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Olympic View PTA has a request

February 1st, 2017 by Mike

The Olympic View PTA has generously funded the items needed to repair the lower playground rope/climbing net. Now what we need is “someone who is either by (1) a NPSI-Certified Playground Inspector (CPI), or (2) as a ‘community build’ under the direct supervision of an insured NPSI-CPI person.” Are you that person or do you know someone who is? It would save the PTA an additional sum of money. Please contact if you can help!

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Support Non-Profit Bookstore in Seattle

January 31st, 2017 by Mike

This is a sponsored post.

SEATTLE – Resolve in 2017 to make positive personal changes and to help your community! Dr. Rudolf Steiner Bookstore and Children’s Shop, a small local bookstore in Seattle, is doing just that this year. The bookstore is offering you a way to support people and endeavors that build relationships and communities locally and abroad. Become a member of the Center for Anthroposophical Endeavors (CFAE/Rudolf Steiner Bookstore).

The CFAE is a nonprofit whose mission is to support, promote, and elevate all anthroposophic endeavors and related organizations who work out of the stream of anthroposophy. The non-profit bookstore in Seattle wishes to partner with customers to fulfill this mission.

CFAE memberships are now available for signup. Three levels of membership ($100, $150, or $200 annually) provide a number of great benefits such as discounts on books, toys, and lecture attendance and free shipping among other benefits to be announced.

Find out more and become a supporter at one of three levels. In one level, a portion of the membership fees will be donated to a fund supporting research and development in moral technology

The purchase of membership helps the non-profit continue to work in a financially responsible way and allows the bookstore to support and build awareness of all anthroposophic endeavors in: education, farming, medicine, therapy, literature, and the arts. Rudolf Steiner Bookstore will also support anthroposophist classes, groups, branches, and outreach organizations.

The Dr. Rudolf Steiner Bookstore & Children’s Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has books, toys, crafts, and more for both adults and children. Call 206-985-2059 to learn more or visit their website. The store is located at the corner of Northeast 98th Street and Lake City Way Northeast, 2 ½ blocks from the Seattle Waldorf School.

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We’re back! (Well, almost. Back on Monday.)

January 29th, 2017 by Mike

Update: Or maybe Tuesday. Spam filter not working.


Maple Leaf Life should be up and running again on Monday.

WITH comments.

IT has shown up and saved the day, and also all of 2016.

(Sorry, Donna.)

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Found dog at N.E. 81th (plus rain update)

January 19th, 2017 by Mike

Terry emails us: “Urgent alert: Found dog! Golden Retriever, friendly, very treat motivated. NE 81st & 4th Ave NE. No collar.”

And over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf Terry added: “Don’t have time to bring into vet for chip scan. Will leave in my fenced yard (hope he won’t jump) contact me for address.”

If you have information and aren’t on Nextdoor, leave it on our Facebook page.

And the rain? Another .57 inches, for a total of 4.19 inches in last two days.

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Most drop-in activities now free at Community Centers

January 18th, 2017 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, as of the first of the year, most drop-in activities  at Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers are now free.

During a public outreach process, Seattle Parks and Recreation heard from many communities that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes, preventing many from taking part in some of our basic activities and services.

In general, a true drop-in activity is one that does not regularly hire staff or have regular materials and supply costs. For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free:

  • Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
  • Fitness Rooms
  • Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
  • Pool Tables
  • Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
  • and most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:

  • Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
  • Special events
  • Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, contact Northgate Community Center at (206) 386-4283 orGreen Lake Community Center at (684-0780  to find out more.

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Goodbye to the ice, hello the deluge: UPDATE 3.62 inches overnight

January 16th, 2017 by Mike

Update Jan. 18th: Rainfall overnight at the official Maple Leaf Life South weather station: 3.62 inches.

That’s a lot.

In  November 2015 we reported 1.79 inches.

In March 2014 we got 1.53 inches.

