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.
With a heavy heart – and an angry one – I’m writing about an anti-Semitic crime here in Highland Park. On Monday night, the second night of Hanukkah, a swastika was painted on someone’s home and their car windshield was smashed. One of the things I love most about our neighborhood is that it’s small enough that we really feel like a community. The HPCC is committed to making our neighborhood welcoming to all. We hope that everyone will join us in this mission. Please speak out against acts of hate and words of intolerance. But also, let’s go one step further and commit to living with our neighbors in peace. Period. It doesn’t matter which faith people believe in (or if they don’t subscribe to one), the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their gender identification, their age, their abilitities, their political affiliation, or their ethnicity. It doesn’t matter if we think they’re cranky, loud, or don’t keep up their yard. We are all neighbors: working, caring for family, and struggling to pay bills, and keep healthy, and not lose our minds in this crazy world. We are all coping, whether it’s with stress, loss, anxiety, depression, loneliness or fear. We are all just trying to get by. Together, we can make a difference, starting by being neighborly. In this season of holidays – Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa – we want you all to know peace and joy, safety and comfort, in your homes, our community, and in this great, wide world.
Please join us on November 18 for the monthly HPCC Community meeting. The PWSA (Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority) will be back – this time to share information and answer questions about our growing stormwater program, which includes information about the pending stormwater fee.
We will also have our regular update from the Zone 5 Police Department and updates from the HPCC on recent and upcoming events.
What: November HPCC Community Meeting
When: November 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register: You MUST Register in advance for this 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 our membership management system. Please only register once.
Schedule: 3:00 – Riverview 3:20 – Break 3:30 – Highland – Marlana Adele Vassar and Ryan Swanson of Urban Conga will each present for 10 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A 4:10 – Break 4:20 – Emerald View
On Oct 17, the neighborhood welcomed crisp fall weather and the HPCC’s second annual Pumpkin Patch! Folks of all ages came to enjoy the decorations, choose pumpkins, and pick up grab-and-go Halloween craft packs. Over 75 visitors stopped by including long-time, new, and former residents. You can still stop by the Bryant Street parklet to see the fall decorations.
Donations raised support the HPCC’s activities. Extra pumpkins were distributed to businesses on and near Bryant Street. Special thanks to the volunteers who came down on Saturday for the parklet clean up!