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PCA News - December 1, 2017 Print

PCA Upcoming Events!

Annual Parkside Holiday Market

Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 10AM-4PM
Nichols School | 1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14216

The Parkside Community Association is proud to announce the Parkside Holiday Market. The 2017 market will take place on Saturday, December 9th at Nichols School and will feature high quality artisans and local companies.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

A sample of some of the vendor works available at this year's market!

Top to bottom, left to right: LaCott Fine Art by Laura Cott, Custom Crochet by Cara Pope, Copper and Glass Designs by Love the Buff's Lisa Hodge, Over the Moon Buffalo by Regina Rexford, Mary Saunders Designs Jewelry and crocheted items, Just for You Knits by Barbara Heffernan.


 

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News from the PCA

City Leaf Recycling Services

Please review the guidelines from the City about their leaf recycling services and share with your neighbors who may not be aware of the current policies.

 NOTE: Leaves must be in clear plastic bags or brown paper bags, they are not to be left loose on the street in piles or placed in garbage bins. Leaves in the street cause hazardous road conditions, block water drains, and obstruct parking, bicycling and driving access. Also, residents should be advised that raking leaves into city streets is illegal and subject to a fine. 

As an alternative to the curbside bagged leaves and yard waste collection, the city opened five drop-off locations where residents can bring their unwanted leaves and yard waste. The nearest site to Parkside is Shoshone Park - parking lot, at the foot of Beard Avenue.

If you need assistance with leaf raking, please check out our Contractor List for companies or local teenagers that may be able to help you.


Parkside Aging In Place Services

The PCA Aging in Place program has been providing transportation for the North Buffalo area for nearly six years. We are please to announce we are now partnering with the North Buffalo Organization!

We are also preparing for our third season of the Snow Angels initiative, and have been accumulating resources and implementing ways to help the seniors of our community to live in their homes by making Parkside an accessible neighborhood. 

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
  • Drivers - volunteers from the greater North Buffalo region to help with the Door-to-Door Transportation program


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.


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.


 

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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


Scajaquada Corridor Update

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.

NYSDOT is finalizing their design for the Scajaquada and will be submitting to the Federal Highway Authority for approval by December 18. If approved the NYSDOT will be starting construction in the Summer of 2018 with the current proposed plan with completion in Fall of 2021. Our voices need to be heard with the elected officials now more than ever!


 

 

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Information from the Community

Tree of Light

Saturday, December 2 | 4-6PM
Martin House | 143 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214

The Martin House is launching the holiday season with a tree lighting event, free and open to the public. See their Facebook event for more information.



Join the Martin House on the plaza for a cup of hot chocolate and hot cider, or inside the Greatbatch Pavilion for some organic ornament making and holiday story-telling for the kids.

The Museum Store will be offering special treats and discounts to visitors, while you enjoy the grounds decorated for this special time of year.

Tree lighting is scheduled for 5pm outside on the plaza, with a few other seasonal surprises to guarantee a delightful evening!


 Freudig Singers

Sunday, December 3 | 3PM
Blessed Trinity Church | 317 Leroy Avenue Buffalo, NY

Begin your holiday season with The Freudig Singers of Western New York, whose members include Parkside residents Jim Wasmund and Kathy Boone, at their famous Christmas Pie concert. Ticket price of $15 includes delectable tunes of the season and post-concert pie reception! 


Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry is operated by The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Pkwy., Buffalo. 

They distribute pet food with no questions asked to those 18 years of age and older. The day of distribution is the first Sunday of every month, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If it falls on a holiday, they will operate the following Sunday. No paperwork, identification, or proof of income is required.



Donations: The pantry is operated solely on donations. While donations of food and treats are always accepted and appreciated, donations of cash allow us to purchase food in larger quantities. Donations can be made by dropping it off during our distribution time. Or, please contact the parish office to set up a time. Please do not leave bags of food outside of the church.

Monetary donations by check should be made out to the Church of the Good Shepherd. In the memo field, please write in Pet Food Pantry. 

Volunteering: If you are interested in volunteering, they would love to have you. Youth and scouting groups looking for a volunteer project are welcome!

Please contact the parish office of Good Shepherd at 716.833.1151 with any questions. For more information please visit their Facebook Page.


 

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Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

Sat., 12/2:  Buffalo Zoo - Rain Forest Day, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sat., 12/2:  Buffalo Zoo - Holiday Tree Lighting, 3 - 5 p.m.

Sun., 12/3:  GBTC 5 K Cross Country Race around the golf course, 9 a.m. start

Thurs., 12/7:  Nichols School - Winter Concert, 7 p.m.

Sat. and Sun. 12/9, 10, 16, & 17:  Buffalo Zoo - Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Tues., 12/12:  Nichols School - Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.


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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!

Monument/fountain dedicated to the first superintendent of Delaware Park.

This week's photo was submitted by resident, Sue Rohring.

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

 

 

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Fun Facts!

Each winter in the U.S., at least 1 septillion ice crystals fall from the sky. That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000—24 zeros!


 

 

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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.