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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    December 4, 2018 

Holiday lights will return to E. Carson, after construction

South Side will be a little less festive this holiday season without the snowflake lights decorating East Carson Street, but not because of a lack of desire on the part of the South Side Chamber of...

 

Family Healing Center is being proposed for the former Mt. Oliver school building on Hays Avenue

The former Mt. Oliver school building on Hays Avenue may soon find new life in a new unique program designed to help the families of recovering addicts, The Auberle Family Healing Center. Auberle, a...

 

The faces tell the story in new South Side Mural: Tell Your Story

South Side used to be a place where a lot of artists came to, a place where they could thrive and create, says Steve Root of South Side Public Art. And he thinks it can be that place again. South...

 

New Carrick Library opens October 20

After a decade-long community process, Carrick will have a new the first-of-its-kind library when it opens October 20. The country’s first Passive House library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s (CLP) Carrick Branch, is a better-quality...

 

Parklet is targeted by vandals for three years

Vandalism continues to plague "The Corner," a small parklet at the intersection of Mountain and Fisher in Mt. Oliver City. The latest damaged occurred sometime between Sunday, Sept. 2 after 4 p.m....

 

Parking Enhancement District Clean Team will hit the streets in S. Side this week

South Side will have a highly visible result of the neighborhood’s Parking Enhancement District (PED) this week when a new “clean team” takes to the streets. According to Councilman Bruce Kraus, the city has come to an agreement with Block by...

 

The Reporter celebrates the beginning of its 79th year

Unlike people who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries after the completion of a year, newspapers mark their time at the beginning of the year. With this edition, August 20, 2018, The South...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 17, 2018

Disruptive property law discussed by city officials at ACC meeting

Concerned with disruptive properties in the neighborhood, the Arlington Civic Council welcomed Barbara Morello, a supervisor in the Department of Public Safety for the City of Pittsburgh, to address...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 3, 2018

City officials check out a Madvac to vacuum up litter in South Side

Looking like a cross between small versions of a Vacall and a Zamboni, Jim Ahlborn, territory manager for A&H Equipment in Bridgeville, demonstrated a Madvac outdoor litter vacuum for city officials...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 12, 2018

Surveillance cameras impacting crime along E. Carson in South Side

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala returned to South Side to update the community on the high-definition surveillance cameras his office has placed along E. Carson Street, throughout t...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    June 12, 2018

Mayor updates on more police, asks for Hilltop area priorities

With summer approaching and better weather here, Mayor William Peduto hoped Allentown residents took note of more police on the streets. “I hope you’ve noticed there are more police in Zone 3,” he told residents at the June meeting of the Allen...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 22, 2018

PWSA preparing to expand its lead line replacement on Mount

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation kicked off its May public forum will a presentation from Daniel Duffy and Rachael Rampa concerning the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's (PW...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 22, 2018

MWCDC creates advocacy committee

One of the priorities coming out of the strategic planning process the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) undertook last year was a need for an advocacy committee. Michael Grande, president of the MWCDC, explained to those...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    May 8, 2018

Program will renovate facades of homes in Beltzhoover near McKinley

Looking for synergy with nearby improvements to upper McKinley Park, the Hilltop Alliance (HA) has partnered with Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) to restore the facades of 12...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    May 8, 2018

Hilltop programs aim to keep kids off the streets with academics and sports

The May meeting of the Allentown CDC had a recreation theme with speakers from YouthPlaces and the Hilltop Huskies making presentations. Cynthia James, president of YouthPlaces, said the countywide program is currently operating in ten locations,...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 17, 2018

Final draft of park master plan available for review on Thursday

A final draft of the South Side Park Master Plan will be available for review and comment on Thursday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the Arlington Recreation Center, 2201 Salisbury Street. Ruth Isaacson a member of the Friends of South Side Park (FSSP)...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 27, 2018

Changes coming to E. Carson St. to make it safer

East Carson Street is the most dangerous road in the region and the sixth most dangerous road in the state, PennDOT officials explained at The Brashear Center last week. The officials utilized crash...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    February 27, 2018

Bill Smith was a good man, a better husband and father

I began working part time for The Reporter during college in 1977. My mother, Roberta F. Smith, was the editor of the paper then and it was owned by Typecraft Press. Mom The Reporter from Typecraft...

 

Saturation Detail making a dent in crime in the South Side Flats

Addressing South Side’s South Watch meeting, Zone 3 Commander Karen Dixon said there aren’t any alarming trends in the Flats and Slopes. Responding to an inquiry about stolen car reports from South Watch members before the meeting, the commander...

 

Brashear unveils plans for Hilltop Community Center

Brashear Association invited area residents to LifeSpan's Knoxville center to learn more about plans for a new Hilltop community center. Plans call for the new community center to integrate the...

 

Virgina Carik was dedicated to making South Side a better place

Quietly tending to business over the past 50 years, Virginia Carik influenced the evolution of South Side in more ways than most people now in the neighborhood realize. A "remarkable" woman, she did e...

 

District judge works to make sure problems are abated in neighborhood

Focusing on code enforcement issues affecting quality of life issues in the South Side Flats and Slopes, South Watch each month brings residents together with local stakeholders, government, educational and more, to advocate for remediation and to...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    October 10, 2017

St. Paul's Monastery continues to anchor many on the Slopes

The Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery have been an anchor in the South Side Slopes community since arriving in North America 165 years ago in 1852. Paul Danei founded the Passionists as...

 

DA adds surveillance cameras

The number of government cameras keeping an eye on E. Carson Street in South Side increased with the addition of 13 high-definition surveillance cameras installed by the Allegheny County District...

 

Residents asked to step up and comment on city staircases

The city has more than 800 public staircases in its 90 neighborhoods, many are right-of-ways while others are considered streets, Kristin Saunders, a principle planner in the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DMI) told those...

 

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