District 4 Newsletters http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletters City Council District 4 (c) 2015 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved 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-police-officers-next-year/stories/201412080173#</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Shout">Shout Outs from our Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick High School</strong></div> <div>-We are very proud of all of our students, but special congratulations go to Matthew Johnson, who was the topic of a Post Gazette article highlighting our efforts to diversify our AP courses. <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/28/Pittsburgh-programs-pushes-blacks-to-take-advanced-high-school-courses/stories/201411260138">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/28/Pittsburgh-programs-pushes-blacks-to-take-advanced-high-school-courses/stories/201411260138</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Parent and community workshops will resume in February, after a holiday break. See article above for schedule information and how to register.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Concord Elementary</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Congratulations to Concord&rsquo;s Boys swim team for coming in 2nd place and to Concord&rsquo;s Girls swim team for coming in 5th place!</div> <div>-The next PSCC meeting will take place on Thursday, January 15th at 5:30 PM&nbsp;</div> <div>-The students and staff at Concord Elementary School would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Primary students are going to meet Mrs. Claus from the North Pole via distance learning on December 19th. &nbsp;She likes to tell the kids her secret cookie recipe that Santa just loves! &nbsp;The students from Pittsburgh Sunnyside will also get this special meeting on December 17th. &nbsp;</div> <div>-Our middle school students have been creating their own narrative stories which will be compiled into an audio library. &nbsp;These books will be read by the middle school authors along with the background music they created in our keyboard lab. &nbsp;We are all excited about this new project. &nbsp;All students from grades k-8 will be able to hear the stories!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brashear Shout Outs</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Student led collections are underway to support our school community: coat drive, food drive, cereal drive, clothes drive.</div> <div>-Brashear&#39;s Holiday Extravaganza will be held on December 18th. There will be performances from our band, orchestra, and theater classes. There will also be poetry readings, individual performances, coffee, and homemade cookies at our very own Coffeehouse!</div> <div>-Students in our construction classes are building free libraries for our community!</div> <div>-Students have worked hard to demonstrate their understanding on our Biology, Algebra, and Literature Keystone Exams.</div> <div>-Happy Holidays!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 1/5</strong></div> <div>7 - 9 PM - Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div>Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, 1/8</strong></div> <div>7 - 9 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens</div> <div>Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 1/13</strong></div> <ul> <li>6:30 - 7:30PM - Hillcrest Senior Living Development Public Meeting. Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>7 - 9 PM - Brookline Block Watch. Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, 1/15</strong></div> <div>7 - 8 PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</div> <div>Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 1/18</strong></div> <div>Martin Luther King, Jr. Day</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Wednesday, 1/21</strong></div> <div>6 - 7:30 PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting&nbsp;</div> <div>Zone 3 Police Station, 830 E Warrington Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 1/27</strong></div> <div>7 - 9 PM - Overbrook Community Council</div> <div>Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:18:16 -0500 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | December 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3794 <h4><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="#Thurs">Meeting Change</a>: Mt. Washington CDC will not have it&#39;s regularly scheduled community forum on&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1856712989" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">December 18</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">. It will instead hold a special meeting on&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1856712990" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">December 11</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;to allow St. Mary of the Mount and Cozza Enterprises to present their separate but linked development plans to the community.</span></h4> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>&ldquo;Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.&rdquo;</strong><br /> ― Ralph Waldo Emerson</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="#Working">Working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Becchview Consultant">Beechview Consultant: Meet and Greet - 7PM on 12/4</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Firsts">Firsts: Women&rsquo;s Caucus of City Council, Child Care Study Funded</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Guest">Guest Reader for National Young Reader&rsquo;s Week</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Saturday">Saturday Morning with Toastmasters Carrick</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Be There">Be There Brashear - Keeping Students Warm this Winter with Your Help</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Newest">Newest News Source...CarrickExtra.com</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Beechview Trolley">Beechview Trolley Crawl</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Mayor">Mayor Peduto&#39;s State of the City Address and Proposed Budget</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Food">Food Bank at Zion Christian Church in Carrick</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#2015">2015 Budget Process</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Rental">Rental Registration: What is it, Why is it?</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Hilltop">Hilltop Alliance Receives $1.5 Million for Work in Allentown</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Carrick">Carrick High School Parent &amp; Community Workshops</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Snow">Snow Angels: Helping Senior and Differently Abled Neighbors Dig Out!</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Making">Making it Our UPMC...New Developments</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Virtual 2">Virtual Block Watch Pilot Program</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#November">November was Schools Month!</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="#Health"><strong>Health Notes: UPMC Ends Contract with Highmark</strong></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="#Shout">Shout Outs from Pittsburgh Public Schools</a><br /> <br /> <a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Working"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> -Participated in a City Council Post-Agenda hearing on Dynamic Parking Pricing. Experts from Carnegie Mellon University explained that parking costs could be adjusted depending on demand for parking at certain times of day, to ensure that some spaces are always open. Overall, such a system would generate higher revenue, while lowering the average cost of parking. Read more here:<a href="http://http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/07/Pittsburgh-City-Council-considers-possible-dynamic-parking-pricing/stories/201411070068"> http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/07/Pittsburgh-City-Council-considers-possible-dynamic-parking-pricing/stories/201411070068</a><br /> <br /> -Joined about fifty Beechview residents and enthusiasts for the Beechview Trolley Crawl. Residents worked with business owners to arrange the event, attracting additional business and organizing drink specials for crawling customers! A great time was had by all. See more in the article below!</p> <p>-I was honored by The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh at their festive Fall Induction Ball for raising awareness for the need to aid victims of Hurricane Yolanda/Haiyan<br /> <br /> -Joined Zonta International in honoring Valerie McDonald Roberts, Mayor Peduto&#39;s Chief Urban Affairs Officer, and former Pittsburgh City Councilwoman, for her distinguished service. 
</p> <p>-Honored all those who have served our Country in the armed forces at the annual Veterans Day Parade downtown. Thank you to you and yours who have served!<br /> <br /> -Attended Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Budget Address to Council, in which he outlined his priorities for the coming year. In case you missed it, you can watch online, here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SriMBthjqB0">https://www.youtube.com</a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SriMBthjqB0">/watch?v=SriMBthjqB0</a> Or read the text of the speech here:<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SriMBthjqB0"> http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3721</a><br /> <br /> -Attended a Dairy District Steering Committee meeting, where we talked how to move forward with the Dairy District site. The next step will be to develop the vacant lot at the corner of East Meyers and Brownsville into a space for community events, including a market that will feature dairy products! Stay tuned for construction in the Spring!
