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By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

Alliance working in Hilltop communities


September 15, 2009

The announcement of the winners in the annual "Carrick Goes Gardening" contest was the focus of the Sept. 9 meeting of Carrick Community Council.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage and recognize the efforts of Carrick residents and businesses while beautifying the community.

As announced by Mike Woshner, the winners are: Anna and Dave Caruso, Jean Fink, Mary Aul, and Jean Young.

There were 32 entries. All entrants in attendance at the meeting received chrysanthemum flowers.

Besides Mr. Woshner, the other contest official was Carol Readshaw.

The contest has been held since 1995.

In other news, the Carrick Litter Patrol will next gather on Sept. 19 and 20 in the back of the Carrick shopping center. The clean-ups begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Community organizer Sara Bennett told attendees anyone interested in creating positive change on the Hilltop should come to an Oct. 1 meeting sponsored by the Hilltop Alliance.

The group is focused on bringing people together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for Hilltop residents and communities. Carrick is the most populous neighborhood on the Hilltop, she said.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish center, 832 Climax St. Free childcare and dinner will be provided.

Attendees will be broken into groups of 10 people, with each group choosing five convenient times to meet. Discussion items include how to keep streets safe, break down barriers, bring in resources for children, and make all the neighborhoods better.

All of the groups will meet for an action forum on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish center. There, ideas will be chosen to act upon.

The community council meeting began with District Justice Richard King distributing copies of the new "Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act," which he called "a really good piece of legislation."

It is designed to protect private homes from unscrupulous home improvement contractors.

Its key provisions include: requires contractors to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the attorney general's office; requires proof of liability insurance; and requires the contract to be in writing, legible, and containing the home improvement contractor registration number.


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