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    PCA News - March 3, 2017 Print

    PCA Upcoming Events!

    Spring It On!

    6:00PM on March 14, 2017 to 6:00PM on March 15, 2017
    Check out our Online Giving Site!

    "Spring It On" is 24-hour online fundraising event designed to raise awareness and resources for nonprofit organizations in Erie County and Niagara County. The event seeks to mobilize citizens for one day of giving to strengthen and support our community. This 24-hour event encourages individuals in the community to make a one-time, secure, online donation to the Parkside Community Association and is powered by United Way.


    19th Annual Tour of Homes

    Your home could help build a better Parkside! Our biggest fundraiser of the year is approaching and we'd like to feature your home.

    Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 11AM - 4:30PM
    Darwin Martin House Complex | 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214

    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

     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.


    Seeking Volunteer Drivers

    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. 

    Image credit: University at Buffalo.

    To volunteer with the PCA's North Buffalo Neighbors Door-to-Door Transportation, follow this link. For other Aging in Place resources, look at the side bar on our website.


     

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    Information from the Community

    Get Handy: A Home-ownership Workshop

    Saturday March 4, 2017 | 10AM-Noon
    University Heights Tool Library | 5 W. Northrup Place
    FREE, RSVP: 716-877-3910

    GET HANDY is a free DIY homeownership workshop presented by West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS that provides the experienced and first-time homeowner a chance to expand their education to promote DIY repairs featuring some of Buffalo’s grassroots-organization such as:

    Grassroots Gardens: Worms & Soil Testing
    PUSH Green: Green Energy Efficiency Options
    Kevin Gould (City Inspector): Code Compliance Advisement
    Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER: The “How’s & Whys” of Rainbarrels
    West Side NHS: Budgeting with Technology
    University Heights Tool Library: An Invaluable Resource for All Homeowners


    St. Mark Holy Name Lenten Fish Fry

    Fridays, March 3 & 31, April 7 & 14 | 4:30PM-7PM
    St. Mark School | 399 Woodward Avenue Buffalo, NY 14214

    $10 dinner, $5 kid's menu. Dine in or carry out available. 


     Free Lead Testing

    A 1.5-million-dollar state program to test for lead in drinking water is now available to New York State residents. The Free Lead Testing Pilot Program (FLTPP) will provide NYS residents who are served by either a private well or public water system with an opportunity to have their residential drinking water tested for free. The FLTPP will continue as long as funds are available. The testing will consist of two samples, a first-draw and a flush sample, per dwelling unit (i.e., house or apartment).

    The easiest way to participate is to fill out a short form and e-mail it to the Bureau of Water Supply Protection (BWSP).

    Alternately, you can email FreeWaterTesting@health.ny.gov directly or call the State Health Department at (518) 402-7650 to request a free drinking water lead test kit. You will need to provide the following information:

    1. your name;
    2. your phone number;
    3. your e-mail address;
    4. address for sample location and address for mailing test kit, if different;
    5. 1st choice for participating laboratory selected from the list below; and
    6. 2nd choice for participating laboratory selected from the list below.

    For more information visit the NYSDOH website.


    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.


     BPS 54 Headphone Drive

    2358 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

    Buffalo Public School 54 is seeking community donations to provide headphones for their students. Individual headphones are more sanitary and allow access to reading and math technology without disrupting classroom activities. They have a goal of 500 headphones.

     Monetary or material donations can be made at the school, or through the PCA office and events (such as tomorrow's Chili Cook-off). They are asking for new headphones (no earbuds please), but have identified an inexpensive source. If you'd like to purchase headphones online they can be sent directly to: 

    BPS 54 - George E Blackman School of Excellence,
    c/o Ms. Cheney
    2358 Main Street
    Buffalo, NY 14214


    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. 


     

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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    Wed. March 8 - Spring Open House at Medaille College 5:30 - 7:30PM

    Sat. March 11 - Buffalo Zoo "Big Cats Day" 11AM - 3PM

    Thurs. March 30 - Buffalo’s Future:  The Economic Impact of Immigrants and Refugees on WNY 5:30 - 8PM.

     


     

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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!

    Frank Lloyd Wright & long hallways #buffalo #architourism #franklloydwright #latergram

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

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    Fun Facts!

    About 28 million liters of water travel down Niagara Falls every second.


     

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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.