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Residents concerned with who will maintain Moore Park after cleanup

What does the future hold for Moore Park, and who will care for it was the main focus of the Brookline Area Community Council meeting on May 28. A local Girl Scout Troop teamed with Partners in Parks and recently held a clean up at...

 

Zones 3 and 4 to host city-wide public safety meeting at Market House

Zone 3 Public Safety Council President Mike Carter said his group is ready for the annual city-wide summit, set for June 18 at the Market House on the South Side. “We get to host it on odd years,” he said. “This year, it's...

 

Brookline playwright goes Into the Fire with On the Wing Theatre productions

A group of about 75 people enjoyed “Into the Fire” by Brookline playwright Jim Skiff during Ethnic Night festivities at St. Pius Church on May 13. “It's like the old...

 

Councilman Motznik sees new investment in Carrick as good sign

City Councilman Jim Motznik discussed issues that are improving the Carrick neighborhood, and a long-time activist said goodbye to her leadership post at the Carrick Community Council meeting on May 14. Motznik touted Eckerd's $4...

 

Firefighters want more input into budget cuts, say South Hills could ‘take the biggest hit'

Joe King, president of Firefighters Local Union #1, says firefighters should have a greater amount of input into proposed city budget spending cuts and the department's role in the future. That was the focus of his message as he...

 

Arlington council elects officers, considers how to handle problem neighbors

A more impassioned than expected officer election highlighted the Arlington Civic Council meeting on May 5. More than 80 residents voted in the election, which only had one uncontested race: Bobbi Stiefvater was re-elected correspo...

 

Baldwin Twp. prepares for DEP report

The day some municipal managers in South Pittsburgh—as well as throughout Allegheny County—have been dreading has arrived. The DEP has responded to a collective bargaining agreement from boroughs and townships in Allegheny...

 

Youth hostel worth visiting in A-Town

The travel industry has taken an economic hit worldwide since 9/11, however, the Pittsburgh International Hostel continues to serve as a valuable resource for those who still trek their way across the country… or around the...

 

Will busking help a bustling Brookline Blvd.

Will “Busking” catch on in a working-class neighborhood like Brookline? Members of the Brookline Community Council are interested in finding out. Eric Schloss of Carnegie Mellon University and Busk Pittsburgh, extolled the...

 

Overbrook residents look to fight city to keep fire station on Rt. 51

City Councilman Jim Motznik thinks Mayor Murphy will not have enough votes on city council to go with a proposal to close as many as 11 firehouses throughout the city, including Overbrook's. He made that declaration as about two...

 

South Side Slopes to be blooming with new trees

Just as flowers and trees began blooming around the city, Josie Gaskey, who works for both PA Greenways and was appointed to the Shade Tree Commission, paid a visit to the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association. With a growing...

 

Serious crime down in Zone 4

Crime continues to be on the decline in Zone 4, according to Commander William Joyce of Zone 4 police district. The commander was the featured speaker during the zone's Public Safety Council meeting at Banksville Park on April 16....

 

BMA members predict ‘no' vote on mayor's taxes

A member of the Beechview Merchants Association is predicting that two new taxes proposed by Mayor Tom Murphy will fall on deaf ears in Harrisburg. BMA Parliamentarian Bob Hillen, who is also chairman of Pittsburgh's Republican...

 

Progress noted in Rt. 51 corridor as work continues on Rt. 88 flooding

Developments continue in Overbrook, from the Rt. 51 and Rt. 88 corridors to the Saw Mill Run Task Force and the still-building “T” line, there is a lot of activity in the community, but there's also a lot of concern. At its...

 

Block watches, signs for the times in Zone 4

Block Watch signs continue to go up in Zone 4 and residents should see more in the weeks and months to come. During the Zone 4 Public Safety Council meeting on March 19, group leaders took requests from residents for Block Watch...

 

Roddey outlines county progress, city's shortfalls

The Greater Beltzhoover Interagency Network's “Meet the County” event at Beulah Baptist Church was highlighted by Jim Roddey, who described the progress he's made as chief executive, and took a crack at some city issues while...

 

‘Be prepared' in case of emergency residents urged by city officials

After the tragedies of 9/11, cities across America were forced to study their own emergency training, said Ray DeMichiei, Pittsburgh's Operations Supervisor. “And the city needed to readdress its needs,” added Catherine Beahn,...

 

Arlington in line for six new single-family homes on the avenue

More new housing will be built in Arlington, according to Tom Hardy of the South Side Local Development Company. Hardy spoke to about 30 residents at the Arlington Civic Council and explained the first “Phase” of new housing...

 

Baldwin Twp. looking for a new tax collector for the rest of 2003

Baldwin Township is looking for a new tax collector. At its March 4 meeting, township commissioners accepted the immediate resignation of James Vidt, who has been serving as tax collector for five years. With Darrel Bichler absent...

 

Allentown poised to be the ‘next' big neighborhood in Pittsburgh

“Allentown is next,” said Allentown Civic Council President Judy Hackel at the group's February meeting. “We're the next neighborhood.” Hackel told a group of about 40 residents at the Caliguiri senior citizen high-rise...

 

Bon Air Elementary School still may have to fight to remain open

The Mayor's Commission on Education ventured into the heart of the city school district's most recent controversy when members visited Bon Air Elementary on February 20. Welcomed by the Bon Air Elementary PTO, Eloise Hirsch and Din...

 

School board official reflects on decision not to run for office again

In her last Brookline Area Community Council meeting as a member of the Pittsburgh Public School Board, Jean Woods was reflective yet still committed to her communities. “I've grown as a person because of [the position],” she...

 

Mount Oliver aims for ‘best' block watch title

Mount Oliver's new block watch has high aspirations: to be the best. Block Watch and borough officials held their third Block Watch meeting on February 23 to discuss strategies and find ways to improve communications among...

 

Mount Oliver business district could be in “Flux” with regional event

Borough Councilman Dennis Obeldobel said the Mount Oliver Area Economic Development Team is working with the Allentown Main Street Task Force to bring a “Flux” to the communities this fall. At the borough's council February mee...

 

Zone 4 wants better snow removal

Members of the Zone 4 Public Safety Council want to know what city officials will do to improve snow removal, and they want the answer at next month's meeting. Zone 4 Public Safety Council President Bob Hillen received approval...

 

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