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    PCA News - April 13, 2018 Print

    News from the PCA


    Dear friends & neighbors, 
    For nearly six years, the Parkside Community Association has been my passion and my most important undertaking. From when I took on the position in the fall of 2013 through today, I have been deeply committed to our community and our neighbors. I am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over this time, and am tremendously grateful that I have been able to play a central part in its evolution and success. There is much for us to celebrate, and much for us to be proud of.
    Each year, our organization has provided services to the residents of Parkside while operating under continuously decreasing funding sources. While we have long strived to “do more with less” we must now look into how we can transition our organization into one which can thrive under the changing fiscal climate most nonprofit organizations now face. And so after nearly six years, this will be one of my last communications from the PCA office. 
    In order to continue serving our community, the PCA Board of Directors and I have determined that it is in the best interests of our organization for us to reduce our administrative overhead and get back to the very roots of our organization. As such, I will be transitioning into a role on the Board of Directors where I will be able to join in our efforts to provide services and advocacy directly from our volunteer led committees. That effort is, after all, what this organization is about and what makes this community a tremendous place to live.
    I am confident that this is the best possible move forward for our organization, and am excited to work together with our Board of Directors to provide a strong framework for this year, and the years to come. As the PCA embraces this transition, it is more important than ever that we continue working together for our Parkside community. The board and I have planned for an orderly transition, and I will do all that I can to ensure that the PCA and Parkside continue to create a leading example for communities throughout Western New York.
    I sincerely thank our board members, volunteers, and members for their commitment to the organization and the residents we serve. Each and every person, volunteer and board member, is making a direct and invaluable contribution to our community. It has been a true privilege to work with such a committed, diverse and talented group of people and I thank each of you for the opportunity to serve our community.
    If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at amberasmall@gmail.com or to our board president, Eric Harvey, at president@parksidebuffalo.org.
    Thank you again for your friendship and support,


    20th Annual Tour of Homes
    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    The PCA Tour of Homes Committee is hard at work planning exciting things for 2018, our 20th Anniversary Tour!! If you'd like to add your home to our roster, please let us know right away because if you're thinking about being a part of the line up, this is the year to do it! Please get in touch at pcadirector@gmail.com or call 716-838-1240.

    Otherwise, please visit our website HERE to get your pre-sale ticket order in now. This year's tour will be one you do not want to miss out on! 

    Celebration of Homes!
    Please join us for a special event this May 18th

    In honor of the 20th Anniversary of our signature event, the Tour of Homes, the PCA will be hosting a formal cocktail party on the evening of Friday, May 18th! For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the PCA website HERE.

    Information from our Aging in Place Chair

    Do you or a loved-one take a lot of vitamins and medications? Use this chart to help you make a complete list of those prescription medications, vitamins, and over-the-counter drugs you might be taking. Bring a copy to every doctor appointment as well. You can print out the chart or just use some lined paper to make your own. 

    Early Bird Summer Arts Camp Registration Is Still Open!

    For over thirty years the Parkside Summer Arts Camp has provided quality arts education programming for children during their summer vacations. We hope you will join us in 2018 as we continue our long tradition!

    Session Dates:
            Session I  - July 10-July 27, 2018
            Session II - July 30-August 17, 2018

            Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (early drop off and late pick up options are available and MUST be coordinated with the office at the time of registration)

            Delaware Park, Tot Lot
            84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214
            Intersection of Parkside Avenue and Florence Avenue

    Please see our website for the online registration form, payment, and additional details. 
    Early bird registration ends May 11.


    If you'd rather, you may also print and complete one form per camper (PDFs listed below) and return with any necessary additional paperwork, and payment to the PCA office, 2318 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. Forms and additional attachments may also be directed to PCAdirector@gmail.com.

    Parent Packet - PDF
    Registration Form - PDF 

    Campers are not confirmed until both registration AND payment has been received.

    For MSIP Employment (15-21 years old) and 13-14 Year Old Internship Program information please CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom.

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    Information from the Community


    Buffalo SafeCam

    BuffaloSafeCam is the BPD’s newest crime investigation and prevention tool. It allows you the Citizens of Buffalo, NY to register your cameras which may help deter crime and assist the Department with their crime prevention strategies in your neighborhood.

    Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes of time. You need to provide basic contact information and where the cameras are located. There is no cost for registration and your personal information is confidential.

    For more information and to register your camera, please visit: http://www.bpdny.org/Home/Services/SafeCam


    Pet Safety Reminder

    With the coming warm weather, now's a great time to remind neighbors to leash their pets while walking. This includes walks on our neighborhood streets and within Delaware Park. This is especially important to protect the health and safety of not only your pet, but of others in the neighborhood. This is also the law, and violators are subject to fining by the city. 

    Shred Event, Clothing Recycling, Bicycle Donation Drive

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9AM-Noon
    Front Park | 121 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201


    Free shredding event along with clothing recycling and a GoBike bicycle donation drive will take place at Front Park. For more information see the city website: https://buffalorecycles.org/

     Help Fund the People's Park Programs

    The Tri-Main need your Stuff!
    Drop off your donations: Monday – Friday; outside of Suite 411 (look for the collection Box) Every Saturday from Feb. 24 – April 28; 10:00AM – 12:00PM

    Near the lobby – turn left at the top of the stairs, follow the hall
    past the restrooms to the drop-off spot near the freight elevator.

    Or by appointment: email – pprummage@gmail.com and leave your phone number.

    We will accept: clean clothing, toys, kitchen items, costume jewelry, household goods, decorative items, sports equipment, records, vintage items, clean/working electronics, small furniture
    *No televisions, computers, electronics, mattresses or broken and soiled items will be accepted


    TRIMANIA is an epic celebration of art, culture, and music that’s held every three years, for one night only, in the former manufacturing building that spans two city blocks. Buffalo Arts Studio, with a little help from Tri-Main Center tenants, transforms the sixth-floor building into a menagerie of culture, featuring live bands, DJs, dancers, poets, visual artists, and performers of all kinds.

    For more information, click HERE

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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    Sun., 4/15 - Buffalo Zoo: Yoga with Koga, 11am - 3pm
    Fri. and Sat., 4/20 and 21 - Nichols School: US Spring Play, 7pm
    Sat., 4/21 - Medaille College: Undergraduate Open House, 9:30am - noon
    Sat., 4/21 - St. Mark's School: Meat raffle
    Sat., 4/21 - Olmsted Parks volunteer event, 10am - noon, Ring Road 
    Sat., 4/21 - Olmsted Parks: Golf Season officially opens, 7am - 7pm
    Sat., 4/28 - St. Mark's School: Alumni Party all day
    Sat., 4/28 - Buffalo Undy Run and Walk 5K, 9am, Ring Road at Colvin start

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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!

    This week's photo was submitteed by Dan Cadzow of Humboldt Parkway. Is this turkey trying to tell us the expressway is "for the birds"? 

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



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    Fun Facts!

    Did you know ...

    Parkside's very own Darwin D. Martin House Complex is considered to be one of the most important projects from Wright's Prairie School era, and ranks along with The Guggenheim in New York City and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania among his greatest works?


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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.