This year Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is again seeking volunteers to help coordinate our annual community yard sales. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to select a date, create and collect sign-up forms, develop a map of sales, and place advertisements for the sales. Typically the yard sales have been held in late May or June. With a busier than usual Spring and earlier summer, we are considering moving the sales to this fall.
If you are able to help with any of the above listed tasks, please contact SHNA President Lissa Geiger Shulman at email@example.com. If we do not receive enough interest, we will cancel the event this year.
Join us for our monthly happy hour on Thursday, March 23 from 6-8pm at Full Pint Wild Side Pub. Come early for happy hour specials including half-priced drafts from 5 to 6:30! An insider told us they have delicious snacks, sides, and flatbreads around $5-$6, as well as extra large sandwiches served with kettle chips for $9-$14. The kids menu includes a $6 grilled cheese with chips and apple juice. See you there!
Is your yard or street front missing a tree? The SHNA Green Committee wants to help!
Treevitalize, a program of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Tree Pittsburgh offers free trees to community groups who have committed tree tenders – residents who are willing to help care for and maintain the trees. Fortunately, our neighborhood has identified tree tenders, now we just need to identify more tree locations! We need to identify a total of 10 new tree locations – these can be a front yard or tree pit between the sidewalk and the street. We added 10 trees last year, many along Stanton Avenue in the heart of our neighborhood. Let’s keep the ball rolling!
Unfortunately, many of the trees in Stanton Heights were planted many years ago and are in need of removal due to overgrowth (large trees interfere with utility lines and impact sidewalks) disease, and death. The city has slowly been removing many of these older trees, leaving major gaps in our urban tree canopy. Tree Pittsburgh is working to help replace these trees with native species that are appropriately sized for our urban environment.
If you are interested in applying for a tree, complete this short application
. Trees will be planted in Spring 2017, but completed applications should be sent to our Board President, Lissa Geiger Schulman (not to the treevitalize coordinator as directed on the form) no later than Thursday, March 16
. We will be assembling all requests and submitting them as one application!
Where? Primanti Bros. at 5491 Penn Avenue
When? Monday, February 20 from 6pm-8pm
Once again, try to get their early–Primanti Bros’ Monday happy hour specials run 5-7pm and include half-priced bar drinks, $1.50 slices of pizza, and $0.59 boneless wings! We will see you there!
At this month’s community meeting we are excited about continued progress on adding public art to our community rain garden and city steps site at Stanton & McCandless! You may have caught some of the following images of a staircase recently redone on the South Side:
You can read more about the project in this Post Gazette article.
Local artist Laura Jean McLaughlin will give a short presentation about this work and the potential to bring a similar project to the Stanton & McCandless steps. Conversations with artists are ongoing and we are excited to share the latest updates!
This month’s community meeting is on February 15th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Sunnyside Elementary Library. We will also have some follow up discussion from January’s meeting regarding the city’s role and ability to regulate hunting and wildlife. Finally, there will be a short presentation by the City planning department on the Adopt-a-Lot program. As always, we will have representatives from City government and local officials who will take questions and address concerns.
The Stanton Heights Green Committee will be hosting our second annual winter walk through the neighborhood to showcase some of the work done over the last two years. All neighbors are invited to join the walk and discuss locations and ideas for upcoming projects.
Meet us at the corner of Stanton & Woodbine (by the bus shelter) at 9 am on Sunday, February 19th!
PLEASE NOTE: The date previously announced at our January community meeting is incorrect. Please update your calendars accordingly!
We’ll be making stops at the neighborhood sign near Sunnyside, the playground off Farmington Road, the rain garden at Stanton & McCandless, and the community gardens in Allegheny Cemetery. We’ll end the tour near where we started – at the home of one of our green committee members – where we will enjoy some light snacks, cider, and hot chocolate around a fire pit.
All are invited – the walk is kid and pet friendly, just come prepared for the weather and to be out in the elements!
Many of us who live in Stanton Heights love that we are surrounded by woods – from the Allegheny Cemetery to the Allegheny River Greenway along Butler street, there are many pockets of forest within our neighborhood that attract wildlife. Our large population of deer has drawn some urban hunters to the neighborhood, prompting questions and concerns from our community members. On January 18th, representatives from the PA State Game Commission joined the SHNA at our monthly community meeting to address neighbors’ questions and concerns regarding hunting in the city. This informative discussion helped our neighbors better understand the rules and regulations surrounding legalized hunting within city limits, and what to do if we see something that doesn’t look right. (spoiler alert – call 911!) We’ve summarized the highlights on this page, and you can visit their website for more detailed information: www.pgc.pa.gov or call the regional office: 724-238-9523
If you see anyone in the neighborhood who appears to not be following the regulations below, please call 911 to report the individual and any helpful information to police. Our City of Pittsburgh Police work closely with our region’s Game Wardens to enforce these laws and ensure safe and responsible hunting.
- Hunting is legal on private property only WITH PERMISSION of the property owner. It is unlawful to hunt for, shoot at, trap, take, chase or disturb wildlife within 150 yards of any occupied residence, camp, industrial or commercial building, farm house or farm building, or school or playground without the permission of the occupants.
- Hunting is prohibited within 150 yards of a school or playground
- Hunting is not allowed on city property (as city property is considered private property and permission has not been granted by the City of Pittsburgh)
- One caveat to the above: Hunting IS ALLOWED in designated greenways. However, they would need to remain within the 150 yard rule
- Hunting in cemeteries is prohibited. In some instances, cemeteries have developed special programs to manage large deer populations, however this does not currently exist in the Allegheny Cemetery.
- Poaching is prohibited. This includes:
- Baiting by leaving out food
- Hunting at night (hunting hours are officially 1/2 hour before dawn and 1/2 hour after dark)
- For more information regarding safety zones, please visit: https://pagamecommission.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/safety-zones/
Given all of the above restrictions, there are only a few small areas within our neighborhood that would not fall into safe zones. We hope this information is helpful for the community and encourages safe hunting practices!