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By Margaret Smyka
Contributing Writer 

Slopes receives international award for Monastery gateway garden scrim


A brief meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association on June 8 began with news of international recognition of the Monastery Street Park.

Board president Brad Palmisiano said the award was announced at the annual conference of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design in early June in Washington, D.C.

In attendance were SSSNA board members Peter Kreuthmeier and Mark Zalenchak. The 2010 SEGD Design Awards recognize "exceptional environmental graphic design.

"The South Side Slopes is on the map," said Mr. Kreuthmeier.

The 50-feet abstract representation of the Slopes is located on a small piece of land overlooking Downtown and Carson St. at a site that serves as a major connector between the Flats and Slopes. The design was by Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects.

The design team was Mr. Kreuthmeier, principal in charge; Karen Loysen, Sallyann Kluz, Dave Green, and Jennifer McCarthy-Lovell.

The jury comment was: "This solution to a simple retaining wall creates a striking first impression. The elegant use of a single material conveys a bold statement about the community it celebrates, and the abstract rendition of the neighborhood plan in relief beckons the viewer to enquire more about the place."

There were 42 projects selected for recognition from a total of 430 entries. The SEGD is a global community of people who work at the intersection of communication design and the built environment.

For more information on the awards, visit:

Moving on, Mr. Palmisiano said if a group of neighbors is willing to take care of a particular piece of neighborhood green space, contact him. For a clean-up or gardening, the SSSNA will provide tools and gloves and an "SSSNA E-Blast" email to recruit potential volunteers.

The evening's only guest speaker was Jennifer Jeffers, a Brashear Association board member, who talked about the organization's Christmas in July toy drive.

The Brashear Association is a United Way agency that provides a wide range of services, she said.

One of its services is a toy drive which begins in the summer so as not to run short of toys to distribute in December for Christmas.

For the second year, the Brashear Association will partner with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 510 South 27th St., for the toy drive from June 12 to July 13.

During that time, any book or toy purchased on behalf of Brashear will receive 10 percent off that donated item. Buyers will also receive a raffle ticket for a Sonoma Sunday Deluxe Picnic Basket to be awarded at a July 14 fundraising/toy drive event.

All proceeds benefit Brashear Association's Holiday Assistance Program, serving South Pittsburgh families for more than 90 years.

The fundraising/toy drive event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 14 at the Double Wide Grill, 2339 E. Carson St.

Called the "Second Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive and Happy Hour," admission requires a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation.

Last year, similar events resulted in 300 toys. It was the pilot year for both initiatives.

"The economy is not getting better and the need is growing," said Ms. Jeffers.

The next gathering of the SSSNA will be its annual Summer Celebration at 6:30 p.m. on July 13 at Games ‘n ‘At, 2010 Josephine St. Everyone is welcome to stop by for hot dogs, hamburgers, and unlimited video games. Those attending should feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

A walk through the park might be included in the festivities, said Mr. Palmisiano.


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