Carrick Community Council elects board members, reviews 2012


The election of four new members to the Carrick Community Council’s (CCC) board of directors was a highlight of the Nov. 14 meeting.

The four members are: Brandon Dilla, William Cordes, Sharon Alberts, and Jessica Hallahan. Their terms expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

They will complete a 12-member board that in January will elect a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

The meeting began with a slide show entitled, “2012 Year in Review and Committee Highlights,” compiled by John Rudiak that touts neighborhood activities/achievements of the past year.

Highlights include:

The awarding of a Birmingham Foundation grant with funds for a computer, software, communication equipment, and a consultant to enhance neighborhood outreach; a new community communications tri-fold booklet will also be produced.

With Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s sponsorship, $40,000 was designated for a study of an intermodal transportation development at the intersection of routes 51 and 88. Economic Development South (EDS) is taking the lead on the project.

Through EDS, Councilwoman Rudiak’s office, and Colteryahn Dairy, $50,000 from a Pittsburgh Neighborhood Renaissance Fund Grant will go to study the 1900 block of Brownsville Rd. for a new “dairy district” business project conceptual design.

Through EDS and Councilwoman Rudiak’s office, $50,000 was awarded by the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development for a study of the Brownsville Rd. main street plan and Brownsville plan.

The Carrick-Overbook Historical Society created 12 historical postcards for sale at the Carrick Carnegie Library for 50 cents each.

Its 2013 historic calendar is for sale at the Carrick Carnegie Library for $8.50 (the cost includes membership in the Society and four passes to the Heinz History Center per visit).

The Carrick-Overbook Historical Society was also instrumental in a mural description plaque that is coming soon and will detail the intricacies of the “Carrick Above Us.”

Special events in 2012 include: Communities Against Crime on July 25; Community Cornfest on Aug. 25; Mulch Madness on Oct. 20 which drew over 100 volunteers for gardening work; and Halloween costume party on Oct. 27.

Collaborative special projects: Firehouse Farm and the Phillips Park renovations, with the latter including a new gymnasium floor and exercise room.

The last slide in the presentation reminded residents it only costs $5 for an annual membership in the CCC. Each membership includes free admission year-round to the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum for up to four persons per visit.

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In committee updates, Phyllis Bianculli reported at last week’s “Fresh Friday” in the St. John Vianney parking lot, 9,000 pounds of fresh produce were distributed to 247 needy households. Fresh Friday is a project of the Hilltop Alliance, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and St. John Vianney Food Pantry.

The next Fresh Friday will be on Dec. 14. No pre-registration is required.

Carol Anthony, who conducts the Carrick/Overbrook block watch, said the Dec. 3 meeting will feature a holiday party and an informational presentation. Police department personnel will be invited.

The meetings are averaging about 40 to 50 residents, she said.

In education news, a free parent computer lab at Carrick High School will be held Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Learn to create resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, and more.

The classes began on Oct. 13, and will run every Saturday during the school year in the high school library. Enter through the building’s front door.

Call Ms. Hill at 412-885-7700 to reserve a seat. The lab is open to all ages within the community.

In his brief remarks, Carrick High School teacher Chuck Wagner said the Promise-Readiness Corps program tries to prevent drop-outs. Teams of teachers meet daily to track the progress of their assigned students.

Another program, Snow Angels, matches students with residents, such as shoveling snow for seniors.

In other education-related news, long-time school director and CCC President Jean Fink will retire from the city school board next year. CCC board member Cindy Falls, who taught for 20 years at Carrick High School, will run for the seat and be mentored by Mrs. Fink.

In other news, there will be community cooperative worship at Zion Christian Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ashleigh Deemer, chief of staff for Ms. Rudiak, said Ms. Rudiak’s face is on billboards throughout the region with the message she will raise taxes. It is a billboard tax that she and council President Darlene Harris propose.

Ms. Deemer said billboard companies pay little taxes although their messages are frequently displayed on main roads.

Billboard companies should “pay their fair share,” she said.

At evening’s end, Ms. Anthony said although the community twice defeated the establishment of an adult entertainment “gentleman’s” club in the former Ba-Da-Bing on Route 51, the issue is now before the state Superior Court.

A decision will be rendered in April.


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