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    PCA News - January 27, 2017 Print

    PCA Upcoming Events!

    19th Annual Tour of Homes

    It's time to put your house on the Parkside Tour of Homes!
    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Every year the Parkside Tour of Homes invites people from the city, suburbs, and even Toronto and Rochester to visit our neighborhood. It's a chance for us to show off a little, share our unique slice of Buffalo, and raise money for PCA efforts throughout the year. 

    The PCA Tour of Homes Committee is hard at work planning our event for 2017, and we still have room on our roster for a few more homes - including yours, hopefully!

    We'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have, and even put you in touch with homeowners in the neighborhood who have had their homes on the tour in the past. We're looking for a few more homes by the end of February, so if you're thinking about it, please get in touch at pcadirector@gmail.com or call 716-838-1240.


     

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    News from the PCA

    Ways to Support the PCA

    Parkside Community Association relies on the generosity of our members and friends to provide the events and advocacy, support and programming residents have scaffold in the community for more than 50 years. We created a lit of some of the other little-everyday-things everyone can do to help. 

    Amazon Smile

    Amazon Smile gives generously to the PCA all year long. Anytime you make an online purchase please consider shopping through our link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-2917881). There is no additional charge to you, and it's a little way to make your purchasing dollars stretch to help the whole neighborhood. 

     Dash's Tape Saver Program

    Your nearest Dash's Market | 1770 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216

    1. Every time you shop at Dash's Market, please save your receipt.

    2. Turn original receipts into the PCA office, 2318 Main Street (near the corner of W. Oakwood), anytime (drop in our mail slot!) and we will submit them to Dash's office for a cash back.

    There are no increased premiums, no sign up forms, no fees, no new key tags. Simply drop off your receipts. We will take care of the rest. Thanks to Dash's Tape Saver Program, your shopping dollars will be put to use to further our mission to advocate, communicate and act on behalf of the Parkside neighborhood to preserve and enhance the quality of life.


    Membership Rate Change Notice

    Please note our new PCA annual membership levels, rates, and benefits.

    Level   Rate     Benefits
    Friend  $30  Merchant discounts.
    Supporter  $60  Merchant discounts, PCA decal, and $5 credit toward PCA events.
    Partner  $120  Merchant discounts, PCA decal, $10 credit toward PCA events, and 1 Home Tour ticket.
    Patron  $240  Merchant discounts, PCA decal, $15 credit toward PCA events, 2 Home Tour tickets, a Patron Line in the Home Tour booklet, and recognition in the PCA Newsletter.

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    PCA Traffic Committee Update

    New York State Department of Transportation
    Scajaquada Corridor Public Comment Opportunity

    This past Wednesday, the New York State Dept. of Transportation presented the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the Scajaquada Corridor project. Comments will be accepted until February 8, 2017, after which time the NYSDOT will either amend the DESI or proceed into design and construction to be started winter of 2017. 

    The PCA and our partners along the corridor, including the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition (SCC) have conveyed our concerns to the NYSDOT about the existing plan. These issues include the exclusion of the 198 from Parkside Avenue to the 33 from the study, no planned changes to the 198 east of Parkside Avenue, maintaining a 9-line intersection at Parkside Avenue, oversized intersections throughout the project, exclusion of bike lanes, inclusion of a median (similar to Main Street medians),and project segmentation along the east and western ends of the Scajaquada. If you would like more detail on these issues, please click HERE.

    This is your last opportunity to have your voice heard, please send your comments to the NYSDOT and our elected officials. Contact information can be found via this link. There is also a petition you can sign through this link.


     

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    Information from the Community

    Tax Filing Assistance

    Make $54,000 or less? You qualify for free, in-person tax preparation services by a trained volunteer. Call 2-1-1wny to find a location nearest you. 

    Make $64,000 or less? You qualify for free on-line tax preparation services through MyFreeTaxes.com powered by H&R Block. Visit myfreetaxes.com to get started. 


    Assisting Our Seniors

    The PCA Aging in Place program has been providing transportation for the North Buffalo area for nearly six years, is in their second year of the Snow Angels initiative, and has been accumulating resources and implementing ways to help the seniors of our community to live in their homes by making Parkside an accessible neighborhood. All of these efforts have been forged by long time resident, and board member Susan Udin.

    University at Buffalo visited with the PCA recently and you can read all about Udin and the efforts of the Aging in Place program here.

    To volunteer with the PCA's North Buffalo Neighbors Door-to-Door Transportation, follow this link.

    To serve with the PCA's Snow Angels, click here.

    Other Ways to Serve Seniors

    People Inc.’s Senior Companion Program assists seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks so that they can retain their dignity and independence. Among other activities, the Senior Companion may assist with tasks, such as grocery shopping and errands; providing friendship and companionship; alerting doctors and family members to potential problems and providing respite for caregivers.

    The program is currently recruiting for additional volunteers. To learn more about this gratifying opportunity, view a recent news segment or call 716.768.2381. For more information, visit their website HERE or download their PDF.

    Meals on Wheels for Western New York (MOWWNY) has been focused on the most basic, most critical of home needs of home-bound seniors . Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers are committed to enriching lives and promoting independent healthy living by offering nutritious food and a friendly visit. Their vision is to ensure that every member of our community will receive a meal that meets their nutritional needs. 

    MOWWNY wants to recruit 475 new volunteers this year. Help them reach their goal!


    Open Book Buffalo: Interactive Portal to City Finances

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 7-8:30PM
    Charter School for Applied Technologies | 24 Shoshone Street Buffalo 14214 

    Featuring Hon. Mark J. F. Schroeder, City of Buffalo Comptroller. Presented by the North Buffalo Organization. Facebook event information is HERE.


     

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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    Saturday, January 28 - Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Flurrious 2017 Snow Kickball Tourney, 8:30AM to 4PM, in the meadow by the lodge.

    Saturday, January 28 - Buffalo Zoo, Cabin Fever Reliever, 10AM to 4PM.

    Saturday, February 11 - Martin House "Valentine's Tour - a Martin House Love Story," 5PM - 7PM.


     

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    Become a PCA Member!

    If you appreciate what we do, please consider joining. Already a member? Share our efforts and events with your family, friends, and neighbors!

    Learn more about the Parkside Community Association here.


     

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    Neighborhood photo of the week!

    Help us showcase our beautiful Parkside community by submitting a photo of the neighborhood for inclusion below. 

    If you've got a great shot you would like to share, please send it to PCADirector@gmail.com!

    Flashback Friday photo to the 2016 Chili Cook-off and Family Fun Night.

    This week's photo was selected from the PCA archives.
    Tag your public Instagram photos with #parksidebuffalo or @parksidebuffalo and maybe we will feature you!

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    Fun Facts!

    February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. This will next occur in 2018. 


     

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    Sign Up to Volunteer!

    Would you like to Volunteer with the PCA's events? Take a look at which events the PCA needs assistance with by clicking below! Thank you! 

    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

    Annual Appeal

    Please consider donating to Parkside Community Association Annual Appeal!


    All money raised helps support continuing non-profit programs of the Parkside Community Association—among them are the Summer Arts Camp for kids, Aging in Place, Crime Prevention, Housing Advocacy, Arts and Crafts Show, Traffic Safety, the renowned Parkside Tour of Homes and Garden & Architecture Tour, and the popular free summer “Movies in the Meadow” series.