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 By Tom Smith    Front Page 

South Side was quiet in August, public safety strategy to continue

The September meeting of the South Side Planning Forum, the final meeting being hosted by City of Pittsburgh’s Mayor’s Office, featured updates from Neighborhood Services Manager Rebekkah Renallo and Deputy Chief of Staff to... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page 

Mt. Oliver Council looks at parking, considers support for gun argument

The September public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council included a short presentation from Ceasefire PA asking the council to support a brief being filed before the... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Parking, use of plaza discussed at boro meeting

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council's July meeting was light on agenda, but included lively discussion initiated by area residents. Attending the meeting were council members: Amber... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver studies use of The Deck

Mt. Oliver Borough Council is exploring establishing rules for groups and businesses to use The Deck on Brownsville Road next to the Municipal Building. The July public Business... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Tom Smith    News

New Brashear CARES center is open for business in Knoxville

The Brashear Association's new Brashear CARES Center at 320 Brownsville Road in Knoxville held a Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, May 27. The Association recently renovated the... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Pittsburgh Mayor Gainey outlines his Plan for Peace

City of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey recently came to Beltzhoover to outline his Plan for Peace to reduce violence in the city. Noting the increase in violent crime in the... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

MO Council considers new meeting guidelines

A request to eliminate parking from both sides of the 100 block of Holzer Street in Mt. Oliver opened the May public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council. Attending were... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Boro to start program to cut grass for seniors

Mt. Oliver Borough will begin a pilot program for senior citizens, disabled and veterans to help with keeping the grass cut on their property. The program, as discussed at the May p... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver program to honor veterans moves forward with new guidelines

After a series of fits and starts, the Mt. Oliver Borough Military Banner Program is poised to display photographs on banners on light poles in the business district. Prior to... — Updated 5/12/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Public safety a priority for police in South Side going into the summer

City of Pittsburgh Public Safety officials addressed neighborhood concerns at the South Side Community Council’s (SSCC) recent biannual public meeting via Zoom. SSCC President Barbara Rudiak began the presentation by introducing... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Carrick Community Council planning for spring

Donna McManus, president of the Carrick Community Council (CCC), opened the March general meeting of the group by introducing State Rep. Jessica Benham. Rep. Benham opened her... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Animal control issues considered by Mount Oliver Boro Council

Mt. Oliver Borough Council's March public meeting began with a public hearing concerning dog attacks in the borough. Emilie Nottle requested the public hearing to advocate for... — Updated 4/7/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough moves to change rental inspection schedule

The February public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council discussions on the number of reserved handicapped parking spaces in the borough and amending the Rental License... — Updated 3/10/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

NPP program in Mt. Oliver/Knoxville will focus on businesses and residents

In early November 2021, two Hilltop organizations received word their applications for Neighborhood Partnership Programs (NPP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) had been approved. The... — Updated 2/24/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough to consider changing rental inspections times

The postponed January meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council began with a public hearing requested by former mayor Frank Bernardini. Mr. Bernardini expressed concerns about... — Updated 2/9/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver makes history with first woman mayor

The 2022 Mt. Oliver Borough Re-Organization Meeting on January 3 was night of firsts. For the first time in its history Mt. Oliver has a woman as its mayor. In a short swearing-in c... — Updated 2/1/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Hilltop Alliance continues work in Allentown with second NPP

In early November 2021, two Hilltop organizations received word their applications for Neighborhood Partnership Programs (NPP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) had been approved. The... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver Borough passes General Budget with no tax increase

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council approved the 2022 Borough General Budget without comment at the December public meeting of the council. The council approved the budget by a 5-0 vote... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

State officials discuss their roles in liquor license enforcement

Concerned about the uptick in crime seemingly related to alcohol serving venues in South Side, State Rep. Jessica Benham brought together Pennsylvania Liquor Enforcement (LCE) and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Bureau (PLCB) for a pan... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

No real estate tax increase for 2022 in Mt. Oliver Boro

There will be no increase in the Real Estate tax for Mt. Oliver Borough for 2022. At the November public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council, the council adopted the 2022 Fee... — Updated 12/2/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Alliance, partners to build 31 single-family homes

Last week, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency announced the Hilltop Alliance and its development partner Gatesburg Road Development had been awarded $1,042,763 in Low Income... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Mt. Oliver officials look into possible sidewalk grant program for residents

A decision on a request from a Mt. Oliver property owner to remove a broken sidewalk and replace it with grass was postponed while the Borough Council explores options. The... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Storm water fee discussed at council bi-annual meeting

The biannual general meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured a presentation concerning storm water by Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) officials;... — Updated 10/19/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Roberta F. Smith, longtime Reporter editor

Roberta A story I frequently tell is when I graduated from journalism school my mother said I could work for her until I found a real job. That was in January of 1979 and my... — Updated 9/30/2021

 By Tom Smith    Front Page

Boro council hears concerns about scooters, speeders and senior residence

Mt. Oliver Borough Council's September public meeting was in-person with all council members present and along with a number of people in the gallery. Council President Amber McGoug... — Updated 9/30/2021


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