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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 19, 2015 

Bikes, food and permit parking highlight Planning Forum session

Bikes, food fest, and residential permit parking (RPP) were among the topics at the May 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. In the evening’s only presentation, Erin Potts of Bike Share Pittsburgh talked about the city’s new bike-sharing...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 19, 2015 

Police commander wants top three issues in Slopes

At the May 12 general meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), new Zone 3 Commander Larry Scirotto spoke about a community-police partnership. The other brief presentation was of an overview of the proposed mosaic steps pro...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 5, 2015

South Side, Hilltop residents question police about crime

Dirt bikes in parks and police outreach were among the topics at the April 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council. The meeting was conducted by council vice-president Ron Rompala in the absence of council president Ken Wolfe. The meeting...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 28, 2015

Mt. Oliver Boro hires first manager, gets update economic development

The hiring of the borough’s first ever manager -- project manager Ricky Hopkinson -- kicked off the April 20 meeting of Mount Oliver council. He was sworn in by District Justice Richard King. Mr. Hopkinson’s contract begins on May 1 and runs...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 21, 2015

South Side updated on developments, organization plans

Updates filled most of the April 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum in which there were no presentations. In his report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier said developers of the Village Green parking garage will go...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 7, 2015

Mt. O. City block watch learns more about the status of area projects

Block watch coordinator Suzanne Photos began the March 26 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch with an update on the tentative revitalization plan for the former St. Clair Village and adjacent neighborhood. She said she talked to...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 7, 2015

Volunteers surveying Beltzhoover properties to develop a community blight reduction plan

Volunteers are being sought to help conduct a condition survey of all residential property in Beltzhoover. The project involves conducting a comprehensive inventory of more than 1,500 parcels in Beltzhoover, after which a framework of a blight...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 31, 2015

Zone 3 commander updates safety council on St. Patrick's efforts

The March meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with good news about two recent events. The first was the 17th annual “Biscuits Bingo,” fundraiser for local animal organizations held March 7, at the IBEW Hall Local #5, South...

 
 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....

 

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