Welcome to the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) website. Kenwood is a neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just southwest of the downtown area. Please scroll down for postings of news for our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend our monthly KIAA Board meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, then we meet on the second Monday. The 2013-2014 meetings will be held on July 1, September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5 (unless the May annual meeting format and date are changed.)

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Kenwood News Update 4/21/14


The Annual Kenwood-Minneapolis Earth Day is April 26, from 9:30 a.m.- noon. You may pick up bags, gloves and a map of areas targeted for clean-up at the Kenwood Rec Center. Locations of garbage pick up sites will also be distributed.  All are welcome!

For information on the Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K, 10K and FREE Kids Run visit: www.minneapolisparks.org.




The annual KIAA Gathering will be Monday, May 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Bockley Gallery.  Please join us for a free, fun evening of camaraderie, featuring the Red Wagon Pizza Company-a traveling pizza oven on wheels.  Arts and crafts for kids at BeARTrageous.

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) is accepting monetary donations for Joyce Food Shelf at the event.

A short program will include the American Planning Association’s “Great Places In America” 2013 award to Kenwood, introduction of KIAA Board, and an open welcome to join the KIAA board. 

Questions? Contact Angie Erdrich at angie_sandeep@ yahoo.com, (612) 516-6866 or Amy Lucas at amymlucas@gmail.com, (612) 414-7949.

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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update


Kenwood Neighborhood News Update April 14, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association and Neighborhood Annual Gathering May 5 at 6pm.

Meet your friends and neighbors at Bockley Gallery, corner of Penn and West 21st Street.  Enjoy pizza from the Red Wagon Pizza Company.  More details to come.

Lunch with Lisa

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation on April 30, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown, Room 201 Opus Hall.  $10 Lunch is offered.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis announce the 2014 Earth Day Clean-Up Event

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) along with the City of Minneapolis announce the 20th annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city. Since 2008, more than 12,000 residents have removed more than 75,000 lbs of garbage. It’s free to participate and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. No registration needed, just choose a site and show up. To find a detailed list of clean-up sites and more information please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6484.

The City of Minneapolis would like to remind residents that plastic bags are not accepted in the one-sort recycling program or with yard waste collection. If you collect your recycling in a plastic bag, the recyclables must be dumped from the bag into the recycling cart. The plastic bag can be placed in the garbage or it can be brought to a participating grocery or retail store for recycling. Yard waste must be placed in Kraft (paper bags), compostable plastic bags or in reusable containers at least 26 inches in height with handles for collection by city crews. For more information please visit www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste or call Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917.

Recycle Run 5k, 10K, and Free Kids Run – Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Recycle Run was created to support sustainable park projects including the Earth Day Clean-Up. The event takes place Saturday, April 19 around beautiful Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis. Youth ages 11 and under can participate in the FREE half-mile kids run! The 5K and 10K Runs are both chip-timed events. All participants will receive a t-shirt and giveaways with registration. Participants are encouraged to bring their used running shoes and shirts. Items will be collected and recycled. Register at www.minneapolisrecyclerun.com.

Contact: Tom Godfrey, Community Outreach Supervisor – Events


As we go into spring, we all want to enjoy the warm weather. This means more people leaving windows open, walking outside, doing yard work, and more. Remember to keep a few simple crime prevention tips in mind to help reduce the opportunity for crimes.

We are looking for more block club leaders! Block club leaders receive alerts of most crimes that occur in a 1-2 block radius around their home, and are asked to forward the information to their neighbors. If you are interested, see your Crime Prevention Specialist’s contact information at the bottom.

General tips:

  • Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it!
  • If you are the witness to a crime, please stay around so officers can gather information from you
  • If you are the victim of a crime, please be available for and cooperate with investigators so they can try to locate the perpetrator and gather enough evidence for charging
  • Install or activate a tracking program/app on your smart phone to find it in case it is lost or stolen. This must be done BEFORE the phone is stolen.
  • Install a security program on your laptop if you keep personal information on it or often bring it with you. This must be done BEFORE the laptop is stolen.


