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‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’

Caz resident creates social networking site specific to village

Xan Karn, an assistant professor of history at Colgate University and founding member of Nextdoor Cazenovia Village, configures settings on the social networking website from the patio of Dave’s Diner.

Xan Karn, an assistant professor of history at Colgate University and founding member of Nextdoor Cazenovia Village, configures settings on the social networking website from the patio of Dave’s Diner. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “Our daughters are the principle reasons we moved to Cazenovia. With the strength of the schools and lovely green spaces that seem to be everywhere, we thought it would be a great place to raise our children,” Karn said. “It hasn’t been in my nature to reach out to neighbors and involve myself in a community-based venture, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I can see down the road and imagine my family staying here for a long time. I thought this would be one of the things I could contribute to the community.”

Anyone with a village address is encouraged to join, but they must first be invited. In order to keep the network private, invites can be sent from current users to anyone with a village address via email, as a postcard in the mail or through a code given out on a flyer. Karn said the town of Cazenovia will be able to start its own network once the village site gains more popularity, but for now, he would just like to see Nextdoor Cazenovia Village continue to grow in usage and applications.

Nextdoor Cazenovia Village can be accessed at cazenovia.nextdoor.com. Karn is interested in inviting new members, and can be reached at xankarn@gmail.com.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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