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Entries from October 2016

The Parade of Costumes is on!

October 30th, 2016 by Mike

The Parade of Costumes, 3:45 p.m. at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

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A Maple Leaf Howl-O-Ween (list of events)

October 28th, 2016 by Mike

First, of course, there’s Howl-O-Ween at the Dog Oasis. (Last year: 232 kids. Six dogs.)

Corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. Y’all come on by Monday eve.

The big Halloween event in the neighborhood is the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes this Sunday.

Follow the link for more details, but it starts at 3 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron on Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Other events:

* Pumpkin Carving this afternoon (Friday 4 p.m.) at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. N.E.

* Pumpkin P-Patch Promenade, 6 p.m., Maple Leaf P-Patch Community Garden, 5th Ave. N.E. & N.E. 103rd St.

Gardeners will give candy and glow bracelets out from 6-7:30p.m.  to neighborhood trick or treaters.

Parking is very limited. Best bet is to park in the lower metro/ngate park and ride lot at 5th Ave. N.E. and  N.E. 103rd, and cross the street to our garden. Do not park in the medical bldg lot next to theP-Patch They tow.

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Lost cat Peaches missing here since Wednesday

October 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update: She’s home

Desirae today emails:

“Hello, our sweet cat Peaches has been missing since Wednesday morning. We are putting flyers up around the neighborhood tomorrow but wondering if anyone has seen her?

“We didn’t really know where to ask people in the neighborhood. Someone recommended this blog!”

17th Avenue Northeast and Lake City Way, across from 7-Eleven.

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Storm tracking with Maple Leaf Life

October 14th, 2016 by Mike

Sunday Oct. 16:

Rain = .89 inches. Storm gone.

Saturday, Oct. 15.

9 p.m. done.

6 p.m. Wind to 33 mph.


Ready for the storm: Northgate QFC. Same story at Walgreens.

7 a.m.

Rain = 0.95 inches.

Big Storm ETA 4 6 p.m.  Gusts 50-60 45 49 mph late this afternoon.

There is one power outage in Maple Leaf, between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, at around 100th Avenue Northeast.

Friday, Oct. 14.

2:15 p.m. New high wind speed 32 mph at 2:02 p.m.

10:30 a.m. More heavy rain, wind heading our way after short break. Wind at Sea-Tac 43mph.

9 a.m. There is a power outage in Pinehurst, just north of Northgate, affecting one customer. Otherwise, quiet rain.

7 a.m. Storm No 1 arrived (finally, some 14 hours late) at around 6:24 a.m. (Although the main front passed through six hours ago.)

Overnight rain at Maple Leaf Life south = 1.71 inches. KOMO’s Scott Sistek says Oct. 13 now the wettest day in Seattle this year.

High wind 27 mph at 12:18 a.m.

Lightning. Some thunder.

Tornado warning on the coast just expired. Wind warning here has expired, although wind advisory still in effect through 6 p.m. From the National Weather Service in Seattle:




Seattle City Light reports one (1) customer without power (in Wedgwood),

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2016 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday, Oct. 30th

October 11th, 2016 by Mike

Alicia this week emails: “Maple Leaf Life, as Halloween falls on a Monday, when are most neighborhoods doing trick or treating? For most families, trick or treating on a weeknight is difficult. Would it be Saturday or Sunday night for Maple Leaf?”

Our reply:

Traditionally in Maple Leaf, trick or treating occurs on the actual All Hallows Eve, i.e., Monday. (Last year we got 232 kids, 33 adults in costume, 6 dogs.)

Also, for several years now there has been a daytime Parade of Costumes through the neighborhood on the Sunday before Halloween, often drawing over a hundred kids. From talk over at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, it looks like it’s on this year, tho we haven’t yet received anything official. -M

Now there’s a little more information on the (NEW!) Ace Hardware sign, above.

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Butchery, deli, cafe moving into Little Gym space

October 9th, 2016 by Mike

Jennifer emails: “Interested in what’s going into the Little Gym?

It will be an old fashioned full-service USDA butchery and deli, featuring products from local farms. We will have a well-curated selection of cheese, wine, beer, and deli items plus select grocery and prepared culinary sides to go. A large percentage of the deli meats will be created in house with cut-to-order fresh meats, smoked meats, and handmade fresh sausages. Select grocery items will be available.

The name? The Shambles – an area in In York, England “that at one time had a street of butchers. It’s where farmers would come to sell, and then have a a good meal.”

The Little Gym left its spot on the corner of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 80th Street and will move to the location of the former Maple Leaf Pharmacy on Northeast 89 Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. The space has been empty for nearly a year.

Other news about The Shambles: “There will be a beer and craft cocktail bar on one side, and half will be a family friendly area. Coffee shop and grab and go items in the morning. We hope to be open by April.”

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City Council: Should homeless tents be allowed in our parks?

October 7th, 2016 by Mike

A week from today a Seattle City Council committee will hold a special meeting on the homeless crisis – including whether tents should be allowed on public property which might include Maple Leaf, Green Lake and Thornton Creek parks.

(Note that the Maple Leaf park is over an enormous drinking water reservoir.)

This is a proposal supported by council members 7-1 in September. Since then, a lot of news coverage has questioned it, and it’s unclear what an amended version might look like.

The meeting will be Oct. 14th at 9:30 a.m. It is of the council’s Human Services & Public Health Committee.

Councilman Tim Burgess, a committee member who was the “no” vote, earlier this week posted:

As introduced on September 6, the proposed law establishes a new right to camp on public property across Seattle, including in our parks and greenbelts, and on sidewalks and planting strips….

Read the proposed new camping legislation carefully. It contains a few key phrases that require the city government to allow camping on public property for at least 30 days per location.  In addition, even when an encampment is in an unsafe or unsuitable location, the City cannot remove it until the City has provided 48 hours’ notice, and must offer the individuals alternative locations in which to camp.

His full post is here.

Other coverage:

The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat earlier this week:

Last month, some homeless-aid groups wrote up a controversial ordinance giving the homeless a right to camp on some public property. It was retitled as “Council Bill 118794” and introduced with 95 percent identical wording (though it has not yet passed). The city staff’s memo says bluntly that the bill didn’t come from any elected official: “CB 118794 was drafted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services.”

(Original September story from the Times is here.)

KIRO TV: “Camping in the end zone: How Seattle’s homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields.”
KING TV: “Maps show possible homeless encampments.”

Contact your council member? Debora Juarez (who was absent for the original debate) represents most of Maple Leaf:

The full list for mayor and City Council:,,,,,,,,,

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North end burglaries featured in The Seattle Times

October 7th, 2016 by Mike

“Personal property theft is a serious problem in Seattle, and we’re not sure how to stop it.”

That’s the headline in The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine this weekend.

The lead story? A burglary in Maple Leaf.

And so it began for the couple that rainy February morning: a slow dawning that while they slept upstairs, someone crept through their house, sliding open drawers, picking through closets, stealing whatever he wanted.

They didn’t know it at the time, but their unsettling experience put them in one of the least exclusive clubs in the city: people whose homes have been burglarized, many by the same suspects. Thousands are victimized each year, coming home or waking up to discover that memories and heirlooms have been snatched, along with their sense of security.

Police say burglaries are particularly bad in the North End, the story says. The map shows Maple Leaf burglary reports so far this year.

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