Mon. 09/26, 7PM – GPPNA Annual Meeting & Election
Do you wonder about flooding in our neighborhood?
Are you curious about why there are so many water issues which require digging up our streets? Does your basement flood when it rains?
Come talk with some of the experts in the field. Brenda Smith (Executive Director of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association) and a representative from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will help us figure out what we can do as individuals and as a community to address these issues.
Join us for a presentation and discussion about stormwater issues facing our neighborhood.
Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, 7:00 pm
Waverly Presbyterian Church Social Hall
(Corner of S. Braddock & Forbes Aves.)
*Refreshments will be served.*
7:00 Doors open/Refreshments
7:30 Presentation and discussion
8:30 GPPNA Annual Meeting:
- Review of the past year’s activities and plans for the coming year.
- Board Elections — there are four 2-year spots open for the GPPNA Board of Directors.
To vote, you must be a paid up member of GPPNA. You can join or renew your membership that evening.
View GPPNA bylaws and read board candidate biographies on the “Join GPPNA” page of our our website www.parkplaceblog.com.
Whether you are new-to-the-neighborhood, a long time resident, home-owner or renter, GPPNA member or not…EVERYONE is welcome at this annual neighborhood event
CANDIDATE BIOS FOR GPPNA ELECTION
I love living in Park Place. My husband and I bought a duplex on S Braddock Ave in 1995. After 13 years, a large dog, and 3 growing boys, we decided we needed to move… next door. We have been converting a 4 unit into a single family house since 2008. Living on South Braddock Ave for 16 years, one of my ongoing concerns is pedestrian safety and our traffic issues.
A lot of my time is spent being a mom and the coordinator of the Neelyhouse. My work hours are spent as print designer for the Software Engineering Institute at CMU. My specialty is taking complex print information and making it easy to understand.
I look forward to contributing to the work of the GPPNA Board: supporting the neighborhood programs and events; helping build a sense of community between neighbors; addressing particular issues of the neighborhood; providing effective communications; and empowering residents to work together to improve Park Place.
I am a founding member of GPPNA and have served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors since 2006. In that capacity, I have worked to standardize meeting minutes and improve record-keeping for the organization in a way that will institutionalize knowledge so that it may be handed off to future board members in a coherent and organized way. In addition, I have had the primary responsibilty for sending out the Park Place Update for the last several years.
I have been involved in the planning and execution of a number of GPPNA events, most significantly the first three homeowner workshops organized with the CDCP and other East End neighborhoods. For the past two years, I have provided more of a support role with the larger events as I was working on a Master’s of Public Policy & Management (MPPM) degree while continuing to work full-time as the Associate Director of the Conflict of Interest Office at the University of Pittsburgh. I have also represented GPPNA at a City-sponsored S.A.F.E. Neighbhorhood conference and joined the PPND’s Safe Neighborhood Network. Now that I have finished my program, I am eager to spend more time making Park Place even more amazing than it already is!
A neighborhood resident and home owner for over 10 years, you may know my name from the parkplaceblog.com web site that I currently manage.
I am interested in being on the board for the neighborhood association because I wish to help make our community stronger, continuing down the path of improvement it has been on for the last several years.
I believe that to become a stronger community, we need to draw on the talents of our diverse community members and come together as strong advocates with a vision, guided by our individual strengths and unified under a common purpose.
Our neighborhood’s future is largely of our own making and will continue to be so as long as we do not cede that right to outside interests. I wish to have our community define our own direction for planning and development, and to have the community become its own best advocate in all matters related to it, including zoning, schools, redevelopment, and safety issues.
As a certified project manager with many years experience in electronic media communications, I can help build out some of the infrastructure helpful to those goals.