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‘Show Greenwood Some Love’ and other ways to help Greenwood businesses and neighbors

March 11th, 2016 by Mike

Brenda emails:

Reading about the explosion in Greenwood and how it has severally impacted those business made me think it would be great if the Maple Leaf neighborhood put together some kind of a fund raiser to support the Greenwood neighborhood. Maple Leaf Life is such a great communication tool. Perhaps we could put out the idea and see what kind of response we can get and if anyone wanted to head it up.

Certainly a good thought if folks want to make it happen.

There is a central locus for collection efforts. From our sister site PhinneyWood, which posted it Thursday:

The Phinney Neighborhood Association set up a special donation page. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% will go to help affected businesses. If you don’t want to donate online, checks can be made out to Phinney Neighborhood Association with “Greenwood disaster relief” in the memo and sent to: PNA – Greenwood Relief Fund, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103. [Read more →]

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Books still sought for Olympic View Book Sale

May 23rd, 2013 by master

The upcoming long weekend might be the perfect opportunity for you to do a little spring cleaning not only for your own benefit, but also for Maple Leaf’s Olympic View Elementary School.

The school at 504 N.E. 95th St. is holding its Summer Soar Used Book Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, but first, it needs community members to donate a few of their gently used books, CDs and DVDs for all ages.

Maple Leaf businesses are making it worth your while by offering not only drop-off locations, but also special perks for donors. Drop-off locations include (perks noted in italics):

  • Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E.
  • Blue Saucer Coffee, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip or kid hot cocoa for 3+ items
  • Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.; get a free drip for 3+ items
  • Diva Espresso, 8014 Lake City Way N.E.; get a free drip or a kid cocoa for 3+
  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St.; drop box in front of the school

But it’s really time to get spring cleaning, because items must be dropped off by Wednesday, May 29. If you have questions or are unable to bring your donation to a location, contact Aiko Schaefer at 206-941-4817 or

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Highlights from Maple Leaf Community Meeting

April 25th, 2013 by master

Last night’s Maple Leaf General Community Meeting was packed with information from Maple Leaf and beyond, with presentations by interim King County Councilman Rod Dembowski, Sustainable NE Seattle and the new Licton Springs P-Patch, as well as updates on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, the city’s new tree policy and transportation changes.

More than 40 people attended the quarterly meeting at Olympic View Elementary School, which included the election of three new executive members to the Maple Leaf Community Council: Jason Beard, Sylvia Traeger and Laurie Phipps. Donna Hartmann-Miller also was re-elected to the board, and President David Miller noted that there’s still an open council position if anybody is interested.

Some highlights from the meeting:

  • This weekend is the Olympic View Plant Sale, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26-27, with proceeds benefiting students at the Maple Leaf school. Miller noted the school also is holding a book sale May 31 and June 1, and it’s now taking book donations at the Northgate Community Center, Cloud City Coffee,  Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, Blue Saucer and Pacific Medical Centers — Northgate.
  • Also this weekend, you’re invited to a work party at the Licton Springs P-Patch, located on the southern border of North Seattle Community College (in a notable first-ever partnership between the city and state), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Although the majority of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park isn’t slated to open until late summer/early fall, the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (aka playground) is nearing completion, with a grand opening planned for May 18. Hartmann-Miller, who leads the volunteer Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park, says details are still being worked out, but it likely will start at about 11 a.m. She noted that the volunteers who helped assemble the playground equipment at a work party April 6-7 deserve a huge “Thank you” from all of us for their hard work on one of our windiest, rainiest spring days.
  • Speaking of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Hartmann-Miller also said that because much of the park is now being seeded, it won’t quite be ready for us in time for the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, which usually takes place the last Wednesday of July. She asked attendees if they would be OK if the annual event was postponed until the last Wednesday in August, when she’s hopeful the park will be ready for hundreds (thousands?) of people to trample the grounds. If you have input on the matter, please post below or email or any other members of the executive board.
  • If you’ve been meaning to make a donation to the Maple Leaf Community Council or to become a member, Miller points out that the best day to do so is May 15, otherwise known as The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG. Any donation you make to the council that day, The Seattle Foundation will match – and the bigger the donation, the bigger the match. Just go to anytime in that 24-hour period.
  • Miller noted that if you’re at all interested in how Northgate transportation issues will affect you, it’s important you attend the Sound Transit’s Northgate Station design and access update from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

