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Volunteers Needed!

volunteer-652383_640Each year, several dozen University of Pittsburgh students hit the streets of Stanton Heights to clean up the neighborhood as part of Pitt’s “Make a Difference Day“. These young people do a wonderful job picking up litter in our neighborhood, no matter the weather. This year, we need several volunteers to accompany these students in different sections of the neighborhood for a few hours. Make a Difference Day will be held on October 24th from 10am – 1pm. Volunteers would need to commit to attending in advance and meet at Sunnyside Elementary promptly at 10:00 am to direct the students and work with them for the morning clean-up.

** If you can share your time, please contact Jim Heinrich at 412-782-1313 or **

Thank you in advance for helping us keep Stanton Heights beautiful!


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, or
Jim Heinrich at 412 782

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 or
Michael Sturges at 412.606.7542 or

Clean Up Success!

Despite the temperatures and wind, the Stanton Heights Community Cleanup was a complete success! Thank you to everyone who participated! Click here or on the photo at left to check out photos from the event.  The community would like to extend a special thank you to event organizer Michael Sturges, who for the second year in a row spent countless hours to make the clean up possible. Michael gave the following recap:

We had 32 volunteers for the event. Thanks so much to  the residents of Stanton Heights and Citizen Care Inc. for your commitment to this project.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.
These are the numbers:
  • 500 pounds of mixed unbagged debris,
  • 100 pounds of scrap metal,
  • 6 tires,
  • 35 bags of garbage, 
  • 5  bags of invasive species (japanese knotweed).

All of this debris was left on the intersection of Stanton and Woodbine until DPW can pick it up.  We were also able to remove 5 buckets of garlic mustard which will be composted. About 50 vines were removed but left on site.  In addition to this, we were able to move 8 tons of concrete from the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace to be recycled.  A special thanks to Mark Biggs of Sharper Cut LLC for donating his dumptruck and time to move this concrete.

Flower bed :  
A special thanks to the volunteers who helped to plant the flower bed and to Mike Rizk for donating the mulch for the bed.

Storm drains:  We were also able to use a stencil to spray the storm drains around the greenpace to say DO NOT DUMP WASTE DRAINS TO RIVER. Thanks to PWSA for the stencil and paint and for donating 100 bottles of water for the thirsty volunteers.

Although we did not have as many volunteers as last year, we still accomplished a lot.  We still removed the same tonnage of concrete as last year–8 tons.  We removed less litter and illegally dumped items but this is because we did such a good job removing it last year and we have not had a lot of return dumping except for concrete and landscaping debris. There was noticeably less garlic mustard on the site than last year, however there was an increase of japanese knotweed which will need to be a focus for future years.

What’s Next?

Urban Ecostewards:  A group of Urban EcoSteward volunteers has been working on this greenspace since  last years clean up to remove illegally dumped items and invasive species. Bevery 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 Park:  The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will be getting word out about future meetings to discuss  the proposal of a community park on the greenspace.  A meeting date of April 29th is currently set but a time and location has not been chosen.Thank you Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association for donating lunch for the volunteers, thank you Allegheny CleanWays for the supplies and support.

Stanton Heights Clean Up a Success!

It was a cold and rainy morning, but close to 100 volunteers came out to help beautify the neighborhood last Saturday. Stanton Heights residents, Comcast employees, the Best Buddies program, and Allegheny Cleanways teamed up to remove debris and trash from the green space at the corner of Stanton & Woodbine streets. A project of Comcast Cares Day, Stanton Heights will receive a donation from Comcast for each volunteer who attended. (official count TBD!)

What did we find in the woods? Here’s a short list:

  • 8 tons (yes tons) of concrete
  • 2 tons of mixed debris
  • 1 ton of scrap metal
  • 36 tires
  • 28 contractor bags of garbage
  • 44 contractor bags of invasive species (Japanese knotweed and mustard seed)

WOW! It’s clear that this site had been used as a dump for a long time, but not anymore! Soon, sings will be posted discouraging anyone (landscapers, contractors, etc.) from dumping their unwanted materials in our neighborhood.

In addition to cleaning up the debris, volunteers created a community compost bin, planted a flower bed at the corner, and children painted colorful birdhouses that will be placed on trees at a later date. This was truly a collaborative effort, all led by neighborhood resident Michael Sturges, who’s tireless efforts made this happen! If you see him or his wife Jennifer tending to the new flower bed or picking up trash at the site, please stop to say “Thank You“!

Community members have already expressed their delight at seeing the transformation of the lot. The next steps for the site include continued clean up (quite a bit of concrete remains), and discussions on the formation of a small park.

Community Meeting: The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting to talk about how to best use this neighborhood greenspace at the next meeting on Wednesday, May 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sunnyside Elementary.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on the clean up by commenting on this post. And, make sure to check out the photos below from Saturday’s event!

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