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Entries from September 2014

Anyone missing a brown and white pet rat?

September 28th, 2014 by master

Lynda on the 8900 block of 12th Avenue Northeast writes to us that she’s seen a pet rat in her yard the last couple of weeks with a brown head and back, and white sides and belly.

Does anyone know whose beautiful fancy/pet rat may have escaped or was turned loose around here? Please post a comment if you know where it belongs or if you have suggestions for humanely dealing with it.

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New Little Free Library at 97th & Roosevelt

September 26th, 2014 by master

New Little Free Library at 97th & Roosevelt.Little Free Libraries are popping up all over the city, including in Maple Leaf. The latest one we know of is just east of Roosevelt on Northeast 97th St.:

It is fully stocked with books now and open for “business.” We hope that you will stop by to pick up (or drop off) a book (we have books for kids as well as adults). And please tell friends and other neighbors. We very much hope that it is a busy and thriving little library and that it helps get books into people’s hands!

The other Little Free Libraries we have written about include:

Are there any others in the neighborhood that need to be added to this list?

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North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond

September 24th, 2014 by master

For those of you who have been wondering where the police are when allegedly stolen safes show up or when other nonviolent crimes take place in Maple Leaf, a memo leaked to KOMONews.com explains what could be to blame.

According to the confidential memo, the detectives at the North Precinct are simply too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries:

A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved. …

The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it’s down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

But don’t worry, the Seattle Police Department doesn’t want us to think this is an invitation for burglars and other petty criminals to come prowling in Maple Leaf. According to MyNorthwest.com:

The Seattle Police Department insists it’s not turning a blind eye to burglaries in the north end, despite reports the north precinct is too short staffed to investigate most incidents.

And a spokesperson also has said that burglary cases also are investigated by the major crimes task force.

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Lost: Rocky the dog, Izzy the cat

September 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Update : Rocky is home, having spent the night at the animal shelter.

“Thanks to whoever picked him up and got him somewhere safe and thank you very much for posting that he was missing it meant a lot to us.”

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A tale of two lost pets.

Clayton emails:

“My highly social dog Rocky jumped the back fence of our home on Northeast 98th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast to go say ‘hi’ to the neighborhood at 6:00 on Sunday (September 21). He is a large white and tan Shepherd/Mix he is very friendly and gravitates to other dogs.

“If you should see him or have been visited by him please contact Clayton or Isla (206) 525-4823 or reach me by cell at (206) 240-0313.”

And Junko emails:

I’m hoping you might be able to help us get the word out about our lost cat, Izzie. We’ve lived in Maple Leaf for 15 years (on Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street) and thought Maple Leaf Life might be the perfect way to reach the broader community.

Missing since 8/28/2014 when she was scared off by work being done on the exterior of our house

Female, “grey” (black/brown/creme) tabby with short hair

She is people-shy and scares easily

15-16 lbs with large belly

If you see her please call: (206) 930-3154

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Pickle ball adepts: “Please don’t wreck the courts”

September 21st, 2014 by Mike

This weekend two emails arrived from Pickle Ball players at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Both are polite, and similar. They deal with a subject we figured would come up.

Jeff writes:

PLEASE, users of the wonderful Maple Leaf Park, if you see people using the pickle ball nets for something other than hitting small plastic balls across or into, PLEASE try to point out to them these nets are not going to endure that sort of thing.

He means the nets won’t take it, and notes he saw a child yanking at one.  “As of the last few weeks, one of the nets has been damaged, torn a bit in a lower side section. It is impossible to imagine this happened due to a pickle ball.”

And Nancy writes:

It seems to me that pickle ball is a new enough sport in this area that perhaps some signage would be helpful. If people see the nets as soccer nets and jungle gyms, they are going to be damaged, to the detriment of the people who want to play pickle ball. I think perhaps the community needs just a little bit of education.

She adds:

I would also like to offer the suggestion that the practice wall be removed in favor of putting up a third net and court. There is plenty of room, and people don’t use the practice board, in part because it is not a smooth surface, but has carved decorations that make the ball bounce at odd angles. I think there’s plenty of interest for a third court and I would love to support that initiative in anyway that I can.

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Pickle ball adepts: "Please don't wreck the courts"

September 21st, 2014 by Mike

This weekend two emails arrived from Pickle Ball players at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Both are polite, and similar. They deal with a subject we figured would come up.

