PCA Sponsors

    PCA News - March 10, 2017 Print

    PCA Sponsored 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

    Last call for tour home!
    Don't miss out on helping 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, 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

    How Has the PCA Helped YOU?

    We are working on a project to generate "Human Interest" stories that highlight the impact the Parkside Community Association (PCA) has had on the people of Parkside. These stories are planned to be written, with the possibility of expanding to video. They will be used in ongoing efforts by the PCA to highlights how donations and programming are impacting the community and the neighbors who make it so wonderful. They may appear in print, on social media or in our email newsletters and communications.

    Neighbors celebrating new crosswalk signs, advocated for by the Traffic Committee.

    We'd greatly appreciate your time in telling your story. If you are interested in answering questions for our campaign efforts and possibly being a part of video and photo accompaniments, please reach out to the office, 716-838-1240 or PCAdirector@gmail.com.

    Thank you for all your extraordinary efforts to make Parkside such a wonderful place.

    Parkside Architecture & Historic Database Project

    The PCA is undertaking an exciting new project, the mission of which is to collect architectural and historical information about the built environment in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo. This will be helpful for our neighborhood historians and for our walking tours and perhaps the Tour of Homes and for the Garden and Architecture Tour.

    Poster image from PCA archives

    If you have researched your home, have stories about previous owners or the history that took place in your house, or know about the architect or something about the changes made to your home over time, that is something we would love to know too.

    We would love to welcome neighborhood volunteers—especially those of you who have a particular interest in history and architecture, of course, but also if you just want to learn more and contribute.

    If you want to participate in this project, please contact the PCA, 716-838-1240 or PCAdirector@gmail.com, and we can work together. 


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    Information from the Community

    Rummage Sale Items Wanted

    Help fund the People's Park programs! We need your Stuff! 

    Drop off your donations: 

    When: Every Saturday from Feb. 18 – April 29; 10:00 – 1:00 
    Where: Drop-off at lower lobby elevator (look for signs) TRI - MAIN CENTER 2495 Main Street 
    parking and main entrance on Halbert Street 

    When: Monday – Friday; 8:00 – 4:00 
    Where: Located 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. Look for big donations box.

    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 
    *No televisions, electronics, mattresses or broken or soiled items. 

    Sale is scheduled Thursday May 4 - Saturday May 6

     Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME): 
    Landlord Training and Certification

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 3PM – 5PM
    1542 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209

    Fees: $35 per person - Register online 
    Contact: Kibrett Facey, 716-854-1400 x 22, kfacey@homeny.org

    HOME Landlord Training includes a copy of A Guide to Landlords' Rights, a Certificate of Completion, and materials to help you lawfully screen tenants.

    In two hours, HOME covers:
    -Fair housing law and protected classes;
    -Discussion on the impact of housing discrimination;
    -How to avoid discriminatory practices;
    -Best practices in the application and screening process, questions you can & cannot ask prospective tenants, and illegal lease clauses;
    -In-depth explanation of reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities;
    -Laws and local ordinances that landlords should know about;
    -Landlord rights and responsibilities;
    -Evictions and small claims court

     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.

    Tax Filing Assistance

    Make $54,000 or less? You may 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 may qualify for free on-line tax preparation services through MyFreeTaxes.com powered by H&R Block. Visit myfreetaxes.com to get started. 

    Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU)

    Wednesday, March 22 | 6PM-7:30PM
    PUSH Buffalo | 271 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213

    Tired of Waiting for a bus that might never show?
    Then join the Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU) working for a better Buffalo!

    Image credit: Michael Taylor

    BTRU was created to ensure that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is properly servicing and listening to metro and rail users by uniting our voices and demanding adequate services!

    For more information: George Boger | 716-892-5877, george@cejbuffalo.org


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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    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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    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!

    No filter. One of the best sunsets I've ever seen.

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

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    Fun Facts!

    In 1842, Joseph Dart and Robert Dunbar invented the first grain elevator for unloading and storing shipments arriving via the Erie Canal. One of Buffalo’s last working grain elevators is still used today to produce all of the East Coast’s Cheerios. The sweet smell of baking cereal is prevalent in nearby areas.


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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.