District 4 Newsletters http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletters City Council District 4 (c) 2016 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | September 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6481 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick's">Carrick&#39;s Berg Place Apartments Set for Redevelopment</a></div> <div><a href="#TONIGHT:">TONIGHT: Brookline Teen Outreach Night at the Races</a></div> <div><a href="#Taste">Taste of Beechview: Saturday, September 10th</a></div> <div><a href="#Take">Take this Survey about Mt. Washington Businesses!</a></div> <div><a href="#BeInterviewed">Be Interviewed for the Clean Pittsburgh Commission Video!</a></div> <div><a href="#New">New Tools for Entrepreneurs</a></div> <div><a href="#Ahead">Ahead of Schedule: Port Authority&#39;s Broadway Avenue Renewal Project</a></div> <div><a href="#Port">Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline's">Brookline&#39;s Parkside Manor Renovation Now Complete</a></div> <div><a href="#Look">Look, Listen, and Learn with Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet</a></div> <div><a href="#Lock">Lock it or lose it: A Note from our Zone 6 Police</a></div> <div><a href="#Want">Want to learn to play the guitar? Scholarships available!</a></div> <div><a href="#Be">Be a Middle School Mentor in South Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Experience">Experience Downtown through Doors Open Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings</a></div> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">August was Council recess, but we kept busy with neighborhood events, meetings, and more. Here are just a few of the things we did over the past month!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">On August 2, my Chief of Staff, Ashleigh, and I went to 6 neighborhood National Night Out events. Thanks to all our hosts in Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, Brookline, and Beechview!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I also met with Mayor Peduto, the Director of Public Works, Director of City Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and project management staff to discuss the next steps for the Beechview, Broadway Avenue Multimodal improvement project, slated for 2018. A community design process for this project will begin in early 2017.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I met with Mayor Peduto again (that&#39;s twice in one week) about next steps to expanding access and quality of Pre-K education for 3 and 4 year olds in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I hosted a booth at the Brookline Breezefest! Thanks to all the organizers for such a lovely day. We had so much fun!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I met with the City&#39;s new Early Childhood Manager, a position I worked to create during the last budget approval process. The Early Childhood Manager is now responsible for coordinating efforts to provide more early childhood learning opportunities to kids in Pittsburgh, while working with providers to improve quality and expand classrooms.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I joined the Carrick Dairy District Steering Committee to discuss next steps in revitalizing the section of Brownsville Road surrounding the Colteryahn Dairy and the new Dairy District Market pavilion. My staff and I also attended Summer Scoops, the ice cream and cookie festival at the Dairy District!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office attended Coffee with a Cop (actually, several cops!) at BREW on Broadway in Beechview.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office also attended the SEIU 32 BJ Summer Picnic! Thanks to all the service workers for letting us celebrate with you.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">When Council came back into session, we honored all the Mayor&#39;s Cup baseball and softball winners from across the City with a proclamation. Congratulations again to the winning teams from Brookline and Carrick, in particular!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I enjoyed live music and delicious food at the Carrick Cornfest at Phillips Park!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office attended the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Parkside Manor on Brookline Blvd. The senior high-rise looks brand new, and is sure to remain a valuable community asset for many years to come. More details below.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I attended a Penn State Landscape Architecture studio in Beechview. This semester, students will examine creative designs for public space on Broadway Avenue, as well as the Seldom Seen Greenway. We can&#39;t wait to see what they come up with.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff attended a South Hills town hall meeting on the Opioid Epidemic. We are very concerned about this issue and are investigating ways that we can work with the State to curb heroin use and deaths in our neighborhoods.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I also attended Polish Day at Kennywood, spoke at the national conference of the American Council for Polish Culture, marched in the Labor Day parade, and more!</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Carrick's">Carrick&#39;s Berg Place Apartments Set for Redevelopment</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">This week, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved an RFP (request for proposals) for the rehabilitation of the Berg Place Apartments on Brownsville Road in Carrick. The apartment complex was once a lovely place to live, but absentee owners over the last several decades left the property in major disrepair. The City acquired the property after it was not purchased at a Treasurer&#39;s Sale, due to over $200,000 unpaid taxes, plus other liens. Our hope is that a responsible developer will submit a proposal to rehabilitate the property and make it a shining gem on Brownsville Road once more.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The drama surrounding this property goes back many years. In 2014, a utility worker discovered a large amount of raw sewage on the property, which at the time, was still home to dozens of residents. The broken sewage pipe had been left unrepaired for months, exposing residents to untreated waste. Inspectors from the City&#39;s Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections and the County Health Department were dispatched immediately, and found other major issues, such as a lack of running water. The owner, Davin Gartley, had strung together garden hoses from another property to supply residents with water. The hoses often froze in the winter, leaving residents to haul water to their apartments with buckets for everything from cooking to flushing the toilet. Inspectors also found rotted framing, blocked fire exits, and no functioning fire alarms. All in all, City inspectors found 348 building code violations. Due to remarkable health and safety issues, the Health Department ordered the relocation of all Berg Place residents. Mr. Gartley has been in and out of court since then for his neglect of this property and other criminal behavior.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">We are pleased that this property is finally in the responsible hands of an entity that has the best interests of the community in mind. We look forward to the proposal process, and will keep you updated as things move forward!</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="TONIGHT:">TONIGHT: Brookline Teen Outreach Night at the Races</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline Teen Outreach&#39;s kick-off Capital Campaign event is sure to be a night to remember. Food, fun and prizes and an evening of horse racing for ages 18 and up for only $25/person. Since opening its doors in March 2016, Brookline Teen Outreach has been providing a safe, supportive environment and inventive programming for area teens.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">They are hosting their inaugural fundraiser, Night at the Races, TONIGHT, Friday, September 9, 2016 at 520 Brookline Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15226. This event is the first of many in a capital campaign to help them reach the goal of raising $75,000 to purchase their headquarters, the American Legion building &ndash; an anchor of Brookline Boulevard. This building will not just benefit the youth of Brookline and the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In the few short months they&#39;ve been open, they have opened their doors to serve as a meeting space for more than a half dozen community groups, including the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Their operating costs are low &ndash; they are currently staffed entirely by volunteers, and almost everything inside the Center was donated by community members like you. Join us in supporting Brookline Teen Outreach as they work to solidify their presence on the Boulevard and the important work they do with South Pittsburgh teens. More information, and online registration is available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Taste">Taste of Beechview: Saturday, September 10th</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Join us on Saturday, September 10th for the 4th Annual Taste of Beechview at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue! Enjoy tasty treats from a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and more, alongside your neighbors.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Get more details, including a list of all vendors and a schedule of events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Of-Beechview-1456834981293866/">https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Of-Beechview-1456834981293866/</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Take">Take this Survey about Mt. Washington Businesses!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation cares what you think about the community&rsquo;s businesses. In order to better understand our residents about how Duquesne Heights &amp; Mount Washington&#39;s commercial areas can better serve you, please fill out the survey below. The survey should only take you less than 10 minutes: <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeeOKpRKRn41yNgunyjckUXoFM8ZbCzMIMrb5Zuy9cnpOCg/viewform">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeeOKpRKRn41yNgunyjckUXoFM8ZbCzMIMrb5Zuy9cnpOCg/viewform</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="BeInterviewed">Be Interviewed for the Clean Pittsburgh Commission Video!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">In conjunction with their 10th Annual Meet N Greet Mixer, the Clean Pittsburgh Commission is documenting litter prevention and cleanup efforts in the City. Their goal is to put together a short video to be shown at the Spring 2017 Mixer that encapsulates all the hard work and effort that goes into keeping our city clean! It is with this in mind that they are looking for neighborhoods, cleanup organizers and volunteers who are interested in being interviewed and/or having us out to your cleanup or beautification project this fall to shoot some video. If you are interested or have an event coming up please email Sarah Shea, CPC Chairperson at <a href="mailto:saraha@prc.org">saraha@prc.org</a>.</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="New">New Tools for Entrepreneurs</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The City of Pittsburgh, Mansmann Foundation, and Economic Development South are teaming up to offer a new tool for entrepreneurs, and we thought you might be interested. It&rsquo;s a new way of forming groups that let small business owners benefit from each other&#39;s experience and find support from their peers without judgment or pretense.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">This program isn&#39;t for everyone. They are looking for businesses that have been around for a little while, and have some of the basics out of the way (business planning, basic promotional materials like a website, and are in similar industries).</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">They are pleased to offer small business mentoring &quot;pods&quot; to qualifying entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh. Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Pods are like support groups for businesses, bring folks with common skills and challenges together to leverage the groups&#39; knowledge for the benefit of the individual members. Each pod will be run by a professional facilitator, but will include feedback from peers to ensure that participants have the opportunity to glean from their cohort. The below survey serves as an expression of interest for entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in a pod. Locations for pod meetings, and topics of pod focus will be determined by the results of this survey:</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Fill it out today, if you&#39;re interested in participating! <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_og0_wHDitPM_XN3VULfZ1RS9uVjw2WM7dXu6qJ2opQy2CQ/viewform">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_og0_wHDitPM_XN3VULfZ1RS9uVjw2WM7dXu6qJ2opQy2CQ/viewform</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Ahead">Ahead of Schedule: Port Authority&#39;s Broadway Avenue Renewal Project</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">If you live in Beechview or frequent Broadway Avenue, you&#39;ve probably noticed that Port Authority crews have removed most of the barriers and traffic/parking restrictions associated with the summer-long track replacement. Over the next few weeks, crews will re-install the overhead power wires, replace the rail switch at Neeld, and conduct inspection and testing of the new line. According to the Port Authority, Red Line service will be restored on Sunday, September 25th, a full two days ahead of schedule!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">We&#39;re so pleased that the Port Authority has been such an excellent partner on this project. If you have any questions between now and the conclusion of the project, you can still contact the project managers at <a href="mailto:redline@portauthority.org">redline@portauthority.org</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Port">Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">On Friday, the Port Authority&#39;s board approved big changes to the transit agency&#39;s fare structure, which will take effect on January 1st, 2017. Here&#39;s what you need to know:</p> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">There will no longer be a multi-zone structure. Everyone will pay the same fares, regardless of where you get on and off the bus or T.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Riders who use a ConnectCard get a slight discount, and will pay $2.50. Anyone paying with cash will pay 25 cents more.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Transfers are only possible with a ConnectCard, and will cost $1. Folks using cash will pay full fare.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Beginning in June of 2017, no cash fares will be accepted on the T. All riders must use the ConnectCard.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">All riders will pay upon entry, and the downtown free zone will be eliminated.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The Port Authority is doing outreach to areas of the City that tend to use more cash fares, and many new ConnectCard machines will be deployed across the region. You can also purchase and reload ConnectCards online, or purchase them in certain stores.</li> </ul> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">For more information, visit <a href="http://simple.portauthority.org">simple.portauthority.org</a> or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000.</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Brookline's">Brookline&#39;s Parkside Manor Renovation Now Complete</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Last week, Parkside Manor residents and community members celebrated the ribbon cutting of newly renovated senior apartments and common spaces at their high-rise on Brookline Boulevard. The total renovation cost for the 8-story building came to $5 million. The high-rise was originally build in 1982 and had not been substantially improved ever since.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The building also features a brand new $200,000 medical suite on site to ensure that residents have easy access to doctors. The space, which occupies the ground floor space formerly occupied by a convenience store, was created with a grant from United Healthcare.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">National Church Residences manages the property, which exclusively houses older residents with limited incomes. Parkside is so highly desired that it has an 8 month waiting list. You can get more information about living in these new apartments at 412-343-2770</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Look">Look, Listen, and Learn with Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The new superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Dr. Anthony Hamlet, is conducting a listening tour at schools across the district. This is the community&#39;s opportunity to ask important questions, and voice priorities and concerns. Here is one that will be held in South Pittsburgh:</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary (785 Dunster Street, Pittsburgh 15226) September 13, 7-9 PM</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">To see all the dates at forums across the City, check out the PPS website, here: <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/4668">http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/4668</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Lock">Lock it or lose it: A Note from our Zone 6 Police</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline is a safe neighborhood, but lately, we have been experiencing a surge in thefts from vehicles (specifically on Norwich, Chelton, Moredale, Pioneer, and Brookline Blvd). Please remember to always lock your car doors and remove valuable items from your vehicle. And always call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Theft from Vehicle is a crime of Opportunity. Thieves often take valuables from unlocked vehicle or from vehicles that have valuables in plain sight. Removing these items from the vehicle and simply locking the doors can prevent you from becoming a victim. By taking a few easy steps you can prevent these crimes from happening. Here are just a few additional tips to keep your car and your possessions safe:</p> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Always park in a well-lit area</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Lock all doors and close all windows</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Remove valuables from the passenger compartment and items that are in plain sight.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">These items include: GPS Units, Satellite Radios, Laptops, cell phones, briefcase, bags, prescription medication, clothing, shoes, checkbooks, wallets and purses.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Lock your glove box and any internal compartments</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Never leave extra car keys inside of the vehicle. Thieves often know where to find these.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Never leave a loaded firearm or any firearm inside of a vehicle.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Activate alarm or have an alarm system installed by a professional</li> </ul> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Want">Want to learn to play the guitar? Scholarships available!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Does a child in your life want to learn to play the guitar? Be the next rock star at the Carrick Cornfest or Brookline Breeze? Pittsburgh Guitars offers an annual scholarship program for 8 FREE weekly lessons for kids 9-18 years of age. Applicants should be interested in learning to play, or enhancing their playing ability and their knowledge of the guitar. If you do not have your own guitar, they will even lend you an acoustic guitar for the eight weeks of lessons.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">You can apply to win a scholarship by answering a question about your passion for music and guitars. There is a one-page application, and two easy ways to respond to our question. You can:</p> <ol> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Write an essay</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Submit a video on their YouTube channel</li> </ol> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Professional musicians from Pittsburgh Guitars will select the winners, so be creative in your answer and let your personality shine! For more information, go to <a href="http://pittsburghguitars.com/strum_together.php">http://pittsburghguitars.com/strum_together.php</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Be">Be a Middle School Mentor in South Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The United Way manages a mentorship program for middle school students at 17 schools across the region, including Brookline Elementary, South Brook, and South Hills Middle school. Volunteers commit one hour per week during the academic year, with the goal of being a positive role model at just the right time in a young person&#39;s life.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">If you would like to mentor a young person in the neighborhood, click the link to learn more and fill out the mentorship application.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a href="https://uwswpa.org/be-a-middle-school-mentor/">https://uwswpa.org/be-a-middle-school-mentor/</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Experience">Experience Downtown through Doors Open Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Have you ever passed by some of the beautiful, iconic downtown buildings and wondered what went on inside? Doors Open Pittsburgh is hosting a free 2-day event to give everyone the opportunity to explore and learn more about places ranging from theaters to private clubs, hotels, residences, government buildings, churches, and more.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The experience is free, and you don&#39;t need tickets or a reservation. Simply go to <a href="http://www.doorsopenpgh.org">www.doorsopenpgh.org</a>, pick the sites you&#39;d like to visit, create your own itinerary, and go!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Doors Open Pittsburgh October 1st and 2nd, 9 AM to 4 PM <a href="http://www.doorsopenpgh.org">www.doorsopenpgh.org</a> 412-583-1424</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Carrick Overbrook Block Watch Monday, 9/12 at 7:00 PM, Concord Elementary School (2350 Brownsville Road)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline Block Watch Tuesday, 9/13 at 7:00 PM, Judge Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Listen &amp; Learn with New Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent September 13, 7-9 PM, Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary (785 Dunster Street) Beltzhoover Community Forum Thursday, 9/15 at 5:30 PM, Beulah Baptist Church (Chalfont St)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monday, 9/19 at 7:00 PM, Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Overbrook Community Council Tuesday, 9/27 at 7:00 PM, Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:20:51 -0400 Special Alert - Chief McLay's Police Town Hall Meetings http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6417 <h3>Chief McLay&#39;s Police Town Hall Meetings</h3> <p>Join the Pittsburgh Police and Chief McLay for a Town Hall Meetings in each Police Zone. This is your opportunity to:</p> <ul> <li>Share Public Safety Concerns</li> <li>Review Crime Statistics</li> <li>Provide Feedback on Community-Police Relations</li> <li>Tell the Police How They Can Best Serve the Community</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Meeting: Wednesday, August 24th,&nbsp;</strong><strong>6-9PM -&nbsp;</strong><strong>IBEW Hall, 5 Hot Metal Street, #100, South Side Works</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Bon Air</em></li> <li><em>Carrick</em></li> <li><em>Overbrook</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 6 Meeting: Tuesday, August 30th,&nbsp;</strong><strong>6-9PM -&nbsp;</strong><strong>Brashear High School, 590 Crane Avenue 15216</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Beechview</em></li> <li><em>Brookline</em></li> </ul> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:12:21 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | August 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6353 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Congratulations">Congratulations to our Mayor&#39;s Cup Winning Teams!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Performers">Performers Will Pay Taxpayers Their Fair Share&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Looking">Looking for Public Comment on State Recovery Home Recommendations&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Mine">Mine Subsidence Insurance&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Night">Night at the Races benefiting Brookline Teen Outreach! &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Voice">Voice your Opinion on the City&#39;s 2017 Capital Budget!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Fall">Fall 2016 Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brownsville">Brownsville Road Street Lighting Improvements&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Volunteer">Volunteer Opportunities&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Calendar&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On the first day of July, we heard the fantastic news that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority approved our $600,000 grant application for street improvements for Broadway Avenue in Beechview. My office applied for the funds last summer, and Senator Wayne Fontana successfully advocated for the project in Harrisburg. There will be a public process to determine the details of the project, which is expected to include T stop renovations, improved crosswalks, enhanced signal crossings, and features to slow traffic. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On July 6th, City Council passed my bill requiring the Department of Public Works to complete pool and spray park inspections in October of each year, ensuring that problems are identified and repaired in the off-season. I introduced the bill in response to the delayed opening of Moore Pool in Brookline, which could have been prevented with an earlier inspection and more proactive approach to fixing the problem. The also requires that the Department of Public Works proactively release inspection reports as public information, to ensure accountability and transparency. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with a group of women elected officials from across the United States, who were here in Pittsburgh for the Local Progress conference. I heard some incredibly inspirational stories from people working in cities from New Orleans to Minneapolis, all the way to Culver City, CA. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff and I joined the Women&#39;s Caucus of City Council in the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade downtown. It was so lovely to see so many Pittsburghers out celebrating our city&#39;s history. Many thanks to Mr. Rick Sebak for emceeing! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Police Chief Cameron McLay to discuss recent staffing changes in the Bureau, and ways to ensure these changes are well communicated in our neighborhoods. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Saw Mill Run Watershed Coordinator, the Department of City Planning, and the Department of Public Works to talk about how to clean up the Seldom Seen Greenway, clean up the trails and restore wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I continued to meet with stakeholders in early education to lay the foundation for pre-k for all 3 and 4 years in the city of Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff attended Coffee with a Cop in Brookline at Caf&eacute; de Noir. Check out the next one in Beechview on August 17! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/870456253099377/">https://www.facebook.com/events/870456253099377/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I represented Pittsburgh at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday I cheered on boxers from South Pittsburgh and beyond at the historic &quot;Duelo del Siglo&quot; Pittsburgh vs. Cuba match on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. It was an amazing event, bringing together the best in citizen diplomacy from the United States and our neighbor to the south, Cuba. 2500 tickets sold out in 11 minutes for this series of 11 bouts, showcasing the best of our boxing talent. Thanks to the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister City Partnership for getting this event off the ground and working all year to normalize relations with Cuba. Read more here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2016/07/31/Pittsburgh-Cuba-boxing-bout-seeks-to-bridge-the-divide/stories/201607310221">http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2016/07/31/Pittsburgh-Cuba-boxing-bout-seeks-to-bridge-the-divide/stories/201607310221&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff and I also met with wildlife advocates, Uber, the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, residents concerned with zoning, Economic Development South, and many, many more!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Congratulations">Congratulations to our Mayor&#39;s Cup Winning Teams!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Each year, the best neighborhood youth baseball and softball teams in the City compete for the Mayor&#39;s Cup at PNC Park. This year, South Pittsburgh cleaned up! Brookline won the little league championship in a 5-3 nail-biter against Squirrel Hill, while Carrick&#39;s Pony team beat the 14th Ward, 10-6. The Carrick Colt team bested Squirrel Hill 17-8.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline&#39;s 12U softball beat Morningside, and 18U softball overcame Elliot by a score of 13-10 in extra innings! &nbsp;And, though it didn&#39;t end in a win, congratulations to the 15U Brookline #2 team for their efforts against Swissvale. Congratulations to all the players, special thanks to all the parents and community members who volunteer their time throughout the season, and to Citiparks staff for making our youth shine. &nbsp;</div> <div>Read more here: <a href="http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pghbig">http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pghbig&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Performers">Performers Will Pay Taxpayers Their Fair Share&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>We&#39;re proud of our stellar venues here in Pittsburgh&mdash;from PNC Park, Heinz Field, and now Consol Energy Center, we have fantastic spaces to cheer on the home team, AND see musical acts and other performers. We know these assets bring people to the City, where they spend money and add to our local economy. That&#39;s why the City provided assistance in building these beautiful venues. But when I called for an audit in 2014, the Controller&#39;s office found that performers were exploiting a loophole that allowed them to skip town without paying the taxes they owed for using our taxpayer-funded venues. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In early July, Mayor Peduto introduced an ordinance to close that loophole, which allowed some performers to hide their earnings and avoid paying what they owed us. In 2013, Taylor Swift paid $70,410.61 for using Heinz Field, while Kenny Chesney only paid $131.50. Major events like this require significant City resources, from Police coverage to EMS services, clean-up by Public Works, and more. When performers don&#39;t pay, City taxpayers foot the bill. I&#39;m proud to have been a part of the partnership that is leading us to closing this loophole and getting our tax collections on the right track. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Looking">Looking for Public Comment on State Recovery Home Recommendations&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On July 18, 2016 the Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Taskforce submitted recommendations to the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for certifying recovery houses. There is a 30 day window for the public to make comment on these recommendations. Many of you have brought concerns to my office about halfway homes, 3/4 homes, and other types of recovery homes that seemingly pop up in our neighborhoods every day. This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard by state regulators.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the 30 day public comment period, DDAP will review the recommendations and comments. They will then announce the final standards for recovery housing certification and the process for becoming certified. These standards will apply only to recovery home owners who would like to receive state funds and referrals from licensed drug and alcohol treatment service providers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office has reviewed these recommendations and has plans to make comment as well. We have two primary concerns based on our assessment of the recommendations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>We hear many concerns from constituents about homes opening that are purely profit driven and not focused on residents&#39; recovery. These homes are often not regulated.The recommendations should provide more insight into recovery houses that are not regulated, or require that all homes are regulated. &nbsp;</li> <li>The final regulations should provide direction for residents living in recovery homes and their neighbors to report problems to the state. It is very important that we have a way to provide consistent feedback when something is wrong to ensure our safety as well as the safety of the residents in recovery.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can access all of the recommendations as well as the link to provide your feedback here: <a href="http://www.ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Recovery-House-Certification-Recommendations.aspx">http://www.ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Recovery-House-Certification-Recommendations.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Mine">Mine Subsidence Insurance&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Did you know that many of our region&#39;s communities are built in areas that were heavily mined in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Mountainous and sloped areas in particular were coveted for their seams of high quality coal. South Pittsburgh is no exception. Our hills and valleys, from Brownsville Road to Saw Mill Run, from Brookline Boulevard to West Liberty Avenue, back up to Broadway and down to Banksville Road, were all mined at some point before our houses were built. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sometimes, when homes are unknowingly built on top of shuttered mines, we experience mine subsidence. When a mine shifts or collapses, it can cause real damage to your home. Typical damage includes cracked plaster, stuck doors and windows, tilted floors, and significant cracks or separations in a home&#39;s foundation. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here is map provided by the PA Department of Environmental Protection showing that most of South Pittsburgh has been mined: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/Municipality_Mine_Maps/Allegheny_County/pittsburgh_district_4.pdf">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/Municipality_Mine_Maps/Allegheny_County/pittsburgh_district_4.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Department encourages all residents in undermined areas to consider subsidence insurance. A typical homeowner&#39;s policy rarely covers mine subsidence damage, leaving the property owner with repair expenses that can exceed $100,000 per building. Mine subsidence insurance is an affordable option that protects homeowners from the cost of potential damages due to subsidence. The insurance, administered by the DEP is about 55 cents for every $1,000 of coverage. An average policy of $175,000 would cost just $95 per year, $8 per month, or .25 cents per day. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more about mine subsidence insurance, visit the PA &nbsp;Department of Environmental Protection here: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bmr/msipage/msi_info.htm">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bmr/msipage/msi_info.htm</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you would like more information specifically about possible mines under your property, you can fill out this form: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/sitespecform.html">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/sitespecform.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Night">Night at the Races benefiting Brookline Teen Outreach! &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Brookline Teen Outreach&#39;s kick-off Capital Campaign event is sure to be a night to remember. &nbsp;Food, fun and prizes and an evening of horse racing for ages 18 and up for only $25/person.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since opening its doors in March 2016, Brookline Teen Outreach has been providing a safe, supportive environment and inventive programming for area teens. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are hosting their inaugural fundraiser, Night at the Races, on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 520 Brookline Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15226. This event is the first of many in a capital campaign to help them reach the goal of raising $75,000 to purchase their headquarters, the American Legion building &ndash; an anchor of Brookline Boulevard. This building will not just benefit the youth of Brookline and the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In the few short months they&#39;ve been open, they have opened their doors to serve as a meeting space for more than a half dozen community groups, including the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Their operating costs are low &ndash; they are currently staffed entirely by volunteers, and almost everything inside the Center was donated by community members like you. Join us in supporting Brookline Teen Outreach as they work to solidify their presence on the Boulevard and the important work they do with South Pittsburgh teens. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More information, and online registration is available here: &nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Voice">Voice your Opinion on the City&#39;s 2017 Capital Budget!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>In June, the City of Pittsburgh held two city-wide public meetings to learn more about what residents would like to see included in the 2017 Capital Budget. The Capital Budget includes funds for brick-and-mortar projects, like street paving, park improvements, slope failure remediation, and more. Residents who attended the meetings were given a briefing on the Mayor&#39;s criteria for prioritizing projects, and were able to express their opinion about funds needed for projects in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, South Pittsburgh was very underrepresented at the meetings, and did not provide much feedback. But never fear, there is still time! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Call 3-1-1 to tell the Mayor what you&#39;d like to see in the 2017 Capital Budget. If you&#39;re not sure where to start, you can call to voice your support for priority projects that we submitted, including: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Moore Park Improvements&nbsp;</li> <li>City staircase repairs in Overbrook&nbsp;</li> <li>Reconstruction of Trelona Way in Brookline&nbsp;</li> <li>Construction of a concession stand at Alton Field in Beechview&nbsp;</li> <li>Street and T-stop Improvements on Broadway Avenue in Beechview&nbsp;</li> <li>Intersection improvements at Brownsville Road and Parkfield Street&nbsp;</li> <li>Hillside stabilization on Maytide Street&nbsp;</li> <li>...and many more!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Projects that meet the following criteria are the most likely to be funded: &nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>Fixing it first: an emphasis on extending the useful life and capabilities of existing assets, rather than the acquisition of new assets&nbsp;</li> <li>Complete Streets- an approach to infrastructure that encompasses and supports all forms of transportation, from driving to public transportation, to walking and biking&nbsp;</li> <li>Improving Public Facilities&mdash;a goal of supporting a quality of life in our neighborhoods by improving our public facilities across the City&nbsp;</li> <li>Better Services &ndash; investments in processes and infrastructure that will help the City deliver services faster, more efficiently, with greater customer service, and at a lower cost over time&nbsp;</li> <li>Economic Development&mdash;A commitment to all communities through economic development and neighborhood building support&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions about whether or not a project is considered a &quot;Capital&quot; project? Contact our office at 412-255-2131. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Fall">Fall 2016 Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>It&#39;s that time of the year again! Time to sign up for the Civic Leadership Academy. The Academy is a free 10 week course which teaches participants about City government, including in-depth looks at 12 city departments and authorities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested? Apply here! <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application</a></div> <div>Forty students are accepted into the program from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods across the City. Applications are due August 5th and classes begin Wednesday, September 14th. Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please share this opportunity with any residents who would be interested in learning more about how our City works! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brownsville">Brownsville Road Street Lighting Improvements&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Does Brownsville look a little brighter to you? Well it should, because in June of this year, the Department of Public Works upgraded 50 streetlights between Copperfield and E. Woodford, between Biscayne and Parkfield, between Woodford and Parkfield, and between Berg Place and the City line. Using LED technology, the City was able to change the light distribution to cover more of the roadway and sidewalks, all while lowering our energy costs and reducing our carbon footprint. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These changes were made in response to resident concerns that some areas of Brownsville were dark at night, and people did not feel safe walking. The project came in under budget and ahead of schedule. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Volunteer">Volunteer Opportunities&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong><em>Mentor A Brashear Student!&nbsp;</em></strong></div> <div>The Mentor 2.0 program pairs college-educated volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with ninth grade students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. The program employs technology and a unique curriculum to ensure volunteers are effective in supporting students through high school and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The time commitment is easy&mdash;just 2 hours one evening per month for the in-person event, and fulfill the remaining responsibilities remotely. The in-person interactions are guided by a custom curriculum. Mentors receive coaching via e-mail and activities are designed to help mentors connect with students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To volunteer, you must be 21 years of age, college educated, and live or work in the Pittsburgh area. Applicants should plan to commit two school years to the program, though ideally, relationships will last through high school.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, check out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at <a href="http://bbbspgh.imentor.org">bbbspgh.imentor.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>West Liberty Cemetery&nbsp;</strong></em></div> <div>The historic West Liberty Cemetery on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview needs a little love. Chuck Burrow is looking to recruit volunteers for the following: &nbsp;</div> <div>Type of volunteer work:&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>Will need a gas operated &ldquo;weed eater&rdquo; to clear around the grave markers&nbsp;</li> <li>Assistance needed to remove and dispose of cuttings, some will be very thick and prickly&nbsp;</li> <li>Need protective clothing i.e. long sleeves, long pants, hard shoes or boots, gloves and eye protection&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>The church has approved of this work on the property. &nbsp;Anytime that the volunteers have to help in this endeavor will be greatly appreciated.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Contact for more information:&nbsp;</div> <div>Chuck Burrow&nbsp;</div> <div>412-341-8646 (leave message)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Community">Community Calendar&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch Monday, 8/1, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>National Night Out &ndash; Tuesday, 8/2&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Beechview, 6PM @ Parking lot at Beechview Avenue and Broadway&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Bon Air, 6PM @ Gazebo in Bon Air Parklet&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Brookline, 7PM In front of Judge Motznik&#39;s office, 736 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Carrick:&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <ol> <li><em>7PM, Kirk Avenue, Corner of Almora and Kirk&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>6:30PM, Belplain Street&nbsp;</em></li> </ol> <ul> <li><em>Overbrook: 6PM, in front of 151 Odette Street&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch Thursday, No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Brookline Breeze and Breezefest, 8/13&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>8:35AM &ndash; One-Mile Mini Breeze Fun Run and Dog Walk, &nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>9AM &ndash; 5K Start Time&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>11AM-4PM &ndash; Breezefest, Brookline Boulevard&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum, 8/18, 5:30PM @ Beulah Baptist Church, 201 Chalfont Street 15210&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch Tuesday, No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monday, No meeting in August&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Cornfest, 8/27 noon-6PM, Phillips Park&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council - No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 8/15 6PM @ Zone 3 Police Station 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</strong></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:26:36 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | July 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6272 <div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX10887179" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; -webkit-user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p class="Paragraph SCX10887179" paraeid="{80c2ea11-2762-4a90-8bc9-1526d66a4a28}{159}" paraid="23362273" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; -webkit-user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; word-wrap: break-word; vertical-align: baseline; color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div>We must face the realities of our nation and end our addicion to reactionary rhetoric and violence. Councilwoman Rudiak has posted her thoughts on our nation&#39;s most recent tragedies in Dallas, St. Paul and Baton Rouge&mdash;you can see her full comments here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1119880071417681">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1119880071417681</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday&nbsp;</h2> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in June!!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our staff attended a neighborhood litter clean-up on Broadway Avenue, hosted by Pretty Up Beechview. All together, the group collected about 5 full bags of litter. For information on future clean-ups and gardening events, check out their facebook page. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/prettyupbeechview/">[https://www.facebook.com/groups/prettyupbeechview/]</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization with a 30+ year track record of providing free home repairs for elderly homeowners across the city including South Pittsburgh. You can learn more about their work, how to get involved, and how to get help at <a href="http://www.pittsburghproject.org">www.pittsburghproject.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I also met with Riverlife, the organization that brought us the big yellow duck at the Point! Their goal is to create and maintain green spaces and trails along our rivers to ensure that all Pittsburghers have access to enjoy the Mon, the Al, and the O. We talked about City Council support for efforts to beautify our rivers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff met with University of Pittsburgh Public Health professor Dr. Mary Hawk to discuss how we can address the Opioid epidemic in our communities. Our office is dedicated to figuring out what we can do around this issue on the local level &ndash; stayed tuned for more information.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our office hosted Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park! About 50 Brookline residents lended a hand to scrape, prime, and repaint the railings and gazebo at Moore Park. More on Moore later! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I joined the Mayor&#39;s staff to interview candidates for the new Early Childhood Manager. I passed legislation to create this position last December. The Early Childhood Manager will be tasked with bringing together the School District, private early childhood education providers, and advocacy organizations to improve access to high quality Pre-K and child care. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to discuss next steps for major improvements to McKinley Park. The Parks Conservancy won a National Recreation and Park&#39;s Association Great Urban Parks grant. The funding will be used for green infrastructure to capture stormwater, accessible trails, ecological restoration, and basic park amenities. The City will be matching these grant funds, both with capital budget dollars and in-house work on the park. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I attended both City-wide Capital Budget Deliberative Forums&mdash;the Forums are opportunities for residents to learn more about the City&#39;s budgeting process AND share their concrete ideas about needed improvements in their neighborhoods. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the new City Design Editor of Next Pittsburgh <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/">http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/</a> to share the good news about upcoming developments in South Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff met with an organization called Communities in Schools. They work in schools across the country, connecting students with community support and resources they need to stay in school and succeed. Read more about their story here: <a href="https://www.communitiesinschools.org">https://www.communitiesinschools.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As the Chair of the Council Committee on Finance and Law, I have a great interest in ensuring a positive and productive relationship with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), our state overseers appointed under Act 47. I met with the new interim executive director of the ICA, Renny Clark, to learn more about his plans for the organization. You can read about him here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/03/A-good-day-for-the-ICA-Renny-Clark-is-a-solid-choice-for-interim-leader/stories/201605310003">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/03/A-good-day-for-the-ICA-Renny-Clark-is-a-solid-choice-for-interim-leader/stories/201605310003&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I joined Council President Bruce Kraus and my fellow Carnegie Library Trustees for the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Knoxville Library. &nbsp;</div> <div>I hosted an informational Council &quot;Post-Agenda&quot; briefing on the state of Early Childhood Education in Pittsburgh. Mayor Peduto spoke about his plans for Early Childhood Education, followed by Erin Molchany representing Governor Wolf, the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Allies for Children, One Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I also met with the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development South to plan for the the future of Berg Place in Carrick; stayed tune for more developments. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>More Love for Moore Pool and Park&nbsp;</h2> <div>Moore Pool and Moore Park have been hot topics of conversation in Brookline this Spring and Summer. In late April, residents came to our office with concerns about needed maintenance and reinvestments at the park. Ashleigh and Megan in my office organized a walk-through of Moore with the parks superintendent and several concerned residents to create a comprehensive list of projects and needed fixes. Then, shortly before Memorial Day, Moore Pool failed an electrical inspection and was not able to open on time. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We know that great parks and public spaces are essential to maintaining a family friendly City, and our office is committed to making our parks shine. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, June 18th, we hosted &quot;Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park.&quot; About fifty residents came out to scrape, prime, and paint the railings and gazebo at Moore. Several crews of laborers from the Department of Public Works also joined us to patch concrete on the stairs, patch cracks in the basketball courts, trim branches, and rake the ballfields. It was a lovely day, and we got so much done together! &nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about it here: <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/community-comes-together-to-improve-moore-park/#.V2hWUxQnRdI.twitter">http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/community-comes-together-to-improve-moore-park/#.V2hWUxQnRdI.twitter&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also pushed Citiparks and the Department of Public Works to complete the Moore pool repairs in half the original time estimate. The pool opened last Saturday, July 2. See what residents had to say about it in this fantastic KDKA piece! &nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/02/brookline-pool-finally-opens-after-delay-due-to-failed-inspection/">http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/02/brookline-pool-finally-opens-after-delay-due-to-failed-inspection/&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But that&rsquo;s not the end of it! Pools should be routinely inspected so that issues are discovered and repaired in the off-season. Sadly, this is not standard practice. I passed legislation this week to ensure that regular pool and spray park maintenance is planned in the fall, immediately after they close for the season. Electrical and pump inspections will be completed in March of each year, allowing time for repair before pool season. Previously, electrical inspections were only required every 3 years. My hope is that this legislation prevents closures like we experienced this year at Moore and last year at Ammon. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also need larger reinvestments at Moore that can only be planned through the Capital Budget process. I have requested that the Mayor&rsquo;s administration include over $200,000 in the 2017 budget to resurface the basketball courts, replace the concrete entry stairs at the Moore Rec Center, and replace the fence around the upper ballfield. Stay tuned for more updates as the budget moves forward!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Port Authority Track Renewal in Beechview&nbsp;</h2> <div>The Broadway Avenue Track Renewal project is coming along nicely, and is on schedule, according to the Port Authority. As you can see out on the street, the contractors are almost finished pouring concrete for Phase One. The barriers will be moved to Phase Two the week of July 11. When those barriers are moved, about two thirds of the work will be complete.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;No parking&quot; signs will go up in the Phase Two area in the next few days to alert residents to the change. Residents will also receive a letter from the contractor providing information about parking for Phase Two. &nbsp;Parking will remain available in that area until the parking is restored in the Phase One area. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Following the removal of the barriers in Phase One, the street will be re-striped and parking will be restored to its original layout. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, you can check out the Port Authority&#39;s project page, here: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx">http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</a></div> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2>More Funds for Broadway Avenue Improvements&nbsp;</h2> <div>Last Friday, we heard the wonderful news that State Senator Wayne Fontana was able to bring home a grant that our office applied for last year to improve Broadway Avenue in Beechview! The condition of Broadway is a topic of much discussion at community meetings and in conversations with residents. The $600,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant will go toward improvements to make Broadway more attractive and more accessible for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. The City and the Urban Redevelopment Authority will contribute additional funds, for a total project cost to exceed $1 Million. &nbsp;</div> <div>This is just the first step toward a brand new Broadway. Next, the City and URA will work with Senator Fontana, architects, and engineers, to redesign Broadway on paper, from Fallowfield to Wenzell Avenue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The City will be sure to seek feedback from the neighborhood before any design is finalized. The design is likely to include improved T stops, better crosswalks, pedestrian signage, and more. We expect these features will slow speeding traffic, improve accessibility to the T, and generally beautify our main street. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can read more about the grant here <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=6244">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=6244</a> and we will be sure to keep you up-to-date as this process moves forward. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Carrick&#39;s Dairy District is Open for Business&nbsp;</h2> <div>On Thursday, 6/30, Carrick celebrated the highly anticipated opening of the Dairy District Market! The newly constructed open-air pavilion is Step 1 in a plan to create a dairy-themed district around the Colteryahn Dairy on Brownsville Road. Colteryahn is the last dairy still operating in the City, and has been located on Brownsville Road for generations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pavilion is owned and operated by Economic Development South, a non-profit community development organization working to attract new investments and businesses to the City&#39;s Southern neighborhoods and neighboring municipalities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Citiparks Farmer&#39;s Market will be at the pavilion every Wednesday, 3-7 PM throughout the summer. Economic Development South is planning other events for the pavilion, like building a giant ice cream sundae, craft markets, and more. &nbsp;</div> <div>You can read more about the ribbon-cutting here <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/historic-dairy-district-marketplace/">http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/historic-dairy-district-marketplace/&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can keep tabs on future events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Carrick-Dairy-District-1684093445196661/?fref=ts">https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Carrick-Dairy-District-1684093445196661/?fref=ts</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Economic Development South Provides Free Small Business Consulting&nbsp;</h2> <div>Do you have a small business, or are you thinking of starting one? Economic Development South, best known for their management of the Dairy District and other neighborhood projects, has announced on-demand consulting through the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s Small Business Development Center and the Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence! These FREE consulting sessions can help you think through questions, develop plans, or decide whether it&#39;s the right time to grow your business. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sessions will be held on <strong>Friday, July 22nd</strong> at Economic Development South&#39;s offices at 4127 Brownsville Road, Suite 209, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Experienced consultants will be on hand to talk through all of your questions that day. Hourly timeslots are available starting at 9:00 AM on 7/22. Email <a href="mailto:engage@economicdevelopmentsouth.org?subject=Business%20Consulting">engage@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a> to reserve your hour with an expert! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Brookline Community Yard Sale&nbsp;</h2> <div>Brookline&#39;s South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce are planning the second annual Brookline Community Yard Sale on July 23rd! You can pick up a map of registered sales that morning at Caf&eacute; de Noir and Moore Park. &nbsp;</div> <div>RSVP on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/242784816091801/">https://www.facebook.com/events/242784816091801/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy and Service Changes&nbsp;</h2> <div>South Pittsburgh has a wealth of transit options, and we know many residents rely on the Port Authority to get to work, the grocery store, doctors, and more. The Port Authority notified us of upcoming service changes, and we thought you should know. &nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority surveyed thousands of riders, who told them they wanted to get from point A to point B faster, and cheaper. The following changes are intended to address that need: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Switching to a single zone system. Riders will no longer have to worry about paying extra if they&rsquo;re going from Zone 1 to Zone 2. Beginning January 1, 2017: &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Base Fare will be $2.50 with the ConnectCard; Transfers will be $1 on ConnectCard&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There will be a 25 cent cash surcharge, to encourage people to use the ConnectCard. About 70% of users already use the ConnectCard!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There will be no paper transfers for cash users &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Always pay on entry&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority is also working on a Kids ConnectCard that will allow kids to travel for half fare. We&rsquo;ll be sure to update you as this transition moves forward!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <h2>CDBG Public Hearings&nbsp;</h2> <div>The City of Pittsburgh will hold two public hearings to seek input from interested residents and community organizations on the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Program. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The hearings are being held prior to the release of the 2017 Capital Budget to enable the City to adequately review citizen testimony. In addition, those attending the hearings are invited to comment on the prior use of the City&#39;s CDBG funds and other federal funds. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both hearings will being at 6:00pm, and will be held at the following locations: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>1) Wednesday, July 13, Hazelwood Senior Community Center, 5344 Second Ave., 15207 &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>2) Thursday, July 14, Mt. Washington Senior Community Center, 122 Virginia Ave., 15211 &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Please note that the Office of Community Affairs chose locations to ensure they are at publicly and handicap accessible facilities. Upon request, arrangements can be made for non-English speaking, visually impaired, or hearing impaired residents. &nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have any questions, please email <a href="mailto:lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov">lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or call 412-255-4795.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Tell City Planning What you Think About Bikes!&nbsp;</h2> <div>The City&#39;s Department of City Planning is creating a city-wide plan for proposed bike infrastructure projects, funding priorities, street design, and Healthy Ride bike share stations (Healthy Ride). They are holding a number of public meetings to hear from you, the public, about your cycling priorities! If you&#39;re a cyclist, or you have ideas about bikes, be sure to attend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 18, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Manchester Citizen&#39;s Corporation&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>1319 Allegheny Avenue&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15233&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 19th, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Jewish Community Center&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>5738 Forbes Avenue &nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15217&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 25, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Bike Share&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>3328 Penn Avenue&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15201&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Hillcrest Senior Residences: Meet the Artist!&nbsp;</h2> <div>Many of you pass by the new Hillcrest Senior Residences project on Brownsville Road every day, and you can see that construction is moving quickly! As part of the project, the Community Builders (the developer) have chosen an artist to do a work of art specifically for this building. The artist is Natalie Settles, and she would like to meet Carrick neighbors and community members as she begins to develop concepts for the artwork. &nbsp;</div> <div>Meet Natalie and share your neighborhood stories on Monday, July 18th at 7 PM at St. Basil&#39;s Parish. She will share information about her past work, and hopes to understand more about our community. Hope you can make it out!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>National Night Out&nbsp;</h2> <div>National Night Out is an annual celebration on the first Tuesday in August held by neighborhoods across the country that strives to promote community and strengthen relationships between you and your city&rsquo;s public safety departments.  &nbsp;</div> <div>You can celebrate National Night Out by turning on your porch light and spending the evening with your neighbors. If you&rsquo;d like to plan something for your neighborhood, you can check out the City&rsquo;s National Night Out Resources Page <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/resources">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/resources</a>&nbsp;and the Planning Guide <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/4.8_NNO_Planning_Guide.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/4.8_NNO_Planning_Guide.pdf</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Mentor A Brashear Student!&nbsp;</h2> <div>The Mentor 2.0 program pairs college-educated volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with ninth grade students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. The program employs technology and a unique curriculum to ensure volunteers are effective in supporting students through high school and beyond. