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City and Uber team up for safety this NYE

December 29th, 2016 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

The City of Seattle is teaming up with Uber to offer discounted rides on New Year’s Eve.

Both new and existing customers can redeem a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips between 2 p.m. on December 31 and 5 a.m. on January 1.

Users can redeem the discount by entering the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app.

“Uber is committed to providing reliable transportation for Halloween,” said Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Washington. “We want to make it easy for people to leave their keys at home and also give them the peace of mind that they’re not putting others at risk.”

To learn more about Road Safety and Vision Zero, visit #VisionZeroSEA.

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Merry Christmas Maple Leaf!

December 25th, 2016 by Mike

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Snow coming later today!

December 23rd, 2016 by Mike

Update 4 p.m.

9:20 a.m. Snowing.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for up to three inches of snow here this afternoon into Christmas Eve.


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.

The advisory is in effect from noon now until 3 a.m. Christmas Eve.

KOMO’s Scott Sistek isn’t so sure:

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Solstice tree in the park

December 21st, 2016 by Mike

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More theft/crime in Maple Leaf – report it!

December 18th, 2016 by Mike

Amy emails:

Hi Mike & neighbors~

I’m writing to let everyone know that lots of thefts are happening in our neighborhood right now… Can you please remind our neighbors that it is ever-so-crucial to file a police report for even the most benign theft? It’s very easy to do online, and you can even include pictures.

In a recent crime prevention meeting we learned that Officer Kennedy (the Maple Leaf community officer) was not even aware of our growing problems of mail theft, package theft (including home-delivered groceries), car prowls, etc. If a police report is not filed, the police department is not aware of the growing issue and the need to justify more patrolling (& hiring).

Crime – car prowls, mail theft, burglaries – have been a constant theme since Maple Leaf Life launched six-ish years ago.  We have never managed to demonstrate we are more victimized then the rest of the city – and we’ve tried. (Map shows police reports here since the beginning of November.)

Many neighbors appreciate news of crime occurring here. Some don’t. We’ve had people complain that the bank robbery we posted really occurred – not here! -but in some other neighborhood  (i.e., literally across the street in Northgate), that we are conflating Maple Leaf with the dreaded Pinehurst, that reporting crime news lowers their property value.

A good summation of our response(s) from five years ago is here (note the comments):

Roundup of neighborhood crimes – and why we write about them.

“We do operate on the basic assumption that it’s better to know than to not know.”

Amy continues:

In the past week alone, I’ve found…

*  several piles of stolen (& opened) mail around 12th Ave NE, 15th Ave NE, Ne 98th, NE 97th, & NE 96th.

* 2 stolen bags of home delivered groceries scattered on the sidewalk.

* an increase of empty beer bottles on the streets & in round-abouts on 12th Ave NE.

And since early November I’ve heard of several home burglaries and car prowls, and have also been the victim of similar crimes myself in the past two months.

A Twitter feed of our Neighborhood’s Police Beat (L2, aka Lincoln 2), can be found here:

Please, let’s be extra alert for one another and report suspicious activity and signs of theft, even if not of your own property.

PS: Some reporting info from SPD, so that you have it handy to relay….


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Snowing lightly but steadily in Maple Leaf

December 17th, 2016 by Mike

Update Sunday 12/18:


1 p.m. Light but steady snow here.
3 p.m. Sun.

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Last week for the Scout tree lot here

December 16th, 2016 by Mike

Remember Troop 151’s Christmas tree lot across from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park?

Here are their remaining hours. They  close after next Wednesday.

Friday 12/16- 4:30–8:30 p.m.

Saturday 12/17- 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 12/18- 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30  – 8:30 p.m.

We are closed after Wednesday.

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Maple Leaf neighborhood caroling night?

December 14th, 2016 by Mike

Over at our Facebook page, Kam has posted:

Hey Maple Leafers- I was wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a neighborhood caroling night? I would love to help organize. Maybe we could meet at the park, pick a route (similar to the Halloween trick or treating route) and sing our Christmas hearts out?

Anyone interested? I grew up in a very small town, and caroling is absolutely one thing I miss this time of year…such a pick me up! Let me know what you think!

You can leave comments on her post.

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Snow fun at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

December 9th, 2016 by Mike

Photos by Caroline Young Ullmann

Johnathan and Natalia


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Snowing in Maple Leaf – finally

December 8th, 2016 by Mike

The morning after.

8:22 p.m

Snow has finally arrived here.

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