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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 22, 2014

Grandview traffic problems will garner extra police attention

Public safety, in particular traffic along Grandview Avenue, was an emotional issue for Mount Washington residents at the July community forum of the Mount Washington Community Development Corp. District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith opened the...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    July 22, 2014

Hilltop Community Health Center moving to Mt. Washington July 28

Although only 10 years old, the Hilltop Community Health Center's (HCHC) roots began 40 years ago in Sto Rox with a program developed by two priests and an nun, Joanne Andiorio, COO of the HCHC, expla...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 8, 2014

New RPP zone will extend permit parking to 29th St.

Interest in the city's Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program is keen, for and against, as demonstrated by the attendance at the June 26 Parking Enforcement Management Plan meeting at the Emmaus...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 8, 2014

Free wireless internet coming soon to Warrington Avenue

Soon, those traveling down or stopping on Warrington Avenue in Allentown will benefit from new technology being installed to provide free public wireless internet service through the business corridor. A new “mesh wireless internet network” will...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 1, 2014

HA one step closer to farming St. Clair Village

When St. Clair Village public housing community was demolished in September 2010, few people thought it would be repurposed for anything meaningful in their lifetimes. That could all change with a...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 24, 2014

Mt. Washington residents express concern over Grandview Avenue

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation’s (MWCDC) June community forum featured a light agenda and an opportunity for community questions and answers. Ilyssa Manspeizer, MWCDC executive director, provided an update on what some of th...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 3, 2014

Councilman O'Connor talks land banking at Hilltop block meeting

District 5 Councilman Corey O’Connor recently ventured to the Hilltop to discuss the land bank legislation the city recently adopted with members of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch. Pittsburgh City Council passed the Land Bank bill about...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 13, 2014

Incumbents vie for 36th District seat

Many South Pittsburghers are faced with something they haven’t had in the past two decades: a choice for the Democratic nominee in the General Election in 36th Legislative District. Thanks to redistricting, two sitting state representatives, Harry...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 13, 2014

Erin Molchany

Erin Molchany, the freshman legislator currently representing the 22nd Legislative District (which will be moving to the eastern part of the state), is a Mount Washington resident for the last 17...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 13, 2014

Harry Readshaw

State Representative Harry A. Readshaw has been representing South Pittsburgh area residents in the state legislature since taking office in 1995. A lifelong resident of Allegheny County, Mr....

 
 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...

 

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