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Meadowbrook Pond beavers died of natural causes

March 12th, 2012 by master

Necropsy results of two beavers found dead at Meadowbrook Pond have been released, and signs point to natural causes. Chris Anderson, wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, provided this update: 

Our state wildlife veterinarian performed necropsies on the two beaver WDFW and SPU obtained from Meadowbrook Pond.  We suspect natural causes of death for these beaver.  No evidence of disease.

One, a juvenile female, died due to a likely predator event and fallout from that.  Leg was severely injured in a manner indicative of a large predator – in that area a coyote or unrestrained dog would easily explain the injury noted.  The female was emaciated, possibly due to the leg injury and not being able to take care of itself that well afterward.  Suspected cause of death is emaciation in this individual.

The other was an adult male. Reason for cause of death was more uncertain but appears it was hit by something.  He had internal bleeding and severe hemorrhaging in his lungs.  Suspected cause of death was this pulmonary hemorrhaging due to blunt trauma in this individual.  Body was in good physical condition, he was eating well.  No broken bones.  Could have been vehicle collision, situation of getting trapped in e.g. built stormwater structures during an acute high water flood event in a system, or even something unrelated to built environment such as being in a den that partially collapsed, fallen tree/vegetation and resulting impact, defending itself against another animal, etc.  I would only be speculating as to what ultimately caused demise but many situations in urban area – both built or natural environment induced, that could have resulted in the adult’s death.

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9/11 Day of Remembrance at Meadowbrook Pond

September 10th, 2011 by master

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, neighbors are invited to come together to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the attacks during “A Day of Remembrance and Service to Others” all day Sunday at Meadowbrook Pond, Northeast 107th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast.

Presented by the Meadowbrook Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation, the public is invited to Meadowbrook Pond any time on Sunday, from dawn to dusk, to walk the paths, find a place for quiet contemplation or meet neighbors. From a Parks news release

There will be several interactive displays and thoughtful prompts to help people reflect and also look to the future. It has been said that the best way to remember those who died on 911 is to “Live, love and laugh in their honor.”

Meadowbrook Pond offers a beautiful setting that will allow people to remember the tragedy and how we can live our lives in the best way possible from here on.

Another way to honor people is to use this day as a day to do something for others–something for the community or the environment on this day that is also known as Patriot Day.

For other ideas on how to remember, visit

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Meadowbrook Farmers Market not returning this year

May 31st, 2011 by Mike

The Meadowbrook Farmers Market, at 2728 N.E. 100th St. the closest farmers market to Maple Leaf, is not returning this summer.

The market, which opened in 2009, was always smaller than many of Seattle’s farmers markets.

The market, in an email Tuesday, said:

Dear neighbors,

We are sad to report that the Meadowbrook Farmers Market will not open for the 2011 market season. Our decision is based on a combination of factors, including the poor economy and Spring weather conditions.

We would like to thank all of our faithful neighborhood shoppers, fabulous vendors, talented musicians, local business donors and our site host, the Seattle Waldorf School, for making our first two years a success.

We feel the Meadowbrook Farmers Market was a wonderful celebration of neighborhood and local, sustainable living and this weekly gathering of our community will be missed by us all. We will continue to look ahead towards the 2012 season in hopes for an improved economy and a favorable growing season.

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Meadowbrook neighbor giving back via Marra Farm

May 31st, 2011 by master

Sue McGann, of Meadowbrook, runs Marra Farm in South Park.

Our sister site Wedgwood View has a post today about Meadowbrook resident Sue McGann, who runs the “giving garden” Marra Farm in South Park. The 4.5-acre urban community farm grows fresh produce for the community’s Providence Regina House Food Bank and provides educational outreach and economic opportunity to families in the neighborhood.

McGann got her start at Marra Farm as a volunteer after she heard about Lettuce Link, a program that works directly with the farm to provide food to local food banks.

“When I started here, the food bank fed 133 families. Now, there are 500 families using it,” McGann said. “Last year we grew 22,000 pounds of fresh food for the food bank.”

Read more about McGann and Marra Farm on the post by our intern, Katie Melton. This is one of her last big projects with Next Door Media before her internship ends June 8, but we hope you’ll still get to see her name from time to time!

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Taproot Theatre brings us 'Drama with your Mama'

April 6th, 2011 by master

Photo courtesy Taproot Theatre/MyBallard.

Have you got an aspiring 1- to 3-year-old actor/actress in the house who’s ready for some springtime fun?

Taproot Theatre is bringing its “Drama with your Mama” classes to our neck of the woods this spring at One Life Community Church, 3524 N.E. 95th St., in Meadowbrook.

