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New South Side private high school has begun classes

A “first week of school” update on the new City of Bridges High School kicked off the Sept. 10 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The brief presentation was by Randy Bartlett, Ph.D., head of the private high school located on the fourth...

 

Mt. O. now appealing, winning real estate assessments in boro

The Aug. 19 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council began with President Amber McGough congratulating borough manager Rick Hopkinson on his being named one of the 30 Under 30 awardees by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The Aug. 9-15 issue states: “The...

 

PED revenue continues to be consistent, plans for Esser Plaza progress

The July 30 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with an update on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The revenue from...

 

Mayor says there's no safe place to set off fireworks in the boro

Fireworks, leashed dogs, and killing chickens in the borough were among the topics discussed at the July 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver Borough Council. Council members Barbara Keener and Dave Lowe were absent. The meeting began with the public safety...

 

Zone 3 safety council reviews picnic, looks forward to National Night Out

Celebrating the success of the Picnic with the Police kicked off the July 15 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council at the Knoxville Library. The family-oriented Picnic with the Police was held on June 29 at the spray park, or “the Fort,...

 

Board elections, bylaw changes at the SSCC meeting

Board elections and bylaw changes topped the annual general meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) on June 24 at the Brashear Center. The meeting also included a presentation by Allison...

 

Zone 3 safety council plans for Picnic with the Police and NNO

Two upcoming events – Picnic with the Police and National Night Out (NNO) – were the focus of the June 17 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. The family-orie...

 

Business as usual at May meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council

Upcoming social events were among the topics at the June 17 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council. Council members Aaron Graham and Barbara Keener were absent. The meeting began with the public safety report...

 

UPMC looks to rezone South Side hospital properties

A presentation on a proposed rezoning application for the South Side UPMC hospital property and associated parcels kicked off the June 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Benjamin Kelley,...

 

City considering a cul-de-sac for Mathews at site of new Division 4

A second community meeting on the Dept. of Public Works' (DPW) 4th Division site redevelopment featured public safety officials addressing concerns about public safety access should a cul-de-sac be...

 

National Night Out plans in the works for Zone 3 groups

The May 20 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library began with discussion of National Night Out (NNO) on Aug. 6. Public Safety Council president Liz Style said the ann...

 

Mt. Oliver mayor continues to fight against care facility

It's not suitable for this borough. We have enough problems," Mt. Oliver Mayor Frank Bernardini said at the May 20 meeting of Mt. Oliver Council about the Auberle Family Healing Center. The issue aros...

 

Historic designation, E. Carson task forces discussed at Forum

A nomination of a South Side structure for historic designation, and updates on the East Carson St. business district strategy and the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED), were the focus of the May 14 meeting of the South Side Planning...

 

Farming, food and infrastructure discussed at Slopes May meeting

Updates on the Hilltop Urban Farm, Just Harvest farmers’ markets, and infrastructure improvements highlighted the May 14 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). Ned Brockmeyer, the Hilltop Urban Farm’s youth far...

 

Preliminary plans in the works for a new Division 4 facility

A meeting about the Dept. of Public Works’ (DPW) 4th Division site redevelopment drew about 50 residents, and public officials, to the Knoxville Library on April 22. “There are some initial plans we are going to share with you this evening,...

 

Mayor continues opposition to care facility in borough

While the Mt. Oliver Zoning Hearing Board gave conditional approval for Auberle to operate the Auberle Family Healing Center in the former Mt. Oliver School Building on Hays Avenue, Mayor Frank...

 

Construction update, new Brashear executive director at S.S. Planning Forum

A new executive director of the Brashear Association, and updates on the South Side Parking Enhancement District (PED) and the East Carson St. streetscaping project, headlined the April 9 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum.  The meeting was...

 

City OMI and CPRB explain their offices to Zone 3 Council

Presentations on investigating complaints against public safety personnel kicked off the March18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. In the first presentation, Erin Bruni of the Office of Municipal...

 

Mt. Oliver Council meeting covers parking meters to the Easter Bunny

In the mayor’s report which began the March 18 meeting of Mt. Oliver council, Mayor Frank Bernardini said the borough is in danger of losing lifelong residents due to quality-of-life decline in the neighborhood – bottles thrown in yards, trash...

 

East Carson Street work should begin this week for city

The March 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum was the last meeting chaired by Hugh Brannan. He is retiring from the Brashear Association after 36 years of service and as Planning Forum chair. City Councilman Bruce Kraus kicked off the...

 

Mt. Oliver updates rental license, street opening ordinances

A brief, 45-minute meeting of Mt. Oliver council on Feb. 18 began with the public safety report for January read by Mayor Frank Bernardini. He reported there were 598 total calls for service, and 28 drug arrests, the latter for the seizure of...

 

Zone 3 council elects new officers

Board elections highlighted the Feb. 18 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council held at the Knoxville Library. Liz Style, of the South Side Flats, was elected president. She has served as president since September following the resignation of...

 

Security added after incident at Foxtail on E. Carson Street

large fight at the Foxtail bar, 1601 East Carson Street, on Feb. 3 drew club management, police, and city officials to the February 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum to discuss the incident...

 

Boro council reminds residents of bulk storage and dumpster fees, new street opening permits

A proposal to turn the former Mt. Oliver School building into a health and care giving facility operated by the human service agency Auberle will go before the borough Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the fire hall, 120 Brownsville Rd....

 

Slopes learns of free lead line replacements from PWSA, infrastructure improvements, ShotSpotter effectiveness

City parks listening tour, lead service line replacement, infrastructure project updates, and area crime statistics were among the topics at the January 15 general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). In a brief...

 

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