The Trees Need Tending! Will You Help?

treeTrees are coming to Stanton Heights!  We have applied to receive a few dozen trees this Spring and hope to apply for more in the future.  One factor that determines how many new trees our neighborhood receives is having trained tree-tenders who can assist with plantings and pruning trees, as needed. We can receive 10 trees for every trained tender who resides in our neighborhood. To become a trained tree-tender, check out the info below:

The next course is approaching fast on Saturday, December 12th in Carnegie PA. The class runs from 9a.m.-4 p.m at the Carnegie Borough Building at One Veterans Way, Carnegie PA 15106.

You can register at or contact Joe at 412-781-8733 for more information.

The Tree Tenders course will teach you about urban forestry practices, tree biology and health, proper planting techniques, and a whole lot more. Food will be provided as well as your very own Tree Tender t-shirt.

Classes do have limited seating and fill up fast, don’t wait- register today!

If you have questions about the TreeVitalize program in Stanton Heights or other green-committee projects, please feel free to contact Lissa Geiger Shulman.

Neighborhood Gateway Rain Garden Plans

When traveling down Stanton or McCandless Avenue towards Lawrenceville, the viewscape is tremendous – from the natural beauty of the Allegheny Cemetery, to the Allegheny River Valley, or even the stately cityscape of Downtown Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, a less sightly view is the aging corrugated aluminum retaining wall and graffiti-covered, crumbling staircase. at Stanton & McCandless.

Rain Garden

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

The SHNA Green Committee, who recently completed a project at the gateway to Stanton Heights from Morningside are now focusing their attention on this lot and the entrance to the community from Lawrenceville. Over the summer, we commissioned students with the Penn State Center for Design to produce plans that would turn this property into something both beautiful and environmentally beneficial.  The plans, available for download below, call for the installation of rain gardens along the top and bottom of the hillside, along with anchoring beds that create a welcoming gateway between Stanton Heights & Lawrenceville.

Rain Garden

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

Rain gardens use natural plant species that can withstand large amounts of water and nutrient concentrations to absorb rainfall and stormwater runoff. Addressing stormwater runoff in this location should help with the flooding and icing conditions along the roadways, in addition to being a part of larger citywide efforts to reduce stormwater flow into the sewers.

We plan to make this project one of many springing up throughout the city to contribute to meeting County and City goals to reduce sewage overflows. In addition to reducing stormwater, the project will prevent the spread of invasive species along the hillside and hedge against the further erosion of the hillside.

Sign Concept

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

To get the project underway, the Neighborhood Association has applied for a Love Your Block grant from the City that could fund the first phase of project implementation as soon as May 2016. This phase will begin installing rain garden beds consisting of little blue stem and prairie drop seed grasses, and perennials including varieties of columbine, tickseed, coneflower, daylilies, and black-eyed susans.

In addition to beginning to implement the rain gardens, the grant would also provide city assistance for graffiti-removal along the city steps leading down to the bus stop on Stanton Avenue, painting the stairway railings, and beautification of the aging retaining wall that is an eyesore. Once grant recipients are announced, we will be recruiting volunteers for our project date in mid-May.

Rain Garden View

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

Other funding sources we will seek in the coming year are a Green Infrastructure Grant through the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA).  Last year, the Green Infrastructure program funded 17 projects around the city, and we believe that this project is competitive for the next grant cycle.