</p> <p>-Attended a meeting with about 20 project partners, including PWSA, Council President Bruce Kraus, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Beltzhoover residents to begin a master planning process McKinley Park. There is so much community enthusiasm for making the park friendlier to children and families, and better connecting it to public transit. Water runoff is also a major issue in the park, and we are working with PWSA to determine where the water is coming from, and how to deal with it on site.<br /> <br /> -Joined the Carrick Community Council for their Year In Review presentation-- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlyj0_-b1U&amp;feature=youtu.be">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlyj0_-b1U&amp;feature=youtu.be</a> Be sure to check it out yourself to see more about the CCC&rsquo;s accomplishments, from refurbishing the Leolyn Parklet to the Halloween Costume Contest, and another successful Cornfest. George and Cathy Lewis, owners of the historic Wigman House at the corner of The Blvd and Brownsville Rd. led everyone through a presentation on their ongoing work to refurbish this stately old home. The family is very thankful for the support of the community.<br /> <br /> -Went to the annual Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation dinner, where we celebrated their accomplishments, including building out the trails at Emerald View Park, a listening tour they did with residents, and refurbishing historic homes.<br /> <br /> -Participated on a conference call with Young Elected Officials from across the country to share legislation we&#39;re all working on, and think about how we can work more closely on important issues.<br /> <br /> -Attended a public hearing to learn more about the work of groups that receive Community Development Block Grant funding-- examples include Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. <a href="http://www.pghcsi.org/">http://www.pghcsi.org/ </a>and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank <a href="https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/">https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/</a><br /> <br /> -Met with a few inventive entrepreneurs who proposed an app to enable people to pay for parking via smartphones!<br /> <br /> -Met with the Reinvestment Review Committee to score different banking institutions on their investments in the City and rates of return. The goal is to determine where the City of Pittsburgh should deposit its money in the coming year to maximize local benefits.<br /> <br /> -I was privileged to tour the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Brashear High School. While all Pittsburgh Public School students have access to CTE, students at Brashear are offered Automotive Technology, Automotive Body Repair, Multimedia Production and Coding and Machine Operations. CTE student certifications rose from 42 in the 2009-2010 school year to a whopping 441 in 2013-2014!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Becchview Consultant"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Beechview Consultant: Meet and Greet - 7PM on 12/4</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> Come meet David Brewton, new consultant to help open business opportunities in Beechview at the December 4th meeting of the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and the Beechview Block Watch. Join us at the regular location Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave to learn more about the work that Mr. Brewton will be doing in the neighborhood and get a chance to talk with him!<br /> <br /> Excerpt from last month&rsquo;s newsletter column:<br /> &ldquo;Their efforts will focus on supporting existing businesses along Broadway with resources and marketing efforts, breathing new life into the Corridor by attracting new businesses, customers and residents, and promoting the Beechview Neighborhood as one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s hidden gems. If you would like to assist this initiative in any way please contact them at (412) 295-4787 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com.?subject=Beechview">drbrewton@ymail.com.</a>&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Firsts"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Firsts: Women&rsquo;s Caucus of City Council, Child Care Study Funded</strong></span></a><br /> <br /> For the first time in our history, four out of nine members of Council are women. These four elected officials came together to form the Women&rsquo;s Caucus, another first for City Council. Last month, the Women&rsquo;s Caucus introduced two pieces of legislation to study child care in the City of Pittsburgh. This information will be used to support child-care providers and the families who depend upon them.<br /> <br /> The legislation directs $15,000 of unspent funds from the City Clerk&rsquo;s office to the study of child care centers and recommendations for improvement. To create a livable city for families, the Women of Council seek to study child care facilities in our City and create a subcommittee to provide recommendations for improvement. For 65 percent of our littlest neighbors - children under the age of five - all available parents are working. By examining child care facilities and identifying areas for improvement, we will ensure that parents, grandparents and guardians have access to the highest quality care for their children as they work to support their families. Data show that high quality child care significantly improves children&rsquo;s early literacy, language, math, and social-emotional skills in preparation for pre-kindergarten.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a name="Guest"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Guest Reader for National Young Reader&rsquo;s Week</strong></span></a><br /> <br /> Council Member Rudiak served as a guest reader for first graders at Concord Elementary on Thursday, November 13, 2014 to celebrate National Young Readers Week. Co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Week encourages schools to recruit local officials, sports figures, public safety officers, parents and other guests from the community to read a favorite children&rsquo;s book aloud to classrooms.<br /> <br /> After reading Gracias the Turkey, and Pete the Cat: the First Thanksgiving, students, teachers and guest reader Rudiak took turns discussing Thanksgiving and shared what each was thankful for this year. Among other things, students were thankful for our armed forces, their parents and teachers, God, xbox, food, me, electricity, and the world. At Concord, the elementary school Rudiak attended, she had the opportunity to meet up with Ms. Holland, her fifth-grade gym teacher, who is still teaching at Concord.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> <a name="Saturday"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Saturday Morning with Toastmasters Carrick</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> Public speaking is one of the top fears among adults. Thankfully Toastmasters Carrick PA is here to help! With an incredibly supportive group, results are often seen quickly. After just a couple of sessions many people notice that they feel much more confident, are able to maintain eye contact and address the audience. This group creates leaders and confident public speakers!<br /> <br /> After attending one session, Councilwoman Rudiak said, &ldquo;I very much enjoyed the camaraderie and supportive nature of the group. It was really great to see such a resource develop in our community! Thank you to the toastmasters for making me and all newcomers feel welcome, and thank you for heading up such a wonderful team.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Check it out for yourself: Toastmasters Carrick PA meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh - Carrick Branch. You can also learn more from the recent PCTV interview. Catch one of the following show times: &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &quot;Toastmasters International&quot; will air on PCTV:</p> <p><br /> Comcast &nbsp;Channel 21 &nbsp;OR<br /> Verizon &nbsp;Channel 47</p> <p><br /> -Monday 12/1, 6:00 AM, Channel PCTV<br /> -Tuesday 12/2, 7:00 PM, Channel PCTV<br /> -Wednesday 12/3, 8:00 PM, Channel PCTV<br /> -Thursday 12/4, 10:00 AM, Channel PCTV<br /> -Friday 12/5, 5:00 PM, Channel PCTV<br /> Program information can be retrieved any of the following ways:<br /> <br /> * Go to the PCTV website: <a href="http://www.pctv21.org">www.pctv21.org</a> click on &#39;See listings here&rsquo;.<br /> * Program listings now appear on the Comcast interactive channel guide.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Be There"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Be There Brashear - Keeping Students Warm this Winter with Your Help</strong></span></a><br /> <br /> Brashear High School Students have partnered with the United Way&#39;s &quot;Be There&quot; Campaign, which promotes great attendance throughout Pittsburgh Schools. The students of the Attendance Ambassadors work to identify obstacles that hinder student attendance. The cold weather is one of the most challenging obstacles for students. Those who do not have proper winter attire are in need. We are asking you to support our cause and donate slightly used and new coats, scarves, hats and gloves.<br /> <br /> To donate, please contact Debra Smallwood at <a href="mailto:debra.smallwood0163@gmail.com?subject=Be%20There%20Brashear">debra.smallwood0163@gmail.com</a>.<br /> <br /> Brashear Attendance Student Ambassadors wish to Thank You for your support!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a name="Newest"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Newest News Source...CarrickExtra.com</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> CarrickExtra.com is a new news and information website serving Carrick and surrounding neighborhoods. A lot has changed in the Carrick area but one thing remains the same &ndash; Carrick is a vibrant community of people, homes, businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. CarrickExtra.com is a resource that connects people and community groups through news articles and directories, which will be added soon. Other features may be added in 2015, including commenting on news stories, information about weddings or seniors, local classifieds or obituaries. Read more at <a href="http://www.carrickextra.com">www.carrickextra.com</a>!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Beechview Trolley"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Beechview Trolley Crawl</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> Organized by Beechview residents to promote their neighborhood favorites, our staff was invited to join the first Beechview Trolley Crawl on Friday, November 7th.<br /> <br /> We began on that chilly night with pizza at Slice on Broadway, a most delicious way to warm up for the walk down Broadway. We then made our way to The Alpine and took advantage of draft specials and juke box fun, while enjoying the very Alpine decor. Bedrock was billiards heaven, and a great end to the night.<br /> <br /> Beechview residents put together this fantastic event and a great time was had by all. Hosting a crawl in your neighborhood? Don&rsquo;t forget to let our office know! Contact Chief of Staff Ashleigh Deemer at <a href="mailto:ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov">ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or communications manager Bethani Cameron, <a href="mailto:bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov">bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or call (412) 255-2131. We can help publicize events through our Newsletter or social media outreach. We are also happy to join in the fun, schedule permitting, of course!