We would also like to point out that Councilman Dembowski made a noteworthy announcement at the meeting: That night was the 27th anniversary of David Miller and Donna Hartmann-Miller‘s first date. Congratulations to two of the community’s most tireless leaders, and a big thank you to them for spending the evening with the residents of Maple Leaf. Happy anniversary and thank you for all of the hard work you do for the community!

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Donate books now for Olympic View summer sale

April 22nd, 2013 by master

Olympic View Elementary School is hoping to keep its kids as well as the community well-stocked on books, DVDs and CDs this summer with its upcoming Summer Soar Used Book Sale, from 3:30-7 p.m. May 31 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 in the school’s auditorium at 504 N.E. 95th St.

If you have gently used books, CDs or DVDs you’d like to donate in the meantime, area businesses are volunteering their space as drop-off locations for the book drive. So far, participants include Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., and Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., which is offering a free drip coffee to customers who drop off three or more books, according to Aiko Schaefer with the Olympic View Elementary School PTA.

UPDATE: Also on board: Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, 9000 Roosevelt Way N.E., which Schaefer notes also is donating bins for participants; Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., who will add bins and an as-yet-unnamed incentive next week; and Pacific Medical Centers — Northgate, 10416 Fifth Ave. N.E.

Schaefer is hoping more area businesses will participate. For more information, contact her at or (206) 941-4817.

Be sure to add the Summer Soar Book Sale to your calendar, too! In addition to books for all ages, there also will be guest readers, workshops and more.

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Maple Leaf family escapes fire with only pajamas, needs assistance

March 10th, 2013 by Mike

Update 3/13: The family wish list has been updated and converted into a Google Doc, (click through once): Wish List. Also, as of this morning the chickens were still there. -Mike


A little over a week ago both Lisa and MsDedy messaged us just after 11 p.m.: “Anyone know what all the sirens are about?”

We do now. The sirens were the sounds of fire trucks racing to an occupied home in the1200 block of Northeast 100th Street. The first engines arrived within minutes late on March 1 and called for more help. Within a half-hour, 19 trucks or other fire units had responded, including a public information officer.

Photo courtesy Seattle Fire Department/John Odegard

“At 10:54 p.m. a call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a fire at a house located in the 1200 block of NE 100th Street. A mother and two children safely evacuated the home by the time firefighters arrived,” the fire department reports on its Fire Line Web site.

The family says their lives may have been saved by their dog, Hank, who alerted them before the smoke alarm went off. “He is our hero,” emails Lucinda King, the mom.

The first arriving engine company found flames shooting from the back and side of the one-story home with basement. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to vent off the smoke and hot gases inside the house. It took about an hour to fully extinguish the flames. One firefighter received minor burns while fighting the fire. Medics transported the firefighter to Harborview Medical Center where the firefighter received treatment and was released.

After extinguishing the fire, crews found a deceased dog inside the residence.

The fire investigator called it an accidental fire caused by an overheated electrical outlet. The damage estimate is $150,000.

The family – Lucinda and her two girls – made it out  of the house wearing only their pajamas. Their cat Banzo (Garbanzo) also survived. “Everyone on 100th knows him, as he considers himself the official ambassador,” Lucinda emails.

The Kings were initially assisted by the Red Cross, and are now staying at the Silver Cloud Inn just north of University Village, at 5036 25th Ave. N.E.

Now they need the neighborhood’s help, with everything from a place to stay to a temporary home for their chickens: Sunny, Violet and Klaus.

Here is their Wish List. (Click through once.) Donations can be delivered to the Silver Cloud front desk, or if bulky to a location in Wallingford. The contact there is Karla:

Cash donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank to the account named Lucinda “Cindy Malone” King & Family Benefit Fund. Donations are also being collected at Sacajawea Elementary School.

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