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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...

 

Infrastructure repairs continuing on Mount

Infrastructure repairs along Grandview Avenue and other development projects were discussed by representatives from the Mayor’s Office at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) last Thursday. Grant Gittlen, community and...

 

Director Hissrich addresses block watch on public safety issues

This year’s public safety achievements and the importance of block watch groups were topics on Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich’s agenda when he visited the Carrick Block Watch meeting last Monday. Mr. Hissrich opened the...

 

Crime updates, news of new safety position outlined in Carrick

A monthly crime report, a Big Brothers Big Sisters program overview, and the announcement of a new Zone 3 Public Safety official were all part of this month’s Carrick/Overbrook Crime Watch meeting. Zone 3 officer Christine Luffey opened the...

 

CPR and Narcan training for area police

Overdoses and drug-arrests were once again the primary topic of conversation last Monday at the monthly Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium on Brownsville Road. As a result of the perpetual heroin issues in Carrick...

 

MWCDC members get to hear from candidates seeking board positions

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation’s (MWCDC) annual board candidates’ forum was last Thursday at the Mount Washington Senior Center and residents heard from eight of the candidates hoping to fill six board seats this October....

 

Resident calls help to put drug dealers behind bars in area

As drug issues continue to plague many South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch members are fighting back. Since July 11, several drug arrests were made as a result of information and complaints given by Carrick residents. At...

 

MWCDC monthly forum provides public safety update of the Mount

A neighborhood crime update, an innovative solution to the city’s vacant lots, and an overview of the area’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program were the highlights of this month’s Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC)...

 

Personnel changes at Zone 3 highlighted in block watch meeting

Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch members were informed of several personnel changes within the Zone 3 police that occurred this month. Zone 3 Police Commander Karen Dixon opened the July block watch meeting with an overview of the current state of Zon...

 

'Ambassadors' reclaiming vacant property in the Hilltop

Transforming residents into leaders and vacant lots into green space is the focal point of a local nonprofit that is looking to "reclaim" vacant property through the renewal of a successful community...

 

CPR course, crime updates highlight the Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch

Several Carrick residents participated in a free CPR training course conducted by City of Pittsburgh EMS and UPMC at this month’s Carrick / Overbrook block watch meeting in the Concord K5 gymnasium. The new public health initiative aims to provide...

 

Carrick updated on library options, opening of Dairy District market

Last Monday’s Carrick Community Council (CCC) meeting provided several updates on local developments including plans for the Carrick Library, the opening of the Dairy District Open Market, and efforts to improve the Carrick business district. The...

 

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