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 By Tom SmithSouth    Front Page    May 19, 2015 

CLP-Knoxville will start $3.2 million renovation in June

CLP-Knoxville will close on June 27 to undergo a $3.2 million renovation to the 50-year-old building. Renovations will take 10-12 months but will not significantly change many features of the exterior of the masonry and concrete block building. The...

 Front Page    May 19, 2015 

Carrick senior residence project receives state tax credits

Carrick residents and business owners are celebrating a $1,029,560 tax credit awarded to the Hillcrest Senior Residences, a senior living development that has been in the works since 2011. The tax...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 19, 2015 

Bikes, food and permit parking highlight Planning Forum session

Bikes, food fest, and residential permit parking (RPP) were among the topics at the May 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. In the evening’s only presentation, Erin Potts of Bike Share Pittsburgh talked about the city’s new bike-sharing...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 19, 2015 

Police commander wants top three issues in Slopes

At the May 12 general meeting of the South Sides Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), new Zone 3 Commander Larry Scirotto spoke about a community-police partnership. The other brief presentation was of an overview of the proposed mosaic steps pro...

 Front Page    May 19, 2015 

South Side Hilltop's Memorial Day "Parade" coming up on Monday

The South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Parade Committee will hold Memorial Day services this weekend to commemorate their comrades and remember those who sacrificed for their country. Representatives...

 Front Page    May 12, 2015  
 By Jennifer Szweda Jordan    Front Page    May 12, 2015

Carrick residents learn fate of group home, latest crime trends

The Circle C Carrick Group Home where two teen boys fatally beat another resident has been closed. Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak made this announcement at the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch on May 4.  Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services...

 Front Page    May 12, 2015

City and ACLU reach agreement on new police hiring procedures

Seeking to increase diversity within the ranks of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the City of Pittsburgh signed a legal agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to secure cutting-edge improvements to police hiring methods. Through the...

 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    May 5, 2015

South Side, Hilltop residents question police about crime

Dirt bikes in parks and police outreach were among the topics at the April 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council. The meeting was conducted by council vice-president Ron Rompala in the absence of council president Ken Wolfe. The meeting...

 Front Page    May 5, 2015  
 By Margaret L. Smykla    Front Page    April 28, 2015

Mt. Oliver Boro hires first manager, gets update economic development

The hiring of the borough’s first ever manager -- project manager Ricky Hopkinson -- kicked off the April 20 meeting of Mount Oliver council. He was sworn in by District Justice Richard King. Mr. Hopkinson’s contract begins on May 1 and runs...

 By Jennifer Szweda Jordan    Front Page    April 28, 2015

St. John Vianney Church faces an uncertain future

St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, a towering cathedral in Allentown has "no chance to succeed," with a debt of some $2 million and a roof crumbling into the pews, according to a spokesman. Yet...

 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 28, 2015

CMU, Pitt students study and then make recommendations for the Mount

A quick introduction of Laura Guralnick, a recent hire as Economic Development Director for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC), opened the organization’s April Community Forum. MWCDC Board President Breen Masciotra said...

 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...


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