  • Trust your instincts! If something feels off or wrong to you, there is a reason for it.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • While walking, don’t text, play games, or otherwise use your phone in a manner where you are looking down and don’t notice anyone around you
  • Walk in groups when possible
  • Avoid walking down alleyways or poorly lit areas
  • It’s important not to drink and drive, but it’s also important not to walk while obviously intoxicated, especially if you are alone, it is dark, you will be walking for blocks, and if you are not liable to notice if you are being followed.
  • For your personal safety on many fronts, it’s best to always be in a group, to not leave the bar alone whether you are getting a ride or walking, and whenever possible have someone designated who will remain sober. This is very important because in general trends, we see many reported person-to-person crimes which involve intoxication. Please be safe!
  • More personal safety tips can be found under personal safety at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm
  • For pedestrian safety, visit the pedestrian section at www.sharetheroadmn.org 


  • Pin all ground/first floor windows so when you want they can be stopped at 6”. There are many ways to do this, depending on the type of window. Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for more information or visit your local hardware store for help. You can also find information under home security at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm
  • Lock your garage service doors! If you often forget to do this or you have children who are in and out of the garage repeatedly, consider upgrading your service door lock to a keypad lock that will automatically lock when shut. This removes the annoyance of needing a key and ensures your garage is always secure.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of all your valuables in a home inventory form.
  • Lock your doors and windows even when you are home. As you start doing yardwork/gardening, lock your doors to your home, especially on the opposite side of the house from where you are working.
  • Watch this video of an interview with a career burglar to find out what made him choose one house or block and not another: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=18643268 (This video is from St Louis Park PD but the crime prevention information is good for everyone)

Theft from motor vehicle:

  • Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. This includes putting it under your seat or putting a blanket over it. Thieves know the common “hiding” tactics.
  • If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, put it in your trunk BEFORE reaching your destination
  • Bags should not be left visible. Even if you know they are empty or only hold dirty gym clothes, a thief could believe it’s filled with diamonds.
  • Valuables include GPS units, laptops, iPads, iPods, smart phones, wallets, purses, and more. If you spent money on it, it can get someone money when they pawn it.

Bike theft and safety

For more crime prevention tips, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/index.htm. To find ways to get involved, ask your Crime Prevention Specialist or check with your neighborhood association to learn about programs, events, and other opportunities near you. 


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SWLRT News: Corridor Management Meeting Wednesday.

The Corridor Management Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 2, to make a final recommendation to the Met Council regarding co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth corridor. There is an opportunity for public comment from about 9 – 10:30 AM.

 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Beth El Synagogue,

5224 W. 26th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Call to Order

Approval of Meeting Minutes from March 26, 2014


Recognizing Commissioner Gail Dorfman

Thanking Beth El Synagogue for hosting SWLRT meetings

Response to March 26, 2014 CMC Questions

Staff Recommendation on Project Scope and Budget

Public Testimony (Estimated Timeframe: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)

Individuals allowed up to 3 minutes

Groups allowed up to 5 minutes

CMC Discussion and Recommendation


Next Meeting: May 7, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Beth El Synagogue

Please Note:

The east doors nearest the parking lot will be open from 8:15 to 8:45 AM; CMC

members and guests arriving after 8:45 will need to enter through the south doors

located on 26th Street.


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KIAA Response to Draft Reports on Water Resources and Freight Rail Location Alternatives

To: Mark Fuhrman, Southwest Project Office

       Jim Alexander, Southwest Project Office

March 3, 2014

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) renews its strong objection to routing both freight rail and light rail (LRT) in the Kenilworth Corridor. While many reasons exist for this position, these comments refer specifically to the recent Water Resources Draft and Freight Rail Location Alternatives reports released at the end of January.

The necessity of colocating freight and light rail in the same corridor is a direct result of Hennepin County’s lack of planning in designing the Locally Preferred Alignment (LPA) that includes the Kenilworth Corridor. Because of this failure, the plan to move freight to St. Louis Park has been rejected for a variety of reasons (some relevant and some not). Minneapolis renewed its objection to the colocation of both enterprises in the corridor and, as a compromise, the Met Council recommended placing the LRT in a shallow tunnel. We believe that this compromise is short sighted at best and without more complete study PRIOR TO ANY MUNICIPAL CONSENT may in the long run prove disastrous.

The conclusions of Burns and McDonnell (independent consultants hired by the Met Council) of the shallow tunnel plan and its effect on the water resources of the corridor were summarized in the presentation to the Corridor Management Committee (CMC) on February 20, 2014. To us, those findings raise more questions than provide assurances. A few of those conclusions and our concerns are:

1. “Add lateral and nested piezometers.” This recommendation is meant to substantiate the conclusion that shallow tunnels will not interfere with groundwater movement and activity. Shouldn’t that be established BEFORE the decision is made to bury the LRT tracks in a tunnel?

