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Entries from August 2015

Yellow dog spotting in Maple Leaf

August 31st, 2015 by Mike

Jenette emails:

A large yellow Lab/Dane (?) mix is roaming near Northeast 92nd/94th near Roosevelt Way Northeast. He seems anxious but friendly and starts to bark and growl if you approach him.

He is wandering through yards so definitely seems lost. Here is the best picture we could get of him at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, hanging out on a porch before moving on to other yards.

He is wearing a yellow/orange collar with a brass tag but we could not get close enough to get information off of it. He has one floppy ear and one upright.

Feel free to call 2067941030 if you need any other info! Sorry we couldn’t catch him 🙁

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Power’s out, trees down on roads and homes – storm update

August 29th, 2015 by Mike

Not every neighbor has power yet (2 p.m. Sunday).

IT’S BACK! (Power) (Sunday 11:56 a.m.)

Andrew sent this from Northeast 80th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

Estimated power restore time to largest chunk of Maple Leaf is 12:33 p.m. (Thanks, Kristen.)

Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday: power off again. Seattle City Light says fewer than 20,000 remain without power.

Cliff Mass on “Extraordinary August Storm“:

“This is perhaps the strongest August storm on record—certainly the most impressive in my memory.

High wind gust Saturday at Maple Leaf Life South: 32 mph. Rain before 7 a.m.: 1.17”

7 p.m. Power’s back!

Tree onto house near Northeast 89th and 20th Avenue Northeast. Photo tweeted by KIRO TV.

Storm update 1:45 p.m.

Power remains out in south Maple Leaf.

Seattle City Light reports 40,000 58K customers without power.

Trees across Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast  97th and 107th streets.

The Seattle Times has regional coverage of the storm here.

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Rare summer storm brings rain, WIND, possible power outages here

August 28th, 2015 by Mike

Update 12:30 p.m. power out. Wind gusts to 30 mph.

View from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, 9 a.m. Saturday.

Update 6:45 a.m. Saturday. Overnight rain = 0.27 inches.

The National Weather Service in Seattle is predicting winds gusting to 45 mph here in a  storm expected to blow in overnight.

“Gusts of 40-45 for the I-5 corridor; 50 mph for the areas around the Admiralty Inlet,” the weather service said in a comment on its Facebook page.

From a  Special Weather Statement issued early this morning:


Rain totals of perhaps an inch are expected here this weekend.

Scott Sistek at KOMO TV (source of the graphic above) this afternoon posted:

A potent — and apparently calendar-challenged — storm is swirling offshore and is expected to roll into Western Washington on Saturday, not only bringing a heavy dose of rain, but wind speeds typically unheard of in summer. It’s even prompted wind advisories for most of the region in a time when local forecasters can’t ever remember issuing one before.

The storm will push inland into the Seattle Metro and I-5 corridor by late Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon and then into the Northwest Interior. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the greater Seattle/Puget Sound metro area from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Only 15 days left for kids to pick up free zoo tickets!

August 26th, 2015 by Mike

For the thousands of kids and teens who have participated in The Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning, it’s time to pick up free tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo.

From the library:

Just by filling out a simple survey, children and teens (ages 0-18) who participated in Summer of Learning can receive two free tickets to an end-of-summer party at the zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.

The surveys, which will help us improve next year’s program, are located in the back of the Summer of Learning activity booklets and on the fliers for early learners and teens (all available at your local Library branch) or online on the Library’s Summer of Learning Web page. Turn surveys in to your local Library branch by Thursday, Sept. 10 for zoo tickets.

Tickets provide free admittance to the zoo for one person 18 or under and one guest. There will be a welcome program at noon every day, followed by free music in the North Meadow.

The 2015 Summer of Learning program is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out. This year’s program features the theme “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, U.S. Bank and Woodland Park Zoo.

