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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 6, 2016 

Zone 3 should be up to 107 officers in the new year

The officials in attendance at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council were city Council President Bruce Kraus, Acting Police Chief Scott Schubert, Commander Karen Dixon, and Officer Christine Luffey. The meeting was conducted by...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 6, 2016 

A year later, Amanda McKnight still wonders why

By Margaret L. Smykla, Contributing Writer At 8:30 pm on Nov. 1, 2015, David McIntyre, 11, and his brother, Christopher Mikula-Conrad, called CJ, 16, were playing video baseball when a man suddenly...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 29, 2016

Mt. Oliver takes care of business, 'Up on the Hilltop'

Details of a Dec. 3 Holiday Jubilee in the 100-200 blocks of Brownsville Rd. was a highlight of the brief Nov. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Absent this evening were Mayor James Cassidy and Councilwoman Tina Reft. Called “Up On the Hilltop,”...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 29, 2016

Community group asks for action on wish list given to councilman

The former Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held its first meeting on Nov. 17 since changing its name to the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group. The meeting was held in the Ormsby Avenue Café. “We’re coming into the twenty-first cent...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 15, 2016

South Side Planning Forum learns about missing trees, holiday lights

With no presentations, the Nov. 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) from chair Tracy Myers. She said seven to 10 trees were removed from along the river beside the South Side Mari...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 1, 2016

Jon Istik will be inducted into the City League All-Sports Hall of Fame

Besides playing on South High School’s first undefeated football team in 1973, Jon Istik left his own indelible impression. “He was kind of a Mike Dutka-style tough guy, who had the respect of his teammates, and played the game the way it was...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 25, 2016

Public safety issues, Brownsville progress before boro council

Vandalism, trespassing along with foul and threatening language by groups of teenagers leaving Ormsby Park at night brought two Church Ave. residents to the Oct. 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. “We are victims,” said one woman, who has had...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 25, 2016

Tech focus of city-wide safety meeting

Technology was the focus of the Oct. 19 city-wide public safety council meeting, held at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building in South Side. After welcomes from the presidents of the Zones 1, 3, and 6 public safety councils, opening remarks...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 18, 2016

S.S. Planning Forum learns of holiday lighting challenges

The Oct. 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with Mary Ellen Solomon, Duquesne University’s new assistant vice-president for executive affairs, introducing Rev. Jim McCloskey, the senior advisor to the university president for strateg...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 11, 2016

Carrick library will be all new from the bottom up

In January, residents crowded into a makeshift meeting space at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) – Carrick to learn the plans for renovating and enlarging the facility.  The consensus among...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 4, 2016

Progress slowed on urban farm while HUD considers sale

A new name emerged from the Sept. 22 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch: the organization will now be known as the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group. Attendees voted to adopt a broader name that would encompass the broader...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 4, 2016

Residents get to talk directly with Zone 3 commander about issues

A new meeting room in the renovated Knoxville branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was host to the Sept. 19 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council. The library reopened this summer after closing for a year for a $3.5 million renovation...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 27, 2016

Blitz finds 25 worst properties for city to focus enforcement on

The “Knoxville Blitz” and its list of the neighborhood’s 25 worst properties was a focus of the Sept. 14 community forum of the Knoxville Community Council (KCC) held in the St. Paul AME Church. There was also a question/answer session with...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 27, 2016

Boro officials concerned with route school buses take to Arlington K-8

Concerns about the dangers created by school buses on Otillia St. transporting students to and from Arlington PreK-8 School were discussed at the Sept. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. The school is the renovated, former Phillip Murray...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 20, 2016

South Side plan update almost completed

The next steps for the South Side Neighborhood Plan was a focus of the Sept. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. There were no presentations. There was also no report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) as chair Tracy Myers said no...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 30, 2016

Police Chief McLay addresses residents at Zone 3 meeting

A Zone 3 town hall meeting with city police Chief Cameron McLay and other police officials drew about 70 people to the IBEW Hall in South Side on Aug. 24. Chief McLay said the purpose of the meeting was to acquire feedback on “how Pittsburgh...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 23, 2016

Mt. Oliver adds to property code for maintenance issues

The August 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council featured updating the property maintenance code to prohibit unkempt grass and weeds; hazardous tree limbs, hedges, shrubs, and trees; and weeds or other vegetation growing in sidewalk cracks. Councilman...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 2, 2016

Neighborhood Plan update presented to S.S. Planning Forum

The inclusion of the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSB&RA) as an organizational member of the South Side Planning Forum is “strongly” recommended in the draft “South Side Neighborhood Plan, Ninth Update.” The document was present...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 26, 2016

Z-3 safety meeting looks for answers to neighborhood issues

National Night Out, the Knoxville Blitz, 311 non-emergency line, overgrown weeds, and vandalism were among the topics at the July 18 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting.  It began with crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey informing attendees...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 26, 2016

Brownsville Rd. project continuing, new sidewalks are coming up next

The July 18 Mt. Oliver council meeting began with the police report for June.  Mayor James Cassidy said there were 692 total calls and 62 drug-related arrests, the latter for the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 28, 2016

South Side residents concerned with number of vagrants in the area

The focus was on vagrancy at the June 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council.  The officials in attendance included city Councilman Bruce Kraus, police Commander Karen Dixon, and Officer Christine Luffey.  Mr. Kraus kicked-off the meeting...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 28, 2016

Mount Oliver boro awards contracts for sewer, pavement maintenance programs

The June 20 Mt. Oliver council meeting began with Mayor James Cassidy swearing in new Zoning Board member Deborah Viglione. He also swore in two new part-time police officers, and a promoted officer.  The two new officers are Karra White and Brett...

 
 By Margaret L. Smyklas    Front Page    June 21, 2016

South Side Neighborhood Plan revisions nearly complete

A brief June 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with news about the city’s upcoming budget forums. The so-called capital budget deliberative forums will be conducted from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 21 and June 23. The June 21 forum will...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 7, 2016

Mt. Oliver City block watch considers name change, updated on farm project

The status of the proposed Hilltop Farm & Homes development on the former 556-unit St. Clair Village housing site was the focus of the May 26 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 31, 2016

Preventable crimes discussed at May's Public Safety meeting

The May 16 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with a Mt. Washington resident complaining about vandalism in Grandview Park. He said youngsters try to break newly planted trees and set the port-a-johns on fire, among other destructive acts. Th...

 

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