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> <a name="Mayor"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Mayor Peduto&#39;s State of the City Address and Proposed Budget</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> On November 10, Mayor Peduto delivered his State of the City address to a packed City Council Chambers. The address, which you can read in full here <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3721">http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3721</a>, focused on improving the City&#39;s financial practices, City services, economic development in our neighborhoods, employment opportunities for residents, community oriented policing, and more. As the chair of Council&#39;s Finance &amp; Law Committee, Councilwoman Rudiak is leading the discussion on the Mayor&#39;s proposed budget. Council is currently conducting a series of televised public hearings to learn more about each department&#39;s proposed budget, and will pass a final budget by the end of the calendar year. You can find the full schedule here <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/2015_BUDGET_HEARING_SCHEDULE_1.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/2015_BUDGET_HEARING_SCHEDULE_1.pdf</a> and watch the hearings live online at <a href="http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4">http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4</a> or on Comcast channel 13 or Verizon FiOS channel 44. Questions? Call our office: 412-255-2131.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Food"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Food Bank at Zion Christian Church in Carrick</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> In 1995, the food bank at Zion Christian Church began providing supplemental food for 50 families. The food bank particularly serves seniors and low-income families who are not being served by any other food bank programs.<br /> <br /> How can you support this wonderful organization? Send or drop off Shop-n-Save gift certificates for $10. Write a check made out directly to Shop N Save. Shop-n-Save is the nearest grocery store to the food bank and has shown a lot of support. Store manager Dave has personally contributed gift certificates to the food bank. Donations of food are also accepted on the Second Sunday of each month during church services.<br /> <br /> <strong>Please send donations to:</strong><br /> ℅ Linda Warble<br /> Food Bank Community Coordinator<br /> 127 The Boulevard<br /> Pgh 15210<br /> Please check expiration dates!! The food bank is not legally able to distribute expired food.<br /> <br /> As Linda Warble, Food Bank Community Coordinator said, &ldquo;We have so much, many have too little. It doesn&rsquo;t take a lot to share, give up a couple of Starbucks coffees and donate it! It&rsquo;s all about...simple acts of kindness and paying it forward. I encourage everyone to simplify a little and give just a little, it all adds up. Little acts of kindness can make a huge difference in someone else&rsquo;s holiday...its a monumental task and we are challenged every year, but the providence of God comes through every time.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Please help this wonderful organization spread love and feed hungry families this holiday season.To help, contact Linda Warble by <a href="mailto:warbleb@pitt.edu?subject=Food%20Bank">email</a> <a href="mailto:warbleb@pitt.edu?subject=Food%20Bank">warbleb@pitt.edu</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a name="2015"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">2015 Budget Process</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> An overview of the 2015 budget that was given to council on Monday, 11/24. To view the presentation, please navigate to<a href="http://http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2015_Budget_presentation.pdf"> http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2015_Budget_presentation.pdf</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Rental"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Rental Registration: What is it, Why is it?</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> There is a public hearing scheduled for 6pm on Monday, December 1 in City Council Chambers (City-County Building, 414 Ross Street, 5th Floor, 15219) to voice community feedback for the Rental Property Registration legislation. To register to speak at a City Council Public Hearing, you must contact the City Clerk at 412-255-2138 or register online <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/schedule">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/schedule</a>. Testimony is limited to three (3) minutes. If you do not register in advance, you will have the opportunity to address Council after the list of registered speakers has been exhausted, and you will be given one (1) minute of testimony.<br /> <br /> Below you will find some important notes about the legislation that City Council District offices have discussed with a few groups:<br /> <br /> - Requiring rental properties to be registered is a very positive thing for not only the city, but for community groups, neighbors, and responsible landlords in our communities.<br /> <br /> - It gives the city the ability to finally know, very clearly, how many rental units we have, where they are located, and who owns and manages them.<br /> <br /> - It gives neighborhoods and community groups tools to better identify problem properties and irresponsible landlords and collaborate with the city to address the issues.<br /> <br /> - It levels the playing field for landlords, because landlords who are tax delinquent or own dangerous/unauthorized rental units will no longer be able to compete with those who follow the rules and do the right thing.<br /> <br /> - The proposed $65 fee, which was decided upon after a meticulous cost analysis, is at the lower median of fees for cities across the country, many charge up to $250 per year per unit.<br /> <br /> - This</p> <p>new, amended bill will address all concerns raised in lawsuits over the original bill from 2009. The provisions that allegedly ran afoul of privacy protections and equal protections have been removed.<br /> <br /> - No one who owes the city taxes or who has outstanding property maintenance or building code violations can obtain a permit until those issues are addressed.<br /> <br /> - Renting units without a permit warrants fines up to $500 per unit per month.<br /> <br /> * The proposed bill will be amended to exempt non-profits from fees (as the city knows these organizations are providing a public service to Pittsburgh).<br /> <br /> If you plan to attend and make your opinion heard, this is very important to council members and officials in letting them know how much responsible renting means to Pittsburgh!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> <a name="Hilltop"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Hilltop Alliance Receives $1.5 Million for Work in Allentown</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> Over the next 6 years, the Hilltop Alliance will receive a total of $1.5 Million to improve Allentown&#39;s main business corridor, help homeowners repair their properties, enhance social services, and improve the neighborhood&#39;s access to fresh food. The grant is known as a Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), which is a long-term relationship with a business entity that essentially sponsors neighborhood work. In this case, the sponsors are PNC Bank, Dollar Bank, and UPMC Health Plan. The NPP program is highly competitive, and this year, the only grants in the City of Pittsburgh went to South Pittsburgh-- this Allentown grant, and another for Brownsville Road in Mt. Oliver, Knoxville, and Carrick.<br /> <br /> The Hilltop Alliance convened a summit of neighborhood leaders from Carrick, Overbrook, Beltzhoover, Allentown, Mt. Washington, Mt. Oliver City, Mt. Oliver Boro, and the South Side Slopes to plan for the future. You can see more about their great work and planning here <a href="http://pghhilltopalliance.org/images/2014%20Hilltop%20Summit%20Presentation%20WEB-RED.pdf">http://pghhilltopalliance.org/images/2014%20Hilltop%20Summit%20Presentation%20WEB-RED.pdf</a><br /> <br /> For more information on the Allentown Grant: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/10/Allentown-gets-1-5-million-over-6-years-for-community-improvements/stories/201411100013">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/11/10/Allentown-gets-1-5-million-over-6-years-for-community-improvements/stories/201411100013</a><br /> <br /> For more information on the Mt. Oliver, Knoxville, Carrick Grant: <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/11/18/front-page/brownsville-road-corridor-receiving-21m-for-community-revitalization/15025.html">http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/11/18/front-page/brownsville-road-corridor-receiving-21m-for-community-revitalization/15025.html</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Carrick"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Carrick High School Parent &amp; Community Workshops</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> All workshops are offered from 5:30 &ndash; 7:30pm at Pittsburgh Carrick High School. Seating is limited, so RSVP quickly! You may RSVP to Susan Loskoch by calling 412-529-7710, or emailing <a href="mailto:amiller3@pghboe.net?subject=Carrick%20Community%20and%20Parent%20Workshops">amiller3@pghboe.net</a>. When you RSVP, please include name(s) of attendee(s), the date and title of the workshop(s) and a phone number.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, December 15, 2014</strong></p> <p><br /> * 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<br /> <br /> *Knitting - Learn to knit or pick up your dusty knitting needles again. Limited to 5 seats. Supplies will be provided.<br /> <br /> *Cooking with Kuhn &ndash; Brush up on your culinary skills or learn some new ones. We&#39;ll be making some easy, tasty and (mostly) healthy dishes that you can use for yourself or for the whole family. This month will be Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, stuffed with lots of veggies, beans and a bit of a kick. Limited to 10 seats<br /> <br /> *Steel Drums &ndash; Come try your hand at playing the steel drums and transport yourself to the islands by creating authentic Caribbean sounds. You&rsquo;ll learn a short tune or two that will have you thinking of palm trees and pink umbrellas in coconut drinks to tide you over until the summer months. We&rsquo;ll also be making margaritas! (non-alcoholic, of course) Limited to 10 seats<br /> <br /> *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.Monday, January 12, 2015<br /> <br /> *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<br /> <br /> *Knitting - Learn to knit or pick up your dusty knitting needles again. Limited to 5 seats. Supplies will be provided.<br /> <br /> *Zumba &ndash; Come for fun, as you work away those holiday pounds. Zumba is an aerobic workout using dance. The length of this workshop will be around 45 minutes, so don&rsquo;t be scared. Start your New Year&rsquo;s resolution with us!<br /> <br /> *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.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, February 16, 2015</strong><br /> <br /> *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<br /> <br /> *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.