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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 22, 2014 

Mount landslide appears to be stable, ED may be hired soon

Nearly three dozen Mount Washington residents came out last week to the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation’s (MWCDC) April Community Forum. The three major topics discussed during the evening included: an update on the landslide...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 8, 2014

CLP Pop-up begins its transformation into ALEC

When the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh opened the CLP Pop-Up in the fall of 2012 in Allentown it was intended to "pop-up" in the neighborhood and at the end of March 2014 it would pack up and...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 1, 2014

EDS is making its mark in South Pittsburgh communities

Economic Development South (EDS) is making its mark on six South Hills municipalities and three South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Speaking before members of the Carrick Business Association, Greg Jones, executive director of EDS, explained the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 18, 2014

Lack of bike police hamper Zone 3's abilitity to tackle quality of life issues

The ability of police to patrol some neighborhoods in Zone 3district could be hampered due to changes in staffing at the station. With approaching better weather, Zone 3 Commander Catherine McNeilly had a plan to resume bike patrols in the South...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 11, 2014

So. Side plans how to move cars, people for St. Pat's Day

South Side is anticipating an overflow crowd on Saturday, March 15 before and after the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade and the South Side Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) and South Side Bar and...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 11, 2014

Borough considers whether to expand its office space

The number of Mount Oliver Borough employees has outgrown the available office space in the Borough Building at 150 Brownsville Road, although their options for expanded office space are still a...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    January 21, 2014

Carrick's Dairy District takes next steps toward becoming a reality by displaying plans to public

Imagine cows on Brownsville Road in Carrick. In the not too distant future, it won't be necessary to imagine them, they could be there – on the sidewalks, on top of buildings, everywhere. But it...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 10, 2013

Area churches explore ways for them to work together for area youth

“There is an epidemic in the Mount Oliver, Arlington, Beltzhoover, Knoxville, Carrick, Warrington, the Hilltop. What we call the Hilltop area. It’s not going away. It is hurting the businesses. It is hurting the churches. It is hurting the street...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 10, 2013

Carson is a little darker this this year

East Carson Street will be a little less festive this holiday season with the South Side Chamber of Commerce’s (SSCC) decision to forgo putting up the holiday lights this year. “We feel so bad about it,” said Kim Collins, president of the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 3, 2013

Hilltop Alliance brings neighborhood groups together for summit

“Our mission,” began Hilltop Alliance (HA) Executive Director Aaron Sukenik. “Is to bring together and serve as a resource and to promote a common vision to the Hilltop neighborhoods.” Mr. Sukenik welcomed representatives of neighborhood...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 3, 2013

Hilltop groups get their chance to boast a little bit at annual event

Representatives from Hilltop Alliance member neighborhoods joined government officials and invited guests for the second annual Hilltop Summit, an opportunity to show their peers the work they have been doing in their neighborhoods. First to make a...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    December 3, 2013

OBID director explains the benefits of an improvement district

BIDs have been around since the 1960s and the first one was in Canada, Georgia Petropoulos Muir, executive director of the Oakland Business Improvement District, told members and guests of the South Side Chamber of Commerce at the November luncheon....

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 12, 2013

'We are here' police tell Carrick/Overbrook watch

“If they’re a nuisance neighbor, every time you see something go wrong call 911. If [the landlord] gets enough calls, they will be asked to move,” Carrick Overbrook Block Watch facilitator Carol Anthony told area residents in response to...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 12, 2013

Saving parking spaces is more of a South Side thing

After last week's Letter to the Editor from Matte Braidic on South Side (No more parking cones) I started thinking about parking, particularly on South Side. Nothing in South Side has been talked...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    November 12, 2013

All that's needed to start a block watch is three or four neighbors

All that’s needed to start a block watch is three or four neighbors, Liz Style, Operation Weed and Seed Coordinator in the city’s Office of Neighborhood Initiatives, told members of the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch. “It’s a public safety...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    October 8, 2013

Consultants outline how to bring back housing on Hilltop

Allentown and Beltzhoover residents gathered recently to hear the preliminary results of a study looking at housing: what was available and what is needed, in their neighborhoods. The study was a project of the Hilltop Alliance utilizing a grant...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 13, 2013

South Side has a new 'Clean Team' on Carson Street

When the South Side Local Development Company ceased business operations at the end of June in 2012, one of its most visible programs also disappeared, the SSLDC Clean Team. Duties of the two members...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 2, 2013

Mt. Oliver 'fortunate' to have their police officers according to evaluation

The findings of a review and evaluation of the Mount Oliver Police Department are a mixed bag of compliments and criticism for the department and borough officials. The report, prepared by Chief Michael E. Mastroianni (Ret.) of L&M Accreditation...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 19, 2013

Neighborhood Plan reviewed by the S.S. Planning Forum

The distribution of the printed copies of the latest revision of the South Side Neighborhood Plan highlighted the latest meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on Tuesday, March 12. Tracy Myers from the Neighborhood Plan update committee explained...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 5, 2013

Farneth quits Mt. O. boro council citing hostile environment

Mount Oliver has lost another council member. Late last week on Thursday night, George Farneth II tendered his resignation from the Mount Oliver Borough Council in an email to council president Billie Michener. “My only regret is that I will not...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    February 12, 2013

Permit parking begins and ends with city neighborhood residents

Prompted by a request from a Mount Washington resident to explore expanding permit parking in their neighborhood, City Planner Ashley Holloway called a community meeting to give background on the program and discuss next steps. As part of his job,...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 26, 2012

RHI talks about night life management plan

The summation of months of conservations and meetings concerning Pittsburgh’s night life was presented in City Council Chambers when Councilman Bruce Kraus hosted a post agenda hearing with...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 26, 2012

Support strong for Sociable City Plan

Representatives from various city departments, along with those from the URA and night time economy businesses attended the post agenda hearing to release details of the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan. After...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 4, 2012

Hilltop Summit brings neighborhoods together to share 2012 successes

In a first, the Hilltop Alliance (HA) brought together representatives from member organizations for an evening of sharing, networking and even a little bragging. The evening began with a performance...

 

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