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By David Assad
Contributing Writer 

Carrick residents concerned with closing of bank branch


September 16, 2008

A letter-writing campaign and petition have been launched by Carrick residents/bank customers concerned about the expected closing of the Carrick branch of PNC Bank.

The bank has announced it will shut its doors at this location on December 5, leaving hundreds of local people who regularly do their banking there with the inconvenience of traveling to the PNC branch in the Whitehall Town Center almost two miles of heavily congested Brownsville Road to navigate as an alternate to do their banking.

During the Carrick Community Council meeting September 8 at Concord Elementary, District Magisterial Judge Richard King said a petition has been started to make the decision-makers at PNC's corporate headquarters in New York City aware of the hardship that will be created.

Judge King said he does not personally do his banking at this branch, but his district office regularly deals with PNC and trying to make deposits will be very difficult to meet before the end of regular business hours at 4 p.m.

Mr. King said there are two MAC machines at this location because of the volume of customers the branch attracts.

Anyone wishing to express their dismay over the anticipated branch closing is encouraged to contact Alan Trvilino, the PNC Regional Manager, at 412-762-2298. Disgruntled persons are also asked to call 1-888-251-9513, the number for PNC's corporate headquarters in New York.

Mr. King said he has already expressed his opinion about the matter to the New York headquarters about how the closing is going to effect the local magistrate's business transactions.

In another matter involving the local magistrate's office, Judge King has expressed optimism over the City Housing Court hearings that he began conducting at his Brownsville Road office every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Up until a few months ago, the hearings were conducted downtown, making it more inconvenient with persons in the South Hilltop area to attend.

Mr. King also commended Tom Smith, the publisher of the South Pittsburgh Reporter, for playing an important role in getting the word out about the upcoming hearings. Mr. Smith lists the hearing agenda each week in his weekly newspaper that is circulated throughout the Mr. King's magisterial district.

"Tom does a very good job with the newspaper in general and he has been very helpful getting the message out," Mr. King said.

In another magisterial matter, a woman who lives near Phillips Park next to Carrick High School, complained about people who allow their dogs to run loose in the park without a lease. She also noticed that some people who do clean up after their dogs who deposit fecal matter on the ground. Judge King said anyone reported not leashing or cleaning up after their pets can be subject to substantial fines.

Carrick Community Council president Jean Fink, the local Pittsburgh Public School Board member, announced that major renovation construction is expected to begin at Concord Elementary School before "the end of the year". Mrs. Fink noted that once the reconstruction project is completed, the modern amenities added to the school will rival those of the renovated Roosevelt School, three-quarters of a mile away. Both schools are situated along Brownsville Road.

She said city council recently gave the zoning approval for the work to begin.

"It's been a slow [bureaucratic] process, but everything is shaping up," Mrs. Fink said. "I'm anxious to get started."


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