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Entries from January 2014

Maple Leaf 12th Man – noon Sunday at the park

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

12th Man.

Sunday.

At the park.

Noon …er, 12 p.m.

A group of Maple Leaf residents are pulling together a 12th Man photo op on Seahawk Super Bowl Sunday.

The plan: Meet at the viewpoint on the southeast side of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Wear Hawk gear. Make a giant “12.”

From Donna Hartmann-Miller of Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park and the Maple Leaf Community Council, who is looking for a tall ladder:

If it is overcast, we can take the photo from the viewpoint INTO the park and maybe get the water tank in the background. If it is a clear day, we can take the shot TOWARDS the viewpoint and get Mount Rainier.

Which, for the event, has been renamed Mount Seattle Seahawks by the state Legislature. (Don’t tell the Salish.)

Also from Donna:

Something fun for kids under 12 — Maple Leaf Ace Hardware is offering free Seahawks inspired face painting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The store is at 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E. and this is part of our 12th Man Special Weekend. If a grownup (or anyone over 12) wants to match, it will only cost $2 to be the most Seahawk-y fans around.

Finally, help The Seattle Public Library beat Denver! (Hash tags #SEAreads and #ReadingBowl)

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Changes at the park – where’s the zip line, sign?

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

Several neighbors have recently asked  when the popular zip line at the Maple Leaf Playground will be fixed.

It broke, apparently, last weekend.

“Wanting to ask why the Zip Line seat and hanging part disappeared on Saturday,” wrote DanM.

Since then, fencing has been installed around the “launch platform” at the top of  the line.

We expect to hear back from Seattle Parks on this early next week.

If anyone has answers now, please leave them in comments.

While we were at it, we also asked Parks where the (graffiti-ridden) sign at the west entrance to the playground has gone.

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Changes at the park – where's the zip line, sign?

January 31st, 2014 by Mike

Several neighbors have recently asked  when the popular zip line at the Maple Leaf Playground will be fixed.

It broke, apparently, last weekend.

“Wanting to ask why the Zip Line seat and hanging part disappeared on Saturday,” wrote DanM.

Since then, fencing has been installed around the “launch platform” at the top of  the line.

We expect to hear back from Seattle Parks on this early next week.

If anyone has answers now, please leave them in comments.

While we were at it, we also asked Parks where the (graffiti-ridden) sign at the west entrance to the playground has gone.

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Don’t forget about tonight’s Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Don't forget about tonight's Community Meeting

January 29th, 2014 by Mike

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council kicks off tonight at 7 p.m.

On the agenda:

7:00 p.m. Call meeting to order and announcements

7:05 p.m. Political Changes

7:15 p.m. CleanScapes – A Really Neat Opportunity

7:25 p.m.  Bike Master Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm)

7:45 p.m. 2014 Maple Leaf Community Work Plan

8:30 p.m. Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free child care is provided.

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Earlier this morning at the park – fog remains in short- and long-term forecasts

January 25th, 2014 by Mike

It was as foggy as it’s been this year at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning. (And that’s saying something.)

It’s lifting here now, but is forecast to return through the weekend.

In a short-term forecast, the National Weather Service warns:

AREAS OF DENSE FOG HAS FORMED OVER THE INTERIOR WATERS FROM PUGET SOUND TO THE NORTH INTERIOR. LAND AREAS NEAR WATER WILL ALSO HAVE DENSE FOG OR FREEZING FOG AT TIMES THIS MORNING.

VISIBILITY MAY DROP BELOW A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION IN AREAS OF LOW VISIBILITY. WATCH FOR ICY SPOTS ON ROADWAYS WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING.

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Learn about city council districts, Maple Leaf changes and school board boundaries at the January meeting of the Community Council

January 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Under the new City Council system of electing council members by district, Maple Leaf after the 2015 elections will be represented by two council members.

Most of the neighborhood will be in District Five, from Northeast Northgate Way down roughly to the middle of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

Neighbors who live south of a line drawn horizontally though the park will be in District 4.

Learn more about this at the January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council. It’s Wednesday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street. Free, licensed child care will be provided.

Also on the agenda, the community council’s work plan for the year, an update on the ever-popular Bicycle Master Plan (a separated bike lane on Roosevelt Way Northeast?) and changes to public school boundaries.

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“Really fast” neighborhood broadband Internet service dies – again

January 19th, 2014 by Mike

Last April, and again in late June, we posted on the possibility of broadband (read “really fast“) Internet service coming to parts of Maple Leaf.

By June, pricing had been announced, as was the fact that the initial list of demonstration projects had dropped the Northgate/Maple Leaf piece.

We never got any response from emails or voice mails we left with the city’s designated partner, Gigabit Squared Seattle. And although its website still works, the company apparently does not.

From our news partner The Seattle Times earlier this month:

Erin Devoto, Seattle’s chief technology officer, said that as of mid-November, the company’s phones were turned off and the city was unable to reach its officers. She turned over the bill for city staff’s preliminary engineering work on a broadband network to the City Attorney’s Office for collection.

The Times has more background here. And GeekWire has posts here and here.

It’s the second time the city’s plans for broadband have died.

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"Really fast" neighborhood broadband Internet service dies – again

January 19th, 2014 by Mike

Last April, and again in late June, we posted on the possibility of broadband (read “really fast“) Internet service coming to parts of Maple Leaf.

By June, pricing had been announced, as was the fact that the initial list of demonstration projects had dropped the Northgate/Maple Leaf piece.

We never got any response from emails or voice mails we left with the city’s designated partner, Gigabit Squared Seattle. And although its website still works, the company apparently does not.

From our news partner The Seattle Times earlier this month:

Erin Devoto, Seattle’s chief technology officer, said that as of mid-November, the company’s phones were turned off and the city was unable to reach its officers. She turned over the bill for city staff’s preliminary engineering work on a broadband network to the City Attorney’s Office for collection.

The Times has more background here. And GeekWire has posts here and here.

It’s the second time the city’s plans for broadband have died.

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Seattle Public Library announces scholarship essay competition

January 15th, 2014 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is inviting Seattle high school seniors and undergraduates to enter an essay scholarship competition in honor of civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

The foundation are looking for essay submissions exploring the subject of civic courage. Local youth are asked to write about an individual or group from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition was created to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who took a stand to better the world and their willingness to go against public opinion.

“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, executive director of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation and we are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

Essays can be submitted online until February 28 and six scholarships will be awarded for the essays chosen by the blue ribbon scholarship judges. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning essay; two $2,500 scholarships for second place and three $1,000 scholarships for third place.

The winners will be announced in May and the winning essays will be added to the collection in Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library.

The competition is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

The Seattle Public Library is offering two workshops to support students in their research from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave, Level 10, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Room).

Click here to learn more about the competition.

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