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The time commitment is easy&mdash;just 2 hours one evening per month for the in-person event, and fulfill the remaining responsibilities remotely. The in-person interactions are guided by a custom curriculum. Mentors receive coaching via e-mail and activities are designed to help mentors connect with students. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To volunteer, you must be 21 years of age, college educated, and live or work in the Pittsburgh area. Applicants should plan to commit two school years to the program, though ideally, relationships will last through high school. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, check out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at <a href="http://bbbspgh.imentor.org">bbbspgh.imentor.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Community Calendar&nbsp;</h2> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 7/7 @ 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Avenue)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 7/11, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Litter Cleanup &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 7/16, 9 AM @ the Parking Lot at Broadway and Beechview Avenues&nbsp;</div> <div>Gloves, bags, and water will be provided&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 7/12 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 7/18, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 7/21, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Garden Cleanup &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 7/23, 9 AM @ the billboard garden at 1730 Broadway Avenue&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>*none in July or August* &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 8/1, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)</div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:28:37 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | June 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6142 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Moore">Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up the Park</a><br /> <a href="#Capital">The Capital Budget: What are your priorities?&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="#Building">Building a Deck? Things to Check!</a><br /> <a href="#Knowledge">3-1-1 Knowledge Base</a><br /> <a href="#FREE">FREE Summer Food &amp; Fund for Kids</a><br /> <a href="#Emerald">Emerald View Park Committee Representative Needed!</a><br /> <a href="#FREE">FREE Dental Clinic June 3-4 at the Convention Center</a><br /> <a href="#Featured">Featured Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in May!!</div> <div>I joined Urban Redevelopment Authority staff in evaluating a developer&rsquo;s proposal to develop 1600-1602 Broadway Avenue. The proposal was later approved by the URA board, and the developer, Atlas Development Co. was granted &ldquo;exclusive negotiations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Senator Fontana&rsquo;s staff, the Department of Public Works, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Port Authority to discuss how we can proceed on a design process for streetscape improvements to Broadway Avenue in Beechview. We will be sure to update you when this process gets up and running.&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Councilwoman Kail-Smith, Council President Kraus, the Mt. Washington CDC, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy about a new plan for care and stewardship of Emerald View Park in Mt. Washington.&nbsp;</div> <div>I welcomed a delegation of Cuban officials to City Council, giving them a tour of our Council Chambers, and discussing opportunities for collaboration on sporting events.</div> <div>My office attended the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meeting, where Police presented only four minor crimes in Beechview for the month!&nbsp;</div> <div>My office met with the Carrick Youth Athletic Association to help them draw down City grant dollars for improvements at Volunteers Field in Carrick.&nbsp;</div> <div>Mayor Peduto and I attended the Beechview Cinco de Mayo festival! Thanks to the organizers, artists, and vendors who made the event such a wonderful showcase of culture. And thanks to Las Palmas for the delicious tacos.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff attended the Carrick Community Council meeting, where neighbors discussed working more with the Carrick Business Association, zoning issues, and the exciting new Carrick Dairy District open air market at Brownsville Road and East Meyers.&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children to hear the results of the Child Care Needs Assessment commissioned by the Council Women&rsquo;s Caucus. I will be hosting a televised briefing for the public on June 28th-- more on that below!</div> <div>I joined Mayor Peduto and the Community Builders in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Hillcrest Senior Residences project in Carrick. The all-new construction will produce high quality 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, exclusively for seniors. You can find more information here: [link]</div> <div>I honored those soldiers who gave their lives serving our country at a Memorial Day service in Beechview.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff also attended the Brookline Block Watch, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meeting Brookline, a rainy day garden planting at the Accamando Center in Overbrook. I met with stakeholders from Carrick, Beechview, Brookline, and the Hilltop, and so much more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Moore"></a>Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park</h3> <div>In previous issues of the newsletter, we&rsquo;ve updated you about our efforts to spruce up Moore Park. &nbsp;A number of larger-scale projects are needed, including the resurfacing of the basketball court, new stairs to the center, and improvements to the ballfields. We are getting cost estimates for those projects, and lobbying hard to get the funding in the budget. In the meantime, we hope you&rsquo;ll join us for a day of volunteer painting! The railings, fence, and gazebo at Moore are in need of a shiny new coat of paint. The City is providing paint and supplies, our office is supplying snacks, and we hope you&rsquo;ll join us with some elbow grease!&nbsp;</div> <div>Find more information, RSVP, and invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/830884510347059</div> <div><strong>Saturday, June 18th</strong><br /> <strong>9 AM to 1 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Moore Park (Pioneer Avenue)</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Capital"></a>The Capital Budget: What are your priorities?&nbsp;</h3> <div>Each year, the City creates a Capital Budget that is used exclusively for the physical maintenance and improvements to our roads, parks, and facilities. The capital budget pays for everything from paving to new pool filters. Several years ago, I passed legislation to improve the budgeting process and create opportunities for citizen participation.&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, two public meetings will be held as part of this process! Hearings will follow a Deliberative Democracy format that gives residents a chance to learn more about what goes into the Capital Budget, discuss needs and priorities in a small-group setting, and ask questions of an expert panel. Residents will be able to let the City know what specific Capital work they&rsquo;d like to see done in their neighborhoods in 2017.</div> <div>To participate, register here!</div> <div>pittsburghpa.gov/omb/capital budget</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, June 21</strong><br /> <strong>6:00-8:30 PM&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Letter Carrier&#39;s Union Hall</strong><br /> <strong>841 California Ave</strong><br /> <strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15212</strong></div> <div><strong>Thursday, June 23</strong><br /> <strong>6:00-8:30 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Kingsley Association</strong><br /> <strong>6435 Frankstown Ave</strong><br /> <strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15206</strong></div> <div>We ask all participants to commit to the entire 2.5 hours of the forum. &nbsp;Food and refreshments will be provided. &nbsp;While it is not mandatory, we would appreciate your pre-registration.</div> <div>Facebook Event - June 21: https://www.facebook.com/events/199265823800562/</div> <div>Facebook Event - June 23: https://www.facebook.com/events/237024593344091/</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Building"></a>Building a Deck? Things to Check!</h3> <div>Adapted from the PLI newsletter</div> <div>The weather is getting warmer and there is nothing better than sitting on your own deck, enjoying the sun! If you have plans to build a new deck this summer, make sure you follow the building codes and requirements to keep your family and neighbors safe.&nbsp;</div> <div>Not all decks require a building permit, but all decks do require an occupancy permit. The Bureau of Permits, Licenses &amp; Inspections website offers resources on how to design a deck that is safe and well-constructed to code. http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/permits/residential/decks</div> <div>Check out their general website (www.pittsburghpa.gov/pli) &nbsp;for more information on plenty of other topics, and consider <a href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001uI7hbvkHlUYf7bytTpODcQVKMh9bWt-OlMpPPG4vXnGn2OesH84HgEtcKSDQrBxOjALpV6XnRhzKSZj37uNcB3ZrMCvv1WptpP1PtuLm04mrqaZqyRHmP9eBIV9ETREJLbLDM3t4DYHMRD3r_VKUID9TghAkdahxj8-q6r10KGnXvtYF-ebKC8EpFccfbeugO8c71wjhbpmWk63O5QtpA_tXnHXPBdhVcBf_fipdjL7RD0lH9Rt5Lw%3D%3D">subscribing to their monthly e-mail newsletter</a> for more interesting news!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Knowledge"></a>3-1-1 Knowledge Base</h3> <div>People call our office with a wide variety of issues. In one day, we may get calls about potholes, zoning issues, taxes, public safety, and swimming pool passes. You can always call our office, and we&rsquo;re happy to get the information you need.&nbsp;</div> <div>But, if you&rsquo;re not a phone person, the City is adding new resources to our website every day. The 3-1-1 Knowledge Place is a clearing house of information on...well, pretty much everything. Search the Knowledge Base for your issue (i.e. overgrowth, or police) or browse by category! It&rsquo;s a resource we use here in the office, and it&rsquo;s available to you at home. Check it out today!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/knowledge-base</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project</h3> <div>The Port Authority is now in their third month of construction and we&rsquo;re happy to report that it is progressing nicely and remains on schedule.&nbsp;</div> <div>You will receive more frequent updates through June and July as some sections of Phase I will be ending and the start of Phase II gets closer. We want to make sure everyone has plenty of notice before any of these changes occur.</div> <div>We&rsquo;ve received some questions about work hours so we&rsquo;d like to clarify this for everyone. The contractor has a City permit that allows them to work between 7 am and 11 pm. That does not mean they are required to work during all of those hours. However, they are not permitted to work beyond those hours, such as overnight hours.</div> <div>The good news is that the project is on schedule and the weather has cooperated, so there&rsquo;s no need for the contractor to work at all hours. That could change and later they may need to add shifts to stay on schedule and meet the 180-day completion deadline in September.</div> <div>We&rsquo;ll continue to provide updates and welcome your feedback. Thank you for your continued patience.</div> <div>take a look at their project website here:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>More questions? Contact redline@portauthority.org&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="FREE"></a>FREE Summer Food &amp; Fun for Kids</h3> <div>Summer can be a hard time for families who struggle to put food on the table. Kids who normally get lunch at school may not be getting the important nutrition they need to grow and develop.&nbsp;</div> <div>The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps fill the gap by providing a free summer food program for anyone aged 18 and under. No paperwork or proof of income is required, and they have sites across the County at parks and other public spaces. About 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free or reduced school meals, but only 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on any given day. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table for the kids this summer, pass the word along. You can call 2-1-1 or text FOOD to 8770877 to find a site in your neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Emerald"></a>Emerald View Park Committee Representative Needed</h3> <div>The Emerald View Park (EVP) Committee is a volunteer committee established by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to serve as a first point of contact for community input on EVP-related issues; provide feedback on projects in EVP and/or those that affect the Park; build a strong EVP constituency; and host events and volunteer days as desired by the Committee.</div> <div>&nbsp;All committee meetings are open to the public. &nbsp;Committee members are asked to commit to attend 75% of the meetings in a calendar year to maintain committee voting privileges.</div> <div>The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month from 5:30-7:00 PM in the MWCDC office at 301 Shiloh Street.</div> <div>We&rsquo;re looking for a resident of District 4 to represent South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s priorities on this committee! If you&rsquo;re interested, please contact us at 412-255-2131 or e-mail Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="FREE"></a>FREE Dental Clinic June 3-4 at Convention Center</h3> <div>Been awhile since you&rsquo;ve been to the dentist? Regular maintenance can be hard if you don&rsquo;t have insurance. Now&rsquo;s your chance to catch up! There will be a free dental clinic Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Dentists, dental students, and volunteers will donate their services to provide fillings, cleanings, extraction, root-canal treatments and oral health education.&nbsp;</div> <div>Registration opens at 5:30 AM on both days. The clinic is able to treat the first 1,000 patients.&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, visit the mission&rsquo;s website: httyp://www.mom-n-pa.com</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Featured"></a>Featured Job Opportunities</h3> <div><strong>The City is hiring Crossing Guards!&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Apply here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/Announcements/SCHOOLGUARD2016.htm</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The City is also recruiting College Interns for Fall 2016!</strong></div> <div>Apply here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/announcements/AI00116.htm</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, 6/6, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Litter Cleanup</strong><br /> Sunday, 6/12, 9 AM @ the Parking Lot at Broadway and Beechview Avenues<br /> Gloves, bags, and water will be provided</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/14 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, 6/16, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong><br /> Monday, 6/20, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Capital Budget Deliberative Forum #1</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/21, 6 PM @ Letter Carrier&rsquo;s Union Hall (841 California Avenue, 15212)</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Capital Budget Deliberative Forum #2</strong><br /> Thursday, 6/23, 6 PM @ Kingsley Association (6435 Frankstown Ave 15206)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/28, 7:00 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council Litter Cleanup</strong><br /> Wednesday, 6/29, 6 PM @ Carrick Shopping Center (2134 Brownsville Rd)<br /> Supplies will be provided </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:07:19 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | May 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6036 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Moore">Moore Park Updates</a><br /> <a href="#Broadway">Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project On Schedule</a><br /> <a href="#New">New Programs at Brookline Teen Outreach</a><br /> <a href="#Scholarship">Scholarship Opportunity</a><br /> <a href="#3">3-1-1, PLI, and Your Property Maintenance Concerns</a><br /> <a href="#PA">Pennsylvania&#39;s Plan on Aging</a><br /> <a href="#Get">Get the 2016 Brookline Breezefest on Your Calendar!</a><br /> <a href="#Spring">Spring Curbside Yard Waste Pickup</a><br /> <a href="#Be">Be an OASIS Tutor</a><br /> <a href="#Updates">Updates from our South Pittsburgh Schools</a><br /> <a href="#Featured">Featured Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></div> <h3><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in April!!</div> <div>Our office attended a State Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Council Chambers hosted by Senator Lisa Boscola about the Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania. Experts and State officials explained what services are available, and what more needs to be done to effectively treat addiction and prevent overdoses.&nbsp;</div> <div>Did you know there are transit stops along Rt. 51? It&rsquo;s true-- many residents are within walking distance from the South Busway and/or the Blue Line T. We, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Economic Development South, and Pittsburgh City Planning toured the transit stops and took note of opportunities for better signage and pedestrian access to transit. Transit is often less costly than parking downtown, and it reduces traffic.&nbsp;</div> <div>Ashleigh in my office attended a Business and Community Development Roundtable hosted by Representative Dan Miller. Panelists included the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Governor&rsquo;s Western PA Director, Erin Molchany. Attendees discussed plans for transit oriented development projects along the Red Line T in Beechview, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon, and Castle Shannon.&nbsp;</div> <div>Our office also attended opening day little league parades for the Carrick Youth Athletic Association, Beechview Athletic Association, and the Brookline Little League. Thank you to all the amazing parents out there who volunteer so much of their time to these awesome programs for our neighborhood kids!</div> <div>We also attended the Dairy District programming meeting, to help Economic Development South plan fun events for the summer at the brand new (soon to be completed) Dairy District Market on Brownsville Road.&nbsp;</div> <div>I attended a briefing about an important &ldquo;Bond Refunding&rdquo; initiative that will save the City interest on our debts as we move forward.&nbsp;</div> <div>We hosted our second South Hills Renovation Fair at Brashear High School. Over 70 neighbors came out to learn more about financing options, permit requirements, and programs to help homeowners plan home renovations!&nbsp;</div> <div>We also met with residents about zoning and building code issues, attended blockwatches and community meetings, and so much more...</div> <h3><a name="Moore"></a>Moore Park Updates</h3> <div>Parks are one of the most valuable assets a neighborhood can have. We here in District 4 are lucky to have *many* parks and parklets from Phillips in Carrick to Brookline Memorial, Moore, Bon Air Parklet, and Volunteers Field in Beechview&hellip;.just to name a few! They provide essential play space for our children, cool shade, they absorb stormwater, and their trees even clean our air. So when residents came to us with concerns about Moore Park in Brookline, we answered immediately.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff walked Moore Park alongside the Department of Public Works and several Brookline residents to come up with a comprehensive list of needed improvements and fixes at the park. The result is a list of projects that will not only beautify the space, but will also enhance safety at Moore. We are working with the Department of Public Works to add new clay to the ball fields, paint railings and walls that need a new coat, patch cracks in the basketball court, and more. Crews have already been out to the park to paint over and remove graffiti on a small retaining wall, doors, and the playground equipment. In short, we&rsquo;re on the case, and we will keep everyone up-to-date as plans move forward.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Broadway"></a>Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project On Schedule</h3> <div>The Port Authority&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue track reconstruction project is underway and on time! Here are a few key updates from the Port Authority and the contractor:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>We&rsquo;ve been blessed with good weather, and the project is *on schedule.*&nbsp;</li> <li>We&rsquo;ve received some questions about the curved sections of track. The track was ordered in advance of the project, and it has been delivered. Expect installation soon!</li> <li>You may have noticed the contractors have not been working excessively late-- that&rsquo;s because they were granted permission to work up to 16 hours per day and 6 days per week IF NECESSARY to meet the schedule. Since they are on schedule, they are currently working 1 shift per day. This will likely change as they head into other sections of the project.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Overall, the Port Authority is very pleased with the progress on the project. If you want more information, take a look at their project website here: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>More questions? Contact redline@portauthority.org&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="New"></a>New Programs at Brookline Teen Outreach</h3> <div>After a successful community fundraising campaign, Brookline Teen Outreach is up and running! BTO brings a holistic approach to serving teens in the area, with high quality and modern licensed counseling services, free tutoring, community service opportunities, and exciting programming. Have a neighborhood teen in your life? Be sure to let them know about the following events!&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Teen Outreach is open Thursday and Friday, 3pm to 9pm and on Saturday, 12pm to 9pm. There are events scheduled every day, including the following, AND there is air hockey, foosball, video games, board games, art projects, and more. It&rsquo;s a great, safe place to hang out with friends.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>THURSDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Life Skills 5pm - 6pm</div> <div><em>Learn real world skills that you need to succeed. Cooking, basic sewing, setting a budget, law for teens, and more.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Free Manicures 6-7:30pm</div> <div><strong>FRIDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Donation Movement 5-6pm</div> <div><em>Stop in and learn yoga, karate, hip hop dance, and kickboxing. There is no set fee, just pay what you can. Ages 10-18</em></div> <div>Movie Night 6-9pm</div> <div><em>A movie, popcorn, and pop for only $5. There are a few selections every week, and you get to vote to decide what movie you watch. Ages 10-18</em></div> <div><strong>SATURDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Creative Expression Noon-5pm</div> <div><em>Delve into art, music, and theater in a variety of exciting ways.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Card Gaming Meetup 5-7pm</div> <div><em>Do you play Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic, or Net Runner? Come to the teen center to play and discover new games.&nbsp;</em></div> <h3><a name="Scholarship"></a>Scholarship Opportunity</h3> <div><em>From Caring.com-- More information here: https://www.caring.com/scholarship</em></div> <div>Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you&#39;re living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctors appointments -- we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America&rsquo;s leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge.</div> <div>Caring.com is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives. Submit your story though a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video telling us about your journey.</div> <ul> <li>Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?</li> <li>How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?</li> <li>How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?</li> </ul> <div>Share your #CaringScholar story by May 31, 2016.</div> <h3><a name="3"></a>3-1-1, PLI, and Your Property Maintenance Concerns</h3> <div>We hear from a lot of folks who have called 3-1-1 in the past, and wonder what happened to their request for service. There was no follow-up from the City, so if you wanted to know what happened, you would have to call 3-1-1 again with your request number. But times, they are a&rsquo;changing, and now, there&rsquo;s an app for that! Sign up for myBurgh on your Android or iPhone, and you can easily report issues in your neighborhood, receive updates, and check on your status. The app is available for free in the Google Play store and iTunes App store.&nbsp;</div> <div>You can find more information on updates to our 3-1-1 system here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form</div> <div>Many 3-1-1 requests are about property maintenance issues. Those requests are routed to the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (formerly Building Inspection). They, too, are putting more and more information online. If you have reported a house in your neighborhood for building code violations, you can now search the property&rsquo;s address here, to see if it resulted in any violation notices:&nbsp;</div> <div>http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/Search.aspx</div> <div>For more information like this, and to receive updates as PLI continues to expand its transparency, accountability, and predictability, sign up for their e-mail newsletter! You can do so here: http://bit.ly/1YhWOfD</div> <h3><a name="PA"></a>Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Plan on Aging</h3> <div>Pennsylvania is the fourth &ldquo;oldest&rdquo; state in the nation, with nearly 2.7 million individuals aged 50 and older, and more than 300,000 individuals aged 85 and older. The PA Department of Aging is required by the federal government to develop a plan for how the state can best protect and empower elder residents. Pennsylvania&rsquo;s last plan addressed issues such as health stability, and protection from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Enabling residents to maintain their independence is also a major priority.&nbsp;</div> <div>The PA Department on Aging is drafting an updated plan now, and providing public hearings for stakeholders and residents to provide feedback. The draft will be posted on the department&rsquo;s website by Friday, May 12. Here are the details for the Allegheny County Hearing:&nbsp;</div> <div>May 18, 10 AM to Noon</div> <div>Allegheny County AAA</div> <div>2100 Wharton Street</div> <div>2nd Floor Conference Room</div> <div>Pittsburgh, PA 15203</div> <div>If you want to provide comment at a hearing, you must register by contacting Abby Fox. You will be allotted five minutes to provide your testimony and you are also required to submit a copy of your written testimony on the day of the public hearing.&nbsp;</div> <div>Phone: 717-783-6128</div> <div>E-mail: stateplanonaging@pa.gov</div> <h3><a name="Get"></a>Get the 2016 Brookline Breezefest on your Calendar!</h3> <div>The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, South Pittsburgh Development Corp. and Breeze Race committee invites you to participate in our annual event on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10a.m.to 5p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Boulevard sidewalks will be lined with vendors of Arts, Crafts, Food, and a variety of other displays. This event will encompass the sidewalks of the business district and a portion of the Blvd. will be closed from Glenarm to Stebbins.&nbsp;</div> <div>Are you a vendor interested in securing a space on Brookline Boulevard?&nbsp;</div> <div>E-mail Blvdbreezefest@hotmail.com for an application.&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Setup for sidewalk exhibitors will begin at 7:30 AM. &nbsp;Due to the Breeze Race, all setups must be in place by 8:00 AM.</li> <li>Size of space is app.9&rsquo;X9&rsquo; you need to supply your own table. &nbsp;No electric provided.</li> <li>Spaces are early return $35.00, Spaces after June 8 are $45.00 (last date accepted June 30, 2016)</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Spring"></a>Spring Curbside Yard Waste Pickup</h3> <div>It&rsquo;s spring cleaning time, and the Bureau of Environmental Services is here to help you with your yard waste disposal! A special curbside pickup is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016. The following yard waste will be accepted:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Leaves</li> <li>Branches (4 inch diameter or less)</li> <li>Brush</li> <li>Grass</li> </ul> <div>Bagged debris should be in paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. Bundled debris should be bound with fiber twine or natural rope. Branch lengths should not exceed five feet. Place your bagged and bundled yard debris at your normal curbside garbage pickup location.&nbsp;</div> <div>Please note: crews *will not* collect plastic bags, metal, wire, rocks, blocks, bricks, soil, dirt, gravel, glass, or plastic. Yard waste that does not meet the collection guidelines will be left at the curb.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Be"></a>Be an OASIS Tutor</h3> <div>Would you be willing to spend some time each week doing something fun and fulfilling &ndash; especially if you knew it would change a child&rsquo;s life forever? If your answer is &ldquo;yes,&rdquo; please consider being an OASIS tutor, a mentor, and a friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills.</div> <div><strong>How do I become a tutor? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>You begin by completing the tutor training program. &nbsp;Then you commit to meeting with a student each week. You will work with the same child throughout the school year. &nbsp;Of course, your student and his or her teacher will understand when you need time for vacations or emergencies.</div> <div><strong>Do I need teaching experience? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>No. &nbsp;Your enthusiasm, patience and compassion are far more important. &nbsp;Your roles as a tutor are those of a friend and a role model.</div> <div><strong>What age are the children? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>The program is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, a critical period for developing reading and language skills.</div> <div><strong>Where and when will I tutor?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>You will tutor in a school in the Pittsburgh Public or Woodland Hills School Districts. &nbsp;Your student&rsquo;s teacher will help you find a time during the school day for your weekly sessions.</div> <div><strong>What training will I receive?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tutors complete an in-depth training based on a proven six-part plan of activities. &nbsp;You&rsquo;ll learn ways to draw out the child&rsquo;s experiences and create simple stories that form the basis for reading activities. You are encouraged to also attend tutor conferences for continued training and the chance to share your successes and challenges with other tutors.</div> <div><strong>How will being a tutor change the life of a child? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>As a tutor you will help a child feel important, build his/her self-esteem, become a better reader which will help them do better in school.</div> <div>*Training and materials are provided at no cost.</div> <div>For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, or to register for training that will take place on July12th, and July 14th, 2016, call John D. Spehar, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutoring Program Director at (412) 393-7648 or email jdspehar@oasisnet.org.</div> <div>This program is operated in partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council</div> <h3><a name="Updates"></a>Updates from our South Pittsburgh Schools!</h3> <div><strong>Carmalt Writing and Communications Shout Outs</strong></div> <div>Kids at Carmalt raised funds for a variety of causes over the last month! A Jump Rope for the Heart event yielded $1,514 to be donated to the American Heart Association. Kids also raised $948 to be donated to Animal Friends, along with food and toys for the animals.&nbsp;</div> <div>We would also like to congratulate winners of the Earth Day Poster Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy! Winners are Alieena Darrow, Jimier Scott, Kim Ho, and Nahla Brice, along with teachers Ms. Kwasniewski and Ms. Shimko.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Concord Elementary Shout Outs</strong></div> <div>The month of May is going to be an extremely busy month at Concord! &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>May 5th at 4:00 PM Culture Night -- in the gymnasium. All students, parents, and community members are invited to attend.&nbsp;</li> <li>May 12th at 2:00 PM PSCC Meeting&nbsp;</li> <li>May 20th &nbsp;is Take Your Father to School Day</li> <li>May 27th at 9:30 AM Spring Concert-- in the gymnasium. All are welcome.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>*The school is still accepting kindergarten registrations for the fall. &nbsp;If your child will be 5 years</div> <div>old before September 30th it is time to register for Kindergarten. &nbsp;Please call the school for registration information at 412-529-7756.</div> <h3><a name="Featured"></a>Featured Job Opportunities</h3> <div><strong>Youth Coordinator @ UrbanKind Institute</strong></div> <div>The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for improving access to quality programs for youth in the Hilltop neighborhoods.</div> <div>More information here: http://www.urbankind.org/ypc.html</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Early Childhood Manager</strong></div> <div>Councilwoman Rudiak created a new position in the 2016 budget for an Early Childhood Manager. The Early Childhood Manager will work with the City, School District, and Community Stakeholders to find new ways to improve quality and expand access to care and education for kids from birth through elementary school.</div> <div>More Information here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/Announcements/EARLYCHILDHOOD.HTM</div> <h3><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 5/9, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 5/10 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>Monday, 5/16, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview LITTER CLEAN-UP</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 5/14, 9 AM to Noon @ Alton Field Playground</div> <div>Bags, gloves, and water will be provided!</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 5/19, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</div> <div><strong>Friends of the Beechview Library Annual Book Sale</strong></div> <div>Saturday, May 21, 10 AM-4PM @ Beechview CLP (1910 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 5/24, 7:00 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:33:39 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | April 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5898 <p><a href="#Making"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</span></a><br /> <a href="#JoinUs">Join Us for Councilwoman Rudiak &amp; Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s South Hills Renovation Fair</a><br /> <a href="#LookingTo">Looking to Downsize? Get on the Interest List for Hillcrest Senior Residences!</a><br /> <a href="#BRAG">BRAG On Broadway! A New Group Guiding Development in Beechview</a><br /> <a href="#Momentum">Momentum in Beechview: Beechview Senior Center and URA Properties</a><br /> <a href="#Honoring">Honoring South Pittsburgh Residents</a><br /> <a href="#LearnMore">Learn More About&nbsp; Liberty Bridge Construction</a><br /> <a href="#The2016">The 2016 Pittsburgh Paving List is OUT!</a><br /> <a href="#Changes">Changes to the Street Sweeping Schedule for 2016</a><br /> <a href="#SendYour">Send your Child to Summer Camp with the Pittsburgh Police!</a><br /> <a href="#Police">Police Internships Available for All Majors</a><br /> <a href="#Comcast">Comcast Provides Affordable Internet to Qualifying Residents</a><br /> <a href="#Construction">Construction Junction FREE De&shy;construction Help</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></p> <h2><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h2> <div><em>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and projects that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things I did in March!</em></div> <p>I started out March with a productive conversation with my fellow Councilwoman, Theresa Kail-Smith, as well as Councilman Bruce Kraus, Mayor Peduto, and Police to talk about how we can get more public safety cameras placed in areas of high crime.</p> <p>My staff convened the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development South to talk about the future of the Berg Place apartments in Carrick, which have been all-but-abandoned by their current owner. Redevelopment will be a complex process as the properties currently have hundreds of thousands of dollars of liens on them, but we are working through the red tape to make the apartments come back to life.</p> <p>I hosted a briefing of the Women&rsquo;s Caucus for a group of women advocating for Pittsburgh to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The convention was adopted by the UN Assembly in 1979, but was never ratified by the United States. Cities across the Country are now adopting it, and working to make City services more equitable, from making sure programming at parks is for both boys and girls, and making sure city employees are receiving equal pay for equal work.</p> <p>I spoke to a group of 50 newly elected officials from across the region about the importance of learning conflict resolution skills, to ensure that our time spent in office is productive, and not divisive. Thanks to the Local Government Academy for the opportunity.</p> <p>I joined the Parks Conservancy and residents from Bon Air and Beltzhoover for a presentation of the new McKinley Park Master Plan. The plan includes restoration of natural areas, as well as active recreation areas, like a community plaza, picnic shelters, a community garden, and a walking loop. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/3-10-15_Community_Presentation_-_lo_res.pdf]">You can see it here.</a></p> <p>My staff attended a city-wide meeting in Knoxville&nbsp; to discuss new ideas for affordable housing and what that means for our southern neighborhoods.</p> <p>I attended a public hearing with my fellow Councilwomen to confront the new Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and some members of the board about billing and customer service complaints that you all have brought to our office over the past few years. <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/10142854-74/pwsa-billing-donahoe">You can read more here</a>.</p> <p>We celebrated the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s official incorporation in the lobby of the City County Building! Happy birthday Pittsburgh!</p> <p>We attended the annual awards ceremony celebrating Allegheny Cleanways volunteers, as well as&nbsp; South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meeting, the Overbrook Community Council, the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meeting, the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, the Brookline Block Watch, and so much more!</p> <h2><a name="JoinUs"></a>Join Us for Councilwoman Rudiak &amp; Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s South Hills Renovation Fair</h2> <p>Want to renovate your home, but you&rsquo;re not sure how to get started? Join Councilwoman Rudiak and Mayor Peduto on Saturday, April 30th for the 2016 Renovation Fair! We&rsquo;ll have all the right people under one roof to answer your questions and help you plan.</p> <ul> <li>Neighborhood banks to discuss financing options</li> <li>Ideas for landscaping and historical preservation</li> <li>Local regulatory agencies to discuss permitting</li> <li>Government programs to help with energy efficient renovations</li> <li>Non-profits and other neighborhood partners to talk about community involvement</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please join us Saturday, April 30th from 10AM to 2PM in the cafeteria at Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216). Admission and parking are free!</strong></p> <h2><a name="LookingTo"></a>Looking to Downsize? Get on the Interest List for Hillcrest Senior Residences!</h2> <p>In our last newsletter, we reported the exciting news that construction will begin soon on the brand new Hillcrest Senior Residences development! The new building, which will replace the vacant and blighted former Giant Eagle at 2920 Brownsville Road, will include 54 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments for people 62 years of age and older. Amenities will include an elevator, on-site parking, a fitness room, high efficiency appliances, and laundry facilities on each floor. Units are expected to be available for rent by Spring 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Hillcrest_-_Interest_List_Handout_Version_June_2015.pdf">More details, including floor-plans, can be viewed here.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to downsize, and would like to receive more information and an application when it becomes available, call The Community Builders at 412-331-1490 or e-mail hillcrestresidences@tcbinc.org</p> <h2><a name="BRAG"></a>BRAG On Broadway! A New Group Guiding Development in Beechview</h2> <p>There is no doubt there is a special momentum building in Beechview right now, and one group is seeking community input. Beechview residents and stakeholders are invited to apply for a spot on a new organization, the Beechview Revitalization Advisory Group, or BRAG! BRAG was conceived by the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC), which just recently opened an office on Broadway Avenue. They plan to invest in commercial and residential renovations in Beechview. The group&rsquo;s mission will be to build positive relationships throughout the community, promote Beechview, provide feedback on PHDC projects, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Revitalization_Advisory_Group_Description.pdf">Click here for more details about the Beechview Revitalization Advisory Group</a></p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/BRAGLETTER.pdf">Click here for information on how to apply to be part of BRAG.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Momentum"></a>Momentum in Beechview: Beechview Senior Center and URA Properties</h2> <p>Plans to expand and rehabilitate the Beechview Sr. Center (1553 Broadway) are moving forward! Some of you have seen work happening there, such as interior demolition and brick repointing. That&rsquo;s just the start! After getting feedback from the community and the seniors who use the Center, the architectural plans are almost final. We will leave a copy of the final plans at the Library in a few weeks, if you are interested in taking a look. The City will go out to bid in May and start construction this summer. The City&rsquo;s goal is to complete the project and open the brand new Center next Spring, 2017.</p> <p>The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is also close to finding developers to renovate and purchase the buildings they own along the Broadway Avenue business district. Plans for 1601 Broadway (the turret) building are moving right along with Atlas Development Company. We look forward to construction starting there in the next few months. The URA also put out a request for proposals for two buildings and a lot on Broadway-- 1600, 1602, and 1619 Broadway.</p> <p><a href="http://mail-dog.com/page.html?p=0000015Fu8vnwQozBcIt8IiofsXCcYn/GiVGBxUugr7tqw&amp;email=lmoses@ura.org">Click here to see the URA&#39;s request for proposals!&nbsp;</a></p> <p>We look forward to seeing the proposals that come in, and working with the community and the URA to get these buildings back in top form and full of new businesses and residents.</p> <h2><a name="Honoring"></a>Honoring South Pittsburgh Residents</h2> <p>I presented the family of Edna May Tuite of Beechview with a proclamation honoring her life. Mrs. Tuite was a long-time favorite waitress at the Banksville Eat-N-Park, and a loving mother and grandmother.<br /> <br /> I also celebrated the volunteerism and passion of Bon Air resident, Dan Conowalt, who has worked to restore and raise awareness of the USS LST Ship Memorial. The LST, or landing ship tank, played a major role in World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam wars. It is an amphibious ship designed to deliver cargo directly onto beaches during combat. LST-325 was decommissioned, and now serves as a mobile memorial to the countless heroic Americans who died in service to their country. We thank and honor the volunteers who brought LST-325 to Pittsburgh this year, and taught us so much about its history.</p> <h2><a name="LearnMore"></a>Learn More About&nbsp; Liberty Bridge Construction</h2> <p>They say there are two seasons in Pittsburgh: winter and road repair. This summer, PennDOT will continue their $80.08 million Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project. There will be two public meetings where residents can ask questions and learn more:</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, April 5 at the Wintergarden at PPG Place (1 PPG Place, 3rd Avenue Downtown)<br /> Two sessions: 11:00 AM and Noon</strong></p> <p><strong>Wednesday, April 6 at Brashear High School Auditorium (590 Crane Avenue, Beechview)<br /> 6:30-8:30 PM</strong></p> <p>Deck replacement and ramp reconstruction will begin in late April. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in the direction of peak travel and a single lane of traffic will be maintained in the opposite direction. Other improvements include structural steel repairs and painting, concrete repairs, signage improvements and the installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system.</p> <p>Be sure to attend one of PennDOT&rsquo;s public meetings if you have questions or require more information.</p> <h2><a name="The2016"></a>The 2016 Pittsburgh Paving List is OUT!</h2> <p>The Department of Public Works has released their paving plan for 2016! <a href="https://pap.accela.com/envista-public-web/index/Pittsburgh">Navigate here to view an interactive map showing all street segments that are to be paved this season. </a>You can click on each one to see details and the anticipated dates for paving work.</p> <p>How are these streets selected? DPW uses a combination of street condition data, citizen 3-1-1 reports, and condition reports from Public Works staff to develop a comprehensive annual paving program.</p> <p>This year, the City is paving about 49.5 miles at a cost of $14,887,943, an increase of 8% over last year&rsquo;s paving budget! We can expect additional paving through coordination with utility companies.</p> <h2><a name="Changes"></a>Changes to the Street Sweeping Schedule for 2016</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s almost time for spring cleaning! Street sweeping starts for the year on Monday, April 4th, with a few key changes.</p> <p>In Allentown, Brookline, Carrick, and Southside, you&rsquo;ll see new signage and the following changes in service:</p> <ul> <li>Streets that were previously cleaned on the 1st week of the month will now be cleaned on the 3rd week of the month.</li> <li>Streets that were previously cleaned on the 2nd week of the month will now be cleaned on the 4th week of the month.</li> </ul> <p>**In Beechview, Broadway Avenue street cleaning will continue through the Port Authority&rsquo;s construction, but due to limited parking, the City will not be ticketing parked cars.</p> <h2><a name="SendYour"></a>Send your Child to Summer Camp with the Pittsburgh Police!</h2> <p>Looking for fun summer opportunities for your kids? Check out the Pittsburgh Police Cops &amp; Kids Summer Camp! This week-long program is a unique experience for Pittsburgh kids to learn and explore all aspects of policing and public safety. Campers have positive interactions with police officers, while learning about public safety and positive decision making. This year, the camp will focus on education, keeping them &ldquo;Promise Ready&rdquo; during the summer months.</p> <p>The goal of Cops &amp; Kids is to help build self esteem, self-awareness, and a better understanding of what it takes to become a good citizen.&nbsp; All participants will acquire a better understanding of the following topics:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The Meaning of Public Safety&nbsp;</li> <li>Leadership and Teamwork&nbsp;</li> <li>The Consequences of Illegal Guns and Drugs&nbsp;</li> <li>The Benefits of Physical Fitness &amp; Nutrition&nbsp;</li> <li>Tips on Crime Prevention</li> <li>CSI-Crime Scene Investigation</li> <li>&ldquo;Paying it Forward&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>There is *no cost* to attending the camp, and transportation, breakfast, and lunch is provided. The camp is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early!<br /> <br /> http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/2016_Summer_Camp_application_ONLINE.pdf</p> <h2><a name="Police"></a>Police Internships Available for All Majors</h2> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is looking for community-minded students who value public service and want to give back to the City. To qualify, you must be a college student, have completed at least 45 credit hours, and maintain a 2.5 QPA. Applications are due April 15th. To apply, go to www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/joblistings.aspx</p> <h2><a name="Comcast"></a>Comcast Provides Affordable Internet to Qualifying Residents</h2> <p>What once seemed like a luxury is now an essential: families need the internet to do everything from homework to applying for jobs. Comcast provides low-cost, high-speed internet service for $9.95 per month for qualifying families. To qualify, families must have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program. Comcast also connects users with free classes on a variety of topics, including basic computer skills, how to use e-mail, being safe and secure online, searching for jobs online, and more. To learn more, go to: https://apply.internetessentials.com/</p> <h2><a name="Construction"></a>Construction Junction FREE De&shy;construction Help</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s almost summertime, and for many, that means home renovation time! But wait! Before you do any demolition, think about&nbsp; if anyone could use something that you&rsquo;re getting rid of-- lumber, trim, fixtures, doors, windows cabinets? Construction Junction has a licensed and insured Deconstruction Department that can save you money. Their crew will come out for *free* to remove useable building materials before you start your renovation. You&rsquo;ll save on disposal costs, it&rsquo;s better for the environment, and your donation is tax deductible.</p> <p>To request a free consultation, call Brian at 412 243 5025 or email at bswearingen@constructionjunction.org.</p> <h2><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h2> <p>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, 4/4, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</p> <p><strong>PennDOT Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Public Meeting #1</strong><br /> Tuesday, 4/5, 11 AM and Noon @ PPG Wintergarden (1 PPG Place, 3rd Avenue, Downtown)</p> <p><strong>PennDOT Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Public Meeting #2</strong><br /> Wednesday, 4/6, 6:30 PM @ Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue, Beechview)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens / Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, 4/7, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway, basement)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, 4/12 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong><br /> Monday, 4/18, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, 4/21, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</p> <p><strong>Carrick Community Clean-Up</strong><br /> Saturday, 4/23, 10 AM @ Phillips Park (201 Parkfield Street)<br /> Sign up by calling 412-339-0808 or e-mailing carrickpa@googlegroups.com<br /> Gloves &amp; bags provided; Donuts &amp; Coffee provided by Dunkin Donuts, Pizza lunch provided by Yinz Guys Pizza &amp; the Carrick Community Council</p> <p><strong>Rudiak-Peduto South Hills Renovation Fair</strong><br /> Saturday, 4/30, 10 AM- 2 PM @ Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue)<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 11:32:22 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | March 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5774 <p><a href="#SouthPgh">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Port">Port Authority Reconstruction on Track in Beechview</a><br /> <a href="#Megan">Meet Megan Neuf: The District 4 Constituent Services Manager</a><br /> <a href="#Women">Women-Owned Businesses: How to Win City Contracts!</a><br /> <a href="#Teens">Support Teens in Brookline with your Volunteer Time</a><br /> <a href="#Lead">Are You Worried About Lead?</a><br /> <a href="#Civic">Become a Civic Leader and Learn More about City Services</a><br /> <a href="#Light">Heads Up: Duquesne Light Installing New Electricity Meters in 2016</a><br /> <a href="#Schools">Shout Outs from our South Pittsburgh Schools</a><br /> <a href="#Carrick">Spotlight on Carrick: The Carrick Community Council &amp; How You Can Get Involved!<br /> U</a><a href="#Players">pdates from the Heritage Players</a><br /> <a href="#Jobs">Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Calendar">Community Calendar</a></p> <h3><a name="SouthPgh"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <ul> <li>If you live in South Pgh, you know that the intersection of Rts 51 and 88 have been under construction for years now. Thankfully, the work is now complete! I met with PennDOT, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works and neighborhood groups to ensure that everything was wrapped up properly and answer any remaining questions from neighbors. We&rsquo;re currently looking at any landscape improvements that can be done around this intersection.</li> <li>The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation has opened an office on Broadway Avenue in Beechview, and I attended their open house on February 2nd. It was great to see so many people come out in support of Beechview and business development! I met several new people and the ideas for positive investments and volunteerism are already flowing.</li> <li>I met with the women driving a campaign for Pittsburgh to adopt the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to discuss what we can do, as a City, to make Pittsburgh a friendlier place for women (and all who love them).</li> <li>Following up on legislation I passed in December to create an Office of Early Childhood here at the City, I met with officials from the Mayor&rsquo;s administration to work on a job description for the Early Childhood Manager. We are working out the details with the Department of Personnel, and look forward to advertising the position soon.</li> <li>Last summer, I passed Plain Language legislation requiring that all city documents be written in a simpler, more succinct way to ensure that people both understand, and WANT to engage with the City. This month, I met with administration officials and professors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to discuss how to implement the legislation, and how we can involve students in that process.</li> <li>I had the honor of speaking with Columbus, Ohio Councilwoman, Liz Brown, about her efforts to pass Paid Family Leave for Columbus employees. I passed a similar bill here in Pittsburgh in 2015, and am thrilled that it has been successful, and we are able to share that model for success with other cities, to ensure more families have the time they need to care for new babies.</li> <li>I joined over a hundred Beechview residents at the Port Authority&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue track reconstruction meeting, where we learned more about the project plans, and worked with Port Authority employees to address specific questions.</li> <li>I teamed up with Councilman Dan Gilman, and met with Heather Arnet from the Women and Girls Foundation to discuss ways to encourage gender pay equity in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> <li>Last but not least, I met with Matt Smith, the head of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to talk about ways that the City and Chamber can work together, &nbsp;rocked out to live jazz music at BREW on Broadway in Beechview <a href="https://www.facebook.com/brewonbroadway">(follow BREW on Facebook for information on events)</a> plus I had fun with Councilman Kraus for a good cause at Biscuits Bingo, hosted by Officer Christine Luffey of Zone 3, raising money for animal rescue!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Port"></a>Port Authority Reconstruction On Track in Beechview</h3> <div>On February 18th, the Port Authority held a community meeting in Beechview, where they talked one-on-one with residents about the Broadway Avenue T-track revitalization project, slated to start March 27th and last for 6 months. When the project was first announced, residents and businesses understandably recalled the hardships of the last track reconstruction (1998) that negatively impacted parking, traffic, and commerce for not one, but two construction seasons.&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, however, the Port Authority is doing its best to listen to the community&rsquo;s concerns, and they have made several changes to their construction plan to better accommodate businesses and residents. Our office is proud of our role in communicating these concerns and negotiating a better deal. Here&rsquo;s what residents should expect:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Construction will last 6 months, or one construction season.&nbsp;</li> <li>One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open throughout construction.</li> <li>The work will be done in phases-- in other words, work will be done in sections, rather than all of Broadway being under construction at once.</li> <li>That means more parking and better pedestrian access throughout the summer.&nbsp;</li> <li>There will be at four pedestrian crossings, to ensure people can get to church, the library, their house, or the grocery store.&nbsp;</li> <li>There will be two car crossings to ensure that traffic moves smoothly throughout the construction zone.&nbsp;</li> <li>Shuttles will run between the Potomac and Fallowfield stations&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>To learn more about the specifics of the project, check out the Port Authority&rsquo;s dedicated project website, here: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office, or contact the Port Authority directly, here: RedLine@portauthority.org</div> <h3><a name="Megan">Meet Megan Neuf: The District 4 Constituent Services Manager</a></h3> <p>If you&#39;ve called our office in the last year, about anything from a pothole to a policy question, you&#39;ve probably spoken to Megan Neuf, our Constituent Services Manager. Megan joined us after finishing her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a dual master&#39;s degree in social work and public health. Her focus there and in her volunteer work has been early childhood, non-profit advocacy, and grantmaking. After working here part-time for nearly a year, we&#39;re so excited to finally welcome her on full-time starting next week. We thought this would be a perfect time for you to get to know her better!&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>What do you love most about your job?</strong></div> <div>I really love talking to people in our communities every day. I especially enjoy when I&#39;m able to attend meetings in the neighborhoods to put faces to the voices on the other side of the phone. If I could spend every day outside of the office and in our neighborhoods, I would do it in a heartbeat.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tell us something zany about yourself.</strong></div> <div>I don&#39;t typically consider myself much of a zany person, a huge nerd certainly, but maybe not quite zany. There are probably some pretty unique things about me though, like that I grew up with four heavily-involved parents, two biological and two step-parents. This meant four of every birthday, holiday, and so on. To add to it, I&#39;m an only child. Let&#39;s just say that I was never hurting for attention. Looking back, it may have been pretty zany that last year, I finished up 20 straight years of school. This includes, k-12, four years of undergrad, and three years of graduate school. I&#39;m relieved to be done.</div> <div><strong>Do you have any pets?</strong></div> <div>I do have pets! I have two cats that I adopted from the Western PA Humane Society. Their names are Oren and Milo and they are quite a handful.</div> <div><strong>What&#39;s your current favorite lunch spot in District 4?</strong></div> <div>I have been a huge fan of Las Palmas tacos for a long time. I love tacos, maybe a bit too much. I&#39;ll put it to you this way, my boyfriend and I have talked about naming our first dog Taco after our favorite food. Any time we have friends visit us from out of town, they ask us to take them to get Las Palmas&#39; tacos and some jugo de guayaba. I think that I could eat them every day if someone let me.</div> <h3><a name="Women"></a>Women-Owned Businesses: How to Win City Contracts!</h3> <div>Did you know that the City does a lot of its work through contracts? We work with outside firms to do many things, ranging from architects for projects like the Beechview Senior Center, to housekeepers for Recreation Centers. Our procurement team and the Equal Opportunity Review Commission work hard to ensure that all businesses have a fair shot at working with the City. They publicly advertise new opportunities and go out to bid for big projects, ensuring lots of businesses know they&rsquo;re welcome to work with us, AND increasing competition, so that we can get the best deal we can when spending taxpayer dollars.&nbsp;To that end, there will be an event to educate women-owned businesses on how to work with the city, and where to find these opportunities. If you&rsquo;re a woman and you own a business, sign up and attend this event to learn more:&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Women Business Owners: Win City Contracts</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 24th, 2016 -- 8 AM- 11 AM<br /> Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, Hill House Association<br /> (1835 Centre Avenue, Pgh 15219)<br /> Register online, here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZD7Hql-6fiJZUiqgmyfOCvyl-TltYPYzHP7f3anRR4Y/viewform</div> <div>Please note that all businesses can sign up today for potential contracting opportunities at www.buildpgh.com/beacon</div> <h3><a name="Teens"></a>Support Teens in Brookline with your Volunteer Time</h3> <p>Late last year, Councilwoman Rudiak commissioned an inventory of all the programs available to youth in District 4. The results were stunning--despite the fact that Brookline has the highest concentration of teens in the City, there were very few programs available to them outside of school. If a young person doesn&rsquo;t play sports, there are very few options.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brookline Teen Outreach was created to provide a holistic approach to serving youth, offering high-quality and modern licensed counseling services, free tutoring, community service opportunities, and dynamic programming. The Center&rsquo;s innovative and comprehensive programming provides something for every young person who walks through the door. Neighborhood volunteers are an integral part of sustaining that programming, and strengthening Brookline Teen Outreach&rsquo;s impact in the community.&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Join BTO For a Volunteer Information Session!&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, March 5th, 10 AM- 1 PM</div> <div>520 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226<br /> Coffee and light snacks will be provided.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Lead"></a>Are You Worried About Lead?</h3> <div>If you have followed the news about Flint, Michigan, you might be concerned about the quality of your tap water right here in Pittsburgh. Both the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) do extensive water quality testing on their source water, and the water headed to your homes after being treated. You can learn more about the specific testing methods and outcomes at the links below.&nbsp;</div> <div>Both agencies certify that the water they send to homes is safe and PH neutral, minimizing the risk for corrosion of old lead or lead-soldered pipes. For more information, and options for having your tap water tested, click the links to the fact sheets below.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PWSA Water Customers:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lead Fact sheet here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pwsa/PWSA-Facts-About-Lead.pdf</div> <div>RECEIVE YOUR FREE TEST KIT BY CALLING THE PWSA LAB AT 412-782-7554</div> <div><strong>Pennsylvania American Water Customers:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lead Fact sheet here: http://www.amwater.com/files/Lead%20-%20PA.pdf</div> <div>PA American Water does not provide free individual testing, but you can do so at your own cost by calling the EPA&rsquo;s Safe Drinking Water Act Hotline, here: &nbsp;(800) 426-4791</div> <h3><a name="Civic"></a>Become a Civic Leader and Learn More about City Services</h3> <div>The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a FREE ten week course for City residents that provides an inside look at how City departments and authorities operate. Throughout the course, 12 City departments and Authorities give presentations on their day-to-day operations, budgets, new initiatives, upcoming projects, and residents have the opportunity to ask questions, tour facilities, and network with fellow civic-minded people.&nbsp;</div> <div>APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 4TH. Thirty students are accepted into the program-- from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods all over the city. Classes begin Wednesday, March 30th. &nbsp;Students will be alerted of their acceptance by the third week of March. &nbsp;Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application">Applications are available here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re not able to apply or participate, you can see last year&rsquo;s classes online! All classes were recorded by the City Channel last Spring and are available on youtube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJpVa6adhUM&amp;list=PL2L3ZTwe78kHa_bj3lA0or6nF8Mci9ETw">here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Light"></a>Heads Up: Duquesne Light Installing New Electricity Meters in 2016</h3> <div>Duquesne Light will be installing new &ldquo;advanced meters&rdquo; across the City of Pittsburgh starting in March and continuing through 2016. The new meters will not change how your electricity usage is measured, but they will enable customers to be more aware of high-usage activities. Residents will be able to manage their bills online and activate phone or e-mail alerts when electricity usage is particularly high. Over time, in conjunction with other system improvements, Duquesne Light will be able to provide outage alerts and service restoration estimates that will help customers make plans during storm-related service interruptions.&nbsp;</div> <div>Customers will receive a letter in advance of the work, and a reminder call 3-5 days before the installation. You *will not* need to be home for the work to take place. Click<a href="https://www.duquesnelight.com/forYourHome/customerService/MeterExchangeProgram/Community/index.cfm"> the link</a> to learn more about what you can expect during the new meter roll-out! If you have any additional questions, you can call and speak to a customer service representative, here: 1-888-928-8539</div> <h3><a name="Schools"></a>Shout Outs from our South Pittsburgh Schools!</h3> <div><strong>Carmalt Academy of Writing and Communications</strong></div> <div>Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are learning Spanish! Younger students use a Spanish computer program through 4th grade, and they continue their learning with Senor Conroy starting in 5th grade, through 8th grade.&nbsp;</div> <div>All students at Carmalt, from preschool through 8th grade, meet personally with school principal, Dr. Och, to reflect on their monthly writing pieces. The school places a special emphasis on developing writing and public speaking skills in all classes.