2. “Complete a comprehensive capacity analysis for sanitary and storm sewer systems.” If an analysis is needed, and those systems prove to be deficient, what will it cost to upgrade them and who will pay for it? How will those costs effect the overall project budget, and shouldn’t they be known before a decision is made?

3. “Complete a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.” Again, why should Minneapolis be asked to provide municipal consent for this project without knowing the results of this assessment? A Phase II study is especially important in this corridor because it carried freight traffic for many years, during a time when environmental concerns were not as important as they are now. Why would the Met Council want to go forward with this project without having the Phase II results that may show more funds will be required to clean up the corridor before any digging into the groundwater can be initiated?

Barr Engineering, consultants hired by the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, raises other issues (also described in the CMC meeting presentation) that we believe need to be resolved before the project is approved and begun. Paramount among these issues is their first concern: “The effectiveness of sheet pile sealing and seal pour performance.” Barr Engineering is concerned with the effectiveness of the seals needed to connect about thirty 150’ concrete, rectangular tunnels sitting in eight feet of groundwater. To us, this part of the design is the linchpin in the plan that, if it fails, may have significant and irreversible consequences for the Chain of Lakes system in Minneapolis. We believe that the risk of a failure of this design, even though it may be small, is larger than the city of Minneapolis should ever be asked to take. For that reason, and for the others listed above, we believe the shallow tunnel as a compromise to at-grade colocation fails as a viable alternative.

In addition to the water issues described above, KIAA has great concern for any permanent placement of rail in the Kenilworth Corridor. To begin with, the City of Minneapolis has been clear for many years that any placement of light rail in this corridor requires the permanent removal of freight rail. KIAA believes, like the City of Minneapolis, that the existence of light rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, either at grade or in a shallow tunnel, constitutes colocation of the two and is unacceptable. Like the city, KIAA has taken this position since the current LPA was chosen and we have not changed our opinion.

In addition to this violation of the basic premise for acceptance of the LPA by the City of Minneapolis, KIAA also believes that any plan for colocation of freight and LRT is incomplete and has not addressed important issues:

1. What measures to make freight (in addition to light rail) safe and livable in the community will be taken, and at what cost?

2. What will be the environmental impact of a tunnel option, including crash walls (impact on wildlife, vegetation, noise, and trail and park users.)

3. Who will assume liability if freight stays in the Kenilworth Corridor? Up until now, Twin City and Western Railroad (TC&W) has assumed full liability while running trains in the corridor because they believed placement of freight rail was “temporary” (according to Jim Alexander of the Southwest Project Office at the community meeting at the Jones Harrison Residence on June of 2013). Is Twin City and Western Railroad asking for another entity to share liability for any accident that happens in the corridor? If that is the case, who will bear the cost of this shared liability?

4. Why is TC&W now suggesting that a right of way of less than 25 feet from the center of their track is acceptable in the Kenilworth Corridor when it was stated earlier that 25 feet was the minimum industry standard?

5. Perhaps most importantly, what assurance will the City of Minneapolis receive that the money for shallow tunnels will be available if colocation is implemented against its will? If those assurances cannot be made, when will all the issues and concerns relating to at-grade co-location be addressed?

KIAA, a totally volunteer neighborhood organization, has been involved in the discussions regarding the Southwest LRT project since before the LPA was chosen. We objected to that LPA for a variety of reasons but once chosen we shifted our focus to mitigating the effect of 220 trains traveling between two lakes and separating our neighborhood. Because members of the board, and numerous residents of the neighborhood, feel a strong sense of responsibility for our neighborhood and the environment, we have felt compelled to add our voices in defense of Minneapolis. Neighbors spent a day discussing and designing the station area. We attended numerous meetings that discussed everything from transit oriented development to effects on traffic in the neighborhood. All of these discussions began with the premise that freight would not be part of the Kenilworth Corridor if it was to be used for LRT.




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Kenwood News Update

Kenwood Neighborhood – News Update February 9, 2014

Watch for temporary “No Parking” signs as crews remove snow

Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, some streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks, ambulances and transit buses to get around. To ensure that the streets are open for emergency vehicles, “No Parking” signs will be posted in some locations. In some cases, crews will work to remove some of the accumulated snow and ice, as resources allow.