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, March 16, 2015</strong><br /> <br /> * 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<br /> <br /> * 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<br /> <br /> *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.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, April 20, 2015</strong><br /> <br /> * 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<br /> <br /> * 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<br /> <br /> *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.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Snow"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Snow Angels: Helping Senior and Differently Abled Neighbors Dig Out!</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> Snow Angels is a program that helps minimize the hardships of winter by pairing volunteers with elderly or disabled residents to assist with snow removal. Snow covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone. Along with fostering stronger community relationships, and relieving some of the stress that comes from a snow storm, Snow Angels makes our sidewalks safer for those who continue to serve despite the winter weather &ndash; like postal service workers, firemen, and police officers.</p> <p><br /> Snow Angels was originally launched in 2011 by the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s servePGH initiative. Since its inception, Snow Angels has engaged over 200 volunteers. These volunteers have served over 300 residents and shoveled snow from over 50,000 square feet of sidewalk.</p> <p><br /> 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 2014-2015 winter season. Shovels and salt are available by request.</p> <p>To register as a volunteer with the Allegheny Snow Angels program and help ensure that our city&rsquo;s elderly and disabled are cared for this winter:</p> <p>&nbsp;- Call (412) 863-5939 or 2-1-1<br /> &nbsp;- Visit <a href="http://alleghenysnowangels.org">http://alleghenysnowangels.org</a><br /> &nbsp;- Or send an email to <a href="mailto:manager@alleghenysnowangels.org?subject=Snow%20Angels">manager@alleghenysnowangels.org</a><br /> <br /> To be matched with a Snow Angel and receive assistance, residents must have a physical disability OR be age 60 or older. In addition, residents must lack alternative snow removal resources and reside within Allegheny County.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Making"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Making it Our UPMC...New Developments</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> On Friday, 11/14, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge ruled that UPMC had &ldquo;egregiously violated&rdquo; the rights of four employees by disciplining and ultimately firing them. These four employees endured loss of their jobs, endured a trial and courageously refused a settlement from UPMC. Their perseverance has paid off. On Monday, 11/17, elected officials like Councilwoman Rudiak, Rep. Ed Gainey, and others teamed up to show public support for the employees of UPMC, our region&rsquo;s largest employer.<br /> <br /> As the largest single employer in our region, UPMC has a responsibility to honor the rights of employees to organize for better working conditions. Working full time and living off of food stamps is an unacceptable form of corporate welfare. UPMC and other employers seem to think that if a full-time worker can&rsquo;t feed their family with their earnings, that that doesn&rsquo;t mean there is a problem with wages. Who makes up the difference? We all do. We all support those whose income is not enough to live on. We will keep working to make it our UPMC.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a name="Virtual 2"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Virtual Block Watch Pilot Program</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> <em>What is a Virtual Block Watch?</em><br /> <br /> A block watch brings residents and business owners together to identify and address issues of concern in neighborhoods, reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in communities. These groups are also called block clubs, public safety committees or safety groups. A virtual block watch adds video surveillance cameras as another tool in this effort.<br /> <br /> <em>Community Objectives</em><br /> <br /> -Build and strengthen positive police/citizen partnerships for crime prevention.<br /> -Reduce the impact of crime by expanding opportunities of catching criminals.-Establish a private citizen virtual community that uses video surveillance as a method for crime prevention.<br /> -Collaborate with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to identify and apprehend offenders following a crime.<br /> -Protect neighborhoods by providing the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police with video capturing capability.<br /> <br /> <em>Recommended Camera Technology</em><br /> <br /> -Closed Circuit Television Camera System<br /> -2 to 4 Cameras with 700TVL Resolution<br /> -DVR Recorder<br /> -Video Monitor<br /> -Camera Systems to be purchased and installed by residents<br /> <br /> <em>Police Objectives</em><br /> <br /> -Work in cooperation with community groups for effective &amp; legal placement of camera(s).<br /> -Document geographic overlay to assist investigative follow-up.<br /> -Provide signage to increase public awareness of Virtual Block Watch.<br /> <br /> <em>Planning and Implementation</em><br /> <br /> -Neighborhoods are encouraged to form Virtual Block Watch Advisory Committees to coordinate educational sessions on the program, to research the availability of camera systems for interested neighbors to purchase and install and to maintain contact among those who participate in the program.<br /> <br /> -Neighbors who participate do so with a commitment to let law enforcement view those recordings that might assist with the identification and arrest of a perpetrator of a crime.<br /> <br /> -Law enforcement will work with neighbors to ensure the lawful placement of cameras. Law enforcement will maintain documentation on each camera system to assist with investigative follow-up.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact Officer Nathan Auvil, Zone 3 <a href="mailto:nathan.auvil@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Virtual%20Block%20Watch">nathan.auvil@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.<br /> <br /> Virtual Block Watch is a program of Safer Together Pittsburgh: collaborative strategies for community safety which builds and strengthens partnerships between the City&rsquo;s public safety bureaus, the Public Safety Zone Councils and associated community based public safety groups, as well as the neighborhoods they serve.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a name="November"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>November was Schools Month!</strong></span></a></p> <p><br /> I greeted hundreds of Pittsburgh Public School teachers who serve our City&#39;s families every day. Joined the superintendent, school board members, foundation heads and other leaders at a Teachers Matter Celebration at the Carnegie Science Center. It was a wonderful honor those who work to better our schools every day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <a name="Health"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Health Notes: UPMC Ends Contract with Highmark</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> Unless you are new to town, you know that UPMC and Highmark will end most of their working relationship beginning in 2015. UPMC has set up a toll-free number for questions on this change.<br /> 1-844-516-1177.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <br /> <a name="Shout"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Shout Outs from Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></strong></a></p> <p><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Pittsburgh Brashear</strong></span><br /> -Members of the Junior and Senior class attended an in-house college fair<br /> -Senior, James Thomas IV, is an entrepreneur! His sneaker convention was featured in The Post-Gazette. Read more: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2014/10/27/Pittsburgh-sneaker-scene-abuzz-with-conventions-specialty-shops/stories/201410270001">http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2014/10/27/Pittsburgh-sneaker-scene-abuzz-with-conventions-specialty-shops/stories/201410270001</a><br /> -Ms. Allen organized a fun filled week of Red Ribbon activities.<br /> -The BBBS event for our 9thgraders, the &quot;We Promise&quot; summit for our seniors, and the RACE field trip at Carnegie Museum were extremely successful.<br /> -The monthly PSCC meeting was a success. At the November meeting we will have<br /> -Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the students in Family Consumer Science.<br /> -Parent-teacher conferences were a huge success.<br /> -Administering the PSAT to all of the 10th and 11th graders is a major undertaking at Brashear and it has gone smoothly because everyone has jumped in and worked together.<br /> -Professional Learning Communities are the core of our School Improvement Plan for professional growth and officially began this month.<br /> -Mr. Fortunato and his construction classes have been inspired to make a school garden.<br /> -We also began Advisory this month!<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong></span><br /> -During November, we set our goals for the character trait - PATIENCE. &nbsp;<br /> -Carmalt&rsquo;s Student Council is working on school involvement activities. &nbsp;<br /> -We are planning our annual Santa Sing Along. &nbsp;This year, besides our visit from Santa, we will have the newly formed Dance Team perform. &nbsp;<br /> -November 25, there will be a parent involvement activity with our first grade parents.<br /> -December 17th is our annual Santa Sing Along. &nbsp;Bring your camera. &nbsp;Talk is that a chubby man in a red suit will be making an appearance!<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Pittsburgh Concord</strong></span><br /> -During the month of November the students at Concord participated in a service project<br /> by writing letters to soldiers thanking them for their service. Over three hundred letters were mailed to soldiers. The students at Concord would like to thank the Pittsburgh Firefighters and Project Warm for the generous donation of winter coats for our primary students.<br /> <br /> -Concord&rsquo;s Chorus will be performing at Kennywood&rsquo;s Holiday of Lights on December 6th. The next PSCC meeting will be held on December 11th at 5:30 PM in the library. The Holiday Winter Program will be held in the gym on Tuesday, December 23rd at 9:00 AM.<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Pittsburgh South Brook</strong></span><br /> -The South Brook school community is proud to share that their school made the largest gains on the PA School Performance Profile in Allegheny County. They are also excited to share solid growth of students compared to Pennsylvania schools.