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    PCA News - January 5, 2018 Print

    Parkside Annual Appeal

    Our Annual Appeal

    Dear Neighbors and Friends,

    As 2017 came to a close, here at the Parkside  Community Association, staff and our board of directors reflected on all we have accomplished this past year.

    Without faithful Parkside residents like you, the work we do would not be possible. For those of you who have generously completed community service, come out in support of our events, and financially contributed, we are so grateful.

    We are proud of what we have accomplished and know there is more to do in 2018.

    If you've enjoyed our many community events and campaigns, sent your children to our Summer Arts Camp, or if you simply appreciate being a part of a community that cares for its neighbors, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the PCA's Annual Appeal.

    Sincerely,

    Amber A. Small
    Executive Director
    Parkside Community Association

    One of the most impacting ways you can help is by making a tax-deductible donation to our annual appeal. 

    The work we do this year, and every year for the past 55 years, would not have been possible without the support and generosity of people like you, and for that, we thank you. 


     

     

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    PCA Sponsored Events!

    Parkside Partners Award Ceremony and PCA Annual Meeting

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 6:30PM
    Church of the Good Shepherd | 96 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214

    • 6:30 pm – Desserts & Appetizers (please bring one to pass)

    • 7:00 pm – Neighborhood Updates

    • 7:30 pm – Awards Ceremony, PCA  Annual Meeting and Election of 2018 Officers


     

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    News from the PCA

    Show Off Your Shoveling Skills

    It's our third season of Snow Angels! Join your neighbors in being a helping hand for walkway and sidewalk snow removal for residents in need. 

    We are currently recruiting for the following services:

    • Snow Angels - volunteers who help shovel for their Parkside neighbors
    • Neighbors in Need of Snow Angels with in Parkside - please reach out to neighbors whom you think may need our services


    To volunteer, or to be placed on our Snow Angel recipient list, please reach out to our office, 716-838-1240 or PCAdirector@gmail.com. For other Aging in Place resources, look at the side bar on our website.


    Be a Good Neighbor

    Parkside prides itself on walkablity and being very neighborly. One of the ways you can help everyone this season is to be timely and thorough with keeping the sidewalks clear of snow and ice. [City Ordinance: It shall be the duty of every owner or occupant of any premises abutting any public street to remove, before 9:00 a.m., all snow and ice which may have fallen upon the sidewalk abutting said premises. It shall be necessary to remove such snow or ice from a space three feet in width.]

    School children, parents pushing strollers, those with mobility devices, pet walkers, and people commuting to area businesses, to friends, or just going out for a stroll, rely on your kindness and efforts to make their travel safe and efficient. Thank you for your help!

    If you are elderly or disabled and need some assistance, please reach out to the office to see if we are able to help through our Snow Angels program.

    The PCA also keeps a contractor list and someone may be available to hire.


    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 enjoy a #seasonofsmiles !


     PCA Board Of Directors 2018 Openings

    Are you looking to get more involved in the neighborhood? 
    Consider Joining the PCA's Board of Directors!
    Board openings will be available in 2018. To find out more about how you can help us make a difference, please contact the PCA office by email at PCADirector@gmail.com or by phone at (716) 838-1240.


    20th Annual Tour of Homes

    We are recruiting houses for the Parkside Tour of Homes!
    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    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 2018, and we still have room on our roster for a 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. If you're thinking about being a part of the line up, please get in touch at pcadirector@gmail.com or call 716-838-1240.


     

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    PCA Traffic Committee Update

    Traffic Calming Signs Are Still Available!

    We still have some traffic signs in the office if you would like to participate in this campaign to make our streets safer. We would be happy to accept a donation if you are willing to make one.

    These signs have gotten the attention of the media, as well as drivers and residents who are frustrated by the constant barrage of traffic infractions throughout our neighborhoods.  

    Signs may be picked up, and donations may be made at the PCA office, 2318 Main Street. 

    WIVB coverage of PCA efforts: Parkside residents send message to drivers to slow down


    Response to the NYS DOT Scajaquada Redesign

    The Parkside Community Association (PCA) has been engaged in the conversation about the ongoing project to transform the Scajaquada Expressway from an urban expressway to an urban boulevard from the very beginning. PCA members continue to advocate for a design that is inclusive of our neighborhood and will improve the quality of life for all community members.

    The PCA submitted a letter on December 18, 2017, in response to the NYS DOT proposal. You can read the letter through this LINK.

    We'd also like to Thank You for submitting your comments to the NYS DOT on this project.

    If you missed the comment period that ended December 18th, it's not too late to contact your elected officials. Please visit the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) for ways to get involved, and a list of contact information. 

    If you missed the BOPC's hosted presentation by Ian Lockwood, P.E., a Livable Transportation Engineering expert with Toole Design Group, followed by a community forum and stakeholder panel discussion, on December 13, check out the recorded Facebook Live video HERE.


     

     

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    Information from the Community

    After the Holidays Recycling Event

    January 13, 2018 | 9AM-2PM
    City of Buffalo Engineering Garage | 1120 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY

    City of Buffalo residents are encouraged to properly dispose of their holiday trees and electronic equipment. Items accepted at this free-of-charge recycling event are computers, printers, toner cartridges, computer accessories, televisions, tablets, scanner, audio equipment, video equipment and circuit boards. Residents may also recycle Christmas tree lights, used clothing and clean white bulk styrofoam. Participants must certify that their items are household generated, as commercial waste will not be accepted.

    Curbside Tree Collection

    January 8-19, 2018 

    This will be conducted by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as a way to help the environment and reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills. To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place trees out on their curb before a scheduled garbage pickup and to NOT place them in garbage bags. Although they are scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.

    In addition to the tree pick-up, the City is also offering a drop-off opportunity at SHOSHONE PARK Parking lot North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning December 30th and ending January 20th.

    Additional details are available in this Press Release.


    Remembering Former Councilman Michael LoCurto


    Image selected from Facebook

    It is with great fondness that we remember our former Councilman, Michael LoCurto, who passed away on December 29th. Mike was a strong voice of support for our Parkside Community during his time as our Delaware District representative, and he will be sorely missed. From championing our Little Libraries initiative to establishing  participatory budgeting for under-served residents, Mike was always working to make life better for people in our communities (both in North Buffalo and throughout Western New York). He truly was a friend to us all. 

     Additional information on Michael's life and legacy is available in this article from the Buffalo News. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.


     

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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    January 1 - February 28:  Buffalo Zoo - Polar Bear Days: $5.00 admission and free parking, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.


    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 maintainingcurbcuts .


     

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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!

    Skating in Parkside

    This week's photo was selected from Nextdoor.com member, Mike DiDomenico.

    Tag your public Instagram photos with #parksidebuffalo or @parksidebuffalo and maybe we will feature you!

     

     

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    Fun Facts!

    A blizzard is a severe snow storm with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than a 1/4 mile for more than 3 hours. Blizzards can also occur after snowfall when high winds cause whiteouts (fallen snow blowing around) and snowdrifts, which decrease visibility.


     

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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.