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 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    February 2, 2016 

St. John Vianney Church closure could impact food pantries

As of now, the food pantry at Saint John Vianney Parish, and Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop, will continue at the parish site until a decision is rendered otherwise.  That is according to volunteer Mary Fleisner, who coordinates the food pantry, and...

 Front Page    February 2, 2016 

Latest Hilltop farm plans explained at Mount Oliver City Block Watch

The proposed Hilltop Farm Master Plan was the main focus of the Jan. 28 meeting of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch held in the Ormsby Avenue Cafe. The meeting drew about 80 attendees. Aaron...

 Front Page    January 26, 2016

Pittsburgh Diocese will close St. John Vianney

Mounting debt and declining attendance were considerations in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's decision to close Saint John Vianney Parish on the Hilltop. "This decision was a very difficult one...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 26, 2016

Councilman's resignation accepted, officers recognized at boro council

A councilman’s resignation, and recognition for two borough police officers, kicked off the first regular Mount Oliver council meeting of 2016. It began with council voting to accept the resignation letter of Frank Bernardini. Mr. Bernardini had...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 26, 2016

Slopes association will survey area residents concerning neighborhood

The January 19 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) featured a neighborhood survey, update on trail signs in South Side Park, and news on renovations at the Giant Eagle on Wharton St.  The meeting was...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    January 26, 2016

Mount residents updated on 311 process, direction

An overview of the new 311 complaint process and a brief update on the executive director plans were topics discussed at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) community forum last Thursday at the Mount Washington Senior...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    January 19, 2016

CLP-Carrick next up for a library makeover

About 75 people crowded into a makeshift meeting space at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Carrick on Jan. 14 for a meeting on a clearly visible need: more space. But after learning about the...

 Front Page    January 19, 2016

URA approves $1.2 million in loans to support Hillcrest Senior Residences

The Urban Redevelopment Authority board voted last week to approve loans for a new, energy-efficient mixed-income senior housing building in Carrick. The URA approved $1.2 million in loans to support the $15.7 million development of the Hillcrest Sen...

 By Mia Rupani    Front Page    January 12, 2016

Josephine at 18th intersection will be redesigned

A traffic light will finally be installed at the intersection of S. 18th and Josephine streets in the South Side Slopes following complaints from nearby residents for years, according to Councilman Br...

 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    January 12, 2016

Block watch members learn more about starting new group from police, city officials

Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Safety and Zone 3 police officers urged Carrick residents to consider forming more block watch groups and provided instructions on how to do so at the Carrick / Overbrook Crime Watch meeting last Monday. Zone 3...

 Front Page    January 12, 2016

Borough reorganization meeting

Change came once again to the Mount Oliver Borough Council when three new members and a new president were sworn in at the council's Reorganization Meeting on Monday, Jan. 4. Sworn in for their first...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    January 5, 2016

Coalition works to end the violence in South Pittsburgh

Concerned with escalating violence in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, the South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace (SPCP) recently convened a town hall meeting to draw awareness to the problem. Moderated by Rev. Eileen Smith, the forum included faith...

 Front Page    January 5, 2016

Brashear serves record number of families during the holiday season

The Brashear Association continues to set new records for service during its recent holiday assistance campaign. In each year for the past six years, Brashear has consistently provided a greater level of food assistance and toys to more families and...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 29, 2015

Brownsville Road closing January 4 for gas/water lines

The 20,000 cars driving on Brownsville Road every day in Mount Oliver will soon have to find another way around the main business corridor. The road through Mount Oliver will be closed for the...

 Front Page    December 29, 2015  
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Boro will see no increase in millage, hire two police officers and clerk

There will be no millage increase in Mt. Oliver for 2016. In other news from the Dec. 21 council meeting, the positions of two part-time police officers and a police clerk/secretary will soon be advertised. Shutoffs for delinquent sewage accounts of...

 Front Page    December 29, 2015

Change in mail pick up coming for South Side

Changes are coming for South Side residents and businesses in the 15203 Postal Zip Code. Beginning the first of the year, those who have received “Notice Left” mail will be required to go to the Mount Oliver Post Office at 140 Brownsville Road...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 22, 2015

Riverfront IPOD will change zoning along all Pittsburgh's rivers

The City of Pittsburgh has begun a process to transform riverfront property from an industrial commodity to being an amenity with not only a local but also a regional draw. Speaking at the December meeting of the South Side Planning Forum, City...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 22, 2015

Coat drive keeps Hilltop kids warm as colder winter weather approaches

As cold winter weather approached Dr. Jamil Bey from Pgh Works met with Birmingham Foundation executive director Mark Bibro along with Janae Dandridge and Jennifer Tyler, counselors at Pittsburgh...

 Front Page    December 22, 2015

Reporter editor will lead Brasher Board

New officers were installed at the December meeting of the Board of Directors of The Brashear Association. The South Pittsburgh community service agency will be led by Tom Smith, the editor and publisher of The South Pittsburgh Reporter. Mr. Smith...

 Front Page    December 22, 2015  
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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 15, 2015

Parking concerns are front and center at South Side forum

Parking issues dominated discussion at the December meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. First on the agenda Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon talked about the reasoning behind eliminating parking on East Carson Street from 12th to 17th streets on...

 Front Page    December 15, 2015  
 By Austin Vaught    Front Page    December 15, 2015

Carrick crime watch updated on events happening in the community

A flurry of minor community updates along with a holiday celebration highlighted this month’s Carrick / Overbrook Crime Watch meeting in the Concord K5 cafeteria. The Carrick / Overbrook block watch hosted a holiday party during this month’s...


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