<br /> <br /> -South Brook would also like to thank the boys and girls volleyball for a wonderful season and the cross country team, who came in second place overall this year!<br /> <br /> -We will also have a PSCC pot luck dinner on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00 for families and community in the South Brook cafeteria.<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Roosevelt Elementary</strong></span><br /> -Roosevelt will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Feast on the 14th of November at both buildings. &nbsp;All students and staff will receive a turkey lunch with all the fixings. &nbsp;Members of the city fire department and police force will be joining the Roosevelt family for the celebration. &nbsp;Students will be given the chance to share some of the things that they are thankful for!<br /> <br /> -Roosevelt Elementary was honored to open another Pre-K classroom on the 12th of November. &nbsp;While the first class is in the primary building, the new addition to the family is located in the intermediate building. &nbsp;We also want to welcome Ms. Stephanie Mastandrea (Pre-K teacher) and Ms. Alexandria Loar (Paraprofessional) to the Roosevelt as we look forward to working with them!<br /> <br /> -Roosevelt&#39;s PTO will be hosting a Holiday Clothing Swap on the 19th of November from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the intermediate building. &nbsp;This is a great opportunity for students to acquire warm clothing as winter quickly approaches.<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Beechwood Elementary Pre-K through 5</strong></span><br /> -A &ldquo;shout-out&rdquo; to all of our teachers, staff, parents, and students who worked so hard and came together to make our annual Fall Harvest Feast a great success! So many of us donated food, our time, and even money so that we could have a traditional turkey dinner at school! We also had many leftovers, which were donated to our community members in need.<br /> <br /> -Also in November, we had our second annual &quot;grief awareness day.&quot; This gives our children a chance to remember loved ones whom they lost. Many students decorated &quot;Hope&quot; Butterflies, which were put on display. Blue lollipops were sold during lunchtime for a quarter, and the BPFA (Beechwood Elementary Parent Faculty Association) matched the total, and donated all proceeds to the Highmark Caring Place.<br /> <br /> -Our first &quot;Beechwood Supports&quot; day was a success! Beechwood Elementary families supported Slice On Broadway by dining in or ordering take-out on November 11th. They gave our Beechwood families 15% off of our total food order on this day, and they were very busy that night. It was a Win-Win for both!<br /> <br /> -Our annual Holiday Shop is currently under way! We have a great new company this year, with many good quality items at a reasonable price!<br /> <br /> -The tradition of our &quot;Angel Tree&quot; continues! If you would like to buy gifts for one of our Beechwood Student Angels, please stop by the office to pick out a tag from the tree. All angels and donors will remain anonymous. You can return whatever gifts you have to our school office, or to our school counselor, Mr DiFlippo.<br /> <br /> -Our Winter Concert student show will be on Thursday, December 18th this year from 9:30-11:00am. This is a great way for our students to showcase their many talents, and they are proud to do so!<br /> <br /> -On December 23rd, the BPFA will provide a &quot;Dueling Pianos&quot; show for students in all grades. Last year&#39;s December &quot;Josh and Gab&quot; show was such a hit, that we&#39;ve decided to keep the tradition going by treating the students to an entertaining and educational show every December!<br /> <br /> -Our next BPFA general meeting will be on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 6:30pm 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!<br /> <br /> -Contact the BPFA at <a href="mailto:beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com?subject=Beechwood%20">beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com</a> to learn more!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a name="Meetings"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Meetings</span></strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, 12/1</strong><br /> 6PM - Public Hearing on Rental Registration<br /> City Council Chambers, City-County Building, 414 Ross Street, 5th Floor<br /> <br /> 7PM - Carrick Overbrook Block Watch<br /> Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Thursday, 12/4</strong><br /> 7PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens BACC &amp; Beechview Block Watch<br /> <em>Meet and Greet with Beechview Consultant David Brewton</em><br /> Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Tuesday, 12/9</strong><br /> 6:30 PM - Brookline Blockwatch Christmas Party (Potluck)<br /> Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd<br /> <br /> <a name="Thurs"><strong>Thursday, 12/11</strong></a><br /> 7PM -&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Mt. Washington CDC <em>S</em></span><em><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">pecial Meeting </span></em><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">St. Mary of the Mount and Cozza Enterprises to present their separate but linked development plans to the community.</span></p> <p><br /> <strong>Wednesday, 12/17</strong><br /> 6 PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting<br /> Zone 3 Police Station, 830 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Tuesday, 12/23</strong><br /> 7PM - Overbrook Community Council<br /> Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Thursday, 12/25</strong><br /> Christmas Holiday - City-County Building Closed<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Friday, 1/1/2015 - Happy New Year!</strong><br /> New Year&rsquo;s Day Holiday - City-County Building Closed<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, 1/5</strong><br /> Overbrook/Carrick Community Watch &amp; Carrick Community Council, 7:00 p.m.<br /> <em><strong>With guest speaker Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay</strong></em><br /> Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:31:02 -0500 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | November 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3717 <h3>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re going to wait for fear to leave or subside, you&#39;re going to be waiting on the sidelines for a very long time.&rdquo;</h3> <h3><br /> -Robin Roberts speaking at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#Working">Working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</a><br /> <a href="#Yard">Yard Debris Special Collection - Saturday, November 8</a><br /> <a href="#New">New Consultants Hired to Help Implement Beechview&rsquo;s Vision for the Broadway Corridor</a><br /> <a href="#Sarah">Sarah Miller: Teenaged Artisan of Brookline (Excerpt from CLP&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Chapter&rsquo;)</a><br /> <a href="#Carnegie">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s&nbsp; Outstanding Teen Outreach, By The Numbers</a><br /> <a href="#Make">Make a Difference in your Community: Be A Mentor!</a><br /> <a href="#Carrick">Carrick High School Parent and Community Workshops</a><br /> <a href="#Carnegie Library">Carnegie Library Beechview Closed for Renovations</a><br /> <a href="#The">The Heritage Players Presents&hellip;!</a><br /> <a href="#Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors - Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News!</a><br /> <a href="#Pittsburghers">Pittsburghers in Need will &lsquo;Get Stuffed With Love&rsquo; this Thanksgiving</a><br /> <a href="#New!">New! Sign Up Online to Speak at Public Hearings</a><br /> <a href="#Q&amp;A">Q&amp;A: Police Residency Requirement</a><br /> <a href="#Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.: &ldquo;Transforming Lives through Self-Sufficiency&rdquo;</a><br /> <a href="#Your">Your Input Needed&hellip;Federal Grant Funding Five Year Plan</a><br /> <a href="#Shout">Shout Outs From our South Pittsburgh Schools</a><br /> <a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Working">Working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</a></h2> <p><br /> -September wrapped up with the 90th Anniversary celebration of Carrick High School. I was happy to present CHS with a Proclamation honoring the history of the school, my alma mater, at their celebratory luncheon.<br /> -I started October riding along and throwing away your trash with an awesome Environmental Services crew. Wade, William, Orlando and Tom helped me understand this challenging and dangerous job. We are so thankful for the work that they do!<br /> -On Thursday the 9th I had the privilege of performing once again in &ldquo;Off The Record, XIV&rdquo; this time featuring Council President Kraus and Councillor O&rsquo;Connor, as well as the incredible talents of the two unions who most closely follow the news, the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild (Post-Gazette journalists) and Pittsburgh SAG-AFTRA (TV and radio newspeople and performers), we enjoyed many jokes, songs and of course a touching tribute to Mayor Masloff.<br /> -Halfway through October we finalized serious savings for Pittsburgh by refinancing our bonds. The amount we borrowed won&rsquo;t change, but the amount of interest we pay took a nosedive when we reduced our interests rates dramatically; from 5.25% down to 1.2% and 5% down to 1.5%! <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/10/15/Council-advances-debt-refinancing-plan-for-Pittsburgh/stories/201410150184">Read more</a>...<br /> -October 16th I was honored to attend the PA Women&rsquo;s Conference in Philadelphia. Robin Robert&rsquo;s inspiring words stuck with me: &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re going to wait for fear to leave or subside, you&#39;re going to be waiting on the sidelines for a very long time.&rdquo;<br /> -On Sunday the 19th, I was honored to accept the &ldquo;Polonian of the Year&rdquo; award at the Pulaski and Polish Heritage Day Dinner. City Councillor Theresa Kail-Smith humbled me by presenting me with a proclamation to recognize the importance of the award.<br /> -On Halloween, I concluded my series of neighborhood bus tours for City officials to see South Pittsburgh neighborhoods first-hand (<a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/11/04/news/councilwoman-rudiak-concludes-tours-of-district-4-for-city-officials/15001.html">Read more</a>)<br /> -In October I also attended the public meeting of the City&rsquo;s Education Task Force&hellip; met with the Director of Operations for Pressley Ridge, an organization that provides options for seriously troubled children and their families&hellip;.talked with Pennslvania American Water about outstanding restoration proejcts in the district &hellip; attended the <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/526061247918518272/photo/1">Halloween Costume Contest</a> in Carrick &hellip; served on a panel with my 4 women City Council colleagues at an event held by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University &hellip;. attended the 30th anniversary dinner for Angels&rsquo; Place which provides free childcare for young students finishing their education &hellip; met with more developers interested in business and housing developments in the district &hellip; and more!