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News roundup: Greenwood Fred Meyer now has ClickList, Greenwood Physical Therapy expanding, coyotes, participatory city budgeting, free dental care, helping a neighbor in need

The Greenwood Fred Meyer is now a ClickList location, where you can order groceries online, select a date and time to pick up your order, then pull up inside the parking garage and they’ll load your groceries for you. The eight parking stalls on the east side of the garage are designated for ClickList.

Each ClickList stall has a number, from 1-8. You use your cell phone to call the number on the sign and tell them what stall you’re in.

The first three orders are free; after that you’ll be charged a service fee of $4.95 per order.

BECU is now open directly across the street from Fred Meyer in the Janus apartment building.

Greenwood Physical Therapy is opening a second location in Ravenna on Jan. 11. It will be called GPT Physical Therapy at Ravenna and is located at 3290 NE 65th St. Two current Greenwood employees, Erin Patterson and Lisa Quinn, will be transferring to the new location, which will provide sports medicine, spine rehabilitation, women’s health services, Pilates-based rehab, and general orthopedics.

Just a reminder that coyotes are common in our neighborhood and you should consider keeping your cats and other small pets indoors. James tells us he spotted a coyote at running on Greenwood Avenue North between North 61st and 62nd streets at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.

Some neighborhood residents have started a GoFundMe page for Real Change vendor Sonny, usually seen in front of Ken’s Market. According to the page, Sonny has health issues and needs to move from his third-floor apartment to an accessible first-floor unit, but can’t get out of his current lease.

Not in our neighborhood but definitely a well-known landmark nearby, Spud Fish & Chips’ building at 6860 East Green Lake Way North has been nominated for landmark preservation. Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination at its Feb. 7 meeting. You can attend the meeting at City Hall and/or write a letter regarding the nomination to be received by the city by Feb. 6: Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is offering free dental care to children ages 6 months through 18 years old on Give Kids a Smile Day, which is Tuesday, Feb. 20. Appointments are available from 1-5 pm. Participating children will receive a full exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application, all free. Call 206-543-5800 for an appointment. The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St. Interpretation is available in 120 languages; Medicaid-eligible children may be able to arrange free transportation.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is asking for the public’s input on how to $3 million of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. This is the third year of this kind of participatory budgeting through Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets.

You can submit an idea online through Feb. 2, or in person at any library branch.

Projects could include park benches, trail improvements, curb ramps, etc. The only rules are that they be physical improvements for Seattle’s parks or streets, benefit the public, and cost $90,000 or less.

Nearly 400 ideas were submitted last year, and they will be rolled over for consideration this year. See the map detailing those ideas. After the submission deadline, volunteers will be recruited to turn the ideas into 8-10 proposals per district, then everyone will have the opportunity to vote for the top projects within their district.

King County Metro has a new pedestrian safety campaign called “Walk Safe.” The aim is to eliminate pedestrian and auto collisions. Pedestrian impairment and driver distraction are the largest contributing factors in pedestrian collisions, according to the state Traffic Safety Commission’s Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council reports. Pedestrians are encouraged not to chase buses, to look and listen before crossing streets, to become more visible to drivers when crossing in the dark, and to cross the street only after their bus leaves the bus zone.

According to Metro, several pedestrians each year are injured when they chase after a bus. In 2017, Metro was involved in 20 pedestrian accidents, two of them fatal.

From 2012 to 2017, Metro buses were involved in 148 pedestrian collisions while traveling more than 250 million miles.

From 2012-2017, Metro Transit paid $22.8 million for 68 pedestrian injury claims, ranging from minor to severe and fatality incidents.

The state Traffic Safety Commission reports that statewide collisions in 2016 killed 89 pedestrians and seriously injured 361 pedestrians. In King County, pedestrian collisions accounted for 23 fatalities and 148 serious injuries in 2016.