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Sunday, April 20, 2014 -- 2:48 pm
Fight leads to truck fire overnight near Northgate
Maple Leaf Life - Seattle Police report a fight just north of Northgate Mall ended with a truck set on fire and at least one arrest. In addition to the police press release, our news partner The Seattle Times has a story with map here. Police said that the suspect, a man in his 20s, was arguing with the vehicle's owner, [...] Read more...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 -- 11:52 am
Easter eggs in the park - followed by "not a drizzle"
Maple Leaf Life - The Easter egg hunt in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park got going earlier this morning – followed by rain. A lot of rain. And wind. At Maple Leaf Life South, 19 mph at 11:19 a.m. Umbrellas were blown inside out. Actually, it appeared there were at least two hunts – the one pictured here, sponsored by Lux Communities, and [...] Read more...
Friday, April 18, 2014 -- 5:34 pm
A new sparrow for Maple Leaf park's bird list
Maple Leaf Life - Spring migration is here, and we're hoping our bird list for Maple Leaf Reservoir Park grows considerably in the next few months. This morning we spotted several Savannah Sparrows at the park's north end, near the water tower. It's the 28th 29th species we've added to the list. Red-breasted Nuthatch on April 19th! What makes it a Savannah [...] Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 2:27 pm
Voting on the bus tax ends in just five days
Maple Leaf Life - On Fifth Avenue Northeast across from the Northgate branch library. Update: A newly released Elway Poll finds that 74 percent of voters statewide surveyed last week said they supported higher local taxes for roads and 60 percent said they supported higher taxes for transit. Note these are statewide findings, not just in King County where Prop. 1 [...] Read more...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 -- 1:24 pm
Zaina expands north, stays tasty
Seattle Times - Last year, Zaina's popular downtown eatery gave North Seattleites a treat by opening a branch on Lake City Way, near Maple Leaf. Read more...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- 5:00 pm
Two Easter celebrations in Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf Life - Two Maple Leaf groups have let the community know that they are holding celebrations around the Easter holiday this weekend. Both are happening on Saturday. The Lakeview Free Methodist Church, at 9412 15th Ave. N.E., is holding its annual Carnival of Eggs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. All are invited. And a relative newcomer, Lux Communities, [...] Read more...
Monday, April 14, 2014 -- 12:41 pm
Pedestrian struck, killed near Northgate this morning
Maple Leaf Life - A 17-year-old woman was hit and killed by a pickup truck on Fifth Avenue Northeast this morning, police say. It happened about 8:15 a.m. as she crossed at Northeast 115th Street, according to a police press release. Seattle Fire Department Medics and Seattle Police responded to the collision. Medics determined that the 17-year-old female pedestrian died [...] Read more...
Saturday, April 12, 2014 -- 9:49 am
Two days later, cause of 9-1-1 outage still not clear
Maple Leaf Life - For those who've been wondering (me!) how the emergency 9-1-1 system could possibly disappear for seven hours, Doug Esser at the Associated Press  has looked into it and found: Two days later they still don't know. Or at least they aren't saying. CenturyLink, which provides 9-1-1 service here, has blamed it on an unnamed third-party vendor. Our news [...] Read more...
Friday, April 11, 2014 -- 5:55 pm
The weekend Reckless Video sale is on
Maple Leaf Life - Today and through the weekend Reckless Video, 9020 Roosevelt Way N.E., is having: * A video sale * $2 rentals on all three-day titles. For more information visit its Facebook page. Read more...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 -- 9:39 am
Total lunar eclipse next week (will the skies be clear?)
