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Garage sales being held here (or nearby)

June 6th, 2014 by Mike

New feature: This time of year we often get requests to list garage sales, yard sales, etc. We’ve never had a good way to do this, so we created this page.

The link will live on the right side of the Maple Leaf Life home page, just under “Birds of Maple Leaf Park” and Community Council.”

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This is a periodically updated list of garage, yard or estate sales we’ve heard about.

2015:

Saturday, May 2:  833 NE 127th St.

Multi-Family Yard Sale on Saturday May 2nd at 9:30am until 1:30pm

Lots of top quality items.

Storage baskets

Kids toys, kids table and chairs, kids wagon,

Outside Patio Couch, table and two chairs

Double Stroller

Lots of useful household storage items at great prices

Saturday, Sept. 13:

A free red IKEA couch! More free stuff! 2035 N.E. 96th St.

Lots of furniture: Leaning bookshelves, Brand new standup bookshelves, Nice wood entertainment center, Mid Century Modern Coffee Table, Modern grey couch and ottoman, artistic wooden couch and chair that break down flat for transport, old shabby chic white side table.

Baby clothes!

Baby toys and items!

Swanky ladies shoes, size 9!

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer!

Starbucks Barista Espresso Machine!

More kitchen stuff!

Cookbooks!

Books!

CDs!

Ladies clothes!

Mens clothes!

Artwork!

Home pool and spa supplies!

Free wood!

Mirrors!

Other household items!

Miscellaneous other awesome stuff!

All items from a cat-loving, smoke-free home.

We are at the end of a dead end street across from Sacajawea Elementary School.

Saturday only. 9am-3pm. Come by!

do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Saturday, Aug. 16:

40 Family Garage Sale

Saturday August 16th 8:30-4 p.m.

Not to be missed! kids toys, housewares, strollers, baby equipment, many antiques and collectibles, computer desk, tables, IKEA bunk bed, books, something for everyone!

1221 NE 90th St., Seattle – Maple Leaf Neighborhood.

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT a cappella Joy Chorus –

www. ajoysings.org! Today only – for more information, call 206-778-5572

Saturday, July 26

Two yard sales, one here, one in Wedgwood, to benefit feral cats and Ronald McDonald House. Details here.

Saturday July 19:

I would like to spread the news of a block yard sale this Saturday, July 19. It will be on Northeast 89th Street between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Latona Avenue Northeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by!!

Saturday July 12:

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

834 N.E. 86th St.

Items offered, but not limited to:

-treadmill

-housewares

-tools

-sports equipment

-men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing

-children’s games and musical instruments

Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th:

Brooke writes; A few of us are having yard sales next weekend on July 5-6th at 8 a.m., on Northeast 91st Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast. We’d like to extend an invite to other neighbors to join us as well.

Saturday June 7: 1226 N.E. 100th St.  10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

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Flying Squirrel adds gluten-free pizza to menu

February 2nd, 2013 by master

In addition to ordering delivery from Flying Squirrel Pizza Co., you now can make that a gluten-free pizza, co-owner Bill Coury told us.

When the restaurant at 8310 Fifth Ave. N.E. first opened in September 2011, they touted gluten-free options that included salads and other sides, but what many gluten-free diners really wanted was gluten-free pizza. At the time, Coury told us:

“We’re just not carrying [gluten-free pizza] right now because to be honest, it’s all terrible. We’ve tried recipes, we keep trying recipes, it’s just not up to our quality standards that we expect. … When we say gluten-free options, we mean that yes, we have a plethora of gluten-free salads, we just don’t have any gluten-free pizza. It’s not that we’ve given up on it, but everything we’ve tried so far just is not good.” 

Sounds like they’ve finally perfected their recipe! If you give it a try, let us know how it is.

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Maple Leaf named one of America's top 10 hottest neighborhoods for 2013

January 14th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle-based real estate site Redfin today named its top 10 hottest housing neighborhoods in the country for 2013.