Look for and follow the “No Parking” signs, and please help remind your neighbors to do the same. If you park in a spot posted for “No Parking” you may receive a parking ticket, and your car may be towed to the impound lot.

If we get more snowfall in the coming weeks, it may be necessary to impose Winter Parking Restrictions (a city-wide, one-side parking ban on non-Snow Emergency Routes) to help ensure that firefighters, medics and other emergency workers can reach homes and businesses on every street.  If you have questions about this work, just call 311.



Town hall community meetings are scheduled for February 10 and 12 for independent consultants to share their findings and for the public to ask questions and/or provide comments about the draft reports.

Feb. 10, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis.

Feb. 12, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at St. Louis Park Senior High School, 6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park.

The public comment period on the draft reports will run from Jan. 30, 2014 to Feb. 21, 2014. Final reports are expected in early March. Public comment will be accepted via mail and e-mail, as well as at all public meetings during the comment period and via www.swlrt.org.


Kenwood Community Center Improvements Meeting Feb. 19, 6:30PM

At open houses held in December and January, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff gathered public input on proposed accessibility improvements to the Kenwood Community Center located at 2101 Franklin Avenue West. Utilizing this feedback, as well as public comments made on the project webpage, MPRB staff and consultants have developed a concept design for improvements to the building. You are invited to attend a public hearing on the concept design Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:30pm in the MPRB Board Room at 2117 W. River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

You can view the concept design and leave comments online at the project webpage.


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Peter Wagenius, Mayor Betsy Hodges’ point person for SWLRT and other transportation issues, will attend tonight’s Kenwood-Isles Area Association (KIAA) meeting. SWLRT studies were released last week.  They looked at relocating freight rail out of the Kenilworth Trail area, and water quality issues if a “shallow tunnel” is built to co-locate freight and light rail.  Peter Wagenius will share the City’s current thinking about the SWLRT situation in light of these studies.   

The KIAA meeting starts at 7:00 PM with updates from City Councilmember Lisa Goodman followed by a discussion of KIAA neighborhood budget and projects. LRT is on the agenda at 7:45.  Please join us at the Kenwood Rec Center (on the corner of Franklin and Penn Avenues).




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Kenwood Neighborhood News and Events

Kenwood Neighborhood – News and Events February 1, 2014


Loppet continues through today and tomorrow, February 2, 2014. Festival races will end at Loppet Village, the new central festival area at the northwest corner of Lake Calhoun. Only registered participants can go on the lakes during the event but after 9pm tonight, anyone can observe the luminaries on Lake of the Isles. The luminaries are a popular and beautiful event. And Loppet Village has food trucks, snow sculptures, and the Surly beer garden.


The next KIAA board meeting will take place on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm. at the Kenwood Community Center.


7:00 Welcome and Introductions Larry Moran

7:05 Update Lisa Goodman

7:20 KIAA Budget/CPP Discussion Mike Bono

7:40 LRT Open House/Update Jeanette Colby/Larry Moran

8:00 Discussion of KIAA Goals including Succession Plan  All

8:20 Adjourn


The Metropolitan Council released draft reports prepared by independent consultants to examine important issues that affect the proposed Southwest light rail line.  These reports can be found at metrocouncil.org.  The independentconsultants’ draft reports on freight rail location alternatives, water resources impacts, and the draft Kenilworth tree inventory, are now available for public review and comment:

  • Draft report: Freight rail location alternatives study [1 MB PDF]
  • Draft report: Water resources evaluation [1 MB PDF]
  • Draft report: Kenilworth Tree Inventory [24 MB PDF]

    A second round of town hall community meetings are scheduled for February 10 and 12 for the independent consultants to share their findings and for the public to ask questions and/or provide comments about the draft reports.

  • Feb. 10, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis.

  • Feb. 12, 6:00 PM, a town hall community meeting will be held at St. Louis Park Senior High School, 6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park.

    The public comment period on the draft reports will run from Jan. 30, 2014 to Feb. 21, 2014. Final reports are expected in early March. Public comment will be accepted via mail and e-mail, as well as at all public meetings during the comment period and via www.swlrt.org.