&nbsp;</div> <div>Parents should look out for an invitation to Carmalt&rsquo;s annual Portfolio Review in which middle school students present their best writing pieces to community members.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Concord Elementary School</strong></div> <div>Register your Kindergarten aged child today! For more information, please call the school at 412-529-7756.&nbsp;</div> <div>Concord will be celebrating Dr. Seuss&#39;s birthday the week of February 29th through March 4th. Family Literacy Night will take place on March 10th at Concord from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!</div> <div><strong>Brookline PreK-8</strong></div> <div>Brookline Pre-K-8 would like to thank Painting with a Twist Pittsburgh South and Pittsburgh West for their generous award of $500.00 to the school. Brookline was the winner of their Twelve Days of Christmas Facebook contest, due to an outpouring of support from Facebook fans, parents, and community members. The donation will be used by the Art Department for supplies and supplemental programming. Thanks to all who voted!</div> <div>The Parent School Community Council (PSCC) will meet next on March 16th at 5:30 PM.&nbsp;</div> <div>Finally, please don&rsquo;t forget to check out our new and improved school website for additional information about the school and upcoming activities at http://www.pittsburghbrooklineprek8.com</div> <h3><a name="Carrick"></a>Spotlight on Carrick: The Carrick Community Council &amp; How You Can Get Involved!</h3> <div>The Carrick Community Council started a new term for board members in December, 2015, so now seems like a great time to get the word out about the Council, what they do, and how you can get involved! &nbsp;The Carrick Community Council is a group of local residents aiming to &ldquo;foster a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood through responding to community needs, building strong partnerships, and engaging those who live and work here to positively contribute to the safety and appearance of Carrick to promote an overall sense of pride, ownership, and belonging.&rdquo; In short, they do a lot of proactive, positive things in the community! They partner with other organizations such as Economic Development South and the Overbrook Community Council to help with neighborhood projects such as the development of the Dairy District market and the planning of the annual Carrick Community Cornfest.&nbsp;</div> <div>You can get involved by attending any of the upcoming events featured on their online calendar, here: http://www.carrickpa.com/Home/calendar</div> <div>Litter Cleanups are already scheduled for 2016. Come out and lend a hand on any of the following dates! Meet behind the Carrick Shopping Center at 6:00 PM</div> <div>April 27<br /> May 25<br /> June 29<br /> July 27<br /> August 31<br /> September 28</div> <div>For more opportunities to get involved, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Carrick-Community-Council-285371399447/?fref=ts</div> <div> <h3><a name="Players"></a>Updates from the Heritage Players!</h3> <div>The Heritage Players will present Oscar Wilde&#39;s classic comedy, &quot;The Importance of Being Earnest&quot; at the Seton Center, Brookline 15226 on March11-13 and 18-20. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $12.00 at the door or $10.00 if purchased in advance online at www.bphp.org/xu35a. Phone: 412-254-4633. For more information, to purchase a season ticket, or to place a business ad in our programs visit www.bphp.org.</div> <div>The Heritage Players are holding auditions for William Inge&#39;s Pulitzer Prize winning American classic, &quot;Picnic&quot; on Sat., March 5th from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Seton Center, Brookline and Sun., March 6th at 7:00 PM at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park. Seeking men and women ages 16-65. Please prepare a one-to-two minute dramatic monologue. There may also be cold readings from the script. Performance dates are May 13-15 and 20-22 at the Seton Center. Fridays and Saturdays are at 8:00 PM and Sundays are at 2:00 PM. For more information visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633.</div> <div>The Heritage Players are offering theater classes for all ages from five to adult beginning April 4th at the Seton Center, Brookline. An audition preparation class for ages 13-adult will also be offered at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park. Visit www.bphp.org for course listings and descriptions, and ongoing registration. Phone:412-254-4633.</div> </div> <h3><a name="Jobs"></a>Job Opportunities</h3> <div>The City advertises all open positions on the Personnel and Civil Service Commission Website. Check back often to see and apply for new positions!</div> <div>https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobListings.aspx</div> <div><strong>Featured Job: Citiparks Lifeguard</strong></div> <div>The City is currently seeking applicants for Citiparks Lifeguards for Summer 2016! If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Aquatics Division Office for Information on how to register: 412-323-7928. Starting pay is $8.91/hour. You must be a Pittsburgh resident, and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Need Lifeguard Training? We&rsquo;ve got that, too.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lifeguard Training Courses are being held at the Oliver Bath House (South Side):&nbsp;</div> <div>MARCH 19 - APRIL 30, 2016<br /> SATURDAYS<br /> 12:00PM - 6:00PM<br /> *NO CLASS MARCH 26</div> <div>MAY 10 &ndash; JUNE 2, 2016<br /> TUESDAYS &amp; THURSDAYS &nbsp;<br /> 6:00PM - 10:00PM</div> <div>AND SATURDAY MAY 21<br /> 9:00AM - 6:00PM</div> <div>COURSE FEE $70.00 ~ PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE</div> <h3><a name="Calendar"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</span></p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens / Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, 3/3, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway, basement)</p> <div><strong>Brookline Teen Outreach Volunteer Information Session</strong><br /> Saturday, 3/5, 10 AM- 1 PM @ 520 Brookline Blvd</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, 3/7, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 3/8 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>Monday, 3/21, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 3/22, 7 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:10:15 -0500 Updated Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | February 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5675 <div>&quot;If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.&quot;</div> <div>--Anne Bradstreet</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview T Tracks">Beechview T Tracks Reconstruction Meeting</a></div> <div><a href="#Urban Redevelopment">Urban Redevelopment Authority Approves Plans for 1601 Broadway in Beechview</a></div> <div><a href="#Get Involved">Get Involved! Volunteer Your Time and Talents in Beechview</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick's 15.7">Carrick&rsquo;s $15.7 million Hillcrest Senior Residences Construction to Begin in March&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Dairy">Carrick Dairy District Awarded Honorable Mention from SEED Awards</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz Results and Next Steps</a></div> <div><a href="#City-Wide">City-Wide Veteran&rsquo;s Forum: Spread the Word!</a></div> <div><a href="#Spotlight">Spotlight on Alyson Shaw, Coro Fellow</a></div> <div><a href="#Youth Need">Youth Need More: Inventory of Programs Reveals Gaps</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview Hispanic">Beechview: Meet the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation - Wednesday 2/3&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Smart Electric">Smart Electric Meters Coming to Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Pause for Paws">Pause for Paws at the 18th Annual Biscuits Bingo - Saturday 2/27</a></div> <div><a href="#Virtual">Virtual Block Watch: Toledo, Ohio&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#High Schoolers">High Schoolers to tend McKinley Park Again with SCA</a></div> <div><a href="#What Is It">What is it/Why is it?: Toastmaster&rsquo;s, Carrick PA</a></div> <div><a href="#Tax">Tax Time Help</a></div> <div><a href="#Share">Share the Love with Fido, too! Low Cost Vaccine Clinic - 2/14</a></div> <div><a href="#Where's ">Where&rsquo;s my Plow? The Snow Resource Center is Online</a></div> <div><a href="#Port Authority">Port Authority schedules public hearings on transit fare proposal&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Shout Outs">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Notes">Notes</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <h2><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We kicked off 2016 by celebrating the inauguration of several members of City Council who were re-elected in 2015. Congratulations to Darlene Harris, Bruce Kraus, Corey O&rsquo;Connor, Dan Gilman and Ricky Burgess. Double congratulations to my colleague, Bruce Kraus, on his re-election as Council President. I will continue to serve as the Chair of the Finance and Law Committee in this 2-year session of Council.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Our Coro Fellow, Alyson Shaw, presented the findings of her inventory of youth programs in South Pittsburgh and the Hilltop neighborhoods. To learn more about what we have, and what we need, <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/SouthPittsburghYouthProgramsInventoryReport.pdf">click here</a>!</div> <div>-I attended the renovation presentation for the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. They presented plans to renovate the existing space and add a second floor. Residents voiced their opinions and concerns, as well as their &ldquo;wish list&rdquo; for the new library. Requests included more seating for reading, increased space for teens, space for the community&rsquo;s historical documents, and more. The library is doing more research to see how to accommodate residents concerns &hellip; Stay tuned for updates!</div> <div>-The Pittsburgh Public Schools&rsquo; superintendent search is in full swing. I attended a meeting at Carrick High School to advocate for community schools and their ability to help students who otherwise fall through the cracks. We need to meet kids where they are, and only then can we give them the best chance to succeed!</div> <div>-I met with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers about how we can work together to improve and expand opportunities for early childhood education in Pittsburgh! I look forward to continuing my focus on essential early childhood programs in 2016 and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div>-I met with all of the public safety bureaus-- including the Police, EMS, and Fire-- and discussed the creation of a new public safety training facility, and what kind of resources City Council needs to allocate to make this facility a reality. An expanded and more comprehensive space would give us the capacity we need to train larger classes of police officers, firefighters, and first responders, so that we can keep up with retirements and stay fully staffed.&nbsp;</div> <div>-The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation stopped by to give updates on their progress on their re-organization, including changing the way Emerald View Park is managed. To receive MWCDC e-news, click here: <a href="http://mwcdc.org/">http://mwcdc.org/</a></div> <div>-I welcomed and met with the new Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich, a 25-year FBI veteran who began his career as a crew chief for the Pittsburgh Paramedics. We&rsquo;re planning to do a tour with him of District 4 soon, and look forward to working with him to increase public safety in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods and across the City. For reference, Director Hissrich will appear for his City Council confirmation hearing on Feb. 4 from 10-noon and 1-3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview T Tracks">Beechview T Tracks Reconstruction Meeting</a></h2> <div>The Red Line trolley is one of the most iconic features in Beechview, and perhaps its strongest asset, as people increasingly search for homes and businesses with good access to public transportation. The Port Authority is doubling down on their investment in Beechview, and will be doing much-needed trolley track and concrete replacement on Broadway Avenue in 2016. Join us in attending the Port Authority&rsquo;s community meeting where they will present their plans for construction and answer your questions about the project on Thursday, 2/18 at 7:00 PM at St. Catherine of Siena Church. While this project has its upsides-- like fewer potholes and safer rails-- we also know that such a large construction project has the potential to cause some headaches. The Port Authority will have their contractor at the meeting to listen to specific concerns, so they can plan in advance to minimize disruption as much as possible.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, if you have any specific concerns about how this will impact you, please feel free to contact us, and we will connect you with the Port Authority. Contact Us: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority has also set up a webpage where they will post construction updates throughout the project. Bookmark it, and check often!&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx">http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Urban Redevelopment">Urban Redevelopment Authority Approves Plans for 1601 Broadway in Beechview</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On January 14th, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved plans for Atlas Development Co. to renovate and redevelop 1601 Broadway Avenue. Vacant for some time now, 1601 Broadway is most famous for its classic victorian turret, and represents some of the oldest, most historic architecture in Beechview. Rather than tear the building down, which would have been more cost effective, Atlas Development is honoring the community&rsquo;s desire to preserve it. The exterior renovation will bring back its classic victorian charm (and more), while the interior renovation will create upper floor apartments and first floor space for a new restaurant or retail store. Atlas is now working with banks and the URA to complete the financing for the project. As always, we will update you as more information becomes available!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, visit and like <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AtlasDevelopmentCo/?fref=ts">Atlas Development Co.</a> on Facebook.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Atlas Development Co is also responsible for the private redevelopment of the apartment building at 1500 Broadway Avenue, which is now leasing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Get Involved">Get Involved! Volunteer Your Time and Talents in Beechview</a></h2> <div>Do you have mad skills? Are you really good at organizing events, writing, fundraising, graphic design, or something else? Do you love Beechview? Get in touch with Dave Brewton, Broadway Avenue&rsquo;s business district manager, to learn how you can volunteer your time and help make Beechview fun and enticing for current residents, businesses, prospective developers, and new neighbors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Contact Dave: <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20Volunteers">drbrewton@ymail.com</a> (yes, that&rsquo;s a y)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick's 15.7">Carrick&rsquo;s $15.7 million Hillcrest Senior Residences Construction to Begin in March&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On January 14th, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board voted to approve $1.2 million in loans to support the $15.7 million development of the Hillcrest Senior Residences project at the site of the former Giant Eagle at 2920 Brownsville Road in Carrick. The Residences will be a four-story residential building exclusively for seniors, built to energy-efficient passive house standards. It will have 66 units available to seniors (62+) on a variety of budgets. The Hillcrest Senior Residences are set to feature a garden area, computer/library room, fitness room, outdoor terrace space, a private room for health services, and a laundry room-- something for everyone!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The developer is The Community Builders, one of the nation&rsquo;s foremost nonprofit urban development organizations, with plenty of experience and success in building and managing these types of residential properties. The Community Builders have been assembling the funds for this project since 2012, when they first purchased the blighted property on the city line. This project will be catalytic for Carrick, as it is the first multi-million dollar investment on Brownsville Road in deades. Hillcrest will enable seniors to remain independent and stay in their neighborhood, near family, friends, and the businesses they have patronized all their lives.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Construction is set to begin in March of 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, check out the press release, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5602">here</a>.</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Dairy">Carrick Dairy District Awarded Honorable Mention from SEED Awards</a></h2> <div>Have you noticed the new open-air market being built on Brownsville Road at East Meyers? That&rsquo;s the Dairy District Market, slated to be completed this year, and its design is now award-winning! Design Corps and Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network have announced the Sixth Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design winners. SEED recognizes design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact. Through a competitive jury process, six projects are selected and celebrated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The market is set to open this spring and will hold various events each week. Stay tuned for more updates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Projects awarded were a primary school in Africa, and early youth development center in Colombia, and a Lakota Nation building. This is a serious award, and the Carrick Dairy District received an honorable mention! To see the full list of award winners, go to: <a href="https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-awards-winners/">https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-awards-winners/</a>. To see our very own Dairy Distict, go to: <a href="https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-honorable-mentions/">https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-honorable-mentions/</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz Results and Next Steps</a></h2> <div>In July of 2015, we unveiled the Virtual Block Watch in Carrick. In August we announced that alongside the Mayor and every city department, we would launch the Carrick Blitz. The Blitz was aimed at bringing together every city department to tackle issues of blight and crime together. Every week, we sat down in the mayor&rsquo;s conference room and discussed problems reported from the community at several community meetings, as well as data mined from 311 and 911 records. We targeted the areas with the most crime and blight activity, and we were happy to report the results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>42 properties ended up being targeted for investigation and enforcement by the departments of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, Public Works, the Police, Law, and more! Blighted homes were given notice of violations from PLI, given 30 days to fix the problems, and then they were cited. Those who still didn&rsquo;t comply were taken to court and had a date in front of the district magistrate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Blitz led to a more-than 1000% increase in directed patrols, arrests were made, and seven investigations are ongoing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Did the 6-week Blitz fix all of the problems in the neighborhood? Of course not! Did it connect city departments to each other and familiarize them with Carrick, as well as our promise and challenges? It did. Did it bring together concerned members of the community with government officials to voice their concerns? It did. Together, we can keep the spirit of the Blitz going, and stick together to make our neighborhood great again.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Blitz by the Numbers:</em></div> <div>24 Impacted streets</div> <div>15 Property violations abated</div> <div>14 Issues sent to magistrate</div> <div>5 &ldquo;Clean and Lien&rdquo; completed (Where the Department of Public Works cleans up the property, and the owner is fined to recoup the costs.)</div> <div>1 Building condemned</div> <div>$1000 in fines levied&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="City-Wide">City-Wide Veteran&rsquo;s Forum: Spread the Word!</a></h2> <div>Are you a member of the military of a veteran? Are you related to a veteran? Then this community forum for military and veterans is for you! The Mayor&#39;s Office&#39;s Homefront Pittsburgh initiative is partnering with Allegheny County, CCAC, The Heinz Endowments, and The Mission Continues to host a community forum for military and veterans on Thursday, 2/4 from 6-8PM at CCAC, 800 Allegheny Avenue 15233.. The goal of the event is to learn about the needs of veterans in the community. There are three meetings, but only 2/4 is in the City. Please join us!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Spotlight">Spotlight on Alyson Shaw, Coro Fellow</a></h2> <div>This past fall, our office was lucky enough to host Coro Fellow Alyson Shaw. The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, based in the South Side, which focuses on attracting ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. We engaged the Center to help find ways to improve services for youth in South Pittsburgh. They sent us Alyson Shaw! Ms. Shaw is from Eighty-Four, a small town in Washington County. After earning her BA in political science at the University of Pittsburgh she spent a year in Minneapolis, MN before returning to Pittsburgh as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Aly says of the program:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs was a great opportunity to continue my advocacy work in a city that I loved, and to do so while gaining experience in multiple sectors. Through Coro I&rsquo;ve been able to work in nonprofits, government, and philanthropy. Each of these sectors has given me a unique perspective on public policy issues in the city of Pittsburgh. Working with Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office and getting the perspective of our local elected officials is invaluable experience that will help me further my career as an effective change maker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was especially proud to be able to convene and assist South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s youth programs around my report and presentation of the Youth Programs Inventory. I met so many smart and inspiring people who were doing great work to improve the lives of youth in South Pittsburgh. The more people I met the more I wanted to put together something that I thought would really benefit them and start to move them towards some progress on systemic issues that they are all facing. People from all over the city have reached out to me to ask questions about the project, and a few South Pittsburgh residents even reached out to me with the idea to start a &ldquo;What&rsquo;s going on for South Pittsburgh Youth&rdquo; Facebook page. Progress is already being made and I have confidence that the remarkable people I met will continue to move South Pittsburgh youth programming forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m currently at the Pittsburgh Foundation doing public policy and advocacy research, but I plan on staying connected to South Pittsburgh and continuing to assist in any way I can.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Youth Need">Youth Need More: Inventory of Programs Reveals Gaps</a></h2> <div>Coro Fellow Alyson Shaw was able to provide our office with a comprehensive report outlining the opportunities and gaps for youth in the Hilltop and South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. After interviewing 50 organizations, individuals and teens themselves, Ms. Shaw was able to conclude that we need to do a lot more for our youth. This seems obvious, but it was important to put this information on paper to be able to show foundations and other groups that the need is real, and this lack is hurting our communities. Programming for teens who aren&rsquo;t athletes is scarce. Programs which do offer programs are small and can only offer a few spots at a time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another problem Ms. Shaw&rsquo;s report uncovered is that girls feel unsafe in getting to after-school programs. These girls are staying in their rooms instead of enriching themselves and their communities. It&rsquo;s clear that when it comes to youth, there&rsquo;s a lot more that we need to do!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to creating the Office of Early Childhood and the position of Early Childhood manager, we are working to encourage teen and youth programming in all our neighborhoods. When we invest in our youth, we invest in the future of Pittsburgh!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Click <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">here </a>to see more. Or click <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Hilltop_Youth_Summit.pdf">here </a>view the presentation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview Hispanic">Beechview: Meet the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation - Wednesday 2/3&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested in getting more involved in Beechview? You are invited to join the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation for an Open House at their offices at 1660 Broadway Avenue, Beechview, on February 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to johnpauljonespgh@gmail.com if you plan to attend. PHDC is looking forward to talking to you about their exciting efforts!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join the Urban Agriculture Workshop on February 23rd!&nbsp;</div> <div>Come hear Shelly Danko Day from the City of Pittsburgh present about the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code and the Adopt-A-Lot program, and learn about preparing for gardening in Spring 2016. Shelly will review the rules for growing food, selling food, and using vacant lots for garden projects!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All residents, nonprofits, community groups, and community members across all 11 Hilltop neighborhoods are encouraged to attend (Mt. Washington, Beltzhoover, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Carrick, Mt. Oliver City, Mt. Oliver Borough, St. Clair, Bon Air, South Side Slopes &amp; Knoxville)!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FREE SEEDS will be handed out at registration, along with information about Seed Starting and Spring Planting Guides!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, contact Sarah at Hilltop Alliance, <a href="mailto:Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org?subject=Urban%20Agriculture%20Workshop">Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Smart Electric">Smart Electric Meters Coming to Pittsburgh</a></h2> <div>Duquesne Light will begin to replace electric meters with a new digital form of the meter. These will be able to help customers use energy during off-peak hours, and potentially reduce their bill or their carbon footprint. Customers will be able to manage their bills online, and receive alerts for high usage! <a href="https://www.duquesnelight.com/forYourHome/customerService/MeterExchangeProgram/Community/index.cfm">Click here</a> to learn more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pause for Paws">Pause for Paws at the 18th Annual Biscuits Bingo - Saturday 2/27</a></h2> <div>Biscuits Bingo is a yearly event hosted by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police which benefits animal rescue organizations and enables these groups to save those who do not have a voice. Just $25 will get you access to one of the funnest events in the Burgh!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Biscuits Bingo will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the IBEW Local 5 Hall on the South Side. &nbsp;The doors open at 10 am. Bingo games begin promptly at noon. Every penny raised will be used to to give rescued animals a second chance at finding their forever loving home. &nbsp;Please join us for this family fun event and to take a stand for those who unable to speak for themselves.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The groups who will benefit from Biscuits Bingo 2016: Animal Friends, Animal Rescue league and wildlife center, Homeless Cat Management Team, Forever Home Beagles , Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, Western Pa Humane Society, Great Pyrenees Rescue, Hello Bully, Distinguished Doberman, Rabbit Wranglers, Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, Senior Pet and Animal Rescue. Let&#39;s make 2016 another record breaking year! Can we beat last year&#39;s total of $26,070.00?!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Virtual">Virtual Block Watch: Toledo, Ohio&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Carrick unveiled the very first virtual block watch in Pittsburgh in July of 2015. Since then, many communities around Pittsburgh have voiced interest in utilizing this crime-fighting tactic. Just recently, the Carrick Community Council received an inquiry from the Toledo, Ohio to discuss best practices and our experience with the virtual block watch. It&rsquo;s very exciting to watch the initiatives that our community groups have developed travel across our city and across the State Line!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="High Schoolers">High Schoolers to tend McKinley Park Again with SCA</a></h2> <div>On February 27, a team of South Pittsburgh teens working with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will begin work in McKinley Park and the Mt. Oliver business district as part of a partnership with Economic Development South. The crew &ndash; 10 high school students and two adult crew leaders &ndash; will work on Saturdays for 14 weeks; students will build and maintain trails as well as work to eradicate invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed, which grows in abundance in our region, all the while learning about the environment, sustainability, financial literacy, and developing the skills necessary to get and hold a job. Students will earn minimum wage for all work and learning hours.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;SCA has provided much-needed support in engaging local youth to address issues of sustainability,&rdquo; says Greg Jones, Executive Director of Economic Development South. &ldquo;The crews have restored important trail networks in our neighborhoods, reconnecting area youth with recreational facilities at McKinley Park.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The mission of SCA is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. &nbsp;Since its founding in 1957, SCA has deployed a force of more than 75,000 members, completing 28 million hours of conservation service at national, regional, state, county, and municipal natural resource management sites in all 50 states. SCA has operated in the Pittsburgh region for 15 years. During that time it has introduced hundreds of high school students to working with nature and educated them about the importance of environmental health in their lives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions? Interested in getting your high school student involved? Contact Jennifer Layman at 412-325-1851 x3025 or <a href="mailto:jlayman@thesca.org?subject=Student%20Conservation%20Volunteers">jlayman@thesca.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="What Is It">What is it/Why is it?: Toastmaster&rsquo;s, Carrick PA</a></h2> <div>Toastmasters Carrick PA is one of 14,500 clubs representing 313,000 members in 126 countries around the world, which allows members and youth an opportunity to learn and develop public speaking and conversation skills that are vital for success in today&rsquo;s world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youth club is for students in grades 6-12. This group, called The Gavel Club, provides a hands on learning opportunity for kids and teens to practice and improve their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Unlike many learning experiences, instead of focusing on the things done wrong, we focus on the skills each speaker masters, and then give only a couple of items to improve per speech. The Gavel club works just like the typical Toastmasters meeting with prepared speeches, evaluations from peers, grammar and timing feedback, and impromptu speaking. &nbsp;In terms of leadership, the Gavel Club offers an amazing opportunity. &nbsp;While the moderators (who attend each meeting) provide feedback and instruction, they mostly guide the youths in leadership opportunities &nbsp;so the youth feel empowered to make decisions and eventually become the main leaders of the program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday from noon until 12:50pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Carrick Branch, 1811 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. &nbsp;There is no charge for the youth to attend. &nbsp;They are not required to attend every session, but &ldquo;practice makes perfect&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s encouraged that most sessions are attended.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Tax">Tax Time Help</a></h2> <div>Not sure who to call for assistance with taxes? The most important number to remember is 211! The United Way can help direct you to resources in the City and County as well as the non-profit community. Please reach out and see what 211 can do to help you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Share">Share the Love with Fido, too! Low Cost Vaccine Clinic - 2/14</a></h2> <div>Show your love of your pets and your family by getting your animals vaccinated on Valentine&rsquo;s Day at the Western PA Humane Society. From 9AM to 2PM, the Humane Society will offer low cost vaccines for dogs and cats. Vaccines range from $10-$30 for dogs and cats, which is a huge savings! Microchips are available, too. Please bring cash, Visa or Mastercard. Call 412-321-4625 for more information or click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/westernpahumanesociety/photos/a.143964605872.138201.76732935872/10153700635090873/?type=3&amp;theater">here</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Where's ">Where&rsquo;s my Plow? The Snow Resource Center is Online</a></h2> <div>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Snow Resource center is active. Navigate to http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow/ and you can track your plow to see in real time which streets are being cleared.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During a snow and ice event, the City&rsquo;s main goal is to keep vehicle traffic moving on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 1031 miles of streets. In order to accomplish this goal, The Department of Public Works strives to meet public safety needs, aka: maintain passable roads to hospitals, fire stations, schools and police stations. They work to ensure access to large and small businesses as well as enable travel along residential streets and alleys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about the City&rsquo;s designated snow response levels, and when you should expect all roads to be cleared here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Port Authority">Port Authority schedules public hearings on transit fare proposal&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority of Allegheny County has scheduled two public hearings to accept testimony on its transit fare proposal, which aims to simplify its system and lower fares for about a quarter of its current ridership.The hearings will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the William Penn Ballroom inside the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Authority&rsquo;s Board is considering a policy that would replace the current multi-zone system with a single zone that would cost all riders $2.50 with a ConnectCard regardless of their destination; instate a 25 cent surcharge for riders paying with cash; move to a pay-on-enter system; eliminate the free Downtown bus zone; offer new products; and charge riders $2 for a ConnectCard on Jan. 1, 2017. A second phase that would allow the Authority&#39;s light rail to also switch to a pay-on-enter and cashless proof-of-payment system would begin in the second half of 2017. The proposed changes to the state&#39;s second-largest public transit system came as a result of overwhelming input from riders and Authority employees.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Those wishing to sign up to speak at the public hearings can register by calling 412-566-5187 or 412-231-7007 for TTY. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Additionally, comments on the proposal will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31 at www.portauthority.org, <a href="mailto:farepolicy@portauthority.org?subject=Fare%20Changes">farepolicy@portauthority.org</a> or via U.S. Mail at Port Authority of Allegheny County, Attn: Fare Policy Proposal, 345 Sixth Ave. Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222. The Board will take the testimony into consideration before making a final decision in the spring.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Shout Outs">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">South Brook Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Debt-M tutoring in the Carrick and Brookline communities will be held every Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30 at the school. </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.2; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Visit this site, </span><a href="http://debt-m.mspnet.org/" style="line-height: 1.2; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://debt-m.mspnet.org/</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.2; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to learn more about Debt-M. </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On December 21, we held the Student of the Month recognition breakfast, which was attended by new Board Member Moira Kaleida</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Student Council collection of toiletries and supplies for the Community Church donation</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Acting Principal is Alexis Fadick</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Recent Academic successes at Brookline PreK -8 included the start of our very popular After School Tutoring Program, positive DIBELS testing results and an emphasis on classroom instruction via Text Dependent Analysis. Social activities included the Be A Middle School Mentoring Program, Strong Women, Strong Girls Mentoring Program, STEM Stars, Middle School Club Day, Girls and Boys Basketball, Trifecta Awards ceremony for 108 students, Make-A-Wish fundraising, R.I.F. Book Celebration, and standing room only attendance at our Winter Concert. We are very thankful for all the volunteers that have helped us make Pittsburgh Brookline PreK through 8 a great place for learning and growing!</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Brookline PreK-8 is also pleased to announce our second Attendance Challenge for the year to take place during the month of February. With the support of the United Way, Pittsburgh Brookline Prek-8 will be challenging the following school: PIttsburgh Concord, Pittsburgh Roosevelt, Pittsburgh Arlington. </span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Attendance Challenges are a fun way to not only raise the bar for our children, but to also increase the positive environment in the school by bringing fun activities that all students can participate in and be excited about.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Please plan on joining us on Wednesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM for our next Parent School Community Council (PSCC) Meeting. A+ Schools will be presenting on the Progress of Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 and other information outlined in their 2015 Report to the Community. A light dinner and childcare will be provided. The PSCC at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Concord Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord sponsored a Family Healthy Evening on January 21st from 4:15-5:15. The Parent School Community Council meeting that was scheduled for the evening was rescheduled due to the Pittsburgh Public Schools SUperintendent Search meeting at Carrick High School at 6:00PM.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord would like to thank the Pittsburgh Fire Fighters for donating winter coats to the students at Concord.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The ity of Pittsburgh, Department of Parks and Recreation launched a Kid SMART after-school program at Phillips Recreation Center for 4th and 5th grade students. The program runs every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6PM. Parents that would like more information about this program, please contact the main office for more information.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord&rsquo;s student activity calendar is now up and running on the district homepage under Select A School.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Arlington Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Arlington, Brookline, Concord and Roosevelt </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">will all participate in an Attendance Challenge during the month of </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">February</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. The school with the highest number of students with perfect attendance will win the challenge. The challenge is being sponsored by the Be There Campaign sponsored by the United Way. Please encourage your child to attend school every day during the month of February! In an effort to help students eat healthier and stay physically active, the NFL and Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP) are coming together for a second year to award schools and/or school districts across the country with a $10,000 &ldquo;Hometown grant&rdquo;. These grants are part of a larger initiative between both the NFL and FUTP60 to provide funds to a deserving school or school district in each of the 32 NFL markets, in hopes of making a difference in the overall health and wellness of students across the country.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The focus of this event is to award Pittsburgh Arlington with a Hometown grant and stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle--which means eating healthy and staying active for 60 minutes a day. During the event, the designated key speakers and Steelers FUTP60 ambassador Kelvin Beachum will talk about the overall goal of FUTP60, the impact that a healthy lifestyle has on academic performance with shared key messages. Steely McBeam will also be visiting students at Arlington with a FUTP60 ambassador to discuss making healthy choices beginning when they&rsquo;re young.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt Academy of Writing and Communications</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please come and join us at any of our PSCC/PTSA/Title 1 meetings. They are held the third Wednesdays of the month at 5:00 in the cafeteria. Please come to hear our good news, share community events with the group, and plan together to maintain focus on educating our youth.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">We want to congratulate our 8th grade student Don Miguel Watson-Ellis, who was the Winner for the Whitehall Community Lions Peace Poster Contest. Special thanks to Ms. Shimko, our art teacher. MS. Shimko also organized our Carmalt Tree at the airport. The theme of International Peace was chosen and executed by our Middle School Art Club.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt morning tutoring is alive and well every morning from Monday through Thursday. Speaking of tutoring, come every Wednesday morning to watch our first graders read to the Therapy Dogs!</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Finally, the annual evening Santa Sing Along featured our chorus, our active PTSA sponsoring their Chinese raffles as well as the presence of our special guest, Santa! Our Carmalt family wishes all a peaceful and healthy New Year!</span></p> <h2><a name="Notes">Notes</a></h2> <div>There will be no February meeting of the Brookline Block Watch. Meetings will resume March 8th, 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, 2/1, 7PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, Concord Elementary Auditorium 2350 Brownsville Road 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday, 2-3, 6PM Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation Open House 1660 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, USA</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, 2/4, 7PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch, 1621 Broadway Avenue (Basement) 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday, 2/14, 9AM - 2PM - Low Cost Vaccine Clinic, Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Avenue 15233</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, 2/15, 6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>7PM - South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Meeting, 1036 Brookline Blvd&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, 2/18, 7PM - Port Authority Beechview Trolley Track Reconstruction Meeting, St. Catherine of Siena</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday, 2/23, 7PM<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Overbrook Community Council Meeting, 2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 2/27, 10AM - Biscuits Bingo, 5 Hot Metal Street 15203</div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:41:26 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | January 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5564 <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3fff5390-1d9c-9370-ea64-d48b379635f1"><a href="http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryford121997.html?src=t_beginning" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.</span></a></span></span></h3> <h3 dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3fff5390-1d9c-9370-ea64-d48b379635f1"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Henry Ford</span></span></span></h3> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Once">Once in a Lifetime Chance to Improve the Carrick Library! 1/14 at 6:30PM</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#More">More Important than College: Early Education in Pittsburgh</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#City">City Notes: Welcoming a new Public Safety Director&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Wenzell">Wenzell Avenue Paving Delayed until 2016 Season for completion of Utility Work</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#What">What Marijuana Decriminalization means for Pittsburgh</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Block">Block Watch: What is it? Why is it?</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">-As Chair of the Committee on Finance and Law, my December was dominated by work on the City&rsquo;s 2016 budget, which dictates how your tax dollars are spent, and what improvements will be made to infrastructure and public facilities in the coming year. I spent a lot of time meeting with Council Budget Director Bill Urbanic and my Council colleagues to pass a budget that continues to invest in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growth, while responsibly paying down our debts. For more information on how the city spends money, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.opengov.com/transparency#/790/breakdown=91a2d392-48b7-4f83-aeb6-1fcc520dd5c0&amp;currentYearPeriod=years&amp;currentYearAmount=cumulative&amp;accountType=expenses&amp;graph=bar&amp;month=10&amp;selection=0C93AA50D0297F7A1F5F4BA474F35E83&amp;legendSort=coa&amp;saved_view=null&amp;fiscal_start=earliest&amp;fiscal_end=latest">click here</a>.&nbsp;To see the the 2016 Capital Budget, navigate to&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Capital_Budget.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Capital_Budget.pdf</a> and to view the 2016 Operating Budget, go to: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Operating_Budget.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Operating_Budget.pdf</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-On December 29, I gave my annual budget address to Council. The 2016 Budget will fund 900 police officers, do more to balance pensions than ever before, pave 60 miles of city streets this year, and assess and address our aging public safety facilities like fire houses. You can read the full address here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5565">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5565</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-You may have seen in the news that Las Palmas in Brookline was hit with racist graffiti. The community came out in full force to remove the graffiti and support their neighbor! On 12/12, I was proud to stand with Brookline in support of Las Palmas, and to denounce those who seek to create an unwelcome atmosphere for any immigrant groups who are working hard to build a better life for their children</p> <p dir="ltr">-On 12/14 I was honored to address some brand-new American citizens after their naturalization ceremony where they took an oath to the United States. I am very aware of the years of work that go into becoming an American citizen, after watching my mom go through the process. I am thrilled to extend the chance of an American Dream to those who seek the opportunity!</p> <p dir="ltr">-My office coordinated a meeting between city officials and Economic Development South to discuss how to manage the Carrick Farmer&rsquo;s Market, which will move to its new home at the Dairy District Pavilion (Brownsville Road at East Meyers) this summer! Due to the mild December weather, much more work was done on that development than expected this winter. We look forward to a ribbon-cutting in 2016!</p> <p dir="ltr">-With the Women&rsquo;s Caucus, I passed a bill to create a position for the Office of Early Childhood, housed in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office. Kids who grow up poor, those whose parents cannot afford high quality early education, are 60% less likely to attend college, 50% more likely to be placed in Special Education, and 70% more likely to commit a violent crime. By working together, we will change the path for some of our littlest citizens, newborns through early elementary school. You can read more on our website: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5509">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5509</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-I was interviewed by 88.3 WRCT&rsquo;s On Air regarding my time in City Council and my career prior to becoming an elected official. It was certainly a trip down memory lane and a good reminder of the economic development and public safety goals that made up my campaign platform. I work hard every day to further those goals and bring the renaissance to South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Roberto Clemente, Jr. and friends to discuss the planning of the Pittsburgh Clemente Classic, a sports event aimed at promoting youth baseball, as well as relations between Cuba and Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I worked with a Coro fellow, Aly Shaw, who completed an inventory of programs for teens and kids in our neighborhoods and the Hilltop. The results were presented on Tuesday, January 5th, to a group of community leaders and students working to make Pittsburgh livable for our teens. We hope to use her work to better understand the gaps in teen programming, and create more high quality after-school and summer activities and services for our children and teens. The value of Aly&rsquo;s work is truly beyond measure, and we thank her. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/SouthPittsburghYouthProgramsInventoryReport.pdf">Click here</a> to see this eye-opening report.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Once">Once in a Lifetime Chance to Improve the Carrick Library! 1/14 at 6:30PM</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is next in line for a renovation, and library staff want to hear from you! Join us on January 14th at 6:30 at the Carrick Library to talk about what you want to see included in the renovation-- whether it&rsquo;s more space, a place for historical documents, or even a train table! Bring your kids, grandkids, or a neighbor, and be a part of this important process.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="More">More Important than College: Early Education in Pittsburgh</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">What if the cure for cancer is trapped in the mind of a child who can&rsquo;t afford a high-quality education?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday, December 21st, 2015, Councilwoman Rudiak and the Women&rsquo;s Caucus passed a bill to create the Office of Early Childhood. The goals of this office will be to align city services that affect young children, like licensing, workforce and professional development, and health and safety for those who care for kids from birth through early elementary school. We also included in a position of &ldquo;Early Childhood Manager&rdquo; in the 2016 budget. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> We want this manager to connect child care providers with resources to expand and grow, and work to create more pre-school options for families. Quality early childhood programs benefits for parents, employers, and the state economy as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Families experience stable employment and higher earnings. Child care helps keep poor families working.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">For employers, high-quality child care makes employees more reliable and productive, decreasing turnover and absenteeism, and increasing retention and productivity.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">In Pennsylvania, every $1 invested in child care results in $2.17 circulating in the economy as a result of increased employment, consumer spending, and tax revenue. That&rsquo;s more than doubling our money!</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Councilwoman Rudiak believes that &ldquo;a Pittsburgh child&rsquo;s access to high-quality early-childhood education should not be an accident of birth. It should be available and affordable for all Pittsburgh children.&rdquo; ** Investing in early education will double our money and create opportunities for tomorrow&rsquo;s leaders to learn and grow!</p> <p dir="ltr"><br /> * <a href="http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain">http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">* Natalia Rudiak, &nbsp;&ldquo;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Pre-K Promise,&rdquo; 2/23/2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed, <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006</a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="City">City Notes: Welcoming a new Public Safety Director</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto hired a new Public Safety Director in Wendell Hissrich, who starts the job on January 11. We welcome Director Hissrich to the city! Former Public Safety Director Stephan Bucar left for a position with the State Police in the fall. Director Hissrich, like former Director Bucar, has a background with the FBI. Hissrich was also a Pittsburgh Paramedic for 5 years prior to two decades with the FBI. We welcome Director Hissrich to our team! Read the Post-Gazette write up <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/30/Wendell-Hissrich-selected-as-new-public-safety-director-pending-council-approval/stories/201512300201">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Wenzell">Wenzell Avenue Paving Delayed until 2016 Season for completion of Utility Work</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Wondering why Wenzell Avenue wasn&rsquo;t paved this year? It was in the paving plan for 2015, but due to delays in repairs to water line below the street, resurfacing has been delayed to Spring 2016. Pennsylvania American Water has invested approximately $900,000 to replace 3,500 feel of aging water main along Wenzell Avenue and Wenzell Place. The newly installed water main will improve reliability and flows for fire protection for neighbors. Unfortunately, this work was not complete until after the City&rsquo;s hot asphalt plant had closed for the season. The City and PA American Water will work together to repave Wenzell between West Liberty Avenue and Broadway Avenue in the spring and summer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="What">What Marijuana Decriminalization means for Pittsburgh</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Everyone makes mistakes, but for those who have been charged and convicted of nonviolent drug possession, the consequences on housing, career and family relationships can last a lifetime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In December 2015, City Council passed legislation &ldquo;decriminalizing&rdquo; small amounts of marijuana. Nearly 1,000 people are arrested each year for using or having marijuana in the City of Pittsburgh. According to the District Attorney, Stephen Zappala Jr., the vast majority of those misdemeanors are reduced to a non-traffic ticket, after a lengthy process that drains police and court resources. A recent Carnegie Mellon University study found that by changing policy and encouraging police to issue tickets and fines, rather than arresting people, the City of Pittsburgh could save nearly a million dollars in police and court costs. In addition to saving money, decriminalization frees up officers to focus on other important public safety issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">But this new law isn&rsquo;t just about saving money-- this is about leveling the playing field and allowing people to learn from their mistakes. Although white and black people use marijuana at the same rates, 5 black users are arrested for every 1 white user. Individuals arrested for possession of marijuana are fingerprinted and can lose their job or their housing because of the violation. Data shows that a single arrest can begin a relationship with the criminal justice system that can last a lifetime, ruining opportunities, family health, and wealth for generations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Not convinced? It&rsquo;s important to remember that possessing marijuana is still illegal-- this new law simply changes the penalty for possession in the absence of any other criminal activity. Selling marijuana or driving under the influence of marijuana remain very serious offenses worthy of arrest. The Pittsburgh Police are currently reviewing the new law and developing a policy for handling these offenses. They are expected to release that policy within 60 days of the bill&rsquo;s passage, or mid-February.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Block">Block Watch: What is it? Why is it?</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><em>From SaferTogether Pittsburgh, a program from the Department of Public Safety:</em></p> <p dir="ltr">A Block Watch is any resident-driven that brings citizens together to address the public safety and quality of life needs and issues that concern their neighborhood on a small scale, such as on your block or street, or a larger scale across your neighborhood or community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">A Block Watch allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that suspicious activity can be reported and investigated. Block Watch members partner with Police to reduce and control crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At a recent Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting, a neighbor told a story that perfectly illustrates the purpose of a block watch. Although she and her neighbors haven&rsquo;t made a formal block watch, they talk to one another. When she started a job with a different hours, she told her neighbors about it. She specifically told them the only people around her house should be her and her son. She told them the make, model, and color of his car, and she gave them her phone number. When just a short time later, her neighbors noticed someone knocking on her door, they immediately grew suspicious and asked what he was doing there. The story that he was her cousin didn&rsquo;t add up with what she told them. When they saw the same person exit a window holding her TV, they called police.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">An active Block Watch involves neighbors talking, staying in touch, and maintaining current contact information for each other. Some Block Watches have monthly meetings, some have one event during the summer. Some block watches have active phone trees, some manage their entire operation by email. But no matter what kind of block watch works for your block, having a valid phone number, email and list of neighbors who are willing to keep an eye out for one another. This is one of the most effective strategies for improving public safety on your block! Want to get started? Call our office at 412-255-2131 or email Liz Style in the Department of Public Safety at <a href="mailto:Elizabeth.Style@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Block%20Watch">Elizabeth.Style@pittsburghpa.gov</a> to start your Block Watch today!</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Meetings">Meetings</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 1/7,</strong> 7PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tuesday, 1/12,</strong> 7PM - Brookline Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Monday, 1/18,</strong> 6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 1/21,</strong> 7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum, 122 Virginia Avenue</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tuesday, 1/26,</strong> 7PM - Overbrook Community Council, Accamando Center 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Wednesday, 1/27,</strong> 7PM - Beechview Merchants Association meeting, 1533 Broadway Avenue</p> <p><strong>Monday, 2/1, </strong>7PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road</p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:27 -0500 Please Join me in supporting Brookline Teen Programs http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5468 <p>Dear Neighbors,</p> <p>The City Council District 4 newsletter sent out on December 9, 2015 contained a link to donate to <strong>the Brookline Teen Outreach</strong> <strong>initiative</strong>. Due to unforeseen events on behalf of the fundraising platform being used, the link to the campaign has changed without warning. The link is now: <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach"><strong>http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</strong></a>.</p> <p>The goal of this program is to <strong>help our youth build a positive, safe space to spend their time</strong>. Brookline Teen Outreach will offer opportunities for teens to meet with tutors trained in a variety of subjects, gain access to mental health services from licensed counselors, and collaborate with other area nonprofits. This type of program does not yet exist in our neighborhoods. We want to see it thrive!</p> <p>What your money can help do:</p> <p>* $10 - Buys tutoring supplies for a student</p> <p>* $50 - Invests in a swipe card system to keep students safe</p> <p>* $100 - Buys a desk and chair for students</p> <p>* $250 - Tuition for one student to attend an eye-opening mission trip</p> <p>* $500 - Provides a computer for student learning</p> <p>* $1,500 - Provides one month of rent</p> <p>Brookline Teen Outreach is not just for teens in Brookline, but for teens no matter where they come from. By providing programming that includes life skill building, ESL services, LGBTQ focused events, guest speakers from a wide range of disciplines, movie nights, and youth produced activities, Brookline Teen Outreach will be able to offer teens the opportunity to engage in positive activities, learn more about their passions, and give back to the community. If successful, this could be a model for other neighborhoods in District 4 or across the city where teens are experiencing similar challenges.</p> <p>Please join me in donating to this important organization! Click on <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a> to contribute. And please share widely!</p> <p>Would you like to give a donation by cash or check? Email Caitlin McNulty at <a href="mailto:caitlin.mcnulty@yahoo.com?subject=Brookline%20Teen%20Outreach">caitlin.mcnulty@yahoo.com</a> to find out how or to answer any questions.</p> <p>Also, a late breaking-event not included in the initial newsletter --- help support one of our local small businesses by joining the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) in buying tacos to support Las Palmas this weekend, December 11-13 at the Las Palmas location in Brookline at 700 Brookline Boulevard. This past week, Las Palmas was hit with hateful, racially charged graffiti. Read more about the story, here: http://bit.ly/1J0iFQp. You can also attend a rally on Saturday at noon at Las Palmas in Brookline to stand in solidarity with Las Palmas and other organizations that work tirelessly in creating opportunity and breaking down barriers for our city&#39;s immigrants. All are welcome to stand in support and join us as we show that intolerance is NOT what Pittsburgh is about.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Natalia Rudiak</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:55:36 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | December 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5456 <div>***Updated: Brookline Teen Outreach, an amazing program providing youth programming to teenagers in our neighborhoods, needs your help to get off the ground! Please go to:&nbsp;<a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a>. Join us in supporting this wonderful program!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>&ldquo;It is better to create something that others criticise than to create nothing and criticise others.&rdquo; - Ricky Gervais</h2> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Dellrose">Dellrose Street Reconstruction</a></div> <div><a href="#Cuba">Cuba - Let&rsquo;s Play Ball!</a></div> <div><a href="#Support">Support Brookline Teen Outreach!</a></div> <div><a href="#Yoga">Yoga at The Rec Center!</a></div> <div><a href="#Holiday">Holiday Book and Bake Sale this weekend at Carrick Library Branch</a></div> <div><a href="#Public">Public Speaking Fear? Conquered!</a></div> <div><a href="#Want to">Want to Sell Your Goods or Services to the City?</a></div> <div><a href="#Earn">Earn While You Learn</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Parking Authority Renovations Complete</a></div> <div><a href="#Lunch">Lunch with Santa: Brookline&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Free">Free Saturday Parking for the Holiday Season!</a></div> <div><a href="#Are You">Are You Having Trouble Heating Your House This Winter?</a></div> <div><a href="#Is Your">Is Your House Safe From Carbon Monoxide?</a></div> <div><a href="#Bring">Bring the Library Home!</a></div> <div><a href="#Open">Open Mic Night in Brookline</a></div> <div><a href="#Volunteers">Volunteers Needed: Be a Snow Angel!</a></div> <div><a href="#Changes">Changes to Council Meeting&rsquo;s Broadcast</a></div> <div><a href="#Notes">Notes</a></div> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, every day&hellip;</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Budget season is in full swing! </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">As Chair of the Finance and Law Committee, I have been attending briefings to talk about each and every department&rsquo;s budget, any increase or decrease over last year, how their budget is used, and what their plans are for 2016. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Announced Carrick Blitz Results </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">at the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch on 11/2. I was proud to stand with Mayor Peduto, Assistant Police Chief Schubert, Commander Karen Dixon, block watch leaders and the wider Carrick community to announce that the blitz made a difference on many streets in Carrick. Representatives from the departments of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (Formerly BBI), Public Works, and the office of Community Affairs detailed the measurable results, like a huge increase in directed foot patrols by officers, a slew of housing violations to be scheduled in the magistrate&rsquo;s court, and more...see the full presentation here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Carrick_Blitz_Presentation.