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Needle exchange program draws questions, little opposition from Carrick residents

A new proposal for a needle exchange service in Carrick was met with questions but no contention from residents at last Monday’s meeting of the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch in the former Birmingham United Church of Christ on Carrick Avenue. Preven...

 

MWCDC clarifies forum rules, gets input for possible bylaw changes

A short presentation and community discussion about several proposed Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) bylaw revisions took place at last week’s community forum. Before reading the proposed bylaw revisions, new MWCDC...

 

Police give details of significant crimes in Carrick/Overbrook

Carrick residents heard an update on summer crime as Zone 3 officer Christine Luffey was the primary speaker at last Monday’s meeting of the Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch at its temporary location in former Birmingham United Church of Christ on...

 
 By Austin Vaught    News    June 12, 2018

Recovery homes to display inspection certificates

Addiction recovery homes in Carrick and across the region will begin to voluntarily display certificates indicating they’ve received inspection and the proper operating procedures are in place. While mandatory inspections for recovery homes in Penn...

 

City police increase their crackdown on narcotics in Carrick

More than 12 drug arrests were made in Carrick and Overbrook last month as city police and narcotics detectives continue to increase their presence and crackdown on narcotics throughout Zone 3 neighborhoods. Several of those arrests were described...

 

Answers sought about new addiction facility on Brownsville Road

Carrick residents are demanding more communication and community investment from the addiction facility Accessible Recovery Services (ARS) after it opened a new location on the corner of Brownsville Road and Nobles Lane. The facility’s procedures...

 

Updated signage coming soon in all Emerald View subparks

Updates on future Emerald View Park projects and a proposed residential development plan on Southern Avenue were among the topics presented at last Thursday’s Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) community forum. Emerald View...

 

Residents briefed on disruptive property legislation

Carrick residents were educated on the City of Pittsburgh's disruptive property legislation and its consequences for local property owners at last week's meeting of the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch....

 

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...

 

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