Virtual meeting with Cornell Community Relations, Wednesday August 19, 2020, 7pm

Special topics will include an update on the project to redesign the intersection of Cradit Farm Drive with Pleasant Grove Road and a community discussion about safety for pedestrians and cyclists on the steep section of Pleasant Grove Road between that intersection and the Downstream Bridge. Details to follow.

Virtual meeting with Cornell Community Relations, Tuesday June 9, 7pm

Stay home and hear an update on North Campus construction, including dealing with truck traffic. Also on the agenda will be where things stand on plans for re-opening the campus. Neighbors will be able to raise other topics.

Town of Ithaca Brush Pickup starts April 20th

There will only be one crew working so it may take a few days to get to you. All brush and yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the 20th. Leaves and non-brush yard waste must be in biodegradable paper bags. There will be no call-backs.
See for more details.

Forest Home Spring Cleanup is self-directed this year. Thank you to everyone who has been out there picking up trash. Send email to if you know of a problem area or want to see if there’s an area you can help with.

Upcoming dates

The Town will now start Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup on Monday, April 20.

FHIA’s Spring Cleanup effort is scheduled for Saturday April 18, 9-11am. We usually meet at the park and then spread out to pick up trash along neighborhood roads, etc. More details later on adjustments in light of COVID-19.

Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup begins Monday, April 20 [changed date].

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up yard waste (brush, leaves, pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, and grass clippings). All yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the first day of collection. See for more details.

Practical Conversation about Solar and Heat Pumps POSTPONED
Wednesday March 25, 7pm. Forest Home Chapel

Installing solar panels or a heat pump system can reduce your fossil fuel use, improve energy efficiency, and make your home compliant with increasingly tight building codes. Both technologies are mature, but a mix of regulations, national and state tax incentives, historic homes considerations, and driven salespeople can make the selection and implementation process daunting.

Please join us for an informal discussion with Forest Home neighbors who have recently installed these systems. If you have already taken the plunge, please come and share your experience.

Happy New Year

Best wishes for 2020 to everybody in Forest Home.

Holiday Party, Saturday Dec 14, 5-8pm

Join us for the annual Holiday Party, Saturday Dec. 14, 5-8pm, 127 Warren Road.

Bring your family, something to drink (wine is fine!), and something to eat (either savory or sweet) and we will enjoy an evening of neighborhood cheer together.

Disaster Preparedness Presentation — Nov 19, 6:45-8:30pm at the Forest Home Chapel

Dani Novak from Halcyon Hill has been working with the Red Cross and Pastor Rebecca Dolch at the Chapel to arrange this session.  Hopefully we will never need to use the advice the Red Cross presenters will offer, but it will be useful to get tips from folks with experience of helping people after disaster strikes, just in case.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:45-8:30pm, at the Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca

Disaster Preparedness Presentation
by Maia Kunzmann and Suzann Hensley from the American Red Cross

Among the topics they will discuss are:

possible disaster scenarios,
preparedness kits,
communication plans,
specific advice and tips,
volunteer opportunities.

Flyer from Red Cross (PDF)

About the Citizen Preparedness Corps program (PDF)

Annual Meeting on Tuesday October 22 at 7:30pm

We will meet at the Forest Home Chapel at 7:30 pm on Tuesday October 22.  The agenda will include:

Conservation Challenges for Forest Home’s Forests.

We will be joined by Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas at Cornell Botanic Gardens, to learn about local forest conservation threats and actions. The discussion will include information on local efforts to manage the urban deer population, as well as other emerging forest issues, such as the emerald ash borer and Japanese knotweed. Todd will include information on what home-owners can do on their own property.

Annual Meeting Business

Reports from the President and Treasurer.

[Update:  Reports available online at]

Election of Board for new FHIA year, which runs from Oct 1.

Fall Brush pickup begins Monday October 21

The Town of Ithaca has announced that brush pickup will begin at 7:00AM on Monday, October 21, 2019. See for details.

Also available is the Town of Ithaca’s October Newsletter, which has the brush pickup information and much more. See

Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Road and McIntyre Place to close 9/30 for about two weeks

The Town of Ithaca Public Works has announced that Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Road and McIntyre Place will be closed beginning September 30 for approximately two weeks to replace the guide-rail and for associated road/shoulder work. The road will be closed completely.

Emergency services have been notified that alternate routes must be taken.

The Town hopes to keep the footpath beside/below Forest Home Drive open while they work on the road.