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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 24, 2015 

Boro announces 2015 street paving program plans

The awarding of the paving contract at the March 16 meeting of Mount Oliver council spells good news for these streets: Kohler St. from Arlington Ave. to Walnut St.; Carl St. from Margaret St. to Bertha St.; Hays St. from Quincy to the City of...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 17, 2015

City director learns about the concerns at South Side forum

Ray Gastil, the city’s director of the Department of City Planning, was the sole presenter at the March 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Also in attendance from city government were Councilman Bruce Kraus and neighborhood planner...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 10, 2015

Slopes neighbors updated on projects

The March 3 general meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) began with an overview of upcoming events: March 28: South Side Spring Social, Steel Cactus, 1831 E. Carson St.; 5-9 p.m. All profits from ticket sales go toward t...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 24, 2015

Mt. Oliver trash hauler reports to boro council

There were just enough council members at the Mt. Oliver Borough Council meeting of Feb. 16 for a meeting to occur on the snowy, freezing evening. Absent were: Billie Michener, Nick Viglione, and Barbara Keener. Mayor James Cassidy was also not...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 17, 2015

South Side groups updated at Planning Forum

Forum Chair Hugh Brannan began the Feb. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum reminding attendees that Ray Gastil, the new city Director of City Planning, will be the guest speaker at next month...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 3, 2015

Residents updated with crime prevention tips at block watch

Crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey began the Jan. 22 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch with the good news that there were only two police reports for the block watch area since Jan. 1. The first was a violent domestic...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 27, 2015

Chief McLay speaks to Z-3 safety council about police matters

New police Chief Cameron McLay was one of the discussants at a packed January 21 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council. Other officers in attendance included Zone 3 commander designate Larry Scirotto, crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 27, 2015

Mount Oliver Borough shows progress in 2014

Two new members of borough commissions were sworn in by Mayor James Cassidy at the Jan. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council. Justin Viale was appointed to the Planning Commission, and Councilwoman Amber McGough was appointed to the Civil Service...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 20, 2015

Slopes to focus on projects

A New Year’s General Meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) on Jan. 13 focused on committees, and how they can be more effective. The meeting was held in the main lounge of the St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. Among...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 20, 2015

South Side Planning Forum hears updates on neighborhood concerns

The January 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC). DRC Chair Tracy Myers said three candidate firms made presentations for a new development of four or five three-story townhouses...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 13, 2015

Gas line replacement work begins this week in the South Side Flats

A Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania project to replace one mile of natural gas main line with plastic pipe in South Side was presented at the Brashear Center on Jan. 6. The hour-long presentation was conducted by company and project officials. City...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 23, 2014

New chief sworn in for Mt. Oliver Boro, new budget passes

The swearing in by Mayor James Cassidy of acting police chief Matthew Juzwick as the borough's new police chief highlighted the Dec. 15 meeting of Mount Oliver council. He has been in charge of the de...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 23, 2014

Zone 3 Public Safety Committee discuss police personnel changes

The Dec. 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with news of the police department personnel changes coming in 2015. In Zone 1, the new commander will be LaVonnie Bickerstaff, replacing RaShall Brackney, who is moving to Major...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 9, 2014

Former brewery complex applies for historic places status

A public information meeting on the nomination of the former Duquesne Brewery complex to the National Register of Historic Places was held at the Brew House Gallery on Dec. 1. "It is a very detailed,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 2, 2014

Free wireless Internet is online on Warrington Ave.

Free public wireless Internet service has come to Allentown for residents and the business district within one-half block in either direction of Warrington Ave. from Beltzhoover Ave. to Arlington...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 2, 2014

Mt. O. City learns about possible area urban farm

Updates on current and potential projects highlighted the Nov. 20 meeting of the Mount Oliver City/Saint Clair Block Watch held in the Ormsby Avenue Cafe. Block watch coordinator Suzanne Photos said the city told her it would cost $3,900 for the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 25, 2014

Boro council fires police chief, hears of safety concerns

Frank Mosesso was fired as the Mount Oliver police chief by a 4-1 vote by the borough council at its Nov. 17 meeting. Voting to fire Mr. Mosesso were President Darnell Sains, Amber McGough, Dave Lowe, and Nick Viglione. Frank Bernardini voted no....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 25, 2014

Volunteers, city police prepare for Thanksgiving, Ferguson verdict

The Nov. 19 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting included an update on the “Get Stuffed With Love” program so no residents go without a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, and news of the police department’s pro-active...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 18, 2014

South Side updated at Planning Forum

A brief meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on Nov. 11 consisted mostly of project updates and upcoming events. There were no presentations. In the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier said construction of the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 28, 2014

Vandals damage equipment, building at Transverse Park

Vandalism at Transverse Park headlined the Oct. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Council members President Darnell Sains and Billie Michener were absent. Vice-president Frank Bernardini conducted the hour-long meeting. Up only a few days at...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 21, 2014

City working to inventory vacant lots for new uses

A presentation by the city’s open space specialist was the sole presentation at the Oct. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Shelly Danko-Day said her goal is to compile a complete inventory of vacant lots owned by the city that can be...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    October 21, 2014

Beckman Motor Company celebrating 100 years in business

Family-owned and operated for 100 years, Beckman Motor Company in Mount Oliver features a logo that pays homage to its ancestral roots: founder Charles W. Beckman stands by a Ford Model T with his wif...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 30, 2014

Zone 3 updated on hiring of police chief, Get Stuffed with Love

A brief meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting on Sept. 17 included updates on the summer’s community forums for selecting the city’s police chief, and on the “Get Stuffed With Love” program that ensures no residen go without...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 30, 2014

Police talk about trash, community concerns at Mt. Oliver City BW

Updates on current and future projects highlighted the Sept. 25 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held in the Ormsby Avenue Cafe. It began with news of the Oct. 17 clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon by three to four students on...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 23, 2014

Boro council hears updates on arsonist, robocalling for trash

An update on a convicted arsonist fighting a local fire, robocalling on late garbage payments, and a vote on a full-time public works hire were among the topics at the Sept. 15 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Council member Billie Michener was...

 

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