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Carrick_Blitz_Presentation.pdf</a></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">-I attended the Thomas Merton Award Dinner, honoring Senator Barbara Lee 11/9</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Along with Congressman Mike Doyle, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, I lead a delegation to Cuba. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The trip also included former State Senator Jim Ferlo, former State Representative Mike Diven and representatives from Penn State and Duquesne University. This trip, organized by the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership, was an amazing chance to create relationships with Cuban officials to make sure that Pittsburgh is lined up to exchange goods and services when the embargo were to be lifted without using taxpayer dollars for this trip! Read more below&hellip;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Staff and I met with Columbia Gas officials</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to talk about projects in District 4 and talk about the best way to communicate with our office and the neighborhoods in the district, like the Dellrose Street reconstruction project (Read More about the Dellrose reconstruction below)</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Dellrose"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dellrose Street Reconstruction</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dellrose Street has been a riddle that the Department of Public Works, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Neighbors and our office have been working to solve for two years. As residents of the street will tell you, the process has not always been smooth! Thankfully,</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The approach that has finally emerged is a brand-new strategy that can help manage stormwater and provide a beautiful brick street instead of laying asphalt on top of brick or laying concrete and creating a channel for stormwater to flood whatever is downstream. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The entire base of the street was dug out and filled with &ldquo;aggregate&rdquo; of differing sizes. At the bottom of the base, there are jersey barriers to direct the flow of water down into the ground. Rising from there, the aggregate, i.e. rocks, get smaller and smaller. The street surface will be Unilock bricks. These are L-shaped paver stones that will look like a new brick street. This approach has been used in Mt. Lebanon, and managers from Dormont Borough have been on site to learn from our approach. This is the first city street to use this new technology. The Department of Public Works is hoping to be able to use the same strategy to replace other aging brick streets in the city. </span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Cuba"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cuba - Let&rsquo;s Play Ball!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cuba has been isolated for decades...and not just because it&rsquo;s an island! The US halted trade between our nations some time ago. Why does that matter? There are 12 million consumers living 90 miles off the coast of Florida to whom we </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">cannot sell our products!</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> If the trade embargo is lifted, then Pittsburgh businesses would, for the first time, have a chance to sell our products and services in Cuba. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I was one of three elected officials to lead a delegation of 24 leaders to meet with high level decision makers in Cuban government and prominent private citizens. No taxpayer dollars were spent on this trip. Representatives from corporations such as PPG met with Commerce and Trade officials, we talked with the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Department about direct flights from Cuban and US airlines to land right here in Pittsburgh. We explored the potential of becoming the North East hub for air travel to and from Cuba. The Cuban Sports Federation committed to a youth boxing and baseball tournament right here in Pittsburgh, planned for July of 2016. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This is a market that has been isolated for decades, and being near the front of the line for trade would be a boon for the city. I want to extend sincere thanks to the US Cuba Sister Cities organization, and point out that the head of the organization is a District 4 resident!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Support"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Support Brookline Teen Outreach!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In our office, we receive many inquiries about the lack of activities for teenagers in South Pittsburgh. Although this is a city-wide program, our southern neighborhoods are behind the times when it comes to creating programs that matter to teenagers. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brookline Teen Outreach helps teens to explore their potential and opportunities while providing them a place to learn and grow where they will be accepted for who they are and where they come from no matter what. By providing such a space, Brookline Teen Outreach allows teens to put the past behind them and look forward to a more positive future while building up the community around them.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">They are raising funds to move the Brookline Teen Outreach to a space more visible to the community and more accessible to students. The new center will provide mental health services by licensed counselors, as well as a space for volunteers to provide free tutoring in many subject areas.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To make a donation for the new Brookline Teen Outreach Center go to <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Yoga"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Yoga at The Rec Center!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Does this mild weather have you missing Yoga in the Park? Well fear not--Phillips Park Recreation Center will host indoor yoga on Friday nights, beginning 12/11 from 6:30-7:30. Alicia Brody will instruct aspiring yogis in a range of stretching and strength building. Bring your mat and $10 for the class! Namaste!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Holiday"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Holiday Book and Bake Sale this weekend at Carrick Library Branch</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Need presents for the reader in your life? Baked goods for your church or brunch? Carrick Library has you covered! </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Friends of the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will hold a two day Holiday Book and Bake Sale Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12th from 10AM to 4:30PM. Come on out to 1811 Brownsville Road and stock up! Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carrick Branch.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Speaking Fear? Conquered!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Many people fear speaking in public more than death. Many people spend their whole lives avoiding speaking in public, because they have never learned how to be comfortable and effective when speaking to a group. Toastmasters of Carrick, PA has been helping folks find their voice right at the library!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Toastmasters are an international club that provides a supportive and fun environment in which adults can develop and practice their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Toastmasters Carrick also has a youth program called the Gravel club open to students under 18 and in grades 6 through 12 that allows students to practice communication and leadership skills by conducting their our meeting, scheduling for speakers and meeting roles, evaluation speakers and setting bylaws for their club.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Carrick Branch at 10:15AM. &nbsp;The Gravel Club also meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 12:00PM. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on Toastmasters visit </span><a href="http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> or email </span><a href="mailto:toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Want to"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Want to Sell Your Goods or Services to the City?</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Governments can&rsquo;t shop like you and I. Not possible to hop over to Giant Eagle, Carrick Hardware, or online retailers. Government has to give a fair shot to anyone who might like to work with the city. Unfortunately, this can mean a lengthy process. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Well, the Code For America fellows worked hard to simplify these processes. When you&rsquo;re spending the limited money funds, we have to get the best quality products and services for the lowest price! CFA Fellows took on the job of making these processes smoother and more effective. From this project, three tools have emerged. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beacon is an online tool that tells businesses when the city is looking for bids. Business owners simply register with Beacon (https://www.buildpgh.com/beacon/), and this free service will send email notifications with relevant opportunities. Then bids can be managed by the City&rsquo;s Department of Management and Budget, who make sure that we get the best bang for our taxpayer buck! 350 businesses have registered since September!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Scout and Conductor are tools that can help make the City&rsquo;s internal processes run smoother. Scout (</span><a href="https://www.buildpgh.com/scout/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.buildpgh.com/scout/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) can help city staff identify and subscribe to current contracts. This will reduce staff time spent looking up contracts and will streamline the process of notification when the contracts change. Launched in May of 2015, employees have already subscribed to over 100 contracts!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lastly, Conductor will help connect different databases for the Office of Management and Budget. Before Conductor, these systems couldn&rsquo;t &ldquo;talk&rdquo; to each other. That meant a lot of staff time was spent trying to bridge that gap. With these huge improvements, when a contract is changed in Conductor, it is instantly updated in Scout. And any contract entering the bidding phase can be posted to Beacon. Here&rsquo;s to a smoother City purchasing process!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Earn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Earn While You Learn</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Who can afford to start or switch their career? Those who get paid training, of course! As an apprentice, you can gain hands-on knowledge and take home a paycheck.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in their Heavy Equipment Operators Program and their Mechanic Technicians Program in 2015. Applicants may apply for either or both programs but may enroll in only one. Applications will be available on select dates between December 7, 2015- December 18, 2015. Combining on-the-job training (under the close supervision of a skilled craftsperson) along with craft related classroom instruction, an apprentice learns by doing. One of the best parts of this approach is that apprentices get paid while they learn on the job and once training is complete apprentices earn the distinction of journeyworkers.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Applications and information packets may be downloaded at </span><a href="http://www.wpaoperators.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.wpaoperators.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or picked up in person between the hours of 9:00AM and 3:00PM, Monday through Friday, beginning December 7th at 111 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information visit www.wpaoperators.org.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Beechview"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview Parking Authority Renovations Complete</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just in time for the colder weather, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has completed the resurfacing of the parking lot in Beechview. This lot now features brand-new LED streetlights. LED (Light-Emitting Diodes) are bright, last much longer than traditional streetlights and they are incredible efficient. Saving energy, money and maintenance? Sounds like a win-win-win!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Lunch"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lunch with Santa: Brookline </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Santa is taking a break from Christmas preparations to have lunch on Sunday in Brookline! Bring the kids and the young-at-heart for this meet and greet!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come have lunch and meet with Santa Claus on 12/13 from 2-3:30PM at the Brookline Community Center. There will be crafts and other fun things to do. Food and drinks will be provided. A $3 donation is requested per person. Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to present. All ages are welcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Free"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Free Saturday Parking for the Holiday Season!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When you Shop Local this month, the City of Pittsburgh will cover your parking! Every Saturday in December, Pittsburgh Parking Authority is offering free parking for on-street metered parking spaces and surface-level lots. So get out and get your shopping done on Saturdays! December 12, 19, and 28.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Are You"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are You Having Trouble Heating Your House This Winter?</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Baby, it&rsquo;s cold outside! But if you are having trouble keeping the heat on inside, help is available!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. and Peoples Natural Gas are again partnering to promote the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with the goal of helping low-income customers with their winter heating bills.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs. The program provides a one-time grant to assist with paying home heating bills.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">LIHEAP funds are limited so Columbia Gas and Peoples Natural Gas urge eligible homeowners and renters to apply as soon as possible. The income eligibility limit for the 2015-2016 program is 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. This means single individuals with an annual income of up to $17,655 are eligible to apply, as well as families of four who earn an annual income of up to $36,375. LIHEAP closes on April 1, 2016 or earlier if their funds run out.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Customers are encouraged to apply online through Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Service website (COMPASS) at </span><a href="http://www.compass.state.pa.us" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.compass.state.pa.us</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or by calling 1-866-827-1281.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To apply, the utility customer must provide the following information:</span></span></p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Names of all people in the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Birth dates for all people in the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Social Security numbers for all members of the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Proof of income for all members of the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A copy of a recent heating bill</span></span></p> </li> </ol> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In addition to LIHEAP, the natural gas utilities offer a number of assistance programs to help customers struggling with household budgets. Customers can contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-537-7431 or Peoples at 1-800-400-WARM (9276) to learn more.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4727272727272727;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Is Your"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Is Your House Safe From Carbon Monoxide</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Smelling gas is not normally a good thing, but sometimes it can be deadly. Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas, causes hundreds of deaths each year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. CO poisoning can happen to anyone and causes harm to your central nervous system and even your heart, however individuals with existing health problems such as heart and lung diseases and the elderly are especially vulnerable.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carbon monoxide poisoning mimics many common illnesses such as the flu and food poisoning with symptoms including: headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, seizures, cardiac arrest, loss of hearing, blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, loss of consciousness, coma, and respiratory failure. To help protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning you should have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and inspected before each heating season, use non-electrical space heaters only in well-ventilated areas, and refrain from starting or leaving running cars, trucks or other vehicles in an enclosed area.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carbon monoxide home alarms can help alert you to increased CO levels. If your detector alarm sounds and you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home and immediately call 911. If your alarm goes off and your are not experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: first check the detector, push the reset button (if available), turn off any appliances or other sources of combustion, and get fresh air to the building. If you think you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and you do not have a detector, leave your home and immediately call 911.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information call any of the following Carbon Monoxide Awareness Coalition members;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pittsburgh Poison Center 800-222-1222</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allegheny County Health Department &nbsp;412-687-2243</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Western Pennsylvania Chapter</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allegheny County Fire Chiefs Association, Inc</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fire Training Academy, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Volunteer</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Firefighters Association</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bacharach</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">City of Pittsburgh</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency,Emergency</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Medical Services, Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Safety, Hazardous Material Response</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Team</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Equitable Gas Company</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dominion Peoples</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Bring"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bring the Library Home!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are you currently living without internet connection in your home? Is your child or grandchild eligible for the National School Lunch Program? </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If the answer is yes, then you may qualify for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Internet essentials provides an affordable high-speed internet option to those who need it. At just $9.95 a month you will receive a WiFi router and high speed internet delivered to your home. &nbsp;Participants in this program can also purchase a low cost computer with Microsoft Office and Norton Security included. Internet Essentials also provides free internet training online, in person, and in print!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To learn more or apply visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-888-972-5982!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Open"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Open Mic Night in Brookline</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You&rsquo;ve spent years practicing your vocals in the shower. Now it&rsquo;s time to share your talent with the world!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brookline Community Open Mic is a community-run open mic dedicated to developing artists and performers in Brookline and surrounding communities. Brookline Open Mic started at Cannon Coffee, and after Cannon Coffee was sold, community members worked hard to make sure this amazing event stayed put!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Anyone who wants to perform is able to and can sign up at any point throughout the night. All performance types and talents are welcome and encouraged to come! Brookline Community Open Mic, formerly held at Cannon Coffee, has found a new home! Every Wednesday starting at 7PM come to the second floor of the Brookline Pub located at 734 Brookline Blvd.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You can follow Brookline Community Open Mic on Instagram at BrooklineOpenMic. For questions E-mail BrooklineOpenMic@gmail.com!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Volunteers"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Volunteers Needed: Be a Snow Angel!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have you seen the weather forecast? &nbsp;Snow is coming! While this might bring delight to the snow lover in your household, many area seniors dread the arrival of snow and ice because of the dangers that they bring. Snow Angels is a program that helps minimize the hardships of winter by pairing volunteers with elderly residents with disabilities to assist with snow removal. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So far Snow Angels has received 277 requests from area elderly or residents with disabilities for assistance shoveling this winter. Snow Angels is currently seeking volunteers in the Carrick and Brookline areas due to noticeable higher volume of requests from residents.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone living in Allegheny County, and is great for families and high school students. Volunteers are asked to help at least one resident for the entire 2015/2016 winter season. Shovels and salt are available by request. To volunteer with the Snow Angels program and help ensure that our city&rsquo;s elderly and disabled are cared for this winter, residents can visit </span><a href="http://alleghenysnowangels.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">alleghenysnowangels.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to complete registration.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Changes"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Changes to Council Meeting&rsquo;s Broadcast</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are you missing your favorite prime-time City Channel programs? Sadly, due to ongoing construction and renovation in the City-County Building, the City Channel will not be able to broadcast meetings LIVE during the week of December 14th. &nbsp;Unfortunately the current playback system is experiencing technical difficulties, therefore Council meeting replays are suspended until the new system is installed.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We will make an announcement when these technical difficulties have been overcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Notes"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">NOTES</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Friday, December 25</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: Christmas Holiday - City-County Building Closed</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Friday, January 1</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: New Year&rsquo;s Day Holiday - City-County Building Closed</span></span></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:13:20 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | November 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5334 <div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec4-aca5-8c16-f423a29f936b"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.&rdquo;</span></span></h2> <h2><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec4-aca5-8c16-f423a29f936b"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ndash; Cicero</span></span></h2> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;some highlights:</a></div> <div><a href="#Nov. 14">Nov. 14 - Yard Waste Pickup Citywide</a></div> <div><a href="#2015 Hilltop">2015 Hilltop Summit</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Library">Carrick Library Book Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Blight">Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp</a></div> <div><a href="#OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Church Bazaar">Church Bazaar and Food Fair&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High School">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Stuffed With">Stuffed With Love For Thanksgiving</a></div> <div><a href="#Toastmasters">Toastmasters of Carrick!</a></div> <div><a href="#Martial">Martial Art Classes</a></div> <div><a href="#Earn">Earn While You Learn</a></div> <div><a href="#Lunch with">Lunch with Santa - SATURDAY, DEC 13</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;some highlights:</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I participated in </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Off The Record </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">for the 5th year. I am proud to say that the entertaining political musical satire has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Saturday, October 10 I was honored to receive the Heinz Alumni Association Board&rsquo;s </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Outstanding Recent Alumni&rdquo;</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Award.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I met with Dr. Jamil Bey, of Neighbor Works and various Beltzhoover and Hilltop community organizations to discuss youth programming in anticipation of our office&rsquo;s project, lead by our new Coro Fellow Aly Shaw, t</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">o take an inventory of youth programming in our Southern neighborhoods </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">and work to identify and then fill gaps</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I organized city officials to get information to the State in order to apply for a Multi-Modal Grant to </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">fix up the transit stops on Broadway Avenue in Beechview</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and make them safer for people to access</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Friday 10/15, I was honored to stand with Chief Cameron McLay, Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane, Dr. Stephanie Myers and Ms. Diane Powell of Black Women for Positive Change to support the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Week of Nonviolence</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and encourage opportunities to help our next generations manage anger without violence. We hosted a</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> town hall for youth</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, including from Brashear and Carrick High Schools, &nbsp;to dialogue about youth/police relations and causes of violence in our City. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-That same day, I stood with the Mayor and County Executive to launch the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, to increase transparency in the region. This follows the &ldquo;open data&rdquo; bill I sponsored last year, which has made an unprecedented amount of information open to the public. You can see and play with over 120 city and county datasets, from census data to dog licenses: http://www.wprdc.org/</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Was privileged to attend the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation&#39;s Inauguration</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I started Tuesday, 10/20 reading to some of our youngest school children at Concord Elementary School, then met with Caitlin McNulty, a community leader in Brookline who is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">working to increase offerings to teenagers the neighborhood</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-The next day, I had the chance to mentor a student who deals with disabilities as part of </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Disability Mentoring Day a</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">nd stood firm against domestic violence at the Standing Firm Awards Luncheon.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- And last but not least, I stood with Mayor Bill Peduto and Cara Ciminillo of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children to tell our state leaders to stop playing politics and</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> pass a budget that fully funds schools and early education centers </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">because our youngest Pennsylvanians should not bear the burden of our political differences. </span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Nov. 14"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Nov. 14 - Yard Waste Pickup Citywide</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Get ready, get set, rake! On Saturday November 14th the second of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s special biannual curbside yard waste collection will take place. &nbsp;Your participation in the program helps the environment by diverting valuable resources from the landfill. &nbsp;Place your yard waste at your normal recycling/ refuse pick up spot before 6:00 a.m. on the morning of November 14th in paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. &nbsp;Branches should be 5 feet in length or shorter and bundled with fiber twine or natural rope.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Do not include the following materials:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Plastic bags</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Metal or wire</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Rocks, Blocks, Bricks</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Soil, Dirt, Gravel</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Glass, Metal or Plastic</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Got questions? Call the Bureau of Environmental Services at 412-255-2773!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="2015 Hilltop"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2015 Hilltop Summit</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It&#39;s that time of year again! Come to learn about - and celebrate - some of the many accomplishments this year in Hilltop community development. As always, representatives from the Hilltop Alliance, Allentown Community Development Corporation, Beltzhoover Civic Association, Carrick Community Council, Hilltop Economic Development Corporation, Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch, Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation, and South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will each share their organizational achievements in the communities they serve, with a brief presentation.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The 2015 Hilltop Summit to be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 6:30 pm at LifeSpan (Elder-Ado Building, 320 Brownsville Road, 15210), and join in the celebration of the the hard work being done in our neighborhoods. &nbsp;As food and beverages will be provided, please RSVP to staff member Tim Dolan via telephone or email (tim@pghhilltopalliance.org) by Friday, November 6, 2015. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please contact 412-586-5807 with any questions!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick Library"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Library Book Sale</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friends of the Carrick Branch will hold a three day book sale at the Carrick Library from Thursday, Nov. 5th to Saturday, Nov.7 from 10 AM to 6:30 PM on Thursday and 10 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday and Saturday!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For details call 412-882-3897.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Pittsburgh Blight"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come to the Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp to learn about resources and best practices to increase the impact of community led blight elimination efforts!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday November 7. 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 8:00 AM- 3:30 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can register to attend at &nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pittsburgh-blight-bootcamp-tickets-18821794494" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pittsburgh-blight-bootcamp-tickets-18821794494</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="OASIS"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Training sessions will be on Friday, </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">November 6th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and Friday,</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> November 13th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Church Bazaar"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Church Bazaar and Food Fair </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come and join St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church at their Bazaar and Food Fair! &nbsp;Enjoy pyrohy and other ethnic foods from 11 am to 6 pm, and a flea market and bake sale that will begin at 8 am and end at 7 pm. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free parking will be available in the church lot on Carson Street!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: 109 S. 7th Street</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 8am-7pm</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick High School"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Stuffed With"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Stuffed With Love For Thanksgiving</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Stuffed With Love&rdquo; provides a free hot and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meal to people who </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">really </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">need them. &nbsp;On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers will deliver these much needed meals to those who apply.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meal requests need to be made by November 19,2015. &nbsp;If you are in need or you know someone or family that could be in use of our help, please call a Community Relations Officer:</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> (Carrick, Overbrook, Mount Washington, Bon Air): Officer Christine Luffey or Richard Oddi &nbsp;@ 412-488-8326</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 6</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> (Beechview, Brookline): Officer Kenneth Stevwing or Julie Ott @ 412- 937-3051</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Toastmasters"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Toastmasters of Carrick!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Toastmasters are an international club that provides a supportive and fun environment in which adults can develop and practice their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Toastmasters Carrick also has a youth program called the Gravel club open to students under 18 and in grades 6 through 12 that allows students to practice communication and leadership skills by conducting their our meeting, scheduling for speakers and meeting roles, evaluation speakers and setting bylaws for their club.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Carrick Branch at 10:15 am. &nbsp;The Gravel Club also meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 12:00 pm. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on Toastmasters visit </span><a href="http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> or email toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Martial"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Martial Arts Classes (AGES 10-UP)</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Learn the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do with a trained instructor. Beginner and Intermediate classes for students age 10 and up begin in December. Beginner: 6:15-6:45pm; Intermediate: 6:45-7:30pm, Advanced 7:30-8:45pm. Classes held on Monday evenings. Cost: $15/year paid to instructor. For more information on visit their website at </span><a href="http://www.sejongtkd.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.sejongtkd.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. &nbsp;New signups accepted in November.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Earn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Earn While You Learn</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in their Heavy Equipment Operators Program and their Mechanic Technicians Program in 2015. &nbsp;Applicants may apply for either or both programs but may enroll in only one. Applications will be available on select dates between December 7, 2015- December 18, 2015. &nbsp;Combining on-the-job training (under the close supervision of a skilled craftsperson) along with craft related classroom instruction, an apprentice learns by doing. &nbsp;One of the best parts of this approach is that apprentices get paid while they learn on the job and once training is complete apprentices earn the distinction of journeyworkers.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Applications and information packets may be downloaded at </span><a href="http://www.wpaoperators.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.wpaoperators.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or picked up in person between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, beginning December 7th at 111 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information visit www.wpaoperators.org.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Lunch with"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lunch with Santa &ndash; SATURDAY, DEC 13</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come have lunch and meet with Santa Claus from 2:00-3:30pm at the Brookline Community Center. There will be crafts and other fun things to do. Food and drinks will be provided. A $3 donation is requested per person. Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to present. All ages are welcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events:</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mondays and Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">: Zumba at Phillips Recreation Center</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Walk Fit at Brookline Community Center</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 2,9,16, 23, 30 2015 3 PM - 5 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pokemon League at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 2,9,16, 23, 30 2015 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Storytime: Toddler and Preschooler Tales at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10,17,24 &nbsp;2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tween Workshop Tuesdays: Mad Science Greatest Hits! &nbsp;At the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17,24 &nbsp;2015 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Let&#39;s Speak English! At the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10,17,24 , 2015 4 PM - 6 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time: The Labs</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">at </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 3,10, 17, 24 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4,11, 18, 25 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Homework Help at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4, 11,18, 25 &nbsp;2015 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Kids Club: Wacky Wednesdays at </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4,11,18, 25 2015 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Power Yoga with Amy at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4 3:30 PM : </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Kids Club: The Labs at Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5 at 6 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Crowdfunding 101: A New Way to Finance Your Small Business at Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 11 AM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Storytime: Toddler and Preschooler Tales at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">: Homework Club at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 7, 21 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Teen Gaming at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">versus</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> monthly movie showdown: film discussion group at that </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 11, 2015 &nbsp;1:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mystery &amp; More Book Discussion: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Prague Winter</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 11, 2015 &nbsp;6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Job &amp; Career: Resume Assistance by Appointment at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015 &nbsp;10:30 AM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Storytime: Nepali and English at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Anime Club at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 16, 2015 &nbsp;6:00 PM - 6:50 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Between the Lines Book Discussion at the Brookline Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Adult Game Night: Don&#39;t Settle for Less at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Book Buzz : A book discussion where the location&#39;s a little different... and so are the books at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 21, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Electronics Club presented by SPA-Tronics (South Pittsburgh Area) at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 23, 30 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Teen Time: Labs on Location (Bookmaking with The Warhol Museum) at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:54:51 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | October 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5232 <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">From the office of Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(24, 24, 24); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.&rdquo; </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(24, 24, 24); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">― </span><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6356.Barack_Obama" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(102, 102, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Barack Obama</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">In This Issue...</h2> <div><a href="#Saw">Saw Mill Run&#39;s first stream cleanup!</a></div> <div><a href="#Dairy">Dairy District Groundbreaking</a></div> <div><a href="#Parent">Parent and Community Workshops&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Safer">Safer Together: State of Public Safety in Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Youth">Youth Speak &amp; We Listen</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Learning">Pittsburgh Learning Hub&rsquo;s Course for Veterans</a></div> <div><a href="#Shred">Shred It Day</a></div> <div><a href="#Saw Mill Run">Saw Mill Run Watershed Day screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Teens">Carrick Teens to host Haunted Library event and Bake Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High School">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Marketing">Marketing the Beechview Business District</a></div> <div><a href="#Reimagination">Reimagination Music &amp; Art</a></div> <div><a href="#Trouble">Trouble remembering Trash Night? There&rsquo;s an App for that!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Make">Make My Trip Count! - Pittsburgh Commuter Survey</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings and Events</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Saw"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saw Mill Run&#39;s first stream cleanup!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Location </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seldom Seen Greenway</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Just off Route 51 near</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Hargrove St, Pittsburgh, PA 15216</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seldom Seen Greenway is 90 acres of undeveloped forest along Route 51. The Saw Mill Run stream flows through this wonderful setting. Unfortunately, every time it rains, trash and debris from the upper watershed communities washes into the stream, depositing along the banks in Seldom Seen. Please join us to help keep the stream and greenway clean!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We will provide gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Please wear long pants, shirts with long sleeves and sturdy boots or shoes. No open toed shoes or sandals! Rain boots, hip boots or waders are always a plus! Come a little early for bagels, coffee and hot cocoa!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We will meet in the small parking lot next to the City of Pittsburgh Salt Dome on Route 51, across from Woodruff Street. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, contact Lisa at 412.884.1400 ext 104 or</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="mailto:lbrown@economicedevelopmentsouth.org?subject=Saw%20Mill%20Run%20Cleanup"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">lbrown@economicedevelopmentsouth.org</span></span></a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Dairy"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dairy District Groundbreaking</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On October 16th, our office will help to break ground on the Carrick&rsquo;s Dairy District! The first project will be an open-air pavilion located on the vacant lot on Brownsville and East Myers Avenue. The lot, across the street from Colteryahn Dairy, will be able to host farmer&rsquo;s markets, outdoor educational activities and will generally serve as a gathering place for neighbors and visitors to enjoy Carrick! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please join us at 10AM, Friday, October 16th, to mark this milestone and be a part of Carrick&rsquo;s future!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Parent"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Parent and Community Workshops </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">(All workshops include supplies, FREE!)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All workshops are offered from 5:00-7:00 at Pittsburgh Carrick High School at 125 Parkfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Seating is limited, so RSVP quickly! You may RSVP to Amberleigh Miller by calling 412-529-7700, or emailing amiller3@pghboe.net. When you RSVP, please include name(s) of attendee(s), the date and title of the workshops(s) and a phone number.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, October 21, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Learn Spanish and Crafts</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. &nbsp;This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Adolescent Psychology</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- What can explain the behavior of teenagers? Why do they act the way they do? Dark forces that uniquely affect the teen (Aristotle)? The most tumultuous of life&rsquo;s several identity crises (Erickson)? Limited to 20 seats.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, October 22, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Parent Computer Lab-</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, flyers, internet search&hellip; come learn these skills and more, using Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Publisher 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Safer"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Safer Together: State of Public Safety in Pittsburgh</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please join the Public Safety Councils from Zone 1, 3 and 6 at the 2015 Fall City-wide Public Safety Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM at The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, 15214). </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The topic for this meeting is &ldquo;Where do we go from here?&rdquo; We will learn to build collaborative strategies for community safety with new public safety programs and community oriented initiatives.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mayor William Peduto will be the guest speaker and light refreshments will be served. Two parking lots are available in addition to on-street parking. Safer Together is a program out of the Department of Public Safety.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Youth"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Youth Speak &amp; We Listen</span></span></a></h2> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Join Chief Cameron McLay and other Community Leaders who want to hear from young people in Pittsburgh about:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What causes violence in homes and communities?</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">How we can change the culture of violence in Pittsburgh?</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Ideas about getting along with others.</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Thursday, October 15, 2015 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 10:00am - 11:30am</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Community College of Allegheny County, North Side Campus</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For students unable to attend in person, the Town Hall Meeting will be broadcast live on PCTV and made available online on the PCTV website. &nbsp;Students are invited to email, tweet or submit questions to the panel during the taping.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For questions contact Diane Powell at (412)302-2952.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Parental consent is required for students under the age of 18 years for the televised show.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Pittsburgh Learning"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Learning Hub&rsquo;s Course for Veterans</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Have you served in the military? Are you interested in improving your professional communication skills? </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Learn about the Pittsburgh Learning Hub&#39;s first course in business communication at our informational session </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">October 8</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> at 5:30-7PM in Google&#39;s Offices at Bakery Square (6425 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206).</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Speakers will include local experts in the communications field. Online classes provided through Coursera and in-person meetings facilitated by the American Red Cross will be hosted at Google&rsquo;s office in Bakery Square.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This is a project of Homefront Pittsburgh, Mayor Peduto&#39;s veterans engagement initiative, in partnership with the VA.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Shred"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shred It Day</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free Shredding Event sponsored by Rep. Readshaw and Michael Dear, Statefarm Insurance.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Vern&rsquo;s Electric and Concord Presbyterian Church Parking Lots</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1917 Brownville Road</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Items to Bring:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All Company Papers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tapes, Disks*</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Books, Bound Paper</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brochures, File Folders</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Paper, Letterhead Products</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Photos, Post-its, Envelopes</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*These items should not be mixed</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">with paper materials</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Items Not to Bring:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Food and Food Containers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wrappers, Glass, Large Metal</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wood Products, Plastic Styrofoam</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Toner Cartridges</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wet Waste, Liquids</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Towels,Tissues, Aluminum Cans</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Binders, Large Metal Clip</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Saw Mill Run"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saw Mill Run Watershed Day screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, in partnership with Penn State Center, the Borough of Dormont, and the Hollywood Theater, invites you to an exclusive screening of WPSU - Penn State Public Broadcasting&#39;s award winning film, Water Blues Green Solutions on Saturday, October 24, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at The Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Avenue (Dormont).</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Water Blues - Green Solutions is an interactive film project, telling the stories of communities creating green solutions to our water blues - flooding, pollution, and scarcity. A panel discussion will with the film&#39;s producer and local experts will follow the screening. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Saw Mill Run Watershed Association will also introduce its vision for the stream and our communities. This promises to be an informative afternoon, with lively discussion and hands on exhibits. Please joins us!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This special event is made possible through the generous support of The Richard King Mellon Foundation and Pennsylvania American Water.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick Teens"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Teens to host Haunted Library event and Bake Sale</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Teen Group at Carrick Library will host a &ldquo;haunted library&rdquo; event for Halloween on October 28, 29 from 5-7:30PM and on October 31, from 2-4 PM. Come on out to this family-friendly event! And while you&rsquo;re there, pick up some delicious baked goods to support this wonderful teen event!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you would like to donate baked goods for the bake sale, call the Library at (412) 882-3897.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="OASIS"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Training sessions will be on Friday, </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">November 6th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and Friday,</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> November 13th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick High School"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Marketing"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Marketing the Beechview Business District</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">After a busy summer filled with exciting events and activities along the Broadway Corridor including Cinco de Mayo, the Taste of Beechview, the Beechview Car Cruise, and a weekly Farmer&rsquo;s Market to name a few&mdash;the Beechview Merchants Association (BMA) and DRB Consulting is ready to put all its efforts behind marketing the Beechview Business District and filling vacant storefronts.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To achieve this a Beechview Business District Marketing Committee was recently formed to better promote existing businesses in Beechview and attract new ones to the neighborhood. The committee is open to any interested Beechview resident. Also, the BMA and DRB Consulting are kicking off a campaign to match interested businesses with available commercial space along Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please reach out to</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dave Brewton at (412)295-4787 or <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20Marketing%20Committee">drbrewton@ymail.com</a></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> if you are either interested in being a part of the Marketing Committee or locating a business in Beechview.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Reimagination"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reimagination Music &amp; Art</span></span></a></h2> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Are you a teen musician between the ages of 12 and 19? &nbsp;Do you want to work with professional music producers and have your work featured on WYEP&rsquo;s Reimagination CD? Reimagine Media is now accepting applications through November 1st to be apart of its 2016 compilation CD!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This year marks the third year that Reimagine Media, an initiative of WYEP&rsquo;s Education Department, will produce a CD of young, local musicians and bands. &nbsp;Selected musicians will work with professional producers, and receive studio time to record and produce a song for inclusion in the CD. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reimagine Media is also accepting proposals for cover and packaging artwork to be featured with the CD!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information or to apply visit </span><a href="http://www.wyep.org/reimagination2016" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.wyep.org/reimagination2016</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Trouble"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Trouble remembering Trash Night? There&rsquo;s an App for that! </span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You, your partner or children will never have an excuse to take out the garbage again. ;) PGH.st is an app that was conceived at the 2014 Steel City Codefest, an annual civic softwear app development competition designed to grow the City&rsquo;s innovation and technology community through the creating of technology infrustructure. Through the app, City homeowners receive text messages reminding them the day before their trash and/ or recycling is picked up. &nbsp;It also tells you when holidays delay pick up!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The app team worked with the City to develop PGH.st. &nbsp;They also met with the Department of Public Works representatives, allowing them to learn more about City processes while ensuring PGH.st would really benefit the community!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Go to </span><a href="http://www.pgh.st" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pgh.st</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to sign up for email or text reminders from PGH.st!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Make"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Make My Trip Count! - Pittsburgh Commuter Survey</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Most days of the week, you travel to work or school. How many days? Where do you start and where are you going? Most importantly, how do you get there? We&rsquo;re interested in your answers. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Make My Trip Count is a survey of Pittsburgh region commuters to figure out how Pittsburghers regularly travel to work or school &ndash; and how that commute could be improved. Whether you&rsquo;re on a bus, in your car, riding a bike, using your own two feet, or traveling by other means, you&rsquo;re making commute trips multiple times per day &ndash; and we&rsquo;re interested in improving your options and access. Especially if you make regular trips into Downtown, Oakland, and the North Shore, we need your input. Go to: http://makemytripcount.org/index.html to participate!</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events:</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tue, October 13, 7pm &ndash; 9pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Block Watch, Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thu, October 15, 10am &ndash; 11am: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Youth Town Hall - National Week of Nonviolence, Community College of Allegheny County, North Side Campus</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fri, October 16, 10am &ndash; 11am: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dairy District Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony, &nbsp;1529 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mon, October 19, 6:00pm &ndash; 7:30pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, </span><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">830 E Warrington Ave 15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mon, October 19, 7pm &ndash; 8pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">South Pittsburgh Development Co, Brookline Presbyterian Church, 1036 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tue, October 20, 6pm &ndash; 7pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Bon Air All Community Meeting, Bon Air Parklet Gazebo, Intersection of Calle and Conniston</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, 10/21 - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">City-wide Public Safety Meeting at The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, 15214)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 10/24 - 3 - 6PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU, Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216</span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday 10/28, Thursday 10/29, and Saturday 10/31: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Haunted Library, 1811 Brownsville Road 15210</span></span></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:26:20 -0400 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | September 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5152 <h2>From the Office of District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>― Nelson Mandela</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz update</a></div> <div><a href="#Waddington">Waddington Rehab Center Update</a></div> <div><a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels Brookline expanding to Beechview, can you help?</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Parking">Pittsburgh Parking Authority to close Beechview lot for improvements</a></div> <div><a href="#Que">Que Viva Clemente!</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Parking Meters">Parking meters will be payable via smartphone app</a></div> <div><a href="#Alcosan">Alcosan Open House featuring Frankie the Fish 9/19</a></div> <div><a href="#2015's">2015&rsquo;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview's Big">Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea!! (Flea Market)</a></div> <div><a href="#Oasis">Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings and">Meetings and Events</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz update</a></h2> <div>On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the Carrick Public Safety and Quality of Life Improvement Blitz began targeting 42 problem properties in the neighborhood. After a month-long process to determine which areas in Carrick had the most unresolved complaints from 311, 911 and community members, the Office of Community Affairs and other departments worked with our office to create a new program to address and monitor violations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Additionally, the District Magistrate and the District Attorney will be brought into the process, as well as Allegheny County Department of Human Services as needed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Blitz began by targeting 42 problem properties in the neighborhood for an intensive multi-department effort to improve quality of life in the neighborhood. Simultaneously, the Zone 3 Police began their own investigations into the properties shared by community members.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Steps in the process:</strong></div> <div><em>Step 1: Data Collection</em></div> <div>Community reported properties with high volumes of blight and crime at August 3rd meeting</div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance collected City data (311/911)</div> <div>Community reported additional properties with high volumes of blight and crime after August 13th meeting</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 2: Data Analysis</em></div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance created a database of all reported properties and incidents</div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance mapped all reported properties and incidents</div> <div>Pittsburgh Bureau of Police performed a visual assessment of community reported properties after August 13th meeting</div> <div>Data Working Group reviewed the database and map of all reported properties and incidents at August 18th meeting</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 3: Decision Making</em></div> <div>Data Working Group discussed the best way to prioritize properties and decided to focus on those with the highest number of reported and unresolved incidents at August 18th meeting</div> <div>Stakeholder Working Group discussed the progress made by the Data Working Group and had first discussion about creating a strategy to address the worst properties</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 4: Implementation</em></div> <div>Implementation of the Carrick Blitz began on September 10</div> <div>Working groups continue to meet on a weekly basis to discuss progress</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>See more information on the Carrick Blitz page of our website: &nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Waddington">Waddington Rehab Center Update</a></h2> <div>The zoning hearing for the rehab facility at 2681 Waddington was held September 10, 2015. This hearing was &lsquo;continued&rsquo; from July so that our office could engage the community and have the property owner (&lsquo;Applicant&rsquo; in zoning jargon) directly address plans and concerns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Community engagement process:</strong></div> <div><em>Meeting #1</em>, collecting community concerns - 120 attendees, trained mediators paid for by Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office, Councilwoman Rudiak, State Representatives or staffers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Meeting #2</em>, presenting community concerns, reviewing plans, and requesting written responses - Councilwoman Rudiak, mediators and property owner and his attorneys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Meeting #3</em>, community-wide meeting for additional questions and concerns - Community heard presentation on plans and rationale behind the proposal. Councilwoman Rudiak and staff, mediators, Officer Julie Ott (Zone 6 Police), and the applicant and attorneys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the zoning hearing, the business owner and his lawyers presented his intentions to assist people in recovery from addiction. Neighbors, lawyers for the Pittsburgh Diocese, the applicant and our office all testified.