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By Al Lowe
Contributing Writer 

Mt. Washington CDC changing the way officers are elected


A suggested by-law change, if approved, for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation would allow the board of directors instead of the membership to annually elect the officers: the president, two vice presidents, secretary and treasurer.

However, in October the membership would still be able to vote to retain or to add new members to the board.

The organization held its community forum meeting on April 21 and discussed by-law changes to be voted on at an upcoming meeting in June. Unlike some previous meetings there wasn't dissension or public arguments this time around.

The by-law changes were discussed at the March forum meeting but were voted down 19 to 11. "Not enough information was given out so voters could make an educated decision," said Chris Beichner, MWCDC executive director, admitting the organization made a mistake by not explaining on either the website or through the mail what the proposed changes were and why they were needed.

A panel was available on April 21 to answer any questions. Members were: Margie Howard of the Community Technical Assistance Center, Jordan Pallitto of the Hill Group and Ed Peston, a MWCDC board member and attorney.

"This is not a debate or a gripe session," said Board President J.T. Smith. "We want to be as transparent as possible."

Another suggested change would allow board members not present to attend meetings through teleconferencing. Mr. Beichner noted attendance by board members at meetings has been higher this year than in previous years.

Other proposed changes are intended to clarify confusing language and to bring by-laws into compliance with existing laws.

Other announcements were made by Mr. Beichner at the meeting.

The "A Taste of Shiloh Street" fundraiser is set for 5 to 10 p.m. May 2. Some local businesses and restaurants on the street will offer discounts and specials to participants wearing wristbands. The wristbands will be sold for $15 each or five for $50 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the organization's office, 301 Shiloh Street.

Wristband may also be purchased at Proceeds will go towards installing and maintaining hanging baskets along Grandview Avenue and the business district.

For more information, contact MWCDC Program Manager Greg Panza at 412-481-3220, ext. 203.

Another event, "The Mount Washington Neighborhood Blitz," will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 7 with volunteers from the MWCDC and the Black and Gold City Goes Green dressed in helmets and shoulder pads going door-to-door to share money and energy saving tips.

The starting point is the Mount Washington Senior Center at 122 Virginia Avenue. Another sponsor of the activities is Duquesne Light's Watt Choices. Visit to volunteer.

Another spring volunteer opportunity is the Green Gateway Park Improvement Project intended to spruce up the Mount's Emerald View Park system. On Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., as part of the project, planting of trees and shrubs is planned for the Dilworth Park trail entrance at 515 Norton Street.

A Wild Art Wild Trails dumpsite clean-up is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 5, also part of the project. The meeting place will soon be determined. Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided. To register, call 412-481-3220, ext. 200 or contact

The City of Pittsburgh is embarking on PLANPGH, a comprehensive plan. A meeting will be held at the Mount Washington Senior Center from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27. The outcome of this session discussing strategy and goals will create a vision for the city's open spaces, parks and recreation areas and is one of several such meetings being held all over the city.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton will be the keynote speaker at a community safety training and resource fair being held by the city 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at West Penn Hospital. On hand will be representatives of: the Pittsburgh Police, the Bureau of Building Inspection, 3-1-1, 9-1-1, the Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works.

Parking is free and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registrants. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Police Chief Nate Harper and Kim Graziani, director of neighborhood initiatives, will give the opening remarks. For more information or to register call 412 391-6732 or contact

MWCDC distributed the crime statistics for March:

Reported were: six burglaries, one business burglary, 14 acts of criminal mischief, eight acts of harassment, one rape, two robberies, eight simple assaults, 12 thefts from automobiles, seven thefts from businesses, 13 thefts from persons and two drug arrests.


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