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Yard">Yard Debris Special Collection - Saturday, November 8</a></h2> <p>The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 8, 2014.</p> <p>Yard debris should be placed at your normal collection site on Friday, November 7. All yard debris materials will be collected by city refuse and recycling crews and composted on Saturday November 8.</p> <p>Bag Leaves for Collection: Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site. Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds. Leaves in plastic bags will NOT be accepted. Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at local hardware or department stores.</p> <p>Tree Branches and Bushes: Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding 5 ft. in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four (4&rdquo;) inches.<br /> Please Note: City crews will NOT collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will NOT be collected by city crews.</p> <p>Yard debris NOT meeting the collection guidelines will NOT be collected by city crews.<br /> If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773 or (412) 255-2631.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="New">New Consultants Hired to Help Implement Beechview&rsquo;s Vision for the Broadway Corridor</a></h2> <p>Beechview&#39;s business district has been waiting for a boost, and the frustration over delayed development has been tough to endure. But positive signs and hope are in the air. The new businesses are staying and glad to be here. The Library is being transformed. Everyone came together for the Halloween Parade and the annual placement of the beautiful Christmas wreaths is just around the corner.</p> <p>Wanting to encourage the positive signs and to build on Beechview&#39;s strengths, in 2013 Councilor Rudiak carved out funding from the city&rsquo;s budget to hire additional people power for the Beechview neighborhood. Today we are proud to announce a new partnership with with community leaders to bring the team of Dave Brewton and Joe Wingenfeld to help implement redevelopment initiatives along the Broadway Corridor and find ways to strengthen the overall Beechview neighborhood. This comes on the heels of extensive visioning made by the community over the past decade most recently formalized in the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/files/transportation/SMARTTRID_Beechview_Final_090111.pdf">SMART TRID Corridor Study</a> of 2011.</p> <p>Dave and Joe will serve the community in ways that our small office staff cannot; their efforts will focus on supporting existing businesses along Broadway with resources and marketing efforts, exploring financial arrangements for proposed real estate projects, bolstering existing community group efforts, and promoting the Beechview Neighborhood as one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s hidden gems. If you would like to assist this initiative in any way please contact them at (412) 295-4787 or by <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview">e-mail</a> at drbrewton@ymail.com.&nbsp; Also stop by BREW on Broadway where you may be able to find them in the back room, clacking away on their laptops and meeting with local residents and business owners!</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="Sarah">Sarah Miller: Teenaged Artisan of Brookline (Excerpt from CLP&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Chapter&rsquo;)</a></h2> <p>At 14, Sarah Miller is already a prolific artist. The Brookline teen enjoys knitting, drawing, painting and creating jewelry. Through the Maker&rsquo;s Dozen program at CLP-Brookline she has also discovered how to screen print and is learning to crochet in her free time.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really enjoy making things,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;When I&rsquo;m here at the Library, I can actually do things and let my imagination go free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Teen Specialist Georgiana (Gigi) Deming says that the Maker&rsquo;s Dozen program started in response to the popular Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement in Pittsburgh and around the country. Through the program, teens meet with real-world artists and makers who provide insight about the business of creativity and teach teens how to connect their talents to cash flow. The program includes monthly micro-presentations, book displays and reading recommendations that complement the monthly topic and hands-on DIY workshops.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lots of kids have done arts and crafts, but we want to show them that their creative skills have financial relevance,&rdquo; says Gigi. &ldquo;The Library is a natural place for teens to cultivate passion. With books and resources to satisfy any crafting desire, the Library is truly a place where ideas come to life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Local Brookline business Cannon Coffee will be hosting a Maker&rsquo;s Dozen store on Etsy&rsquo;s online marketplace. The online shop will feature handmade goods and items made by the Library&rsquo;s teens, including Sarah&rsquo;s handcrafted necklaces. Sarah says that while she has made jewelry for family and friends, thanks to Maker&rsquo;s Dozen, she&rsquo;s realizing that she can share her talents with a wider audience. She&rsquo;s excited that &ldquo;people will be able to see my artwork and have it to enjoy for themselves.</p> <p>In late 2011, voters overwhelmingly voted to add additional tax dollars to our libraries, and those funds have been able to support teens like Sarah, and increase our teen outreach efforts by over an astounding 1000%! Check out the numbers yourself!</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="Carnegie">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Outstanding Teen Outreach, By The Numbers</a></h2> <p><strong>In-Library</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> 2011&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2013&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; % Change</strong><br /> Programs Offered&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 833&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1409&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3062&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +268%<br /> Teen Attendance&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10,199&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12,712&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 25,860&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +154%</p> <p><strong>Outreach</strong><br /> Number of Visits&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 117&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 418&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1006&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +760%<br /> Teen Attendance&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2512&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12,112&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 28,252&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; +1025%</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="Make">Make a Difference in your Community: Be A Mentor!</a></h2> <h4><br /> by Lauren Stoner, Beechview Resident</h4> <p>Mentoring students is one of the most effective ways to invest in the future of our communities.</p> <p>The program is in great need of mentors in the South Pittsburgh area schools. They ask that mentors give 1 hour per week for the duration of the school year to support a middle schooler and help them stay on course in school and life (e.g. be that extra ear, encourage them to do their best, dream big, etc.).</p> <p><strong>I am asking today that you consider being a middle school mentor at one of the following schools:</strong></p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; South Brook: 779 Dunster St, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 &ndash; Mondays from 3:50-5:10pm<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; South Hills: 595 Crane Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 &ndash; Mondays from 3:00-4:00pm<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brookline: 500 Woodbourne Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 &ndash; Thursdays from 3:00-3:50pm<br /> <br /> If you are interested in learning more or signing up, visit their <a href="http://www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/mentor/">website</a> at http://www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/mentor/.</p> <p>If you have questions, you can reach out directly to Damon Bethea, Mentoring Project Director, at 412-456-6770 or <a href="mailto:damon.bethea@uwac.org?subject=Mentoring">email</a> damon.bethea@uwac.org.</p> <p>Thanks so much for your consideration of being a middle school mentor!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Carrick">Carrick High School Parent and Community Workshops</a></h2> <p>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 <a href="mailto:amiller3@pghboe.net?subject=Carrick%20Parent%20and%20Community%20Workshops">email</a> to amiller3@pghboe.net. Please include the name(s) of attendees, the date and title of the workshop(s) and a phone number. Workshops include:</p> <p><strong>Monday, 11/17</strong></p> <p><br /> <u>Fun with Physics</u> - Have you ever asked the question, What is it about scary music that disturbs us? Or, Why do we see red instead of blue? Come to Physics Fun Day at Carrick to explore the science behind sound/light and the deep magic behind how we hear and see. You can also explore motion and forces using sonic motion detectors, precision photogates and force sensors.</p> <p><u>Adolescent Psychology</u> - What can explain the behavior of teenagers? Why do they act the way they do? Dark forces that uniquely affect the teen, as Aristotle postulated? The most tumultuous of life&rsquo;s several identity crises as Erickson theorized?</p> <p><u>Learn Spanish</u> - 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.</p> <p><u>Thanksgiving Centerpieces</u></p> <p><br /> <u>Knitting</u></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monday, December 15</strong></p> <p><u>Learn Spanish</u><br /> <u>Knitting</u><br /> <u>Cooking with Kuhn</u> - Limited to 10 seats</p> <p><strong>Monday, January 12, 2015</strong><br /> <u>Jewelry Making</u><br /> <u>Knitting</u></p> <p><strong>Monday, February 16, 2015</strong><br /> <u>Learn Spanish</u></p> <p><strong>Monday, March 16, 2015</strong><br /> <u>Learn Spanish</u><br /> <u>Theater Games</u></p> <p><strong>Monday, April 20, 2015</strong><br /> <u>Learn Spanish</u><br /> <u>Jewelry Making</u></p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="Carnegie Library">Carnegie Library Beechview Closed for Renovations</a></h2> <p>In case you missed it, the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is temporarily closed for renovations. The Library closed on June 21st .