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 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....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 25, 2014

Volunteers, city police prepare for Thanksgiving, Ferguson verdict

The Nov. 19 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting included an update on the “Get Stuffed With Love” program so no residents go without a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, and news of the police department’s pro-active...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 18, 2014

South Side updated at Planning Forum

A brief meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on Nov. 11 consisted mostly of project updates and upcoming events. There were no presentations. In the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier said construction of the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 28, 2014

Vandals damage equipment, building at Transverse Park

Vandalism at Transverse Park headlined the Oct. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Council members President Darnell Sains and Billie Michener were absent. Vice-president Frank Bernardini conducted the hour-long meeting. Up only a few days at...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 21, 2014

City working to inventory vacant lots for new uses

A presentation by the city’s open space specialist was the sole presentation at the Oct. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Shelly Danko-Day said her goal is to compile a complete inventory of vacant lots owned by the city that can be...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    October 21, 2014

Beckman Motor Company celebrating 100 years in business

Family-owned and operated for 100 years, Beckman Motor Company in Mount Oliver features a logo that pays homage to its ancestral roots: founder Charles W. Beckman stands by a Ford Model T with his wif...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 30, 2014

Zone 3 updated on hiring of police chief, Get Stuffed with Love

A brief meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting on Sept. 17 included updates on the summer’s community forums for selecting the city’s police chief, and on the “Get Stuffed With Love” program that ensures no residen go without...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 30, 2014

Police talk about trash, community concerns at Mt. Oliver City BW

Updates on current and future projects highlighted the Sept. 25 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held in the Ormsby Avenue Cafe. It began with news of the Oct. 17 clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon by three to four students on...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 23, 2014

Boro council hears updates on arsonist, robocalling for trash

An update on a convicted arsonist fighting a local fire, robocalling on late garbage payments, and a vote on a full-time public works hire were among the topics at the Sept. 15 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Council member Billie Michener was...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 16, 2014

Public safety director wants a culture of responsibility in S.S.

Public safety in South Side was the focus of the September 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The guest speakers were city Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar and Nighttime Economy Manager Maya Henry. They were introduced by city...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    August 26, 2014

Boro council meeting cut short after repeated outbursts by member

A raucous August 18 Mount Oliver council meeting marked by shouting and procedural challenges ended abruptly with President Darnell Sains calling for adjournment before the agenda was completed. Council member Amber McGough was absent. The meeting...

 
 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...

 

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