The loss of Jim Ferlo is felt near and far

One of the first things my new neighbors wanted to tell me about when I moved in four years ago was that we’d just had our street paved, thanks to Jim Ferlo, the former state senator who lived on the block. When the blossoms from the tall trees growing on the Fulton school property filled the air with the scent of spring, other folks nearby were quick to credit Jim for working with the school to have them planted. During the HPCC community meeting where people shared their stories about building the Super Playground, I laughed along with the gang describing Jim’s insistence on being the one who got to drive the backhoe. I remember noticing his name on the sign in the window of the building on the corner of Bryant and N. Saint Clair, noting his involvement with the team responsible for Bryant St.’s evolution.

Now that Jim has passed way, I’m learning just how much of a mark he left, not only on my block and Highland Park but across the state and beyond. I only knew him as a neighbor who was quick with a wave and happy for a short chat on the sidewalk. Our condolences to his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who had the privilege to know him for much longer than I and who are mourning his loss.

Nancy Gohring, HPCC newsletter editor

HPCC Social Community Meeting at the Bryant Street Parklet

Thursday, May 19 at 7pm

This month the HPCC is hosting a special social meeting!  Join us at 7 pm at the Bryant Street Parklet, Thursday May 19, and you’ll be treated to cookies from Food Glorious Food, appetizers from Casa Brasil, and other refreshments.  Come meet your neighbors, check out the new park bench, hear some HPCC updates, and enjoy the treats in our lovely community parklet.  

We’ll also be drawing the winner of the Healthy Ride bike raffle. Winners get a repurposed bike and a brand new bike helmet.  To enter, send an email to with your name and phone number, and “Bike Raffle” in the subject line BY NOON that day, or enter at the meeting. You do not need to be present to win. One entry per person and Highland Park residents only, please.

Highland Park Yard Sale, Bryant Street Festival, and Sidewalk Chalk-a-Palooza: June 3-5

Mark your calendar for June 3 – 5!

Sidewalk Chalk-a-Palooza: June 3 – 5

Decorate your sidewalks and driveways this weekend so folks can enjoy them during the Yard Sale on Sunday morning – and be sure to send pics of your creations to so we can share them with the community! Sidewalk chalk will be available for free starting mid-afternoon on Friday June 3 (while supplies last) at the following locations: 

  • Bryant Street Parklet (Bryant & N. Euclid)
  • Farmhouse Playground
  • Highland Park main entrance
  • Stanton Ave. Tennis Courts (6701 Stanton Ave)

Highland Park Yard Sale:   Sunday, June 5th at 9 a.m.

The 2022 Highland Park neighborhood-wide yard sale returns to the first Sunday in June this year! This annual event attracts hundreds of visitors to Highland park and is a great way to find a new home for your unused treasures. Register hereto include your sale in the neighborhood-wide listing. HPCC Members will receive a $5 discount off of the $15 fee when registering! To receive the discount, log into your HPCC account when you visit the yard sale registration page. If you would like to join the HPCC, you can do so on our website.  Registration closes May 30th.

If you have any questions about the yard sale, please email Jason at you have questions about membership, please email Sabrina at
Bryant Street Festival: Sunday, June 5th at noon to 4 p.m.

Bryant Street from Highland to North St. Clair will be closed for festivities, including food, vendors, and live music. If you’re a local vendor or organization and would like a booth, if you don’t have a place to sell yard items and want to reserve a table at the “flea market”, or if you have a band that’s interested in performing, please email Bob at

Donate today to support your favorite neighborhood activities! 

The HPCC brings you these events and others, but it’s only possible with your generous support. Join or donate today by visiting

Super Playground Mosaic Making – NEW LOCATION!

Excited about the new Super Playground being rebuilt in Highland Park? The updated playground will also be getting a community mosaic sign at its entrance, created by the Pittsburgh Glass Center in collaboration with community members. We invite you to make a flower to be included on the sign! 

There will be two mosaic flower-making events this upcoming weekend, May 14th & 15th, 1-4pm at the Farmhouse Playground.

Note the updated location! Previously these events were planned for the Highland Park fountain area but they have been moved to the Farmhouse Playground.  See you there!

Healthy Ride Bike Raffle – Win a bike!

The HPCC is raffling off 14 retired Healthy Ride bikes – the signage, locking mechanism, and electronics have been removed. Each bike will come with a new bike helmet, generously donated by Mary Beth Van Fleet, HPCC Board member and owner of Gallery Ama.

To be entered in the raffle, email with BIKE RAFFLE as the Subject. Include your name and phone number in the email. Highland Park residents only, please.

Winners will be drawn at the May 19th HPCC Community Meeting. This meeting is a social at the Bryant Street Parklet starting at 7 pm. There will be drinks and snacks. You do not need to attend to win but we hope you’ll join us!