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s staff testified to two unresolved zoning issues. First, parking, because the facility will not share the parking at St. Pius, and their 3-4 parking spaces are &ldquo;stacked&rdquo; in the facility&rsquo;s own driveway. The second issue was property value. Our zoning code states that developments cannot negatively influence property values. We asked the Board to consider parking and property value in their decision.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Once the board receives all documentation of the hearing, it has 45 days to make a decision to approve or deny the special exception. If approved by the Zoning Board, the facility has to obtain a license from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention. We will keep the community informed with developments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels Brookline expanding to Beechview, can you help?</a></h2> <div>The Brookline Meals on Wheels program has begun delivering meals to parts of Beechview! Meals on Wheels relies on volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to members of our communities who suffer from chronic illness or disability. These trained volunteers make daily visits to individuals receiving meals to make deliveries and ensure his or her wellness through daily check-ins. The organization would love to continue this effort to serve more parts of Beechview, but they are in need of volunteers to make this happen. Certainly volunteers from Beechview are encouraged to get involved, but interested persons from outside of Beechview may also volunteer. If you are &nbsp;interested in volunteering your time, please call Carol Ingold, at (412) 343-8144, for more information about how to volunteer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Parking">Pittsburgh Parking Authority to close Beechview lot for improvements</a></h2> <div>The Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) will be closing the public lot at 1541 Beechview Avenue from approximately September 8, 2015 to October 2, 2015. Each year PPA closes a few lots around the city to repave and make infrastructure improvements. This year, it is our turn! In September, the Beechview lot will see repairs to damaged curbs, sidewalks, or aprons, and drain inlets. Additionally, all asphalt will be removed and replaced. Also coming sometime soon, the lot will receive new LED lights. For additional questions, contact the project manager, JD Smith at 412-860-0685.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Que">Que Viva Clemente!</a></h2> <div>September is Hispanic Heritage month, and on September 19th, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will host a celebration benefitting Brookline&rsquo;s own Casa San Jose at the Roberto Clemente Museum! Casa San Jose is a community resource center that bridges the cultural divide between Latino neighbors in need and service providers. They strive to create a welcoming community for Latino immigrants by providing opportunities for civic and social engagement. As an outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Casa San Jose exists so that there may be union of neighbor with neighbor and all in God. The event will feature wine from Enginehouse 24 Wines, live Flamenco music and dance, and of course, the Clemente Museum&rsquo;s extensive collection of Roberto Clemente memorabilia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join us Saturday, september 19th from 7PM to 10PM at the Roberto Clemente Museum, located at 3339 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh 15201. All proceeds will benefit Casa San Jose.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about Casa San Jose at their website, <a href="http://www.casasanjose.org">www.casasanjose.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For tickets, go to <a href="http://www.showclix.com/event/QueVivaClemente1758010">www.showclix.com/event/QueVivaClemente1758010</a>. For more information, please contact Guillermo Perez: <a href="mailto:gperez@usw.org">gperez@usw.org</a>. This event is sponsored by Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/lclaapittsburgh">www.facebook.com/lclaapittsburgh</a>).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick High">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></h2> <div>The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is the student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>DATE:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Saturday, November 14, 2015</em></div> <div><em>TIME: &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</em></div> <div><em>PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium&nbsp;</em></div> <div><em>125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Parking Meters">Parking meters will be payable via smartphone app</a></h2> <div>ParkMobile will be providing service to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s parking spaces. Whether at an individual meter or a group meter, a sticker on the machine that normally accepts either quarters or credit cards will explain you can also register to pay on your phone. ParkMobile was selected to provide this service for the City of Pittsburgh during a competitive bidding process.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Users will have to register for the service, and then will be able to pay for parking with a few clicks. Additionally, ParkMobile will alert you 15 minutes before your meter runs out. Options to Pay By Phone will also be available. This is going to be great when the wind chill feels like -10 degrees! No more frozen fingers!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Alcosan">Alcosan Open House featuring Frankie the Fish 9/19</a></h2> <div>Ever wonder what happens after you flush your toilet? Learn all sort of fascinating water facts at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority&rsquo;s award-winning annual Open House on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It&rsquo;s educational and entertaining, and admission, food and parking are free!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ALCOSAN&rsquo;s Open House is the region&rsquo;s largest watershed and environmental festival, featuring hands-on environmental exhibits, treatment plant and laboratory tours, microbiology and watershed life demonstrations, and education activities for all ages! This year brings back old favorites and adds new - from snakes to puppies, the Mad Scientist and the Fish Pond, and Photos with Frankie the Fish and real live fish! This is an event filled with fun for all ages! Student in K-12 will receive extra credit as they learn about our water and environment. Kids looking to STEM careers and those looking to enter a trade will have an opportunity to meet the engineers, scientists, mechanics, laborers and more who have those jobs now. ALCOSAN&rsquo;s &ldquo;Snuffleupagus&rdquo; truck that cleans out the big sewer lines will be on hand, as well as the video robots that travel through the sewer lines to find blockages. Everyone can play EnviroBowl, the Open House Quiz Show that&rsquo;s FLUSH with excitement. Attendees will even be able to walk through a simulated sewer pipe to understand the challenges in stopping the sewer overflows, and what we need to do together.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One more thing - by coming to the ALCOSAN Open House, you can beat Cleveland! The mistake on the lake is having its Open House the same day as Steeler Country, and the treatment plant with the most visitors wins. You&rsquo;ll even receive a special not-so-terrible-towel that says, &ldquo;I helped beat Cleveland,&rdquo; to wave in their faces!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The entire event - from parking to lunch and everything in between - is free and open to all. Save time IN line by going ONline to pre-register at www.alcosan.org. Best of all, this is a Zero Waste event, powered in part by solar power, so it&rsquo;s great for the environment, too! You won&rsquo;t want to miss it!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="2015's">2015&rsquo;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo;</a></h2> <div>In 2011 Michael Williams, a local small-business landscaper wanted to help out one of his clients, Sally who was a disabled senior. Michael had learned that Sally was desperate to move into a facility that would properly take care of her, however her house was in no condition to be sold. Michael called together about a dozen friends to fix up Sally&rsquo;s home and with a weekend of hard work her home was back in selling condition. &nbsp; Seeing how happy Sally was, Mike&rsquo;s heart was committed to doing this every Labor Day, and his Godmother dubbed it, the &ldquo; Labor Day of Love&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year is the fifth &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo; and help will be going to Mrs. Gratton on Birmingham Avenue in Carrick! Mrs.Gratton is a widow who extends compassion and support to the burn unit at West Penn hospital. &nbsp;The concrete steps outside her home are crumbling and are now a safety hazard, paint is falling away from the foundation, and the once 4 feet tall hedges are now absolutely unmanageable. &nbsp;This year&#39;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rsquo;s&rdquo; expenses have been covered by donations from Lowes Home Improvement, Mr John of Pittsburgh, and Readshaw Funeral Home, all of whom have been gracious enough to give every year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested in donating for next year&#39;s project, or want to know how you can be involved please email Bill Thomas at <a href="mailto:btpittsburgh@gmail.com">btpittsburgh@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview's Big">Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea!! (Flea Market)</a></h2> <div>Broadway &amp; Beechview Aves. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Beechview Area Concerned Citizens is sponsoring this sale. Sale hours are 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. with set up beginning at 7:30 A.M.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT &ldquo;BEECHVIEW&rdquo;S BIG FLEA&rdquo;.</div> <div>SPACES: A single space (approx. size 4&rsquo; X 8&rsquo;) will be reserved for a donation of $10.00. &nbsp;You must provide your own tables/chairs. &nbsp;you are allowed to bring your own tent/canopy up to 10&rsquo;X10&rsquo; per space. &nbsp;All payment for space must be made by September 26, 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>LOCATION: Spaces will be along Beechview Avenue in the main business district and along both sides of Broadway Avenue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HOURS: Sale hours are 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. &nbsp;Check-in point: corner of Broadway &amp; Hampshire Avenues, (near the Dollar Eagle Discount Store). &nbsp;Just ask for Sue or Phyllis! Vendors cannot set up before 7:30 A.M.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MERCHANDISE: &nbsp;The &ldquo;Beechview Big Flea&rdquo; is an open type of market. &nbsp;We are looking for Vendors selling new, collectible or antique merchandise, as well as flea market items. &nbsp;Participants are permitted to sell only items and products listen on your application. &nbsp;You shall be responsible for your own merchandise. &nbsp;In the spirit of the &ldquo;Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea&rdquo;, NO GAMES OF CHANCE, RAFFLES OR LOTTERIES, WHICH INVOLVE THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY WILL BE PERMITTED. &nbsp;Drawings for free giveaways will be permitted provided the gifts are given away by the close of the sale. &nbsp;Requests for donations by non-profits will be allowed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>REFUNDS/ RAIN DATE: No refunds will be given if you fail to attend the sale and there is no rain date.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CANCELLATION: The Beechview Area Concerned Citizens reserves the right to cancel for reasons beyond its control, in which case, you will be entitled to a refund.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CLEAN UP: You are responsible for cleaning up your own table space area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ENTERTAINMENT: <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>We are always open to musicians in the early afternoon to help draw crowds. &nbsp;Let us know if you know of anyone who will help us out for no charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>INFORMATION: Additional information can be obtained by calling Sue at (412)341- 8768, or (412)583-0176. (Please leave a voicemail message with your name and phone number). Email <a href="mailto:beechviewbigflea@gmail.com">beechviewbigflea@gmail.com</a> for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ADVERTISEMENT: We will be advertising this event in The Greentree Times, the Post-Gazette calendar, church bulletins, Craigslist, Next Door, email newsletters and Facebook. &nbsp;We will put up posters and flyers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SPREAD THE WORD: The more the merrier!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Oasis">Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring</a></h2> <div>An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Training sessions will be on Friday, November 6th and Friday, November 13th from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings and">Meetings and Events</a></h2> <div><strong>9/19-9AM-4PM - Alcosan Open House</strong></div> <div>3300 Preble Avenue (free admission, free parking, free shuttle from North Side T)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>9/21-6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>830 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>9/22-7PM - Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd</div> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:42:00 -0400 Alert: Monday 8/31 Carrick Blitz Community Meeting http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5038 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Monday 8/31 at 7PM:&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.145601272583px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carrick Crime and Blight Blitz Community Meeting</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak&rsquo;s office will host the first meeting to share information from the Carrick task force to reduce blight and crime with the wider Carrick community. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This will be an opportunity for volunteers and residents to stay up to date on the progress of the overall plan.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">What: Carrick Crime and Blight Blitz Community Meeting</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When: Monday, August 31, 7-8:30 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Where: Concord Elementary School auditorium (2350 Brownsville Road 15210)</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office has been working feverishly with the Office of Community Affairs and Mayor William Peduto, block watch and community leaders, and Directors of each city department to develop a plan to tackle blight and crime hot spots in our community. It is now time to share the information that has been gathered and get your support with the plan moving forward.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please spread the word to your neighbors and community members! For questions, contact Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak&rsquo;s office at 412-255-2131.</span></span></p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:28:08 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | August 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4926 <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;...And in the fountain the face &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of morning seemed to linger as &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">though searching. The air was fresh, &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">breathing out the fragrances &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of a recent shower.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I luxuriated</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">in my senses, like meeting &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">unexpectedly a pack of friends &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">years and years unthought of, laden &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">with all kinds of gifts&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:2pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A Certain Village</span></span></h1> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(77, 73, 63); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">BY </span><a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/theodore-weiss" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(4, 61, 110); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">THEODORE WEISS</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Brookline"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Breezefest: This Saturday! Come out and enjoy the fun!</span></span></strong></a></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="#cUTTING">Cutting Edge: First Virtual Block Watch brings cooperation, technology to Carrick</a></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><a href="#Brookline" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline: Waddington Avenue Facility Update</span></span></a></p> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Carrick"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></strong></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Beechview Community Support</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Carrick's St."><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick&rsquo;s St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Celebrating"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Celebrating Roberto Clemente and Hispanic Heritage Month</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Fresh"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fresh Access: Farmer&rsquo;s Market bonus for those shopping with Food Stamps</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Source: News Source </span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Shout"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></span></strong></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></h2> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Heroin overdoses quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, so I held a post-agenda discussion to bring together the region&rsquo;s leading experts in the field to talk about the root issues and possible solutions. Our EMS Chief, the director of the County Health Department, the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Narcotics Anonymous, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, and Prevention Point Pittsburgh. In case you missed it, you can watch the entire discussion online, here: <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397156&amp;GUID=0CE7CBD4-B965-489B-8226-D882F4972664&amp;Search=">https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397156&amp;GUID=0CE7CBD4-B965-489B-8226-D882F4972664&amp;Search=</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Staff attended the Mayor&rsquo;s Clean Pittsburgh Roundtable Discussion and learned about the city&rsquo;s specific work on attending to litter and illegal dumping. These issues have been big problems in our neighborhoods, and we are thrilled that the administration is working diligently and putting people in place who have a passion to clean up our beautiful city! Are you aware of an illegal dump or a littered area? Give our office a call at (412) 255-2131 and let us know.</span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Route 51 Corridor Forum: </span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Community members from all around the corridor came together to provide input on their priorities for 51, their long term vision and goals. Economic Development South has been partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on a smart-signalization plan along Route 51.The forum was held to gather ideas and information from those dealing with transportation and connectivity issues on a day-to-day basis and to develop a plan of action to address critical issues throughout the corridor.</span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview Library Ribbon Cutting was a thrilling moment for Beechview and the Broadway Avenue Corridor. Pictures can be found on our website of the festivities and the ribbon cutting: </span><a href="http://goo.gl/1cltEK" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://goo.gl/1cltEK</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. After a $3.25 million renovation the library employees could barely recognize the space and everyone is excited to spend time at the library. We are proud to have worked to help keep this library open and we are proud of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for working hard to raise fund and keep this branch open! You can see the whole ribbon-cutting ceremony online here! </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhB9zX3EkNw" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhB9zX3EkNw</span></a></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I joined over a thousand colleagues at the annual Young Elected Officials conference in Washington, D.C. where we discussed policy solutions on topics ranging from economic inequality to criminal justice reform. </span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Brookline"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Breezefest: This Saturday! Come out and enjoy the fun!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The lineup starts at 9AM on Brookline Boulevard and the fun won&rsquo;t stop until 3PM! 928 Brookline Boulevard is where our office will be set up. Don&rsquo;t forget to stop by and say hello. While you&rsquo;re at it, pick up a District 4 guide, full of handy phone numbers for city services, a community crime watch sign, and chat with the District 4 Staff! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Bring the whole family for a whole lot of fun, music, food and neighborliness! See you on the Boulevard!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Check out the whole schedule of events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1476890619275310/1487679434863095/">https://www.facebook.com/events/1476890619275310/1487679434863095/</a></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="cUTTING"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cutting Edge: First Virtual Block Watch brings cooperation, technology to Carrick</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Friday, July 31st, business owners, community leaders, police officers and our office came together to unveil the very first virtual block watch in City of Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">15 business owners contributed close to $3000 to purchase and install cameras alongside over $1000 in funds from our office for signs. This has been a beautiful example of cooperation between community leaders, our office, police and private businesses, as well as another indicator that Carrick is a leader. We identify problems and we work to create novel solutions for them.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The first-of-its-kind initiative in the city enables business owners to unite with surveillance footage, which they can then supply to police upon request. Due to privacy issues, police are often times unable to run the security cameras on their own. This program will serve as a pilot program for the entire City of Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Brookline: W"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline: Waddington Avenue Facility Update</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Many of you have heard about the proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility on Waddington Avenue, and many residents are opposed to this development. My goal is to make sure you have all the facts, and the tools you need to weigh in on this important issue. Some leaders are telling residents what they want to hear, because it&rsquo;s easier than trying to work through the actual problem. But that&rsquo;s just not me. The best thing we can do is to understand how the law works, and how the Zoning Board must decide on this issue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I have been hands-on with this issue from the start. I attended the first zoning board meeting, hired mediators to referee this heated conversation, I organized two public meetings at the Church, met with the owner, Dr. Rafi, and ensured that he answered the community&rsquo;s questions in writing and in person. I also passed legislation on City Council requiring City Planning to compile a list of other similar facilities across the City, so we know if there are others in the neighborhood, and if so, where. My goal here is to be realistic, straightforward, and not distort the issue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Here are the basics: </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dr. Rafi bought the property from the Catholic Diocese in October of 2013 for $330,000, and has requested a zoning change to this property he owns. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The property is zoned as a personal care residence, and was used as such for around 50 years by the Diocese. Dr. Rafi is seeking a special exception under the Zoning Code to use the existing structure as a &ldquo;community home.&quot; This is the designation in the code that would enable him to use the facility as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Dr. Rafi&rsquo;s application describes the intended activity at this facility as providing psychotherapy, counseling, and other </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">non-medical</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> treatments for people in recovery.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">definition of community home</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is a group of more than eight unrelated </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">disabled </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">persons living together as a single housekeeping unit with shared common facilities and may receive aid in readjusting to everyday life after a hospitalization. This does not include halfway houses for people leaving a correctional facility.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 0);"> </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Who makes the zoning decision? The Zoning Board of Adjustments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zoning Board consists of 3 people and it is a quasi-judicial body, this means that it has powers and procedures resembling a court of law, and appeals must go through the courts. The board meets weekly to hear cases like this-- zoning changes, variances, and special exceptions to the Zoning Code. This decision *cannot* be influenced by the Mayor or by Council. The Zoning Board is obligated to make decisions based on the law, and the law only. Zoning decisions may be appealed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">So what laws are relevant in the Zoning Board&rsquo;s decision?</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zoning Code.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> See above.</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Americans with Disabilities Act</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Simply stated, federal law defines disability. Those who are alcoholics and addicted to narcotics, but who are *not currently using* &nbsp;are considered disabled and protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990. </span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Fair Housing Act </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Because addiction is defined as a disability, the Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, says that it&rsquo;s illegal for private landlords or public entities to tell disabled people where they can or cannot live. We cannot create Zoning Code that says &ldquo;we will not allow people with addictions to live in x, y, or z blocks, buildings, or neighborhoods&rdquo;. </span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does this mean? It means that the Zoning Board of Adjustments cannot vote against the applicant because the people Dr. Rafi will be housing are addicts. It means that the zoning board of adjustments can only use the clear-cut guidelines in the zoning code to rule on the application. Anything else is considered discriminatory, and will open up the city to be sued for that discrimination. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This means that the City will go to court and spend money on lawyers to defend the decision. And, at the end of the day, the City would be in a precarious lawsuit, and we will not have addressed any of the concerns brought forth by neighbors and community leaders. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If there are *legal* arguments remaining, such as concerns about parking or staffing of the facility, I encourage you to raise those issues at the next Zoning Board hearing on September 10th at 10:20 AM at 600 Ross Street Downtown.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasiums 125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Beechview Community Support</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview Event Support Staff: &nbsp;Be available as needed (1-2 afternoons/week, up to six hours/week, occasional Saturdays) to assist with marketing (signs, flyers, social media) and set up of special events (tents, sound equipment, tables, chairs, etc.) to benefit Beechview businesses.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Employer: &nbsp;DRB Community Development Consultant</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Requirements: &nbsp;Able to travel by car, foot, bike, or public transportation to all portions of Beechview. &nbsp;Able to carry a 20-lb. tent and set-up tent or other heavy equipment, familiar with Facebook and Twitter. &nbsp;Willing to be flexible and to perform manual labor. &nbsp;Beechview resident preferred. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pay: &nbsp;$15/hour, acting as a subcontractor (no taxes will be withheld, you will be responsible for paying your own taxes to the government. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To apply: &nbsp;Send an email to David Brewton at: &nbsp;drbrewton@ymail.com</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick's St."><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick&rsquo;s St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s Statement on the cancellation of St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I strive every day to create a more liveable city and I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of St. Basil&#39;s Parish Homecoming Festival. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Out of an abundance of caution, the church made the understandable choice not to proceed with the festival. This is the church&#39;s main source of funding for the entire year.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zone 3 Citizens Council hosted a fundraiser for St. Basil Parish due to the cancellation of the Festival. We appreciate all those who came together to assist the Parish and those who donated to ensure that the St. Basil&rsquo;s will be able to make much-needed roof repairs to the church.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">My heart goes out to the parishioners, neighbors, families, and youth who were affected by this incident and who will not be able to experience the joy and community of continued celebration. But we must remember that this situation was not created overnight, and it will not be solved overnight. It takes partnership between local, state, and federal officials - and community members - to work together on reducing violence and increasing funding for social and youth programs, as well as increasing officers on our streets. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I look forward to our continued efforts to improve public safety and the involvement of further community members as an opportunity to continue to build on those partnerships, and continuing this conversation on City Council and in our communities. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Celebrating"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Celebrating Roberto Clemente and Hispanic Heritage Month</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September is Hispanic Heritage month, and on September 19th, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will host a celebration benefitting Brookline&rsquo;s own Casa San Jose at the Roberto Clemente Museum! Casa San Jose is a community resource center that bridges the cultural divide between Latino neighbors in need and service providers. They strive to create a welcoming community for Latino immigrants by providing opportunities for civic and social engagement. The event will feature wine from Enginehouse 24 Wines, live Flamenco music and dance, and of course, the Clemente Museum&rsquo;s extensive collection of Roberto Clemente memorabilia. To learn more or purchase tickets, check out the event&rsquo;s Facebook page, here: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1621956978074669/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1621956978074669/</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can learn more about Casa San Jose at their website, </span><a href="http://www.casasanjose.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.casasanjose.org</span></a></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Fresh"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fresh Access: Farmer&rsquo;s Market bonus for those shopping with Food Stamps</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use food stamps, credit or debit cards to shop at Pittsburgh-area farmers markets. Beginning in 2015, for every $5 in food stamps that shoppers spend at Fresh Access markets, they&rsquo;ll receive an additional $2 in Fresh Access Food Bucks, which can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fresh Access is a program of Just Harvest, a local non-profit which fights against hunger, poverty, and economic injustice.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Source: News Source </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PublicSource (</span><a href="http://www.publicsource.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.publicsource.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">) is an in-depth and investigative news source for Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. We report about the energy and environment; the criminal justice system; money and politics; and health care, particularly aging and disability issues.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Our primary mission is to help give people in underserved, vulnerable communities a voice. We seek out issues that others shy away from, and we take the time to recognize the layers of a complicated issue, group or person.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It takes time to do that, so while we&#39;re working on our bigger stories, each day we bring you a briefing and a news post on happenings around the state and nation.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Find out more about us, and help us reach out to new subscribers by visiting: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://ow.ly/Pj2RN" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://ow.ly/Pj2RN</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> And always feel free to call, email, or tweet with story ideas! </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Shout"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It is hard to believe that it is already August! &nbsp;Pittsburgh Concord is busy getting ready for the 2015-16 school year. Parents of children that are going to be 5 years old by September 30th can enroll their students for Kindergarten at the time. &nbsp;Please encourage any new families that have moved into the community to enroll their children at Concord before the first day of school. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Back to School night will be held on August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The first day of school for students in grades 1st through 5th grade is Monday, August 31st. Kindergarten students will start school on Thursday, Sept. 3rd. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord will be collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education this school year, so don&rsquo;t throw yours away, clip them and turn them in instead!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Memories are made as summer flies by. We blink, and all of a sudden, it&rsquo;s time for school clothes shopping!! Yes, school is right around the corner. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Grades 1-8 start on Monday, August 31 for all Pittsburgh Public schools. Kindergarten starts September 3. &nbsp;Kindergartener&rsquo;s &nbsp;parents should expect personal letters and calls from their child&rsquo;s new teacher as to when to bring your child for testing during August 31-September 2. &nbsp;Please make sure that you are preparing your little kindergarten sweet voiced tot for the new world they are entering. &nbsp;At Carmalt, we have a kindergarten transition camp from August 17 &ndash; 21 from 9:00-12:00 to ease the kindergarten fears. Sorry parents, this is just for your kindergarten child!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Uniforms&mdash;Carmalt students wear uniforms. &nbsp;Please look at our website (</span><a href="http://discoverpps.org/carmalt" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://discoverpps.org/carmalt</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, then click on &ldquo;resources&rdquo; and &ldquo;</span><a href="http://dev.discoverpps.org/resources/540f1246447a7/Carmalt%20HANDBOOK%202014-15.doc" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2014-15 Carmalt PreK-8 Handbook</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rdquo;) to make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(54, 52, 53); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you do not have clean clothes for your child, please call 412-885-7760. We WILL help you and your child.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">At Carmalt, our school emphasis is writing and communications. &nbsp;Our students will be learning Spanish from elementary through middle school. Also, as part of our communications emphasis, we will be working with our students in learning how to communicate effectively through discussion, public speaking, and even competing with a planned forensic competition. &nbsp;As for writing, this is our tenth year of monthly writing pieces from preschool to grade eight. &nbsp;The writing pieces are submitted to the principal who then meets with each child and discusses his/her glow and grow area of writing. &nbsp;We have an end of the year portfolio review. &nbsp;We welcome any community members to give us a hand. &nbsp;Mr. John Rudiak and Mayor Peduto have participated in this event. &nbsp;We look for more community support.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/8 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">9AM-3PM - Brookline Breezefest</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, 8/11</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7PM - Brookline Block Watch, 736 Brookline Boulevard</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, 8/17</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, Zone 3 Station: 830 East Warrington Ave </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, 8/20</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum, 122 Virginia Ave</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/22</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">11Am - 6PM - Community Cornfest, Phillips Park</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/29</span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1PM - 6PM - Beechview&rsquo;s Annual Car Cruise, Broadway and Hampshire Avenues</span></span></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:27:55 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | July 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4736 <div><strong>From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak - City Council District 4</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>&ldquo;We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.&rdquo; ― Th&iacute;ch Nhất Hạnh</h3> <h3>In this issue...</h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Like">Like and Follow our office on Facebook for the latest information!</a></div> <div><a href="#What">What is happening at the Beechview Senior Center?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Spent">Spent too much of your life in Route 51 traffic?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Grand">Grand Reopening Celebration! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline Community Yard Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick: Veterans&rsquo; Monument Updates</a></div> <div><a href="#Columbia Gas">Columbia Gas replacing pipelines in Carrick</a></div> <div><a href="#Farmer's">Farmer&rsquo;s Market: Local Bites</a></div> <div><a href="#New">New Website for Bon Air&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick CornFest Call for Vendors 8/22</a></div> <div><a href="#Penn">Penn State Extension&rsquo;s Urban Homesteading Series</a></div> <div><a href="#Employmen">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Good">Good News you won&rsquo;t hear on the News&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Meetings, Events and Happenings!</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>Two capital budget deliberative forums</strong> were held in June and I attended both. Groups of neighbors from across the city came together to discuss their priorities for roads, bridges, and city-owned facilities and were given a chance to ask questions of an expert panel of City chiefs and directors. We thank all the District 4 residents who came out! &nbsp;This process is extremely helpful to the Mayor and City Council to hear directly from residents on what you want to see fixed in our neighborhoods. Not able to attend one of the meetings? <strong>Submit your priorities online, here: http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We attended a meeting regarding <strong>McKinley Park and the Haberman Corridor</strong>. McKinley is the largest park south of the Monongahela River, and for the first time in decades, serious planning and work is going into maintaining trails and making sure current program offerings meet the needs of Beltzhoover, Mt. Washington and beyond.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-I attended a reception hosted by the <strong>Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania</strong>, who work to pass laws to protect the environment across the region and state! Read more here: http://www.conservationpa.org</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-My staff attended the Technical Advisory Committee meeting for the <strong>Route 51 Corridor Project</strong>, which is a fancy way of saying we attended a meeting on how to make traffic flow better. More details below!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>Taste of Beechview</strong> was just plain delicious on June 20! I enjoyed trying all the different offerings and spending the afternoon in a wonderful neighborhood with lots of enthusiastic residents and neighbors!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>The Dairy District final design meeting</strong> was held after the Carrick Community Council quarterly meeting. A final design and model were presented (see our Facebook page (&ldquo;Pittsburgh City Council District 4&rdquo;) for photos!). Neighbors were able to ask questions of Economic Development South (current owner of the lot), Design Center, and Desmone Architects. Discussion included public safety planning and community interest in local beer and/or wine tastings...THAT will have to wait for now, but rest assured, the interest has been noted. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Like">Like and Follow our office on Facebook for the latest information!</a></h3> <div><a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="What">What is happening at the Beechview Senior Center?&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>All good things! The $3 million project is fully funded, and often, that&rsquo;s the hardest part of a project. Drive by, and you&rsquo;ll see that we are now in the midst of Phase 1 construction, which involves brick restoration, new windows, and interior demolition of unused space in the building. Please excuse the scaffolding.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, the City is working with an architect to finalize the blueprints for Phase 2 construction, which will go out to bid over the winter. Phase 2 will include...everything else! The exterior of the building will be restored and updated, the interior will be rewired, reinsulated, and will feature all new finishes and features. To top it all off, the building will be LEED Silver-certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) relates to five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The building will be energy efficient (aka: cheaper utility bills and comfortable in all seasons), built with non-toxic materials, and will capture stormwater on site. We are currently on track to start construction in Spring of 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Beechview Senior Center will be closed until upgrades are completed. Seniors are able to utilize programs at the South Side Market House, West End or Mount Washington Senior Centers, and more. For the complete list, visit: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Spent">Spent too much of your life in Route 51 traffic?&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Good news! At the Route 51 Technical Advisory Committee were informed about a new system that will be used to improve traffic flow through Route 51. New &ldquo;smart signals&rdquo; are able to track traffic throughout the day and adjust traffic lights &nbsp;to minimize wait time and maximize traffic flow. The pilot for the program is currently being tested in East Liberty and has reduced travel times by as much as 40%. Cars won&rsquo;t travel at faster speeds, but they will spend less time waiting at lights.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This project involves 36 intersections from the Liberty Tunnels to Large, PA and is expected to be completed in 2016. Great news for the 42,000 cars that travel Rt. 51 on an average day!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Grand">Grand Reopening Celebration! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Remember in 2010, when the Carnegie Library was about to close the Beechview Branch? Thanks to hard work of Friends of the Beechview Library and Councilwoman Rudiak, who has served on the board of the Carnegie Library for 6 years, we have come a looong way. For far too long, the Beechview library was too cramped, too small, and didn&rsquo;t fulfill the needs of the community, but all of that is about to change. We are pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of the BRAND NEW Beechview Library.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1910 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Preview Reception, Thursday, July 16 at 5:30PM</em></u></div> <div>Individual Tickets $100</div> <div>Reception Sponsor - $1000 (includes 10 tickets)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Includes heavy hors d&rsquo;oeuvres</li> <li>Business attire</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets 412.622.6276 or <a href="mailto:donors@carnegielibrary.org?subject=Beechview%20Library%20Grand%20Re-Opening">donors@carnegielibrary.org</a>. Event tickets have a fair market value of $50 each. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Beechview Library.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><u>Community Celebration, Saturday, July 18, 10AM-2PM</u></em></div> <div>FREE! Come experience your NEW library! Everyone is welcome.&nbsp;</div> <div>Activities include:</div> <ul> <li>Ribbon cutting at 10:15AM</li> <li>Tours to see the renovations</li> <li>The Labs @ CLP</li> <li>Reading is FUNdamental Storymobile and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) Imagination Playground</li> <li>Fun for the whole family</li> </ul> <div>Find out more about the Community Celebration at <a href="http://carnegielibrary.org">carnegielibrary.org</a> or call 412.622.3114.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Brookline">Brookline Community Yard Sale</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, August 15, 8AM-2PM, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation will be hosting a Brookline Community Yard Sale! Whether you&rsquo;re out to sell or shop, there&rsquo;s certain to be something for everyone.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Want to sell?&nbsp;</em></div> <ul> <li>Register your sale for only $15</li> <li>Get your registration forms along Brookline Boulevard or email <a href="mailto:spdc.brookline@gmail.com?subject=Brookline%20Community%20Yard%20Sale">spdc.brookline@gmail.com</a></li> <li>Register by August 1st</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Want to shop?</em></div> <ul> <li>Pick up your Community Yard Sale map during Breezefest on August 8th or day of at Moore Park and Brookline Boulevard info tables</li> <li>Chow down with food from food trucks and local restaurant specials</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more info visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BrooklineSPDC">facebook.com/BrooklineSPDC</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Carrick">Carrick: Veterans&rsquo; Monument Updates</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We got an email from Mike Woshner who is the Carrick garden guru and is looking for help at the Veterans&rsquo; Monument Garden at Parkfield and Spokane, across from Carrick High School.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our plan for switching plants in the Veterans&rsquo; Monument garden to perennials has worked very well. Flowers are blooming and plants are very full.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With big-time help from Chuck Wagner (former Carrick resident, Carrick HS graduate and a current teacher there) and his wife Lorraine, we cleaned up a bit and planted some nice flowers donated by the Western PA Conservancy. Chuck and Lorraine would like to maintain the garden but live well past Bridgeville making regular maintenance challenging. &nbsp;<strong>It would be very helpful if a few volunteers could make occasional visits on their own to pull a few weeds and clean up a bit.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Mother&#39;s Statue at Overbrook and Ravilla is in full bloom. We are fortunate to have a neighbor who keeps the grass cut. &nbsp;<strong>If anyone could trim shrubs and clean up weeds and litter occasionally, please feel free to do so!</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Call our office to learn how to get involved!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Columbia Gas">Columbia Gas replacing pipelines in Carrick</a></h3> <div>Last month, the company began a project to invest $534,000 &nbsp;and to replace more than 2,700 feet of natural gas pipelines in Carrick.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pipeline replacement project involves Parkfield Street from Brownsville Road to Copperfield Avenue. Construction work will take place Monday through Friday between 7 AM and 5 PM with possible temporary road and parking restrictions during working hours only. Expected project completion is by early-fall, weather permitting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Concerned about who is at your door? All employees have photo ID badges identifying them as Columbia Gas employees. Ask for ID before allowing anyone into your home or call 1-888-460-4332 for the Columbia Gas employee verification line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Farmer's">Farmer&rsquo;s Market: Local Bites</a></h3> <div>Don&rsquo;t forget to get out to the Carrick and Beechview farmer&rsquo;s markets this year. Come enjoy fresh food, arts &amp; crafts, and live music and entertainment at the Beechview and Carrick Farmer&#39;s Market all Summer-long! Send an email to <a href="mailto:beechviewmarket@gmail.com?subject=Beechview%20Farmer's%20Market">beechviewmarket@gmail.com</a> if you would like to volunteer in anyway or set up a stand.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Have you heard about Fresh Access?&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">The Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use food stamps, credit or&nbsp;debit cards to shop at Pittsburgh-area farmers markets. Beginning in 2015, for every $5 in food stamps that shoppers spend at Fresh Access markets, they&rsquo;ll receive an additional $2 in Fresh Access Food Bucks, which can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables.</span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">Fresh Access is a program of Just Harvest, a local non-profit which fights against hunger, poverty, and economic injustice.</p> <ul> <li>Beechview Farmer&#39;s Market-Thursdays</li> </ul> <div>4-7 PM @ Broadway Public Parking Lot [Between Fallowfield and Beechview Ave]</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Carrick Farmer&rsquo;s Market- Wednesdays</li> </ul> <div>3:30 - 7:30 PM - Behind Carrick Shopping Center</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the full list of Farmer&rsquo;s Markets, please visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="New">New Website for Bon Air&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Follow the Bon Air Civic Association on Facebook for the latest information, activities and community events: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/">https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/</a> and don&rsquo;t forget to check in with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/">https://sites.google.com/site/bonairpa/news</a> for the latest Bon Air news!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Carrick">Carrick CornFest (8/22)&nbsp;Call for Vendors&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>CornFest is back and better than ever! Started in the late 1970s, the Cornfest has been a late summer tradition celebrating the Carrick and Overbrook communities, schools, institutions, and, of course, neighbors!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, the Community Cornfest will be held on Saturday, August 22 from noon to 6PM at Phillips Park (Spokane and Parkfield). Food offerings include not only the traditional corn, hamburgers and hot dogs, but also hot sausage, barbecued chicken, walking tacos and Bhutanese food!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The Carrick CornFest is looking for vendors! Information booths are free, and anyone using their table for sales will pay $20. Tables are FREE for non-profits and informational purposes! &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, contact Carrick Community Council at <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com?subject=CornFest%20Vending">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Penn">Penn State Extension&rsquo;s Urban Homesteading Series</a></h3> <div>Registration Deadline: Friday, July 3, 2015. Register online: <a href="https://goo.gl/MY21Vt">https://goo.gl/MY21Vt</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tired of being bugged by your bugs? Not sure what plagues your plants? Proper identification of pests and diseases goes a long way in ensuring the health of your garden.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In this workshop, Sandy Feather, a Penn State Extension Educator, will help you to identify all the crawling critters and debilitating diseases that keep your plants from growing their best. As we walk through the Edible Teaching Garden, Sandy will review all the products and methods to keep your plants healthy and thriving.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This event is part of the <strong>Urban Homesteading Series provided by Penn State Extension</strong>. For a list of more events in the series visit: <a href="http://extension.psu.edu/urban-homesteading">http://extension.psu.edu/urban-homesteading</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Employmen">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <div>The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at <a href="http://www.pghjobs.net.">www.pghjobs.net.</a> Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Good">Good News you won&rsquo;t hear on the News&hellip;</a></h3> <div>This month, our office was proud to honor the following exceptional people, events and organizations:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War:</strong> throughout the duration of this conflict, nearly 3 million American servicemen and servicewomen bravely served within Vietnam&rsquo;s borders, with the average U.S. soldier in the infantry in Vietnam seeing about 240 days of combat in one year. &nbsp;We express our gratitude towards all those men and women who made great sacrifices to serve our country in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. And we thank the friends, families, and leaders who have also made sacrifices for their loved ones and supported these individuals during this conflict and in the years after returning home, and;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Mike Woshner:</strong> Mr. Woshner has dedicated decades of his life to serving Carrick, including several years spent as board member and treasurer of the Carrick Community Council, two years as a mentor in the &quot;Generations Together&quot; program at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, 13 years on the committee and judging team for Carrick Goes Gardening event, 16 years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Veteran&#39;s Monument garden on Parkfield Street, and seven years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Boulevard.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Woshner has also coordinated a block watch on his own block where he has acted on his civic role to report and control crime, looking out for his neighbors and community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Woshner&rsquo;s generosity has extended beyond the neighborhood of Carrick to surrounding communities where he has spent three years as the Volunteer Coordinator and Maintainer of six Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardens in Carrick, Mount Oliver, and Knoxville.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Justice for Janitors: </strong>Thirty years ago, in the face of wage cuts and benefit reductions, 1,000 janitors in Pittsburgh launched a nationwide movement for justice, and stood strong through an 18-month lockout by their employers. In the spring of 1990 similarly underpaid janitors in Los Angeles were fighting for higher wages, a union, and a better future when on June 15, while peacefully marching in the wealthy Century City district, these men and women were suddenly and brutally beaten by police, launching what was to become known as the Justice for Janitors campaign.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Toastmasters, Carrick, PA Youth Leadership Program:</strong> Under the leadership of club sponsors Carolyn Krachkowski and Zenia Ayrton, with program assistance from Ray Lipowcan, Mike Krachkowski, and Liz Spano, Toastmasters Carrick, PA was joined by youth participants Luke Lipowcan, Matt Mars, Zachary Mars, Jordan Masek, Logan Masek, Delany McCarthy-Plut, and Sarah Warywoda, who showed exceptional leadership and growth throughout their eight sessions in the program</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toastmasters Carrick PA meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Carrick Branch. &nbsp;Currently, the club&rsquo;s 25 members represent the communities of Carrick, Overbrook, South Park, Bethel Park, Seven Fields, North Hills, Brentwood and Whitehall, and; as part of the club&rsquo;s efforts to provide a resource to those wishing to enhance their skills, the club decided to include the youth in the area with the first Youth Leadership Program was conducted in the spring of 2015. Seven participants from Grades 5 to 12 learned and practiced skills in leadership and parliamentary procedure, as well as prepared and impromptu speaking.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF): </strong>PHLF created its &quot;Building Pride/Building Character&quot; Trolley Tour in 2007 as one of the field-trips and in-school activities available to some Pittsburgh Public School students through a state program.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the trolley tour, students visit historic landmarks in the City of Pittsburgh such as the City-County Building. Each landmark is associated with &quot;character-building&quot; words. The City-County Building is the first stop on the tour and the character-building words associated with its classically-inspired design are: &quot;Respectful, Responsible, Tolerant, and Proud.&quot; Students are encouraged to be like the City-County Building&ndash;&ndash;respectful, responsible, tolerant, and proud.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since 2007, PHLF has involved a total of 4,336 third-grade students and their teachers from 20 different Pittsburgh Public Schools in the 6-hour Trolley Tour adventure, connecting the third-grade Social Studies unit on Pittsburgh History and strengthening math, reading, and life skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Community">Community Meetings, Events and Happenings!</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 7/6&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>7PM Carrick Overbrook Block Watch, 2019 Brownsville Road, basement</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/14</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>7PM Brookline Block Watch, Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday, 7/18</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>10AM - 3PM Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Beechview Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1910 Broadway Avenue...Come out and celebrate the reopening of the Beechview Library! The event is open to all and includes drinks and snacks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 7/20</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, Zone 3 Police Station - 830 East Warrington Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/21</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM Bon Air All Community Meeting, Bon Air Gazebo</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/28</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM -9PM Brownsville Road Night Out Against Crime, 2600 Block of Brownsville Road</div> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:28:46 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | June 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4562 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.6363636363636362;margin-top:5pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Langston Hughes</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a href="#Help">Help Needed: Capital Budget Meetings to determine City Priorities for 2016</a></div> <div><a href="#3rd">3rd Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival</a></div> <div><a href="#Free">Free Spay and Neuter Program - Citywide</a></div> <div><a href="#Circle">Circle C to Permanently Close&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick High School Community Day - Monday, June 8, 5-7 PM</a></div> <div><a href="#Linda">Linda Donahue honored for Volunteerism--Again!</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer">Summer Community Meeting Changes:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline Youth Soccer - Fall Registration Thursday, June 4</a></div> <div><a href="#Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear in the News</a></div> <div><a href="#Penn">Penn State Extension Urban Homesteading Workshop Series Launches in June</a></div> <div><a href="#Are you">Are you or someone you know the victim of a crime?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Stand">Stand up against bullies in your neighborhood!</a></div> <div><a href="#Spray">Spray Parks open on Weekends, Pools to open, Weekday Spray Park Hours 6/9</a></div> <div><a href="#Cinema">Cinema in the Park</a></div> <div><a href="#Just">Just Harvest, City expand Food Stamp incentive program</a></div> <div><a href="#PWSA">PWSA Accepting Applications for Green Infrastructure Grants</a></div> <div><a href="#Sewage">Sewage Alerts available by Text or Email</a></div> <div><a href="#Community Meetings">Community Meetings for South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</a></div> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="I've"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I&rsquo;ve been working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- At the beginning of the month, I attended the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Banquet with Sister Janice Vanderneck of Beechview. PIIN is a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I met seniors from across our city at the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks Senior Volunteer Gala </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">in early May, it was fun to see everyone looking so glamorous! Thank you again to all those volunteers that keep our senior centers humming!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Often times, victims of crime experience confusing emotions and don&rsquo;t know where to turn; I met with the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Center for Victims</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to talk about the services they provide from counseling to mediation; see more below.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I held an informational hearing in Council about the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority&rsquo;s Dollar Energy Fund </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">which has been set up to help homeowners struggling with dye test issues. You can read more about the fund and eligibility guidelines here: http://www.dollarenergy.org/pwsa-dollar-energy-fund-partner-help-pittsburgh-homeowners</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-The</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Brashear High School Gay-Straight Alliance </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">has been doing amazing work to promote tolerance and diversity. Their latest efforts around transgender inclusiveness and education have worked to create a more inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff, and I was proud to honor them with a proclamation this month. I received a handwritten card from the dozen high school students, saying that the proclamation &ldquo;validates the change that we have seen at Brashear over the past four years!&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I attended </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tunch &amp; Wolf&rsquo;s Walk for the Homeless</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, an event dedicated to raising money for Light of Life Ministry, which provides services and programs for homeless neighbors.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview&rsquo;s Memorial Day Service</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> honored our nation&rsquo;s men and women who have served our country with honor. It was a solemn, patriotic event that is put on every year by dedicated veterans and community volunteers. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Saturday May 30, we </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Erased the Invisible Line&rdquo; between Carrick and Mount Oliver </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Borough by bringing community members, police, and elected officials together on the city and borough side of the line and shaking hands; this marks a new era of unprecedented cooperation between the borough and the city to crack down on crime and promote main street development.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Speaking of police, Councilmembers Kraus, Kail-Smith and I met with Police Chief McLay to talk about </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">staffing levels in our police zones</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. We are working on increasing our numbers to authorized strength, and also learned that Zone 3 has 9 new officers from the class of new police recruits.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Still waiting on the numbers from Zone 6&hellip;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I also &hellip;..met with </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Allegheny Cleanways about cleaning up local dump sites, talked with Carnegie Library leaders about getting more pre-schoolers to our libraries, and attended the Brookline Little League Parade, the Bon Air Block Watch, Beechview&rsquo;s Cinco de Mayo event and &hellip;. more!