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.

Neighborhood yard/garage sales: May 17th

garage sale form

Registration is now open for the neighborhood yard/garage sales on Saturday, May 17th!  Yard sales will be from 9am – 3pm, rain or shine.  Sign up with the form at the top of this post.

Stanton Heights Comcast Cares Day / Redd Up Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 26st

WHO:         Stanton Heights community members and Comcast volunteers

WHAT:       Cleanup of litter and illegally dumped items /removal of invasive plants and vines / planting.

WHEN:       Saturday April 26, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon; rain or shine

WHERE:     Stanton Ave. and Woodbine St.—site of the proposed community parklet

WHY:         A safer, more beautiful neighborhood

CONTACT:  Michael Sturges, 412.606.7542mike.sturges@alleghenycleanways.org OR  Jim Heinrich 412-782-1313 or jheinrich81354@gmail.com

Stanton Heights Neighborhood Clean up 2012 027“Stanton Heights, Comcast Cares Day / Redd Up Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 26st

The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is partnering with Comcast to host a beautification project and  litter cleanup in Stanton Heights in conjunction with Comcast Cares Day and the Spring Redd Up. There is a job for everyone! The event kicks off at 8 am with registration, coffee and a light breakfast provided by Comcast. The cleanup starts promptly at 9 am.

The cleanup will begin on the corner of the intersection of Stanton Ave. and Woodbine St.—the site of the proposed community park.  The cleanup, will address litter and larger illegally dumped items at the community park site, removal of invasive plants and vines, planting in the bed on the site as well as a litter pick up on the the streets near 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.

Funding for the event is provided by Comcast.  Comcast volunteers will be helping with the cleanup, and Comcast representatives will be on hand to give away T-shirts to all pre-registered volunteers.  Volunteers are welcome to stay for pizza after the clean-up 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  Michael Sturges at 412.606.7542 or mike.sturges@alleghenycleanways.org  or  Jim Heinrich 412-782-1313 or jheinrich81354@gmail.com

Meet Your Councilpeople!

The next Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be held Wednesday, January 15th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sunnyside Elementary. This month we have invited both council representatives from District 7 (Deb Gross) and District 9 (Ricky Burgess) to join us for an informal discussion. The meeting will be structured similar to the old District 7 “council-to-go” sessions where residents are encouraged to bring their questions to our representatives.
 
Please join us!
 
Save the date:
March 5: Last year’s infamous Fish Fry returns! More details on ordering your dinner to come.
March 19th: SHNA Community Meeting featuring a Fire Safety Presentation from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. 6:30 pm at Sunnyside.

Resources to Save Energy in Stanton Heights

ImageAt our November neighborhood meeting, a representative from Duquesne Light provided community members with many tips on how to save energy, recycle old appliances, and sign up for energy assistance. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights and links to helpful resources: 

Did you know… compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs can last up to 15 times longer, saving you $40 each bulb’s lifetime and using 80% less energy? You can get a FREE Energy Efficiency Kit that includes CFL bulbs, nightlights, and a smart strip by visiting Duquesne’s WATT Choices program online. The site also offers helpful information including:

Residents also discussed the variety of options available for homeowners to purchase their energy through various suppliers, and stressed the importance of reading all the fine print before you sign a contract. For help choosing your electricity supplier, visit: papowerswitch.com

Stay tuned for information on the next community meeting – coming up on January 15th! 

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