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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 10, 2020

Come down, have fun, and be safe in S.S. for St. Paddy Parade Day

"You can come to the South Side and you can enjoy everything the South Side has to offer and you can leave one thing behind and that's your vehicle," was the message District 3 councilman Bruce Kraus...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 3, 2020

Carson safety project making improvements to 33 blocks in S. Side

The long-awaited $16.31 million East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project has entered the preparatory work phase and is anticipated to begin construction work in early April. Residents were able to hear the latest plans and ask questions at a mee...

 

New steering group, area crime reports discussed in Carrick

The Brashear Association is looking for Hilltop residents to become members of a new Hilltop Program Steering Committee to drive future programing needs in the Hilltop. Kelli Murphy, a master’s level University of Pittsburgh intern with Brashear,...

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Over the Christmas holiday, I was going through the files and came across a story from...well let's let the date of the story go until the end. Those taking a look at the accompanying photo will have...

 

Readers respond to: What The Reporter means to me

Several weeks ago, I wrote a little story explaining what The Reporter has meant to me over the years. I wrote about some of the opportunities and experiences I had because of my life-long association with the weekly newspaper. I also asked you to...

 

PLI, Judge Ricciardi discuss quality of life issues

Quality of life issues took main focus at the Arlington Civic Council November meeting with guest speakers District Judge Eugene Ricciardi, City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspection’s (PLI) Government and Community Liaison S...

 

Brashear building on track, driven by programming needs

Two years ago at its 100th Anniversary celebration The Brashear Association announced an ambitious plan to build a 40,000 sq. ft. building on Brownsville Road in Knoxville. Recognizing its clientele was predominately from the Hilltop neighborhoods,...

 

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...

 

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