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Blackridge Road Block Party

The weather was perfect on August 21, as 50 Blackridge Road neighbors and friends converged “on the top of the hill” for the return of the annual Blackridge Road Block Party. Neighbors and friends, some of whom were meeting for the first time, socialized, reminisced about the street and shared delicious dishes prepared by neighbors. Many Blackridge Road residents had been surprised to find a flier in their doors for the return of the annual Blackridge Road Block Party. Blackridge Road newcomers’ Kristy and Erik Graybill helped to organize the party with the assistance of Nancy and Peter Del Presto and several other neighbors. Many Blackridge Road neighbors are now looking forward to the annual event next summer.

Blackridge Park Complete!

by Melanie Szigethy

The final phase of the Blackridge Park renovation is complete! After 11 months of planning the stage and sun shelter are the final feature to be added to the park renovation project. Did you know that over 20 neighbors pitched in to complete this project? The design and planning committee (Judy and Tony Schryer, Winn Dunmyer, Joe DeStefano, and myself) led by architect and neighbor Paula Maynes finalized plans and ordered the Sun Port shade structure this past winter. Neighbor, Evan Rowles, P.E., structural engineer from Atlantic Engineering Service , Inc. completed the structural analysis for the building permit for the Borough of Churchill. Neighbor, Dan Duerring introduced me to the amazing work crew and professionals at Stanford Home Center and assisted with the building permit application. The Stanford crew put in long hours to build the stage and install the sun shade. They worked on the hottest and most humid days this summer to complete the job in time for the exceptional Harold Betters concert. Thanks to Mike and Maralynn Lee and the use of their truck we were able to load and unload mulch donated by the Churchill Borough. And the Blackridge ground crew cleared the proper foundation for all of this to take place; the expert woodsmen are: Tom Trimbur, Chris Leudde and Chris Morris, assistance provided by Ailish Leudde, Gretchen Morris and Burris Esplen. Engineering expertise provided by Chuck Danley, Joe DeStefano, Tony and Judy Schryer and Xavier Szigethy for installation of the canopy. And a special thanks to Ashlee Esplen, Heather Lum and Michele Greenawalt for moral support and child care throughout the entire process! In five short years the park has been transformed and I have had the pleasure of meeting some incredible neighbors in Blackridge. Thank you! — Melanie

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