Post-holiday blahs got you down? Cheer up! Come have a drink with your neighbors and talk about all of those New Year resolutions you may have already let fall by the wayside. Our monthly happy hours are a casual way to meet and greet other folks in the neighborhood. Bring a friend!
When: Thursday, January 14th from 6 – 8 pm
Where: Pints on Penn – 3523 Penn Avenue
Why: Because getting to know the folks who live around you is FUN!
With many of us enjoying our yards and even wearing shorts (!) this past balmy weekend, it’s hard to imagine the white stuff causing havoc on the roads & clogging our driveways. But surely, a few flakes will fall this winter, and we have many elderly and disabled neighbors who could use some assistance shoveling around their homes. Will you be a Snow Angel??
Allegheny County Snow Angels provide a much needed service around Pittsburgh by matching volunteers (like YOU!) with those who are unable to shovel on their own. They are in need of volunteers right here in Stanton Heights as they are currently unable to match the demand they receive for services in our neighborhood. You can sign up on their website: http://www.alleghenysnowangels.org where you can also read stories from other volunteers about how personally meaningful the experience can be.
Or – help spread the word by downloading this flyer and sharing it with your neighbors.
If you would like to receive assistance in shoveling your own walk, you can do so by calling: 412-345-7420, 2-1-1- or 3-1-1.
The weather outside is not quite frightful, so you’ll have no excuse to miss the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association’s holiday themed happy hour! This month’s gathering will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Pleasure Bar, 4729 Liberty Ave, Bloomfield. We’ll meet in the room adjacent to the bar, on the right. Take a break from your holiday happenings and join your neighbors for a festive beverage and a good laugh!
Trees 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 www.treepittsburgh.org 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.