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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 17, 2017 

Councilman disappointed in Villas decision

The Mission Street Bridge, South Side Park, and South Side Smooth Streets were among the topics at the Jan. 10 meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) held at the Brashear Center in the South Side Flats. City Councilman Bruc...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    January 17, 2017 

PWSA officials explain about lead in water

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials came to the South Side Market House to talk to Council District 3 residents about lead in drinking, but they emphasized they are still learning the exten...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 17, 2017 

Forum looks to add members before March

The controversial, proposed “Villas at Winter Park” single-family, 13-home residential development off Hackstown St. in the Slopes is back again following the recent overturning Common Pleas Judge Joseph James of two Planning Commission...

 Front Page    January 10, 2017

Residents questions new Wharton St. development

A proposed 316-unit apartment complex planned for Wharton St. near the Birmingham Bridge in the South Side Flats is drawing nearby residents' complaints about obstruction of views, increased traffic,...

 Front Page    January 10, 2017

Brashear holiday assistance campaign helped 650 families with food and toys

The Brashear Association, a South Pittsburgh community service agency, sustained a high level of service during its recent holiday assistance campaign. In each year for the past seven years, Brashear...

 Front Page    January 3, 2017  
 Front Page    January 3, 2017

No print edition this week of South Pittsburgh Reporter

The South Pittsburgh Reporter kicked off the New Year by publishing online versions only for January 3, 2017. Tom Smith, editor of The South Pittsburgh Reporter, noted the week leading up to the first week of the new year is typically a slow news...

 Front Page    January 3, 2017

South Side council hosting meeting on Wharton housing

The South Side Community Council will host a special meeting with Edwards Communities Development Corp. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. at the Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street. Edwards Communities Development is proposing to build 320-340 housing...

 Front Page    January 3, 2017  
 Front Page    January 3, 2017

PWSA meetings will discuss lead in city drinking water

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will hold community meetings to present information on lead in drinking water. PWSA leadership, in conjunction with the Allegheny County Health Department and the United Way, will give presentations on...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 27, 2016

No tax increase in Mt. Oliver for '17

There will be no tax increase for Mt. Oliver residents in 2017 following adoption of a $1,972,282 general fund budget at the Dec. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. The millage rate was last raised in 2006. Budget highlights for 2017 include:...

 Front Page    December 27, 2016

County, city working on a holiday schedule

Allegheny County offices will have revised schedules due to the holiday observances. On Friday, Dec. 30, the Court of Common Pleas, the District Attorney’s office, and the Department of Court Records will be closed in observance of New Year’s Eve...

 Front Page    December 27, 2016  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 20, 2016

PED encompasses more than parking in the South Side

A presentation on the proposed South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) initiative headlined the Dec. 13 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. City officials in attendance included city Councilman Bruce Kraus, Chief Operations Officer Guy...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 20, 2016

A snapshot of the South Side Parking Enhancement District

The proposed Parking Enhancement District in South Side will encompass not only metered and residential parking in the neighborhood, but also the way people are encouraged to move in and out of the community. • Metered parking in the Historic Distr...

 Front Page    December 20, 2016  
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 20, 2016

Parking concerns expressed to police at Arlington Civic meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Arlington Civic Council (ACC) had a public safety focus with Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon, motorcycle officer Dale Ruble and officer Christine Luffey. In addition, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and State...

 Front Page    December 13, 2016  
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 13, 2016

Commander talks about challenges facing the police

Concerned with some recent shootings in and around the Allentown neighborhood, the Allentown CDC asked Zone 3 commander Karen Dixon to speak at the December public meeting of the organization. “We know who it was.” Command Dixon said of the most...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    December 13, 2016

Carrick/Overbrook hears recap of safety issues, Big Brothers, Sisters

Food and gifts donated from more than 40 local businesses accompanied this month’s crime update as the Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch celebrated its annual holiday party last Monday in the Concord K5 cafeteria on Brownsville Road. Prior to the...

 Front Page    December 6, 2016  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 6, 2016

Zone 3 should be up to 107 officers in the new year

The officials in attendance at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council were city Council President Bruce Kraus, Acting Police Chief Scott Schubert, Commander Karen Dixon, and Officer Christine Luffey. The meeting was conducted by...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    December 6, 2016

A year later, Amanda McKnight still wonders why

By Margaret L. Smykla, Contributing Writer At 8:30 pm on Nov. 1, 2015, David McIntyre, 11, and his brother, Christopher Mikula-Conrad, called CJ, 16, were playing video baseball when a man suddenly...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 29, 2016

Mt. Oliver takes care of business, 'Up on the Hilltop'

Details of a Dec. 3 Holiday Jubilee in the 100-200 blocks of Brownsville Rd. was a highlight of the brief Nov. 21 meeting of Mt. Oliver council. Absent this evening were Mayor James Cassidy and Councilwoman Tina Reft. Called “Up On the Hilltop,”...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    November 29, 2016

Community group asks for action on wish list given to councilman

The former Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held its first meeting on Nov. 17 since changing its name to the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Community Group. The meeting was held in the Ormsby Avenue Café. “We’re coming into the twenty-first cent...


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