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

Greetings & Salutations! Welcome to a beautiful fall!!! Have a spooktacular Halloween!!!


Wednesday, October 18th, 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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Pie Spot's Grand Re-Opening!

Update Residential Infill Project

Neighborhood Small Grants


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

October 2017 KNA Meeting
  Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Enjoy fall in our beautiful Kerns neighborhood! Greet and meet your neighbors!

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 November 8th. Please contact if you'd like to request time on the agenda.

Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft
The draft code and map amendments are ready to be shared with the community. You are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give feedback in the coming weeks.

Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by 5 p.m, on Nov. 20, 2017.

With the online comment form: * By email: * By U.S. mail: The printable online comment form and letters can be mailed to:

What's in the RIP Discussion Draft? Materials for public review include a project summary and the Discussion Draft in three volumes:

Volume 1: Staff Report and Map Amendments - includes project overview and introduction, analysis of proposals, as well as the methodology for creating the Housing Opportunity Overlay - the new 'a' overlay.

Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments - the actual regulations.

Volume 3: Appendices - includes Guidance from the Comprehensive Plan, FAR Background, R2.5 Catalog, Visitability Best Practices, Map Refinements, and Historically Narrow Lot Background.

Parcel-specific information that shows which amendments will affect individual properties is available through the Map App - an interactive online map.

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DISTRICT DROP-IN OFFICE HOURS The kick off meeting happened yesterday. Following is a series of drop-in office hours.

Northeast Drop-in Office Hours Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) 4815 NE 7th Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. TriMet: Bus #6 and #72

Central Northeast Drop-in Office Hours Central Northeast Neighborhoods (CNN) 4415 NE 87th Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 5 - 7 p.m. TriMet: Bus #12 and #71

Southwest Drop-in Office Hours Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Highway Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 5 - 7:30 p.m. TriMet: Bus #44

Pie Spot's Grand Re-Opening!!!
  Monday, October 16th, 2017
Pie Spot is finally re-opening after their fire last February.

They'll be selling $3 Pie Spots from 4 PM to 6 PM with a max of 12 per customer!

Make sure to stop by and say hi to your old neighborhood pie shop!

Monday, October 16th! 521 NE 24th Ave. Portland, OR 97232

Which Trees To Plant!!!
If you would like to know what to plant:

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Get A Yard Tree!

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7 Fall House Checks
Adapted from Button Up Your House For Fall By Sal Vaglica of This Old House Magazine  
1. Weatherproof Windows and Doors - Seal gaps larger than 1/8 inch around windows and doors to cut your winter heating bill by up to 15 percent. On windows, press adhesive-backed closed-cell foam onto the bottom of the sash. Secure a loose sash by applying a strip of plastic V-channel weather­stripping in the groove the sash slides in, securing it with finish nails. Use foam strips on the sides and tops of doors, and install a door sweep on the bottom.

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2. Check Your Gutters - When gutters aren't pitched at the right angle, they overflow-and can threaten your once dry basement. Properly pitched gutters slope between 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch per foot, directing water to the leader and out the downspout. Check the pitch by holding a level even with the gutter; on longer runs, pour in water from a hose and check the flow's direction. Get instructions for keeping your gutters in good working order.

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3. Find and Fix Cracked Concrete - Cracks in your driveway, walkway, or steps are a big-time trip hazard, and they'll only get worse if water seeps in and freezes. Luckily, if you can caulk, you can fix concrete-just make sure it's clean and dry to start. For cracks less than a half-inch wide, squeeze a bead of acrylic latex concrete repair compound deep into the crack, smoothing excess with a putty knife. For larger cracks, trowel on a vinyl concrete patching compound, and let it cure one day before walking on it, three days before driving over it. Here are step-by-step instructions to repairing worn concrete.

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4. Service your heating system - You need to make an appointment for your furnace's annual checkup. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life. Annual servicing is cheap-typically less than $100-especially when compared with the price of a new furnace. Or tackle yourself.

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5. Clean Cooling Devices - If you have ceiling fans, change their rotation to clockwise to push warm air down (usually accomplished by flicking a switch on the base), and while you're at it, wipe down the blades with a microfiber cloth that traps dust. At month's end or when the temps drop, remove window AC units. Vacuum the coils and filters, and store them in a cool, dry place, preferably covered to keep out dust and bugs.

