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Entries from June 2015

More graffiti at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 29th, 2015 by Mike

Graffiti at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this weekend.

It’s not the first time this hitting wall has been tagged.

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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Rain, thunder and lightning now in Maple Leaf

June 28th, 2015 by Mike

From the National Weather Service in Seattle:

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Lost dog Butters – a Golden Doodle – this morning

June 27th, 2015 by Mike

Sunday update: Butters is home.


Jeanette emails:

“Wondering if you would please share this on your blog? Thank you.

“Lost Dog

“Name: Butters

“Breed: Golden Doodle.

“Last Seen: Running towards Northeast 96th Street from Northeast 95th Street this morning, Saturday, around 9:15 a.m.

“He would respond to a tennis ball more than food. He should have his collar on with all of his tags and he is micro chipped.

“If you see him please call or text Jeanette at (206) 979-4692.”

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Is this your (stolen) stuff, detectives ask

June 25th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have sent news of this arrest by Seattle Police:

Detectives have been chasing the 30-year-old man, his 22-year-old girlfriend, and at least five other suspects for the last two months, after the ring of thieves committed dozens of burglaries in North Seattle.

Police believe the crew of serial burglars broke into homes during the day and targeted businesses at night. Detectives also say the ring of suspects was involved in a break-in at 22 storage units in the University Village area.

The full police release is here. It contains photos hundreds of stolen items.

“If you believe any of the items pictured below are yours, you will need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at”

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It may be about to rain? (But still gonna be hot)

June 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update 1:55 p.m. It IS raining.


From the Seattle office of the National Weather Service early this afternoon.

Better go close the skylight.

For the rest of the week though, things remain hot. (And they don’t cool down much at night.)

There’s a special weather statement here.

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Mural planned for Maple Leaf Play Area

June 22nd, 2015 by Mike

This is the Maple Leaf Roosevelt Pump House, located somewhat confusingly in the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area, at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street.

Seattle Public Utilities plans to have a mural painted on the long gray walls that face the play area:

SPU is working with local artist Jonathan Fischer and community member Scott K. Bishop to complete a “street-art” style mural that will wrap around the northeast corner of the building and be viewable from two sides. The mural will be created using spray paint with an anti-graffiti coating applied over the top.

The goal of the project is to brighten the building and provide park users with an artistic look and feel to the area. The design concept for the mural will include graffiti inspired and artist interpretations of butterflies, flowers, leaves, vines, trees and patterns, using bright, vibrant colors that complement the adjacent Butterfly Garden.

The utility says it’s looking for your ideas. “Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) values your input….The community is encouraged to provide SPU with feedback and ideas about the design and ask questions.”

We asked a question four days ago: “Is there an image of the design that folks can make comments about?”

We’ve heard nothing back.

We did, however, hear today from Joel, who is less than impressed. He says he’s told SPU:

It looks just fine to me as it is. Why is there any consideration being given to do this?

I also do not understand who I am speaking to or to who and all I am discussing this proposal. Just you?

This structure looks just right the way it is. It fits appropriately at its site and is subordinate to the successful landscape of that area….

To convert to painted walls will only appear as a contrived public arts project as it launches this structure into an inappropriate bold presence.

If it were a log cabin in a pleasant park environment we wouldn’t cover it with paint and pretend that we’ve improved the natural environment….

I believe a mistaken judgment is directing this decision and am urging you all to back away. This plan is a mistake. Please leave this building as it is.

The announcement says to contact Project Manager Cyndy Holtz at (206) 386-1990 or

The mural is to be painted in July.

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Portrait of cell tower with two Osprey

June 21st, 2015 by Mike

And one fish.

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Reckless Video in the news

June 18th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle magazine has a write-up this week on our own Reckless Video.

Read it here.

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Dog lost, dog found, dog home

June 18th, 2015 by Mike

A neighbor emails this morning:

Is your dog missing? Found mini-Doberman wandering 12th Avenue Nnortheast, Maple Leaf, overnight June 17 – 18.

This male mini-Dobie with a purple UW Husky collar and rabies shot tag followed us — well, followed our pretty girl dog — along 12th Avenue Northeast last night/Wednesday June 17th between Northeast 100th and 105th streets.

It wandered off again as we reached home. When we woke up this morning, it was in our yard, so we caught it and put a leash on it.

And then, later this morning:

Reunited dog and man! Raves and kudos to North Seattle Vet Clinic for calling me back, and looking up the owner, tracing it through the rabies shot tag number.

Please remember to keep your dog’s Seattle animal license and rabies shots current plus a tag with your phone number as dog’s owner. This dog only had the rabies shot tag on its collar and no other identification. We got lucky and the vet clinic was able to reach the owner.

Thank you Maple Leaf neighbors!

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Stealing bikes and mail in Maple Leaf

June 16th, 2015 by Mike

Tammy emails overnight:

We live on Northeast 81st Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast, and tonight witnessed two people trying to steal a nice bicycle.

We interrupted them as they were trying to shove the bicycle into a black car (looked like an old cop car like a Crown Victoria or something) that had a white front panel on the passenger side. It was a male and female team, both Caucasian and blond.

He had a short buzz cut haircut and she had longer blondish hair. The car sped down our street and parked. A few seconds later she rode up on the bike. We didn’t see the actual taking of the bike, only when they were trying to shove it into the trunk and then when that didn’t work shove it into the backseat.

We approached them and asked if they needed help or if they were just trying to steal someone else’s bike. Then we told them we were calling the cops and tried to take a photo of the license plate.

The cops were called, they took a report but we are hoping to help find the owner of the bike since it is obviously from our neighborhood and the cop said our efforts to place the bike will be much more successful than if we gave him the bike to take with him.

If anyone knows someone who is missing a bike from this evening, I wonder if they can email the and then you could put us in touch with them.

And Jennifer reports on Monday in Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

I came home from work this morning to find my neighbors’ and my mailboxes all opened and mail scattered on the ground. One of my neighbors had a package that had been ripped open and the item taken out. This was on Northeast 100th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I know this is an ongoing problem in this neighborhood, just wanted to alert others!

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