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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    September 1, 2015 

WESA generates input from residents about Mount tower

A generator for WESA’s communication tower on Shiloh Street, updates on Grandview Avenue renovations and a conceptual plan for the Olympia Park shelter house were presented at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation’s August...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    September 1, 2015 

South Side Market House celebrates centennial by opening time capsule

On a beautiful Saturday morning, the 100th anniversary of the South Side Market House becoming a Pittsburgh public property was celebrated with music, food, speeches and the unveiling of the contents...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 25, 2015

Zone 3 crowded for safety meeting about car, house break-ins

A standing room only crowd overflowed the conference room in the Zone 3 Police Station for the August public safety committee meeting. The primary focus of the meeting was two-fold: the rash of car break-ins in South Side and the large number of home...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 11, 2015

Residents seek solutions to rising neighborhood crime

Prompted by rising crime and culminating in the premature closing of the annual St. Basil Parish Festival more than 120 Carrick residents filled the basement of the Zion Christian Church asking for...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 11, 2015

Carrick first neighborhood to get crime fighting blitz pilot program

Concerned with crime building in their neighborhood, a standing room only crowd filled the basement of the Zion Christian Church in Carrick for the monthly meeting of the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch. District 4 Community Relations Manager Bethani C...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 4, 2015

Dioceses officials lay out reasons for closing SJV parish

With more than 120 people in attendance at a parish assembly held at St. Paul Monastery Retreat Center, Diocese of Pittsburgh officials explained why closing St. John Vianney Parish and church is a lo...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    August 4, 2015

Brownsville Road establishes city's first 'virtual block watch'

The Carrick Overbrook Block Watch took a crime prevention concept first proposed by then Zone 3 Lt. Larry Scirotto to a reality in less than a year. With the cooperation of Pittsburgh City...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 14, 2015

Residents learn what it takes to get the next South Side RPPP zone

In the continuing discussion of permit parking in South Side, City of Pittsburgh neighborhood planner Ashley Holloway called a meeting at the Market House for residents to learn more about the city’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPPP)....

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 14, 2015

Rudiak calls experts together to learn about heroin epidemic

In mid-April of this year, 10 Pittsburgh residents, including several in South Pittsburgh, overdosed on a single batch of heroin. In an effort to address the root causes of addiction and learn more about the problem as a public health issue Councilwo...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 7, 2015

McKinley Park Master Plan outlined

The third public meeting on the McKinley Park Master Plan and Haberman Corridor Study wrapped up this stage of the planning process. The outline presented to area residents and stakeholders at the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 30, 2015

Carrick Dairy District open market will be a multifunctional space

An open air market and community space, a cornerstone of the Dairy District revitalization effort centered around Colteryahn Dairy in Carrick, took one more step toward reality with a public preview of the design at the June Carrick Community...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 30, 2015

Mount Oliver takes next steps to create a road map for development

Mount Oliver Borough stakeholders came together last week to be updated on the progress of the Mount Oliver 2015 Comprehensive Plan. The comprehensive plan will serve as a roadmap for development and redevelopment in the neighborhood including...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 9, 2015

Haberman, McKinley Park plans moving forward

Hilltop residents had their first opportunity to view the preliminary work of Pfaffmann + Associates on developing a Master Plan for McKinley Park and a Haberman Corridor Study following an April...

 
 By Tom SmithSouth    Front Page    May 19, 2015

CLP-Knoxville will start $3.2 million renovation in June

CLP-Knoxville will close on June 27 to undergo a $3.2 million renovation to the 50-year-old building. Renovations will take 10-12 months but will not significantly change many features of the exterior of the masonry and concrete block building. The...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 28, 2015

CMU, Pitt students study and then make recommendations for the Mount

A quick introduction of Laura Guralnick, a recent hire as Economic Development Director for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC), opened the organization’s April Community Forum. MWCDC Board President Breen Masciotra said...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 31, 2015

EDS staff update CBA on their work along Brownsville Road

Enthusiasm was on the menu at the March dinner meeting of the Carrick Business Association (CBA) with guest speakers Stephanie Miller and Jami Gregg from Economic Development South (EDS). Ms. Miller,...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 10, 2015

Pittsburgh detective addresses residents

When he joined the police force 21 years ago in 1994, the biggest bragging right was that Pittsburgh was the safest city in America, Detective Calvin Kennedy told members of the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch at their March meeting. “They hired a...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 3, 2015

Hilltop Alliance staff making progress in the Allentown area

Good news and positive energy were presented by members of the Hilltop Alliance team working in Allentown. Tim Dolan, Property Stabilization Program manager, and Siena Kane, Allentown business...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 3, 2015

Councilman's satellite offices bring services into the District 3 communities

Working one day a week for the past year at the Councilman Bruce Kraus' satellite office in UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, Arlene Trost and Donna Wielock have handled nearly 600 requests...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    January 6, 2015

New manager sparks interest in Warrington Avenue

East Warrington Avenue in Allentown had been known for years as a connecting route between South Side and Rt. 51 or Mount Washington. Considered a bumpy shortcut between South Hills neighborhoods and...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 2, 2014

Summit brings neighborhoods together to celebrate successes

The third annual Hilltop Summit brought together nearly 100 representatives of Pittsburgh's Hilltop communities along with guests and elected officials to hear what has been happening in the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 11, 2014

$1.5M coming to Allentown for community revitalization program

Things are about to change for the better in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop neighborhood of Allentown with the announcement yesterday of a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) for the community through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 11, 2014

Carrick area residents updated on police activity in the neighborhood

Zone 3 crime prevention officer Christine Luffey opened the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch November meeting with updates on recent crime activity in the neighborhoods. She began by talking about the homicide of refuse worker Omar Hodges on Birmingham...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    October 7, 2014

Residents continue to oppose proposed Slopes development

Developer Justin Cipriani returned to the South Side Slopes to present changes for the proposed Villas at Winter Park, a project of 25 new single-family homes to be situated mostly on Hackstown Street, between St. Paul of the Cross Monastery...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    October 7, 2014

City working to empower neighborhoods and business

Making his way to the Carrick Business Association’s September meeting as its guest speaker, Henry Pyatt, small business and redevelopment manager in the Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment (BNE) in the City of Pittsburgh, was there to listen to...

 

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