Articles written by Margaret L. Smykla

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 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...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 3, 2015

Police strategy to focus on population causing the most problems

A policing strategy focused on a small population that causes most of the violence in the city was among at the topics at the Oct. 21 city-wide public safety council meeting. Entitled “Where do we go from here?”, the meeting drew more than 100...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 27, 2015

Mt. Oliver borough to take action against disruptive properties

At the Oct. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver council, an ordinance was adopted that adds a disruptive property clause, and a disruptive property appeals board clause, to the borough code. With the disruptive property clause, if arrests or citations/summons...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 20, 2015

Planning Forum hears from the new Zone 3 police commander

The October 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum featured new Zone 3 commander Karen Dixon, who introduced herself and answered questions while providing updates on the zone. The commander said she began on the city force in 1988. She has...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    News    October 20, 2015

Slopes residents ask police commander about public safety issues

The October 13 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) began with the new Zone 3 commander, Karen Dixon, introducing herself and answering attendees’ questions. For the last five years, she has worked on the Zone...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 13, 2015

South High grad will be inducted into City League Hall of Fame

Mike Harber, who played in the backfield with Lynn Harris at South High School in the early 1970s, calls Mr. Harris "the best running back to ever play at the school." "He had a combination of power,...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    October 6, 2015

Flagpole, urban farm projects moving forward in Mt. O. City

The Sept. 24 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch featured updates on the flagpole at the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Wagner St.; the project at the corner of Mountain and Fisher streets; and the proposed urban farm on the...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 29, 2015

Mt. O. Boro making changes to office, residential policies

In the mayor’s report which began the Sept. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council, Mayor James Cassidy said there are no major issues for the police department. Council member Billie Michener was absent. In the public safety report, Mr. Cassidy...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    September 15, 2015

South Side Planning Forum is updated on latest developments

The Sept. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the report of the Development Review Committee (DRC) presented by Peter Kreuthmeier. There were no presentations. Mr. Kreuthmeier said the Soffer Organization is continuing to discuss bl...

 
 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...

 

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