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Five-hour park pops up Friday at 5th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 85th

September 11th, 2017 by Mike

Delivered to Maple Leaf Life South this afternoon is a mini-leaflet announcing a celebration of International PARK(ing) Day.

It will be celebrated here in Maple Leaf by turning two on-street parking spaces into a public space.

For five hours during evening drive time on Friday, Sept. 15th. At the intersection of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

From Aimee, new co-leader with her husband Ian of Maple Leaf Greenways:

PARK(ing) Day is intended to encourage creative placemaking and raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable and healthy communities.

We chose this intersection as visibility is poor, cars often speed, there is a lot of cut through traffic on side streets and that crosswalk signal just takes too gosh darn long to change.

Hours are from 2-7 p.m.

Maple Leaf Greenways is a part of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. For more overall information on PARK(ing) Day in Seattle go here.

Interested in helping with the Maple Leaf event? Email Aimee (at)

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Stolen cars and other property crimes

August 31st, 2017 by Mike

Eric emails this morning:

“Not sure if it’s helpful for the site as a word of warning, but I live in the Victory Heights area and had my 98 Subaru Outback stolen this morning/last night. I tried reaching our local blog victoryheightsblog but couldn’t find a contact.
Hopefully there won’t be a rash of these and just for people to check their own cars.”

This is a map of “property crimes,” including stolen and prowled cars, in the last week or so. We’d say more, but the Seattle Police Department has “upgraded” its crime reports map, and it’s harder to use.

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Lights flickering? Power out to 2,200 just south of Maple Leaf

August 31st, 2017 by Mike

Seattle City Light says 2,200+ customers without power mostly in Ravenna area.

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Eclipse from Maple Leaf Park

August 21st, 2017 by Mike

An entire river of neighbors streamed into the park between 9-10 a.m.

The sun dimmed, the air grew colder, the dogs had a great time.

So did hundreds of humans!

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Free eclipse glasses, a fundraiser for our Northgate fire victims

August 9th, 2017 by Mike

UPDATE From The Seattle Public Library: “As of Monday, Aug. 14, we have distributed our complete supply of eclipse viewing glasses.”


Interested in the near-total solar eclipse here Aug. 21st?

The Northgate branch of The Seattle Public Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., still has free eclipse viewing glasses. One per family.

Also, in the aftermath of last weekend’s fire at Northgate, which displaced scores of neighbors, there is a GoFundMe page to help them here.


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It’s National Night out tonight!

August 1st, 2017 by Mike

Go meet your neighbors!

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Report from this weekend’s emergency drill

July 30th, 2017 by Mike

Early report from John Parnell, K7HV (photos courtesy John):

“Our Hub did great: We were able to decode all the digital updates from the city Emergency Operations Center and respond to queries via the north sector base at North Seattle Community College and our sibling Hub at Victory Heights Park.

“We (Jenn Parker (WA7JEN) and Dean Lambert (N7DLX) had a steady flow of curious passers-by at our information table, so we were able to gather quite a few names of folks interested in participating at the community Hub level.”

For more information see previous posts.

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Emergency drill – and at least one big garage sale

July 28th, 2017 by Mike

The emergency hub at the park this morning.

Expect a flurry of activity in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, as radio operators and emergency responders hold a drill in anticipation of The Big One.

This time it will be a continuation of the Cascadia Rising Subduction Zone earthquake, on day six after “the big one.

Here’s a story from a previous drill in the park.

And a photo.

From one of the coordinators:

We will be testing radio equipment that will serve as a backup communication system in the event of a catastrophic event. The scenario for this drill will be day six after a major earthquake that damages communications and transportation infrastructure, think: no cell phones, no bridges and NO 911. Other city’s’ (Christchurch, New Zealand and Kobe, Japan) experiences have taught us that it could take up to two weeks for aid to appear to affected zones in a large-scale disaster. In the meantime, it will be up to us to share resources and help neighbors in need. Each drill will have a staffed information table with material on the Seattle Emergency Hubs, an all-volunteer, grass roots network organizing at the neighborhood level to create post disaster plans and promote preparedness. We are hoping to expand the small core group of neighbors that have been active in this.

Meanwhile, this from a FB post:

HUGE (50 family) GARAGE SALE – Don’t Miss this one!

If you love garage sales – this is a “don’t miss” one! My 50-person chorus is holding their annual fundraising garage sale this Friday & Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m, at 1221 N.E. 90th St. (Maple Leaf area).

Tons of GOOD stuff – Nintendo & games, Xbox & games, WII, Keurig, Pak ‘n Play,4-drawer filing cabinets (both metal and wood), vintage chairs, Duncan Phyfe telephone table, Schwinn jogging stroller, Instep bike trailer, flat screen tv, bar stools, tons of kid toys & games & puzzles, garden stuff, sports equip, guy stuff, classy kitchen stuff, gas grill (including propane tank) and so much more.


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The 2017 Summer Social is on!

July 26th, 2017 by Mike

There must be 100 people in line for ice cream right now (7 p.m.) at the Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Streams of people are headed to the playground at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Live music,  activities for kids, ICE CREAM (sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware).

The Social will run until 8:30 p.m.

For more, see our previous post.

Here are photos from a previous social.

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Summer Social this Wednesday, plus a new BBQ restaurant

July 22nd, 2017 by Mike


The revived Maple Leaf Community Council emails:

The 22nd annual Maple Leaf Summer Social is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Family Terrace (Playground) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, fun activities for kids, information booths for the neighborhood, and free ice cream bars sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

Please feel free to stop by the tables hosted by members of the Maple Leaf Community Council (MLCC) to say hello! The MLCC will have informational posters and would appreciate feedback from our neighbors on issues that people would like to engage in and learn more about.

Come meet your neighbors, enjoy some free ice cream and activities for your community!

Maple Leaf Community Council Board Members
Jason, Kile, Eric, Sarah, Evan, and Bryan

Also, news about the former Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street.

Crews are hard at work on it now, siting an outside place to put the barbecue smoker – 20-feet of it, we’re told.

Also that it will be Texas-style BBQ. (We’re from Texas….)

Opening date set for late August.



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