An introduction to our new newsletter

By Stephanie Walsh

This month the HPCC is proud to introduce a new electronic format for our monthly newsletter. You can view this month’s full newsletter online. This format, plus our new blog, will enable us to provide information in a way that’s timely and easy to access.

What’s new?

  • Events, news, and other info will be posted in real time on the new HPCC blog. Click here to subscribe to blog posts.
  • Each month, blog posts and additional content will be assembled into a single electronic newsletter that will be sent to subscribers and the listserv.
  • HPCC members will begin receiving the newsletter immediately. Anyone else can subscribe here.
  • HPCC postings will be searchable.
  • A new events calendar in the newsletter and on our website will make it easier to keep track of what’s happening: Click here to visit the HPCC events calendar.
  • Over the upcoming months, we’ll be looking for people to contribute to the newsletter. Potential topics include (but aren’t limited to!) Highland Park history, updates from our community’s schools, and local events. Interested? Reach out to

What can you still rely on?

  • The HPCC will provide updates on important happenings in the city and our neighborhood on the listserv and our website.
  • A printed copy of the newsletter will continue to be sent out to community members once a year.

All of the HPCC’s work is made possible by volunteers.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

Please give thanks to some of our volunteers who have given their hearts to supporting our community –

  • Nancy Gohring, new newsletter editor, and Kathleen Paola, new website administrator, for all their work to make HPCC’s communications even more timely and accessible;
  • Monica Watt, outgoing HPCC newsletter editor & former President, whose hard work provided us with (among many other things) gorgeous newsletters for over a decade; and
  • Jake Pawlak, former HPCC website administrator & President, who continues his involvement and is responsible for making the Highland Park Yard Sale a success.

Many thanks to you all!

Onward and upward – – Stephanie Walsh, President HPCC

Update on the Super “Duper” Playground Project

September 27th, 2021 Update:

The final renderings of the new Super Playground design have been released!  Click here to view:


The Highland Park Super Playground renovation project is still underway. The plans for the new playground went before the City’s Art Commission this summer and have been approved with some minor modifications. The City is currently finalizing the construction drawings for the playground design. Updated images of the final designs will be posted on the City’s Engage site soon.

The latest schedule for the playground construction has the current playground remaining open through the fall, with ground breaking on the new construction (and closure of the current playground) likely to begin near the end of the year. Construction will continue through spring 2022.

While the playground is closed, there will be opportunities for the community to participate in the input and creation of mosaic pieces to be installed at the playground. HPCC is working with the Pittsburgh Glass Center on these community art elements. Stay tuned for more information this fall!

Thank you, from St. Andrews

By Becky Marinov

A word of thanks to everyone who donated supplies and money for our annual backpack drive for The Neighborhood Academy. The backpacks were filled and delivered to the school in mid-August. Seventy-five students in grades sixth through twelfth benefitted from the generosity of our Parish and this wonderful Highland Park Community.

Volunteers help out with the backpack drive

With the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, services are changing at St. Andrew’s. We invite you, your friends and family to join us anytime either in person or online. Starting Sunday September 12 we will be offering an 8:00 a.m. service in our Chapel or on the lawn weather permitting. This will be a spoken Eucharist service. This service will not be streamed or available on YouTube.

However, our 10:00 a.m. service with our choir will be available live on Facebook or later that same day on YouTube. In an effort to continue to maintain social distancing we are limiting this service to 50 people. At this service we will be offering Children’s Chapel for children ages 4-9. We will also be offering a service at 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The second Sunday of every month the 5:00 p.m. service will be an Evensong. All other Sundays this will be a forty-five minute contemplative Eucharist featuring a short mediation and time for reflection. At this time we will no longer be doing a first Thursday Evensong service. Finally starting on September 15 at noon we will be offering a service of Holy Eucharist.

Please keep in my mind at this time that only the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service will be available on Facebook or YouTube. Also we are following the CDC guidelines and asking anyone who comes to our services to please wear a mask while inside our buildings even if you are fully vaccinated. Thank you in advance for cooperating so that we can keep our community safe. All are welcome here.

Our outreach activities will continue in the fall with The Crop Walk on Sunday October 10. We are still working on the details of this great event, which benefits hungry people in our community and the world. Check back at our website for more information as more details are finalized. Jazz on the Lawn featuring the Diamante Orchestra is back on Saturday October 16 from 4 to 7. There will be food and crafts. Look for more details soon. Also as you look ahead to October there will be an Organ Spooktacular on Sunday October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 with scary music and trick-or-treating in the Church.

We strive to be a good neighbor. Please don’t hesitate to check out our website,, our Facebook page or our outgoing phone message for more information about our Parish. These are also the best resources for the
most up to date information about our Parish during these ever changing times.

God Bless you and keep you.

Fall Food as Medicine

By Dr. Natalie Gentile

Happy September! It’s time not only for pumpkin flavored and scented everything, but for trying some Fall recipes and in-season ingredients. Possibly the most beautiful thing about fresh fruits and vegetables are the medicinal properties. Let’s talk about fresh produce that can really pack a punch for your health and wellbeing.

This month, lets talk about Fall Fruits


It has been said, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! As a doctor, I’m not sure what to make of that (wink, wink) but in all seriousness this fruit is impressive. Apples are a great source of fiber, especially when you leave the skin on. They are also jam packed with with polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Think immune health, heart health, and gut health.


Cranberries are often seen on our thanksgiving spreads, but these berries can be consumed year round. Whether dried, cooked, or raw, cranberries are another great source of antioxidants. There have been studies showing the powerful effects of cranberries on stopping cancer growth in certain types of cancer, but these studies haven’t been done in humans yet. But it goes to show how scientists recognize the power of the whole fruit and its polyphenols, and are trying to figure out just how far this berry can take your health.


Ok, here’s everybody’s fall favorite. Did you know that pumpkins are a type of fruit? I sure didn’t realize it. Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta carotene (part of what gives it the orange color), which is a powerful antioxidant. Our bodies turn beta carotene into vitamin A, and pumpkin boasts a major source of vitamin A. This vitamin is important in immune system function, especially important during flu and cold season!

Next month, we will talk about Fall vegetables and the 3 B’s: broccoli, beets, and brussel sprouts. Enjoy!