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Maple Leaf Community Council meeting on Wednesday

October 23rd, 2017 by Mike

The quarterly general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council is this Wednesday evening.

At least one of the candidates for Seattle mayor should be there, the council says.



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Return of Maple Leaf’s Parade of Costumes! And other Halloween news

October 16th, 2017 by Mike

The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, at Rick’s Chevron on the corner of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, and ending at Maple Leaf Park.

Join in the whole route or part of the route (entire route is about 1-1/4 mile and will hopefully take about an hour).

Our parade is part of a the Scaring Away Hunger Donation Drive for North Helpline, which provides emergency services & a food bank in Lake City. There will be donations boxes for non-perishable food donations at the beginning and end of the parade.

If you live along the route and want to hand out treats, we ask you bring any goodies to the sidewalk so trick-or-treating can keep moving along the route. If you don’t live along the route and would like to hand out treats, meet us at the end of the parade at the park. How many participants? Plan on 250, although the weather will no doubt affect that number.

In addition, the Maple Leaf Community Garden is hosting two Halloween events.

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Two new local restaurants in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2017 by Mike

Ban Hua Sai is now open every day but Sunday..

The Thai restaurant at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E. is in the location of the former Cucina Americana, which lasted less than a year in the space of the former Cafe Piccolo.

Hours for Ban Hua Sai are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

To the south off Roosevelt at Northeast 80th Street, a new Texas BBQ  restaurant and giant smoker is set to open Saturday, Sept. 29, in the space of the former Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria.

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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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