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 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    July 2, 2013

Community Council elects board members, amends its by-laws

Annual board elections held during the June 24 open meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) resulted in the election to two-year terms of three incumbents and four newcomers. The incumbents are: Mike Clark, Mike McCullough, and Nicole Lock...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    June 25, 2013

Mount Oliver council has public safety theme, adds police officers

The June 17 Mount Oliver council meeting began with Mayor James Cassidy swearing in new part-time police officers Adam Candiodo, Patrick Lucas, Tom McCarthy, and Darnell Young. All four are already...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    June 18, 2013

New apartments coming to the SouthSide Works

News of a proposed apartment building at the corner of Hot Metal and Sidney streets was the sole presentation at the June 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The presenters were project manager Benjamin Kelley, and project director Michael...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    May 28, 2013

Boro appoints another council member, considers ending Saturday free parking

A new council member, and reestablishment of the Civil Service Commission, were the lead stories from the May 20 Mount Oliver council meeting. It began with Barbara Keener being appointed to council until year’s end to fill the seat formerly...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    May 28, 2013

Filing crime reports stressed at Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting

The importance of filing a police report when a crime occurs was a focus of the May 15 Zone 3 Public Safety Council Meeting held in the Zone 3 police station. A 25-year area resident said her ex-husband was robbed recently in the early evening by...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    May 21, 2013

South Side Slopes talking trash to the neighbors about how to be a better neighbor

A presentation on the trash education initiative of the Outreach Committee of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) was the focus of the May 14 meeting. Committee member Betty Kripp said a year-and-a-half ago, Rev. Don Ware asked...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    May 21, 2013

South Side Planning Forum works on ongoing issues

With no presentations, the May 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum consisted of announcements and updates on ongoing issues. While there was no meeting of the Development Review Committee (DRC) last month, chair Tracy Myers said there was...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    May 14, 2013

EDS is working across municipal borders to improve communities along Brownsville Road and Route 51

The May 8 general membership meeting of Carrick Community Council (CCC) featured an update on the only city-county partnership in Allegheny County: Economic Development South (EDS). The EDS is the nonprofit, community development corporation for...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    April 23, 2013

Mt. Oliver swears in new councilwoman, acting police chief

Mount Oliver Mayor James Cassidy kept his swearing-in skills sharp by administering the oath of office twice during the April 15 council meeting: to the new Acting Chief, Sergeant Matt Juzwick, and to new council member Vanessa Talley. The vote to...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    April 16, 2013

Planning Forum reviews results of St. Pat's shuttle

Updates on “old business” and on a pilot program to improve St. Patrick’s Day transportation in the Carson St. corridor were the focus of the April 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum meeting. Candice Gonzalez, Neighborhood Initiatives...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    March 26, 2013

Pat Malloy resigns from Mount Oliver Boro Council

The resignations of two council members, and the appointment of a new member to fill a vacancy, is the lead story from the March 18 Mount Oliver council meeting. Council member John Smith, Sr., and...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    News    March 19, 2013

Bunco game has been going on for over half a century

In the late 1950s, some stay-at-home moms in the Mount Oliver area decided to find something fun to do without their children, but within walking distance of each another. When one of the women sugges...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    March 5, 2013

Equitable Gas to begin replacing gas lines in South Side Flats

Vowing “We want to be a good neighbor,” officials of Equitable Gas Co. kicked off a presentation on its mainline pipeline replacement program in the South Side. The community meeting was held on February 26 in the Brashear Center. Streets...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    News    March 5, 2013

Illegal parking a concern at the Zone 3 Public Safety meeting

The Feb. 20 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with news the traveling road show is back: the monthly committee meetings will be held in different communities on the third Wednesdays, starting in March. Crime prevention Officer Christine...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    February 26, 2013

Mt. Oliver settles lawsuit with council president

The last order of business at the Feb. 18 Mount Oliver council meeting is the lead story: the $50,000 settlement of the civil rights lawsuit of council President Billie Michener. The vote to approve the settlement was three yes and one abstention,...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    February 26, 2013

Borough council approves settlement, Michener receives $50K from lawsuit

Mount Oliver council President Betty “Billie” Michener’s civil rights lawsuit against the borough and past and present members of council was settled for $50,000 by three “yes” votes of the seven-member council on Feb. 18. Voting in the aff...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    February 19, 2013

Planning Forum wonders if mayor is coming to So. Side

News of proposed newcomers to the South Side -- a youth hostel and a computer/electronics recycling business -- were the focus of the February 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum meeting. Discussion about the invitation to Mayor Luke Ravensta...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    February 19, 2013

Student Conservation & Rebuilding Together to work in South Side Slopes

Presentations on the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh were the focus of the February 12 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association. The meeting began with President Brian Oswald introducing...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    February 5, 2013

Block Watch plans candidates’ night Redd Up events

Upcoming events such as a Mayoral Candidates Night, Spring Redd Up, and Fresh Fridays were among the topics at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch. The meeting was held in the Saint John Vianney parish center before about...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    January 29, 2013

Mt. Oliver to begin charging for vacant storefronts in boro

The Jan. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council -- which fell on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration -- began with a moment of silence for Rev. King. Councilmen George Farneth and...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    January 15, 2013

Signage proposed to draw visitors to S.S. from the GAP trail

Initiatives for encouraging Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) travelers to visit the South Side was the sole presentation at the Jan. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Other topics touched upon during the evening included the invitation to the...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    January 2, 2013

Bhutanese refugees find a home in Hilltop communities

Kishor Pradhan lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 14 years after being forced out of Bhutan. He arrived in the U.S. in 2005. “I felt there was an opportunity for better living here,” he said of...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    December 26, 2012

No tax increase for boro

The adoption of a 2013 budget with no tax increase headlined the Dec. 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Councilmen George Farneth, Pat Malloy and John Smith, Sr. were absent. In the mayor’s report which began the meeting, Mayor James Cassidy said...

 
 By Margaret L Smykla    Front Page    December 18, 2012

Planning Forum to request mayor to come to South Side

The South Side Planning Forum will formally request the participation of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at an open meeting about public safety in the South Side to be held as soon as possible. It will be conducted at either the Brashear Center, the South...