</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Needed: Capital Budget Meetings to determine City Priorities for 2016</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Capital Budget is one of two budgets that keep our city humming. Every year, the Mayor and City Council debate and pass the budget to guide us into the next year. The Capital Budget funds projects to build or renovate City assets like bridges, roads, parks and buildings. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We&#39;re trying something new and different with the Capital Budget hearings this year- it won&#39;t be a classic &quot;town hall&quot; meeting at all. These meetings will focus on small group discussion and reflection, similar to search for our Police Chief. Your voice really means a lot in how we prioritize our projects, so if you can, definitely come out to one of our meetings!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Because of the Neighborhoods First Capital Budget Reform Act that I sponsored in 2010, the City of Pittsburgh will hold two </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Capital Budget Deliberative Forums. Residents are asked to attend one or both meetings and let the City know about specific Capital work in their neighborhoods that they would like to see done in 2016.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Two meetings will be held city-wide.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday June 3, at the Greenfield Healthy Living Center, 745 Greenfield Avenue, 15217.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday June 22, at the South Side Market House, 1 Bedford Square, 15203.</span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please plan on attending and bring a friend or neighbor!</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> We want to make certain that the South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods are well represented this year.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> To get an idea of what the budget is like, view archives of Capital Budgets, here: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="3rd"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">3rd Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview is celebrating the neighborhood with the third annual &ldquo;A Taste of Beechview&rdquo; Food Festival!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Saturday, June 20, enjoy this wonderful community event with local restaurants, artists, artisans and live music at the Public Parking Lot on Broadway near the Fallowfield Station. Taste of Beechview will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and happy hour will follow at local Beechview bars from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The event is free to attend, and food and beverages will be available for purchase from a number of bars and restaurants, including: Crested Duck Charcuterie, Las Palmas, Chip + Kale, Berlin Street Foods, BACC Cheesecakes, Brew on Broadway, FryDawgz, Hey Tabouli, Le Cupcake Shoppe and more.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, visit </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1123812107632457/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1123812107632457/</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Free"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free Spay and Neuter Program - Citywide</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The City of Pittsburgh will spay or neuter up to 5 cats or dogs for FREE. Reducing the number of births ultimately reduces the numbers of animals who suffer and die because there are not enough loving homes to care for all of the homeless animals we encounter. Please spay and neuter your pets, and encourage neighbors to do the same. Please go to </span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated.pdf</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">to print the application and mail it in!</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Circle"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Circle C to Permanently Close </span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) will not renew their contract with Circle C Homes to care for children that are no longer safe in their home of origin. The State of Pennsylvania revoked their license to operate the home located at 10 Carrick Avenue after finding evidence of negligence and gross mismanagement. Allegheny County DHS is looking to place children in foster situations in lieu of a group home environment, as that can provide a family atmosphere in a way that a home filled with teenagers, with adult supervisors changing shifts every eight hours cannot.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Consequently, the board of the Circle C organization decided that to shut its doors at the end of May after 48 years of operation. Additionally, In recent years, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) has pushed its efforts towards placing youth who are being cared for out of the home in &ldquo;kinship care&rdquo; settings as opposed to group home setting, making every effort to place the child in the household of a member of their family or extended family. Of the 3,807 children receiving services through the Children, Youth, and Families department of CYF, 668 children are receiving some type of kinship care and 1061 children are placed in foster care.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Carrick"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School Community Day - Monday, June 8, 5-7 PM</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Monday, June 8, all community members are invited to join Carrick High School students and staff for an evening of raffles, games, food and activities. There will be an academic showcase to highlight the achievements of student as well as vendors and community organizations from South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. This evening promises to be fun for the whole family!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School is located at 125 Parkfield Street, 15210. The event will be held in the gymnasium. All are welcome!!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Linda"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Linda Donahue honored for Volunteerism--Again!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Bob Awards and the Clean Pittsburgh Commission awarded Linda Donahue with Volunteer of Year! We are proud of all of the work that Linda does in Carrick. Between Mulch Parties and neighborhood clean-ups, Linda keeps incredibly busy by making our neighborhood a beautiful place. Congratulations, Linda!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Summer"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Summer Community Meeting Changes: </span></span></a></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">No Overbrook Community Council Meetings in July and August, Meetings will resume on the 4th Tuesdays as of September 22, 2015.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Overbrook Block Watch meetings will be held at Zion Church for July and August. </span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Brookline"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Youth Soccer - Fall Registration Thursday, June 4</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come out to Cannon Coffee from 5-7PM on Thursday, June 3 to register kids ages 4-19 for the Brookline Youth Soccer Fall 2015 Season. A parent or legal guardian must be present with an original or state-certified copy of the child&rsquo;s birth certificate to sign up. Documents will be scanned and returned at registration. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Youth Soccer Association strives to provide a nurturing and safe environment for all children to develop their soccer skills and their character by providing high quality coaching, refereeing, facilities, and active fun! BYSA does not hold fundraisers.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information or to register online, visit </span><a href="http://www.brooklinesoccer.net" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.brooklinesoccer.net</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Contact Jeremiah Dugan at 412-519-8910 or </span><a href="mailto:pittdugan@aol.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">pittdugan@aol.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Honoring"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear in the News</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Nepali and Bhutanese refugees working to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the Nepal earthquake</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;...WHEREAS, on April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, devastating individuals, families, and entire communities in Nepal, while under-resourced aide workers struggle to meet the needs of those impacted by the earthquake, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, search, rescue, and recovery efforts in Nepal are ongoing, as exhausted first responders sift through the rubble of damaged homes and buildings, while families continue to sleep in the open air for safety as the aftershocks continue, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, the Pittsburgh region is home to a vibrant community of Nepalese immigrants, who are now organizing to help the victims of the earthquake by raising money to save lives and provide shelter, food, and water to survivors, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS,</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Nepalese Community of Greater Pittsburgh is asking the Pittsburgh community to unite and consider giving to one of five vetted organizations which are currently on the ground and can provide immediate relief for those who are injured and suffering, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS,</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the Pittsburgh Nepalese Community has created a webpage for individuals to donate through MercyCorps that will focus on responding to the disaster by attending to the immediate needs of those in Nepal, like food, water, and shelter, and;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Brashear Gay-Straight-Alliance </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;...during the last four years, students involved in the Gay-Straight Alliance at Pittsburgh Brashear High School have educated more than 1500 freshman students and numerous teachers in their home school as well as health and physical education teachers, counselors, social workers, and nurses across the district, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">WHEREAS, seeing this success, the students have chosen to expand their efforts to be more inclusive of transgender and gender-expansive students, creating stronger policy to support these students, and making Pittsburgh Brashear a safer place to learn for all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">-Allegheny Cleanways Volunteers of the Year </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Eli Thomas and Chad Stewart </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;...</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">stood out this year for their work on the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DumpBusters program, in which a small crew of trained volunteers and staff remove the most severe illegal dumpsites, often on challenging slopes, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, Eli and Chad were the motivating force behind the removal of 2,755 tires from the deep Edgebrook Avenue ravine. Almost every Saturday morning in the winter of 2013-2014, Eli and Chad could be found in the ravine chopping tires out of the ice, moving tires up slopes, and merrily creating tire stacks that weighed in the thousands of pounds&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Vietnam Veterans, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;WHEREAS, the total number of U.S. armed forces killed in Vietnam in the two decades of involvement was 58,253 and those non-mortally wounded in Vietnam was 153,363, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, we express our gratitude towards all those men and women who made great sacrifices to serve our country in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. And we thank the friends, families, and leaders who have also made sacrifices for their loved ones and supported these individuals during this conflict and in the years after returning home, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, organizations like Pittsburgh-based Vietnam Veterans Inc. continue to serve Vietnam veterans in our community by promoting the physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect and self-confidence of Vietnam veterans.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Mike Woshner, Carrick resident and community leader</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;WHEREAS, Mike Woshner has been a resident of Carrick for 68 years where he has served the community through active involvement in community groups and in the Saint Basil Parish Community, and has made an impact that cannot be quantified, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, Mr. Woshner is a</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> lifelong member of the local Saint Basil Parish Community where he has been actively involved in parish ministries, including helping those in poverty and most in need in our community, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">WHEREAS, Mr. Woshner has dedicated decades of his life to serving Carrick, including several years spent as board member and treasurer of the Carrick Community Council, two years as a mentor in the &quot;Generations Together&quot; program at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, 13 years on the committee and judging team for Carrick Goes Gardening event, 16 years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Veteran&#39;s Monument garden on Parkfield Street, and seven years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Boulevard...&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Penn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Penn State Extension Urban Homesteading Workshop Series Launches in June</span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Penn State Extension of Allegheny County is proud to announce the launch of the &ldquo;Urban Homesteading Series&rdquo;. This series is designed for creative do-it-yourselfers who want to use their yards to farm to support their household food diets. Each workshop features an expert instructor leading hands-on demonstrations in a variety of homesteading activities which are scalable for home, apartment, or community projects.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Upcoming programs include:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 18: Straw Bale Gardening</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 7: Bug Your Bugs! July Pest Walk</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 21: Midsummer Night&rsquo;s (Berry) Jam</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 4: August Pest Walk</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September 8: Winemaking</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September 24: Gardening with Perennials</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Registration is open for the first workshop of the series, Straw Bale Gardening, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 6 pm &ndash; 8 pm at the Penn State Extension Edible Teaching Garden at 400 N. Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Straw-bale gardening is a low-cost, low-maintenance, back-friendly raised-bed gardening method. The Master Gardener instructor will lead a hands-on workshop, present the technique step-by-step at the Edible Teaching Garden where this method is practiced. Pre-registration is required and the fee for this class is $25.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fall and winter workshops include home beer brewing in partnership with local craft breweries, gardening with perennials, yeast and sourdough bread baking classes, intercropped urban fruit orchard, pruning and lactofermentation.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, and to register for workshops, please visit: bit.ly/1FqAp7R</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">CONTACT: Rachel Samuels, Program Assistant: (412) 482-3464, <a href="mailto:ras1024@psu.edu?subject=Penn%20State%20Extension%20Workshops">ras1024@psu.edu</a></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Penn State Center Pittsburgh</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Energy Innovation Center</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1435 Bedford Avenue, Suite A</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Are you"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Are you or someone you know the victim of a crime? </span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The Center for Victims is a resource right here in Pittsburgh that provides comprehensive and inclusive provider of services, advocacy and education for victims of all crimes. Not only do they provide direct service to individuals that come to them, but they also help people to understand what services are available to them outside of the agency. The Center for Victims provides services to victims of crime, domestic violence services, and sexual assault services, in addition to those that they provide to the community, including community crisis response teams and mediation services. Many of these services are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The mediation services are a particular asset to our communities. Center for Victim&rsquo;s Dialogue and Mediation Services bring together people involved in a conflict to sit down and talk about the issue of concern. Trained mediators use a transformative model that helps participants to have a constructive conversation and make their own decisions about how they wish to resolve conflict. This is a cost-effective way to manage conflict. Many types of cases can be mediated, including disagreements among neighbors, landlords and tenants, families, schools, and veterans issues. To contact the Center for Victims&rsquo; mediation staff, call (412) 482-3240 x302.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Center for Victim&rsquo;s has also kicked off a new initiative to engage men in Allegheny County. This initiative is called the MEN challenge, which stands for </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">M</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">en </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">E</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">nding Viole</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">N</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">ce, and includes a pledge and action plan to prevent violence against women and girls. The MEN&rsquo;s pledge and action plan has been designed to encourage men to make a commitments to learn more about how to be a proactive bystander and speak about violence against women and girls. Men will receive a toolkit that will give them themed monthly activities and educational tips that can be used in their homes, workplaces, social networks and communities. Sign the pledge online at </span><a href="http://menchallenge.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">menchallenge.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you&rsquo;d like to support the Center for Victims, you can do so in several ways. The services provided by the Center for Victims are offered free of charge to all victims of crime and charitable donations are extremely helpful in making this happen. Donate online at </span><a href="http://www.centerforvictims.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">centerforvictims.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. You can also volunteer, participate in one of their annual events, join the MEN Challenge, join their mailing list, or invite the Center for Victims to speak at your community group. Visit </span><a href="http://www.centerforvictims.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">centerforvictims.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> for more information.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Stand"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Stand up against bullies in your neighborhood!</span></span></a><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">National Night Out (NNO) started as a porch light vigil, representing each participating community&rsquo;s awareness of crime and their commitment to preventing it. Porch lights were left on as a warning to criminals that crime was not welcome in the community. While the traditional porch light vigil is still common today, many communities celebrate by hosting picnics, cookouts and block parties. Public safety personnel and local government officials visit neighborhood events to interact with residents.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Holding a NNO neighborhood event is a great way to meet new neighbors, celebrate the success of your community watch or block club and strengthen your relationships with city public safety departments. In Pittsburgh, celebrations range from porch parties to ice cream socials, to cookouts, to community festivals and include visits from public safety personnel, elected officials and their staff.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Not sure what to do? Your event can be as simple or as complex as you&rsquo;d like. Whatever you do will depend on the amount of time, effort, energy and resources you have available. You can access the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s National Night Out Planning Guide (</span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/NNO_Planning_Guide_2015.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/NNO_Planning_Guide_2015.pdf</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) or review event examples and suggestions below:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1. In one Pittsburgh neighborhood, each resident was asked to turn on their porch light, sit out, and provide refreshments as they enjoy the evening with their neighbors to send a message that their community will not tolerate crime.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2. One block watch hosted a DJ and invited the local magistrate to grill hotdogs. The local firehouse brought its truck and educated kids about fire safety. The SWAT van was there for residents to tour and block watch members handed out safety information and gun locks.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">3. Another Pittsburgh neighborhood hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet with sandwiches and beverages. Community members participated in a neighborhood walk, followed by a park clean-up effort and a movie in the park.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">4. One community group provided refreshments and handouts for their attendees. In addition, they hosted a kickball game while the playground and neighborhood pool were open for children.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">5. Another neighborhood group hosted a gun safety, fire safety and fire equipment demonstration. Residents were able to get fingerprinted and Otto the Auto, AAA&rsquo;s remote-controlled talking car, taught kids about traffic safety. The community hosted a DJ, a mime, a caricature artist, a face painter, mascots, a balloon artist, games, prizes, and free refreshments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks activities may be scheduled in your neighborhood on Tuesday, August 4 that might make a good start for your event. Check the Citiparks Website or call 412-255-2539 for more information.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library branches may also have a celebration scheduled. To contact a branch near you, call 412-622-3114 or visit: www.carnegielibrary.org</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Churches or other community groups often hold events in early August. Partner with them and add a public safety component.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Police Zone Commanders and Community Relations Officers (CRO) can be helpful in arranging police equipment to visit your event. Call your police zone and ask for assistance.</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3 &nbsp;CRO Officers Christine Luffey and Eric Baker &nbsp;(412) 488-8326</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 6 &nbsp;CRO Kenneth Stevwing &nbsp;(412) 937-3051</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">A map of the police bureau zones in the City of Pittsburgh can be found here: Zone map.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Contact Animal Care and Control at (412) 255-2036 or pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol and Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security at (412) 255-2633 or pittsburghpa.gov/ema/ for informational brochures.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fire trucks can attend events, too. Call Bureau of Fire Headquarters (412) 255-2860 or pittsburghpa.gov/fire/ to contact a fire house in your community.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, please direct questions to &nbsp;Department of Public Safety, SaferTogether Pittsburgh Coordinators:</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Liz Style, elizabeth.style@pittsburghpa.gov (412) 255-8977</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">John Tokarski, john.tokarski@pittsburghpa.gov (412)255-2117</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The city-wide kickoff for National Night Out (NNO) will be held in Market Square on Monday, July 27. This family friendly event will be held from 10AM-1PM.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick kick-off event, &ldquo;Communities Against Crime,&rdquo; will be held Monday, July 28 from 6-8pm. From Churchview to the Burger King in the 2600 block of Brownsville Road. Please join us for a fabulous night enjoying neighbors and our neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to register for a free able at this event, and we hope to turn out a crowd of neighbors loving our neighborhood!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview&rsquo;s event will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 7-9pm, in the parking lot at Beechview and Broadway, and it will be sponsored by Beechview Area Concerned Citizens.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To register your own National Night Out event, please navigate to: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/registration2.htm" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/registration2.htm</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. To read about last year&rsquo;s successful and fun events, see this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/08/06/Rise-in-homicides-raises-Pittsburgh-safety-event-s-meaning/stories/201408060097" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/08/06/Rise-in-homicides-raises-Pittsburgh-safety-event-s-meaning/stories/201408060097</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Spray"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Spray Parks open on Weekends, Pools to open, Weekday Spray Park Hours 6/9</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Did that hot weather in the middle of May get you and your family in the mood for some summer water fun? We have good news then. On May 23, all City&rsquo;s spray parks opened to the public for weekend fun. Spray parks will be open during weekdays beginning June 9th. These parks are great ways to cool off in the summer heat, and are good for children from toddlers to pre-teens. Better yet, they are handicap accessible for individuals in wheelchairs or others who may have difficulty getting into swimming pools without assistance. District 4&rsquo;s spray park is located at Vanucci Playground at the 1200 block of Orangewood Avenue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you&rsquo;re looking to take a dip in one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s pools, you won&rsquo;t have to wait too much longer. City pools are set to open on June 9. </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reminder: </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Children under the age of 15 who are city residents qualify for a free pool pass for the season! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks is now offering FREE swimming in all City of Pittsburgh pools for resident children, fifteen years and younger. &nbsp;Parents need only to register their children at any of Citiparks&rsquo; 10 Recreation Centers across the city OR fill out the application (</span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/MEMBERSHIP_REGISTRATION_-_Citiparks.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/MEMBERSHIP_REGISTRATION_-_Citiparks.pdf</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) and mail to: </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Citiparks</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">City County Building</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Room 459</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">414 Grant Street</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Kids should bring</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> their membership cards and age-appropriate adult supervision for admission to any city pool. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Cinema"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cinema in the Park</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It&rsquo;s movie season in Citiparks! Come on down to Brookline Memorial Park, bring a blanket or chair, your family, your main squeeze or some friends enjoy the lineup! Don&rsquo;t forget to bring your own popcorn.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 11 - The Sandlot (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 18 - Maleficent (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 25 - The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 2 - The Boxtrolls (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 9 - Cantinflas (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 16 - The Lego Movie (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 23 - The Wizard of Oz (NR)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 30 - Big Hero 6 (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 6 - Earth to Echo (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 13 - When the Game Stands Tall (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 20 - The Princess and the Frog (G)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 27 - McFarland, USA (PG)</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Just"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Just Harvest, City expand Food Stamp incentive program</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The City of Pittsburgh is joining with Just Harvest to promote a healthy new incentive for food stamps at 14 area farmers markets this summer.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For the first time, for every $5 shoppers spend using their food stamps at participating farmers markets, they will receive an additional $2 coupon to spend on fruits and vegetables. The coupons are called Food Bucks and are available at 13 Fresh Access farmers markets in Allegheny County and one in Washington County.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The incentive is an expansion of the Fresh Access program launched at two Pittsburgh farmers markets in 2013 by Just Harvest, the local non-profit working to eliminate hunger and poverty. Through Fresh Access shoppers can use food stamps, credit and debit cards to get tokens for purchasing farmers market products.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&quot;The City of Pittsburgh is thrilled that all seven Citiparks farmers markets are among the 14 local markets participating in Just Harvest&#39;s Fresh Access program and their new Food Bucks initiative,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;City residents who rely on food stamps now have more options for accessing affordable and nutritious fresh produce. Fresh Access and Food Bucks are a win-win-win for low-income shoppers who get better food choices, for local farmers who get more sales, and for our neighborhoods that get more thriving, diverse, and livable communities.&quot;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A list of the 14 markets participating in the new food stamp incentive program </span><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/snap-food-stamps/local-farmers-markets-and-farm-stands-accepting-food-stamps/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">is available here.</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">According to </span><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/jh_publication/a-menu-for-food-justice-strategies-for-improving-access-to-healthy-foods-in-allegheny-county/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just Harvest&rsquo;s 2013 report</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &ldquo;A Menu for Food Justice: Strategies for Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Allegheny County,&rdquo; nearly one in two Pittsburgh residents live in a community defined as a &ldquo;food-desert&rdquo; and do not have adequate access to fresh, healthy food. In some communities, farmers markets are one of the only sources of produce.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fresh Access was launched to tackle that problem. It enables shoppers to use their food stamps, credit and debit cards at the markets, simply by stopping by tents hosted by Just Harvest or market managers.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At the tents, food stamp recipients can swipe their ACCESS electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards and receive tokens that can be used to purchase a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meat and dairy products. Those who use the token kiosk for credit and debit card purchases are asked to contribute $1 per transaction to defray costs of the program. Tokens are accepted by dozens of vendors and the list is always growing.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Funding for the Food Bucks program comes from the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program in partnership with the Food Trust in Philadelphia.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information, contact Emily Schmidlapp, Fresh Access Coordinator, at 412-431-8960 x102 or </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">emilys@justharvest.org</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="PWSA"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PWSA Accepting Applications for Green Infrastructure Grants</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) aims to increase green infrastructure in the City of Pittsburgh by encouraging everyone to get involved. PWSA is now accepting applications for two new green infrastructure grant programs, designed to support private property owners and community organizations to manage stormwater with green infrastructure. The projects supported by this program will improve water quality, boost the local market for green infrastructure design and installation services, increase public awareness of green infrastructure benefits, and stimulate economic development. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Mini-Grant Program is designed for non-profit organizations and community groups to implement projects or activities that improve water quality, enhance conservation, restore habitat, stimulate economic growth, and educate the community about stormwater issues. Selected applicants will receive grants between $1,000 - $5,000 dollars. Applications for mini grants will be accepted through June 23, 2015.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Matching Grant Program is designed for property owners and agencies to implement large scale GI projects. To ensure significant impact, these projects must demonstrate a minimum investment of $10,000. PWSA will reimburse up to 50% of a project with maximum reimbursement of $50,000. Applications for the matching grant program will be accepted through July 7, 2015.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All projects will be reviewed by PWSA and members of PWSA&rsquo;s Green Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee. Funded projects will produce a documented reduction in stormwater runoff entering the sewer system and local waterways. Two information sessions will be held at PWSA&rsquo;s Downtown office at 1200 Penn Avenue. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP for the information sessions by Thursday, June 4, 2015 to icao@pgh2o.com or 412-255-8800 x 8562.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, June 8, 2015 (10:00 am - 11:30 am)</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Both grant applications are available at The PWSA website, </span><a href="http://www.pgh2o.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pgh2o.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> under the &ldquo;Going Green&rdquo; section.For questions, or to request a hard copy application, please call Itha Cao at 412.255.8800 ext. 8562.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Sewage"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sewage Alerts available by Text or Email</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">About to launch that canoe? Got your kayak ready to roll? Check your email/text to make sure you have a poop-free outing!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh has a combined sewer and storm-water system. Sadly, this means that when we get a heavy rain or a heavy snow melt, our system overflows into the rivers. Alcosan is working to slowly separate these systems, but until then if you will be spending time on the rivers, you want to check out Alcosan&rsquo;s sewage overflow alert system. Simply register with your mobile phone number or your email address, and you will automatically be notified of overflows. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sign up here: </span><a href="http://www.alcosan.org/SewerOverflowAdvisories/CSOTextEmailNotificationSubscription/tabid/184/Default.aspx" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.alcosan.org/SewerOverflowAdvisories/CSOTextEmailNotificationSubscription/tabid/184/Default.aspx</span></a></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Community Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Community Meetings for South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday, 6/3</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6-8 PM Capital Budget Deliberative Hearing #1</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">745 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 6/4</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7-9 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens, Beechview Block Watch</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave. Featured Guest: Daniel Berkowitz</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/8</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5 - 7 PM - Carrick High School Community Day, 125 Parkfield Street</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 PM - &nbsp;Brookline Chamber of Commerce</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline Branch</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/9</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7-9 PM - Brookline Block Watch</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/15</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 - 7:30 PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Zone 3 Police Station, </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">830 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/16</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 PM - Mulch Party at Berg Place and Brownsville Road, Carrick</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 6/18</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Saturday, 6/20</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 - 5PM - Taste of Beechview</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5-7 PM - Taste of Beechview Happy Hour</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/22</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7 PM - Carrick Community Council Quarterly Meeting </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/23</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7 - 9PM - Overbrook Community Council</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday 6/24</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6PM - Carrick Clean Up </span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Meet behind the Carrick Shopping Center</span></span></p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:17:13 -0400 POSTPONED: Final Design Meeting for Carrick Dairy District http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4502 <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><strong>The Dairy District Final Design Meeting</strong> previously scheduled for tonight at 6:30 PM<strong> has been POSTPONED </strong>due to unforeseen circumstances. Economic Development South will be rescheduling for sometime in June. We&#39;ll get the word out as soon as we know. Looking forward to seeing the final designs!</span></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:47 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | May 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4397 <h3 dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em style="font-size: 12px;">&ldquo;Spring is the time of plans and projects.&rdquo;</em></h3> <p dir="ltr"><em>― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina</em></p> <h3><strong>I&rsquo;m working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</strong></h3> <p>-I was honored to attend The Black Political Empowerment Project&rsquo;s 10th Annual Jazz Fest, a jazz marathon, or, &lsquo;fun-raiser&rsquo; celebrating 29 years of serving the Metropolitan Pittsburgh community, and the work of B-PEP&rsquo;s Coalition Against Violence.</p> <p dir="ltr">-We attended the Southbrook Dance Team fundraiser, a lively event held at St. Pius X to raise money for students from our local middle school to travel to attend and compete in a dance competition.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I hosted the Fight for $15 press conference, where I stood with employees demanding a wage that enables them to feed their families without food stamps and pay their bills without public assistance. The sad truth is that wages have lagged behind inflation for decades, and working families are bearing the brunt of that reality every day, while CEOs make ever higher salaries. Fixing the wage gap would provide immediate and long-term economic stimulus, as families put this money back into the economy by purchasing food, clothing, and rent/mortgage, and paying their utility bills. Read more here: http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4335</p> <p dir="ltr">- I spoke with Paul Guggenheimer of WESA&rsquo;s Essential Pittsburgh about a Will of Council that I sponsored that urged President Obama to pursue a more fully transparent and inclusive legislative process surrounding an international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take a listen: <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-rudiak-calls-will-council-international-trade-deal">http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-rudiak-calls-will-council-international-trade-deal</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-I was briefed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on the Dollar Energy Fund, which helps families pay for expensive repairs to connect their downspouts to the storm sewer. &nbsp;I will be hosting an informational Post-Agenda hearing on this issue on Tuesday, 5/5 at 1:30 PM. You can watch the hearing live on the City Channel (Comcast Channel 13 or Verizon FiOS Channel 44) or call PWSA for more information: (412) 255-2423</p> <p dir="ltr">-I attended a public hearing where residents testified about the sales process for vacant school buildings. All are pushing for community and neighborhood goals to be taken into account during the sales process, rather than after the sale is complete.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Christine Haas of the Midwife Center for Birth and Women&rsquo;s Health to learn about the wonderful work they do as well as their plans for expansion. Interest in their services has grown as their compassionate and attentive model of patient care has grown in popularity.</p> <p>-I participated in a McKinley Park visioning exercise, where stakeholders, community leaders, student conservation workers, and engineers talked about how to restore McKinley Park to its former glory. It has the potential to be such a fantastic community resource, a draw for surrounding communities, and an extension of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s amazing network of wild parks like Frick and Schenley.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met residents from across the City at a meet &amp; greet hosted by PUMP, the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, at Cannon Coffee in Brookline. What a great way to draw people to South Pittsburgh from other neighborhoods!</p> <p dir="ltr">-I presented a comprehensive list of needed investments and development opportunities in South Pittsburgh to NAIOP, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s commercial real estate development organization. NAIOP is the nation&rsquo;s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, asset managers, and other professionals who deal with industrial, office, and mixed-use commercial real estate. Many thanks to their membership for having me, and for all the interest in South Pittsburgh!</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with leaders of the Office of Public Art to talk about how to get more public art in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Are you an artist? Register here for more opportunities to create neighborhood art: <a href="http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org">www.pittsburghartistregistry.org</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-...and so much more! I also attended the Carrick Little League Parade, Dairy District planning sessions, a benefit for the Persad Center (<a href="https://persadcenter.org/">https://persadcenter.org/</a>), a Capital Budget Facilitation Committee meeting, a meet &amp; greet with Sierra Club advocates, and labor leaders at the Allegheny County Labor Council Dinner.</p> <h3 dir="ltr"><br /> <strong>TODAY 4/28: &nbsp;First Dairy District Public Meeting</strong></h3> <p>Today, join Economic Development South, the Carrick Community Council, Design Allies, and Desmone Architects for a workshop for the development of an open-air marketplace/farmer&rsquo;s market &ndash; the cornerstone project of the Carrick Dairy District-- to be located at the corner of Brownsville Road and East Meyers Street. The Design Center will facilitate a discussion around the design of the marketplace and its potential uses.</p> <p>One main goal of the project will be a dairy-themed farmer&rsquo;s market where customers can enjoy access to local cheese, artisan cheese, ice-cream, cooking demonstrations, and possible events such as &ldquo;grilled-cheese&rdquo; off&rsquo;s and build Carrick&rsquo;s biggest ice cream sundae. The space will be flexible enough to handle other types of events and programs, such as antique markets, craft fairs, and more.</p> <p>The purpose of this meeting is to collect ideas from you-- the community-- to influence the final design and use of the space. Economic Development South will come back to the neighborhood later in May with a final design for comment.</p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Dairy District Public Meeting</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When:</strong> Tuesday, 4/28 at 6 PM</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where:</strong> Concord Elementary School</p> <p>Construction of the open-air market is made possible by the generous support of the Hillman Foundation. We&rsquo;re looking forward to construction this summer.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Miller, Deputy Director, Economic Development South at 412-884-1400 X103 or by email at <a href="mailto:smiller@economicdevelopmentsouth.org">smiller@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a>.</p> <h3><br /> <strong>Girl Scout Leaders Needed!</strong></h3> <p>Kindergarten, first, and second grade girls at Concord and Roosevelt want to join a Girl Scout troop, but don&#39;t have a leader! You can be a part of the solution! Amy Constantine Kline, a current leader, will be available to mentor new leaders and assist in troop start-up.</p> <p>Please let Amy know if you can help start a troop for Fall 2015! Contact girlscoutrecruiter@gmail.com and 412-689-6337 to get involved.</p> <h3><strong>Honoring our Neighbors; Good news you won&rsquo;t hear in the news</strong></h3> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>I honored the work of the Bartko Foundation, working to advance self-sufficiency for moms. The Bartko Foundation has provided essential gap funding to help mothers purchase homes for their families, transportation to get to work and school, and simple tools we take for granted, like computers, uniforms, and even work boots.</li> <li>I sponsored a Will of Council to support the Letter Carriers Union warning against privatizing the mail handling, and safeguarding the integrity and confidentiality of the mail handling process. The United States Postal Service has contracted with Staples, without a bid, to establish quasi Postal operations in their stores, providing unsecured post office services by low wage workers who are untrained and not vested to Postal standards. Postal workers are organizing a boycott-- if these issues matter to you, don&rsquo;t shop at Staples!</li> <li>I sponsored a Will of Council against a fast-tracked Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Like NAFTA before it, our concern is that this deal takes power away from cities, states, and countries as it favors the priorities of multinational corporations no matter the cost to localities. President Obama has fast-tracked this deal, which creates a time crunch for public comment. Cities and states must stand firm against this rushed back-room deal. &nbsp;Listen to my discussion of this issue with Paul Guggenheimer on WESA here: http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-rudiak-calls-will-council-international-trade-deal</li> <li>I raised awareness for National Crime Victims&rsquo; Rights Week with a proc for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Center for Victims, which provides services to victims of all crimes. They help survivors with a 24-hour crisis hotline, which connects people in need of services with counseling and information on victims rights, legal support, emergency housing, transitional housing, and assistance in obtaining a Protection from Abuse Order. You can find more information here: http://www.centerforvictims.org/</li> <li>&nbsp;We celebrated the Month of the Young Child and the work of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC). PAEYC works to ensure that children have the support and educational opportunities they need to grow and develop in healthy ways, particularly during the first five years of life. They advocate for increased funding for quality childcare and Pre-K, which improve a child&rsquo;s chance for success in school and beyond.</li> <li>We celebrated Month of the Young Child at the City Hall Meeting on Early Childhood Education sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) to discuss how to make the city more kid friendly, how policy can affect early childhood education, and how City Council is impacting that. Michelle Figlar, Executive Director of PAEYC, moderated the event where early childhood education solutions were discussed by a panel of childcare providers, school board members and myself.</li> </ul> <h3 dir="ltr"><strong>PWSA Improving Customer Service, Extending Hours of Operation</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) has new expanded hours for the Customer Call Center and Walk-In Center (located at 1200 Penn Avenue)! The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.</p> <p>The PWSA provides water and sewer services to more than 300,000 consumers throughout the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;Adding two hours a day is a 25 percent increase in service hours available to the public,&rdquo; said Interim Executive Director Jim Good. &nbsp;&ldquo;This will better accommodate working customers and reduce call wait times.&rdquo;</p> <p>Any Customer with a water or sewer emergency should call PWSA Dispatch 24/7 at (412) 255-2423.</p> <h3><strong>Citiparks Cops &amp; Kids 2015 Summer Camp</strong></h3> <p>The Cops &amp; Kids Summer Camps allow Pittsburgh area youth to understand and explore all aspect of policing and public safety, including: the meaning of public safety; leadership and teamwork; the consequences of illegal guns and drugs; the benefits of physical fitness and nutrition; tips of crime and prevention; crime scene investigation; paying it forward; and educational opportunities.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Monday through Friday 9AM-3:30PM<br /> Session #1, July 20-24, Session #2, July 27-31, Session #3, August 3-7</p> <p><strong>Who:</strong> City of Pittsburgh residents ages 10-14 are eligible free of charge</p> <p><strong>What: </strong>A nutritious breakfast and lunch will be provided (campers with food allergies are required to bring a bag lunch). Transportation will be provided for eligible campers by ABC Transit Inc. or Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Vans</p> <p>To learn more, call or email MPO Mildred Jenkins, Youth Programs Coordinator at (412) 323-7821 or <a href="mailto:PBP_Youthprograms@pittsburghpa.gov">PBP_Youthprograms@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Spring and Summer Lineup for Beechview Promises Fun for All!</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">Summer 2015 will be filled with exciting events in Beechview including a Cinco de Mayo celebration, the revival of the Taste of Beechview event , a Car Cruise, the Beechview Reunion, National Night Out, the Saint Catherine&rsquo;s Festival, and a weekly Farmer&rsquo;s Market. See below for more details on each event:</p> <p dir="ltr"><u>Greening the Broadway Public Parking Lot</u>: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Saturday May 2nd and 16, 2015. Beechview volunteers will be working to improve the landscaping around the public parking lot on Broadway near Fallowfield. Residents have collaborated to choose a design, but are in need of volunteers to install the improvements. Contact Joe Wingenfeld at <a href="mailto:josephwingenfeld@gmail.com">josephwingenfeld@gmail.com</a> to volunteer.</p> <p><u>Cinco de Mayo</u>: Saturday May 9, 2015 from Noon until 10 PM in the Las Palmas parking lot (1616 Broadway Avenue). This event will include live music, dancing, and cultural activities for all ages. Cinco de Mayo themed food and beer will be available, representing Hispanic restaurants from &nbsp;Beechview and across Pittsburgh.</p> <p><u>Beechview Farmer&rsquo;s Market</u>: Every Thursday beginning June 11 to October 22 from 4-7PM. Join us in the public parking lot by Fallowfield throughout the summer and fall to find a wide variety of perennial favorites and seasonal specialties. Get your farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods right in your neighborhood.</p> <p><u>Taste of Beechview</u>: Saturday June 20, 2015. This event will host local restaurants, artisans, live music, and more. Contact Dave Brewton at <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com">drbrewton@ymail.com</a> if you&rsquo;d like to be involved in planning the event.</p> <p><u>Reopening of the Beechview Library</u>: Coming this July. The Beechview Library will finally be reopening. We&rsquo;ve waited all year for this and the renovations are almost complete. Follow this link to see some of the progress <a href="http://www.clpgh.org/locations/beechview/">http://www.clpgh.org/locations/beechview/</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p><u>Saint Catherine of Siena&rsquo;s Festival</u>: During the evenings of August 4-6, 2015. The festival will be held in the church parking lot at Belasco and Broadway Avenues. Each year the festival includes bingo, homemade baked goods, basket raffles, games, a jewelry table, money raffles, a moon bounce and, of course, lots of good food!</p> <p dir="ltr"><u>National Night Out</u>: August 4, 2015. Across the city, celebrations involve porch parties, ice cream socials, cookouts, community festivals, and include visits from public safety personnel, elected officials, and their staff. Keep an eye out for more information about what is happening in Beechview this August! For more information on the City&rsquo;s work with national night out, see this link <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Cat Chats</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">Community cats can be a problem, but the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center works to address this issue in our neighborhoods. Community cats, more commonly known as feral or stray cats, are often fed by well-meaning neighbors or survive in our neighborhoods on their own. Community cats who go without spaying or neutering may produce up to three litters of kittens each year, causing a small stray cat problem to become a big problem very quickly. To address these problems in our communities, the Animal Rescue League, located at 6620 Hamilton Avenue, works to educate and provide resources for community members to work together to manage the community cat population.</p> <p>Together with local students from Carnegie Mellon University, the Animal Rescue League started an initiative called Project Nala. Project Nala allows community members to trap-neuter-and-return feral cats to their homes. For those concerned about the health and safety of the &nbsp;animals, Project Nala says this is one of the most humane ways to manage the cat population and avoid euthanization. This also helps to manage the behaviors of the feral cats and protects their health.</p> <p>Additionally, each month the Animal Rescue League holds a public education forum called &ldquo;Cat Chat&rdquo; where they talk about community cat related issues. Cat Chats occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month from 3-5PM. To RSVP to Cat Chat to reserve your spot, email Janice Barnard at <a href="mailto:jbarnard@animalrescue.org">jbarnard@animalrescue.org</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Paving Changes, Challenges</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">We are all well aware of our challenges with paving in the city. Just drive or ride around the city, and you (and your vehicle) will notice that, Pittsburgh, we have a problem. Since we have fallen so far behind in routine road maintenance, the city is not able to pave everything which needs attention this year.</p> <p>As of last month, the Mayor&rsquo;s administration released the final list for 2015 paving. See the current schedule here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/StreetPavingSchedule">http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/StreetPavingSchedule</a>. &nbsp;Links to the map and the full paving list can be found here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4317">http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4317</a></p> <h3><strong>Potholes Beware: New &quot;Pothole Killer&quot; tool hits City Streets</strong></h3> <p>(Excerpted from <a href="http://www.wtae.com/news/pittsburgh-pothole-killer-to-hit-streets/32390226">http://www.wtae.com/news/pittsburgh-pothole-killer-to-hit-streets/32390226</a>)</p> <p>It&rsquo;s being called the &ldquo;Pothole Killer,&rdquo; and it can produce hot asphalt around the clock, giving the city a powerful new weapon. The machine can produce six to nine tons of asphalt per hour.</p> <p dir="ltr">The city has a four-month lease of the RoadMixer unit, which makes street repairs more efficient by producing asphalt on site and on nights and weekends when private asphalt plants are closed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined for the unveiling of the new technology by City Council president Bruce Kraus and Operations Chief Guy Costa, both members of the Equipment Leasing Authority Board. The board agreed earlier this year to a $15,000 monthly lease of the RoadMixer unit.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the end of the lease, the ELA has an option to buy the unit, with the lease payments going toward the sale.</p> <h3 dir="ltr"><strong>Nonprofit offers classes, clinics for community advocates</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</p> <p dir="ltr">A 30-year-old nonprofit that helps neighborhood advocates build skills is taking a fresh approach with its latest course offerings.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Community Technical Assistance Center, or CTAC, a North Side-based resource known by veterans in community development, is setting up shop at the Pittsburgh Public Market for a series of evening classes this spring. There will also be two additional clinics in City Council chambers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The intent behind the foray into the Strip is to &ldquo;bring our presence to a more vibrant community space and support local businesses,&rdquo; said CTAC director Denys Candy.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It will also expose community development to a new audience,&rdquo; said Talia Piazza, program manager for Neighborhood Allies, a funding source and class presenter. &ldquo;Our neighborhoods are filled with young people with talent and passion and we need to capitalize on them.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">CTAC launched this year&rsquo;s series &mdash; called Love your Neighborhood &mdash; this week with an event featuring local food vendors and entertainment at the Pittsburgh Public Market, where six of eight classes will be held through June 4.</p> <p dir="ltr">The classes, all from 6 to 8:30 p.m., are $13 each if participants register before May 8, $15 after. The fee includes a complimentary food voucher for use at the market. To register and for details, visit www.ctacpittsburgh.org.</p> <p dir="ltr">The classes at city council are free. The first is May 13 and the second remains to be scheduled. Participants will get advice on presenting effectively to council and a chance to practice, with feedback from some members.</p> <p dir="ltr">Classes in the Strip focus on building consensus for neighborhood planning; building an effective board; communicating ideas and successes; using social media for optimal results; budgeting and financial management; and fund raising.</p> <p dir="ltr">The first Citizens Voice clinic at City Council will &ldquo;help people learn how to deliver their message,&rdquo; Mr. Candy said. &ldquo;In part two, we will work on communication with the mayor&rsquo;s office and his administration.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr. Candy said the workshops are most helpful to neighborhood groups that rely on volunteers but they are open to any group or individual interested in learning these skills. The core classes for which CTAC is known needed to be &ldquo;freshened up and expanded,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms. Piazza said CTAC&rsquo;s updates are part of the evolving world of collaborative community development.</p> <p dir="ltr">Diana Nelson Jones: djones@post-gazette.com</p> <h3><strong>Help Wanted: Police Officer Recruitment Ends Soon</strong></h3> <p>As you may know, the City of Pittsburgh is in the process of recruiting Police Officers. &nbsp;We are accepting Police Officer applications until Monday, May 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM. &nbsp;Applicants can view the job announcement and apply online by visiting our Online Employment Center at <a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>The City has recently launched a very informative Police Recruitment website that has step-by-step information in regards to the process. Please visit the new website at <a href="http://www.joinpghpolice.com/">www.joinpghpolice.com</a> and let others know that this information is available for them to access at their convenience.</p> <p>We encourage anyone who is interested to stay in touch and get up-to-date information by:</p> <p dir="ltr">*Visiting our Police recruitment website at <a href="http://www.joinpghpolice.com/">www.joinpghpolice.com</a></p> <p dir="ltr">*Liking us on Facebook: <a href="http://facebook.com/joinpghpolice">facebook.com/joinpghpolice</a></p> <p dir="ltr">*Following us on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/joinpghpolice">twitter.com/joinpghpolice</a></p> <p dir="ltr">*Following us on Instagram: <a href="http://instagram.com/joinpghpolice">instagram.com/joinpghpolice</a></p> <p dir="ltr">*E-mailing us at joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov with any questions.</p> <h3><br /> <strong>Film Screening - Unwelcome; Life as a Refugee</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is presenting a screening of &ldquo;The Refugees of Shangri La,&rdquo; a short film about Bhutanese refugees, on Friday evening, May 8, from 7-9PM, at St. Pius Byzantine Catholic Church in Carrick.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh region has seen an influx of Bhutanese refugees, many of whom are settling in the Carrick area. GPLC intends to raise awareness throughout the Carrick community of our new neighbors, to talk to folks about the refugee experience in Pittsburgh and in America, and to have the opportunity to meet some Bhutanese. We would like to invite you to be a part of this event and to say a few words about what questions people may have asked you about the refugees.</p> <h3><br /> <strong>South Pittsburghers honored at Carnegie Library Annual Meeting</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">During its annual public meeting on March 31, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&#39;s Board of Trustees honored Emily MacIntyre of Carrick as the library&#39;s 2014 Teen Advocate.</p> <p>Emily is an invaluable presence within teen programming at CLP - Carrick. Over the course of one year she helped redesign the library&#39;s teen space, co-directed and edited the branch&#39;s teen movie project, led the design team for a teen Haunted Library, developed new teen programming, taught knitting to an inter-generational audience and contributed more than 45 volunteer hours to the library.</p> <p>She also has been instrumental in spreading the word about teen programming to her peers at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, handing out flyers and encouraging others to visit the library.</p> <p dir="ltr">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&#39;s Advocate of the Year Awards were created as a way for library board and staff to recognize the outstanding library advocacy efforts of community members and partners. Awardees are selected on their demonstration of their belief in the importance of free and equitable access to information in a democratic society; belief that libraries and librarians are vital to the economic, social and educational fabric of our community and their ability to act as ambassadors in the community; serving as the eyes and ears of the library, as well as its voice.</p> <p>Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh welcomes new volunteers and advocates at all times. For details visit carnegielibrary.org/volunteer.</p> <h3><strong>Invitation to community meeting of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">You&#39;re invited to our community meeting for the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, Monday, May 4th, 6-8 pm, in Hazelwood, 5344 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.</p> <p>Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations holds public meetings to hear community member concerns, ideas, and efforts to address discrimination in the diverse communities of Pittsburgh. Please join us to hear their concerns and recommendations for how we might better promote equal rights and opportunities for all who visit, live, or work in our city!</p> <p dir="ltr">We recently launched our twitter account at @PghCHR and here is the link to our Facebook event. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/382587661933504/?ref=22&amp;source=22">https://www.facebook.com/events/382587661933504/</a></p> <h3><br /> <strong>Brashear &quot;Students In Action&quot; Need Your Help</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">Brashear&#39;s Students In Action (S.I.A.), service learning group through the Jefferson Awards, competed in the Jefferson Awards 2015 &nbsp;Pittsburgh Regional competition and won a Gold banner for Outstanding Service. This was their first time participating in the competition. &nbsp;The program is part of the National Jefferson Awards Foundation. &nbsp;Brashear&#39;s S.I.A. project focused on &quot;Improving Relationships between Police Officers and the Youth.