If you are interested in volunteering on this project or others like it, come to our next community meeting on November 18th (6:30 pm at Sunnyside Elementary) or reach out to our green committee chair Lissa Geiger Shulman at

Penn State Center Rain Garden plans

Yard Debris Recycling: Saturday, November 14

Are you looking for an ecologically friendly way to dispose of those beautiful fall leaves decorating your lawn? Many folks have been setting bags of leaves out for the garbage over the past few weeks. Unfortunately if you set these bags out with your weekly garbage pick up they will end up in a landfill – whether they are in paper yard bags or not. However, the City of Pittsburgh has a Yard Debris Recycling pick up scheduled for this Saturday November 14th! If you have bagged leaves / bundled brush, you should set them on the curb Friday evening for an early Saturday pick up. The City is only able to offer this service twice a year – the next being in mid May 2016.
Stanton Heights Neighborhood Clean up 2012 038Between Nov 15th and May, you can take your leaves and grass clippings to the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Composting Program site to be responsibly recycled. The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Compost Program site is located on Stanton Ave. between the intersection of Stanton and McCandless and Stanton and Woodbine. Look for the large pile of leaves to the left of the tree next to the big wooden compost bin. Please take any brush or branches to Agrecycle.

The Stanton Heights Community Composting Program helps responsibly funnel landscaping and yard waste and prevent dumping at other sites and provides community members with compost to use in their yards.
For more information about this Urban EcoStewards project feel free to contact Mike Sturges at mjpsturges [at] or 412-606-7542.

SHNA Board Elections: November 18th

It’s election time! But instead of obnoxious campaign ads and partisan politics, you have the opportunity to elect a few friendly neighborhood faces. On Wednesday, November 18th, the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will hold elections for the 2016 Board of Directors. The meeting will be held at Sunnyside Elementary from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Current members of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association are able to vote, and individuals may join the association the evening of the 18th if they would like to participate in the election. Membership dues are $5 per calendar year, per person

The ballot will include:

Vice President:  

  • Lissa Geiger Shulman


  • Jim Heinrich

Board Members at Large:

  • Steven Moore
  • Liz Tafel
  • Barry Werber
  • Brenda Werber

Our 2-year board terms are staggered, to ensure continuity in the organization’s leadership. This means that not all positions are up for election in the same year. You can find a list of our 2015 board members on our website. If you have an interest in taking on a leadership role in the association, please join us for a meeting and talk to a current board member about opportunities!

November Happenings: Meeting with PWSA, Happy Hour & Board Elections!

What’s happening in & around Stanton Heights this November? Here’s a handy list to help you keep track!


Questions about your water bill? A representative from PWSA will be attending the Morningside Area Community Council Meeting on Wednesday, November 4th, to  answer questions about PWSA billing and speak about new PWSA initiatives and accomplishments. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at the Morningside VFW (1820 Morningside Avenue). Stanton Heights residents are welcome to attend!


hopfarmThe next Stanton Heights Neighborhood Happy Hour will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Hopfarm Brewing (5601 Butler Street). Don’t miss out on an evening of fun times with a fantastic group of neighbors!


SHNA Board Elections will take place at our upcoming community meeting on Wednesday, November 18th. We will meet at Sunnyside from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Library. You must be a current member of the association in order to vote. If you’d like to join SHNA at the meeting, dues are only $5 per person for the year. What a bargain!



sign driveConcerned about speed in the neighborhood? At our recent community meetings, some members have expressed interest in using signage to help calm traffic on Stanton Heights’ busy streets. If you’d like to participate and purchase a sign for your own yard, you can do so here.

Thanks to our Neighborhood Clean-up Volunteers!

Have you noticed a few cleaner streets this weekend? On Saturday morning, October 24th, 46 students from the University of Pittsburgh helped pick up litter and beautify Stanton Heights. Pitt’s “Make a Difference Day” is a yearly citywide event with over 3,000 students contributing to a day of community service. Neighborhood volunteers Jim Heinrich, Beverly Beisgen, Kit Flot and Kelly McCord supervised the students. A big THANK YOU to everyone who spent a few hours on a chilly autumn morning keeping Stanton Heights looking clean and beautiful.

October 21st Community Meeting

elephant-279901_640Just a friendly reminder that our monthly neighborhood meeting will be held TOMORROW! The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will meet on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sunnyside Elementary. Our Agenda includes a discussion with our City Planner, Michael Smith, and planning for upcoming activities such as a Winter Progressive Dinner. Please join us!


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