&nbsp; Environmental abatement immediately followed and was completed by the first week of September.&nbsp; The general contractor (Volpatt Construction) mobilized on September 8th and within a month all demolition was complete.&nbsp; Site excavation started in October and the building foundations are in progress. The project is on schedule and we anticipate re-opening in the summer of 2015.</p> <p>The Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also recently approved an additional $334,000 in funding to support the revitalization of CLP-Beechview. This brings the total cost of the project to $3,234,000.</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="The">The Heritage Players Presents&hellip;!</a></h2> <p>The Heritage Players will present their &quot;Holiday Spectacular&quot; showcasing a variety of local talent on December 7 at 2:00 PM and at 6:00 PM at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 15226. Tickets are $7.00 at the door, and $5.00 if <a href="http://www.bphp.org/xu35a">purchased</a> in advance at www.bphp.org/xu35a. Box office opens thirty minutes before curtain. For more <a href="http://www.bphp.org">information</a> visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633.<br /> <br /> <br /> The Heritage Players proudly announce their 2015 Theater Season beginning with the comedy, &quot;Electra&quot; on March 13-15 and 20-22, the classic drama, &quot;To Kill a Mockingbird&quot; on May 22-24 and 29-31, the musical, &quot;The Secret Garden&quot; on October 16-18 and 23-25, and &quot;Peter Pan Jr.&quot; on July 31-August 2 and August 7-9, 2015. All productions will be performed at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 15226. For more <a href="http://www.bphp.org">information</a> visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633.</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><br /> <a name="Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors - Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News!</a></h2> <p>This month, Councilor Rudiak sponsored proclamations of Council to honor the work of<br /> -Zachary Tyler Neal, accomplished Brookline native who earned his Eagle Scout and Freshman at Duquesne University<br /> -Angel&rsquo;s Place on their 30th Anniversary. Angel&rsquo;s Place has supported single young parents for three decades. The free services and child-care they provide have enabled young parents to build healthy families and lift themselves and their children out of poverty.<br /> -Off The Record XIV, The fourteenth year of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s political satire for a cause was enjoyed by a large audience at the Byham theater. Beyond the laughs, Off The Record has raised thousands for Pittsburgh-area charities including nearly $350,000 raised for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Pittsburghers">Pittsburghers in Need will &lsquo;Get Stuffed With Love&rsquo; this Thanksgiving</a></h2> <p>&ldquo;Get Stuffed With Love&rdquo; provides a free, hot and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meals to people who really need them. On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers will deliver these much needed meals to those who have applied. There are no income requirements. This year will will be delivering to any person or family in the city of Pittsburgh who need our help.</p> <p>Meal requests must be made by November 17, 2014. Please spread the word and have neighbors call the Community Relations Officer in your Zone to sign up.</p> <p>If you want to help deliver meals on Thanksgiving Day with police officers in your zone, volunteers are asked to call your zone officer.</p> <p>Resident of the following communities can contact Officer Christine Luffey at 412-488-8425:</p> <p>Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, Oakwood, Overbrook, Ridgemont, Sheraden, South Side, West End, Westwood, Windgap</p> <p>If you would like to volunteer to help prepare the meals prior to Thanksgiving Day, please contact Heather Dieckmann at 412-431-9191.&nbsp; If you would like to ride along with police officers to assist with the deliveries on Thanksgiving Day, call Christine Luffey or the Community Relations Officer for your Zone.</p> <p>Community Relations Officers, by Zone:<br /> 1. Larry Crawford at Zone 1 - 412-323-7201<br /> 2. Raymond Perry at Zone 2 - 412-255-2827<br /> 3. Christine Luffey at Zone 3 - 412-488-8326<br /> 4. Shannon Leshen at Zone 4 - 412-422-6520<br /> 5. Michael Gay at Zone 5 - 412-665-3770<br /> 6. Kenneth Stevwing at Zone 6 - 412-937-3051</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="New!">New! Sign Up Online to Speak at Public Hearings</a></h2> <p>The City Clerk staff have been working with the Department of Innovation and Performance to create a quick and easy way to sign up for public hearings. We are happy to announce that online sign up for Public Hearings via the City Clerk is finally here!</p> <p>Citizens will select the public hearing and bill number they would like to speak about. For those hearings with no bill number--like the upcoming citizen participation &amp; tax hearing--they can just choose the topic. The City Clerk will still be accepting phone sign-ups for those that do not have access to the internet.<br /> <br /> To <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/form/signup.php">register</a>, go to http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/schedule and click the Public Hearing Sign Up Form link under Public Hearing Schedule.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Q&amp;A">Q&amp;A: Police Residency Requirement</a></h2> <p>Our office occasionally receives questions about the issue of police residency in the City of Pittsburgh, which I fully support. Many citizens believe the issue has been resolved since in November of 2013 when, by a margin of 80-20, Pittsburgh voters approved a ballot question that amended the home rule charter to require all city employees to live in the city. However, resolving this issue is not so simple and actually involves ongoing complex negotiations&nbsp; revolving around interpretations of state law.</p> <p>In fact, since 1902, all City of Pittsburgh employees, whose salaries are paid by taxpayer dollars, have been required to live in the city where they work.&nbsp; In 1990, the Policemen&rsquo;s Civil Service Act for Cities of the Second Class was amended to reinforce that requirement for our police officers by stating that the City of Pittsburgh &ldquo;shall,&rdquo; or in other words, must, require our officers to live within the CIty limits.</p> <p>In 2012, the General Assembly, Pennsylvania&rsquo;s state legislature, amended that law by changing one simple word. The Policemen&rsquo;s Civil Service Act was changed from saying that an officer &ldquo;shall&rdquo; be a resident to saying the city &ldquo;may&rdquo; require residency. Unfortunately, that amendment, passed by the General Assembly, has created controversy, and the police bargaining unit has taken this issue to arbitration, to bargain for the ability to live outside the City.</p> <p>Over the past two years, there has been a lot of attention on whether Pittsburgh Police officers will be able to overturn their residency requirement. The bargaining unit representing the police, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) argues that they may be able to retain more officers if the residency requirement is eliminated.</p> <p>The state law about collective bargaining for police and firefighters (&ldquo;Act 111&rdquo;) also currently defines the way that police bargain for certain terms of employment with the City.&nbsp; Earlier this year, the FOP brought the residency issue before an arbitration board of 3 members. After arguments, the arbiters voted 2-1 to change our more-than-a-century-old requirement for employees to live where they work. The 2 arbiters determined that police officers can live within &ldquo;25 air miles of the City-County Building.&rdquo; This area includes parts of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties as well as all of Allegheny County. However the dissenting arbiter said that:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;while Act 111 allows rules about the removal or discipline of a police officer to be the subject of collective bargaining and arbitration, &lsquo;There is no such affirmative language on residency, leaving only one conclusion: that residency is not subject to collective bargaining or an arbiters decision.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br /> - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, &ldquo;Pittsburgh representative refuses to sign decision to allow cops to live outside the city&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The Mayor&rsquo;s administration has appealed the ruling, and officers are still required to live in the City, pending the result of the appeal.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that the public disagrees with the Police, and believes officers should live in the City they are charged to protect and serve. In July of 2013 City Council held a public hearing on the issues, and the hearing demonstrated unanimous public support for continuing to require police, firefighters and all city employees to live in the city. Citizens spoke out about the need for a police force which is connected to the community in a real and practical way.</p> <p>And of course on November 5, 2013, 80% of Pittsburghers voted (http://wesa.fm/term/home-rule-charter) to require those who work for the City to live in the City. Frustratingly, the public&rsquo;s vote continues to be undermined by an arbitration process that is out of the hands of the public&rsquo;s representatives, City Council.</p> <p>The case is ongoing and we urge citizens to keep reading the newspaper and <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mypgh/signup.htm?mode=f&amp;f=45">sign up</a> for our District 4 newsletter at district4.pittsburghpa.gov to keep updated with this and other information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.: &ldquo;Transforming Lives through Self-Sufficiency&rdquo;</a></h2> <p>The mission of Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI) is to address the causes of poverty and to diminish its effects by enabling and empowering low-income residents of the City of Pittsburgh to make measurable progress on the continuum from impoverishment to self-sufficiency.</p> <p>In it&rsquo;s 31 years, PSCI has worked to make a visible impact in reducing the number of impoverished people in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; It is widely recognized in the community as a collaborative partner who routinely influences public policy decisions and is an advocate for and expert on the issues that affect the lives and wellbeing of impoverished people.