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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 18, 2017 

Another 'virtual block watch' could be coming to S. Pittsburgh

Warrington Avenue in Allentown may soon have a “virtual block watch” similar to one on Brownsville Road in Carrick. Speaking at the Allentown CDC April meeting, Zone 3 officer Nathan Auvil explained after 14 cameras were installed in a two-block...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 18, 2017 

Parking Enforcement District going as expected, could generate $250,000 a year for South Side

By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer The April 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the introduction of the Dept. of City Planning’s new neighborhood planner, Felipe Palomo, an architect. He is the replacement for the former...

 
 Front Page    April 18, 2017 

Brashear Association has come a long way, baby

Back in 1968, Virginia Slims cigarettes had a slogan with its commercial, "You've come a long way, baby." This slogan reminds me of Brashear Association's 100-year history. My tenure on Brashear...

 
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    April 11, 2017

South Pittsburgh leads city in fatal drug overdoses

The impact of ongoing opiate abuse and drug-related crimes on Carrick and other South Pittsburgh neighborhoods was addressed at this month’s Carrick / Overbrook Crime Watch meeting last Monday in the Concord K5 auditorium. The Zone 3 monthly crime...

 
 Front Page    April 11, 2017  
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 11, 2017

Parks, parklets and park groups plans presented at Allentown CDC

Parks, parklets and friends of parks highlighted the April meeting of the Allentown CDC. Guest speakers included Erin Tobin, community outreach coordinator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy; Sarah Baxendell, project manager, Greenspace Asset...

 
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    April 4, 2017

Upcoming park amenities refined in community process

The second in a series of community feedback meetings involving a $1.5 million redesign of McKinley Park took place last Thursday in the McKinley Activities Center at 900 Delmont Avenue in Beltzhoover. The focus was on new amenities and stormwater...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 4, 2017

Recycling, neighborhood programs highlighted at community forum

Recycling, neighborhood crime, and Hilltop Alliance programs were among the topics at the March 23 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group held in the Ormsby Avenue Café. The first speaker was the city’s recycling supervisor,...

 
 Front Page    April 4, 2017

Allentown Senior Center honored as library's community partner

Recently, Cyndie Carioli, Allentown Senior Center services and activities coordinator, accepted Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's "Community Partnership" Award on behalf of the center. "I was...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 28, 2017

Boro approves new contract for police, anti-nepotism policy

Adoption of a new full-time police contract, part-time police agreement, and an anti-nepotism policy headlined the March 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver council.  Highlights of the police contract include increasing the full-time patrolman wage from...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 28, 2017

Zone 3 council recaps public safety initiatives in South neighborhoods

The March 20 Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting featured a packed room of local residents, Zone 3 officers, and city/zone officials.  The meeting began with Zone 3 community relations Officer Christine Luffey reporting that the 19th annual...

 
 Front Page    March 28, 2017

Recovery United providing recovery services in the Hilltop

Long before Carrick and neighboring Hilltop neighborhoods were identified in a 2016 report by the Allegheny County Health Department as a hot spot for opiate overdose deaths, Recovery United...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 21, 2017

A new concept proposed for 21st Street

South 21st Street between Josephine and East Carson Street may be the most unique street in South Side. Sections of 21st Street currently accommodate two travel lanes and up to four lanes of parking...

 
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    March 21, 2017

Historic districts in Carrick identified

March’s Carrick Community Council (CCC) meeting covered several topics including a historic survey of Carrick, Section 8 public housing, a new construction project in the Verizon building on Brownsville Road, and a pop-up art installation...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 21, 2017

Planning Forum updated on business, PED, pull-over lane on E. Carson St.

The first presentation at the March 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was by Sandeepa Kaleida, founder and chief executive officer of Sigma Resources. The certified minority and women-owned technology and IT business develops software and...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 21, 2017

Proposed housing discussed at S.S. Slopes general meeting

The March general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) included news about South Side Park, OpenStreetsPGH, the new South Watch public safety/code compliance initiative, and more. It was held on March 14 at the Henry...

 
 Front Page    March 21, 2017

Arlington hears promises about spray park for The Fort, again

It's hard to blame members of the Arlington Civic Council (ACC) for being skeptical when city officials come to their meetings and tell them a spray park is coming. They've heard it again and again...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 14, 2017

Mayor provides updates on state of the city at Allentown meeting

Mayor William Peduto visited the March Allentown CDC meeting at the Allentown Senior Center last week to provide a few updates about what was happening "Downtown." He began by saying when the latest...

 
 Front Page    March 14, 2017

South Side parking meters will be enforced 'til midnight on weekends

Drivers coming to South Side will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to continue to park at metered spaces on Friday and Saturday nights beginning this Friday, March 17 at 6 p.m. The South...

 
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    March 14, 2017

Police ask for volunteers for program in Carrick

Zone 3 police are seeking community volunteers for a new pilot program that will help document and map the locations of all surveillance cameras within the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The concept was presented to the Carrick community by Zone 3...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 7, 2017

City outlines safety measures for St. Pat's parade day festivities

Concerned about some “questionable” behavior on South Side he witnessed during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and public safety officials met last week with several...

 
 Front Page    March 7, 2017

New police chief Scott Schubert plans to keep things moving ahead

The Zone 3 Public Safety Council invited area residents to meet new Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert at a Feb. 22 meeting at Kingdom Life Fellowship Pittsburgh in Knoxville.  "I love...

 
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 28, 2017

Mt. Oliver Borough approves new Comprehensive Plan

The adoption of the Mt. Oliver Borough Comprehensive Plan headlined the Feb. 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. The purpose of the plan "is to decide what the future of the borough will be,"...

 
 Front Page    February 28, 2017

First meeting of new South Watch is slated for March 8 at Brashear Center

After a year of planning, the first South Watch meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 at noon at the Brashear Association, 2005 Sarah Street. The agenda will begin with introductions by the meeting chairs and a presentation on the purpose and...

 
 Front Page    February 21, 2017

Questions about new townhouses, drive-thru restaurant at S.S. forum

A new city website, accessible on computers and mobile devices, that allows users to view public safety data, building code violations, city facility information, and more on an interactive map, was the sole presentation at the Feb. 14. meeting of...

 

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