Call for Nominations! Greenfield Community Awards

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Now’s the time to nominate outstanding Greenfield residents and businesses to honor at the 31st annual Greenfield Community Awards this November.

The 2016 Greenfield Community Awards Dinner will be held on
– Saturday, November 12th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at
– Wuerl Hall, Saint Rosalia Church

CALL FOR CANDIDATES!  Awards will be presented to Greenfield residents and businesses in the following categories:

  • Person of the Year
  • Community Service
  • Special Recognition
  • Youth Recognition (11th/ 12th Grades)
  • Hall of Fame
  • Business of the Year

Nominations should include the following candidate information:

  • Category
  • Candidate’s Name
  • Brief summary of service and accomplishments

SEND NOMINATIONS TO:

email: awards@gcapgh.org
Mail: Jim Gregg at 829 Kennebec Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Hurry!  The entry deadline is September 19, 2016.


Flood in The Run, August 28

Flash flood caused by sewer overflow in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

On Sunday evening, 28 August 2016, a stationary thunderstorm dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain in the Pittsburgh area causing combined sewer overflow and flash floods in a number of neighborhoods.  The Run, in lower Greenfield, was particularly hard hit.

Ray Gerard sent photos by Justin Macey and wrote:

As you may have heard, this past Sunday’s rainstorm brought a great deal of flooding to The Run … again.

Many folks cars were underwater, two people (1 adult & 1 child) had to be rescued by firefighters, and for some long term residents living near St John Chrysostom Church, for the first time in their memory, inches of water came up through their basement floors/sewers. This has traditionally been one of a couple of small areas devoid of water damage when it floods, due to a bit of higher ground.

Here are some pictures from Sunday, taken by Justin Macey.  Of course there are many, many more pictures and pretty dramatic video clips as well.

Keep in mind that this flooding is not just water but also sewage.

In the photos below, a father and son were stranded in their car as the floodwaters rose. Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Another view of the flood.

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

And here’s one source of the floodwater.

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

 

(photos by Justin Macey)


National Night Out in Greenfield: Tuesday August 2

National Night Out logo, 2016

Mark your calendars for National Night Out at:

BUD HAMMER PLAYGROUND
BIGELOW AND BRISTOL STREETS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2
5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Bring the whole family. Meet your neighborhood public safety officials.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, treats, crafts and games.  The kids will love the FIRE TRUCKS, POLICE CARS, AND MORE!

Click here to download the flyer.

National Night Out 2014, Hammer Field in Greenfield

National Night Out 2014, Hammer Field in Greenfield


When It Rains Hard, The Run Floods

What happens in The Run (lower Greenfield) when it rains hard?

On June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh got more than half an inch of rain in 15 minutes — and nearly an inch in 24 hours.  This was too much for the combined sewer system that carries both storm water and sewage. The sewers made geysers in The Run.

Patrick Gula recorded the video above. Tommy D’Andrea took photos.

The Sewer Geyser begins underneath the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser begins, 16 June 2016, under the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Yow!  This has to be fixed.

 

(photos by Tommy D’Andrea, video by Patrick Gula)


Greenfield Bridge Construction seen from Schenley Park

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

Across the chasm of the Parkway East, the beginnings of the new Greenfield Bridge can be seen from the Schenley Park on June 12, 2016.

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

View of Greenfield Bridge construction from Greenfield Road in Schenley Park, 12 June 2016

 

The bridge workers have a motto:

"Pavement Rulez"

“Pavement Rulez”

 

(photos by Kate St. John)


Greenfield Glide Results, 5 June 2016

The Greenfield Glide begins, 5 June 2016

The Greenfield Glide begins, 5 June 2016

Race day was a little wet but everyone was enthusiastic.

Mystery runner #877 came in 34th.  Anyone know who that is?

Race results showing mystery runner #877

Race results showing mystery runner #877


Don’t Forget! Greenfield Glide, June 5

Greenfield Glide photo

Sunday June 5 at 8:30am
5K run/walk starts and ends at Schenley Park Overlook turnaround

REGISTRATION:  On site 7:00a-8:20am — or Online at GreenfieldGlide.com.

SHUTTLE TO THE RACE: Greenfield Elementary School Parking Lot, 1 Alger St, Pgh PA 15207
Shuttle to the Race: 6am to 8 am
Shuttle after the Race: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm


Spring Planting at Ronald Street

Volunteers plant the Ronald Street island, 21 May 2016

Despite the rain (again!) six volunteers turned out to weed and plant the Ronald Street island on Saturday morning, May 21.

Beautiful results!

A job well done by volunteers who planted the Ronald Street island, 21 May 2016

Thanks to Pat Hassett for the photos.


Get Ready for The Greenfield Glide, June 5!

The Greenfield Glide

The Greenfield Glide

Get ready for the Greenfield Glide!  This 5K race/walk starts and ends at the Schenley Park Overlook turnaround, Sunday June 5 at 8:30am.

On-site registration is open 7:00-8:20am so get there early — or register online at GreenfieldGlide.com.

Do you miss the Greenfield Bridge?  Ride the free Shuttle to the Glide:

SHUTTLE PICKUP: Greenfield Elementary School Parking Lot, 1 Alger St, Pgh PA 15207
Departs School: Beginning at 6am, Last Run at 8 am
Departs Park: Beginning at 10:30 am, Last Run at 12:30 pm

For more information download the Greenfield Glide flyer here.


Spring Plantings In Progress!

GCA Volunteers pause for a photo after planting at Irvine Street (photo by Kate St. John)

GCA Volunteers pause for a photo after planting at Irvine Street (photo by Kate St. John)

Heavy rain didn’t keep these intrepid GCA volunteers from the Spring Planting Event at Irvine Street on Saturday May 14.

It rained hard for more than an hour as we weeded, planted, and mulched at the Pump House on the corner of Irvine Street and Greenfield Avenue.  When the job was done, the sky cleared in time for rewarding coffee and snacks.

Another job well done!

Did you miss this wet event?  Come to a dry one(*) at GCA’s Ronald Street Spring Planting on Saturday May 21 at 9:00am.  Volunteers needed!

 

(*)We’re doing our best to arrange good weather for the May 21st planting.  😉