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September 2017 Kerns Neighborhood Association Newsletter
Greetings from the Kerns Neighborhood Association,

Greetings & Salutations! Hope everyone had a great summer!!! Say hello to fall!


Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Come out and support your neighborhood association! Your voice will be heard!

Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 pm and are held at: Pacific Crest Community School 116 NE 29th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97232 See you there!!!

KNA members include all the people that live in the Kerns neighborhood, business, property and landowners. 

Enjoy the Fall events, festivals, concerts and all Portland has to offer!


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Update Central City 2035

PedPDX Pedestrian Plan

Neighborhood Small Grants

Sunday Parkways Last Date

Join Next-Door Outer Kerns!

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Check out Kerns classifieds, crime & safety, events, news, events, general, lost & found, recommendations in Outer Kerns!


Report Graffiti


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DIY Graffiti Removal

World's Best Bare Brick, Stone and Masonary Graffiti Remover

Video Demo

And much more!!!


Josie Booth

KNA Communications Chair e-Newsletter

September 2017 KNA Meeting
  Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Enjoy fall in our beautiful Kerns neighborhood! Greet and meet your neighbors!

The following items lined up for the September 2017 KNA Meeting.

1. Public Safety - Crime Stats - Officer Fox.

2. Portland Tenants United - Anthony B.

3. Coca Cola Traffic Safety Proposal - Mike M.

4. Portland Tenants United - Anthony B.

5. Neighborhood Watch Program - Linda S.

6. Vote to elect Francesca as treasurer - Jay H.

7. Vote to add Jay to bank account - Jay H

8. Vote to remove Angela and Steve from bank account Jay H -

9. Vote to give Dave W. rights to update KNA website and Facebook page - Jay H.

10. Pink Flag outdoor seating 2:30 am - Jay H.

11. Kerns Communication Funds-$910.47 spent on related expenses by 9/30 - David K.

12. Land use updates - 1500 Irving Project - Elliot M.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 pm and are held at: Pacific Crest Community School 116 NE 29th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97232 Meet your neighbors!!!

Topics for next month may be added by September 6th. Please contact if you'd like to request time on the agenda.

2017 KNA Board Members:

Josie Booth, Halley Baars, Jay Harris, Elliot Mantell, Bill Miller, Mike Petticord.

At-Large Board Members:

Aaron Cardella, Michael Fox, David Kirchfeld, Fredric Maxwell, Dave Weaver, Ryan Woodward

Position Selections:

Chair - Jay Harris Vice Chair - OPEN Treasurer - Bill Miller Secretary - Halley Baars

Crime Prevention Chair - Elliot Mantell Communications Chair - e-Newsletter - Josie Booth Land Use - Elliot Mantell Picnic Community Chair - Francesca Patricolo

Bike Pedestrian Community Chair - OPEN SE Uplift Board Member - OPEN SE Uplift Land Use Representative - Mike Petticord Sustainability Chair - Mike Petticord

Community Collection Event Chair - OPEN Picnic Community Chair - Francesca Patricolo Movie In The Park - David Kirchfeld

Turn A Parking Space Into A Mini Park!
Park(ing) Day is a chance to create a mini park! It happens once a year in September and gives Portlandlers the opportunity to re-envision how we use our public spaces. 

Participants temporarily turn on street parking spaces into parklets. Portland began participating in this international event in 2006. Park(ing) Day creates opportunities for residents, artists and activists to create more public spaces. 

Inspire creative thinking on how streets can be used!

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Phone: (503) 823-4003

Are You're Affected By The Equifax Hack?
1. Check your free credit reports. You can request a free copy of your credit report once a year from credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

2. Put a fraud alert on your credit. Which means you'll be contacted if someone tries to apply for credit in your name.

3. Keep an eye on bank accounts and credit card statements. Look closely at your bank, retirement, and brokerage accounts, as well as your credit card statements. Don't overlook small amounts that are not your charges.

4. Sign up for a credit monitoring or identity theft protection service. Monitoring services track your credit reports. Most alert you when a company checks your credit history, a new loan or credit card is opened in your name etc.

