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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 21, 2017 

Planning Forum updated on business, PED, pull-over lane on E. Carson St.

The first presentation at the March 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was by Sandeepa Kaleida, founder and chief executive officer of Sigma Resources. The certified minority and women-owned technology and IT business develops software and...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 21, 2017 

Proposed housing discussed at S.S. Slopes general meeting

The March general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) included news about South Side Park, OpenStreetsPGH, the new South Watch public safety/code compliance initiative, and more. It was held on March 14 at the Henry...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 28, 2017

Mt. Oliver Borough approves new Comprehensive Plan

The adoption of the Mt. Oliver Borough Comprehensive Plan headlined the Feb. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. The purpose of the plan "is to decide what the future of the borough will be,"...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 7, 2017

Camera survey first step in area crime prevention strategy

Topics discussed at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group included local crime, the proposed urban farm, cameras for crime prevention, and the annual Biscuits Bingo fundraiser for local animal organizations. The...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 24, 2017

Borough street project continue

A new public works contract, a grant to fully fund police officers’ body cameras, and the hiring of two new part-time police officers topped the Jan. 16 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Council members David Beltz, Christina Reft, and David Lowe...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 24, 2017

Council wants a survey of cameras

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting of Jan. 16 featured the election of the organization’s officers. Reelected for two-year terms were President Ken Wolfe (Allentown), secretary Donna Williams (Carrick), and treasurer Harry Wolfe, Jr. (Mt....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 17, 2017

Councilman disappointed in Villas decision

The Mission Street Bridge, South Side Park, and South Side Smooth Streets were among the topics at the Jan. 10 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) held at the Brashear Center in the South Side Flats. City Councilman Bruc...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 17, 2017

Forum looks to add members before March

The controversial, proposed “Villas at Winter Park” single-family, 13-home residential development off Hackstown St. in the Slopes is back again following the recent overturning Common Pleas Judge Joseph James of two Planning Commission...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 27, 2016

No tax increase in Mt. Oliver for '17

There will be no tax increase for Mt. Oliver residents in 2017 following adoption of a $1,972,282 general fund budget at the Dec. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. The millage rate was last raised in 2006. Budget highlights for 2017 include:...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 20, 2016

PED encompasses more than parking in the South Side

A presentation on the proposed South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) initiative headlined the Dec. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. City officials in attendance included city Councilman Bruce Kraus, Chief Operations Officer Guy...

 
 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...

 

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