One day in December 2010 we got 2.85 inches.

The forecast is for another half-inch of rain today, and a quarter-inch overnight.

It won’t hit freezing tonight, according to the National Weather Service here, and Tuesday will warm into the upper 40s.

And it will rain.

Locally, the forecast is for perhaps an inch of rain Tuesday and another half-inch Wednesday.

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Return of the snow? Possibly not.

January 9th, 2017 by Mike

Well, The New York Times appears to be worried.

This image arrived by email this afternoon.

Dear Times Subscriber,

We make every effort to assure prompt delivery of your newspaper, regardless of challenging weather conditions.

But if we’re unable to prevent a significant delay, you can receive a timely alert, including an estimate of when to expect your paper.

There IS snow in the forecast for Maple Leaf, specifically between 4-10 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 1.5 inches.

However, Scott Sistek isn’t so worried.

The KOMO forecaster this afternoon posted:

“So again to recap: The farther south you are in our region, the better chance you have of getting some snow Tuesday morning. Seattle may see snow but not get much to stick. North of Seattle, snow is not seen as a factor.”

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Partial power outage in area – winds?

January 8th, 2017 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times has a story here.

At 1 p.m. Seattle City Light is reporting over 20,000 customers without power, including in Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Phinny.

The cause is unknown apparently equipment failure, according to a video posted to Facebook by City Light. A a surge hit Maple Leaf at 11:41 a.m., briefly cutting power.

There is a high wind warning in effect until 6 p.m., but its boundaries don’t quite reach Maple Leaf.

City Light estimates power will be restored in about two hours.

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Snow to arrive overnight – UPDATE

December 31st, 2016 by Mike

Update :

Noon. Sunny. All over.

7 a.m. Sunday.

Lightly snowing here at elevation. Dusting on the ground, rooftops.

From the National Weather Service in Seattle this afternoon:

*UPDATE* Lowland snow is possible through New Year’s morning. The highest amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the East Puget Sound Lowlands, and western Whatcom and Skagit counties. Up to 2 inches are possible with locally higher amounts in the Bellevue, Seattle and Tacoma metro areas, Bremerton and vicinity, and the Hood Canal area. All other lowland areas will probably see an inch or less. For the Olympics and Cascades, 3 to 6 inches are possible. Snow will make roads and surfaces slick, so people that are out and about tonight and tomorrow morning should use caution!

The elevation of Maple Leaf is 466 feet above sea level, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. We’re the third-highest hill in Seattle.

By Monday night temperatures are forecast to hit 20 degrees.

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Plenty of property crimes here (and everywhere)

December 31st, 2016 by Mike

Nate emails this week:

We created a police report this morning related to a miter saw theft from our garage last night, but wanted to follow up with a notification to neighbors.

Our garage door sensor tripped after we had left the garage last night causing the door to go back up and leave the garage wide open without us being aware. Sometime between 5.30 p.m. last night and 8.00 a.m. this morning our Dewalt DW715 miter saw and miter saw stand were stolen. It does not appear that anything else was stolen from the garage.

We appreciate your help recovering this stolen item, or preventing similar events in the future through neighborhood awareness. Thanks.

Property crimes are frequent in Maple Leaf – and throughout the city. The map above shows police reports for those crimes – bike theft, burglaries, car prowls, mail theft – during 2016.

Can’t see the neighborhood boundaries for the crime reports? Right.

Another neighbor emails:

Hello – Overnight Dec. 29 – 30, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., our locked garage was broken into (literally the garage door was broken and forced open). The thieves stole a high-end Mercier bicycle and potentially some tools. The bike is extra small (sized for a 5-foot-2 inch person), with aero handlebars, carbon fiber stem, and a butterfly seat. It is by far the nicest bicycle I have ever owned and I want it back!

Contact me through Maple Leaf Life.

Direct comments continue to fail, but you can reach us on our Facebook page.

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