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 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...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 28, 2014

Keener sworn in, collections up in Mt. Oliver Boro

The Jan. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council began with Mayor James Cassidy swearing in Barbara Keener to a two-year term on council. She fills a vacancy created because Vanessa Talley, who was on the November ballot and won, no longer lives in the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 21, 2014

So. Side Planning Forum updates

Projects’ updates comprised most of the Jan. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum as there were no presentations. In the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier reported South Water St. will soon be connected to...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 31, 2013

Free dinner program, leaving valuables in cars discussed at Z3

At the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting of Dec. 18, crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey delivered an update on the “Get Stuffed With Love” program, designed to ensure that no residents go without Thanksgiving dinner. She called the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 17, 2013

Planning Forum updates on projects in South Side, Works

With no presentations, the Dec. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum consisted largely of updates on current and pending projects. In the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier reported Garage #5 at SouthSide...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 17, 2013

Route 51/88 intersection project will alleviate congestion in area

Plans for a $19 million reconfiguration project designed to alleviate congestion at the Route 51/88 intersection drew about 125 local residents to the St. Norbert’s meeting hall on Dec. 9. The presentation was conducted by members of the project...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 26, 2013

No tax increase in boro for 2014, police agree to three year contract

Adoption of a 2014 budget with no tax increase, and a new three-year police contract, headlined the Nov. 18 meeting of Mount Oliver council. Council members Barbara Keener and Dave Lowe were absent. The balanced budget of $1,824,333 retains the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 26, 2013

Upcoming holiday events focus of Zone 3 meeting

Upcoming holiday events were among the focus at the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting on Nov. 20. Crime prevention Officer Christine Luffey is in her sixth year of organizing the delivery of free, warm meals on Thanksgiving Day in Zones 3 and 6,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 19, 2013

Update on permit parking expansion at S.S. Planning Forum

Details on a proposed enlargement of an existing residential permit parking district in the South Side led off the Nov. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The presentation was conducted by Pittsburgh City Planning’s neighborhood planner,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 29, 2013

Boro swears in another new council member, picks new trash hauler

A new council member, new garbage service, and Civil Service testing for police officers for the first time in decades topped the news from the Oct. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Council members Corey McGough and Christine Brendel were absent....

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 29, 2013

CeaseFire outlines its mission at the citywide public safety meeting

An Oct. 23 citywide public safety meeting drew about 125 residents to the South Hills Retirement Center – formerly South Hills High School -- in Mt. Washington. Those in attendance represented city departments including the police, city council,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 22, 2013

Slopes Assoc. elects board members, gets $45k for S.S. Park

A board election and an update on StepTrek 2013 were the highlights of the Oct. 15 meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). In the board elections, members Peter Kreuthmeier, Brian Oswald and Pavel Yakovlev were reelected;...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 15, 2013

S.S. Bar Association, Duquesne University at Planning Forum

Presentations by representatives of the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSB&RA), and Duquesne University, headlined the Oct. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. In the first talk, Adam DeSimone said the SSB&RA has more than 30...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 1, 2013

StepTrek going high-tech this year with GIS route maps

Brian Oswald, who moved to the South Side five years ago, first learned of StepTrek when he joined the board of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) four years ago. “I thought, ‘my goodness, this is awesome. How come I didn’t...

 

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