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Last day (Wednesday) for the Oroweat outlet

August 25th, 2015 by Mike

Terry emails:

The Oroweat bakery outlet store is closing, end of the day, this Wednesday, August 26th (not end of the month). The decision was made to close that day, rather than go until Friday or Saturday….

Despite what was speculated by some folks, last time this topic came up, there is no new location that’s been found in Seattle – or anywhere else.

To my mind, it’s just another sign of how Seattle keeps getting more expensive and any real bargains, for people on fixed incomes or limited incomes are disappearing.

I hope you will post something on this closure in time for people to avail themselves of what’s going to be left between now and Wednesday at five pm. To my knowledge, the store won’t close early; but then again, who knows how the last day will unwind?

The address is 9578 First Ave. N.E. and the phone number is (206) 985-1467.

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Street closures for “microsurfacing” have begun

August 24th, 2015 by Mike

12th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 98th Street this afternoon.

The eight-hour local street closures we wrote about last week have begun.

For more details see map below, or follow link, above.

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Mega moving sale, plus nighttime I-5 work next week

August 21st, 2015 by Mike

Seattle City Light emails that it is replacing two transmission lines alongside Interstate 5 at Northeast 60th Street next week.

Intermittent rolling slowdowns in both directions on I-5 between Northgate Way and State Route 520 are necessary for motorist and worker safety. Traffic will be escorted through the construction zone.

The two-day project is planned for Thursday, Aug. 27 and Friday, Aug. 28, from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.

A maximum of four rolling slowdowns are necessary with each lasting from 20 to 25 minutes. All on-ramp traffic from Northgate Way through State Route 520 will be held and will merge with the next rolling slowdown. The I-5 express lanes will be closed.

And Megan emails: “I wanted to see if you could post an upcoming moving/rummage sale that will be going on this Saturday – Monday. Here are the details:

HUGE MOVING SALE – Saturday 8/22, Sunday 8/23 & Monday 8/24

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please no Early Birds

11016 12th Ave. N.E

House at the end of the dead end road at Victory Creek/QFC park


Items for sale include:

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Surface streets from N.E. 98th north to be sealed next week

August 20th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf streets will be closed for up to eight hours at a time during parts of next week as the Seattle Department of Transportation performs “microsurfacing.”

What to expect during construction

2-3 days before the work begins, crews will place “no parking” signs on streets and distribute confirmation notices with dates and instructions. Cars must be relocated off the road and planting strip area prior to the start of work.

On the day of microsurfacing, please remove all personal items from the road and park cars on a nearby block not being microsurfaced. Noise, tar-like odors and large equipment associated with microsurfacing can be expected. To ensure best results, the street will be closed to vehicles for up to 8 hours. We encourage everyone to avoid the road surface during this time. When wet, the microsurfacing emulsion is sticky and difficult to remove from clothing and pet fur.

If your regular garbage collection or recycling pick-up is scheduled on the same day as this work, please have your bins to the curb before 6 AM to ensure collection.

More information is here.

What’s microsurfacing?

Microsurfacing is a cost-effective method to maintain roads by coating them with a protective sealant, extending their life by approximately 7-10 years. Unlike chip-sealing, this application process resurfaces the road without using or dispersing relatively large pieces of gravel.

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Park pump house mural is started by “art ninja”

August 18th, 2015 by Mike

This is the pump house at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Play Area, which is part of the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, in June.

And this is the pump house – true name Roosevelt Pump House – this week.

The mural promised by Seattle Public Utilities is begun.

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.

More but dated information from SPU is here.

Information about the artist, who uses his Japanese family name Wakuda, is here, here, and here. (That’s a screen grab of the top of his web site above. At top right it says “Art. Ninja. Japanese Street Art.”

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Tabby cat missing since Thursday

August 17th, 2015 by Mike

Atarah emails this afternoon:

“Our 13-year-old male cat (orange tabby with white belly and white facial markings and light green eyes) disappeared the night of August 13 in the vicinity of Northeast 100th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

“He is not wearing a collar but has micro-chip and is licensed in Seattle.”

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