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Entries from November 2015

Updated: Reports of mail theft continue in Maple Leaf

November 12th, 2015 by Mike

Update Friday 11/13:

A neighbor on Eighth Avenue Northeast reports her locked mailbox was pried open, the contents taken and the box destroyed, sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Update 2:30 p.m.:

From Nextdoor Northgate/Mapleleaf:

Sorry to report that a set of locked mailboxes were pried open (guessing with a crow bar) and mail was stolen. This was in broad daylight and probably shortly after the mail was delivered in the early afternoon.

Police have been contacted, but if anyone saw anything or anyone suspicious please report it. (Location was Second Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street.)

We have lived in Maple Leaf for over 20 years. I am so sad that our neighborhood seems to have taken a real turn for the worse lately.


John emails this morning:

“Second known mail theft from Northeast 97th Street in two weeks (not counting the suspicious character we confronted recently on Eighth Avenue Northeast).

“11/12/15 8:20 a.m. I found 2 letters in the gutter in front of the school from one of my neighbors on 97th. Outbound bills, opened, checks missing.

“DO NOT MAIL CHECKS FROM YOUR MAILBOX. At best, your payment will vanish. At worst, the thieves will wash your checks and forge them. And anything else you mail this way is liable to disappear — they don’t know your letter to Mom doesn’t have a check in it until they’ve stolen and opened it. Forget all about that red flag on your mailbox — I haven’t used mine in 20 years.

“Certain types of pens (”uni-ball”, among others) have special inks formulated to get trapped in the paper and resist washing or other document alteration (some documents are required to be signed in blue or color to make photocopying more difficult).

“I never have anything delivered to my door — I have things delivered at work. While walking my dog, I have found stolen/emptied Amazon boxes numerous times. Finding batches of stolen mail is almost routine.

“Here’s a fun hobby project for you tech-savvy folks: if they can get good video of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan with a camera trap, it couldn’t be too hard to bait a mailbox in Maple Leaf.”

The map shows police reports of mail theft in Maple Leaf so far this year.

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NEST is looking for volunteers

November 10th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site WedgwoodView.

NEST is searching for friendly and enthusiastic new volunteers to engage in a variety of activities.

North East Seattle Together (NEST), is a local non-profit building a sustainable, inter-generational community in NE Seattle. They exist to support neighbors helping neighbors grow older in their homes with confidence, joy, and peace of mind.

By acting as a resource to connect volunteers with members, they encourage the use of your personal skills & interests to make a difference in your community. The possibilities are endless.

Volunteering happens based around your own schedule and availability.

Give them a call or send them an email and they would love to answer all of your questions.

You can contact them at 206-525-6378 or

Visit their website for more information or to apply under “Volunteer Opportunities.”

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Roosevelt High jazz band performs “Jazz Nutcracker”

November 10th, 2015 by Mike

Sarah emails:

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will perform the Jazz Nutcracker on December 5th and 6th.

The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn is a 1960s take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of the few bands in the United States to have the score.

Ellington reworked Tchaikovsky’s tunes into swinging versions; ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ becomes ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Arabian Dance’ is now ‘Arabesque Cookie.’

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre – 1410 N.E. 66th St.

Tickets are required and seating is unassigned. $15.00 adults, $12.00 students and seniors.

To purchase tickets and for more information go to:

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Veterans Day (Wednesday) closures

November 7th, 2015 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site PhinnyWood.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, which is a federal holiday. That means schools, banks and post offices will be closed, along with all branches of the Seattle Public Library and many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities.

Parks facilities that will be closed:

  • Community centers
  • Teen life centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

All boat ramps will remain open, along with the Amy Yee Tennis Center and golf courses at Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle.

Woodland Park Zoo is offering free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification on Veterans Day. Also, up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission on Veterans Day. The zoo’s winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fairview Church Holiday Bazaar is today

November 7th, 2015 by Mike

Today is the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Fairview Church in Maple Leaf.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 844 N.E. 78th St.

Get an early start on holiday shopping with vendors, hand-crafted items and baked goods.

(Entrance to the parking lot is on Northeast 79th Street between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast.)

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Wanted: Local home for Scout Christmas tree lot

November 4th, 2015 by Mike

Local Boy Scout Troop 151 has been selling Christmas trees for the past 34 years from the parking lot of the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

That’s not working this year, writes Bob Brotherson,  Scoutmaster.

“Troop 151 needs a location with power and parking in order to continue with our Tree Lot. The troop uses funds raised to finance their outdoor education program, which includes monthly camp-outs, Boy Scout Summer Camp, long-term camping programs, and community service projects.

“Any help in finding a new location would be great,” writes Brotherson, who needs a location in the next few weeks or he’ll have to cancel the Tree Lot.

“Boy Scout Troop 151 was started in the Maple Leaf neighborhood in 1928,  and has sold Christmas Trees since 1934.”

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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by Mike

You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.

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Halloween 2015: A record breaker

November 1st, 2015 by Mike

Photo courtesy Marcus Donner.

What weather?

Halloween 2015 broke all records for trick-or-treating here at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

Kids in costume = 232. (Adults in costume = 33. Dogs = 6.)

The previous record was set in 2013, with 152 kids.

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