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 By Tom Smith    Obituaries    May 10, 2016

Roberta Stackawitz, long-time community leader

A "remarkable wife" is the way Harry Stackawitz would describe his wife, Roberta, Gene Ricciardi recalled. Mr. Ricciardi said he met Harry Stackawitz in the 70s, a decade before he met Roberta, and...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 19, 2016

Road closure having detrimental affect on businesses

The cost of the gas and water line replacement along Brownsville Road in Mt. Oliver and Knoxville could be much higher than the $2.6 million estimated for the construction work. Merchants in the 100...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 12, 2016

Allentown highlights Next Three Days, potential new homes

Positive developments in Allentown highlighted the April meeting of the Allentown CDC (ACDC) at the Black Forge Coffee House last week. Siena Kane, Warrington Avenue business district manager, began her short presentation by introducing Jill...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    April 12, 2016

Improvements to Haberman Corridor an old idea with new life

The following story was printed online only in the March 29, 2016 edition. Improvements to the Haberman Corridor in Beltzhoover and connecting it to Upper McKinley Park are not new ideas, but have been discussed in the neighborhood dating back...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 29, 2016

An old idea, Haberman Corridor has a plan for the future

Improvements to the Haberman Corridor in Beltzhoover and connecting it to Upper McKinley Park are not new ideas, but have been discussed in the neighborhood dating back years, explained Jamil Bey, facilitator of a public meeting held in Upper...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 1, 2016

Armstrong playground on track for improvements

Armstrong Playground on 12th Street in South Side is about to undergo a facelift, and hopefully be open for business by the time school is out for the summer. City officials met with members of the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    January 5, 2016

Coalition works to end the violence in South Pittsburgh

Concerned with escalating violence in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace (SPCP) recently convened a town hall meeting to draw awareness to the problem. Moderated by Rev. Eileen Smith, the forum included faith...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 29, 2015

Brownsville Road closing January 4 for gas/water lines

The 20,000 cars driving on Brownsville Road every day in Mount Oliver will soon have to find another way around the main business corridor. The road through Mount Oliver will be closed for the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 22, 2015

Riverfront IPOD will change zoning along all Pittsburgh's rivers

The City of Pittsburgh has begun a process to transform riverfront property from an industrial commodity to being an amenity with not only a local but also a regional draw. Speaking at the December meeting of the South Side Planning Forum, City...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 22, 2015

Coat drive keeps Hilltop kids warm as colder winter weather approaches

As cold winter weather approached Dr. Jamil Bey from Pgh Works met with Birmingham Foundation executive director Mark Bibro along with Janae Dandridge and Jennifer Tyler, counselors at Pittsburgh...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 15, 2015

Parking concerns are front and center at South Side forum

Parking issues dominated discussion at the December meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. First on the agenda Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon talked about the reasoning behind eliminating parking on East Carson Street from 12th to 17th streets on...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 1, 2015

Hilltop organizations get to brag a little about their accomplishments

Each year the Hilltop Alliance (HA) brings together member organizations along with neighborhood stakeholders to spread the word on the good work being accomplished on the Hilltop by their groups....

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 24, 2015

Sociable City Plan calls for extended meter parking in S.S.

Over the last three years, the City of Pittsburgh has contracted with the Responsible Hospitality Institute out of California to work with nighttime economy stakeholders across the city to enable entertainment businesses and the neighborhoods they...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 10, 2015

Mother asks for justice in the shooting of her young sons

Amanda McKnight was putting Christmas gifts away Sunday evening, Nov. 1 when an unknown man entered her Hays Avenue home in Mount Oliver and shot and killed her 11-year-old son David McIntyre and wounded his 16-year-old brother, Christopher “CJ”...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    November 3, 2015

Hill Top church almost ready to open after fire

August 28, 2014 was a devastating day for the congregation of the Hill Top United Methodist Church on East Warrington Avenue. Around 4:30 p.m. that day, a fire broke out on the roof where workmen...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    October 20, 2015

Phase one of the Carrick Dairy District starts with groundbreaking for market

With the turn of a dozen cow-themed shovels the Carrick Dairy District Open Market came one more step closer to reality at a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Oct. 15. Since 2012 Economic...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    October 6, 2015

Beltzhoover resident works toward gaining independence

Even with her own wheels, Darnisha Burney still needs a little help getting around. The 24-year-old lives with her aunt and grandmother in Beltzhoover, but enjoys being as independent as she can be...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    September 29, 2015

Zone 3 safety council learns more about upcoming citywide meeting

In the absence of Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon and its president, the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) learned more about the upcoming citywide public safety meeting and questioned Councilman Bruce Kraus about recent offenses. Vice-president Ron...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    September 22, 2015

Arlington spray park slated for construction

Arlington residents have been talking about getting a spray park in South Side Playground, known as "The Fort," since 2008 when Mayor Luke Ravenstahl visited the playground and identified it as one...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    September 8, 2015

Carrick blitz steps, to date and next, outlined for residents

The cancelation of the St. Basil Parish Festival was the last straw for many Carrick residents and they came to the August meeting of the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch to hear a plan from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Mayor William Peduto. The solu...

 
 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...

 

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