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    PCA News - February 9, 2018 Print

    PCA Sponsored Events!

    Chili Cook-Off!

    Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 6PM - 8PM
    Church of the Good Shepherd | 96 Jewett Parkway Buffalo, NY 14214

    It's time for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off! Cooks compete for awards and bragging rights including “Most Creative” and “People’s Choice”. Cooks, please register your chili HERE.

    Children are invited to set up a Lemonade or Cookie Stand. You may register your child's stand HERE.

    You may pre-purchase tickets to attend the event for $5 per household, or they will be available at the door for $8 per household. To purchase a Household Ticket to attend, click the "Register Now" button linked in HERE.

    Please reach out if you have any questions, 716-838-1240 or PCAdirector@gmail.com.


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    News from the PCA

    The New York Olympics of 1980

    The PCA board members bring a lot diverse experience to this organization. Board member Bruce Wagner has been reminiscing about his time at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY as the world anticipates today's opening ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

    In honor of the start of the Winter Olympics tomorrow, here's my participant medal from the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid where I worked as a Resident Manager in the Olympic Village. -Bruce Wagner

    Remember the PCA When Shopping for Loved Ones

    You can give back to the Parkside Community Association all year, by shopping our affiliate link on Amazon! Click the banner below to get started.

    It Ain't Over Till It's Over!

    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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    Quality of Life Committee Update

    Efforts to Expand Access to NYS Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit

    In January of 2018, The PCA sent the below linked letter to Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan to express our support for expanded access to the New York State Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program to all of Parkside. It is currently restricted by census tract to the areas indicated on the above map, which excludes much of Parkside.

    To view the letter submitted by the PCA, please click HERE.

    Parkside is already designated as a Historic District in the National Register, but all of the benefits of this designation have not yet been extended. The biggest benefit would be to homeowners who would have access to the New York State Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit. Work on the residential structures may qualify for tax credits, which would cover 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs, up to $50,000 in tax credits. 

    If you would like to sign on to support this effort, please click HERE.


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    PCA Traffic Committee Update

    Has Winter Been Rough on Your Sign?

    We still have a few traffic signs in the office if you would like to replace a damaged sign, and 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


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    Information from the Community

    Arts Access Pass Program

    The Arts Access Pass Program is designed to give eligible members increased opportunities to participate in the arts in their communities. In order to be eligible for the program, you must be currently be on Public Assistance (SNAP, Medicare/Medicaid, TANF).

    Registration forms are available at sites throughout Western New York. For a list of locations click here.

    After you register, a welcome packet will be sent to your home address. The welcome packet will include your Arts Access Pass, more information about the program, and a list of participating organizations that offer Arts Access tickets. Please note that the pass is only good for one year. After that year you must register again to receive a new pass.

    Free transportation is available for locations within and around Erie & Niagara Counties. 

    For more information please reachout to: Arts Access WNY, 95 Perry Street, Suite 402 Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone: (716) 362.8389 ext. 514, artsaccesswny@gmail.com

     Feedback Saught on GBNRTC Plan Overview

    GBNRTC is working on the region’s updated long-range transportation plan, Moving Forward 2050. We’re interested in your feedback on the Plan Overview. Note that we will have a full draft ready for review in March. If you’d like to discuss more or have any questions, just let us know. 

    438 Main Street Suite 503 Buffalo, NY 14202
    716-856-2026 | staff@gbnrtc.org


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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!

    Winter sky.

    This week's photo was submitted by resident, Peter Corrigan.

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



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    Fun Facts!


    The estimated cost of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is $10 billion, five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were estimated to be the costliest ever.


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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.