Eight of them are in California. One is in Chicago.

The 10th is us, Maple Leaf, north Seattle.

Here in “N. Maple Leaf,” according to Redfin, prices are up 22 percent, year over year, and sales up 15 percent. Listings are down by 44 percent.

The hottest neighborhoods are all seeing shrinking selection, increasing sales, and increasing prices—often at rates far above the metro areas that contain them.

Today’s Puget Sound Business Journal, picking up on the post, quoted a Redfin agent: “North Maple Leaf is in the Roosevelt School district and has lower prices than some of the surrounding neighborhoods like Wedgwood and Ravenna. There is easy access to I-5 South to commute to downtown. Homes that go on the market sell very quickly in this area.”

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Maple Leaf named one of America’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods for 2013

January 14th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle-based real estate site Redfin today named its top 10 hottest housing neighborhoods in the country for 2013.

Eight of them are in California. One is in Chicago.

The 10th is us, Maple Leaf, north Seattle.

Here in “N. Maple Leaf,” according to Redfin, prices are up 22 percent, year over year, and sales up 15 percent. Listings are down by 44 percent.

The hottest neighborhoods are all seeing shrinking selection, increasing sales, and increasing prices—often at rates far above the metro areas that contain them.

Today’s Puget Sound Business Journal, picking up on the post, quoted a Redfin agent: “North Maple Leaf is in the Roosevelt School district and has lower prices than some of the surrounding neighborhoods like Wedgwood and Ravenna. There is easy access to I-5 South to commute to downtown. Homes that go on the market sell very quickly in this area.”

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Mysterious lights reported over Maple Leaf, Green Lake

January 3rd, 2012 by Mike

Note: Ray has posted another possible answer on our Facebook page.

A friend living in the Eastlake area reports she and two others saw beautiful floating globes of light over either Maple Leaf or Green Lake last week.

“We were leaving the moorage where I lived, and saw perhaps 8 of these beautiful golden orbs floating in the sky…  No sound came from them and they seemed erratic in their movements….”

It was about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Our sister site My Wallingford posted in November about a memorial at Gas Works Park that involved sky lanterns – an Asian tradition involving airborne paper lanterns heated by candles. The photo at right, from Matthew McSheehy’s Photography, appeared in the My Wallingford post.

Anybody know what was going on last Thursday night?

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"Happily hidden" Maple Leaf gets good press

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Maple Leaf made SeattleMet‘s list of the city’s “20 best places to live now” in the magazine’s April issue.

Online, “Happily Hidden” Maple Leaf comes right after “Still Funky After All These Years” Fremont and before “Unexpected Diversity” Laurelhurst.

After mentioning Reckless Video and Cloud City Coffee, as “little gems the residents would just as soon keep to themselves,” the piece ends with:

Once the ongoing development of Maple Leaf Park (which includes burying the Maple Leaf Reservoir and adding an off-leash area) wraps up in the next few years, though, it’s only a matter of time before dog walkers and stroller pushers weary of the shoulder-to-shoulder congestion along Green Lake begin to venture north.

Funny, last we’d heard the off-leash area was still on some residents’ wish list but NOT on the current park plan. We’ll have to check back.

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“Happily hidden” Maple Leaf gets good press

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Maple Leaf made SeattleMet‘s list of the city’s “20 best places to live now” in the magazine’s April issue.

Online, “Happily Hidden” Maple Leaf comes right after “Still Funky After All These Years” Fremont and before “Unexpected Diversity” Laurelhurst.

After mentioning Reckless Video and Cloud City Coffee, as “little gems the residents would just as soon keep to themselves,” the piece ends with:

Once the ongoing development of Maple Leaf Park (which includes burying the Maple Leaf Reservoir and adding an off-leash area) wraps up in the next few years, though, it’s only a matter of time before dog walkers and stroller pushers weary of the shoulder-to-shoulder congestion along Green Lake begin to venture north.

Funny, last we’d heard the off-leash area was still on some residents’ wish list but NOT on the current park plan. We’ll have to check back.

