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Entries from March 2014

Neighbor reports misbehaving in Thornton Creek

March 31st, 2014 by Mike

We get reports from time to time of activities in Thornton Creek where it passes through Maple Leaf.

Most often they are about people cutting trees, or loitering.

Now we have one about fire starting.

Stephanie emails this morning:

I live on Eighth Avenue Northeast & Northeast 104th Street and there is a creek behind my house. I like to walk my dog through the trails on a regular basis. Last Wednesday I started walking him down when I saw a kid (potentially teenager) attempting to start a fire. As soon as he saw me he stomped on it and ran off. Just wanted to let people know who live around there to keep an eye out for kids & teens in the creek area that might be up to no good.

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“Scary solicitor” reported in Maple Leaf

March 30th, 2014 by Mike

Katie writes: “I wanted to let the neighborhood know that I had a really scary solicitor today (Saturday).  She lives at Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I live in Maple Leaf and around 6:30 p.m. a tall black man in a Seahawks hat, blue coat and khaki’s knocked on my door. I didn’t answer.

I cracked my blinds and politely Pagessaid ” I’m not interested.” He went on to say that he wasn’t selling anything, more that I needed to “vote” for him for something.

I said that I was busy, and to please leave. He said NO and was really aggressive. I said that I was going to call the police if he didn’t leave. He screamed in my window ” I don’t give a F**K!”.

I called 911, who said they would go and find him.

Honestly, it was terrifying.

Please keep an eye out for him.

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"Scary solicitor" reported in Maple Leaf

March 30th, 2014 by Mike

Katie writes: “I wanted to let the neighborhood know that I had a really scary solicitor today (Saturday).  She lives at Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I live in Maple Leaf and around 6:30 p.m. a tall black man in a Seahawks hat, blue coat and khaki’s knocked on my door. I didn’t answer.

I cracked my blinds and politely Pagessaid ” I’m not interested.” He went on to say that he wasn’t selling anything, more that I needed to “vote” for him for something.

I said that I was busy, and to please leave. He said NO and was really aggressive. I said that I was going to call the police if he didn’t leave. He screamed in my window ” I don’t give a F**K!”.

I called 911, who said they would go and find him.

Honestly, it was terrifying.

Please keep an eye out for him.

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Weather service gets it right – thunder and lightning here

March 29th, 2014 by Mike

Updates:

From KIRO:

A Green Lake church was damaged Saturday afternoon after it was struck by lightning, said Seattle Fire Department officials.  The incident happened at the Bethany Community Church in the 1100 block of North 80th Street before 5 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found a 2-foot by 4-foot hole above the altar.  Fire officials said there was no fire but the electricity was knocked out.

Lightning strikes kill power in Ravenna, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th, also at Green Lake Drive North and Northeast 80th Street.

Short-term forecast issued within the hour:

SHORT TERM FORECAST

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA

326 PM PDT SAT MAR 29 2014

.NOW…

A LINE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH BREMERTON AND SEATTLE THROUGH 430 PM. THESE SHOWERS MAY PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS…CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES AND SMALL HAIL.

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Maple Leaf’s famous cherry tree near peak bloom

March 29th, 2014 by Mike

Earlier this morning the neighbors who own Maple Leaf’s heritage cherry tree posted new photos.

You can see them at the tree’s own Facebook page.

The tree, believed to be between 80 and 100 years old, is on the corner of Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Maple Leaf's famous cherry tree near peak bloom

March 29th, 2014 by Mike

Earlier this morning the neighbors who own Maple Leaf’s heritage cherry tree posted new photos.

You can see them at the tree’s own Facebook page.

The tree, believed to be between 80 and 100 years old, is on the corner of Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Help find Kindle, the missing black e-reader

March 28th, 2014 by Mike

Sarah emails this morning:

Our carpool buddy parked his large red truck in front of our house on 3/27, near the corner of Northeast  89th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. In a big “oops” on his part, he accidentally left his Kindle on the bumper of the truck where he’d been reading and waiting for my husband.

We are hoping that a neighborhood Good Samaritan may have seen it and retrieved it for safe keeping. If so, could you please contact Chad at 206-200-7283.

(We haven’t an update on Ralph, incidentally.)

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Help find Ralph, the missing black Lab

March 26th, 2014 by Mike

Dionnie emails this morning:

Ralph, a black Labrador/chow walked out of our house this morning (March 26) – back gate opened due to strong wind last night. If found, please call Dionnie: 206-335-3569. Thanks.

Ralph lives at 14th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75 Street.

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First Avenue remains one-way for two more months

March 25th, 2014 by Mike

Sound Transit confirmed today that – as one of our readers had suspected – First Avenue Northeast will remain one-way at the Maple Leaf Portal for two more months.

First Avenue NE between NE 92nd Street and just south of NE 100th Street will remain open southbound only through May. Current traffic and Metro bus service detours will remain in place through this extension.

The northbound closure allows crews to safely complete excavation and dirt hauling of the Maple Leaf Portal site. Keeping the northbound lane closed helps keep trucks from tracking out dirt which can wash into nearby Thornton Creek. Additionally, the northbound closure maintains a consistent traffic pattern rather than having continually shifting conditions. Unfamiliar changes in traffic can create a safety hazard.

Crews now plan to open the northbound lane once excavation is complete in May.

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Clouds, rain – maybe hail and lightning – move in

March 25th, 2014 by Mike

The mountain Monday evening as clouds closed in.

Updates

3:40 p.m. Heavy rain.

3:45 p.m. Sun.

4 p.m. Rainbow!

More wet weather has arrived – bad news for Oso and those involved  in the slide there.

For us: “The rain comes our way as a cold front rolls in, dropping our temperatures about 10 degrees from yesterday. Showers will be heavy at times this afternoon as highs reach the mid to upper 50s,” KOMO reports.

As the week progresses, hail and thunderstorms are possible. Friday brings a lot more rain.

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