Jeff writes:

PLEASE, users of the wonderful Maple Leaf Park, if you see people using the pickle ball nets for something other than hitting small plastic balls across or into, PLEASE try to point out to them these nets are not going to endure that sort of thing.

He means the nets won’t take it, and notes he saw a child yanking at one.  “As of the last few weeks, one of the nets has been damaged, torn a bit in a lower side section. It is impossible to imagine this happened due to a pickle ball.”

And Nancy writes:

It seems to me that pickle ball is a new enough sport in this area that perhaps some signage would be helpful. If people see the nets as soccer nets and jungle gyms, they are going to be damaged, to the detriment of the people who want to play pickle ball. I think perhaps the community needs just a little bit of education.

She adds:

I would also like to offer the suggestion that the practice wall be removed in favor of putting up a third net and court. There is plenty of room, and people don’t use the practice board, in part because it is not a smooth surface, but has carved decorations that make the ball bounce at odd angles. I think there’s plenty of interest for a third court and I would love to support that initiative in anyway that I can.

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Crime comparison fails to show increase here

September 19th, 2014 by Mike

We get a lot of comments speculating on whether crime is increasing in Maple Leaf.

Generally speaking, the answer is “probably not,” but it’s tough to compare.

One way is to use statistics the Seattle Police Department compiles by patrol beat.

A problem is that Maple Leaf takes up chunks, but not all, of three different patrol beats in the North Precinct: Nora 3, Union 1 and Lincoln 2 (see map to right).

The beat that has the largest piece of Maple Leaf is Union 1 – that’s the chart at the top of this post.

There, the most recent  statistics for all property crimes  – burglaries, stolen cars, theft and such, the most common crimes here – are currently about in the middle of the years from 2008 to 2013. (The black line is 2013.)

Pretty much the same thing for Lincoln 2 (below).

But not so much in Nora 3 (below), where property crimes seem to be swinging up.

In other words, pretty much the same as in when we looked in 2011.

That’s not to say the statistics convey emotional meaning. For example earlier this week the rear window of a car on Northeast 92nd Street was shot out around 1:30 a.m. Neighbors heard the shots and were shocked this happened on their street.

But statistically, that incident isn’t reported as a drive-by shooting (because only a car was injured), but as a simple property crime. Specifically, “property damage – non residential.”

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Gunshots on N.E. 92nd early this morning – Subaru hit

September 15th, 2014 by Mike

“Heads up to the area,” Katie emails.

At around 1:30 a.m. between three and four gunshots were heard by several neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between Eighth and Fifth avenues northeast, followed by the sound of car tires peeling out.

“This morning I saw that my neighbor’s car had a bullet hole in the back seat.”

One shot clearly broke the back window of this Subaru Forester before embedding in the right rear seat.

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How will they fix our underground reservoir (yes, the one with the new park on top)?

September 12th, 2014 by Mike

Since the beginning of summer, when Seattle Public Utilities agreed that its four underground reservoirs – including ours – might fail in a catastrophic earthquake, a good question has been: What will the city do about it?

Now the West Seattle Blog has at least a partial answer.

The West Seattle Reservoir, together with the Maple Leaf, Beacon Hill and Myrtle reservoirs, need retrofitting after it was discovered contractors used a construction formula designed for above ground, not underground, reservoirs.

Yes, we know the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – on top of the underground reservoir – just opened last fall.

First on the list for retrofitting is West Seattle, which went into service four years ago. The work is expected to cost over $7 million.

According to an earlier West Seattle Blog post (and one of ours, too): “First thing you should know is: SPU says the reservoirs ‘are in no danger of catastrophic failure,’ even without the retrofits.”

It was stressed that none of the reservoirs will have to be dug back open for these retrofits – the work will be done inside, with crews and equipment accessing through existing maintenance hatches.

This week the West Seattle Blog reported work is about to start on the reservoir there and will run through March. It also posted a copy of the construction notice (pdf).

It says, in part:

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Green Lake water closed – even for dogs

September 12th, 2014 by Mike

This from Seattle parks this afternoon:

‘The level of toxins in the algae at Green Lake has increased and has prompted parks and Public Health officials to close the lake to swimming and water contact for people and dogs.

People and pets should not swim, wade or play in the lake. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing (though fish should be thoroughly cleaned) and boating in stable boats. Avoid areas of scum when boating.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

An earlier warning was released on Aug. 22nd.

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