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Entries from November 2015

Maple Leaf Scout Christmas tree lot is open!

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s Christmas tree lot – sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 151 since 1934 – opened today just outside the Northeast 85th Street entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The lot this year moved from the Safeway parking lot on Northeast 95th Street to the back parking lot at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot (behind The Rez Tavern on Roosevelt Way Northeast).

Trees are grown in Shelton, Washington, by Hunter Farms:

Hours through Dec. 22nd:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Car hit and run, burglary reported in Maple Leaf

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

From Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hit and runs (on multiple sideswiped cars) last night in the south end of Maple Leaf.

We had a hit and run driver sideswipe some cars on Fourth Avenue Northeast last night around 11:30 p.m. We got the truck’s license and called the cops, but they have not responded yet (say they’ve been very busy with many issues last night and this morning). At least three different neighbors have called them….

He left a two-block long scrape in Fourth Avenue where his axle gouged the road as he tried to flee the scene.

Earlier in the week, also from Nextdoor:

Burglary Tuesday morning in Maple Leaf.

Neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between 5th and 8th avenues northeast were burglarized yesterday morning with numerous items stolen. The house was also ransacked. The perpetrators may have been in an older tan or cream colored van.

The map shows locations of burglaries here reported to police so far in November.

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Lost: Chicken. Found: cell phone, Mazda keys

November 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Sharon emails: “Missing chicken: We are missing a brown and gold Americana hen. If you see her please call: 206-992-4383. Thanks! We live on the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street.”

Another neighbor emails: “We found a phone in the lower area of Maple Leaf Park on Sunday night around 5:30 p.m.”

The battery is dead, so if somebody’s missing it let us know.

Finally, a set of keys to a recent-model Mazda was found this morning at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Help a family this holiday season

November 22nd, 2015 by Mike

A Subaru full of bears on their way to Holiday Helpers.

Looking for a way to help others in your own community this holiday season?

Children’s Home Society, the oldest nonprofit serving children in the state of Washington, is looking for donors to become “Holiday Helpers” for local low-income families served by its North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City.

“Holiday Helpers” can adopt a family and buy gifts from a child’s wish list, buy a grocery gift card or make a cash donation.

This is the center’s 20th year of helping local families with the holidays, and it hopes to find sponsors for 250 children who live in North Seattle and Shoreline, including in the 98115 and 98125 zip codes.

This year the center is partnering with Meadowbrook Community CARE and its Lake City Holiday Project, which works with nonprofits to provide gifts to low-income children.

For more details email, or call 206-364-7930.

For other information:

North Seattle Family Resource Center:

Children’s Home Society

Disclaimer: The editor’s wife volunteers for Children’s Home Society and is handling Holiday Helper donor sign-ups for the North Seattle Family Resource Center.

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Return of the Scout Christmas tree lot – plus snow coming!

November 20th, 2015 by Mike

The Boy Scout Christmas tree sale – a fixture in Maple Leaf for decades – will be open a week from Saturday in a new location.
This email from the Scoutmaster:

Boy Scout Troop 151 annual fund raising Tree Lot has found a home for the 2015 season.

The new location will be at St. Catherine’s Church, in the back parking lot off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas Trees in the Maple Leaf Neighborhood since 1934.

The past 30 years have been at Safeway on Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt. This year we are moving to St. Catherine’s Church.

We are open daily from November 28th until December 22nd. We will have a large selection of Noble Firs, Grand Firs, White Pine,  Spruce, and sheared Douglas Fir Christmas Trees. We also have handmade Garland and Wreaths. Our Christmas

Trees are grown and fresh cut during the season in Shelton, Washington by Hunter Farms.

We are open:

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a/m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday – Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We would like to thank Maple Leaf Life, St. Catherine’s Church and all our neighbors for their support over the past 81 years.

Speaking of holidays, there’s a chance of a white Thanksgiving. From the forecast:

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White cat Hazel missing since last week

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Victoria emails:

My beautiful cat hasn’t been home since last Wednesday night (11/11). Her last known location was Northeast  88th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

She is a domestic short-hair, all-white cat with light green/hazel eyes. Which is fitting, since her name is Hazel. She is full-bodied so she wouldn’t be picked up by someone thinking she was a stray. She is an indoor/outdoor kitty, microchipped but doesn’t wear a collar, very friendly but skittish. She chirps and meeps instead of meows.

She’s been away for a few days before, I know she gets into other people’s houses and hangs there for a bit and I wonder if she’s done that with the oncoming storm. Though, this information about coyotes in the neighborhood has me worried.

Please, if anyone has seen her, call or text Victoria at 206.422.7087. Or leave a comment here. Any information is welcome. Thank you.

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Windstorm updates in Maple Leaf

November 17th, 2015 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Scott Sistek at KOMO says peak winds here have passed.

11 a.m. So far only one neighbor appears to have lost power.

The average wind speed is 11 mph. The highest gust so far was 29 mph at 9:49 a.m.

At West Point (Magnolia) a wind gust hit 55 mph, according to KOMO.

In Seattle, nearly 1,800 5,000 City Light customers are without power.

The high wind warning is in effect until 4 6 p.m.

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Rain overnight in Maple Leaf: 1.79″

November 15th, 2015 by Mike

Snow is being reported this morning in Tacoma, Puyallup and Eatonville. Also, Auburn.

The south hill in Puyallup is 400 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service says.

Maple Leaf is at 466 feet outside the Blue Saucer on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

So far, though, just rain.

Totaling 1.79 inches overnight plus .95 inches overnight Friday into Saturday.

The rain is expected to slack off after 10 a.m. before a triumphant return Monday night into Tuesday.

PS: The current forecast discussion posted by the National Weather Service/Seattle speaks of a possible major windstorm here on Tuesday.

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Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for all-staff training

November 13th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, because of an all-staff in-service day. The majority of classes and programs will not be running, however, all enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.

All pools will be closed, except Ballard Pool will be open for the following programs:

  • Early Morning Lap Swim, 6:-7:30 a.m.
  • Aqua Jog Fitness Class, 11:10-11:55 a.m.
  • Adult and Senior Swim, Noon-1:15 p.m.
  • Three lane lap swim/Public Swim, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Public Swim, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Shallow Water Exercise/Hydro-Fit/Two Lane Lap Swim, 8:30-9:15 p.m.

The following enrichment programs will operate, but all other activities at community centers will not take place:

  • Ballard Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Ballard Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center: Before- and After-School programs at Bitter Lake Annex will be open for regular program hours.
  • Green Lake Community Center: Preschool, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Amy Yee Tennis Center and golf courses at Jackson, Jefferson, Interbay and West Seattle will be open on their regular schedules.

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Return of Maple Leaf’s street mural

November 13th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s street mural on Northeast 98th Street is back.

Tara writes:” The street art on Northeast 98th Street (between 15th and 12th avenues northeast) was covered up by the recent chip sealing. It was just redone. Looks great!”

She actually sent these photos in mid October, but we were saving them for use in brightening up an otherwise wet, windy day.

Thanks, Tara!

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