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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 16, 2017 

Bike lane coming to 18th Street

The May general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) included news about the proposed South 18th St. bike climbing lane, South Side Park, OpenStreetsPGH, the annual Summer Picnic, and more. It was held on May 9 at the...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 16, 2017 

Business plan for South Side

A Parking Enforcement District (PED) update, the city's new fireboat, and a future business plan for East Carson St. were among the topics at the May 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 16, 2017 

Health care access, new internet service, parklet progress discussed in Allentown

Access to health care, a new parklet, the fate of an anchor business and innovative solution to internet access for businesses were topics discussed at the Allentown Community Development Corp’s (ACDC) May public meeting. Peter Kaufmann, a...

 Front Page    May 9, 2017  
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    May 9, 2017

Carrick near top in opioid overdoses in city neighborhoods

Opioid overdoses continue to climb in Carrick as the neighborhood is on pace to triple last year’s total and currently has the second most opioid-related incidents out of all city neighborhoods in 2017. The statistics, provided by Pittsburgh...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 9, 2017

Candidates vie for Council District 4 seat

City of Pittsburgh Council District 4 is the only City Council race in this year's Primary Election being contested with two Democrats vying to run against the only Republican candidate on the...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 2, 2017

Initially, extended hours meter parking meets expectations

Parking has been a challenge in South Side for more than half a century. In the mid-1960s, the South Side Chamber of Commerce first commissioned a parking study which determined: There wasn’t enough of it! Over the past 50 years things haven’t...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 2, 2017

City wide public safety meeting focuses on city's opiod epidemic

The spring city wide public safety meeting focusing on the opioid epidemic and other addictions drew more than 125 people to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill on April 19. It featured a presentation and discussion by victims, first...

 Front Page    May 2, 2017

Artists work with Graffiti Watch to learn, display neighborhood's history

South Side Community Council's Graffiti Watch volunteers have been meeting monthly during the warm months over the last 10 years to paint over graffiti in the Flats. Although these efforts have helped to control the amount of graffiti in the...

 Front Page    April 25, 2017  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 25, 2017

Borough could see additional businesses

In the absence of council President Amber McGough and vice-president Nick Viglione, the April 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver council was conducted by Councilman Justin Viale. In the public hearings which now occur at the start of meetings, Jorg Gerlach...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    April 25, 2017

MWCDC moving to new digs in May

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) is moving to a new home inside of Haven Heights Methodist Church on Virginia Avenue to make way for a souvenir shop that is expected to open in its current Shiloh Street location...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 25, 2017

MAD DADS may soon be mentoring area youth on Hilltop street corners

MAD DADS, clean-ups, graffiti, and squatters were among the topics at the April 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held in the Zone 3 station. Officer Nathan Auvil began the meeting with news that he is working on a Warrington Ave....

 Front Page    April 25, 2017  
 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...


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