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News roundup: Naked City expands, crosswalk safety, transportation issues, help for veterans, annual homeless count

A roundup of various news from in and around the neighborhood:

Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery is expanding to Camano Island this spring. The new brewpub will be at Terry’s Corner on the north end of Camano Island. Executive Chef Tessa Roberts has designed a rotating seasonal food menu that features vegetables grown for the brewpub by Camano Island farmers.

The Cookie Counter, 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., is making a few structural changes to the vegan bakery before hopefully reopening in mid to late February.

Bluebird Ice Cream is asking for suggestions for new vegan flavors. You can comment through Bluebird’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

Shelley Goulding, owner of 9 Cranes Inn at 5717 Palatine Ave. N., recently installed crosswalk flags at the marked crosswalk on Phinney Avenue North at North 58th Street. That crosswalk is two blocks from her bed and breakfast, and she says both she and her overnight guests have a tough time crossing there, as well as people using the #5 bus stop there, especially during rush hour. So Goulding installed bright orange flags to make it easier.

In crime news: Nancy tells us several vehicles on Greenwood Avenue North between North 65th and 67th streets had windows smashed in a few days ago. And Justin alerted us to an attempted car prowl on North 98th Street between Linden and Aurora avenues last Sunday. The man was caught on video around 10 a.m. attempting to open a black SUV parked in the driveway.

The Greenwood Community Council wants your input on what transportation issues are most important to you in the next year. Click here to leave a comment on the GCC’s Transportation Committee page. The GCC will schedule a meeting sometime in February to discuss issues.

Friends of Piper’s Orchard at Carkeek Park just north of Greenwood are hosting a “wassailing and pruning work party” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Stop by for free hot apple cider and treats, plus entertainment by the Sound and Fury Morris & Sword Dancers.

The Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., will have drop-in help for military veterans experiencing homelessness or living on low incomes, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 7 and 21. A veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be available to connect vulnerable veterans with services to help them find and keep housing, including: rapid access to housing, counseling, financial planning, access to transportation, access to income resources, help with expenses, help with legal issues, and access to medical care.

The “Don’t Drip & Drive” program is back, offering free checks for vehicle leaks, affordable fixes, and education on car maintenance. Take your vehicle to one of more than 200 participating repair shops for a free visual leak inspection; if a leak is found, the shop will offer a 10 percent discount on repairs, up to $50.

The amount of motor oil drips and leaks in the area is roughly equivalent to a tanker trunk being spilled every day, and most of this oil gets carried into the lakes and streams that flow to Puget Sound. The Don’t Drip and Drive program is a regional partnership effort of cities, counties, state and nonprofit groups and local organizations dedicated to improving water quality and aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound region by encouraging residents to fix that leak.

You can also take a free class on car maintenance, which includes a free leak check from the instructor. Classes are taught by automotive program instructors from local high schools and technical colleges. See the website to find a repair shop or class.

Tomorrow (Friday) is the annual “Count Us In” count of homelessness in King County

Early Friday morning, hundreds of volunteers will spread over all of King County to witness and enumerate the scope of homelessness in our community. Formerly known as the One Night Count, this year, Count Us In will utilize new and improved data collection methods for the full range of count activities including a street count of people living unsheltered, a count of people living in shelter or transitional housing, a qualitative survey of people experiencing homelessness, and specialized approaches to counting subpopulations, including youth/young adults, families, and those living in vehicles. Obtaining comprehensive, accurate and actionable data through our annual point-in-time count is imperative to our community’s response to homelessness.

Local advocates, service providers and Applied Survey Research have all been active and valued partners in the planning and implementation of Count Us In. Exciting changes to this year’s count include the addition of paid guides, who are currently or formerly homeless individuals with lived experience in or near their count area, a shift from “known areas” to a 100% canvass of every census tract in King County and sample-based survey efforts including both shelter/service sites as well as non-service locations.

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