5. If you have been compromised, put a freeze on your credit. A freeze blocks anyone from accessing your credit reports without your permission. It's also not free, fees will apply. If you want to take out a loan or open a new credit card the freeze has to be removed.

Summer Cultural Exchange for Kerns Families!!!
Host a student from France, Spain, or Japan for 2 - 4 weeks in September and build connections across the world through friendship!

The international students are coming to share cultures, practice English, and become part of an American family.

Some students will be taking English classes from 9am to 5pm, M-F, at Portland State.

While others will be immersed in their host families' daily lives and will not have any scheduled program obligations.

Students bring their own spending money and are covered by comprehensive medical and accident insurance.

Families receive orientation materials, 24/7 support, and a small hosting stipend.

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Contact Kayla Frost at or 503-274-1776.

Celebrate Colonel Summers Splash Pad Opening!
  Sunday, September 17 - 4pm null
Opening Ceremony at 4pm with Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz

After the ceremony and ribbon-cutting, you can enjoy the splash pad and free cake! Bring a towel!

This is part of the Buckman Community Association's annual picnic from 3pm - 7pm, with many free family activities including a bounce house, BBQ foods, cake, and live music!

Buckman neighbors could use more volunteers at this event - sign up for a shift here:

Sign Up

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See Graffiti? Abandoned Car? Potholes?
  Web-based version of PDX Reporter Replaces Phone Apps
A new web-based version of PDX Reporter has been launched that replaces the existing iPhone and Android app. PDX Reporter allows you to report graffiti and certain livability concerns in Portland.

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* Abandoned autos

* Graffiti and tags

* Illegal parking

* Park maintenance needs

* Plugged street drains

* Potholes

* Sidewalk issues

* Failed or failing streetlights

Use the PDX Reporter to report the following complaints:

* Graffiti

* Campsite Reporting-Please note that the online reporting template at /react-text

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* Street lighting

* Abandoned Autos

* Illegal parking

* Potholes

* Debris in the roadway

* Work zone concerns

* Park maintenance

* Plugged storm drains

* Sidewalk vegetation

* Sidewalk trip hazard

Important: You cannot report crime using PDX Reporter.

Sunday Parkways Season!!!
  September 24th Last Date!!!

September 24, 2017

Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways September 24, 2017 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (8 miles)

This route explores marketplace locations: Westmoreland, Sellwood, and Water Tower Parks, along with the Milwaukie Farmers Market and Milwaukie Business District.

Go Ride!!!

Video - Discover Sunday Parkways

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Friends of Laurelhurst Park Update
  Remaining Season Work Parties!
Friends of Laurelhurst Park contribute to the health and beauty of Laurelhurst Park.

This upcoming work parties are 9:00 to noon on the second Wednesday of each month through October.

Those who wish to participate may mark their calendars for October 11.

Two remaining Saturday dates include Sept 23 and Oct 28, from 9 to noon.

Questions or concerns may be addressed to Peggy Glascock (503-232-2406) or Barry Kast (503-477-7469).

Hope to see you at the Ankeny Building at 9 am. (That is where SE Ankeny meets SE Laurelhurst Place.)  We have the tools, but you might want to bring gloves that fit, and wear good "work" shoes or sneakers.

See You Then!

Neighborhood Small Grant Program
  2018 Neighborhood Small Grants
Calling all dreamers, makers, and world-changers: do you have a small but powerful idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Perhaps you want to revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden?

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Central City 2035 - Second Hearing
  September 14, Thursday at 2pm 2035 Central City
The Central City 2035 Recommended Draft went to City Council on 9/7/2017.

The second hearing is scheduled for tomorrow the 14th at 2pm.

It is an opportunity for public testimony.

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PedPDX Pedestrian Plan
PedPDX will identify pedestrian needs across the city (including needs for new sidewalks/walking paths, crossings, and other pedestrian infrastructure).

Funding allocation guided by need and priority.

Let your voice be heard!

Take The Survey!