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Help hunt for native neighborhood wildlife

March 27th, 2011 by Mike

Calling all hometown coyotes, frogs and snakes. Together with other reptiles, amphibians and mammals who originally lived here.

A noted naturalist who is also a Maple Leaf resident is wondering how many of our native animal species are still in the neighborhood.

“I’m wondering what part of the original fauna of the city is still hanging around in what seems a nicely wooded neighborhood with natural amenities such as the Thornton Creek ravine,” writes Dennis Paulson.

“When we first moved in here 19 years ago, I would occasionally hear a coyote, but I haven’t heard one for many years now.”

Paulson is director emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on birds and dragon flies, and can sometimes be seen on the street here photographing the Scarlet-fronted parakeets of Maple Leaf.

Last spring he  introduced several clutches of Pacific Chorus Frogs into his backyard pond. “We know they hatched, as we saw small tadpoles and a few metamorphosed individuals, but I have neither seen nor heard any frogs since then,” Paulson writes.  “It would be so cool if they did get established in the neighborhood, but I don’t know if our pond will be suitable or not. They were certainly here originally, but most of our reptiles and amphibians seem to be wiped out by urbanization.”

Paulson wants to get emails from anyone who spots native wildlife. “I welcome hearing about any frog, salamander, or snake that anyone ever sees anywhere near here! Ditto native mammals other than raccoon or bats or moles.” Editor’s note: He does know about the beavers in Thornton Creek Park No. 6.

“It is important to point out that two commonly seen mammals, eastern gray squirrels and possums, are not native.” That means he doesn’t need reports about them, nor the aforementioned raccoons, bats or moles.

“I have never seen a reptile or amphibian in the neighborhood, nor any native mammal other than the ones I named.”

For other critters,  email Paulson: dennispaulson at comcast.net.

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Which cell carriers have good Maple Leaf coverage?

January 30th, 2011 by Mike

Four years ago my cell phone suddenly stopped working. Right here, in my own house.

That service had worked for decades, starting when a mobile phone the size of a wine bottle cost $1,000, and a Personal Executive Assistant came out from US West Cellular to teach me how to use it.

It worked as US West became Air Touch and then Verizon, which was and is Consumer Reports’ highest-rated cell provider in the country. But not at my Maple Leaf house.

Nothing Verizon did – and it tried – could stop the dropped calls. Finally the company said it had no way to assure  service here and released me from the contract.

Now I have T. Mobile. Works great at the house. Doesn’t work at Whole Foods, though. Or in Yosemite.

My co-editor had to drop Sprint because it didn’t work at all at her house. Nor did AT&T. We ARE the third-highest hill in Seattle. Could that have something to do with cell woes?

This weekend Tatiana, another Maple Leaf resident, asked if our readers could report on cell providers who do provide good coverage in our neighborhood. (She currently has AT&T.)

Who’s had good luck here?

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Geologic map takes us underneath Maple Leaf

May 20th, 2010 by master

With the 30-year anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ legendary eruption just this week, we need no reminders of how much geology has shaped our region – even here in the city, as a recently updated map from the U.S. Geological Survey of the northeastern Seattle quadrant shows.

The map takes us back in a geologic time capsule for the areas now bordered roughly by Mercer Street in the south, Northeast 168th Street in the north, 15th Avenue West on the west and Lake Washington on the east. Basically, here’s what’s underneath Maple Leaf, which includes the third-highest hill in Seattle:

Till – Compact diamict of silt, sand and sub-rounded to well-rounded gravel, glacially transported and deposited under ice. Commonly is fractured and has intercalated sand lenses. Generally forms undulating, fluted surface; tends to drape topography and is found at both lowest and highest elevations in map area. Unit is typically 1 to 10 m (3.2 to 33 feet thick) and generally very dense. Uppermost meter generally is weathered and moderately dense; deeper levels characteristically are unweathered and very dense. [Read more →]

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