&quot; The students have already engaged Zone 6 police officers and students at Brashear High school. So far this group of seven students have accomplished the following:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Roughly 500 Brashear students were surveyed</li> <li>74 zone 6 police officers were surveyed</li> <li>Held meetings at Brashear with Zone 6 police officers</li> <li>Zone 6 has agreed to host a 15 week citizens academy at Brashear for the 2015-2016 schools year (1st semester)</li> <li>Zone 6 has requested Brashear S.I.A. to create cultural informational cards for the police to use in the community with community members who do not speak english (particularly the Nepali community)</li> <li>Talked to Michael Dreger about creating a curriculum for the 9th grade Civics courses(collaboration between students, officers, teachers)</li> <li>30 Zone 6 police officers agreed to work with Brashear students</li> <li>(Pending) Beyond Diversity training for select officers, students, parents</li> <li>Talked about Nepal doing a joint cultural training with our Nepali students for the zone 6 officers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Brashear&#39;s Students In Action is now preparing for the national competition in Washington D.C. They are the first Pittsburgh Public School to make it to nationals. The organization only pays for two students and one adult to attend. Unfortunately, our group has 8 students total and the students want to be represented as a whole team. The cost per student and adult is $500 for the events, activities, and meals. Furthermore, hotel cost are $620 total($310 per night). &nbsp;In addition, there is a black tie event. During the event students wear suits and ballroom gowns and my hope is to raise enough funds to help cut these cost as well.</p> <p>To get all students and Ms. Riley, the group&rsquo;s assistant faculty lead, to attend, the cost will be $4,000. &nbsp;Below is a link to a Go Fund Me appeal, with actual footage of the winning presentation. &nbsp;Please share this link with as many people as possible to help the students attend as a group. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gofundme.com/s7zf7x4">http://www.gofundme.com/s7zf7x4</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3><br /> <strong>The Roving Art Cart is Coming to Our Communities!</strong></h3> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Cititparks Roving Art Cart travels all over the city throughout the summer months bringing FREE opportunities to get creative to kids ages 5-12. The Roving Art Cart will be in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods on the following dates from 10AM-1PM:</p> <p>Wednesday, June 17, Phillips Community Recreation Center - Carrick</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, July 16, Brookline Community Recreation Center - Brookline</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, July 23, &nbsp;Beechview Spray Park - Beechview</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, July 30, Warrington Community Recreation Center - Beltzhoover</p> <h3><strong>Community Meetings for South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</strong></h3> <p>Saturday, 5/2</p> <p dir="ltr">10AM-2PM - Brookline Little League Parade</p> <p dir="ltr">Brookline Fire House</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday, 5/4</p> <p dir="ltr">7-9PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr">Concord Elementary School</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, 5/7</p> <p dir="ltr">7-9 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens, Beechview Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr">*Councilwoman Rudiak and Main Street Manager David Brewton will be in attendance</p> <p dir="ltr">Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday, 5/8</p> <p dir="ltr">7-9PM - Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council presents: a screening of &ldquo;The Refugees of Shangri La,&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">St. Pius Byzantine Catholic Church, 2336 Brownsville Rd</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday, 5/11</p> <p dir="ltr">7PM - Brookline Chamber of Commerce</p> <p dir="ltr">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline Branch</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday, 5/12</p> <p dir="ltr">7-9 PM - Brookline Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr">Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, 5/13</p> <p dir="ltr">6pm &ndash; 8pm - CTAC Citizens Voice Clinic</p> <p dir="ltr">Council Chambers - 414 Grant Street, 5th Floo</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday, 5/18</p> <p dir="ltr">7-8 PM South Pittsburgh Development Corp</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, 5/21</p> <p dir="ltr">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</p> <p dir="ltr">Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday, 5/26</p> <p dir="ltr">7-9 PM Overbrook Community Council</p> <p dir="ltr">Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, 5/28</p> <p dir="ltr">7PM - Beechview Merchants Association Meeting</p> <p dir="ltr">Beechview Merchants Association office, 1553 Broadway</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:41:36 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | April 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4293 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">From the office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Without enduring the bitter cold of winter,</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">How could the plum blossoms smell so sweet?</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To achieve success in any endeavor takes time. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Those who retreat as soon as the going gets rough won&rsquo;t achieve anything.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- Hsuan Hua</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#I've"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I&rsquo;ve been working to make a Pittsburgh a better place, every day</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Neighborhood"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Neighborhood Clean-ups in Beechview and Brookline: Saturday, 4/4 at 10:00 AM</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#My"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">My Testimony in favor of Pension Reform </span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Police"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Police Officers needed</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: It&#39;s a Matter of Pride!</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Honoring"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News you won&rsquo;t see in the News</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Help"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Carrick High Alum seeking Truck Drivers</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Televised"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Televised Council Meetings and Replay Schedule</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Reminder"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reminder: Lock Your Car!</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Career"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Career and Technical Education (CTE) at PPS</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Shout"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-f77cf77c-75f8-7946-9f11-f6719bf6507f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools </span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#April"><strong><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">April Meetings</span></span></strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="I've"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I&rsquo;ve been working to make a Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thanks goes out to NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for welcoming me at their annual awards banquet, where we recognized the achievements of commercial real estate and economic development in Pittsburgh </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I met with PA Secretary of State, Pedro Cortes, to discuss Pittsburgh&rsquo;s advances in Open Data, government transparency, and welcoming new residents to our City. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I attended Biscuits Bingo with my colleague, Council President Bruce Kraus, to raise funds for local animal welfare organizations and educate neighbors about responsible pet ownership. Thanks to Pittsburgh Police Zone 3 Officer Christine Luffey for organizing this annual event which raised over $20,000 for animals!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Saint Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade was perfectly representative of both Ireland and our city&rsquo;s rich Irish heritage; hopeful, friendly, and not deterred by a little rain!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We hope St. Patrick won&rsquo;t mind that I honored Sally Wiggin on March 17, 2015, declaring it Sally Wiggin Day in the City of Pittsburgh. Ms. Wiggin has been one of our most influential and important voices in local journalism for the past 35 years. We are looking forward to much more from her&hellip;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">As the daughter of an immigrant and someone who has seen the transformation of families and communities who come here to build better lives for themselves and their families, I was inspired to see the work being done by Welcoming Pittsburgh at its Beechview Meeting for members of our community who are working very hard to &ldquo;fit in&rdquo; and build a home here. There were over 50 people representing many different groups. You can take this survey to give us your ideas on how to make Pittsburgh a more welcoming city for all our neighbors! Go to </span><a href="http://www.welcomingpittsburgh.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.welcomingpittsburgh.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> then click on the &ldquo;Make Your Voice Heard&rdquo; button at the bottom of the page.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On March 23rd, I visited the seniors at the Beechview Center, where we had a robust discussion about future renovation plans for the Center, road paving, and the UPMC workers&rsquo; fight for better wages. Thanks to the Center for having me, and I look forward to the work beginning at the center this summer!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I convened the second meeting of the Child Care Subcommittee, where child care providers were able to express concerns to City department directors, and craft next steps to ensure that these most essential small businesses are able to continue serving families and our littlest citizens. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I joined Mayor Peduto and the new class of the Mayor&rsquo;s Civic Leadership Academy to talk about the work of Council, and how we&rsquo;re all working together to ensure the best possible services and developments throughout the City. Best of luck to the new class!</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">And other activities our office has done: visited Volunteers field with the Carrick Athletic Association to talk improvements, met with potential investors in Beechview, served on a panel at Chatham University of Paid Family Leave, and attended an evening of Arts for Autism supporting their many programs which you can read about here: </span><a href="http://afapgh.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://afapgh.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Neighborhood"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Neighborhood Clean-ups in Beechview and Brookline: Saturday, 4/4 at 10:00 AM</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Now that most of the snow has melted and everything is turning green, the litter that accumulated over winter is visible. Join community volunteers in Beechview and Brookline to help with spring cleaning! &nbsp;Volunteers from CMU will be helping both groups, and volunteers are needed to lead small groups throughout the neighborhoods. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Here are the details!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview: </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meet at the parking lot at Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue at 10 AM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">RSVP here: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1571699616446068/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1571699616446068/</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline: </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meet at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd) at 10 AM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">RSVP here: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1005549609474923/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1005549609474923/</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="My"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">My Testimony in favor of Pension Reform </span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Did you know Upper St. Clair receives proportionally more pension aid than Pittsburgh?</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pensions have long been an issue of discussion and debate in Pennsylvania-- likely because more than 25% of all pension plans in the Country are located right here in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 local government pension plans, and more than 2,500 of those plans are for municipal employees. Many, if not most, of those plans are dangerously underfunded due to historic diversion of funds toward more immediate municipal needs. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Monday, March 23rd, </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(39, 39, 39); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">state Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks County) convened a hearing in our City Council Chambers. This meeting was the first in a series of fact-finding meetings discussion the state of pensions in PA.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(39, 39, 39); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">My testimony centered on loopholes in the State&rsquo;s Act 205. Originally, the bill was intended to provide financial aid to officially &ldquo;distressed&rdquo; pension plans, to ensure that municipalities are able to fulfill their promises to retired workers. After a series of amendments and court decisions, this benefit was extended to all municipalities, resulting in objectively wealthy communities like Upper St. Clair and Cranberry Township receiving proportionally more aid than truly distressed pensions, like Pittsburgh. There is no equity, or frankly, common sense in that. You can read my full remarks on my website, here: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4219" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4219</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Police"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Police Officers needed</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: It&#39;s a Matter of Pride!</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Department of Personnel &amp; Civil Service Commission is actively recruiting for the position of Police Officer. &nbsp;As with all City of Pittsburgh careers, this position allows an employee a unique and rewarding opportunity to make a difference within our community.</span></span></p> <h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height:0.5398153891930223;margin-top:10pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Bureau of Police statement on values:</span></span></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We believe in the value and worth of all members of the Bureau of Police. We believe our integrity is not negotiable. We believe we are individually accountable for upholding the values of the organization. We believe we can best earn respect by first respecting the rights of others. We believe in striving to achieve the highest moral, ethical and professional standards. We will adapt to the changing future by maintaining partnerships built upon </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">accountability, integrity</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">respect</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online to embark on their journey to become a part of a proud history and represent the future of the Bureau. Applications are being accepted NOW! </span><a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.pghjobs.net. </span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Learn more at </span><a href="http://www.joinpghpolice.com/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.joinpghpolice.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Questions? Call (412) 255-2710 or email </span><a href="mailto:joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Honoring"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News you won&rsquo;t see in the News</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This past month, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored proclamations of Council to honor:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Sally Wiggin has been with WTAE for 35 years of her illustrious career. She has served many local nonprofits and has held several board positions, and she has become a pillar of the Pittsburgh community. We were thrilled to honor the work of this incomparable journalist and community member with a proclamation of council declaring Sally Wiggin Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-UPMC Employees have worked hard to a union continue to stand up to what a National Labor Relations Board judge called &ldquo;such egregious and widespread misconduct so as to demonstrate a general disregard for employees&rsquo; statutory rights,&rdquo; including illegal surveillance, intimidation, discrimination and firing. We know that UPMC can afford to pay workers a fair wage. We also know that paying workers $15 an hour would put </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$75 million more in the hands of UPMC service workers, would also result in over $38.3 million in new economic activity and approximately 400 new jobs due to the increased spending by these workers. A pay raise for the employees of our City&rsquo;s largest employer would generate $500,000 in new revenue for the City of Pittsburgh and $1 million in new revenue for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. We applaud the employees for working tirelessly to improve working conditions for themselves and our entire region!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Carrick High Alum seeking Truck Drivers</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Patrick A. Gallagher, a proud Carrick High School alum, started PGT Trucking in 1981 with one tractor and two employees in Industry, PA to provide transportation service to the metals and building industry, while employing the principles of quality customer service and strong personal relationships.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PGT has many well paying jobs available for truck drivers.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To obtain a CDL, you must be over the age of 21. Veterans are encouraged to apply!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PGT Trucking is a state-of-the-art transportation company headquartered in Monaca, PA. &nbsp;As an industry leader in flatbed transportation , PGT Trucking Inc., services many industries including Steel, Building Materials, Machinery, Oil &amp; Gas, Raw Materials, Aluminum and Automotive. PGT&rsquo;s goal is to be the safest and strongest flatbed carrier in the industry. &nbsp;Mr. Gallagher is committed to driver relationships, employee training and development and value added service for his customers.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you know of anyone who would be interested in this issue, here&#39;s a link to PGT Trucking&#39;s website: </span><a href="http://www.pgttrucking.com/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.pgttrucking.com/</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Televised"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Televised Council Meetings and Replay Schedule</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Don&rsquo;t forget that you can watch council proceedings from anywhere. Regular meetings of council are held on Tuesday mornings at 10AM. Standing Committees meet on Wednesdays also at 10AM. Watch online at: </span><a href="http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. To learn more about the program schedule, go to: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/cable-schedule" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/cable-schedule</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. To view archived meetings, navigate to: </span><a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Regular meeting of council</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday - 10AM. Replays air at 7PM and Wednesday at 12AM, Saturday at 10AM and 7PM, Sunday at 1PM &amp; 10PM</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Standing Committees meeting</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday - 10AM. Replays at 7PM, Thursday at 12AM, and Saturday at 1PM and 10PM, or Sunday at 10AM &amp; 7PM. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Reminder"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reminder: Lock Your Car!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">With the weather warming up, it&rsquo;s tempting to leave windows open or doors unlocked. Please resist the temptation. The best way to reduce vehicle theft is to lock your car door every time you leave your vehicle, no matter how fast you will return. Always take your valuables with you, or lock them in the trunk or glovebox. Remember this simple rule: if you want to keep it, don&rsquo;t leave it in an unlocked car!</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Career"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Career and Technical Education (CTE) at PPS</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">CTE gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for post-secondary school, careers, and life. In CTE programs, students learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real life. CTE students receive practical, hands-on instruction to prepare them for high-demand, high-wage professions. They also receive the level of academic rigor that allows them to take advantage of post-secondary education opportunities--before </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">and</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> after graduation. It truly offers the best of both worlds by allowing students to jumpstart their careers while earning postsecondary credits and industry certification!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Any PPS High School student enrolled in one of the district&rsquo;s five comprehensive high schools (Allderdice, Brashear, Carrick, Pittsburgh University Prep and Westinghouse). These three-year programs are offered for students in grades 10, 11 and 12. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">CTE has a new partnership with the Pittsburgh Promise. Students in CTE programs will be able to access and &ldquo;advance&rdquo; on their scholarship money to earn postsecondary credits while they are still in high school. The balance of their scholarship money may be used after high school to complete a program in addition to the credits already earned as a high school student. In order to receive the balance of the Promise scholarship, students must graduate from high school having met all Promise eligibility requirements:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Residency in the City of Pittsburgh for at least the 4 years of high school</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Enrollment in PPS for at least the 4 years of high school</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-High school cumulative (unweighted) GPA of 2.5 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-High school cumulative attendance of 90%</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This year, the students enrolled in each of the Culinary Arts and Health Careers programs at Carrick, Perry, Westinghouse along with the students in the RHVAC program at Allderdice. These students will be concurrently enrolled at CCAC and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Classes will be integrated as a part of the individual PPS CTE program. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Students can use their earned credits along with their certifications to qualify for a job with a decent payscale directly out of high school OR attend CCAC, where credits will be awarded accordingly and may decrease the amount of courses college students need to complete their degree at CCAC.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Students can take advantage of this partnership for the 2014-15 school year by enrolling in one of the three PPS Career and Technical Education programs located in the four schools below</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Allderdice - R-HVAC (Refridgeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Carrick - Culinary Arts, Health Careers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Perry - Culinary Arts, Health Careers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Westinghouse - Culinary Arts, Health Careers</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If your child&rsquo;s school does not offer PPS/CTE programs they still have the opportunity to enroll in any offered program. Students traveling to another school for the program would do so on an as-needed basis, utilizing a mid-day shuttle or public transportation. To enroll, complete the online application at </span><a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/cte" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pps.k12.pa.us/cte</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Hard copy applications are also available from any Pittsburgh Public School High School Guidance Office. All applications must be signed by a parent or guardian and applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. To get more information, call the CTE office at 412-529-8690 or visit the website at </span><a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/cte" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pps.k12.pa.us/cte</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Shout"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Concord Elementary School</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Concord Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss&#39;s Birthday on Monday, March 9th. &nbsp;Concord partnered with Citiparks to coordinate a celebration at the school. &nbsp;The students and staff would like to thank Citiparks for their help and all of the guest readers that read to students!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Concord has a new Facebook page. &nbsp;Please &quot;Like Us&quot; to keep up to date with events at the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pittsburghconcordelementary" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/pittsburghconcordelementary</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Concord&#39;s PSCC meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 PM. New members are always welcome!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology welcomes all visitors to our PSCC/Title1/PTSA meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every month in our cafeteria. The meetings start at 5:30.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Our elementary students have been enjoying the &ldquo;Reading Across America&rdquo; program in our distance learning lab. &nbsp;Students have been reading to students as far away as Texas. &nbsp;You should have seen the faces of the first graders in Texas when we showed them our snow outside the classroom! &nbsp;Distance learning has taken students to Africa during Black History Month. &nbsp;This is an incredible learning experience for all the students involved. &nbsp;Our technology teacher, Susan Conlon has done a wonderful job coordinating this for us throughout the years. Technology is alive and doing well at Carmalt.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Grades 3-8 are working very hard at preparing for the PSSA testing in April. &nbsp;Text Dependent Analysis is the new part of the test this year. &nbsp;Students are asked in grades 4-8 to develop a thesis and write an essay taking quotes from the text. &nbsp;Then, the children must analyze the quote and explain how it relates to the big idea. This is powerful work for all children no matter what their ability. &nbsp;This is in addition to writing a narrative, informative, and/or opinion paper on the prompt they are given. This paper is also multiple paragraphs. This is new for the reading PSSA this year.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brashear High School</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-In honor of Black History Month, several activities occurred--there was even a calendar created so that students and teachers were aware of the events! &nbsp;Mr. Heywood took the lead on organizing the events. He invited prominent guest professional experiences with our students: State Representative Jake Wheatley, attorney Blain Jones, news journalist Lenny McAllister, author Sharon Flake, just to name a few. Students listened to a &quot;Black Fact&quot; daily during the student announcements. &nbsp;DVDs were played during all lunch periods for students to view, discuss, and learn about Black History. &nbsp;Advisories explored the theme and teachers promoted and supported their learning. The month culminated with the &quot;It Takes a Village&quot; activity for the students and teachers to enjoy. There was music, food (prepared and served by our students), poetry, fashion show, a great time to be had by all! &nbsp;Mr. Heywood reflects upon the month, &quot;This month helped me realize that Brashear has students who are as resilient as Nelson Mandela, intelligent as Cornell West, talented as Miriam Makeba, and beautiful as Lupita Nyong&#39;o. &quot; Our teachers and staff are dedicated to the growth of our students and these people deserve acknowledgement for going above and beyond for our students: Ms. Allen, Ms. Gilliard, Nurse Lane, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Gigi, Ms. Daley, Ms. Chepngetich, Ms. Ingram, Mr. Bushyager, Ms. Engle, Ms. Verdi, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Henderson, our custodial staff, our administrative team. Thank you!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Pasta for Pennies is a service learning project that promotes teamwork to help aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia. School wide, students donated to support this cause. &nbsp;Together, the students at Brashear raised a grand total of $2,356.11. Thank you Student Government!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Student Government, Senior Representative Rachael Phelps, &nbsp;President Makeda for Jeans fundraiser for Brashear. They also reached out to South Hills Middle School and Carmalt PreK-8 who agreed to join our fundraiser and had their Student Council group organize it at their schools. Together they collected over 800 pairs of donated jeans.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-9th grade students visited the Heinz History Center and select 10th grade students took a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-With the guidance and support of our EFA representative, Ms. Smallwood, our Be There! Brashear Ambassadors took first place in The United Way poster contest, promoting great attendance! &nbsp;Their poster came complete with flashing lights, a video, and music! &nbsp;Way to go ladies! The posters will be displayed at the School Attendance Matters conference on March 6th.​</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-If you missed March&rsquo;s PSCC meeting, come join our PSCC meeting on April 20.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline K-8</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-8th Grade students attended a district sponsored field trip to see Selma at Waterworks Cinema on Tuesday, March 17th </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- Dancing Classrooms 5th Grade Celebration was held on March 19th. Parents of 5th Grade students were welcomed celebrate the end of the Dancing Classroom Residency. Students will be performing the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Tango and Swing</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- Coffee with Administration Thursday was held on March 19th.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- PTA Sponsored Middle School Semi-Formal Dance was Friday, March 20th</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- PSCC meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Topics to be covered include a Data Review and School Improvement Planning for next school year</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- April 23 &ndash; National Take your Child to Work Day</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="April"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">April Meetings</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday 4/4</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">10AM-2PM - Brookline Spring Clean Up (SPDC/Tree Pittsburgh) </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cannon Coffee on Brookline Blvd. 802 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">10AM-2PM - Beechview Spring Clean Up</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Parking Lot at Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 4/6</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7PM - Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Concord Elementary, </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2350 Brownsville Rd</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 4/9 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7PM- Beechview Area Concerned Citizens / Beechview Block Watch</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 4/14</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7PM - Brookline Block Watch</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4661818244240463;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 4/16</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4661818244240463;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4661818244240463;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, 4/28</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5cd4aa6a-75f1-83a7-049f-6707f830479c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7-9 PM - Overbrook Community Council, </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:54:17 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | March 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4075 <p dir="ltr"><strong>From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</strong></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Click <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/South_Pittsburgh_News_From_the_Office_of_Councilwoman_Natalia_Rudiak_March_2015.pdf">HERE</a> to view as a PDF</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I Am Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">-On February 4th, I was proud to launch OpenGov, a webpage that allows anyone and everyone to view the City&rsquo;s budgets, spending and revenues over the years. This is the result of legislation that I introduced and passed in the Spring of 2014. Taxpayers can quickly and easily see how much the City receives from the Local Service Tax, or how much the City spends on garbage collection, for example. You can explore OpenGov at home, here! <a href="https://pittsburghpa.opengov.com/transparency">https://pittsburghpa.opengov.com/transparency</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-My staff and I learned that PennDOT&rsquo;s reconstruction of the Rt. 88 and Rt. 51 intersection is on schedule! The contractor is working 2 10-hour shifts daily, 6 days a week to stay on track.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I joined other members of the Mayor&rsquo;s Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education to announce the panel&rsquo;s first report, detailing recommendations and opportunities for partnerships to improve the Pittsburgh Public Schools. You can learn more about the report here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/02/19/Mayor-Peduto-s-education-task-force-cites-five-ways-schools-city-can-collaborate/stories/201502190193">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/02/19/Mayor-Peduto-s-education-task-force-cites-five-ways-schools-city-can-collaborate/stories/201502190193</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-My staff and I met with Taylor Sumansky, the Supervisor of Animal Care and Control, to learn more about her efforts to provide new training opportunities for employees, improve their fleet of vehicles, and make their operations more efficient.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Tree Vitalize, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of trees in the region. Since 2008, they have planted 20,000 trees in Pittsburgh! They are now nearing the end of a comprehensive tree inventory to ensure that all the trees that have been planted can be tracked and maintained over the coming years. Maintenance will be critical in ensuring that the trees live long and healthily, and that they continue to provide shade, clean air, and many other benefits to neighbors.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I joined TV and radio personality, Chris Moore, on &ldquo;Pittsburgh Now&rdquo; for a lively discussion about Paid Parental Leave. I was able to explain that this legislation will assist parents and their children on a fundamental level and create a more family-friendly working environment for City Employees.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Becky Gallagher of Colteryahn Dairy to discuss plans for the Carrick Dairy District, including the lot at Brownsville and East Myers Avenue, which will be developed (thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Hillman Foundation and Economic Development South) into a landing place for fairs, festivals and farmer&rsquo;s markets! Construction of a pavillion will begin soon for some shade and shelter from rain.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I had breakfast with the Polish Consulate General, former European Union Ambassador, and Senator Urszula Gacek!</p> <p dir="ltr">-Attended the NAIOP Market Update to get the latest on commercial real estate in Pittsburgh! NAIOP is a commercial real estate development association which connects real estate professionals, and assesses trends in the industry.</p> <p dir="ltr">-Joined professional cleaners at the University of Pittsburgh for a candlelight vigil in support of their contract negotiations. Cleaners at Pitt are facing unfair working conditions, and paying 15% of their income back to their healthcare plans. We stood together in the negative temperatures to call on Pitt to agree to fair working conditions and fair wages.</p> <p dir="ltr">-My staff and I met with a developer who is interested in investing in Beechview&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue. Stay tuned!</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Carrick business owners and Zone 3 Police to talk about public safety issues on Brownsville Road, and plan for a business block watch.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Beechview Senior and Community Center Progress Report</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The long-awaited Beechview Senior Center renovation is a top priority and moving forward. Many of you will recall that State Representatives Michael Diven and Chelsa Wagner dedicated a combined $1.5 million to the project, but real estate deals fell through over the years, and the City was having trouble finding the right property to purchase and renovate.</p> <p dir="ltr">In March 2014, the City purchased 1553 Broadway Avenue, the building that currently houses the Senior Center. The $3 Million project is now fully funded, and the City is moving forward with an architecture firm to create engineered drawings of the interior and exterior of the building. We look forward to sharing those designs with Senior Center patrons and Beechview residents when they are complete. Look out for public meetings on this subject sometime in Fall of 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, the City is awarding a contract for an initial phase of work, which includes masonry repointing/reconstruction, new windows, and some interior demolition in currently vacant parts of the building. The coffeeshop and the senior center will not be disturbed until the &nbsp;&nbsp;The windows on all floors will be replaced, with the exception of the large storefront windows. Window openings that had previously been reduced will be opened up to their original, historical size. Windows on the storefronts will be replaced later, during the primary phase of construction to minimize risk of breakage. We expect this masonry and window work to begin sometime this summer!</p> <p dir="ltr">All in all, we look forward to an expanded and improved Senior Center for Beechview! Stay tuned.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>New Commander, Community Officers in Zone 6</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">For those of you who haven&#39;t heard, Zone 6 has added some new community officers in addition to new Commander Chris Ragland. In our Council district, Zone 6 serves Brookline and Beechview. Officer Julie Ott will be working the afternoon/evening shift as our 2nd Zone 6 CRO (Community Resource Officer). Julie has already started making her way around to all of the businesses in Zone 6 to introduce herself to the various owners and employees. If you are a business owner in Zone 6, you will get to meet Julie in the next few weeks or months. She will collect contact information for as many businesses as possible so we have a way to reach the owners in the event of an emergency in the off-hours. If you are a business owner, look out for Officer Ott!</p> <p dir="ltr">Ken Stevwing continues to serve you as the daylight CRO and will continue to keep you up-to-date on crime stats.</p> <p dir="ltr">Officers Pam Deguffroy and Tom Duffola have been added as our Community Response Car. They will be working together and will be out in the street every day answering 311 Complaints, Silent Complaints, and dealing with any other police-related concerns you bring to us at your community meetings.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Important Upcoming Meetings in Beechview </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Beechview volunteers met on February 3rd to identify priority projects for the neighborhood! Two projects in particular have risen to the top:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">The community overwhelmingly decided to resurrect the Taste of Beechview festival this summer, after last year&rsquo;s hiatus. Volunteers will meet again on Tuesday, March 24th to work on next steps (location and time TBA).</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Residents also decided to prioritize beautification of landscaping around the public parking lot on Broadway Avenue at Beechview Avenue. Volunteers will meet on Tuesday, March 31st at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Avenue) in the evening to discuss the types of plantings desired, design of the space, and future maintenance plan.</p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Thinking of starting a small business in Beechview? Don&rsquo;t miss the Small Business Resource Fair - Monday, March 23 from 4 to 7:30 at BREW on Broadway, organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), which pulls together important information and resources for small businesses. In addition to the URA, the following organizations will be in attendance: SCORE, the Small Business Administration, Duquesne University&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center, and Chatham&rsquo;s Center for Women&rsquo;s Entrepreneurship.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you need further information on these events and/or would like to be involved in any Beechview projects/initiatives please contact Dave Brewton at (412) 295-4787 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20Planning">drbrewton@ymail.com</a>.</p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Senior Luncheons</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday through Friday, at 14 senior centers throughout the City, neighbors aged 60+ can enjoy a nutritious and satisfying meal with Citiparks. The meals are provided through a partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services/Area Agency on Aging. In order to have lunch at the senior centers, please pre-register by noon the day before going to the center. Lunches are usually served around noon, but please call the information line at &nbsp;412-422-6401 for times, menus and locations.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Police Officers needed: It&#39;s a Matter of Pride!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Personnel &amp; Civil Service Commission is actively recruiting for the position of Police Officer. &nbsp;As with all City of Pittsburgh careers, this position allows an employee a unique and rewarding opportunity to make a difference within our community.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Pittsburgh Bureau of Police statement on values:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We believe in the value and worth of all members of the Bureau of Police. We believe our integrity is not negotiable. We believe we are individually accountable for upholding the values of the organization. We believe we can best earn respect by first respecting the rights of others. We believe in striving to achieve the highest moral, ethical and professional standards. We will adapt to the changing future by maintaining partnerships built upon accountability, integrity and respect.</p> <p dir="ltr">Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online to embark on their journey to become a part of a proud history and represent the future of the Bureau. Applications are being accepted NOW! <a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net. </a>Learn more at <a href="http://www.joinpghpolice.com/">www.joinpghpolice.com</a>. Questions? Call (412) 255-2710 or email <a href="mailto:joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov">joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Brashear Association opens new office inside the YMCA Hilltop Computer Center</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>From The South Pittsburgh Reporter - March 3, 2015</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Brashear&nbsp;Association, an agency serving children and families throughout South Pittsburgh,&nbsp;has opened a new office at the YMCA Hilltop Computer Center, 500 Brownsville&nbsp;Road.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the new office, residents can meet with a case manager to apply for energy assistance programs, access public benefits, discover community resources, and discuss family needs. The case manager, Katelyn Annett, will also work with young people, ages 14-26, primarily on employment issues.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms. Annett can be reached at 412-620-8234. All services are by appointment.</p> <p dir="ltr">The expansion was made possible through a partnership with Economic Development South.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We are grateful to both Economic Development South and the YMCA Hilltop Computer Center to helping us extend our services to the&nbsp;Brownsville&nbsp;Road corridor. We hope that residents of communities like Bon Air, Carrick, Knoxville,&nbsp;and Mt. Oliver&nbsp;will find this location to be more convenient than our other offices,&rdquo; Hugh Brannan, executive director of Brashear&nbsp;Association, stated.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the new location on&nbsp;Brownsville&nbsp;Road,&nbsp;Brashear&nbsp;offers family assistance services at&nbsp;Brashear&nbsp;Center at 2005 Sarah Street in South Side&nbsp;and the Brashear Neighborhood Employment Center at 730 Warrington&nbsp;Avenue in Allentown.&nbsp;The Association also operates the&nbsp;Allentown&nbsp;Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC) at 1206&nbsp;Arlington&nbsp;Avenue in Allentown&nbsp;and the Henry Kaufmann Neighborhood House at 2201 Salisbury Street in Arlington.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">For information about the programs and services of&nbsp;Brashear&nbsp;Association, call 412-431-2236 or visit the agency&rsquo;s website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brashearassociation.org/">http://www.brashearassociation.org</a>. Agency services are supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Partnership Program.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lifeguard Recruitment</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Are you interested in becoming a Citiparks Lifeguard? Lifeguard training starts soon!</p> <p dir="ltr">Lifeguard training classes will be held at the Oliver Bath House. There are two sessions to choose from:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">March 14-April 25, Saturdays from Noon to 6PM (No class April 4, 2015)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">May 5-May 28, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6PM-10PM AND Saturday, May 16th from 9AM-6PM</p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The course costs $70 and a payment plan is available. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and 16-years-old or older by May 30, 2015. Starting pay for Lifeguards is $8.82/per hour. Call the Aquatic Division Office for information and registration at 412-343-7928.</p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>New Leadership PA</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sunday, May 31 - Friday, June 5</p> <p dir="ltr">Chatham University</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <p dir="ltr">NEW Leadership opens previously unimagined possibilities for college women and encourages them to break down barriers that have traditionally kept women from political life. Graduates of the program have become elected officials, campaign managers, congressional staffers, issue advocates and leaders in their communities and campuses.</p> <p dir="ltr">In 2014, Students from 19 universities across the commonwealth spent the week of June 1-6th at Chatham University meeting and learning from current and former elected officials, leaders in political advocacy, and experts in fields such as public speaking, networking, and diversity initiatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the support of foundations, corporations and individual donors.NEW Leadership&rsquo;s goals ensure that this unique learning opportunity is available to all eligible students regardless of their personal financial situations, participating schools are asked to pay a $300 per student fee to help defray costs.</p> <p dir="ltr">NEW Leadership prepares women leaders for the 21st century, ready to step forward with vision, courage, and the skills to meet the challenges ahead. Each year, a diverse group of women from two- and four- year schools across Pennsylvania is selected to attend NEW Leadership. Participants become part of a network of current and future women leaders who share a commitment to making a difference in their communities.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apply today! <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/pcwp/education/NEWLeadership/">http://www.chatham.edu/pcwp/education/NEWLeadership/</a>. Application deadline: Friday, March 29, 2015.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Honoring Our Neighbors, Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In February we honored the following with Proclamations of Council, a recognition of excellent work in our community by our neighbors.</p> <p dir="ltr">-Kribel&rsquo;s Bakery, for 84 years of family-made, time-tested, delicious baked goods in both Troy Hill and Brookline, and an amazing family and worth ethic with an orientation to bettering their community.</p> <p dir="ltr">-Patrick Jordan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette&rsquo;s 2014 Performer of the Year, for his contribution to two plays by his production company, barebones productions, and his accomplishments as a professional actor for over 15 years including such work as a number of films and television projects ranging from independent to major Hollywood films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Southpaw, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and She&rsquo;s Out of My League and role as Denny in &ldquo;Steady Rain&rdquo; and Stanley in &ldquo;A Streetcar Named Desire&rdquo; which helped propel him to the top of the Post-Gazette&rsquo;s Performers for 2014.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Pittsburgh Artist Registry</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is a portal for visual, literary, performing, and multi-disciplinary artists in southwestern PA. It is a portfolio site for artists to expand their audience and to promote their work. The registry connects artists with curators, arts venues, entities seeking to commission work, community organizations, individuals, and businesses. The registry is free to join, and free to use.</p> <p dir="ltr">The registry is used by local artists to find collaborators, curators to find new artists to exhibit, theaters and music venues to find new performers, and art collectors looking for regional artists. &nbsp;The Office of Public Art uses the registry to share information about local artists with our clients. Creating a profile and keeping it up-to-date ensures that you will be considered for upcoming public art opportunities. Create your profile now: <a href="http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/">http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/</a></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>My Bike; Custom Bikes for Kids</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Adapted from WESA article by Charlee Song, &ldquo;My Bike Program Gives Free Adaptive Bikes to Children with Disabilities&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/my-bike-program-gives-free-adaptive-bikes-children-disabilities">http://wesa.fm/post/my-bike-program-gives-free-adaptive-bikes-children-disabilities</a></p> <p dir="ltr">What started as an idea in November, 2012 has become a reality that might become a national model, according to Charles LaVallee, Chief Executive Officer of Variety the Children&#39;s Charity. &nbsp;At a cost of $1,800 each, more than 700 bikes adapted to children with disabilities have been given away free of charge in the Pittsburgh region, and 250 more are available. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday morning, five more bikes were presented at Pittsburgh Public Schools&#39; Pioneer Education Center in Brookline at an event attended by Mayor Bill Peduto, PPS Superintendent Linda Lane, and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, among others. LaVallee said parents of many eligible children have not yet heard of the program. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;You have to have, obviously, a disability that you cannot ride a typical bike. &nbsp;We have income guidelines, but they&rsquo;re high. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re at what&rsquo;s called 400% of the federal poverty level. An easy way to think about that is $97,000 for a family of four, so that surprises people sometimes. They think, &ldquo;Oh, we&rsquo;ve never been eligible for anything.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Twenty-year-old Jacob Buchheit contracted a virus that affected his brain when he was one year old, so according to his mother Eileen, his life has been a struggle. &nbsp;&quot;He has overcome paralysis twice and multiple surgeries and infections and things that go along with that. &nbsp;For him to be 18 is very happy for us and for him to be able to ride a bike is even more happy for us, so we&rsquo;re very thrilled to be here today.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Jacob&#39;s brother, Evan, said he and his brother now have an opportunity they never would have had without the &quot;My Bike&quot; program. &quot;This Christmas, actually, I got a bike and Jake was a little bummed out that he wouldn&rsquo;t be able to join me on the many Pittsburgh trails that we&rsquo;re so blessed to have here. This moment really means that we can share something together. Jacob and I can get up, go out and ride our bikes together and have fun and laugh.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Dinetta Walker adopted her 15-year-old granddaughter Jasmine after she suffered &quot;shaken baby syndrome&quot; when she was 2-1/2 months old. Walker said Jasmine has brought exceptional qualities to the challenges she faces. &quot;Resilience, unconditional love, determination&mdash;that&rsquo;s what she&rsquo;s full of, so from morning to night, that what we get up to, so she&rsquo;s my teacher as well,&quot; Walked said. &nbsp;&quot;Jasmine&rsquo;s battled all the way from the floor up literally through standing boards, through wheelchairs, through walkers.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">The bikes have been adapted by Blackburn&#39;s in Tarentum. &nbsp;Stands are provided to help the kids practice on their bikes indoors. &nbsp;They come apart easily for transporting to safe places to ride.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Variety Pittsburgh has 250 more bikes to give. If you know someone who could be helped by a custom bike, click here to apply: <a href="http://varietypittsburgh.org/BikeApplication.asp">http://varietypittsburgh.org/BikeApplication.asp</a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>City Council in a Nutshell</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Though I live in South Pittsburgh and jet to and from meetings all across the City, as a City Councilmember, a lot of my time is spent Downtown at the City-County Building on Grant Street, where I represent Beechview, Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick and Overbrook in our Council proceedings. Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m., all nine members of City Council meet to discuss official business and pass legislation. These meetings are really where the rubber meets the road in American democracy, and as citizens, you&rsquo;re a part of that process!</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, all of our meetings are open to the public, and we start every meeting off with a public comment session. Anyone is able to come down to Council Chambers and speak for three minutes on any subject relevant to the work for Council. If you&rsquo;re interested in coming to speak, register with the City Clerk&rsquo;s Office by calling 412.255.2138 OR To register, go to<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/schedule"> http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/schedule</a> and click the Public Hearing Sign Up Form link under Public Hearing Schedule.</p> <p dir="ltr">These meetings are recorded, aired live, and also re-broadcast later that evening at 7:00 p.m. and again on the weekends at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Tuesday meetings on Saturdays and Wednesday meetings on Sundays) on Comcast channel 13 or Verizon channel 44. To watch Council live online, or to learn more about specific agendas and topics, access the Legislative Information Center at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/lic">www.pittsburghpa.gov/lic</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. are our regular Council meetings. Councilmembers are given an opportunity to present proclamations to individuals, organizations, or businesses that are making a positive impact in our City. Afterwards, regular Council business begins. All new bills are introduced on Tuesdays, whether a Councilmember is introducing his or her own bill or one on behalf of a City department.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you were to turn on the television and witness a lot of vigorous discussion (or just plain arguing) around the Council table, you are most likely watching one of our Wednesday meetings. After a bill is introduced, it is typically then discussed at the following Wednesday &ldquo;Standing Committee&rdquo; meeting. Councilmembers sit around a large table, and oftentimes experts or department directors are brought to the table to allow for a full, informed discussion about a piece of legislation. Though it seems like one long meeting, it&rsquo;s actually a series of meetings of each Council committee. Each member is the chairperson of one of nine Standing Committees, which the Council President assigns. Though council does not directly manage all of the City&rsquo;s various departments (that&rsquo;s the job of the Mayoral Administration), we do usually oversee funding transfers. I chair the Finance and Law Committee, which oversees how council spends money. For a list of the committees, see <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/committees">http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/committees</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">After discussing a bill, Councilmembers can offer amendments, vote to give it preliminary approval, hold the bill for a certain amount of time, or table it for a later date. Some of our Wednesday meetings have lasted for eight hours!</p> <p dir="ltr">On the following Tuesday, we will usually give final approval to the bill. Each member is required to vote when his or her name is called, and the vote becomes part of the public record. Every bill with at least five votes is then given to the mayor for his signature. The mayor can veto the bill, but Council can override a mayoral veto with a two-thirds vote (six members out of nine total members). &nbsp;If the mayor takes no action with the bill, it will automatically become law after 10 days.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions about how a bill becomes law, please feel free to contact my office through my website at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4</a> or by calling 412.255.2131.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Shout Outs from PPS</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Due to the abnormally cold and snowy February, filled with delays and school closings, Pittsburgh Public Schools faculty and students are extraordinarily busy catching up on coursework. Please look for the Shout Outs from PPS to return in April.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meetings</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 3/10</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>6-8 PM - Brookline Block Watch, Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 3/19</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><em>6-8 PM - Welcoming Pittsburgh Community Meeting in Beechview.&nbsp;</em><em>Please rsvp at <a href="http://www.welcomingpittsburgh.com">www.welcomingpittsburgh.com</a></em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><em>7-8 PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum, Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tuesday, 3/24</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>7-9 PM - Overbrook Community Council, Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 3/26</strong></p> <p><em>6:00pm First Meeting of the Mount Washington/Duquesne Heights Community Council, Mount Washington Senior Center, 122 Virginia Avenue, 15211</em></p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:20:56 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | February 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4032 <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a9323bf9-3c84-185a-59a9-79b045719157" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Click <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/South_Pittsburgh_News_From_the_Office_of_Councilwoman_Natalia_Rudiak_February_2015.pdf">HERE</a> to view as a PDF</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a9323bf9-3ca3-6a4e-ca17-314d557fac20" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people&#39;s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.&rdquo;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Sarah Addison Allen, <em>The Sugar Queen</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#I am"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I Am Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="#Key"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Key Projects Identified in Beechview</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="#Coord"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Coordinating Efforts to Improve Child Care in Pittsburgh</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="#Safer"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Safer Together Pittsburgh - Department of Public Safety&#39;s Community Partnership Program </span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Little"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Little Free Libraries</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Small"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Small Business Development Series Hosted by EDS</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Snow"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Snow Removal Technology Upgrades: Track your Plow!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Partner"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Partner Violence Affects Your Business Too</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Parks"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Parks Permit Process Comes Online</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#You're"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">You&#39;re Invited to the Small Business Week Resource Fair!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Honoring"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Honoring Our Neighbors - Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Citizen's"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Citizen&#39;s Police Academy</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Love"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Love Your Block: Spring 2015 Applications Due 2/13</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Invitation"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Invitation: Alcosan Public Meetings and Community Discussions</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Shout"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools </span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="#Meetings"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Meetings</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="I am"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I Am Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Started the year off right by introducing legislation to give city employees six weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth, adoption, or fostering of a new child. An informational post agenda on 1/27 revealed many reasons why this is a good policy which values employees, their families, promotes retention, and would have almost no budgetary impact. You can read my extended remarks on the issue here: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4013" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4013</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> The legislation passed with a 9-0 vote of preliminary approval this week!</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">- Attended a legislative reception held by Mayor Bill Peduto and his team at the Roberto Clemente Museum and talked with local state representatives and senators about our economic development priorities in South Pittsburgh, and how to better collectively lobby for these projects at the state level.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-NAIOP Pittsburgh is a trade organization of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s top commercial developers and I attended a breakfast hosted by the group to connect with more opportunities for expanded business development in South Pittsburgh; PNC economist Gus Faucher presented an upbeat economic outlook for the region, which bodes well for our corridor development efforts</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Organized a meeting of stakeholders from the foundation community, along with our Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, and members of the Women&#39;s Caucus of City Council to discuss and coordinate our efforts to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of child care in Pittsburgh. This issue is so important- see more information in an article below!</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-We have received many questions about the future of Hillcrest Senior Residence highrise to be built on the vacant Giant Eagle site in Carrick. A few weeks ago I hosted an informational meeting about the development. &nbsp;The project is receiving full support from the mayor&rsquo;s office this year, and we hope to receive full support from the state finance agency this year as well. You can see the full presentation including the facade renderings and blue prints here: </span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/2015-01-13_Hillcrest_-_Carrick_presentation.