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    PCA News - January 19, 2018 Print

    PCA Sponsored Events!

    Recap: Parkside Partners Award Ceremony and PCA Annual Meeting

    On Tuesday, January 17, the PCA members and supporters came together to celebrate the successes of 2017, hear updates on the Darwin Martin complex and select a new class of board members. 

     Our sincere appreciation for the efforts of our committee chairs in 2017! If you are interested in getting involved in planning one of our events or serving on one of our committees please contact our office, 716-838-1240 or PCAdirector@gmail.com.

    Board of Directors 

    We welcomed the current board of directors; (image below) Left to right, back row, Eric Harvey, Bruce Wagner, Matthew Pelkey, Matthew Saunders, Steven Cichon, Elias Benavides, Stephanie Saunders; Left to right, front row, Gene Grabiner, Melanie McMahan, Hallie Wright, Laurie Ousley, Gregory Miller, Terrie Kelly, Cydney Kelly. Not shown, Gerry Durak and Paul Greiner.


    The Jack C. Anthony Award – named in honor of one of the founding organizers of the PCA. This award is given to someone who has shown overall community leadership and used his or her stature for the good of our neighborhood. 

    Winner is: Theresa Roma – long time Parkside resident, active member, past PCA Board Member. The PCA thanks Theresa for her dedication, contributions, and commitments to PCA.

    The Robert ‘Bob’ Barends Memorial Award – named in memory of a man who embodied community spirit, neighborliness, and a willingness to always lend a hand. This award is given to a Parksider who is willing to take matters into his or her own hands to make Parkside a better place.

    Winner is: Susan Udin – In the past decades, Susan has contributed not only to efforts of the PCA, but to the neighborhood as a whole. As a co-founder of our North Buffalo Neighbors transportation program, and the creator of our Snow Angels volunteer shoveling effort, Susan has long been a vital advocate for those in need. 

    The Inaugural Ruth Lampe Memorial Award -  named in memory of a woman who was never afraid to stand up and advocate for what was right for our Parkside neighborhood. Simply put, this lady who was affectionately called "The Little General" had real Chutzpah! From successfully advocating for the installation of a traffic light at the corner of Parkside and Florence in 1976, to the completion of a neighborhood wide traffic study in more recent years, Ruth was behind many of our community's most important efforts. This award is given to a Parksider who embodies the same strong leadership qualities and willingness to advocate on issues important to residents of the Parkside neighborhood, no matter how difficult the task at hand may seem.

    Winner is:  Michael DeLuca - long time Parkside resident, member, Traffic Committee Chair and PCA Board Member. The PCA thanks Michael for his dedication, contributions, and commitments to the PCA. Because of Michael’s leadership, Parkside Avenue is now safer, and we have an organized and vocal committee lobbying for safer neighborhood streets and Sqajaquada Corridor.

    Parkside Partners

    Karima Bondi - for starting the Willowlawn Block Club in 2017.  

    Danny Gugino - for operating Central Park Grill and partnering for “PCA night” events!

    Rich Wolf - for all his work throughout the years serving the PCA.

    Paul Greiner - for his work on Parkside Artisan Markets. 

    Santa Frank – for donating his time and talents to our 2017 Parkside Holiday Market.

    George Stock – for his long standing efforts on our Parkside walking tours.

     Save the Date: Chili Cook-Off!

    Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 6PM
    Church of the Good Shepherd | 96 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214


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    News from the PCA

    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.

     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

    Scajaquada Update

    The PCA is very thankful that the NYSDOT has listened to neighborhood concerns, and we look forward to working together on a plan that is focused on reconnecting our communities, improving safety, improving impacts on health, and creating a vision that our community can support.

    Read the full article in the Buffalo News HERE.


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    Information from the Community

    Recap: City Budget Public Engagement Meeting

    Buffalo community members gathered at City Hall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, to participate in the City's first Budget Engagement Meeting. A video recording of the meeting is available from the City HERE.


    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.

    A History of Willow Lawn

    PCA board member, Parkside resident, and historian, Steve Cichon, recently published a post about the history of the Willow Lawn estate area, including information about public school 54, the origins of The Park School, and the Jewett family. You can read the full story HERE.

    You may also read more about the history of Parkside on Mr. Cichon's website through the tag, Parkside: http://blog.buffalostories.com/tag/parkside/


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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.


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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!

    The snow covered giant Ginko on Jewett.

    This week's photo was submitted by Brent Patterson.

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



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    Fun Facts!

    As of the 2010 census, the population of all of Erie County New York was 919,040.


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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.