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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 5, 2014

Carrick residents air their concerns at Mayor's Night Out

Violent crime, drugs, police staffing, the Routes 51-88 construction project, absentee landlords, and potholes were among the topics addressed by Mayor William Peduto in Carrick on July 30. It was the sixth installment of his “Mayor’s Night...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 5, 2014

South Side updated on most recent attempts at expanding permit parking

A brief update on residential permit parking in the South Side was the sole presentation at the July 29 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Ashley Holloway, City Planning’s neighborhood planner, said he spoke at the South Side Slopes...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 29, 2014

Officer promoted, consultant hired in Mt. Oliver Boro

A police promotion, a fundraiser for last month’s fire victims, and the hiring of a consultant to provide financial and managerial directives were among the news items at the July 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Council member Billie Michener was...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 22, 2014

Residents of Zone 3 voice provide feedback onhiring a new police chief

The city’s search for its next police chief transformed the July 16 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting in Allentown into a community forum. Community forums in all six of the city police zones began on June 26. The Zone 3 meeting was the fourth,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 24, 2014

Sains takes reins in borough, Michener resigns presidency

A new council president, vice-president, and committee assignments headlined the June 16 meeting of Mount Oliver Borough council. The meeting began with a newspaper reporter asking about former police Chief Frank Mosesso, who was charged with theft,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    June 24, 2014

Zone 3 Public Safety Council has a senior focus at new venue

Reflecting its venue of the South Hills Retirement Residence, the June 18 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting focused largely on seniors. It began with public safety council president Ken Wolfe announcing monthly public safety meetings would be held...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 17, 2014

Police chief search, more permit parking discussed in So. Side

A presentation on the public outreach process to be utilized in the search for the city’s next police chief headlined the June 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Community forums to solicit public input will be held in all six of the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 3, 2014

Zone 3 residents express concerns over safety issues to commander

At the Zone 3 Public Safety Council Meeting of May 21, a Carrick resident said while she has faith in Zone 3, there is a “revolving door” of crime in Carrick and Overbrook. Criminals simply pay the fine and move to another street, she said of her...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 27, 2014

Michener walks out of boro council meeting, Sains new vice-pres.

The May 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver council featured a new council member, new council vice-president, and an early exit by council president Billie Michener. The meeting began with Mrs. Michener nominating Councilwoman Barbara Keener for vice-president...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 20, 2014

Services planned at South Side and Hilltop monuments on Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic, which was an organization of Union veterans from the Civil War, established Decoration Day for the nation to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. The first large observance that year was held at...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 20, 2014

Marina plans move forward for the SouthSide Works

A brief update on the pending South Side marina was the sole presentation at the May 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The project has been seven to eight years in the works, said Mabon Lichtenfels, vice-president of construction and...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 29, 2014

Boro councilman resigns, is then hired for public works dept.

Resignations submitted by a council member, the tax collector, and the meter enforcer highlighted the April 21 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Councilman Corey McGough submitted his letter of resignation prior to his being hired for a full-time...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 29, 2014

Mayor addresses 200 at his first citywide public safety meeting

An April 22 city-wide public safety meeting in the Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville drew nearly 200 attendees. Guest speaker Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto called it the largest crowd he ever saw at a public safety meeting. In addition to residents,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 15, 2014

Brew House will soon have 76 new apartment units

The Brew House redevelopment, Student Conservation Association (SCA), and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) were the focus of the April 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The redevelopment presentation was by Larysa Gradeck,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 15, 2014

Slopes residents learn more about permit parking process

An informational presentation on residential permit parking headlined the April 8 meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). It was conducted by Pittsburgh City Planning’s neighborhood planner, Ashley Holloway. He said the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 1, 2014

Police, school board member address MO/SC block watch

Crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey and school board member Cynthia Falls were the speakers at the March 27 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held in the Saint John Vianney Parish Center. Kevin Kerr, community relations...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 25, 2014

New trash hauler for borough working out the kinks

Garbage collection and payment, a new regional police task force, and a pending full-time borough hire were among the issues addressed at the March 17 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Mayor James...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 25, 2014

Police don't want vigilantes in the fight against crime in neighborhoods

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council Meeting of March 19 began with discussion about the information listed on police reports distributed at these meetings. The reports contain street names/blocks as it is unlawful to give specific addresses. Attendees...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 18, 2014

Community council looking to make South Side Green N'at

Presentations on the green initiatives of the South Side Community Council (SSCC), and St. Patrick’s Day preparations, headlined the March 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. SSCC president Cathy Mitchell and Jenn Holliman kicked off the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 11, 2014

Block watch 101 provided at South Side meeting

Block watches were the focus of the two-hour gathering at the Brashear Center on March 6. Crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey discussed the role of law enforcement in block watches, while Liz Style of the city’s Dept. of Public Safety talked...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 4, 2014

Possible options discussed for St. Clair Village site

A Feb. 20 public meeting on the future of the former St. Clair Village site drew about 85 people to the Lighthouse Cathedral to hear about potential urban agriculture projects. The purpose of the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 4, 2014

Emergency management topic of February Zone 3 safety meeting

The Feb. 19 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting featured a presentation by Raymond V. DeMichiei, deputy director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The meeting began with crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 25, 2014

Slopes hears from Mayor's Office, RHI and county executive

The first South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) meeting of 2014 was packed with news of proposed developments; city and county updates; and the staple issues of parking, trash and irresponsible landlords. Among the speakers were county...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 18, 2014

Planning Forum updated on projects, St. Pat's day plans

The new city administration and proposed local projects were the focus of the Feb. 11 South Side Planning Forum. There were no presentations scheduled. The meeting began with the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) by Peter Kreuthmeier....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 4, 2014

Officials discuss challenges of limiting liquor licenses in S.S.

Efforts to manage the proliferation of alcohol establishments in the South Side Flats often encounter a brick wall: a mixture of politics, regulations, bureaucracy, legalities, and well-funded opposition forces who can afford specialized legal...

 

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