Neighborhood Clean-up Impact + Tree Planting next Saturday

Although Saturday started off a bit chilly (did someone mention the s-n-o-w word?), it warmed up quickly as volunteers hit the streets and the dirt to remove litter, invasive species, and illegal dumping from Stanton Heights. What did we accomplish on Saturday? Clean-up organizer extraordinaire, Mike Sturges, has compiled the following update. THANK YOU Mike Sturges for all that you do to make Stanton Heights a beautiful place to call home!


IMG_7013Volunteers:  We had 38 volunteers for the event. Thanks so much to the residents of Stanton Heights for your commitment.

Clean up statistics:  The clean up focused on the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace as litter pick ups on Woodbine St., Coleridge St., Hawthorne St., Azure St. and Christopher St.   The numbers are as follows:

  • 250 pounds of scrap metal,
  • 100 pounds of mixed debris,
  • 4 tires, 60 bags of garbage, and
  • 4 bags of invasive species (japanese knotweed).

All of this debris was left on the intersection of Stanton and Woodbine for DPW to pick up this week.  We were also able to remove 10 buckets of garlic mustard which will be composted. In addition to this, we were able to move 2 tons of concrete from the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace to be recycled.  These stats add to the accomplishments of the last two years with a total of  300 vines, 164 bags of garbage, 64 bags of invasive plants removed, 50 tires, 1.25 tons of scrap, 2.4 tons of mixed unbagged debris and 24 tons of concrete from this site and surrounding streets
A special thanks to the volunteers who helped plant in and weed the flower bed!

We removed less litter and illegally dumped items but this is because we did such a good job removing it the last three 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 and Japanese knotweed on the site than the last two years.

Stanton Heights resident Barry Werber took photos of the event, which can be viewed here.

Future directions:
Tree Planting Saturday 5/2/15 The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association has received funding from Councilwoman Deb Gross to place signage for the Stanton Heights neighborhood on Stanton Ave. at the beginning of Sunnyside Elementary School property sometime this year. Please join us as we plant trees donated by the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission to provide backdrop for this signage. Please join us at 8:00 am at Sunnyside Elementary school, and share this invitation with your neighbors!

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 third anniversary of the Stanton Heights Community Composting Program.  It is estimated in the year of 2014 that this compost heap has prevented over 40 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 20 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.  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.

Thank you Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association for donating lunch for the volunteers and Pesaros Pizza for the discount.  Thank you Allegheny CleanWays for the supplies and support. Thank you PWSA for donating water for the event. Thank you Giant Eagle, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Paddy Cake Bakery for donating donuts, bagels and coffee for the event. Thank you, Mike Rizk for allowing us to use your truck for the event again this year. Thank you Jim Heinrich for helping to plan the event, Mary Fischerkeller for working to get donations for food and Anna Marie Caffardo for helping to set up.  Thank you to everyone else who I did not mention.

Neighborhood Happy Hour at the BBT: April 23rd

BBTPlease join us for some delicious pierogies, a refreshing spring beverage, and great conversation with your neighbors! April’s happy hour will be held at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Our monthly happy hours are a relaxed way to meet other Stanton Heights residents in a casual setting. Attendees will vote on our next happy hour location.

Please join us and share with your neighbors!

 

Stanton Heights Allegheny Cemetery Community Garden Signups

The community garden located within the Allegheny Cemetery on Stanton Avenue just below Woodbine Street will hold a sign-up day on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Garden plots are roughly 20’x20′ and $20 for the growing season.

gardenGardeners work their own plots, but there are group project/cleanup days every so often throughout the season.  On Saturday, the current gardeners will be installing new fencing from a Grow Pittsburgh grant.  This means all of the old fencing will be removed and the new fencing will look better and provide better protection from deer and other varmints.  Even if you’re just curious about what everyone grows and want to compare notes with fellow gardeners in your neighborhood, feel free to stop by Saturday or anytime!

For more information, contact the garden steward, Mo Bajcz at mobajcz [at] gmail.com

Stanton Heights Cleanup: Saturday, April 25th

WHO:         Stanton Heights community members
WHAT:       Clean up of litter/ removal of invasive plants / planting.
WHEN:       Saturday April 25, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon; rain or shine
WHERE:     Stanton Ave. and Woodbine St.—site of the proposed community park
WHY:          A safer, more beautiful neighborhood
CONTACT:  Michael Sturges, 412.606.7542mjpsturges@gmail.com or
Jim Heinrich at 412 782 1313jheinrich81354@gmail.com

Stanton Heights Redd Up Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 25th 

The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is hosting a litter cleanup and beautification project in Stanton Heights for the Spring Redd Up. There is a job for everyone! Join us at 8 am for registration, coffee and snacks. The clean up starts promptly at 9 am.

We will be meeting for the cleanup at corner of the intersection of Stanton Ave. and Woodbine St.—the site of the proposed community park.  The cleanup will focus mostly along Stanton Ave. and side streets along both sides of Stanton Ave.  A smaller group will focus on cleaning litter at the community park site, removing invasive plants and vines, planting in the bed on the site.  There will be jobs for all ability levels.  Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves.   Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor during the cleanup and must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.  Gloves and bags will be provided but items like loppers, bow saws and wheelbarrows would be helpful for the removal of invasive plants.
Volunteers are welcome to stay for pizza after the cleanup to celebrate a job well done. Please join us, and share this invitation with your neighbors!

Individuals interested in volunteering for this event should contact:
Jim Heinrich at 412 782 1313 or jheinrich81354@gmail.com or
Michael Sturges at 412.606.7542 or mjpsturges@gmail.com

Priorities for Stanton Heights

"Priorities" Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.What’s great about Stanton Heights? What challenges do we face? How can we improve the quality of life for our residents? These questions and more were the topic of discussion at our last community meeting on February 5, 2015. The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association (SHNA) board of directors invited the community to an open board meeting to engage in a discussion facilitated by consultant Ron Porter. Mr. Porter is working with the neighborhood to identify priorities and challenges for the community, and provide a foundation of goals for the group to work toward in the future. You can read his notes on the meeting here.

Many neighbors expressed their love of the green spaces and diversity of residents within Stanton Heights, while acknowledging the challenge of unifying a neighborhood that is split by city council districts and lacks a common meeting place or business district. The discussions opened up many exciting ideas and potential community projects, and there was enthusiasm among those in attendance to share news of upcoming meetings & events with their neighbors.

This engaging discussion will be continued at our next regularly scheduled SHNA meeting on March 18, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:00 pm at the Three Rivers Village School. Please join us!!

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!

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