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Entries from June 2016

Maple Leaf Woman Dives into Obliteride to Help Cure Cancer

June 28th, 2016 by Mike

Sarah at the finish line.

This is a sponsored post.

“Obliteride is a way to contribute to cancer research, to finding treatments and potentially cures, in a fun and social way:” Sarah Zurat – Maple Leaf Resident

Sarah Zurat thinks about cancer every day but it’s not for the reasons you might think. The Maple Leaf woman works as a cancer information specialist, providing resources, information and referrals to anyone affected by cancer. Sarah says while her work is rewarding, it’s not always fun or social. That’s where Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch, comes in.

Sarah is excited for her third Obliteride this summer. She admits signing up the first time was a bit scary. “I was a little intimidated but knowing there were shorter distances helped me to commit,” said Sarah. “There are so many distance choices so everyone can find one that’s right for them, including kids who want to ride!”

This year, Sarah says she’s looking forward to riding 50 miles in Obliteride because it’s so inspiring. “I get to see cancer survivors whisk by me and think, I am so grateful not only that they are alive, but that they are alive and well and riding in this event,” said Sarah. “There is an incredible community atmosphere of Obliteride that is filled with inspiration, persistence, resilience, respect and pure joy.”

Sarah is kneeling, on the right, wearing Hutch baseball hat and glasses.

Sarah rides with many colleagues and friends on team 800-4-Cancer. She says one of her favorite memories of Obliteride was when she and her friends jumped into Lake Washington halfway through the ride. “It was so warm and I didn’t have a swimsuit but since I was wearing fast dry clothing I knew it would feel great,” said Sarah. Since Obliteride is a ride and not a race, Sarah says she went for it. “I asked if anyone else from my team wanted to go in the lake and there was a group of us that jumped in. It was great! If it’s hot out, I plan on doing it again this year!”

Obliteride

Sarah is kneeling on the right without a helmet.

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

“Just do it!” said Sarah. “Really, you will thank yourself afterwards! It’s a great family and community event, so get a friend or a family member or a colleague to join you.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Sarah’s ride, go to her personal fundraising page. http://bit.ly/1XSXWd6

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Lost dog, lost keys, new restaurant in neighborhood

June 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Zorro is home safely.

Zorro is a 10-month-old puppy. He escaped from near Northeast 103rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

Patty emails over the weekend: “Wanted to see if someone reported a lost set of keys (VW fob and some house keys) tonight (June 24th) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.?”

If so, leave a comment on our Facebook page. The keys were lost near Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

Finally, Valarie emails: “Today I drove past the former Hudson House and saw that it has been re-named Ravenleaf. Here is the link to the webpage which says the expected opening is in mid-July: http://www.ravenleafph.com/

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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. [Read more →]

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Olympic View book sale is this afternoon, Saturday

June 17th, 2016 by Mike

From Maple Leaf Parents:

The Olympic View “Summer Soar” Annual Children’s Used Book Sale is tomorrow Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View in the hallway in front of the main office. We have books for kids from birth to young adult. Prices are only 50¢-$2. Come and stock up on books for the summer!

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Neighbors report two instances of stolen packages

June 14th, 2016 by Mike

A neighbor reports two new instances of stolen packages today.

One is from Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street. The other is from Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

A friendly Maple Leaf neighbor (20 blocks south) came over with my empty box, found by his house. FedEx delivered it at 1:00, and it was stolen at 2:36, according to my video camera. (Yes, I have the men on video.)

This kind neighbor’s own two packages, also delivered today, were stolen, too. I’ll be showing my video to the police tomorrow, but in the meantime, if anyone finds a brand new lovely tablecloth (paisley print, 60″ x 102″), I’d love to know!

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