City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Downtown Council, and design team to present Nicollet Mall redesign ideas and updates

Public presentation Feb. 19 at Central Library

On Feb. 19, the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Downtown Council and James Corner Field Operations, which is leading the Nicollet Mall redesign, will present the first round of design ideas for one of Minnesota’s premier main streets. The free event will take place in Pohlad Hall at the Central Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with opportunities for the public to share thoughts and hear from the design team. A design presentation will take place at 5:15 p.m. “This project will help grow Minneapolis, our region and our state,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Nicollet Mall is the economic heart of Minnesota: it is home to Fortune 500 companies, major retail, more than 100,000 employees and millions of visitors a year, all of whom pump millions of dollars into Minnesota’s economy every day.”  During the event, guests will have the ability to share their vision for the public space on comment boards that list questions about the future of Nicollet Mall. James Corner Field Operations, along with Julie Snow Architects and Coen + Partners, will give the presentation. Following the presentation, the designers will answer questions submitted by the public.

This event is one of a series of public events leading up to the final design of Nicollet Mall. Plans call for a conceptual design to be complete this spring.

About Nicollet Mall

Since the 1880s, Nicollet has been a retail and business hub for Minneapolis, and it became Nicollet Mall in 1965, following a major renovation that transformed it into a pedestrian and transit corridor. The Mall was renovated again in the late 1980s. Today the space is home to many large and small businesses, retail, dining, and events, and Downtown residents, serving as a thoroughfare for more than 140,000 Minnesotans daily. For more information on the project, visit  NicolletMallProject.com.

Lunch with Lisa

Join Council Member Lisa Goodman for lunch and conversation on February 26, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown, Room 201 Opus Hall. $10 Lunch is offered.

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Kenwood Neighborhood News

Kenwood Neighborhood – News and Events January 2014

Public Open House on Kenwood Park Building Improvements

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Kenwood Community Center

2101 Franklin Avenue West, Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seeks community participation in planning for improvements to Kenwood Park Community Center building.  Please join the conversation at the upcoming open house to discuss potential improvements and to share your ideas.  You can learn more and leave comments online by visiting the project webpage.  If you require language translation or other accommodations, please contact 612-230-6473 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Due to dangerous cold, Minneapolis Park buildings were closed and programs cancelled.                                                                                    

All scheduled Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) programs, both indoor and outdoor, were canceled for the period of 6 pm Saturday, January 4, through noon Tuesday, January 7. All ice rink warming houses, the Wirth tubing hill, and Wirth Winter Recreation buildings will also closed.

The Monday January 6th KIAA Board of Directors Meeting was canceled due to the weather-related closing of Kenwood Community Center.

The next KIAA board meeting will take place on February 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  The Kenwood Community Center has a full schedule, therefore no date was available for a postponed January KIAA board meeting.  Please watch for the next e-newsletter for an update and agenda for the February 3 meeting.

SWLRT Meetings took place as scheduled.

In January, the Metropolitan Council hosted community meetings that focused on three additional studies.  For details on these and upcoming meetings and events and to stay connected, visitwww.swlrt.org, emailswlrt@metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3888.

In December 2013, the Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) Project began the following three studies to clarify important issues that affect the proposed light rail line between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis.  Results of the studies are expected in early 2014.

Freight Rail: An independent consultant will review options for the relocation of freight rail service that now runs near the proposed LRT route through Kenilworth.

Water Quality Impacts: A second independent consultant will review potential impacts of LRT construction and operation on the quality of lake water and groundwater in the Kenilworth Corridor area.

 Accelerated Landscaping & Greenscaping: The project is creating an inventory of trees and vegetation in the Kenilworth area to identify landscaping and greenscaping opportunities.

Annual Ice Skating Party!
Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lake of the Isles Ice Rink & Warming Hut
Enjoy Skating with your Neighbors and Family.
Sponsored by East Isles, Lowry Hill, & Kenwood Isles Neighborhood Associations 2014. 

Get Warm by a Blazing Fire. Drink Hot Cocoa. Eat Cookies. Have Winter Fun!                                                                                                      

Lunch with Lisa

Lunch with Lisa returns January 29, 2014 at noon at the University of St. Thomas downtown. 

City of Lakes Loppet ski race and festival 2014

Loppet returns January 31 through February 2, 2014.

Block Leaders

Consider becoming a block club leader.  It is an effective way to reduce crime.  Please email deatrick@bitstream.net if you are interested or know of blocks in Kenwood that have no leaders. 

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The KIAA Fall newsletter was mailed to all Kenwood residents in October.  Please click on Page 1 and Page 2 of the newsletter below to read the update.

FINAL kiaa fall news pg2

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