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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 21, 2015 

South Side updated on developments, organization plans

Updates filled most of the April 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum in which there were no presentations. In his report of the Development Review Committee (DRC), Peter Kreuthmeier said developers of the Village Green parking garage will go...

 By Jennifer Szweda Jordan    Front Page    April 21, 2015 

Lifelong Allentowner witnessed the changes in her neighborhood

Ninety-year-old Helen Baney's officially retired from working with Allentown's commercial leaders, but she's still often dressed for business. On a recent afternoon, Mrs. Baney donned sling-back...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    April 14, 2015

Winter Park Villas have developer and residents disagreeing

The latest and final revision of the Winter Park Villas by Cipriani Studios is set to decrease the number of single-family homes from 27 to 20 and include three new street extensions to be built off...

 Front Page    April 14, 2015  
 By Jennifer Szweda Jordan    Front Page    April 14, 2015

Commander assures block watch help is on the way for Zone 3

A big auto heist, a man hiding 36 bags of heroin in the crotch of his pants, and a rise in copper stolen from abandoned buildings. These were among the crimes police described in Carrick and Overbrook at the communities’ block watch meeting on...

 Front Page    April 7, 2015  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 7, 2015

Mt. O. City block watch learns more about the status of area projects

Block watch coordinator Suzanne Photos began the March 26 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch with an update on the tentative revitalization plan for the former St. Clair Village and adjacent neighborhood. She said she talked to...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 7, 2015

Volunteers surveying Beltzhoover properties to develop a community blight reduction plan

Volunteers are being sought to help conduct a condition survey of all residential property in Beltzhoover. The project involves conducting a comprehensive inventory of more than 1,500 parcels in Beltzhoover, after which a framework of a blight...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 31, 2015

Zone 3 commander updates safety council on St. Patrick's efforts

The March meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council meeting began with good news about two recent events. The first was the 17th annual “Biscuits Bingo,” fundraiser for local animal organizations held March 7, at the IBEW Hall Local #5, South...

 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,...

 Front Page    March 31, 2015  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 24, 2015

Boro announces 2015 street paving program plans

The awarding of the paving contract at the March 16 meeting of Mount Oliver council spells good news for these streets: Kohler St. from Arlington Ave. to Walnut St.; Carl St. from Margaret St. to Bertha St.; Hays St. from Quincy to the City of...

 Front Page    March 24, 2015

Chamber St. Pat's Parade Day plan successful

The South Side Chamber Commerce partnered again with the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSBARA) to coordinate a special transportation and parking services plan for the thousands who celebrated on South Side after the March 14 St. Patrick...

 Front Page    March 24, 2015

Beltzhoover residents will be surveyed to create strategies for neighborhood

In the coming weeks, staff of Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), a non-profit community development organization working in partnership with the Hilltop Alliance, will be conducting a condition survey of all properties in Beltzhoover....

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 17, 2015

City director learns about the concerns at South Side forum

Ray Gastil, the city’s director of the Department of City Planning, was the sole presenter at the March 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Also in attendance from city government were Councilman Bruce Kraus and neighborhood planner...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    March 17, 2015

Future of Olympia Park building discussed by Mount community

The future of the historic Olympia Park community building was the focus of a small group discussion activity hosted by the Mount Washington Community Development Center (MWCDC) on Wednesday at the Mount Washington Senior Center on Virginia Avenue....

 Front Page    March 17, 2015

County Executive Fitzgerald visits Allentown's relocated senior center

Approximately 45 participants from Allentown's Henry Kaufmann Senior Center listened intently as Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, acknowledged the past difficulties encountered when...

 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 Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    March 10, 2015

Slopes neighbors updated on projects

The March 3 general meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) began with an overview of upcoming events: March 28: South Side Spring Social, Steel Cactus, 1831 E. Carson St.; 5-9 p.m. All profits from ticket sales go toward t...

 Front Page    March 10, 2015  
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So. Side puts St. Patrick's Day Parade plan in play

The South Side Chamber Commerce and the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association (SSBARA) have partnered to coordinate a special public safety, transportation and parking services plan for the cast of thousands expected to celebrate on the South Sid...

 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 Austin Vaught    Front Page    February 24, 2015

Over-occupancy a problem in some neighborhoods

Increased tenant awareness and steep fines for offenders are among the strategies local officials are considering in an effort to crackdown on over-occupancy violations in South Side neighborhoods....


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