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Prescription Drug Take Back

The police will be collecting old/unused prescription drugs on Saturday April 30 from 10am to 2pm. You can take these right to the Zone 4 police stationGotDrugsZ4

Teddy Bear Drive

The City of Pittsburgh is collecting stuffed animals to console kids during emergencies. Bears will be buckled in the back of emergency responder vehicles. Donations should be new stuffed animals less than 12″.

Drop off sites:

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Spring Redd Up on April 16

A message from event organizer, Katy Frey….

We’ll be joining neighbors from across the city in a spring clean up effort on Saturday April 16, 2016. Pick up litter and beautify your block! GPPNA will provide supplies such as garbage bags, gloves and safety vests available.

What is “Redding Up”? It’s a local way of saying tidy or clean up.

What should I do? Start by removing the litter. Once that’s picked up, you can rake up any leaves or other debris, especially around curbs and storm drains. Trim branches that are blocking street signs. Call 311 to report places that need paint (such as crosswalks) or road signs that need to be replaced. And of course, you can plant some flowers, lay mulch or do whatever else you want to do to make your own property look nicer!

Need supplies? I have bags, gloves, safety vests, a few shovels and dust pans, and maps of neighborhood “hot spots”. Stop by 121 South Braddock on Friday April 15 from 4-8pm, or Saturday morning from 9-12 to pick up supplies. If you don’t have a good spot to store trash until pick up day, you can also bring collected trash back to my place and I’ll put it out for pick up.

Celebrate Your Hard Work and Meet Neighbors At noon on Saturday, we’re gathering at Joni Rabinowitz’s place at (7721 Edgerton – between East End and Peebles) for pizza, desserts and refreshments. IMPORTANT: If you are going to stop by Joni’s, please RSVP to katyfrey@gmail.com or at the Facebook event page.

Can’t make it then? What if you can’t participate during those hours? No worries, just redd up when you can! If you’d like to toot your own horn, post a photo to this event page of what you did to beautify your area.

For fun, post photos of your handiwork to our Facebook page, or send them to katyfrey@gmail.com. Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket of gardening tools and other goodies!

Voter Registration Deadline

In order to vote in the Pennsylvania primary elections on April 26, you must be registered to vote. The deadline for registration is Monday March 28, 2016. Register online by clicking here or call 1-877-VOTESPA.
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Stay Visible, Stay Safe

With another full month until the winter solstice, the days are getting shorter, but most of us have to continue on with our regular schedules. This means being outside in the dark as we pick up kids from school and activities, travel to and from work, and walk our dogs. Keep yourself and your neighbors safe this winter by being seen!

On Foot

When walking, it’s just as important to be visible. If your coat is dark, accessorize with a brightly colored or high vis scarf or hat. Get a reflective dog leash or dress your dog in a reflective dog vest. Keep in mind that cars parked too close to a cross walk make it very hard for drivers to see you when you are trying to cross. If you see a car that is closer than 20 feet to a crosswalk or 15 feet from a stop sign, it is parked illegally, regardless of the signage or paint. Illegally parked cars can be reported to 911. If you see that curb paint or proper signage is missing, report it to 311.

Safe Bicycle Travel

Make sure your bicycle is equipped with the right kind of lighting for winter travel. Relying on your your reflectors alone is not enough! Use a red light on the back and a white light on the front. Some experts recommend using two lights for after-dark riding…one set on blinking and one set on a steady beam. Lighting options have improved in the last few years and you can get lights that recharge with USB cords so you don’t go through a million batteries. Lights can be mounted directly to your bicycle or clipped onto your helmet or bag. You may also consider layering with a reflective or a high visibility vest, or applying reflective tape to your bike frame or bags. If your commute includes time on trails or poorly lit streets, be sure that your light is strong enough to illuminate your way…many cheaper lights are just designed to make you visible to other vehicles. Visit the BikePGH website for a complete list of regional bike shops that can help you properly outfit your bicycle. http://bikepgh.org/shops. Read more about bicycle lighting options here: https://www.bikelightdatabase.com/faq

Stay Off the Phone!

And whether you are walking, biking or driving, keep your phone in your pocket! Texting or reading is extremely distracting during any mode of transportation and extremely dangerous.