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Entries from May 2015

Multiple-family garage sale on N.E. 100th St.

May 14th, 2015 by Mike

We’re trying to revive our “garage sales here or near” link on the right of our main page, but in the meantime Jim emails:

Multiple house garage sale May 16th. Houses are on Northeast 100th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Items for sale include books, glassware, furniture including a double size “princess” bed set including dresser, bookcase, step stool and the bed.

Other items for sale are collectibles, china, clothes, women’s shoes size 8. Some kids toys such as legos are free.

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City Council forum coming up, as Mian Rice bows out

May 14th, 2015 by Mike

A candidate forum for the new Seattle City Council district that includes the vast majority of Maple Leaf will be held Monday evening.

The forum for Council District 5 is from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Avenue Northeast.

It’s sponsored by the North District Council, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and the Meadowbrook Community Council.

Meanwhile, a candidate for District 5 with high name recognition, Mian Rice – son of former mayor Norm Rice – on Thursday announced he’s out of the race.

Publicola has the story here. From a Rice press release:

(It) is with mixed emotions that I am today announcing my withdrawal from the Seattle City Council race for the District 5 seat.

As my campaign began to take shape, a growing issue of deep concern has been rapidly spreading across our nation – and it is an issue that I cannot continue to stand by and ignore. There is a growing disparity around racial justice issues in our community and an ever-widening economic divide that only serves to make the problem worse. In the face of the tragic events we’ve witnessed in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, I have come to realize that this is the issue I need to devote my time and attention to, because this is where my passion resides.

As is true for so many of those individuals I connected with at the door of their home or their store-front, I too care deeply about the direction our city is heading. That is why I have decided to follow my heart and focus my energy and attention on doing all I can to ensure that we do not become another Ferguson or Baltimore.

The full press release is also on the candidate’s Facebook page.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has overall coverage of what effect our new district council system might have here. Friday is the candidate filing deadline.

The official city candidate list is here.

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Have you seen a (very large) neighborhood cat?

May 13th, 2015 by Mike

This photo, of a potentially 40-pound Serval cat, native to Africa, is from PetsAdvisor.com, which advises you not to get one.

Question is, have you seen one in Maple Leaf?

A huge cat, very similar to the one in the photo, has been repeatedly spotted on Northeast 89th Street between Roosevelt Avenue Northeast and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

From PetsAdvisor:

These cats like to hunt — at night! Keep in mind a serval weighs an average of 40 to 50 pounds on the high end. Imagine your serval is playing or hunting at 3 a.m. and those 40 to 50 pounds lands on you in the bed mid-sleep. Talk about startling!

The website also advises Servals need a “much larger litter box than normal” (if they use it at all).

The neighbor who spotted it thinks it might be a cross between a Serval and a Savannah cat, which itself is a cross between a Serval and a domestic cat.

But he says it’s probably between 40 and 50 pounds, and that when it vocalized “it did not say MEOW… it GROWLED AND ROARED.”

He said he reported it to the zoo, which says they have no missing cats, and to Seattle Animal Control.

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Neighbors report home burglaries, car crimes

May 12th, 2015 by Mike

This from earlier this afternoon:

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.

Other reports:

* Home burglary, May 10th, Northeast 107th between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 15th Avenue Northeast.

* Car smash-and-grab, May 9th, Eighth Avenue Northeast in front of St. Catherine’s Elementary School.

Here is the Seattle Police crime map for burglaries and car crimes so far this month:

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A better way to report graffiti in the park(s)

May 12th, 2015 by Mike

That particularly garish bit of graffiti is gone from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, and we have a new way to report future problems.

This incident was originally reported on Seattle Public Utility’s graffiti report form and to the Graffiti Hotline (684-7587).

The report apparently got lost between SPU and parks.

From Seattle  Parks and Recreation:

But if you’re certain that a particular piece of graffiti is within a park, it’s more direct (and because it’s more direct, it’s quicker; and also because it’s more direct, there’s that much less chance of going astray) to call Seattle Parks’ Maintenance Request Line (684-7250).

When we dialed the parks request line, it was answered by a real, live, person. !!

We try to have graffiti removed no later than six working days after it’s reported; if special equipment is needed, ten days; for hate-speech graffiti, 24 hours.

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Detectives seek armed coffee robber – struck twice here

May 10th, 2015 by Mike

Police detectives are searching for an armed robber who targets restaurants and coffee shops – including one in Maple Leaf.

The robber hit the Mug Bugs Coffee Stand at 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street (at Rick’s Chevron) in both March and April, according to a police press release.

Other targets during the last three months include the neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna and Greenwood.

The masked suspect has walked into seven six different businesses —sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Police said victims include Subways on Greenwood Avenue North and 35th Avenue Northeast, the Black Pearl restaurant on 35th Avenue Northeast and Muddy Waters Espresso on North 65th Street. Not shown on the map is Homegrown Sandwiches on Queen Anne Avenue North.

The police press release and map are here.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall.

Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty, dark-green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

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Green Lake path to be re-striped today

May 7th, 2015 by Mike

Thursday morning: Stripe plus 10 minutes.

That big truck on the Green Lake paved path today?

The Seattle parks and transportation departments have teamed up to repaint the center stripe on the path.

Visitors to Green Lake Park will see an SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.

The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting.

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with SDOT for the work. This city collaboration provides a more efficient way to paint the path and will minimize the amount of time the path is closed to the community.

Use of the SDOT truck will enable completion of this work in a shorter time frame than is typical and will provide more visible, long lasting lines.

On Thursday, SDOT will provide a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied.

The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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A few tickets remain for Saturday’s dinner with Steve Scher

May 6th, 2015 by Mike

A popular northeast Seattle event is this Saturday evening, and a few tickets remain.

The event is NEST’s annual community dinner, this time featuring northeast resident Steve Scher of KUOW fame.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Saturday, May 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Previous spring benefit dinners have sold out, last year’s with 146 people and the previous year with more than 130.

NEST is a  local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, of which $50 will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the red “click for tickets” image in the middle of  the page.

For other payment options, or for more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at judy@nestseattle.org, 206-525-6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is a NEST incorporator and previous board president.

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A few tickets remain for Saturday's dinner with Steve Scher

May 6th, 2015 by Mike

A popular northeast Seattle event is this Saturday evening, and a few tickets remain.

The event is NEST’s annual community dinner, this time featuring northeast resident Steve Scher of KUOW fame.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Saturday, May 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Previous spring benefit dinners have sold out, last year’s with 146 people and the previous year with more than 130.

NEST is a  local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, of which $50 will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the red “click for tickets” image in the middle of  the page.

For other payment options, or for more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at judy@nestseattle.org, 206-525-6378, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is a NEST incorporator and previous board president.

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Nathan Hale plant sale starts today

May 6th, 2015 by Mike

The three-day Nathan Hale High School Horticulture Plant Sale began at 2 p.m. today.

The wildly popular annual sale, featuring everything from hanging baskets to tomatoes, is at the school’s greenhouse, off of Northeast 110th Street and 34th Avenue Northeast, just north of Jane Addams Middle School.

The sale runs until 6 p.m. today, from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, skips Friday, and opens 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th.

For more details, including plant lists, go to their Facebook page.

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