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    PCA News - November 24, 2017 Print

    PCA Sponsored Events!

    Inaugural Wreath and Poinsettia Sale

    Order deadline: Monday, November 27, 2017  

    New for 2017, we are holding a Wreath and Poinsettia Sale! Order your holiday wreaths and flowers from the PCA and help support our neighborhood programs.


    Orders will be available for pick up at the Parkside Holiday Market, held at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14216, on Saturday, December 9, 2017, between 11AM and 4PM (sale opens at 10AM). Other arrangements can be made upon request. 

    Details about wreaths and poinsettias and online order information is available on our website, or download this form (also attached).

    Giving Tuesday

    Tuesday, Novmeber 28, 2017

    As a part of Giving Tuesday, #NYGivesDay is a 24-hour giving challenge brought to you by the New York Council of Nonprofits and United Way of New York State to celebrate the life-changing work of nonprofits across the vast state of New York. On November 28, 2017, nonprofits across the Empire State will work together to raise awareness, collect donations, and continue changing the world for the better!

    **You do not have to wait until 11/28/17 to help us reach our goal - you can donate now!**

    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.

    For vendor information please see our web page.


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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.

    New Logo, New Look!

     It's been a long time coming, but the Parkside Community Association is proud to share with you our organization's new logo! This image was designed by Joseph Babcock as part of the Quality of Life Committee's 2016 logo contest, and we are incredibly thankful for their efforts! Over the next several months, we will be transitioning to this image on our website, social media and print materials.  

    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.

    Remembering Martha Hipkens

    Martha Hipkens (Powers) of Buffalo, New York, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at home and in the arms of her loving family. In her memory, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Share condolences at www.jerfh.com

    Martha, was a founder of the Parkside Tot Lot program and the Summer Arts Camp program in the early 1980s.  She continued her work with the Tot Lot and Camp for many years afterwards.

    From a 1992 Buffalo News article, "The [Delaware Park] Tot Lot program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Buffalo Division for Youth, the North Buffalo Kiwanis Club and volunteers. It began about 10 years ago when Martha Hipkens gave art lessons to her 4-year-old daughter and her friends on her front porch. The classes soon were moved to Delaware Park and gained the attention of the [Parkside Community] association."


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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. The office will be closed Friday November 24.

    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

    Winter Bus Route Parking Changes

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 1:30AM -  7AM until April 1, 2018

    Mayor Byron Brown announced the start of the winter parking regulations on bus routes have been delayed for at least one week. Winter parking regulations on bus routes were scheduled to begin November 15th, at 1:30am. Based on extended weather forecasts, the City of Buffalo will delay the start of winter parking regulations on bus routes until November 22nd at 1:30am. Residents and motorists should be aware that all alternate parking regulations must be followed.

    Street-by-street rules are available HERE.

    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! 


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    Upcoming events in Parkside that may delay your travel time

    Thurs., 11/23: YMCA Turkey Trot runs down Delaware Avenue from the YMCA to downtown, 9:00 a.m. start

    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!

    A Simon creepin’.

    This week's photo was selected from A_SimonCat's Instagram account.

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



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    Fun Facts!

    Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving, a great American tradition.



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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.