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Stronger Together Park Place: Community Meeting September 16

Join representatives from Pittsburgh Police, EMS and Fire Departments for an important community gathering on Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Waverly Presbyterian Social Hall which is on the corner of Forbes and Braddock Avenues. It’s a great opportunity to speak with our public safety officials outside of those unfortunate times when we have to call 911! Ask questions, find out more about their current initiatives and learn important strategies for keeping you and your neighbors safe.
On the agenda will be the police talking about how to engrave your devices with owner ID information; the fire department talking about planning escape routes, and the EMS giving us an updated CPR review.
In addition to the speakers there will be a regular annual meeting, when we elect our GPPNA Board members and present the annual financial report for the organization. Stay tuned for more information about the election.
Light refreshments will be served.


Park Place Summer Picnic June 7!

Please join your neighbors for the 28th annual Park Place Summer Picnic on Sunday June 7, 2015 from 1-4 pm. The picnic will take place on Abbott Street. Our firefighters will be there giving tours of their truck. There will be a moon bounce and airbrush tattoos for the kids, and music for everyone to enjoy. Cold drinks and hot dogs are provided, you can bring a side dish or dessert to share (and if you don’t know about how fabulous Park Place neighbors are in the kitchen, this is a great time to find out).

You can also bring your extra seedlings/plants if you’d like to swap with other neighbors at the Plant Exchange. And of course, it’s a great time to renew your membership to the Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association. Just $10 for an annual individual membership helps to ensure that we can continue to sponsor events like this every year.

Folks from outside the neighborhood are welcome to attend! This picnic is part of the Citipark’s Community Festivals. Other sponsors include Howard’s Park Place Pub, Giant Eagle and Liz Schwartz of Howard Hanna and GetGo. Thank you to all of the sponsors for your ongoing support, as well as the volunteers down on Abbott Street who have been making this festival happen every year for almost 3 decades!

If you have new neighbors on your block, be sure to take this opportunity to invite them to join you for the Picnic. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday June 7!

Neighborhood Meeting

The Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association will be holding its May meeting at the Environmental Charter School next Monday May 11, from 7PM to 9PM and YOU are invited. The first part of the meeting will follow the regular business agenda, including some planning for our June picnic. Then everyone is invited to comment, ask questions and make observations or suggestions. This is a great opportunity to become more involved in  the Park Place community! See what the meetings are like and consider joining the Board (elections will be held in September).  Enter the ECS from the back entrance, by the parking lot/playground.  The building IS handicap accessible from the rear. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you there!

Swissvale Farmer’s Market Opening This Saturday

Last year was the first for the Swissvale Farmers Market. In the first year, it received a prestigious award from the Pittsburgh A-List:  The Best Farmers Market in Pittsburgh.  The market is opening this Saturday, May 9, 2015.  Located across from the CVS Plaza, on Church Street between South Braddock Avenue and Monogahela Street, hours are from 9:00 AM, to 1:00 PM.  This year there are a number of new participants, including two new Pennsylvania farms, various artisans, and food vendors. Produce that is available in May includes leafy, or early root vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes and spinach. EBT/SNAP benefits will be accepted on site through the Fresh Access program by Just Harvest.

On opening day, a number of special events will be featured, including music, face painting, and “chair massage” performed by Michelle J. The kickoff is going to be a great event!  It is combined with the “Swissvale Stroll,” a yearly event in the community. The event is an opportunity for residents and business owners to meet and greet, and to celebrate the revitalization and growth of Swissvale. Part of Church Street will be closed, allowing biusiness owners to set up tents and table for the Stroll.

Member of the Park Place community can support our neighbors and friends in Swissvale by attending the opening event, and remembering the Farmers Market is open every Saturday, from9:00 AM to 1:00 PM through the end of October!  As the season progresses, more and more produce, plants and products will be available!

More information will be available on the website:  www.swissvalefarmersmarket.org

Candidate Bios

We have three lovely women running for re-election this month. Learn more about their service to the community so far and what they hope to accomplish if re-elected.

Sue Breslow 

I just finished my second term on the GPPNA board of directors. Over the past two years I have done planning work for a new “Welcome to Park Place” sign, worked with a committee to plan a clean-up event for the Forbes/Braddock intersection, assisted the Membership Chair, and have been the board Treasurer.

For the coming two years, if given the opportunity, I look forward to continuing to actively support the six annual events sponsored by GPPNA. I am also interested in arranging a tour of our local firehouse, want to arrange to have the fire department Captain speak at a neighborhood event, want to begin fundraising for the neighborhood sign, and am happy to continue being board Treasurer.

I have lived in Park Place for seventeen years and am inspired to see the stability our neighborhood has achieved while we continually address new challenges and issues. I would be honored to serve for a third term on the board.

Mary Hupe

I moved to Park Place with my husband in 1980 because it was a quiet neighborhood near Frick Park.  We are happy that in 32 years, the pleasant, friendly ambience has continued.

My involvement began with the push to change the zoning designation from R-4 to R-2. This prevented any additional houses from being subdivided into more that two apartments, and encouraged some owners to return their dwellings to single-family homes.  From there I moved on to crime prevention and remain a member of the Zone 4 Citizens Public Safety Council, a Block Watch advocate, and a promoter of National Night Out gatherings.  As a teacher, I arranged interactions with students and police to foster positive relationships.  As a result of these activities, I received the 2012 Governor’s Citizen Crime Prevention Recognition Award.

My other main interest is social events.  For 25 years we have hosted the Park Place Picnic on Abbott Street, and hope that it serves to bring together new and longtime residents to enjoy and strengthen our community.  I also help coordinate the GPPNA-sponsored Holiday Party every December.

If re-elected, I will continue to be a liaison between Park Place and Public Safety, and to coordinate neighborhood social events.

Joni Rabinowitz 

My husband John Haer and I have lived in Park Place since 1976. I love this neighborhood and have always been a big fan. Before retiring, I worked for 25 years as co-director of Just Harvest, an anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocacy organization–activism is in my bones. Currently I’m active in anti-fracking work. In Park Place, I’ve participated for many years on the summer picnic and was also one of the spearheads of the 2004-06 campaign to prevent Walgreens from rezoning the corners at Penn and Braddock and at Penn and East End, and tearing down 3 houses (we had a partial victory). Later, I lobbied Walgreens to repair the 2 remaining houses and put them up for sale.  As a trained Tree Tender I helped organize the first tree planting in the neighborhood in 2008, when we planted 16 street trees. Now, I see that most people are oblivious to the needs of the trees we do have here and I want to work to protect them.  John and I are Democratic committee people and we contact voters to get them out for every election. One of us is always at the polls on election day; we consider this a good opportunity to connect with our neighbors and catch up with concerns people have about anything. I maintain regular contact with Ricky Burgess, our city council member, and Barbara Daly Danko, our county council member as well as our state House and Senate members. I would like to continue serving on the board. I’m eager to recruit and welcome new people into the neighborhood. I’d like to see people buy and rehab some of the vacant housing.