart health this weekend

November 15th, 2013 by master

The community is doing its best to make sure the winter rain doesn’t get you down with events for all ages tomorrow:

Santa Arrival Event at Northgate Mall
8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16
Bring the kids for free treats and activities as Santa arrives at Northgate Mall!

Caspar Babypants Fall Concert
Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16
Caspar Babypants returns to Northgate Community Center for a fall concert for ages 1 and older. Cost is $5/person.

Healthy Heart Fair
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, 1550 N. 115th St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16
You’re invited for a day of fun and learning as Northwest Hospital celebrates the opening of UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. Participate in free hands-on activities:

  • Health screenings – know your numbers
  • Heart healthy exercises
  • Try CPR and learn how to use a portable defibrillator
  • See your own heart rhythm and amazing images of the human heart
  • Explore the new heart center
  • Meet our physicians and providers

Learn about:

  • Nutrition, healthy eating and heart-healthy recipes
  • Heart disease and women
  • Cardiac risk in children and teens
  • Lowering cardiac risk by reducing stress

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall long-term health, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or senior. The good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease, and trying even one will make a lasting difference.

Jane Addams’ Environmental Science Carnival
Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16
Jane Addams’ second annual Environmental Science Carnival is all the fun of a regular school carnival with a science twist! Come explore stream life, make a paper owl, throw a penguin, race a snail and pet a chicken. Concessions will include baked treats and healthy lunch options served on compostable products. The event will be in the school gyms (enter at the SW corner of the building). Tickets, good for all booths and concessions, will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Jane Addams’ PTSA. Get free tickets by bringing non-perishable food items which will go to the school’s winter break food drive. One can is good for 1 ticket (up to 5 tickets per family).

On top of all this fun, the Lake City Way branch of All the Best Pet Care (8050 Lake City Way N.E.) is celebrating its grand re-opening by offering 10 percent off everything this weekend.

Anybody know of any other area events we should add to this roundup?

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Neighbor reports home burglary on N.E. 102nd St.

November 14th, 2013 by Mike

We received this email Wednesday evening:

I recently moved into Maple Leaf, I purchased a house in August, and I unfortunately have to report that somebody broke into my house last Friday, Nov. 8th, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 pm. I live in the 800 block of Northeast 102nd Street.

I wrote a letter and alerted all neighbors in my street, but I thought it would be good to send you a note here, in case it can be announced to a wider audience and people are alerted.

The last time we looked at home burglaries was in September. You can also search the site for key word “crime,” which will also pull up stolen and prowled cars – the most common crime here.

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A bird list for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

November 10th, 2013 by Mike

NOTE: We’re updating the list as people add comments. Thanks!

From time to time (actually, more than two dozen times) we report on bird sightings in the neighborhood.

And now, we have a new park!

Put those two together and it’s obvious that what Maple Leaf needs is a list of birds spotted at, or from, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Many birders have a “yard list” of species seen on or from their property. Here at Maple Leaf Life South, our list totals 47 48 (Hammond’s Flycatcher) 49 (Pileated Woodpecker). 50 (Merlin!) 51 Dunlin (!)

That pales when compared with the yard list compiled by Maple Leaf resident Dennis Paulson. It totals 113 avian species since 1991.

It helps that he lives above Thornton Creek. Also helps that he’s Dennis Paulson, director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound. (He also wants to hear from neighbors who spot native wildlife here.)

Back to the park. While it was under construction, and since it opened, we’ve kept an informal list of birds we’ve seen there. So far it’s 38 species as of Nov. 10, 2013). We’d like it to grow.

* Bushtit
* Black-capped Chickadee
* Chestnut-backed Chickadee
* American Crow
*Rock Dove
* Dunlin
* Bald Eagle
* Peregrine Falcon
* House Finch
* Northern Flicker
* Canada Goose
* Glaucous-winged Gull (showing some hybridization with Western Gull – thanks, Dennis)
* Western Gull
* Cooper’s Hawk (being chased by crows) ALSO sitting in birch tree at park’s north side
* Sharp-shinned Hawk
* Great Blue Heron
* Anna’s Hummingbird (heard AND seen)
* Steller’s Jay
* Dark-eyed Junco
* Killdeer
* Golden-crowned Kinglet
* Mallard (Easter 2015)
* Merlin
* Red-breasted Nuthatch
* Osprey
*American Robin
* Golden-crowned Sparrow
* House Sparrow
* Savannah Sparrow
* Song Sparrow
* White-crowned Sparrow
* European Starling
* Barn Swallow
* Violet-green Swallow
* Trumpeter Swan
* Spotted Towhee
* Townsend’s Warbler (Thanks, Fulano, who says: NE Corner, Saturday, 2014-05-17, 11:15 a.m.)
* Wilson’s Warbler
* Bewick’s Wren

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Widespread power outage tonight

November 8th, 2013 by Mike

Update: We’re back! Breaker failure in north substation, whatever that means. The Seattle Times is updating here.

Power out in much of Northeast Seattle!

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