New Meeting Location + Happy Hour!

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will take place on Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Three Rivers Village School. (Please Note: this is a change from our usual location at Sunnyside elementary.) The Three Rivers Village School is located in the former Methodist Church at 4721 Stanton Avenue.

On the meeting agenda: Community Consultant Ron Porter of RDP Consulting Services will facilitate a discussion on goals for the neighborhood association, including sharing the results of our recent online survey. Your participation in this process is important, and we hope you can attend!

Don’t forget: This Thursday, January 15th is our monthly neighborhood happy hour! We will meet at Stinky’s Bar & Grill in Lawrenceville at 6:00 pm.

Winter Walk with the Green Committee

Start 2015 with brisk January walk around Stanton Heights! The newly formed Green Committee will be leading a walking tour of the neighborhood, showing areas of progress and areas where we’d like to focus in the upcoming year. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and learn more about the work your neighbors have done to keep Stanton Heights a beautiful community through projects such as:

snowWalkers will meet at 11:00 am on January 24th by the former Methodist Church sign (now the Three Rivers Village School) at Stanton Court West & Stanton Avenue. The tour will conclude with a bonfire and light refreshments near the community compost. Dress warmly and bring a neighbor – everyone is welcome!

We Want Your Feedback!

surveyOur Neighborhood Association Board is undergoing a planning process, and we would love to get the input of Stanton Heights residents as we plan for our work in 2015. Please help us out by sharing your thoughts in this short (5-10 minute) survey below by December 19th!

Click here to take the survey!

Neighborhood Potluck – September 17th

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Please join us for a potluck dinner!
When: Wednesday, September 17th. 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Sunnyside Elementary School Cafeteria

After a summer break, the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will host a potluck dinner during our September meeting. Bring a dish to share AND a neighbor!

We will enjoy a casual meal together, and talk about where you’d like to see the neighborhood association focus its efforts the future.
We hope you can make it!

August 23rd – Stanton Heights Community Festival

Balloons in SkySave the date! On August 23rd, Stanton Heights will host its 2nd annual Community Festival. The event will be held from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm in the parking lot of Sunnyside Elementary School. Plans are still evolving, but the day will include: a bounce house, clown, the City’s Roving Art Cart, face painters, a 50/50 raffle, food, and more! For more information, or to help volunteer for the event, contact Cosette at 412-805-4822.

The festival’s main events are scheduled as follows:

10:30 – 4:30     Bounce House
11:00 – 2:00     Roving Art Cart
12:00 – 2:30     Face Painters
2:30 – 4:00      Balloon Sculptor

Yard Sale Map for Tomorrow, May 17th

Where can you find bargains in the neighborhood tomorrow? Map out your route by checking out the neighborhood yard sale map!

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zGWwy1S7qFm4.kKKq1CNCEO6Q

79 Volunteers Beautify Stanton Heights

The Stanton Heights Community Cleanup / Comcast Cares Day / Spring Redd Up event was a complete success! Thank you to all who volunteered!

Volunteers: We had 64 community volunteers for the event. That is exactly twice what we had last year. With the 15 Comcast employees, this made a total of 79 volunteers. As a reminder, for every volunteer who showed up this day, we will be getting dollars from Comcast for the future care of this land. Thanks so much to Comcast, Citizen Care and the residents of Stanton Heights for your commitment to this cleanup. A special thanks to all of the crew leaders who led other volunteers—Thanks Jessica Varone, Trillium Reynolds, Craig McCloud, Bridget McNamee and Jenn Sturges. Thanks to Jim Heinrich for leading the litter pick up and for your help with planning, organizing and leading the event.

Clean up statistics: The clean up focused on the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace as well as parts of Woodbine St., Coleridge St., and Christopher St. This day volunteers removed 30 pounds of scrap metal, 6 tires, 44 bags of garbage, and 4 bags of invasive species (Japanese knotweed). All of the debris were left on the intersection of Stanton and Woodbine until DPW picked up Monday morning. We were also able to remove 10 buckets of garlic mustard which will be composted. About 200 vines were removed but left on site. In addition to this, we were able to move 6 tons of concrete from the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace to be recycled. A special thanks to Brian Piekut, Ed Wightman and Don Revell from Comcast for organizing the concrete removal and hauling away the concrete. These stats add to the accomplishments of the last two years with a total of 300 vines, 104 bags of garbage, 60 bags of invasive plants removed, 46 tires, 2.25 tons of mixed unbagged debris and 22 tons of concrete from this site and surrounding streets.

Flower bed: A special thanks to the volunteers who helped to plant the flower bed. Hopefully, these deer resistant and native varieties will do well in this space.

Tree planting: Thanks to The Friends of the Riverfront for donating the three black willow trees and to Comcast for donating the redbud tree to plant.

Storm drains: Thanks to PWSA for donating 125 bottles of water for the thirsty volunteers and for donating medallions for the Stanton Heights storm drains that say, “DRAINS TO DRINKING WATER – DO NOT DUMP”.

We removed less litter and illegally dumped items, but this is because we did such a good job removing it the last two years, and we have not had a lot of return dumping except for a few hundred pounds of concrete and landscaping debris. If we continue to steward this space, we should continue to see a decrease in illegal dumping. Thanks to past efforts, there was noticeably less garlic mustard on the site than the last two years as well.

Future directions:

Urban Ecostewards: A group of Urban EcoSteward volunteers has been working on this greenspace for the last two years to remove illegally dumped items and invasive species. Beverly Stennett, Jennifer Sturges, Trillium Reynolds and her sons should all be applauded for their efforts working up to this clean up. Let us know if you would like to join this group of volunteers in the future!

Staying on top of future dumping: To all Stanton Heights residents, we could really use your help with keeping an eye on future dumping. We need to be vigilant and need to move dumped materials out of the property ASAP so that people realize that we are a community that will not look the other way anymore.

Community composting program: This clean up marks the second anniversary of the Stanton Heights Community Composting Program. It is estimated that in the year 2013, this compost heap has prevented over 30 yards of landscaping debris from being dumped in other locations, which, at other points, has attracted dumping of other forms like concrete and tires—that’s over 15 pick up trucks full of landscaping debris that has been recycled responsibly and sustainably. The compost from this program continues to be available for local residents. Since the closest home store sells 1 cubic foot of compost at about $4 a bag, this is about $1440 in compost donated to the community in 2013! The Stanton Heights Community Composting program continues to funnel landscaping debris and yard waste to prevent dumping in other sites and provides community members with compost to use in their yards.

Concrete: There is still a fair amount of concrete on the site that we need to address. At the end of last year’s clean up, I said that there was about 6 tons of concrete on site to remove. We removed 6 tons this year, and there are still a few tons left. I will say that we have removed about 75% of the concrete on the site.

Thank you, Comcast, for donating breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. Thank you, Leah Thill from Allegheny CleanWays, for the supplies and support.

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