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Entries from May 2015

Remember: Olympic View book sale and Lakeview celebration

May 28th, 2015 by Mike

Two things happening this weekend:

Beginning Friday afternoon, Olympic View Elementary School is holding its annual used book sale.

We have collected over 5,000 items, and we are now trying to get the word out about our sale this weekend. Would you be able to post about the event? Here are the details:

The sale is this Friday, May 29th, (3:45-6 p.m.) and Saturday, May 30th, (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be a great chance to stock up on some summer reading.

We will have over 5,000 used books, CDs, and DVDs, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2 for most items. The sale will be held in the auditorium at Olympic View (504 N.E. 95th St.).

On Saturday, we will have a raffle, with prizes including restaurant gift certificates, a Kindle, a one hour massage from Seattle Athletic Club, and Funko toys. Of course, all proceeds benefit the students at OV.

Also on Saturday, the Lakeview Free Methodist Church is holding a free Community Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 9412 15th Ave. N.E.

We will have food, bouncy house, games, raffle and more. Fun for the whole family.

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A second cat found

May 27th, 2015 by Mike

Chelsea emails:

Found near Northeast 86th Street and Ravenna Avenue Northeast – male cat, short hair, all black.

He’s been in our neighborhood for at least three-four weeks but only just approached us this past weekend and hasn’t wanted to leave since. He took up residence on our porch Saturday morning and has hardly left.

Seems like he’s been out on his own for a while – is very bony and hungry and has some cuts on his ears and scars.

Contact: Chelsea at (cell) 785-550-5317 or

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Construction begins at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

May 26th, 2015 by Mike

Crews, cranes – even a portable office.

All have taken up residence at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park as 10 months of work begins to bring the underground reservoir up to the correct earthquake standards.

The park opened in October of 2013.

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23 City Council candidates invited to Maple Leaf forum

May 26th, 2015 by Mike

Update May 26 with this link from coverage of the last District 5 candidate forum.

This email arrived this morning from the Maple Leaf Community Council:

We have invited candidates for District 4, District 5, Position 8, and Position 9 — some 23 candidates in all — to attend our June 3 Candidate Forum. This will be Maple Leafers’ best chance to hear directly from candidates before ballots arrive in July.

Because of the huge number of candidates, we are deviating from our normal routine of having community members ask questions of the candidates directly. Instead, we are asking you to send your questions to us in advance. Our moderator will then ask as many of them as time will allow..

As a reminder, Maple Leaf’s candidate forums not only help you be a better voter, they help Maple Leaf. When we have a great turnout, candidates remember this. It makes the job of your Executive Board much easier down the road.

So we hope to see a great turnout on June 3rd.

The forum is from 7-9 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School.

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Home burglaries and car crimes here

May 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Christina emails:

On Tuesday, May 19th, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. thieves broke into a house on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets.

They smashed a door window in the back to let themselves in and ransacked several rooms stealing cameras, tablets, cash, and jewelry. This was particularly brazen as it occurred in the middle of the day across the street from a church and school (St. Catherine).

No one claims to have seen anything or anyone suspicious on that block, but one neighbor said a man was seen that day on Northeast 88th Street falsely claiming to be a meter reader.

The Seattle Police crime map above shows six home burglaries so far this month in Maple Leaf. Most of them follow the pattern Christina described. (The gray circles are business burglaries, not homes.)

Another burglary report was emailed on May 12th: “Just emailing you to let you know of a break-in on the 2000 block of Northeast 97th Street on Monday 5/11 around 4:30 p.m.

“Back door kicked in, house ransacked, TV, empty purse and some family heirloom jewelry stolen. A neighbor identified the car as an older model large white sedan, possibly a town car or similar, with dark tinted windows”

Car Crimes

On Twitter, Gabi asks of both us and police: “I heard from a neighbor there have been car break-ins, but have not heard anything from @SPD. Can anyone confirm this?”

She mentions Northeast 80th and 85th streets and around the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

A different neighbor emailed this story of a car prowl May 14th on Northeast 97th Street.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought perhaps I’d forgotten to lock the door to my new car (now that I have to press a fancy button instead of just hand-locking the door!!!).

Sure enough, when I woke up my car had been ransacked. Lucky for me, it’s new so I have nothing in it.

I saw my neighbor and told her what happened, she laughed that she never locks her doors, and lo and behold, her car also had been ransacked.

They stole some of her change and a nice pair of sunglasses, and my old-ass iPod. Hardly worth the work. So annoying. We both filed reports 🙂

The map at right shows car prowls and stolen cars in Maple Leaf so far this month.

In response to Gabi, Seattle Police tweeted: “Appears #SeaStat data for Maple Leaf/Roosevelt/Ravenna area shows 19% drop in prowls for 1st 5.5 mos of the year.”

However, that number would not include the Northgate Transit Center and mall, as SPD says they are in the Northgate section of SeaStat.

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Blazing broadband Internet just weeks away?

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Rich emails:

I live on Northeast 100th Street @ 15th Avenue Northeast,  where as you know they have been installing fiber on the poles for the CenturyLink Gigabit Internet service.

Being the geek that I am I have been chatting the technicians up trying to get an idea of how soon the service would become available.

Up to now the answer has been “soon, real soon . . ” but yesterday the technician splicing some of the last bits of fiber told me they were in testing mode now and things should be ready within 30 days.

Also, they had a sandwich board out advertising the service with a LOCAL number to call. (see attached picture.)

I phoned the number and it’s a local person who forwarded my information to the install technicians.

He said I should be expecting a call soon and could have service in as little as three weeks!

We, too, called the number and got CenturyLink’s Dewayne Reichert, who confirmed that around 250 Maple Leaf neighborhood houses are about to become eligible for really, really fast fiber-optic Internet connections – within weeks.

We’ve asked for further details.

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Ten-month work begins to fix Maple Leaf Reservoir

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Signs are up at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park saying 10 months of earthquake retrofitting will begin soon.

Expect: Trucks and construction equipment around and within the park (see graphic).

Do Not Expect: Tearing up our (almost) new park.

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.

Why is this happening? Because the underground reservoirs were built to above-ground specifications. That’s why.

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Another cat – this one found

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Jennifer emails: “We found a lovely tuxedo cat near our house and I think she’s a lost house kitty. Attached are photos.”

In an separate email she said: “She has no collar, but she seems healthy and well-fed and we think she’s missing her family . We’d love to keep this sweet purring machine but I’m allergic to cats.”

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Added: Lost white cat. Lost orange cat near N.E. 92nd St.

May 19th, 2015 by Mike

Updated May 20:

Terry emails that he saw a notice on a utility pole:

Missing since Sunday, Mothers Day

White male cat, 2 years old

From Northgate Manor Apartments

Named “River”

Contact Cindy @ (206) 816-2961


He adds that Northgate Manor Apartments are located between 8th Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, about a block south of Northeast Northgate Way.


Carrie emails to NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:


My short haired orange cat escaped last night. He is an indoor only cat with a severe heart condition. He doesn’t have a collar. We live at Northeast 92nd Street and 12th Avenue Northeast. Thank you for your help!

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Power out in Ravenna, south Maple Leaf

May 16th, 2015 by Mike

Noon update:

Seattle City Light ‏@SEACityLight 2m2 minutes ago

Crews and operators have restored power to NE Seattle customers. The cause of the outage was faulty equipment. Thanks for your patience!


About 3,600 neighbors are without power at mid-morning, primarily in the Ravenna/Wedgwood area.

No details are known about the cause. Estimated time of restoration early afternoon.

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