Maple Leaf Life - You don't see a headline like this one all that often: Whew! It comes on Tax Day, too. If we're lucky the full lunar eclipse here around midnight next Tuesday, April 15, will be visible through the clouds. The forecast, sadly, is for mostly cloudy that night. You can read the full story at Space.com. Read more...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 -- 6:58 am
Emergency 9-1-1 lines down this morning
Maple Leaf Life - Afternoon update from our news partner The Seattle Times: UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. |A team of CenturyLink technicians is investigating the cause of a hours-long interruption of 911 services across Washington early today. "This is very serious. Our customers' safety is our top priority," said Jan Kampbell, CenturyLink's spokeswoman for Western Washington. The service interruption was detected about [...] Read more...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- 4:42 pm
Neighbor reports police presence in Northgate area
Maple Leaf Life - 'Northgate Nan' emails this afternoon: I saw this Seattle Police van parked yesterday afternoon and two officers walking east on Northgate Way from the complex where FedEx is. It looked like they were stopping in to the businesses along the way. I thought this might be good for folks to know about with all the trouble [...] Read more...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- 11:39 am
Report of overnight mail thefts near Northgate
Maple Leaf Life - Daniel emails this morning: Late last night or early this morning (April 8), the residents of the Northgate Villa Condominium (Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 105th Street) had their mailboxes forcibly pried open and their mail stolen. This is the second occurrence in less than a month. The US Postal Service and the Seattle Police have [...] Read more...
Monday, April 7, 2014 -- 12:29 pm
Update on teen pack - plus a Northgate senior scam
Maple Leaf Life - Update April 8: The police public affairs team has sent us the field reports on both the initial attack and the second one. The reports confirm both. ——————————- Our post last week, 'Armed teen pack near Northgate robs boys 11, 16,' has now drawn nearly three dozen comments. Among them are at least two pieces of news. The first [...] Read more...
Monday, April 7, 2014 -- 9:20 am
Three things about buses - an update as votes are cast
Maple Leaf Life - Absentee ballots have arrived in the mail for this month's transit tax vote.  Our last post on it drew enough comments that it's worth noting three new stories in our news partner The Seattle Times. First, the Times rather surprisingly opposed the tax – which was supported by a unanimous King County Council and by many [...] Read more...
Friday, April 4, 2014 -- 5:48 pm
Two ways to help recent disaster victims
Maple Leaf Life - This post in part is from our sister site Magnolia Voice. Friends of the man who was injured during the KOMO news helicopter crash are raising money to help with his medical expenses. This weekend, all are invited to a "'Pop Up Basement" (or garage) sale to support Richard Newman at Magnolia Lutheran's Luther [...] Read more...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- 6:43 am
Maple Leaf Grill to close May 23rd
Maple Leaf Life - The Maple Leaf Grill – a neighborhood institution with Mrs. Peel on the north wall and a huge reclining nude on the south – this morning announced it will close May 23. From the Leaf's Facebook page: It is with great sadness that I must officially announce the impending closure of the Maple Leaf Grill. After 25 [...] Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 6:05 pm
Maple Leaf's Chiarelli-Dore House listed as historical landmark
Maple Leaf Life - The house at 843 N.E. 100th St. looks unassuming when walking your dog by on the street. It's a little hard to tell if it's actually connected to the very similar structure immediately to the west, but which has a different address. It's impossible to realize that, seen from a different side, it looks like this: Kafia, from [...] Read more...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- 8:00 am
Armed teen pack near Northgate robs boys 11, 16
Maple Leaf Life - It's not uncommon to see police reports about teens snatching iPhones or other mobile devices near the Northgate Mall/transit center area. Sometimes, police say,  attackers and victims know each other. This report, which came in by email early this morning,  is different. My oldest and youngest sons went out for a walk with the dog late evening nice [...] Read more...
Monday, March 31, 2014 -- 6:17 pm
Neighbor reports misbehaving in Thornton Creek
Maple Leaf Life - We get reports from time to time of activities in Thornton Creek where it passes through Maple Leaf. Most often they are about people cutting trees, or loitering. Now we have one about fire starting. Stephanie emails this morning: I live on Eighth Avenue Northeast & Northeast 104th Street and there is a creek behind my house. I like [...] Read more...

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