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Entries from April 2015

Four photos from Maple Leaf this week

April 30th, 2015 by Mike

Familiar scene. Anything different?

Glad it’s not me!

After Wednesday night’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council executive board, the council posted this on its Facebook page. “Some of the initial architectural designs for the new building on the Waldo Hospital site.” This view looks east from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s still there.


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Olympic View Elementary seeks donated books

April 29th, 2015 by Mike

Sue emails:

I am a PTA member at Olympic View and Maple Leaf resident on Northeast 84th Street, and I’m organizing the annual used book sale, to be held at OV on May 29th and 30th.

We are currently seeking used book, CD, and DVD donations from the community. Would you be able to put the call out on your blog for donations?

This year, these are our donation drop-off locations:

* MAPLE LEAF ACE HARDWARE

* SEATTLE ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHGATE – one free guest pass per donation (limit 10 per day; while supplies last)

* CLOUD CITY COFFEE – one free drip coffee for 5+ items or a free 12 oz drink of any kind for 10+ items

* OLYMPIC VIEW ELEMENTARY – yellow drop box in front of the school (504 NE 95th St)

The sale itself will be Friday, May 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E, 95th St.

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Remember: Community Council meets Wednesday night

April 28th, 2015 by Mike

The April general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday night.

It’s an important one.

From our previous post:

Two of Maple Leaf’s most visible residents are stepping down after years on the Maple Leaf Community Council – an organization that played a major role in shaping our neighborhood.

The ubiquitous Donna Hartmann-Miller (seen rousing the 12th Man) is stepping down from her council position when her term expires next month. (She’s also ubiquitous here.)

Her husband, David Miller – who has served as council president for nearly six years – will step down from the president’s position in May, but remain on the council until his term expires in 2016.

The nine-member executive committee actually needs to fill four of those slots, hopefully Wednesday night.

There will also be a briefing from Aegis Living, the company redeveloping the Waldo Hospital site.

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. St.

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Seattle Police detail plans for Maples Leaf (sic)

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

The graphic, above, pretty much says it all.

Although publicity of the Seattle Police Department’s current enforcement push has focused mainly on its 9 1/2 Block downtown strategy, it also earlier this week announced plans on a neighborhood level. Called Micro Community Policing Plans. (Update: Related Danny Westneat column here.)

This is what they say about us.

* “Maples Leaf”  is, for policing purposes, considered part of the Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood. As are Wedgwood and Green Lake. Here is the pdf.

Enforcement priorities are:

* Burglaries.

* Drug use in Cowen Park (which IS in Roosevelt/Ravenna, near Whole Foods).

* Bar noise, traffic safety and

* Urinating in public.

Not entirely familiar? We could be in the Northgate neighborhood (including Haller Lake, Pinehurst and North College Park).

There the priorities are:

* Prostitution (along Aurora Avenue North).

* Graffiti.

* Burglaries.

* Traffic safety and lack of lighting.

We’ll be happy to funnel any comments to the North Precinct.

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A mural for Maple Leaf’s water tower?

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

Annie emails: “I saw an article in Maple Leaf Life back in August of 2010 associated with a media release to keep the water tower in Maple Leaf.

“I’m an artist taking a mural class at North Seattle College and live a few blocks from the water tower. One of my assignments is to propose a public mural, and I couldn’t help but think about a hypothetical proposal for the water tower to have a facelift!

“This is hypothetical as an assignment, but I’ll be designing and proposing with all considerations a mural to be hypothetically painted. I’m interested in information to do my project. Measurements are a must. This will potentially be a plan the city may want to use.

“Do you know where I could access the schematic plan for the 1948 build of the tower? Do you know who’s in charge of making a decision about the tower’s aesthetics? Any opinions about the message of the artwork?

“We could create a poll and ask on the blog what people want to see.”

We’ll put Annie in touch with Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

The tower, as we’ve reported, has now been empty of water for years, and will not be returned to service. It doesn’t meet modern earthquake standards.

The city is leaving it up as a landmark (and platform for antennas). Other suggestions here have included turning it into an observation platform, a rotating restaurant or a  hawk aerie.

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A mural for Maple Leaf's water tower?

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

Annie emails: “I saw an article in Maple Leaf Life back in August of 2010 associated with a media release to keep the water tower in Maple Leaf.

“I’m an artist taking a mural class at North Seattle College and live a few blocks from the water tower. One of my assignments is to propose a public mural, and I couldn’t help but think about a hypothetical proposal for the water tower to have a facelift!

“This is hypothetical as an assignment, but I’ll be designing and proposing with all considerations a mural to be hypothetically painted. I’m interested in information to do my project. Measurements are a must. This will potentially be a plan the city may want to use.

“Do you know where I could access the schematic plan for the 1948 build of the tower? Do you know who’s in charge of making a decision about the tower’s aesthetics? Any opinions about the message of the artwork?

“We could create a poll and ask on the blog what people want to see.”

We’ll put Annie in touch with Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

The tower, as we’ve reported, has now been empty of water for years, and will not be returned to service. It doesn’t meet modern earthquake standards.

The city is leaving it up as a landmark (and platform for antennas). Other suggestions here have included turning it into an observation platform, a rotating restaurant or a  hawk aerie.

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Olympic View plant sale today and Saturday

April 24th, 2015 by Mike

Remember: Olympic View Elementary’s plant sale runs until 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The school is at 504 N.E. 95th St.

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UPDATE with benefit fund: Tequila bandit strikes Maple Leaf’s COA

April 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update 4/24: Jennifer emails: “Someone has started a GoFundMe for COA.

“This link might be nice to put with the article. It is a shame when this type of crime happens.”

Josh emails this story with the note: “This is not good.”

Thieves steal $10,000 worth of liquor.

The story, from KIRO TV, says:

Thieves targeted a Seattle restaurant, stealing more than $10,000 worth of liquor.

The owners of COA Mexican restaurant off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street in the Maple Leaf neighborhood told KIRO 7 they were stocking up for the Cinco de Mayo holiday when the burglars hit.

They’re now hoping their surveillance video helps catch them.

The burglary occurred early Sunday morning.

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UPDATE with benefit fund: Tequila bandit strikes Maple Leaf's COA

April 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update 4/24: Jennifer emails: “Someone has started a GoFundMe for COA.

“This link might be nice to put with the article. It is a shame when this type of crime happens.”

Josh emails this story with the note: “This is not good.”

Thieves steal $10,000 worth of liquor.

The story, from KIRO TV, says:

Thieves targeted a Seattle restaurant, stealing more than $10,000 worth of liquor.

The owners of COA Mexican restaurant off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street in the Maple Leaf neighborhood told KIRO 7 they were stocking up for the Cinco de Mayo holiday when the burglars hit.

They’re now hoping their surveillance video helps catch them.

The burglary occurred early Sunday morning.

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A second art gallery closes on Roosevelt Way N.E.

April 21st, 2015 by Mike

Briana emails:

Joy Carter, owner of Between Cultures, requested that I forward this letter on to the Maple Leaf community.

Unfortunately Joy and Bob needed to close their delightful gallery on Northeast 88th Street  and Roosevelt Way Northeast to take care of Bob (Elam) after four months in the hospital.

Also, I’d appreciate it if someone can direct me to the folks of the Maple Leaf Newsletter, as that was where Joy had mentioned.

Thank you.

The Maple Leaf newsletter of the Maple Leaf Community Council can be reached here.

Between Cultures is the second gallery to close on that block of Roosevelt Way Northeast. The Snow Goose Gallery closed in February 2014.

Interestingly, the Snow Goose Facebook page became active again last month.

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