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 By Austin Vaught    News    February 20, 2018 

Mt. Washington establishes new business advisory council

A new business advisory council sponsored by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) will look to strengthen the connection between the community and its local businesses. The new business advisory council, which was announced...

 

Coghill priorities are opioid crisis, youth and new Division 4

Top priorities for newly-elected District 4 councilman Anthony Coghill include tackling opioids, revitalizing local business districts, improving youth athletics, and restoring the local public works division. Mr. Coghill attended his first...

 

MWCDC explains finances, where the money was used

Board members of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) provided insights into the organization's financial records and operations at a meeting last week at 608 Virginia...

 

Group discusses opioid epidemic, gerrymandering at November forum

Zone 3 community relations Officer Christine Luffey kicked off the November meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group with holiday advice on avoiding becoming a victim. “Be vigilant. This is the holiday season. “Thefts from vehicle...

 

Controller examines MWCDC finances

City of Pittsburgh controller Michael Lamb said there is no evidence the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) misused funds following the initial phase of his internal audit of the organization’s financial records. The audit,...

 

St. Basil's school building will be demolished for possible development

The St. Basil's School building in Carrick is now facing demolition as early as December after city officials announced new plans for the property at last week's Carrick Community Council (CCC)...

 

Opioid crisis draws crowd to Carrick for answers to epidemic

A new coalition staffed with multiple city and health officials introduced strategies for reining in the opioid problem at one of the most well-attended Carrick block watch meetings in recent months. More than 100 neighbors filled the Concord K5...

 

Mount library renovations to begin after Carrick finished

Major changes are in store for the Mount Washington Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, including handicapped-accessibility, a new HVAC system, and an improved interior design. The new renovations and an estimated timeline were discussed...

 

Dairy District success leads to changes from community feedback

Carrick Community Council (CCC) members gathered in the Concord K5 auditorium last Tuesday to hear the latest updates on the Dairy District and other community development initiatives. The meeting ope...

 

Carrick updated on crime reports

Carrick residents were updated on a recent armed robbery and several drug arrests in the community at October’s meeting of the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch in the Concord K5 auditorium on Brownsville Road. Block watch organizer Carol Anthony...

 

MWCDC introduces board candidates, explains financials

Mount Washington residents heard from the ten candidates vying for five board seats in the upcoming Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) board election scheduled to take place this October. At last week’s community forum,...

 

Drug overdoses impacting the way police can respond

Carrick residents learned about the local impact of the national opioid epidemic from Pittsburgh Police narcotics detective Calvin Kennedy at last week’s Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch meeting. Overdose statistics, recognizing opioids, and...

 

Drug overdoses continue to be a problem in Carrick

Details surrounding July’s overdoses and drug arrests were presented by police at last Monday’s Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch meeting in the Zion Church basement on Brownsville Road. Twelve overdoses occurred in Carrick and two in Overbook...

 

Block watch reviews violent crimes, prepares for next neighborhood blitz

Additional information about a recent shooting in Carrick and details on several of last month’s criminal incidents were presented by police at last Monday’s Carrick / Overbook Crime Watch meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium. Police are still...

 

Carrick near top in opioid overdoses in city neighborhoods

Opioid overdoses continue to climb in Carrick as the neighborhood is on pace to triple last year’s total and currently has the second most opioid-related incidents out of all city neighborhoods in 2017. The statistics, provided by Pittsburgh...

 

MWCDC moving to new digs in May

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) is moving to a new home inside of Haven Heights Methodist Church on Virginia Avenue to make way for a souvenir shop that is expected to open in its current Shiloh Street location...

 

South Pittsburgh leads city in fatal drug overdoses

The impact of ongoing opiate abuse and drug-related crimes on Carrick and other South Pittsburgh neighborhoods was addressed at this month’s Carrick / Overbrook Crime Watch meeting last Monday in the Concord K5 auditorium. The Zone 3 monthly crime...

 

Upcoming park amenities refined in community process

The second in a series of community feedback meetings involving a $1.5 million redesign of McKinley Park took place last Thursday in the McKinley Activities Center at 900 Delmont Avenue in Beltzhoover. The focus was on new amenities and stormwater...

 

Historic districts in Carrick identified

March’s Carrick Community Council (CCC) meeting covered several topics including a historic survey of Carrick, Section 8 public housing, a new construction project in the Verizon building on Brownsville Road, and a pop-up art installation...

 

Police ask for volunteers for program in Carrick

Zone 3 police are seeking community volunteers for a new pilot program that will help document and map the locations of all surveillance cameras within the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The concept was presented to the Carrick community by Zone 3...

 

Burgh's Eye View shows city data streams on web map

Carrick residents can learn about criminal incidents, check on the status of 311 reports, and even rent city facilities thanks to Burgh's Eye View, a city website that presents multiple city data...

 

McKinley Park concepts and timeline outlined to community for feedback

Initial concepts and a timeline for the redesign of McKinley Park were presented at the first in a series of community feedback meetings last Wednesday at the McKinley Park shelter on Delmont Avenue...

 

Project Lifesaver could help responders locate missing people

A new program to help emergency responders quickly locate missing people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, or brain injuries was presented at January’s Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium. Project...

 

Carrick/Overbrook hears recap of safety issues, Big Brothers, Sisters

Food and gifts donated from more than 40 local businesses accompanied this month’s crime update as the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch celebrated its annual holiday party last Monday in the Concord K5 cafeteria on Brownsville Road. Prior to the...

 

CCC elects board members, hears of new transit changes

Three board nominees were elected prior to a presentation on Port Authority’s changes for 2017 at last Monday’s Carrick Community Council (CCC) meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium. Board nominees Rich Dervin, Linda Donahue, and Sherry Loy...

 

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