6. Check for Holes in The Attic - During the brightest part of the day or a steady rain, look for streams of light or water entering the attic through the roof or sheathing, which can lead to more serious damage (and critter invasions) if left unfixed. (Another sign of holes is black staining on insulation.) From inside, fill sheathing gaps with closed-cell polyurethane foam. Fix small roof leaks by caulking with tripolymer elastomeric sealant, which is compatible with asphalt shingles and resists UV rays. But don't caulk large leaks, which tend to develop around chimneys or vent stacks. For now, place a bucket underneath to catch drips and stuff an old towel in the crevices to absorb moisture. Then do a more serious repair before the first winter storm hits.

7. Check Your Insulation - How do you know if your attic is properly protected? It's simple: If you can see the tops of the joists, you've got a problem. If the existing insulation is roughly even with the tops of the joists, add a new layer of unfaced batt insulation perpendicular to the old one, pushing the pieces together so they fit snugly side by side. On the other hand, if the existing layers are more than an inch above (or below) the joists, blown-in cellulose or fiberglass does a better job of filling the crevices. To find out how much you need, depending on where you live, type your ZIP code into the ZIP-Code Insulation Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. And give yourself a pat on the back for keeping up with fall upkeep.

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Weatherization Workshop Woodstock Library 6008 SE 49th Ave. Portland, OR Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Register online with the Community Energy Project.

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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.

The Love Brigades
  Keep The Neighborhood Clean!
The Love Brigades are coming to a neighborhood near you - to clean litter, clean graffiti, meet neighbors, share cheer and generally give love to the community. Join us!

Each Saturday morning we will meet in the neighborhood and go on an improvement mission.

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Friends of Laurelhurst Park Update
  Final Work Party of the Season!!!
Friends of Laurelhurst Park contribute to the health and beauty of Laurelhurst Park.

There is one remaining Saturday date 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
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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Applications are due by 4 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email submission is preferred. 


MAIL: SE Uplift Attn: Kelly Fedderson 3534 SE Main St. Portland, OR 97214

DROP OFF: SE UPLIFT 3534 SE Main St. Portland, OR 97214 Mon-Thurs 10 AM-5 PM

The Oregon Cell Phone Law Is Real!!!
If you need to use a phone or other electronic device in a vehicle, the new law requires that you:

* Park safely at the side of a street or in a parking spot, or

* Use a hands-free or built-in device (only for people ages 18 or older), or

* Be requesting medical help only if no one else in the vehicle can make the call The penalties have also been changed for holding/using an electronic device.

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A first offense that doesn't contribute to a crash is a Class B violation with a maximum fine of $1,000.

A second offense, or if the first offense contributes to a crash, is Class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,500.

A third offense in ten years is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in a maximum fine of $2,500 fine and could be 6 months in jail.

Please Stay Safe Obey The Law!!!

City-Wide Landlord Forum
  Lecture Series
East Precinct 737 S.E. 107th 6:30pm - 8:30pm Third Thursday.

October 19, 2017

November 16, 2017

December 21, 2017

January 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 19, 2018

May 17, 2018

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TriMet Adopt-A-Stop!!!
  Better Your Surroundings With Your Neighbors
The City of Portland, TriMet and neighborhood business associations are the 3 main providers of trash cans in public spaces.  

The TriMet Adopt-A-Stop is a great option for bettering your surroundings with a small or large group of neighbors.

Here's how to Adopt-A-Stop

Adopting a stop is a one-year commitment.

Talk with your neighbors and decide which bus stop(s) you would like to adopt. You will know if the bus stop is cared for by a group or business if an Adopt-A-Stop sign is located on the trash can.

Then discuss who will be the representative of your group. The group representative will reach out to TriMet to inquire about the bus stop or stops your group wants to adopt. TriMet can be contacted by email at or by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433).

TriMet will provide your group with trash receptacles for the stops you adopt. Your group has to provide the trash bags, pick up litter and empty the receptacles when they get full. You may host a small fundraiser or have a donation pool to purchase trash bags.

For More Information On Public Trash Cans: City of Portland BPS Oversees trash can collection services and ongoing maintenance in some areas. Contact: Alfredo Gonzalez 503-823-6111

TriMet Oversees trash can installation, collection services and ongoing maintenance at TriMet stops and stations that hit a certain threshold of riders. Some cans are serviced under collection contracts managed by TriMet. Others are sponsored and maintained by private businesses. TriMet Customer Service 503-238-7433 (click on Support and then Customer Service)

Streetcar Oversees trash can installation, collection service and ongoing maintenance at Streetcar platforms. Portland Streetcar 503-222-4200

The Adopt-A-Stop program will put up a plaque at each location acknowledging your group as the bus stop sponsor and to say thank you.

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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  Kerns Neighborhood Association

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S.E. Uplift Newsletter Subscribe
  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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