May 2009 Polish Hill Voice available!

The newest edition of the Polish Hill Voice has hit the presses! If you are a Polish Hill Civic Association member, you should be receiving your newsletter very soon. If not, you can download a pdf version of the newsletter here. Recently, there has been some concerns expressed about Adobe Reader. If you are using Vista, then you probably already know that there is a conflict between your operating system and Adobe Reader. For those of you that wish to read the Polish Hill Voice in pdf format, you can check out alternative pdf readers here. Following is an excerpt from the May 2009 issue. Enjoy!

Things to Do at the Polish Hill Civic Association Office
By Leslie Clague

You might have visited the Polish Hill Civic Association office at 3060 Brereton Street—maybe you stop in regularly. Or perhaps you’ve never been in to see us, and don’t see why you would. But Polish Hill residents and friends should be aware that there are a lot of reasons to come in.
Our neighborhood doesn’t have a copy shop, but did you know that you can make copies or send a fax from our office? Here are some of the many ways in which we can be useful to you:
Check out the community bulletin board and the rack of information for seniors and other residents. We have current bus schedules, tax forms, information on city programs, non-profit organizations and more.
We have information on…
how to buy an empty lot adjacent to your building
request a tree for your sidewalk
graffiti removal
the party wall program (to get an exposed party wall repaired)
URA programs
home renovation loans
LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
If you are considering moving to the neighborhood or have a friend who wants to be your neighbor, we can help you to find apartments for rent in the neighborhood (or post an apartment you’re renting).
You can share a concern with us (safety issues, problem properties, or graffiti), or file a 311 complaint.
If you’re interested in the neighborhood’s history, stop in to look at the historic photos and maps of Polish Hill we have on display. By the way, we’re looking for historic photos of the neighborhood and its residents to create a Polish Hill archive. Bring in any family photos you’d like to share and we’ll scan it and return it to you.
Looking to help your neighborhood? Sign up to volunteer for a neighborhood cleanup or other event.
Saturdays are particularly lively, so it’s often a good time to visit with a neighbor, have a cup of coffee or tea and some Sun Chips.
The PHCA hosts Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council-to-Go meetings (6:30 pm, third Wednesday of odd-numbered months), where you can directly make your voice heard and get to know your local representative.
Share garden plants, tools or other items looking for a new home.
Pick up a copy of the Polish Hill Voice newsletter or propose an article—we’re always looking for new contributors.
If you have an event that you’d like to publicize, share the details with us and we’ll help spread the word.
There’s always a different fundraiser going on, so stop in for more information and while you’re in, check out the PHCA store, where you can buy buttons, cookbooks, cards, t-shirts and neighborhood maps.
If you’re still reading this story, you might be an ideal candidate to join the PHCA (only $5 a year), or renew your membership.
Like the neighborhood itself, the PHCA is a friendly place. We know lots of people and have access to lots of information. Stop in and see us sometime!

Office hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m. 412.681.1950. Email