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Articles from the March 8, 2016 edition

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Brownsville Road to close Monday in Mt. Oliver for two months

A portion of Brownsville Road -- from Bausman Street to Arlington Avenue -- in Mount Oliver will close for utility work beginning Monday, March 14, at 5:00 a.m. The work is being performed by Pennsylvania American Water and... — Updated 3/14/2016


Construction on new Hillcrest Highrise expected this spring

Plans for the Wendel Inn, the Hillcrest Highrise, and the Dairy District Open Market were among several development projects discussed at the Carrick Community Council meeting in the Concord K5 auditorium last Monday. Sean Casey,... — Updated 3/10/2016


Zoning Board hearings

Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has scheduled the following public hearings of interest to South Pittsburgh residents in the first floor hearing room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown. Zone... — Updated 3/9/2016


Spring Break Camp at Warrington Rec

Spring Break Camp is coming to Warrington Recreation Center, 839 E. Warrington Avenue, for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Activities will include making tropical fruit smoothies, playing beach volleyball, coconut... — Updated 3/7/2016


Drivers 'afraid' to ride in self-driving car

Three out of four U.S. drivers report feeling “afraid” to ride in a self-driving car, according to a new survey from AAA. With today’s heightened focus on autonomous vehicles, this fear poses a potential concern to the automo... — Updated 3/7/2016


South Hills Heat track registering boys and girls

South Hills Heat Track Club, a Junior Olympic track and field team, is conducting sign-ups for the 2016 outdoor season. Practices are at McKinley Park with the first one scheduled for April 5 at 6 p.m. Membership fee is $20 for... — Updated 3/7/2016


Lower Beltzhoover Block Watch meets

The fifth year of the Lower Beltzhoover Block Watch kicks off on at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at 29 Sylvania Ave in the Community Room. The meeting is not limited to lower Beltzhoover but is open to everyone. The agenda... — Updated 3/7/2016


Penna Attorney General's office warns of new 'phishing' email scam

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office is warning Pennsylvanians of a “phishing” email scam in which scammers have misrepresented themselves as being affiliated with the Social Security Administration (SSA).... — Updated 3/7/2016


Say 'Cheers!" to Science Center's 21+ Food Science night March 11

Carnegie Science Center is teaming up with Wigle Whiskey for its next no-kids night on Friday, March 11, from 6-10 p.m. 21+ Food Science will offer a chance to taste the science of food and drink through hands-on activities -- and... — Updated 3/7/2016


Spaghetti dinner in Carrick

Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, will hold Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 23 from 4-7 p.m.  The dinner will be held in the downstairs Social Hall. Cost of the dinner is: $9 for adults and $5 for kids-$5.... — Updated 3/7/2016


One hookah smoking session delivers 25 times the tar of a single cigarette

As cigarette smoking rates fall, more people are smoking tobacco from hookahs—communal pipes that enable users to draw tobacco smoke through water. A new meta-analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows... — Updated 3/7/2016


Digital eye strain cause by overexposure

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey reports 58 percent of adults have experienced... — Updated 3/7/2016


Volunteers needed to prune trees, pick up litter in Carrick

Join the Carrick tree tenders and Carrick Community Council on Saturday, March 19 to prune trees and pick up trash on Brownsville Road. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Overbrook Boulevard and Brownsville Rd. (near... — Updated 3/7/2016


Public invited to participate in the first Innovation Week

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh are inviting all those interested to participate in the city’s inaugural Innovation Week, from April 1 through... — Updated 3/7/2016


Rep. Wheatley establishes scholarship to honor former Speaker K. Leroy Irvis

State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey have created a new annual scholarship fund for needy students in Allegheny County. The new scholarship will be the Speaker K. Leroy Irvis Scholarship Fund, named after the former Speaker of t... — Updated 3/7/2016


Open Mic Coffee House at South Side Presbyterian

The next Open Mic Coffee House at the South Side Presbyterian Church is on Friday, March 11, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to share their performing artistry, from music to poetry, dance to drama. Call 412-431-0118 or email... — Updated 3/7/2016


Roosevelt School students attentive to area challenge

Pittsburgh Roosevelt recently came out on top in a school-wide attendance challenge involving three other schools in the South Hills area. In order to win the challenge, Roosevelt had to have the most students who had perfect... — Updated 3/7/2016


Warrington Rec programs

Warrington Recreation Center has a variety of programs for youth and adults this spring. Programs include: Peter Pan Timeout for Fitness, a free program for pre-K kids, takes place on Mondays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Pre-K boys and... — Updated 3/7/2016


Affordable Housing Task Force and city will host series of public forums

The City of Pittsburgh is hosting several Deliberative Forums on the Affordable Housing Task Force’s mission to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback to city officials and Task Force members. Modeled af... — Updated 3/7/2016


The process in South Side was started, but is broken

I am writing in response to Council President Bruce Kraus’ opinion letter published in the South Pittsburgh Reporter on February 23, 2016 (S.S. provided input). Councilman Kraus promised our city a holistic, honest, and open... — Updated 3/7/2016


Industry on Industry bringing artists to Allentown

This month, the Hilltop Alliance is launching a new, innovative program, “Industry on Industry,” which will bring artists and makers to a large warehouse space in Allentown. The 20,000 sq. ft. building, currently home to a... — Updated 3/7/2016


Slovak Easter Customs Breakfast at Prince of Peace Parish

The annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast will take place at Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 19. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the rich spiritual culture and traditional Easter... — Updated 3/7/2016


St. Patrick's Day Parade plans in S.S. include use of the 'Circulator South'

Hoping to continue the successes of the past two after St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrations in South Side, city officials have outlined their after parade plans for March 12. South... — Updated 3/7/2016


Real estate transactions by RealStats

16th Ward Robert Smoker et al. to Robert Smoker at 2106 Fox Way for $25,000. 17th Ward RE 360 Partn. GP LLC to Eli and Linda Kasan at 1516 Clinton St. for $45,000. Patrick Sandle to Bala Ram and Vaidehi Kumar at 1617 Franklin Court... — Updated 3/7/2016


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