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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 24, 2016 

Knoxville next in line for a public safety blitz of the neighborhood

A community forum on starting a “Knoxville Blitz” to reduce neighborhood crime and blight, and generate community pride and empowerment, drew city officials to the St. Paul AME Church on May 11. The meeting was sponsored by the Knoxville...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 24, 2016 

Boro approves contracts for paving, sidewalk programs

The May 16 meeting of Mt. Oliver council meeting began with the report of Mayor James Cassidy. He said a new police officer began working a week earlier, and another will start of June 11. The additional officers will get the force up to the desired...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 17, 2016

Planning forum discusses ongoing South Side projects

The May 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the monthly report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) as there were no presentations. DRC Chair Tracy Myers reported that the Giant Eagle on Wharton St. is undergoing renovation,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 17, 2016

Gas line work coming to Slopes

The May 10 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured details of the upcoming pipeline replacement project in the Slopes by Peoples Natural Gas. The targeted areas are: Stella St.; Barry St.; top of Mission...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 3, 2016

Next 3 Days will highlight Allentown, Mount Washington

An April 28 community meeting about a weekend summer festival to highlight the Hilltop – its rich history and offerings today and more -- met its organizers’ goal of infusing neighborhood input into the planning process. The first ever...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 26, 2016

Borough awards contracts for sewer work, demolition

A new leash law, a borough real estate purchase, and a pavement maintenance plan were among the topics at the April 18 Mt. Oliver council meeting. Council members President Amber McGough and Vice-president Nick Viglione, and Mayor James Cassidy, were...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 26, 2016

Police warn residents about targeted scams, crimes of deception

An April 20 city-wide public safety zone council meeting in the Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville drew more than 150 residents, public safety personnel, and city/state officials.  The event’s theme was “Keeping Our Neighborhood Treasures Safe.”...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 19, 2016

South Side updated on Works, proposed housing on the Slopes

A 25-minute meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on April 12 featured updates on on-going issues and news of upcoming events. While there were no presentations, audience member Zone 3 Police Commander Karen Dixon reported briefly that the St....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 5, 2016

Mt. Oliver to change procedures after $22K in unauthorized change orders on handicap ramp project

Lessons learned from unauthorized work, and the need for site inspectors, was a focus of the March 21 Mt. Oliver council meeting, which had borough officials pledging to do better going forward. At issue is the Brownsville Rd. handicap ramps with an...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    April 5, 2016

Zone 3 residents updated on latest projects and programs at Public Safety Council meeting

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting of March 21, began with news of the next spring city-wide public safety meeting. It will be held on April 20 at the Teamsters #2409 Temple, 4701 Butler St., Lawrenceville. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    April 5, 2016

Mt. Oliver City Block Watch updated on public safety questions

The March 24 Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch meeting began with the local crime rate, which community relations Officer Christine Luffey called “extremely low.” The report for Mt. Oliver City covered Jan. 28 to March 24. The four reported...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 22, 2016

South Side takes first steps to create a new resident watch group

The new public safety/code compliance initiative of the South Side Community Council (SSSCC) will be its own version of the successful Oakwatch, and with a name all its own. After city and university representatives agree on a date for a first meetin...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 15, 2016

S.S. groups stress their cooperation at Forum

Coordination and cooperation among South Side organizations was the theme of the March 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. For the St. Patrick’s Parade Day, celebrated on March 12, the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSB&RA)...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 15, 2016

Slopes residents continue to question Winter Park Villas development plans

The March 8 general meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured an update on a controversial, proposed single-family residential development in the Slopes. Architect Justin Cipriani, of Cipriani Studios, said the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 23, 2016

South Side to form blighted property resident watch group

The Feb. 15 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council was conducted by vice-president Ron Rompala in the absence of council president Ken Wolfe. The previous meeting was in November. “I didn’t want to go three months without a meeting,” he sa...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 23, 2016

Keener returns to borough council, pavement program being finalized

Mayor James Cassidy was busy at the Feb. 15 Mt. Oliver council meeting as he swore in a new council member and two new part-time police officers. Council voted to appoint former council member Barbara Keener to fill the vacant seat created by the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 16, 2016

Forum wants greater public process in parking solutions

Parking, the neighborhood plan, and St. Patrick’s Day were among the topics at the Feb. 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. New forum members are Dawn Lorincy, representing the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), and Suzy...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 2, 2016

St. John Vianney Church closure could impact food pantries

As of now, the food pantry at Saint John Vianney Parish, and Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, will continue at the parish site until a decision is rendered otherwise.  That is according to volunteer Mary Fleisner, who coordinates the food pantry, and...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 26, 2016

Councilman's resignation accepted, officers recognized at boro council

A councilman’s resignation, and recognition for two borough police officers, kicked off the first regular Mount Oliver council meeting of 2016. It began with council voting to accept the resignation letter of Frank Bernardini. Mr. Bernardini had...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 26, 2016

Slopes association will survey area residents concerning neighborhood

The January 19 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured a neighborhood survey, update on trail signs in South Side Park, and news on renovations at the Giant Eagle on Wharton St.  The meeting was...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 19, 2016

CLP-Carrick next up for a library makeover

About 75 people crowded into a makeshift meeting space at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Carrick on Jan. 14 for a meeting on a clearly visible need: more space. But after learning about the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 1, 2015

Mt. O. City/St. Clair Block Watch gets updates on urban farm, crime, gardens

The project at Mountain and Fisher streets, local crime update, and the proposed urban farm were among the topics at the Nov. 19 Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch meeting. It was held at the Ormsby Avenue Café. Block watch coordinator Suzanne...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 24, 2015

Still time to get a free Thanksgiving dinner delivered by Pittsburgh's finest

The Nov. 16 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council began with a reminder about the “Get Stuffed with Love” program that aims to ensure that no city residents go without Thanksgiving dinner. Again this year, the delivery of free, warm meals...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 24, 2015

Short borough meeting filled with updates

A 35-minute meeting of Mount Oliver council on Nov. 16 was plenty of time for updates, reports, and resolutions. Vice-president Frank Bernardini conducted the proceedings in the absence of President Darnell Sains. Council members Billie Michener and...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 17, 2015

South Siders updated on latest happenings at Planning Forum

The neighborhood plan, holiday events, and Phillips Elementary School activities headlined the Nov. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The evening began with forum Chair Hugh Brannan reporting he told new Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon he...

 

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