Classes are from 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays from April 25 to May 23. Cost is $65 for all five weeks, or $15 to drop-in each week. Here’s a little more from Taproot Theatre about what you can expect: [Read more →]

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Sewage spill cleaned up at Meadowbrook Pond

December 14th, 2010 by master

Our news partner The Seattle Times writes that a sewage spill caused by the torrent of rain we had over the weekend has mostly been cleaned up at Meadowbrook Pond, located across from the Meadowbrook Community Center on 35th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 107th and 110th streets.

King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division writes that the “wastewater overflow … occurred when torrential rains forced high volumes of stormwater and wastewater into the sewer lines. The water’s force blew open a concrete block over a sediment trap, causing wastewater to spill into the park.”

The Times says the city reopened the park Tuesday after crews cleaned the trails and grass, but the city is asking that park users and animals stay away from any water at the park including the pond, shown above during the summer.

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Kids decorate more than 300 bags for homeless

November 25th, 2010 by master

Photos from Renee Staton and George Allen.

In an effort to help welcome two new homeless camps to the Northeast Seattle community, students at  St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., decorated more than 300 bags that community members helped fill with food on Wednesday night.

Volunteers today are passing out the food bags, along with more than 400 blankets that students have gathered, and wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to members of Nickelsville, which recently moved to a former Lake City fire station at 2806 N.E. 127th St. They also plan to visit Tent City 3, which now is located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, but will be relocating Saturday to Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, located at 10005 32nd Ave. N.E. in nearby Meadowbrook.

You can read more about the effort on KPLU, and a big thank you to Renee Staton and George Allen for all of their organization efforts.

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St. Catherine School food drive needs your help

November 23rd, 2010 by master

Although we’re reluctant to ask anybody to drive in this weather, we still want to share a request urging community members to contribute to a food drive that St. Catherine of Siena Parish School is helping organize.

The food is needed for the residents of Nickelsville, which recently moved to Lake City, and Tent City 3, which is scheduled to move to Meadowbrook’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Students at the Maple Leaf school, located at 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., already have gathered blankets for the drive, but are still in need of food items that don’t need to be heated or refrigerated, such as fruit, breakfast bars, muffins, small bottles of fruit juice and meat sticks. Other contributions could include small bottles of Purell and hand wipes, however, no money contributions can be accepted.

Drop off your donation by Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center, 12525 28th Ave. N.E., which is open today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday night, St. Catherine students and parents will assemble gift bags that students have decorated with Thanksgiving messages, then deliver them on Thursday morning.

If you can’t make it to the center by Wednesday night because of the snow or any other reason, organizer Renee Staton said she will be driving around Wednesday afternoon picking up donations if you contact her in advance at or 206-225-5739.

Don’t forget, North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., also is still in need of extra turkeys to give to families in need this Thanksgiving holiday, and Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., is offering a free drink of your choice to customers who bring in a grocery bag full of nonperishable foods for the food bank.

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Don't blame Maple Leaf residents for tent city reaction

September 22nd, 2010 by master

A recent opinion piece from Ken Schram on KOMO News points the finger directly at Maple Leaf residents for the outcry against the tent city planned at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. N.E.

Schram seems to have missed the fact that the church is actually in Meadowbrook, which is on the east side of Lake City Way. He writes:

Oh, no!

The homeless are coming!

The homeless are coming!

That’s the cry echoing around Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood after a church voted to host a tent city this coming Thanksgiving.

Our sister site Wedgwood View, whose coverage area includes Meadowbrook, has been following the topic more closely, and indeed not all of the church’s neighbors are supportive of the roving homeless tent city.

As for Maple Leaf Life readers, the only comments we’ve had so far in the posts we’ve written have been supportive of Tent City 3 being our neighbor.

However, considering that we’re separated from Meadowbrook by Lake City Way, it’s hard to say whether Maple Leaf residents would have the same reaction if a tent city were in our neighborhood.

But in the meantime, Schram’s readers seem to know where we stand on the issue, after he said that we “panic and screech: The homeless are coming! The homeless are coming!”

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Opening day at Meadowbrook Farmers Market

June 6th, 2010 by master

The year-old Meadowbrook Farmers Market kicked off its opening day Sunday with giveaways, classes for kids and adults, and a full house.

The nonprofit market, located at the Seattle Waldorf School at 2728 N.E. 100th St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 31.

In addition to edible and other items for sale including veggies, flowers, farm-fresh eggs, all-natural beef, wine, honey, handmade soaps, breads, veggie starts and much more, the opening day festivities also included part one of a demonstration on building a worm bin (part two is scheduled for next Sunday, June 13), as well as children’s activities on how to plant a seed and face-painting.

And they keep you entertained with a little something to tap your foot to. (Events schedule here.)

You’ve still got time to check it out, but if you don’t make it today, you can write next week’s shopping list with help from the vendor list.

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