HPCC January Virtual Community Meeting – Thursday, 1/20 at 7pm

Happy New Year, Highland Park! The January 2022 community meeting will be held online via Zoom. This month, in addition to the regular cast of characters, we have two guest speakers:

  • Jourdan Hicks will briefly introduce us to PublicSource, a platform for community storytelling in Pittsburgh.
  • PWSA staff will present proposed upgrades to the Bruecken Pump Station which is at the end of Washington Boulevard by the river. They are looking for community feedback before going before the Art Commission. These upgrades are part of the Water Reliability Plan that PWSA provided a presentation about at an HPCC Community Meeting last fall.

What: January HPCC Community Meeting

When: January 20, 2022 7:00 Eastern Time

Registration: You MUST register in advance for the meeting by clicking this link.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What: January HPCC Community Meeting When: January 20, 2022 7:00 Eastern Time Registration: You MUST register in advance for the meeting by clicking this link.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Note: You may also receive an invitation via the HPCC ListServ.  Please register only once. 

Hello Neighbor Holiday Drive

Hello Neighbor (https://www.helloneighbor.io/) is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee and immigrant families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.  Hello Neighbor will be resettling up to 250 refugees, immigrants and Afghan Humanitarian Parolees in the upcoming year. 

In support of its ongoing work, the Highland Park Community Council is again partnering with St. Andrew’s for a holiday collection for Hello Neighbor.  Hello Neighbor has asked for Cleaning Welcome Kits for their new families – see flier for details. Donations can be dropped off at the bin on the porch of the parish house at St. Andrews Church (5801 Hampton Street), through January 9.

HPCC Special Meeting, Thur 12/16 at 7pm: Community Dialogue on Countering Anti-Semitism

On the second night of Chanukah, a home in Highland Park was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti and the homeowner’s car windscreen was smashed.  While all the necessary calls to law enforcement were made (and the perpetrator is being sought), many of us are still processing the fact that this hate crime happened in our neighborhood. 

Join us for a community dialogue and information session led by Maggie Feinstein, Executive Director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership.  The 10.27 Healing Partnership was created in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting to support community members in the aftermath of the attack as well as other victims of hate crimes. This meeting is public and intended for community members. To respect people’s privacy, it will not be recorded and should be considered “off the record.”

For more information on their services and resources, click here:  https://1027healingpartnership.org/
At this meeting, we’ll make space to share information, process the emotional and communal impact of this horrific act, and imagine how we as neighbors can show up for each other when things like this happen.  We’re making plans to follow up this initial conversation with a formal training on how to be an ally and build resilience in our neighborhood mid-January – so stay tuned for that! 

What:  Community Dialogue and Info Session
When:  Thurs. Dec 16, 7-8pm

Who:  Maggie Feinstein, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, together with HP neighbor Helen Blier

Where: Zoom – Register in advance for this meeting here:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElce2hpzgiH9ZkNRwiq7HAccHRVhSuY1eF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We are all in this together, friends.  The measure of a neighborhood is not whether awful things like this happen because they can happen everywhere – what matters is the way the neighbors step up and respond when they do. 

Hope to see you next Thursday.

Tonight is Light-Up Night!

It’s a beautiful day for Light-Up Night! Join your neighbors from 5 to 7 tonight in admiring holiday lights around the neighborhood. Some businesses will offer specials and some homes will offer refreshments. See below for details as well as the map of homes with notable displays. The HPCC will also be providing maps at the Bryant St. Parklet. Hope to see you out there!

Showing Solidarity in the Wake of Anti-Semitic Crimes

Since posting our response to Monday’s anti-Semitic crimes in Highland Park, many folks have reached out to the HPCC sharing their concern and asking for additional ways they can show their solidarity with Jewish neighbors. What a heartening response! To that end, the HPCC encourages people to put pictures of menorahs in their front windows to make the point that hate will not be tolerated in Highland Park. This effort was suggested by a neighbor who was inspired by another community’s response when something similar happened, as described in the book, The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate.

https://www.adl.org/education/educator-resources/childrens-literature/the-christmas-menorahs-how-a-town-fought-hate

Paper menorahs can be purchased locally at Target. Alternatively, here is a black and white menorah coloring sheet. Thank you, neighbors, for showing your concern and stepping up!