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Today “might go down as one of the wackiest weather days in ages”

May 4th, 2017 by Mike

Cliff Mass points out we’re in Hawaii for the moment.

Over at KOMO, Scott Sistek says it will get even more interesting in the next few hours.

“Thursday might just go down as one of the wackiest weather days Seattle has seen in ages.”

That’s because the combination of sun, warmth and high humidity means: “the most unstable and stormy air mass the region has seen in a very long time.”


To recap timing:

  • 8-10 a.m.: Areas of Fog
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Sunny, warm and muggy
  • 1-3 p.m.: Towering clouds begin to form
  • 3-9 p.m.: Scattered strong thunderstorms with hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning.
  • 9-midnight: Gusty southwest winds, rapidly cooling temperatures, increasing low clouds. T-storm threat rapidly wanes.
  • Midnight-Friday: Scattered light showers.


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Another Maple Leaf restaurant is gone

April 24th, 2017 by Mike

Whelp, in theory, we’re back after being dark for a week.

We’ll see.

Also to be seen … how many Maple Leaf restaurants can go dark?

Latest (as of several days ago) is Cucina Americana, which opened less than a year ago in the space at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E. previously occupied by Cafe Piccolo.

Still MIA is Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street, gone more than a month now.

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Happy Easter!

April 16th, 2017 by Mike

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Neighborhood art walk this evening, plant sale later this month

April 4th, 2017 by Mike

This evening is St. Catherine School’s Art Walk and Open House, starting at 6 p.m. at the school, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E.


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free dinner while you check out amazing student work, including the middle school science fair projects!

Please RSVP to

And, at month’s end, the Olympic View Elementary plant sale returns for the final Friday and Saturday of April.

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Surprise! The (non-existent) Maple Leaf Pharmacy is No. 1 in Seattle!

March 29th, 2017 by Mike

An interesting email came in overnight at 2:25 a.m.


“Maple Leaf Pharmacy Receives 2017 Seattle Award

“Seattle Award Program Honors the Achievement

“SEATTLE March 22, 2017 — Maple Leaf Pharmacy has been selected for the 2017 Seattle Award in the Pharmacies category by the Seattle Award Program.”

Only one pharmacy in the area is selected for the award each year, according to a fact sheet from the Seattle Award Program.

And in Seattle in 2017, it’s the Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Which went out of business in October 2015 after decades at the corner of Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 89th Street.

That location is now occupied by The Little Gym.

The full press release about this exciting award is here.

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What HAS happened to the Maple Leaf Community Council?

March 24th, 2017 by Mike

We’ve had several neighbors wonder what has happened to the Maple Leaf Community Council.

So far, we’ve responded that we don’t think it made it through last summer.

We last devoted a full post to this in April 2016:

On the Maple Leaf Community Council – the elected body that represents our neighborhood – five of the c0uncil’s nine positions will soon be vacant.

That news came in the newsletter distributed this weekend – yet it’s scarcely news.

We wrote about it here, in January, and here, a year ago.

Today, Donna Hartman-Miller, who we once labeled ubiquitous, has posted to the community council’s Facebook page.

She says, in part:

Currently there are four members on the MLCC Executive Board; one of the board members will not be standing for election this next cycle, so, unless some other people step forward, that will leave three members….

This last year or so has been an unexpectedly busy time for the current members of the board and so the attention the Maple Leaf neighborhood has normally received is not at the level it has been in the past….

We want to be very clear, we need more people to step up and join the board. You don’t have to have experience, you just need to have an interest in making Maple Leaf a good neighborhood and a willingness to participate. It is a learning experience for every single person who joins.

The full post is here.

She also notes the council’s website is down, and the quarterly newsletter MIA, but that an attempt is being made to revive the group.

Currently we are looking at meeting sometime in the middle to end of April. If you are considering joining the MLCC Executive Board (and attending this meeting), please email




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Radio controlled plane lost near Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

March 20th, 2017 by Mike

This morning David emails:

Yesterday I lost my white and blue plane N of Maple Leaf park, near the Roosevelt
side, it fell somewhere in the first few streets there. So basically NE of the water tower.
Please post.

 617 513 6938

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What happened to COA – and other Maple Leaf news

March 14th, 2017 by Mike

Jessica writes on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“Does anyone know what’s going on with COA on Roosevelt? They’ve been closed for more than a week. There’s no sign or any other notice.”
Not only that, but the phone number for Coa Mexican Eatery & Tequileria at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street comes back as “invalid number.”
Yelp reviewers say the restaurant is closed.

We’ve tried reaching out to them on Facebook.

If Coa is gone, it joins a number of other past Maple Leaf eateries, Notably:

Cafe Piccolo

The Maple Leaf Grill

LC’s Kitchen

The Hudson New American Public House

In other news, several neighbors have wondered what happened to the Maple Leaf Community Council. We’ll try and poke at that a bit more, but the news doesn’t seem good.

Also, Lilly writes:

 I just opened a small salon in maple leaf over on 82nd
and 15th. I worked at wild root salon for ten years and I'm super excited to be
back in the neighborhood!
I saw that you have posts about new business's in the area and would love to have
the opportunity to let the neighborhood know I'm back in a new salon.



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SNOW! (at last)

March 7th, 2017 by Mike

Tuesday 8:15 a.m. SNOW!

(Soon to be rain.)

We missed last week’s snow.

Oh, well.


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Over two and a half inches of rain, more on the way, wind

February 16th, 2017 by Mike

That was a LOT of rain Wednesday and overnight.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South: 2.52 inches as of this a.m.

Sun’s out now, but here’s the forecast:

What it says: 7040  percent chance of rain today, but less than a tenth of an inch.

Where’s the rain go? According to Cliff Mass, to California.

However, winds should gusts to 40  21 mph.

Also, there’s rain in the forecast every day this week and into next.


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