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    PCA News - February 10, 2017 Print

    PCA Upcoming Events!

    7th Annual Chili Cook-Off

    Calling all cooks! Register Your Chili Here and Now!

     Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 6-8PM
    Church of the Good Shepherd | 96 Jewett Parkway

    Vote for your favorite Parkside Family Chili recipe! Cooks compete for awards and bragging rights including “Most Creative” and “People’s Choice”. We will have the option for children to participate in the fun by hosting their own lemonade or cookie stands! 

     $5/family online presale tickets and $8/family at the door. This is a BYOB event.

    Register online as an attendeeChili Cook, or Kid's Lemonade & Cookie Stand!


    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 list 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.


    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.


     

     Winter Weather Walking Tips

    Whether you walk, bike, drive, or use transit, navigating winter weather conditions requires some preparation and caution. The PCA assembled some tips in infographic form to share with you. These are not conclusive, so as always, use your best judgement before travel. This week we feature Winter Walking:

    For more details on these tips and additional information, please follow the link or click on the image above.

    Dress for the temperatures: Avoid cotton fabrics, but use insulating layers. Accessories like gloves, hats, ear muffs, and neck gaiters are important. Skin exposure to low temperatures is dangerous.

    Footwear: Waterproof and insulated boots can be more comfortable, but if it's icy or snowy consider traction devices.

    Take it Slow: Allow for extra time to navigate the conditions. Be extra careful on stairs and slopes.

    Parkside is proud to be a walkable neighborhood. We appreciate the efforts of area businesses and residents in clearing sidewalks of snow and ice and maintaining curbcuts .


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    Information from the Community

    Lead Safe Programs

    Erie County Department of Health | 716-961-6800 or leadsafe@erie.gov


    Lead Safe Erie County - Lead Hazard Control Program is a federally funded program designed to help homeowners and tenants fix their homes and stay safe from lead. They can provide you with free lead base paint inspection and risk assessment and if identified as lead and/or healthy home hazards, new windows, doors, siding, trim, exterior & interior painting, porch repair, and home safety measures.

    Some qualifications include, residing in a home built before 1978, occupied or visited frequently by a child younger than 6 years old, and the occupants meet income guidelines. Call Erie County Department of Health, 716-961-6800, to see if you qualify for no-cost or low-cost assistance with lead paint.


    Weatherization Grants

    Masten Council District: FLARE | 716-838-6740 
    Delaware Council District: UDCDA | 716-832-1010

    Mayor Byron W. Brown announced a Weatherization Assistance Program Fund, for up to $5000 per structure, is available to weatherize homes in the City of Buffalo. The program is available city-wide to income-eligible, owner occupants who meet the program application guidelines. Applicants must be classified as one of the following:

    • Elderly (household income 80% or less of median income)
    • Disabled (household income 80% or less of median income)
    • Families with children (household income 80% or less of median income)
    • Or very-low income individuals or families (household income 50% or less of median income)


    Applicants will be required to supply support documentation to verify eligibility for the program (including proof of ownership, income, household size and composition, status of the city/county taxes, water bill and user fees).

    Call your council district housing agency for more information and to determine eligibility.


    Agency Orientation

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6:00PM
    359 Connecticut Street Buffalo, NY 14213 | 716-885-2344

    West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS helps home buyers & homeowners with:

    • Down payment and closing cost assistance
    • First home club savings matching program
    • Credit counseling to strengthen your credit
    • and so much more...


    Registration is required for this Agency Orientation: 716-885-2344.


     

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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    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!

    Cupcakes , Hugs , and good friends ????????????

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

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    Fun Facts!

    The most popular theory about Valentine's Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn't want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer's daughter signing it "from your Valentine".


     

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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.