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/2015-01-13_Hillcrest_-_Carrick_presentation.pdf</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Joined many of my colleagues and Pennsylvania residents to celebrate the inauguration of Governor Wolf in Harrisburg, PA. We look forward to having a solid and productive relationship with the Governor to help rebuild our business districts and South Pittsburgh neighborhoods!</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Met with City Planning Assistant Director Andrew Dash, and the District 4 Neighborhood Planner Josh Lippert about how both business owners and residents of District 4 neighborhoods can take greater advantage of the services offered by the Strategic Planning Division of City Planning, run by Andrew. Strategic Planning creates plans which set the standard for policy decisions regarding changes to the City&#39;s physical environment.</span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Key"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Key Projects Identified in Beechview </span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The New Year has brought a focus on several key projects in the Beechview neighborhood identified by local businesses and residents. During the December resident volunteers meeting, Beechview residents decided to focus their efforts on strategic greening projects along with organizing community events with a strong artistic and creative flavor. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">On February 3rd from 6-8 PM both groups will meet at Brew on Broadway to discuss concrete projects and endeavors they wish to push forward. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">All interested volunteers are welcome to attend.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">During the Beechview Merchants Association&rsquo;s annual gathering in early January, local businesses voted on their favorite slogan and prioritized key initiatives to improve the Broadway Corridor. The favorite slogan was &ldquo;Beechview: Affordable, Beautiful, &amp; Convenient.&rdquo; Local businesses selected the following initiatives as a priority: Joint Advertising on the T, a Beechview Small Resource Fair, Improved Streetscaping and Lighting, and reinstating &ldquo;A Taste of Beechview&rdquo;. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">BMA will hold its next meeting on Wednesday February 25th at 7 PM to discuss how to move forward with these initiatives and creatively brand Beechview. All Beechview Businesses are welcome to join.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">If you would like to assist this initiative in any way please contact Dave Brewton at (412) 295-4787 or by e-mail at drbrewton@ymail.com.</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Coord"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Coordinating Efforts to Improve Child Care in Pittsburgh</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For the past several months, the Women&#39;s Caucus of City Council has come together to take action on issues important to families and children across the City. The availability, affordability, and quality of child care for working families is one of the most pressing issues in our region. Most children are born to families in which both parents work. Meanwhile, we know that when children are enrolled in high quality early childhood programs, they do better in school, achieve higher educational attainment, and just plain do better in life. Council passed a bill to commission an assessment of child care in Pittsburgh so that we can better understand the regional demand for child care, whether or not we have enough providers and spaces to meet demand, and what other challenges providers may face as they work toward improving quality. This month, Councilwoman Rudiak convened leaders working on this issue at our local philanthropic foundations with the Women&#39;s Caucus and the City&#39;s Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment to ensure that all of their efforts are complementary and working toward the same goals. &nbsp;Surely, the City cannot fix this issue alone, and it will take a strong coalition and the resources of many organizations to ensure that all families who need it have affordable access to the best quality care for their children. We will keep you updated on the progress of the assessment and steps taken by Council and the City as these efforts move forward.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Safer"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Safer Together Pittsburgh - Department of Public Safety&#39;s Community Partnership Program </span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Adapted from</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Safer_Together_Pgh-s_Community_Partnership_Program_Revised.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Safer_Together_Pgh-s_Community_Partnership_Program_Revised.pdf</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">To create positive relationships between the Department of Public Safety, including </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">and the communities of Pittsburgh which will help protect all of us, Public Safety has created Safer Together Pittsburgh. Its goal is to work in partnership with citizens and communities to increase public safety, quality of life and ensure fair and impartial public safety services, </span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">In order to achieve this goal the Department of Public Safety and the Community will partner to increase public safety by:</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Building relationships of respect, cooperation and trust within and between the Department of Public Safety and the Community.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Improving education, oversight, monitoring, diversity, hiring practices and accountability of the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Ensuring fair, equitable, and courteous treatment for all Department of Public Safety employees and Community members at all times.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Increasing the public&#39;s understanding of Department of Public Safety policies and procedures and recognizing exceptional public safety service.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Facilitating community activities and projects that establish positive and healthy encounters between the Department of Public Safety and Community</span></p> </li> </ul> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Community Partnership Program will achieve these objectives by:</span></p> <br /> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Convening a steering committee of recognized academics and leading community members to ensure focus, vision and innovation for the outreach efforts of the Community and the Department of Public Safety.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Conducting a comprehensive assessment of the department&rsquo;s present activities in regards to community outreach and engagement.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Developing a database system and protocol that will allow the department to track who is attending which meetings and if there are any actionable or policy issues that need attention based upon the meetings. This will be a valuable tool for precinct commanders, command staff, and the Public Safety Community Partnership steering committee.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Implementing a series of structured &ldquo;community conversations&rdquo; that will systematically engage the Department of Public Safety and community members from every area of the city.</span></p> </li> </ul> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Little"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Little Free Libraries</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Carl </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Uccellini, </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">of the Carpentry Shop at Carrick High School, will supervise student-made lending library boxes. These small boxes will house books for borrowing or exchange in the so-called feeder neighborhoods to the school. They will serve as a &ldquo;take a book, return a book&rdquo; gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! You can read more about the little library movement here: http://littlefreelibrary.org/</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Permission has been requested from the Port Authority to install them on or near the Overbrook Stop on the Busway. Look out for them soon! See a sketch of these libraries here: </span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/library_double.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/library_double.pdf</span></a></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Small"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Small Business Development Series Hosted by EDS</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Economic Development South is happy to announce the first events for the 2015 Small Business Series. EDS is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to bring free expert business services to the Corridor Communities.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">February 13</span><span style="font-size:9px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:super;">th</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">, 7:30 am: 5 Things Your Business Should Do in 2015</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Whitehall Community Room (100 Borough Park Drive, Whitehall)</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">EDS and the SBDC will be holding the second workshop of the year on February 13</span><span style="font-size:9px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:super;">th</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">. Breakfast and networking will be from 7:30 to 8, followed by a presentation of 5 Things Your Business Should Do in 2015. This interactive presentation will be a crash-course on what you can do this year to strengthen your business.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">February 13</span><span style="font-size:9px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:super;">th</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">, 10 am: One-on-one Consulting Sessions</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Economic Development South (4127 Brownsville Road, Suite 209, Pittsburgh, PA)</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Following this workshop, the SBDC will offer free one-on-one consulting sessions at EDS&rsquo; office (4127 Brownsville Road, Suite 209). Interested businesses can meet with the director of the Small Business Development Center and receive confidential advice. Please see the contact information below to make an appointment for an hour-long session on February 13</span><span style="font-size:9px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:super;">th</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As always, these events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kathleen Keating from Economic Development South at </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">412-884-1400 x105</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> or </span><a href="mailto:kkeating@economicdevelopmentsouth.org?subject=Small%20Business%20Development%20Series"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#0563c1;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">kkeating@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</span></a></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Snow"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Snow Removal Technology Upgrades: Track your Plow!</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Departments of Public Works and Innovation and Performance are in the midst of several projects to improve the way we treat City streets during snow events and communicate with residents about our snow treatment progress. &nbsp;On January 16th, the City launched a website (</span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">) that provides the public with comprehensive information about the City&#39;s snow treatment efforts. &nbsp;One of the features of this website is a snow plow tracker that allows users to see the current location of all Public Works plows and view the movement history of those vehicles as they treat City streets during the storm. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Additionally, Public Works is in the process of using advanced optimization software to create updated snow routes for each maintenance division. &nbsp;With these new routes in place, the City will be able to better target resources depending on storm intensity and maximize the efficiency of our snow treatment efforts. &nbsp;Public Works will be piloting new optimized snow routes during the first quarter of 2015 with the goal to have updated routes city-wide by the end of 2015. &nbsp;In parallel, Public Works will be working with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to complement our snow route optimization efforts. &nbsp;As part of this project, Carnegie Mellon will help the City develop in-cab turn-by-turn directions based on our new routes using mobile technology. &nbsp;Carnegie Mellon will also help Public Works identify how the baseline snow treatment plans can be adjusted to better address real world conditions such as storm intensity and equipment availability to ensure the most efficient treatment plan for each unique storm event. &nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Partner"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Partner Violence Affects Your Business Too</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Partner violence doesn&#39;t stay at home. It comes to work, too. Is your business or employer prepared?</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As a regional initiative, STANDING FIRM helps employers address partner violence in the workplace. Although a victim might endure most of the abuse behind closed doors, there isno denying the effect of the abuse once she comes to work. Whether she is distracted from </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">her tasks, missing work because of injury, or constantly worried that her partner will come to </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">work, the abuse doesn&#39;t just affect the employee who is a victim, it affects the workplace, and </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">it puts her coworkers and customers at risk.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Would you know what to do if you suspected your co worker was being abused? Would you know what to say if your employee came to your office and said, &ldquo;I&#39;m having problems at home.&quot;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">With over 260 members, ranging from large employers such as The City of Pittsburgh and UPMC to small &ldquo;mom and pop&rdquo; businesses with fewer than five employees, STANDING FIRM helps business of all sizes and type create workplaces that are supportive of victims and </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">intolerant of abusers. One in four women report being a victim of partner violence at some point in their lives, so it&#39;s important for all employers, large or small, to be able to recognize the signs that an employee may be a victim or a batterer, and to respond appropriately. </span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">And, especially, since a small business might not have the security measures that larger </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">companies might, think about the effective and affordable steps that can be taken to create a safer workplace and a safer community. </span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We are fortunate to have such a unique and valuable resource in Pittsburgh. Joining </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">STANDING FIRM is a simple and effective way to make your workplace a safer place. Visit <a href="http://www.standingfirmswpa.org">http://www.standingfirmswpa.org</a> to learn more!</span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Parks"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Parks Permit Process Comes Online</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:15pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#474747;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Adapted from an article By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:15pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Say goodbye to &ldquo;Permit Day,&rdquo; at least as it has long been known in Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:19pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For years, the city has doled out permits for park shelters, used to host family gatherings and parties, via a lottery that required applicants to queue at the City-County Building. Often, they brought friends and relatives to increase chances of getting a better number, meaning a slew of people clogging the lobby of the Grant Street building.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:19pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Next month, though, a city website will allow users to apply and pay for the permits for the shelters online. The site will &ldquo;soft launch&rdquo; today, meaning applicants can familiarize themselves with it, create an account and look over shelters, though they won&rsquo;t be able to reserve and pay for one of the 30 available shelters until 10 a.m. Feb. 11.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:19pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Those who want to apply in person can still do so on the same day and time at the city&rsquo;s Public Works Permit Office, 611 Second Ave.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:19pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">City shelters are available for rent between May and September, although they can be reserved up to 365 days in advance. Most cost $75 a day, with an additional $75 for an alcohol permit. Some larger shelters cost up to $225, like the Rhododendron Shelter in Highland Park.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:19pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The site for registration is </span><a href="http://registerparks.pittsburghpa.gov/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#114477;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://​registerparks.pittsburghpa.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#272727;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> or call 412-255-2370 for information.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="You're"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">You&#39;re Invited to the Small Business Week Resource Fair!</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Mayor&#39;s Office, in partnership with the URA, will host a complimentary, government focused, Small Business Resource Fair. The purpose of the event is to offer small business owners in-person access to representatives from all relevant departments within city services (zoning, permits, ADA compliance, etc.) You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered--all in one location! This event would be ideal for small business owners such as restaurateurs, retail owners, contractors, etc. Street parking is free after 4PM!</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Monday, Feb 2, 2015, 6-8:30PM</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">City County Building, 6th Floor</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Honoring"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Honoring Our Neighbors - Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News!</span></a></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This month, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a proclamation of Council to honor the work of the Young Elected Officials Network, who will be hosting their first summit in Pittsburgh the weekend of January 30-31 entitled </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#141823;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;Defending Workers &amp; Families: Creating an Economy That Works for All&rdquo; </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">. T</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#141823;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">he Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, a nonpartisan program of People For the American Way Foundation founded in 2005, is the first and only national initiative to provide a network of support to elected officials 35 years of age and under who share the values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all.</span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Citizen's"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">On February 10th, the new term of the Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy will begin. New Zone 6 Commander Jason Lando said he &ldquo;would love to see Zone 6 well-represented at the next CPA session!&rdquo;</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau. The Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy (CPA) brings the police and the </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">participant. &nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement. They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau. &nbsp;Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them. All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment. &nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">officers. &nbsp;Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community. </span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The next session of the CPA will begin on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Science &amp; Technology Academy 107 Thackeray Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213. &nbsp;The program will be held each Tuesday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. &nbsp;Class size is limited to 30 participants. &nbsp;All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">background check to determine if they have a criminal record. &nbsp;The CPA application can </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">be found at </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm</span></a></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Please return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Academy. All applications must be received by February 3, 2015.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy, please contact </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sergeant Eric Kroll at:</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pittsburgh Police Training Academy</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">1395 Washington Boulevard</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15206</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="mailto:eric.kroll@pittsburghpa.gov"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">eric.kroll@pittsburghpa.gov</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">(412)665-3600</span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Love"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Love Your Block: Spring 2015 Applications Due 2/13</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As you may already know, servePGH recently released the application for the Spring 2015 Love Your Block season, which can be found here: </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapp" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapp</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> - hard copies are also available in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) upon request.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Applications will be accepted until </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Friday, February 13, 2015</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For more information about Love Your Block, please visit our website at</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> or contact our program coordinator Sabrina Shaner at (412) 255-2280 or via email at </span><a href="mailto:sabrina.shaner@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Love%20Your%20Block%20Grants"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">sabrina.shaner@pittsburghpa.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">.</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Invitation"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Invitation: Alcosan Public Meetings and Community Discussions</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">You are invited to attend ALCOSAN&rsquo;s free public meetings and community discussions on Wednesday January 28, and Thursday, January 29.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Presentations to the public will include background to ALCOSAN, our regional sewer system, the Wet Weather Plan, and public information about regionalization, affordability and rates, and other issues.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">All are welcome and ALCOSAN hopes for &nbsp;robust public discussions.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Here are the details of the three planned sessions, which will have identical content:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Wednesday, January 28 (Two Sessions)</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-1:30 to 3:30 p.m. </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-6:30 to 8:30 p.m.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">IBEW Circuit Center &ndash; 5 Hot Metal Street in the South Side</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&middot;</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Thursday, January 29</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">1:30 to 3:30 p.m.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">ALCOSAN &ndash; O &amp; M Building Auditorium</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">3300 Prebble Avenue</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pittsburgh, PA 15233, Stop at guard house and ask for directions</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Attendees will have many opportunities during each session to comment and ask questions, both publicly and in one-on-one discussions with ALCOSAN staff. We will provide background materials on all facets of ALCOSAN&rsquo;s work, and will have refreshments, too.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We have arranged a shuttle from the Heinz Field/Casino T Station for the Thursday discussion. Pre-registration of the community discussions will be available online and by telephone.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Attached is one of the print ads we will be running, which you can also use as a flyer.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">If you have any questions, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to call Jeanne K. Clark, Public Information Officer for ALCOSAN at 412-734-6222.</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Shout"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></a></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Each month the first grade teachers create a parent and child after-school day called &ldquo;Story Stretchers&rdquo;. &nbsp;During this time, the parent and their child spend time reading and creating stories </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">together. &nbsp;January&rsquo;s session was held on January 28th at 5:00. &nbsp;&nbsp;Our middle school students are </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">looking forward to the annual &ldquo;Sweetheart Dance&rdquo;. &nbsp;This is held during the school day so that </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">all student are able to participate. &nbsp;Carmalt staff wishes all of you a &ldquo;Happy Sweet Heart Day&rdquo;, </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">too!</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Reminder: </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Feb 18, 5:00-7:00</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&mdash;PSCC/Title 1/PTSA Meeting</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Concord Shout Outs</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Students at Pittsburgh Concord are starting off 2015 with several new clubs and activities. Fifth </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">grade students are participating in the Ballroom Dancing Classroom Program. Fourth grade </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">students will be starting their second session of chess club. Boys and girls basketball team will </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">begin practicing. Several clubs are being held during lunch such as knitting, art, and Spanish </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">club.</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Brashear Shout Outs</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Our Bridge Builders closed out a very successful food drive. They were able to donate </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">several items to the local food bank.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Our football team was honored and recognized by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The players </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">were invited to attend one of the home games in December.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-​Our Holiday Extravaganza was a huge success with a great turn-out! We were able to </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">celebrate our diverse community at Brashear!</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Feb. 6,</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> 8:00 AM - Coffee with the Administration</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Feb. 19, </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">5:30 PM</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> -</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> PSCC meeting</span></p> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Brookline PreK-8 Shout Outs</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Events</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 10 &ndash; Parent School Community Council &ndash; Library at 5:30 P.M.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 12 &ndash; Parent and School Book Study &ndash; Through Ebony Eyes &ndash; 9:00 AM in Library</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 19th&ndash; Coffee with Administration &ndash; This is a great opportunity for parents and community members to meet in an informal way to discuss concerns, ask questions or applaud our efforts! Many of the suggestions made during Coffee translate into meaningful and lasting changes that positively affect our school! </span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">PTA sponsored activities include:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 3 - Science Bingo for Grades 3 &amp; 4</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 10 &ndash; Science Calendar Project support grades 1 &amp; 2</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Feb 13 &ndash; Candy Gram Fundraiser</span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">South Brook Middle School Shout Outs</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-January marked our attendance initiative for our students and those students who met the criteria were invited to the school dance.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-In December our National Junior Honor Society volunteered for POWER (a women&rsquo;s shelter) and helped them to gift wrap presents for the holiday. In addition a group of our students made blankets and donated them to the Human Society.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-Our Student of the Month and Most Improved Student breakfast was held on January 30th in South Brook&rsquo;s Cafeteria.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Beechwood Pre-K through 5</strong></span></p> <div dir="ltr"> <div><span style="font-size:14px;">We have BIG NEWS this Month!&nbsp;&nbsp;Beechwood Elementary is a winner of the &ldquo;Reward-High Progress Award&rdquo; for the state of Pennsylvania. This Title 1 Distinguished Schools Award is given to school in the top 55 in closing the achievement gap in writing and mathematics for the PSSA. As a reward school, Beechwood Elementary is eligible for two grants for $50,000. In addition, we will be presenting to other schools on our successful strategies. We are very proud of this awesome achievement! This is the third time in the past 7 years that Beechwood Elementary has won this award.&nbsp;&nbsp;Congratulations Beechwood!&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size:14px;">A &ldquo;shout-out&rdquo; to all of our volunteers who helped make our annual January Bingo/Math night a success! All of the students enjoyed themselves, and we collected many food donations for St Catherine&#39;s food bank!</span></div> </div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">Also returning in January, was our All Pro Dads and iMom programs. These are special programs where Moms and Dads, (or any caregiver) and kids get together and do activities to help improve relationships. This is a&nbsp;FREE Nation-Wide program that is open to the whole community! We have each of these meeting every month. We are currently trying to get the word out&nbsp;by way of Church bulletins to invite more families for future meetings!</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">On our next &quot;Beechwood Supports&quot; day we will be supporting THE HUDDLE on Beechview Ave. Come our on&nbsp;Thursday, March 12th&nbsp;and dine-in or take out from THE HUDDLE all this day. Mention that you are supporting Beechwood this day and be entered to win a gift card!</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">Our next BPFA general meeting will be on&nbsp;Wednesday, March 16th,&nbsp;2015 at 3:00pm&nbsp;in the school library. As always, there will be snacks and a free raffle. Meetings are open to anyone in the community so please join us!</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:14px;">-Contact the BPFA at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com</a>&nbsp;to learn more!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Meetings</span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Monday, 2/2</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">7 - 9 PM - Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Thursday, 2/5</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">7 - 9 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tuesday, 2/10</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">7 - 9 PM - Brookline Block Watch</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Monday, 2/16</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">President&rsquo;s Day</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Thursday, 2/19</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">7 - 8 PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tuesday, 2/24</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">7 - 9 PM - Overbrook Community Council - With Special Guest Greg Jones for OCC Visioning</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</span></p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:10:18 -0500 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | January 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3893 <h3><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Newsletter_from_the_office_of_Council_Member_Rudiak_-_January_2015.pdf" style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>TO VIEW AS A PDF CLICK HERE</strong></a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>&ldquo;Listen to the mustn&#39;ts, child. Listen to the don&#39;ts. Listen to the shouldn&#39;ts, the impossibles, the won&#39;ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>― Shel Silverstein</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><a href="#Here's">Here&rsquo;s how I am working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></div> <div><a href="#Budget">Budget Address to Council&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Starting">Starting Out on the Right Foot - Investing in High Quality Early Education&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Momentum">Momentum Building for Redevelopment Efforts along Broadway</a></div> <div><a href="#Overbrook">Overbrook School Project: Changing Course</a></div> <div><a href="#Citiparks">Citiparks 2015 Community Festival Season: Small Grants Available</a></div> <div><a href="#Dairy">Dairy District Update</a></div> <div><a href="#Meeting">Meeting Invitation: Hillcrest Senior Living Development Info Session</a></div> <div><a href="#Brashear">Brashear Students Create Free Libraries</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookliners">Brookliners Reassemble History from 1951, 1952 Brookline Journal</a></div> <div><a href="#Confirmations">Confirmations and Promotions</a></div> <div><a href="#Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick High School Parent and Community Workshops</a></div> <div><a href="#Body">Body Cameras: City to Equip Police Officers Next Year</a></div> <div><a href="#Shout">Shout Outs from our Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Here's">Here&rsquo;s How I am Working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</a></h2> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">-December is busy for all of us. On the Council floor, it&#39;s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year&#39;s and Budget season! For us, December isn&#39;t just about the holidays it&#39;s about passing a budget. Almost 600 million dollars, and we get to think about every single one!</span></p> <ul> <li>Every Department, Bureau and agency in the city has its own budget hearing</li> <li>As chair of the Finance and Law Committee I spent up to 8 hours daily at the Council table parsing through each line item and detail about how our 500 million-dollar + budget will be allocated.</li> <li>Working w Council Colleagues to ensure we meet as many spending priorities are met, while balancing our 5 year plan for recovery from Act 47. This budget process included tough conversations around the city&rsquo;s millage rate, parking meter rates, permit and licensing fees, and capital budget projects.&nbsp;</li> <li>In the end, after working with colleagues, we passed a 516.6 million dollar operating budget and 76.6 million capital budget, to keep our city running through 2015.&nbsp;</li> <li>Delivered annual budget address to council as chair of the Finance and Law Committee. You can see <a href="#Budget">full text of speech below.</a></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-I am passionate about pre-K and providing every child with a solid foundation to grow into their full potential. Did you know that at-risk children without high quality pre-k education are 70% more likely to commit violent crimes and 50% more likely to drop out of school? That&#39;s why I&#39;m working hard to make sure every child gets a quality early childhood experience:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Passed a comprehensive package of legislation to address the needs of families and their childcare providers in the City of <strong>Pittsburgh. </strong><a href="#Starting">See the article below for more information!</a></li> <li>Taped a segment for KDKA&rsquo;s Sunday business page regarding the work of the Women&rsquo;s Caucus of City Council. The segment aired Sunday, 12/28 at 6:30AM. Check local listings for replays!</li> <li>Read holiday stories to 3- and 4-year-olds at the Small World Early Learning Center in downtown Pittsburgh</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Questioned then-Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay during his confirmation hearing in December - I interviewed him on how entertainment districts like the South Side drain resources from other parts of South Pittsburgh, use-of-force policies, the police residency requirement, and how we can encourage women and people of color to join the force. Chief McLay sees officers as &ldquo;peace officers&rdquo; and wants to encourage officers to work with tools that include more than handcuffs and firearms. He said of the Bureau of Police, &ldquo;The predominant paradigm needs to be one of Community Service.&rdquo; You can read Chief McClay&#39;s Open Letter to the Community here:&nbsp;<a href="http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/12/23/an-open-letter-to-the-community/">http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/12/23/an-open-letter-to-the-community/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Attended a fundraiser for fired UPMC workers...This November, illegally fired UPMC workers Jim Staus, Ron Oakes and Al Turner rejected UPMC&rsquo;s offer of big money to walk away from their colleagues and their fight to form their union. Within weeks, their courage was vindicated when a federal administrative judge ruled that &ldquo;UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside has engaged in such egregious and widespread misconduct so as to demonstrate a general disregard for employees&rsquo; statutory rights,&quot; and ordered UPMC to put them back to work and pay them all the wages they would have earned since the time of their firing. &nbsp;UPMC is appealing but in the meantime, Jim, Ron, and Al are are still feeling the effects of losing their jobs. I personally contributed to their cause to help keep them and their families on their feet. If you would like to contribute, please do at this link: bit.ly/HolidaySolidarity. Thank you, Jim, Ron and Al for for standing up for our city!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Shoutout to Brittany Baxter, Carrick resident and 10th Grader at City High who shadowed me one Thursday in December, she had a whirlwind tour of the city, met mayor, county executive, governor elect and more&hellip; all in one day. She said of our time together: &quot;I had the best day with you yesterday. I hope to repeat it sometime (:&quot; High school students: Are you interested in shadowing Council Member Rudiak? Contact our office at 412-255-2131.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-I also attended the New Voices Pittsburgh 10 Year Anniversary celebration, enjoyed the holiday parties for Brookline Chamber of Commerce and Brookline Block Watch, the African American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce reception, and more...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Budget">Budget Address to Council&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Every year, Council takes up the challenging task of balancing and passing two budgets for the City. The Capital Budget pays for brick-and-mortar projects like paving roads, bridge repair, and parks improvements, while the Operating Budget pays for employee salaries, benefits, supplies, and regular maintenance of buildings and equipment. You can see an archive of current and historical budgets here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year was especially important because Council was tasked with working with the Act 47 coordinators and the Mayor to pass a new 5-year financial plan. &ldquo;Act 47&rdquo; refers to the Financially Distressed Municipalities Act, a Pennsylvania law that enables the State Department of Community and Economic Development to declare cities and municipalities as &ldquo;financially distressed.&rdquo; This designation provides the City with state-appointed overseers to hold the City to certain standards, and technical assistance to improve our financial standing. The City was first declared &ldquo;financially distressed&rdquo; in 2004, after the City&rsquo;s credit rating was downgraded to below &ldquo;junk bond&rdquo; status, and the City was forced to lay off 446 full and part-time employees in 2003. The good news is that in the years since, Pittsburgh has made significant strides in improving our financial footing. Just this year, I worked with our finance team Standard &amp; Poor&rsquo;s upgraded the City&rsquo;s bond rating to &ldquo;A+ stable&rdquo;, which means that it will cost the City significantly less to borrow money in the future. It also enabled the city to refinance existing debt, and save money on interest, just as you might do with a mortgage. You can read the updated Act 47 5-year plan here: <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One of the most hotly debated budget issues this year was the millage adjustment. The millage rate was adjusted from 7.56 to 8.06 mills. This is the lowest possible correction to the 2013 tax rate that ensures the City will have enough revenue to provide services; there is no windfall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2013 tax cut reduced average homeowners taxes by about $240 annually. We are restoring less than $20-40 of the reduction. In other words, the average homeowner&rsquo;s tax bill will still be about $200 lower than in 2012.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on the millage adjustment issue, please see this Powerpoint from Finance Director Paul Leger, explaining the nuts and bolts of the situation:&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/finance/Mill_Levy_NEWEST.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/finance/Mill_Levy_NEWEST.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>As Chair of the Finance &amp; Law Committee, Councilwoman Rudiak led Council&rsquo;s discussion and debate on these on budget issues. She gave the following address to her Council colleagues after final passage of the Budget in December:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;First I would like to say that it has been an honor and privilege to serve as City Council&rsquo;s finance chair under President Kraus&rsquo; leadership during this very challenging year.</div> <div>We began the year with the fanfare of the hopes and dreams of a new administration taking the helm. In February, to accommodate Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s vision, we collaboratively amended the budget, changing positions, departments and processes. In March, the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development declared that the City would remain in state oversight and would have to put forward a new Act 47 plan. Through the formulation of that plan, Council realized the &ldquo;unintended&rdquo; consequences of actions taken during the previous administration:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>That the result of the Pension Board lowering the Assumed Rate of Return from 8% to 7.5% at its December meeting - along with the mandated experience study - would have a budgetary impact of $11.5 million.</li> <li>That the Real Estate millage rate - along with an increased homestead exemption - was set one half a mill too low in 2012, causing nearly an $8 million shortfall in our largest revenue source.</li> </ol> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With our sleeves rolled up, members of this City Council worked together and we met the challenge and passed a comprehensive Act 47 plan on June 14. &nbsp;This plan put together the framework to address many of our long term problems as well as the short term needs to avert unsustainable deficit spending. But the work had just begun.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In August, along with the administration I met with bond rating agencies and showed the financial progress the City had made and the collaboration that exists between the new administration and Council. This resulted in an outlook upgrade from stable to positive giving us an A1 rating from Moody&rsquo;s on our $50 million capital borrowing that will fund the 2015 and 2016 budgets. A few weeks later, Council discussed a forward refinancing that the administration proposed, yet I and other members were uneasy with the structure of refinance. As a result of discussions with the Mayor, the refunding was pulled; this action and type of cooperation was unprecedented with prior City administrations. We - Council and the Mayoral administration - did the refunding at a later date, with a different structure, reducing the City&rsquo;s total debt, saving more than $3 million and better preserving the City&rsquo;s long-term borrowing opportunities.</div> <div>We collectively began working on the budget early this year, with discussions on the Capital Budget happening through the Capital Project Committee every quarter, that included participation from our City Controller, Operations Director, City Planning and Public Works Director. We had citizen meetings throughout our neighborhoods that helped influence many of the priorities for our capital spending. Through the fall we worked on our revenue numbers, examining other opportunities to save money and find new sources of funds. Most of all, through the last 8 weeks of the budget process, each member of our Council worked tirelessly to minimize impact on our taxpayers. &nbsp;Although we didn&rsquo;t always agree we challenged each other and the administration to do better. &nbsp;We succeeded by passing a balanced budget and 5 year plan today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The balanced $507.8 million spending plan was made possible because of the courage and great efforts of Council and the Mayor. Along with the Mayor, City Council has created a budget that responsibly addresses the pension promise to our retirees, debt service, infrastructure improvements, proper maintenance spending, and a renewed commitment to public safety and our neighborhoods. Pittsburgh&#39;s competitive advantage as a place to live, work, and invest remains strong.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While there are still many difficult challenges we will face in the New Year, such as; implementing the new Department of Permits, Licensing and Inspection, a rental registration program, new economic development projects, and many other initiatives contained in our newly passed plan, I look forward to facing them with my colleagues on this Council. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I would be remiss not to mention how the sharing of information and openness between City Council and this Administration has proven to be fruitful. I am sure that communication not only with the Mayor but with our constituents will continue to improve in the year to come. Initiatives such as open data, a 311 CRM and the financial opengov.com program, all of which I championed, will shed new light for the public on city finances and government operations, &ldquo;paving&ldquo; the way for performance based analysis, management and budgeting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While the future looks promising there is still much that needs to be done, not only in the City, but also in Harrisburg. Issues surrounding non-profit contributions and pension reform will continue to haunt us as we move forward. With a new Governor and legislature taking seat in the capital I will be encouraging this body to work cooperatively with the Mayor on lobbying efforts and establishing the working relationships we need to best benefit the taxpayers of this City.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Starting">Starting Out on the Right Foot - Investing in High Quality Early Education&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>High-quality child care significantly improves children&rsquo;s early literacy, language, math, and social-emotional skills. In Pittsburgh, parents have a wide variety of child care choices, from small home-based businesses to non-profit and private centers across the City. Some facilities are rated for quality by the state of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Keystone STARS program, a voluntary program that rates facilities from 1-star to 4-stars. In other cases, centers may be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unfortunately, this lack of standardization in child care center oversight leads to a large variation in the quality of care from one center to the next. This can include extreme differences in a given center&rsquo;s administrative structure, day-to-day programming, and even the condition of facility itself. Because of this variability, we don&rsquo;t have a clear idea sense of the amount of high-quality child care available in the City of Pittsburgh, or how the supply of that care compares to the need for the service.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To address these issues, the Council Women&rsquo;s Caucus passed legislation to perform a &ldquo;Needs Assessment&rdquo;, a study to look at demographic trends, demand for childcare, and methods for improving the quality of care in Pittsburgh. Once we have that information, we also want to make sure that we have a way of paying for specific improvements. To that end, the Council Women&rsquo;s Caucus recently passed legislation to devote $250,000 to our Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment for a low-interest loan or grant program for child care providers. We&rsquo;d like to model this program after a very successful loan program in North Carolina that provides funding to child care providers for:</div> <ul> <li>purchase or construction of facilities</li> <li>renovations to existing buildings</li> <li>bridge loans</li> <li>equipment purchases</li> <li>start-up expenses</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These loans have more flexible terms and competitive interest rates than perhaps traditional banks can offer. Investing in high-quality early education yields higher returns than any other public investment; it&rsquo;s what we call a no-brainer.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If we want kids in Pittsburgh to be ready for the Pittsburgh Promise, we need to get them started early, and ensure that they have high quality pre-k. At-risk children who do *not* receive high-quality early education are 25% more likely to drop out of school, 50% more likely to be placed in special education, 60% more likely to never attend college, and 70% more likely to be arrested for violent crime. The time to invest in our kids, and the future of our City, is now. This is an unprecedented collaborative effort to get more kids on the right path from the start!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Momentum">Momentum Building for Redevelopment Efforts along Broadway</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many exciting first steps are underway to redevelop the Broadway Avenue corridor in Beechview. The Beechview Area Concerned Citizens generated significant turnout and excitement at its December meeting. Interested residents also met for a brainstorming session on potential volunteer events in the neighborhood at Brew on Broadway.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A request for new wayfinding signs has been placed with the City, to direct traffic from Banksville Road, West Liberty Avenue, and Saw Mill Run Road toward the Broadway Corridor. Clearer, more visible signage could help to capture traffic passing Beechview and assist visitors in navigating the often confusing road networks that our city is famous for!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another exciting initiative called &ldquo;Light-Up Broadway!&rdquo; seeks to generate buzz in Beechview through creative pop-events that raise funds for development. One such event seeks to light up underutilized buildings along the Corridor to keep the Boulevard well-lit. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article,<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/08/Beechview-tries-to-revitalize-its-retail-corridor/stories/201412080009">&nbsp;&ldquo;Beechview tries to revitalize its retail corridor&rdquo;</a> from December 8th. The initiative will also work to raise matching funds from the pop-up events with grant funding. These funds will be invested into local vacant commercial structures, to ready them for profitable redevelopment.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you would like to assist this initiative in any way please contact Dave Brewton at (412) 295-4787 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20">drbrewton@ymail.com</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Overbrook">Overbrook School Project: Changing Course</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the tireless work of Valcott Enterprises, Economic Development South and Council Member Rudiak, the Overbrook School Project has had to change course. Earlier this year, Federal Emergency Management Agency issued new flood maps. The new map changed the location of the Overbrook school from 18 inches below the floodplain to a full five feet below. The cost associated with the changed flood status rose to the point where the project was no longer feasible.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At 18&rdquo; below floodplain, only flood proof doors are required. At five feet below, it is a whole different story! Sadly, there is no way to push this project forward with the new floodplain map. After multiple redesign efforts and trying to find a way forward, it became clear that this project is no longer financially tenable.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Barb Valaw, CEO of Valcott Enterprises, LLC said, &ldquo;We tried redesigning, we tried various creative financing options, and we just couldn&rsquo;t make it work because the cost got out of hand. Now it&rsquo;s time to accept the outcome and move onto the next best option.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Overbrook School Property is currently under contract for a self-storage facility. It may not be what we had hoped for, but all parties are looking forward to some form of economic development on the site.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Citiparks">Citiparks 2015 Community Festival Season: Small Grants Available</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Citiparks would like to invite your community organization to participate in the 2015 Community Festival Season, and apply for small grants! The grants for this year will be determined through a cooperative selection process with each of the nine Council Districts and Citiparks. Each District will be allotted $2,500 in Citiparks&rsquo; facilitated goods and services. To be eligible for funding, your organization must be a non-profit, tax exempt, community based organization in existence for at least three years. &nbsp;Examples of organizations that meet these criteria are community councils, civic associations, citizen councils, and other neighborhood groups. Lastly, due to budgetary restraints, Citiparks is limited to funding only one Community Festival in each city neighborhood chosen. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Completed applications must be received no later than Monday, March 31, 2015. Please remember that applications are processed on a &ldquo;first come, first serve&rdquo; basis. &nbsp;So please don&rsquo;t delay! If you have any questions, please call Dodi Byrne at 412-422-6405. For applications and the addendum document, please contact our office at 412-255-2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Dairy">Dairy District Update</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Moo! Economic Development South is pleased to announce that as of early December they have begun work with the architecture firm Desmone &amp; Associates on the design of the lot at the corner of East Meyers and Brownsville Road, which will be transformed into a community space that can host a variety of events. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, Desmone &amp; Associates has also started design development for ten parcels along Brownsville Road, from Thielman Avenue to East Myers Street. This will include plans for facade improvement, interior improvements, and site design improvements.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EDS will work with these engineers on the project through March of 2015.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meeting">Meeting Invitation: Hillcrest Senior Living Development Info Session</a></h2> <div>At 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 13th, our office will host a community meeting with the Community Builders to discuss the Hillcrest Senior Living development at the former 1.7 acre Giant Eagle site at 2920 Brownsville Road.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jim Eby from the Community Builders has some updates to share with local residents who may be interested in the progress of their project&hellip; and he&rsquo;ll even share how residents and neighborhood organizations can add their support to help ensure that this project moves forward soon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For those of you unaware, the Hillcrest Senior Living complex would be a 64-unit four-story building featuring apartments for seniors. Amenities could include a dining room, fitness center and library. Both affordable and market rate apartments would be offered for service supported independent living and may include prepared meals, housekeeping, and even transportation to medical appointments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please come out to show your support at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Road) on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30pm.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brashear">Brashear Students Create Free Libraries</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Students of Brashear High School have launched a program to build and place small free library boxes in the school&rsquo;s feeder neighborhoods. These free libraries are simple wooden boxes, some mounted in old unused telephone booths. These libraries operate on the honor system, books are borrowed and either returned or replaced with a new book.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The free libraries will be placed in Beechview, Banksville, Brookline and the West End, according to staff writer Megan Harris in her December 19th article, &ldquo;Brashear High &#39;little libraries&#39; program rolls out&rdquo;. <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/7414774-74/students-brashearlibraries#axzz3MUhkmiVS">Read more here!</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brookliners">Brookliners Reassemble History from 1951, 1952 Brookline Journal</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Never underestimate a motivated history buff. Clint Burton has assembled the complete online archives of the 1951 and 1952 issues of The Brookline Journal, former newsweekly for the neighborhood and member of the Western Pennsylvania Weekly Newspaper Association. These pages contain fascinating snapshots of Brookline history. Check them out here:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Journals/1951/1951.html">http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Journals/1951/1951.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Journals/1952/1952.html">http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Journals/1952/1952.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The goal is to archive each year of the publication, from 1947 to 1962. This is a very time consuming project! If you would like to offer assistance or have access to archival equipment, please contact Clint Burton at <a href="mailto:clint@brooklineconnection.com?subject=Brookline%20History">clint@brooklineconnection.com</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Confirmations">Confirmations and Promotions</a></h2> <div>Congratulations to the all!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cameron McLay - Confirmed as Chief of Police</div> <div>Larry Scirotto - Promoted from Lieutenant to Commander</div> <div>Taylor Sumansky - Supervisor, Animal Care and Control (and Brookline resident!)</div> <div>Jason Lando - From Lieutenant to New Commander for Zone 6, Special Deployment Division</div> <div>Scott Schubert - Promoted from Zone 6 Commander to Assistant Chief of Police&nbsp;</div> <div>Thomas A. Stangrecki - Promoted from Commander to Assistant Chief of Police&nbsp;</div> <div>Maurita Bryant - Promoted from Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch to Assistant Chief of Investigations</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors</a></h2> <div>Each Council office has the ability to issue Proclamation of Council to honor special individuals, organizations, community groups or programs. The recipients of these proclamations are truly some of our brightest and best! This month, our office was proud to recognize the efforts of:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh - For excellence in assisting refugees to create a home here in Pittsburgh. <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2100196&amp;GUID=34133EB9-17F4-4A56-BB96-2AB9F0145E9E&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">See the full Proclamation here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Linda Donahue - For her work as Tree Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Tree Tender of the Year 2014. <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2103169&amp;GUID=04F6FE46-6830-44AD-BD73-80C8146C7A38&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">See the full proclamation.&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-St. Norbert Parish - For 100 years of Ministry and Community Engagement.</div> <div><a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2102580&amp;GUID=526A4AC2-68FD-4EA0-8E0A-E4378B9E2EF7&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">See the full proclamation here.&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick">Carrick High School Parent and Community Workshops</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CHS is proud to offer more Parent and Community Workshops this school year. All workshops are offered from 5:30-7:30 PM at Carrick High School. Seating is limited, so RSVP to Susan Loskoch by calling (412) 529-7710 or sending an email to <a href="mailto:amiller3@pghboe.net?subject=Community%20and%20Parent%20Workshops">amiller3@pghboe.net</a>. Please include the name(s) of attendees, the date and title of the workshop(s) and a phone number. Workshops include:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Monday, February 16, 2015</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Learn Spanish &ndash; Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>*Parent Computer Lab &ndash; Resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, flyers, Internet search...come learn these skills and more, using Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Publisher 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Monday, March 16, 2015</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Learn Spanish &ndash; Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Theater Games &ndash; Come for some fun. We will be doing team building activities (think, human knot) and tons of improv. Learn to think on your feet and have a good laugh. Limited to 20 seats</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>*Parent Computer Lab &ndash; Resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, flyers, Internet search...come learn these skills and more, using Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Publisher 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Monday, April 20, 2015</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Learn Spanish &ndash; Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>* Jewelry Making &ndash;I&rsquo;ll bet you didn&rsquo;t know we make jewelry here! Why not try making something of your own? We&rsquo;ll provide the metals and you provide the vision. Limited to 23 seats</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>*Parent Computer Lab &ndash; Resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, flyers, Internet search...come learn these skills and more, using Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Publisher 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h2><a name="Body">Body Cameras: City to Equip Police Officers Next Year</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During budget hearings as well as at Police Chief Cameron McLay&rsquo;s confirmation interview with Council on Monday, December 8, the issue of providing our officers with body cameras entered the discussion. $650,000 has been added to the 2015 budget in order to provide Pittsburgh Police officers with a body cameras. This amount will cover approximately half of the 1000 cameras needed, with hopes for additional funding to become available from the Federal government.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Body cameras are one way to provide clarity to uncertain police encounters. Eye witness accounts change, interpretations vary, but cameras capture actual events. It has been shown that when both police and civilians are being filmed by police cameras, there is a huge difference in behavior as reported in this Atlantic article:&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/12/how-one-small-idaho-city-has-used-body-cameras/383482/">http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/12/how-one-small-idaho-city-has-used-body-cameras/383482/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about this development here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/08/Pittsburgh-will-buy-body-cameras-for-all-police-officers-next-year/stories/201412080173#">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/08/Pittsburgh-will-buy-body-cameras-for-all-