Jingle Twinkle 2020: Greenfield Lights Up!

✨ ❄️ The Greenfield Community Association is proud to present Greenfield Jingle Twinkle 2020, a FREE online holiday event hosted on our Facebook page.

2020 has been a hard year. We all need a little cheer to brighten our nights so 📸 join us in submitting a picture or video of your outdoor holiday decorations. Neighbors can vote on their favorite decorations and winners will get bragging rights for a year. (No prizes will be given, this is just for fun 🙂.)

❇️ When to post – NOW until December 28, 2020
❇️ Submit your entry by sharing your photo/video to our Facebook event page (under the Discussion tab). Please keep all posts “G Rated”.
❇️ Include which category you would like to enter.
Categories:
Simple and Beautiful
Vintage Decor
Creative Inflatables
Traditionally Elegant
Show Stopper

Neighbors can vote by liking a Facebook post.

🏆 The pictures/videos with the most likes in each category will be crowned “Greenfield Jingle Twinkle Palace 2020”. The houses will be featured on the GCA website, Facebook page and newsletter and give the winners bragging rights for a year! GCA will announce the winners on Dec 29, 2020.

🟢 More fun 🟢
Driving/walking map of the decorations:
The GCA will create a Google map of the houses so you can enjoy some fun driving or walking the neighborhood.

Submit your house here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScaDd4xL4AJbS…/viewform

🧣🧤Put on some holiday music, grab a hot chocolate and start a new tradition.

Here’s a link to the event on our Facebook page –> https://www.facebook.com/events/696696847948982

Greenfield Portal Holiday Lights 2020

Drive Up Food Distributions, Nov & Dec 2020

During the months of November and December 2020 the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will hold drive-up food distributions to provide individuals and families with at least 50 pounds of food in one or more pre-packed boxes.

Anyone is eligible for food. There is no required proof of eligibility.

Each household must complete a reservation to receive food. Your information will only be used to provide you food and help us improve your service.

To make a reservation, go online to https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/drive-up/ or call the Food Bank at 412-460-3663, ext. 456.

Reservations open 4 weeks before each event and close at 5 p.m. the day before the distribution.

Click here to download the flyer including event calendar and locations for Drive-Up Food Distributions this fall.


City of Pittsburgh Trick Or Treat Info

Jack O’Lanterns (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Every year the City of Pittsburgh issues a press release with information on Trick or Treating date and times. This year’s release includes guidelines for the COVID pandemic.

See the press release here. It is also quoted below:

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 5, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh welcomes upcoming trick-or-treating this Halloween but urges residents to follow safety protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The official trick-or-treating hours will be 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, but following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention many behaviors will have to change this year. 

Residents are urged to: 

  • Trick-or-treat only with family members 
  • Wear cloth facemasks as well as Halloween masks 
  • Carry hand sanitizer 
  • Distribute candy by leaving it outside, and not have in-person and face-to-face interactions at the door 
  • Follow social distancing on sidewalks, and when approaching homes where others are getting candy 
  • Not attend indoor costume parties 

Like any other year, motorists are asked to be especially vigilant on Halloween night, decrease speeds and increase awareness of trick-or-treating children and families. 


Ronald Street Garden: Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers clear the Ronald Street garden, 24 Oct 2020 (photo by David Cashmere)

26 October 2020

From David Cashmere, GCA Board member and Public Spaces Committee, 26 October 2020:

The GCA-Public Spaces Committee wants to thank and recognize all the volunteers who helped this year. It was fantastic to work with familiar and new volunteers! Considering the Covid circumstances we were always pleasantly surprised by community involvement.

The timing was excellent this month to pull these gardens and prepare the local green spaces for Spring. We can’t wait for the Spring Blooms of 2021.

Good Job Greenfield!

— David Cashmere, GCA
Ronald Street Garden, ready for winter, 24 Oct 2020 (photo by David Cashmere)

Mon-Oakland Connector Zoom Meeting, Oct 21, 6-8p

screenshot from Feb 2018 Mon-Oakland Connector presentation

On Wed. October 21, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm there will be a virtual public meeting about the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project.

As many of you know, this is a massive tax-payer-funded project ($20+ million) affecting Greenfield and the surrounding neighborhoods so we encourage all to join, if only to hear what the City and residents have to say.

If anyone has comments or questions please voice them during the public comment period.

Register here for the link to join this virtual meeting.


Irvine Garden: Great Year!

From David Cashmere, GCA Board member and Public Spaces Committee, 18 October 2020:

Thank you, everyone, for your gardening efforts again this year. From the 1st planting to yesterday’s pullout the Irvine garden always looked great.

This is a pivotal intersection for travel to and from Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods. I do believe having this space colorful, neat and orderly does lift spirits as folks pass by. Even if they do not realize it I think it generates peace and calm to anyone looking at it!

The team yesterday was fantastic and we wrapped up by 11:30. In addition to the pullout we also planned for next year with tree pruning (thank you Ed!) and planting new bulbs (great job Jose & Jose).

— David Cashmere, GCA

Greenfield Bridge Reopened Early

Greenfield Bridge and fall colors, 13 Oct 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

When the Greenfield Bridge closed for maintenance on September 21 we expected the closure to last 30 days. Fortunately work was completed ahead of schedule and the bridge reopened on the weekend of October 10-11.

Tuesday’s beautiful weather and fall colors made for a pleasant walk on October 13.


Virtual Halloween Costume Contest, Sponsored by Kanai’s, Oct 17-30

It’s hard to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 but Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home of Greenfield came up with a great idea. They are hosting a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest, October 17-30.

Winners will be determined by “Likes” on the submitted photos. Here’s how to enter as described on Kanai’s Facebook page:

Trick-or-Treating may not be an option during this difficult time of social-distancing, but that doesn’t mean our Halloween spirit has to be put on hold. Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home invites you to join us in a Virtual Costume Contest. Have a little Halloween fun while staying safely at home. This is a FREE event. Submit your entry by sharing your photo to the event page (under the Discussion tab) and let us know which category you would like to enter. Submissions will be accepted between October 17th and October 30th. Winners will be determined by the numbers of likes on the photo – so make sure to tell your friends about it! The winners will be officially announced on Halloween on the Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home Facebook page.

Costume Categories:

* Best Ages 1-5

* Best Ages 6-11

* Best Ages 12-17

* Most Creative

* Best Group

* Best Couple

* Funniest

* Scariest

The Fine Print: Prizes will be available for contact-free pick-up through the first week of November. Winners must be residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Area, but anyone is welcome to submit a photo for the fun of it!

Prizes and sponsors for each category will be announced throughout September.

Find out more at Kanai’s Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/cwPN86GZb


Thank You To Our Garden Volunteers

Ronald Street Garden, early October 2020

The Greenfield public gardens look their best for October.

GCA Public Spaces Committee would like to thank our core team members and all the new volunteers for their wonderful efforts this year.

Your time and dedication is so appreciated!