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School Kids & Cell Phone Safety
  Build A Digital Defense
Summer is really over, time to wake up early, pack up the backpacks and lunch bags for another school year. Most kids are headed back to class with a cell phone in their pockets. More and more kids are getting phones by middle school -- some in elementary school.

Keep in touch with your student through the day. There are apps to help you keep track of your kid's movements minute by minute.

Here are some basic phone tips to keep your child safe:

* The phone should default to a locked setting. The only people who should have that access code are the child and the parent.

* Beyond that, parents should know every password to every device and every password to every app on that device. Sure you want your kids to have some privacy as they grow up, but they are still kids. You pay the bill, and as long as that child is a child, she is your responsibility.

* Check the privacy and security settings on the phone and the apps. Check regularly to make sure they are up-to-date.

* Learn about how photos are geo-tagged. Even if you are discreet about what you post, your photos could be tagged in the meta-data with your child's exact location. Do you want just anybody to know what school your child goes to or what field his team uses for soccer practice? You should be able to turn this feature off in settings.

* Teach your kids to never respond to calls, texts or emails from unknown numbers or people. Scam artists and predators are more than happy to victimize them, regardless of age.

If your child is old enough to have and carry a phone, then it's also time to have a conversation with him about potential risks.

If you or your child has been victimized by an online crime, make a report to the FBI.

You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center

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or call your FBI local office.

Recruiting School Bus Drivers For The 2017-18 School Year
PPS School Bus Driver $16.25 / hour, 6 hr./day guarantee, 7 paid holidays, full medical/dental/vision benefits NEW HIGHER WAGE

Do you like engaging with young people as a positive role model?

Do you enjoy a job with a change of scenery?

Is time off for holidays, projects, or travel important to you?

Are you a polite and safe driver on our increasingly busy roads?

Portland Public Schools provides small school bus service to families of children with special needs. Our operation frequently needs conscientious, caring individuals to join our team.

Are you our next outstanding employee?

Apply online at under "Jobs" or call our office.

503-916-6901 x.77292

716 NE Marine Drive Portland, Oregon 97211

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Keep Your Children Safe!!!

Please Remember:

* If you're driving, obey the 20 mph speed limit in school zones.

* Be vigilant and courteous to children crossing the street.

* If you're a parent, consider walking or biking to school with your students where possible to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide young people with needed physical activity.

Remind Your Child To:

* Never walk while texting or talking on the phone.

* If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk.

* Never cross the street while using an electronic device.

* Do not walk with headphones on.

* Be aware of the surroundings.

Watch for school buses. Remember, school buses with yellow or red flashing lights and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

Portland Safe Routes to School

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How To Decide If Charities Are Legit
Check out Charity Navigator or similar websites (for national or international charities). The Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities website.

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Check out the charities before donating to their causes.

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Scammers may try to trick you by choosing names and visuals that closely resemble reputable charities.

They may ask you to purchase pre-paid VISA cards and give them the serial numbers from the cards.

Once they are given them those numbers, they can cash out the cards and disappear.

Office Of Neighborhood Involvement
  Livability Direct Services
Programs that can get you involved in your neighborhood, access information, build community, support diversity and accessibility, organize a block party, clean up your neighborhood, hone leadership skills, influence city policy and much more!

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Fix-It Fair Online Resource Guide
  Fix-It Fair Resoiurce Guide
Looking For Community Resources?

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  Sign up for SEUL's free monthly online newsletter
Our neighborhood Kerns is located in the neighborhood coalition of Southeast Uplift (SEUL). Find out what's going on coalition-wide!

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Find us online!
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For more information about us visit our official Kerns Neighborhood Association website. You can also find us on Facebook and find out great news and happenings. Join our new Facebook Group and post neighborhood news or questions or photos!

Nextdoor NE Kerns, a private neighborhood social network that requires your address to join. Kerns is broken down into 2 sections, inner and outer. This page is not moderated by the KNA. Examples of how people are using Nextdoor: sharing events, asking for recommendations, organizing a community-wide yard sale, setting up playdates, getting the word out about a break-in, finding a lost pet, or planning for an emergency.


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