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PWSA to begin stormwater project in South Side Slopes, Flats

Many of Pittsburgh's sewers were built in the turn of the 20th century and are still in pretty solid shape. The problem in this watershed is that the sewers are combined sanitary and stormwater...

 
 By Tom Smith    News    June 18, 2019

Hilltop Alliance helping residents straighten out tangled titles

A problem quickly came to the surface when staff at the Hilltop Alliance began working with area residents on getting them help to make needed repairs to their homes. Although they may have occupied their homes for generations, they weren’t the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 16, 2019

Details of changes at Zone 3 council detailed at Arlington CC April meeting

“We’re doing things a little different,” Liz Style told members of the Arlington Civic Council last week. Ms. Style, president of the Zone 3 Public Safety Committee, explained the safety council has established an official database of...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 2, 2019

Auberle gets OK for healing center in the M.O. school building

The Mt. Oliver Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) has given conditional approval for Auberle to operate the Auberle Family Healing Center in the former Mt. Oliver School Building on Hays Avenue. The Family...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 19, 2019

Hugh Brannan has influenced more than Brashear during his 36-year career

Sitting in Brashear's Museum Room, where much of South Side's history took place over the last 36 years and the Association's namesake is chronicled, it seemed appropriate Hugh Brannan was discussing...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 12, 2019

Preparations made for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Calling 2018's St. Patrick's Day celebration in South Side the "most successful ever," District 3 Councilman Bruce Kraus is hoping to build on that success this year. The councilman focused planning...

 

Strategy for Carson taking shape with task force formation

South Side stakeholders came together last week to take the next steps to solve problems, real and perceived, associated with the neighborhood’s business district. Josette Fitzgibbons, neighborhood business district manager for the Urban...

 

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...

 

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