2008 Wilkinsburg Community Day a great success!

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Wilkinsburg Community Day is an annual event sponsored by the Wilkinsburg Borough Council and the Parks and Recreation Committee. The weather was perfect and the event provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the wonderful revitalization of our neighborhood. This year’s event was one of the most successful in the last few years and really showed the great diversity of our community. Crowds of 200 or more showed a marked improvement over past Community Day events. The day was jam-packed with activities and vendor booths.

All of Wilkinsburg Borough’s departments were involved in all of the events. The Wilkinsburg Police Department, led by Chief Ophelia Coleman and her staff, ran children’s activities that included a bike rodeo and bike, helmet and bookbag raffle, where 29 bikes and 29 bookbags loaded with school supplies went home with the winners. The bikes and boo bags were purchased with funds from the Wilkinsburg Weed and Seed Quality of Life grant.

The Wilkinsburg Fire Department, led by Chief Owen McAfee and his staff, gave tours of their trucks, provided safety information to children on what to do in case of a fire, and provided Kid IDs. They also got many of our residents involved in the Battle of the Barrel event, which was a lot of fun and also cooled everyone down.

Eastern Area Ambulance Service provided medical services and blood pressure monitoring.

DJ Bobby B and Royal Tribe Music provided music.

The children got a chance to have fun in the three inflatables that were located in the parklet. The Wilkinsburg School District was a sponsor of the Moonwalk that the children absolutely loved. The school district also had a vendor spot that gave out information on their new Pre-K Counts program and some giveaways.

Mayor John Thompson sponsored a “Biker Bash and Car Cruise” which had 15-20 bikers that rode through the borough and let the children get a look at the bikes and classic cars up close and personal.

The third annual Wilkinsburg Idol expanded to include dancers and singers this year. The judges, Mayor John Thompson, LaTonya Washington, Wilkinsburg School District Board President, and Michael Lefebvre, had a tough decision on picking a winner with the many talented performers.

This year’s event was sponsored by many local businesses and who are appreciated for all that they do in the community. Sponsors included: Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy, CCAC – Boyce Campus, Hosanna House, Magee Women’s Hospital, Metro Family Practice, Milestone, Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh Dry Cleaners, Save A Lot, Steel City Vacuum, and the Village at Pennwood. Several other organizations provided much-needed donations including volunteers that helped in making the day a success. They included the Wilkinsburg GetGo, Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, Wilkinsburg Beverage Company, Wilkinsburg School District and Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority.

Be sure to join us next year for another great time!

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