Steve Root, a South Side Community Council board member, was selected Volunteer of the Year by the Clean Pittsburgh Commission for his work with Graffiti Watch, a group dedicated to preventing and removing graffiti.
Mr. Root and nine neighborhoods and were presented "Bob Awards," named for the late Mayor Bob O'Connor, Thursday, March 24, night at the fourth annual Meet n' Greet Mixer saluting the city's Clean Pittsburgh Stewards in 90 neighborhoods.
Judy O'Connor, the late mayor's widow, and son Corey presented the Most Connected Neighborhoods award to seven Greater Hill District Area neighborhoods of Bedford Dwellings, Crawford Square, Lower Hill, Middle Hill, Oak Hill, Schenley Heights and Uptown. Manchester was awarded for Most Improved and Greenfield for the Neighborhood of the Year.
Rocco D'Angelo, former Pittsburgh Postmaster, received a special award for his efforts to stamp out mail box graffiti. The campaign began several years ago painting out and repairing mail boxes in Mount Oliver, Carrick, South Side, Oakland, Strip, Bloomfield and Friendship.
Other volunteers nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award were: Walitta Abdullah (Beltzhoover), Monique Dietz (Stanton Heights), Dawn Harder (Carrick), Mary Savage (Homewood), Father Don Ware (South Side Slopes) and Harry Wolfe (Allentown).
Several hundred people attended the ceremony. Joining stewards and volunteers were city officials, Public Works people and members and staff of City Council.
First Niagara Bank is the presenting sponsor of this year's Meet n' Greet Mixer.