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Entries from December 2013

Eleven cars stolen here over last two weeks

December 31st, 2013 by Mike

John emails: “JUST when I was feeling so good about our street being a bare spot on the crime map:

My beloved/beat up Subaru Legacy station wagon was swiped from in front of my house (on Northeast  89th Street, just east of 15th Avenue Northeast) late Sunday or early Monday a.m.

His 1990 wagon is one of 11 cars on the police crime map at right stolen since our last report a couple of weeks ago.

It is a blue 4-door wagon with black luggage rack, WA Plates 467-YNK – it has the distinctive feature of the right front head light being held on by a set of external metal brackets.

A word to the wise: keep your car locked and think about a car alarm if it is of sufficient value.

In a later email John added the police told him “it was probably used either for a joyride or to carry out illegal ‘business’ and, in all likelihood, it will appear somewhere in the metro area – and my key will work, since they use blanks to steal cars these days – they don’t jam screwdrivers and pull wiring like ‘back in the day.'”

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Missing cat Macchi lost on N.E. 98th St. since Thursday

December 28th, 2013 by Mike

Amy emails this afternoon:

Someone in the neighborhood suggested I send my info to Maple Leaf Life about our missing cat. I’m heartbroken, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to post a blurb. The info is below and pictures are attached. Thank you!

We’re out of town and our cat ran away from home, Northeast 98th Street between Roosevelt and Eighth avenues northeast, on Thursday. His name is Macchiato (Macchi for short). He has medium length black and white fur and weighs about 10lbs.

He’s probably pretty freaked out, since he’s never been outside for more than five minutes at a time. If you spot him please let me know ASAP! My number is 314-223-7781.

He’ likely going to be hard to catch. Any help is appreciated, we feel so helpless since we’re not able to be there looking for him ourselves.

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How long is the park path? Plus urban farming and trash pickup updates

December 27th, 2013 by Mike

Back when the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park opened, several people wondered about the paved park path.

Mostly, they wondered how long it is. In comments on our post from the time, David Miller said it was about half a mile.

Now Alicia emails:

We’ve been wondering what the distance around the big, paved loop at Maple Leaf park. On Christmas day, we took a measuring wheel to find out. It’s about 2480 feet around. That’s almost half a mile.

While we were measuring, a dozen people stopped to ask us what the distance was. Could you publish it for folks?

Update: “I asked the parks dept about the length of the path when the park first opened. The response:  ‘The outer asphalt pathway is 2,540 feet, so two laps is 200 feet shy of one mile.’ – Maryanne”

Maple Leaf also has a new Kickstarter project – Stacy Brewer of the Seattle Urban Farm School is trying to raise money to turn her garage on Northeast 97th Street into a schoolhouse so she doesn’t have to teach classes in her living room.

Her goal is $12,815. Her Kickstarter page is here.

Finally, we picked up several dozen comments on our post about Seattle considering whether to pick up trash only every other week.

Since then the City Council has unanimously passed a bill that would open negotiations with trash haulers on the possibility. Crosscut has an update here.

And this week  the Seattle Times has an editorial on the subject, although on reading it appears the newspaper’s position is “we should think about it.”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from Maple Leaf Life!

December 24th, 2013 by Mike

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Hilly Maple Leaf a perfect stop on Stairway Walks Day

December 24th, 2013 by master

Just in time to take advantage of your guilty holiday appetite, local nonprofit Feet First is getting the word out early about its Stairway Walks Day coming up Feb. 8.

The second annual event showcases staircases in 18 different Puget Sound neighborhoods, including hilly Maple Leaf, where the above photo was taken on this urban hike from Feet First’s Northeast Seattle Trails map (pdf).

There’s not a lot of information about the event this early, but we will keep you posted as the featured walks are planned.

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Lost dog, at Christmas

December 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Terry, a neighbor, emails:

“The family which owns Deuce the bulldog, kidnapped from Crown Hill, still hasn’t found him and one of their largest flyers was torn down, from a pole by the Northgate library. That might indicate the dog is in the Northgate or Maple Leaf area.

“Moreover, they have been handing out smaller flyers to people in this neighborhood and the family desperately needs help. Here’s their webpage:

“It’s Christmas. Could you go against protocol and run something on the family’s quest to find Deuce? They need a Christmas miracle and having people aware of this matter, in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, would be a good thing.”

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Ground cleared for new homes at north park entrance

December 22nd, 2013 by Mike

As the snow fell Friday morning, so did the “boarding house” at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Plans are to construct four new homes on the site at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 88th Street, while retaining the largest trees. You can see our previous post here, or see the company’s plans for the “Canopy at Maple Leaf” at the Build Urban website.

The remains on Sunday morning.

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Handmade holiday gifts from Maple Leaf’s own glass studio

December 22nd, 2013 by Mike

Last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers? Follow the signs.

For at 1517 N.E. 89th St., Maya Radoczy operates her 1,200-square-foot hot shop, hand-blowing glass art and objects, at very affordable prices.

You can see a video – and our post from 2010, here.

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Handmade holiday gifts from Maple Leaf's own glass studio

December 22nd, 2013 by Mike

Last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers? Follow the signs.

For at 1517 N.E. 89th St., Maya Radoczy operates her 1,200-square-foot hot shop, hand-blowing glass art and objects, at very affordable prices.

You can see a video – and our post from 2010, here.

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Maple Leaf greets the holidays with an inch of snow

December 20th, 2013 by Mike

7:30 a.m.: There’s an inch of snow on the ground at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning.

Schools are delayed by two hours. Metro buses are operating on snow routes.

It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location, or to provide service updates at the individual trip or stop level.

The forecast: “Snow before 1 p.m., then rain. High near 44. South southwest wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.”

Seattle Parks tweets: “All golf courses closed to sledding. But stop in for range balls & last minute shopping at Interbay & pro-shops!”

Trash pickup is on today, although it might be delayed.

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