FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Shadyside to Light Up Green for the Holidays
PITTSBURGH – Tonight, the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce will be flipping the switch on new LED globe lights to canopy over Walnut Street. The new lighting, which is funded by UPMC and Councilman Bill Peduto, will be part of a “green holiday” season in Shadyside. Light Up Night festivities, presented by First Niagara Bank will feature an a cappella singing group, hot cocoa, extended shopping hours, store promotions and a new or gently used toy collection, as well as a presence from a number of local green non-profits.
In addition to the new light installation, visitors to Shadyside will enjoy numerous free Parking options. The Bellefonte Parking Garage and street parking meters are free on Fridays (after 4:00pm) and all day Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Liberty School parking lot (entrance located on Ivy Street off of Ellsworth Avenue) has free parking on Saturdays and Sundays that provides easy access to both Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue.
“This beautiful ‘green’ addition to Shadyside is going to be a benefit to the entire neighborhood,” said Councilman Peduto. “The Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in making Shadyside a citywide leader in environmental responsibility.”
“As part of the Shadyside community, we applaud and are happy to support the Chamber’s collective efforts to enhance our neighborhood’s beauty and warmth for our own residents as well as for the many visitors to Shadyside during the holiday season,” said Sean Logan, Vice President – Community Relations, UPMC.
It will be a great community event. “First Niagara is proud to sponsor Shadyside’s Light Up Night, which promises to be an exciting and fun event. With our new location in the Shadyside, First Niagara looks forward to becoming an integral part of the Shadyside community and all its activities,” said Christey Browne, Shadyside Branch Manager of First Niagara Bank.
Gently used or new toys, including, books, games, puzzles and sports equipment will be collected that evening and through January 6th at First Niagara Bank (810 South Aiken Avenue) and donated to several local charities including The East End Cooperative Ministries, The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, Family House, The Shadyside Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army. “This is a great way to have the children in the community, participate in the spirit of giving,” said Richard Rattner, Shadyside Chamber of Commerce President.
WHAT: Shadyside Light Up Night
WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 6::15 PM
WHERE: Walnut Street Parklet (Across from Apple Store)
Contact: Katy Caliguiri (412-953-5844)
Dan Gilman (412-600-3696)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
By: Dan Gilman