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Entries from May 2016

Wild Root salon latest Maple Leaf fixture to exit – update

May 26th, 2016 by Mike

Wild Root Salon & Spa on Roosevelt Way Northeast will be closing by mid-June.

Owner Donna Morton, who has been operating the site, at 8814 Roosevelt Way Northeast, since at least 2001, confirmed she is selling the building. (Disclosure: Donna has been cutting my hair since 2003.)

We’re waiting for further details. From Donna: [

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Garage sales today!

May 21st, 2016 by Mike

Christopher emails:

I live in Maple Leaf and am having a garage sale this Saturday. I found the link on the right-hand side for the garage sales, but couldn’t find anyway to actually list one. Can you help me out navigating this?

We really need to get rid of that link. Christopher’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 544 N.E. 97th St.

Any others? Send info to

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Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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Goodbye Waldo (also, working to get comments here back)

May 10th, 2016 by Mike

Demolition is well underway this morning at the old Waldo Hospital, soon to be an 80-unit assisted living home.

Our last post on the hospital project, at 8511 15th Ave. N.E., is here. Additional background is here and here.

Also, comments on this blog ceased working in April, while we were in Utah’s canyonlands. Our apologies.

The mother ship says it’s working on the problem, which is that all comments posted go directly into our spam folder. And looking into our 226-page spam folder (we’ve received 121 spam comments like “how to buy valtrex in korea” so far this morning, and it’s only 10:30 a.m.) depresses the human condition.

In the meantime, please to leave comments on our Facebook page. And, thanks.

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Two more plant sales – today and Saturday

May 8th, 2016 by Mike

This is the final day of the very popular Master Gardener Plant sale.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. More information here.

Also, next Saturday is the even-closer Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast 82nd Street and 25th Avenue Northeast.

More information here.

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GiveBIG runs into BIG web site problems

May 3rd, 2016 by Mike

3 p.m. update:

Here’s a Seattle Times piece that somewhat understates the problem.

Today is GiveBIG day, a day of charity supported by the Seattle Foundation.

Except, unlike in previous years, it’s not working.

For the thousands of people trying to support their favorite charities, the advice seems to be: Keep trying.

The Seattle Foundation’s Facebook page is filling up with comments like:

Ryan Kitchen Unfortunately, the web site isn’t slow. Its been broken all day for most non-profit donations. Love the optimism, but you guys are whistling past the graveyard on this one. More communication and remediation for all the donors who (still) can’t donate needs to happen, as well as some serious apologizing.

Natasha Dworkin I’m a marketing consultant with several clients participating in #GiveBIG. Across the boards, NONE of their pages are functional and NO donors have been able to donate. We are directing supporters to donate through organizational websites instead.

Maelyn Ritter It’s been over an hour – still no update and this post is still understating the problem – here’s a little advice from the mouth of an IT Ops person whose job is to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening….

“What the Seattle Foundation should be doing right now is putting out a statement acknowledging that this is a big issue and then getting Kimbia to publish their data metrics so people know that they are busting b*tt to fix this…a single Twitter message is a good way to anger frustrated people….you need to keep posting updates on a schedule until the problem is solved so people know you are working the issue”

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