Articles written by Margaret L. Smykla

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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 28, 2015

Street paving is in Mt. Oliver Boro's future this year

The borough’s parks, a new trick-or-treat day, and loitering outside businesses were among the topics at the July 20 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Absent were council members Billie Michener and Amber McGough, and Mayor James Cassidy. In the eng...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 7, 2015

Police, community get together after

On the morning of June 22, Tyrone Harris began firing at random in the alleys around Knoxville United Church. About 30 minutes later, after shooting at police on Route 51 after stealing a car and leading officers on a two-mile chase, the 20-year-old...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    July 7, 2015

SSCC elects board, learns about 311

Annual board elections held during the June 25 open meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) resulted in the reelection to two-year terms of incumbents: Mike McCullough, Barbara Rudiak, Mike Clark, Kathleen Petrillo, Jane Yanosick, and Dan...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 23, 2015

Boro institutes fees for parking spaces, recreation facilities

From now on, when contractors working in Mt. Oliver want to reserve parking meter spaces or on-street spaces, they will have to pay a fee. It was one of the actions taken at council's hour-long June...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 23, 2015

Acting commander takes over temporarily at Zone 3 station

The June 15 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with the news that Lt. Lori McCartney was the zone’s acting commander. The former Zone 3 Commander, Larry Scirotto, was moved two weeks ago to head the Major Crimes division. He...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 16, 2015

Planning Forum working on how to address S.S. parking

Discussion about how best to address parking concerns in the South Side was the focus of the June 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. There were no presentations. At last month’s meeting, Thom Barry, of the South Side Chamber of Commerce,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    June 2, 2015

Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair looks for another venue for block watch to meet

The May 28 meeting of the Mount Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch began with a request from coordinator Suzanne Photos for suggestions for places the block watch can meet. She said there was a good chance St. John Vianney Church, the current meeting...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 26, 2015

Mt. Oliver council updated on chickens, fire company, rentals

Mt. Oliver Council President Darnell Sains began council’s May 18 meeting with the sad news that former council President Pat Malloy died on May 5. He and his wife, former borough secretary Joanne Malloy, were married for 45 years. Mr. Sains said M...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 26, 2015

Motorcycle noise, teddy bears discussed at Zone 3 safety meeting

The May 18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting included discussion of motorcycles on Grandview Ave., National Night Out, and teddy bears. The latter topic was brought up by public safety council secretary Donna Williams, who...

 
 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...

 

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