</p> <p>The organization maintains food banks in the city and helps needy citizens connect with services. Their contract with the city was cut and the hunger trust fund was sliced in half. Due to this funding issue, PSCI, Inc. may have no choice but to close the food bank in Mt. Washington.</p> <p>If you would like to help please contact Pam Wilbon at 412-904-4702. To learn more about PCSI, please <a href="http://www.pghcsi.org/">navigate</a> to http://www.pghcsi.org/. If we act together, we can help more of our neighbors find food security.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><br /> <a name="Your">Your Input Needed&hellip;Five Year Plan for Federal Grant Funds</a></h2> <p><br /> Attention Community Leaders! Senior centers volunteers, churches, soup kitchens, libraries, civic and economic development entities, and community organizations:</p> <p>All interested residents are encouraged to attend one of these community meetings regarding the use of Federal grant funding (like CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA) in the City of Pittsburgh over the next five years.</p> <p>The purpose of these meetings is to gather information for the City&rsquo;s Five Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-2019, the Annual Action Plan for FY 2015, and the City&rsquo;s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.).</p> <p>Over the next few months, City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of City Planning will be meeting with several City departments in individual and small groups, and with social service agencies, housing providers, and economic development organizations to get first-hand knowledge of community needs when it comes to grant funding. The City must submit applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other Federal Entitlement Funds.</p> <p>We need input from individuals and organizations on barriers to fair housing choice in the City and what steps can be undertaken to increase fair housing.</p> <p>The four public meetings will be held in the north, south, east, and west sectors of the City, to make sure that we hear from as many neighbors as possible. Please mark your calendar with the meeting closest to you.</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM</strong> &ndash; Larimer Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (East)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Monday, November 17th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM</strong> &ndash; Shelter at Banksville Park, Approx. 1500 Crane Avenue, Pittsburgh 15220 (West)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM</strong> - Knoxville Library, 400 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (South)<br /> &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Monday, November 24th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM </strong>- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Allegheny, 1230 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (North)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Written comments may be addressed to the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of City Planning, attention Michael Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The phone number is (412) 255-2211, fax number is (412) 393-0151, and<br /> the TDD number is (412) 255-2222.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please contact either Mike Petrucci, Assistant Director for Community Development at 412-255-2211, <a href="mailto:mike.petrucci@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Comments%20on%20Federal%20grant%20fund%20priorities">email</a> mike.petrucci@pittsburghpa.gov<br /> or <a href="mailto:karl@urbandesignventures.com?subject=Federal%20grant%20fund%20priorities">contact</a> our Consultant, Karl Haglund, Vice President of Urban Design Ventures karl@urbandesignventures.com.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><br /> <a name="Shout">Shout Outs From our South Pittsburgh Schools</a></h2> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH CARRICK</strong><br /> *CHS was proud to celebrate its 90th anniversary the last Sunday in September with a luncheon and a Proclamation of City Council, honoring the long and storied history of our fine institution.<br /> *We accommodated the needs of the Brashear High School students when their building was evacuated. Everything ran smoothly.<br /> *Our homecoming dance was a success. Fun was had by all!!<br /> *Great news, our parent workshops are starting again in November! Previously, we had a great turn out, and it really helped us open up the doors at Carrick High School for everyone to see the great offerings we have. <a href="#Carrick">Read more</a>.</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH BRASHEAR</strong><br /> We have had an exciting month at Pittsburgh Brashear!<br /> -Shout-Out to the members of the Bull Pen! We are building school spirit and pride!<br /> -Shout Out to our construction students who are collecting fruits and veggies for a compost to support their &quot;Grow&quot; project!<br /> -Shout-Out to Pittsburgh Carrick&#39;s staff and students who welcomed Pittsburgh Brashear into their building this week!<br /> -Pittsburgh Brashear will be hosting an After-school Academy! CHECK IT OUT!</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH CARMALT ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY</strong><br /> -Our Science and Technology Academy had two science teachers attend the new STEAM training. We will be implementing some of the science ideas shared.<br /> -Our Halloween parade will have grades preK-5 participating. This will be on October 31. Contact the school for further details.<br /> -Our students from prek-8 handed in their first monthly writing piece to the principal. All work will be reviewed, and each student will have a conference with the principal.<br /> -The monthly character trait for October is COURAGE. Students set goals and reflect on their personal goals each day prior to the start of the intervention period. &ldquo;I Caught You Doing Something Good&rdquo; certificates are given out to students who exhibit courage. Their names are submitted for a weekly drawing.</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH CONCORD</strong><br /> -October will be a very busy month at Concord!<br /> -Concord will participate in the Inter- School Attendance Challenge with Pittsburgh Roosevelt and Arlington. The kick off for the challenge will be held on October 14th<br /> -A magnet fair for 5th grade students will be held on October 28th from 5:00-6:30 PM.<br /> -The Halloween Parade will occur on October 31 at 1:30 PM.<br /> -Pittsburgh Concord is also collecting Box Tops for Education. Box Tops can be dropped off in the main office during school hours.</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT</strong><br /> -We are implemented new extracurricular activities for our students beginning with several clubs which include the Chess Club, Garden Club and Art Club.<br /> -Roosevelt will participate in a school-wide attendance challenge (sponsored by The United Way) with Concord and Arlington. The challenge begins October 14 and ends on November 21. The winning school will receive a party and the principals of the other schools will have to personally congratulate the winning school while wearing that school&#39;s t-shirt!<br /> -Elizabeth Kelly (4th grade teacher) received funding for 5 IPads to be used in her classroom. The project was requested through Donorschoose.org and funded by Pittsburgh Google!</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH SOUTH HILLS</strong><br /> -October 13- Regular school day for students<br /> -October 16- 1/2 day for students and Open House 4:00-7:00 p.m.<br /> -October 17- No school for students- Open House 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.<br /> -October 20 - 200 South Hills Middle Students will attend an open Penguin&#39;s Practice</p> <p><strong>PITTSBURGH SOUTH BROOK</strong><br /> -A team of South Brook teachers are working at the libraries in the Carrick and Brookline Community, as well as the Carrick Rec Center. They are offering math tutoring every Wednesday beginning at 5:30. Below is the schedule for the next two months.<br /> Please feel free to come and join them.<br /> Dates<br /> October 15, 2014..............at Brookline Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> October 22, 2014.............at Carrick Recreation Center @ 5:30 pm<br /> October 29, 2014.............at Carrick Recreation Center @ 5:30 pm<br /> November 5, 2014............at Brookline Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> November 12, 2014..........at Carrick Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> November 19, 2014..........at Brookline Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> December 3, 2014............at Brookline Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> December 10, 2014..........at Carrick Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> December 17, 2014..........at Brookline Library @ 5:30 pm<br /> Locations:<br /> Brookline Branch.....708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226...phone: 412-561-1003<br /> Carrick Branch...1811 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15208...phone: 412-882-3897<br /> Carrick Recreation Center...201 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210...phone: 412-885-7445<br /> -South Brook is excited to share that last year&rsquo;s PVAAS data indicates that our students achieved well over a year&rsquo;s worth of growth. This is wonderful news for our students and school community. We have a dedicated staff and students and all of their hard work paid off!</p> <p><strong>BEECHWOOD ELEMENTARY, PRE-K THROUGH 5</strong><br /> -A Shout Out to all Parents, Teachers, Students, and Community members who worked so hard this past summer to help the BPFA (Beechwood Parent Faculty Association) to beautify our drop off/pick up circle with a new flower garden and brand new wall mural. Last month, in a joint effort last month between our school and community, we prepared our flower circle for the upcoming winter by clearing out all the old plants, and planting new bulbs that will come up in the spring. Drive through and check us out sometime at 810 Rockland Ave!<br /> -Our annual October &ldquo;Mummy/Son Night&rdquo; was a great success thanks to our BPFA and many volunteers!<br /> -Our annual Father/Daughter Dance will be held in the spring.<br /> -The Fall Scholastic book fair earned our school many new books, thanks to all who participated!<br /> -We will begin our school-wide Partylite candle fundraiser this month, a great way to shop early for Christmas!<br /> -A brand new community involvement program we&#39;ve created, &ldquo;Beechwood Elementary Supports&rdquo; begins this month. This is a way to support local businesses who support us throughout the year. On November 11th, our families will support Slice on Broadway by dining in or taking out.<br /> -The Teachers, Staff, and Parents are hard at work in planning our traditional Thanksgiving Feast during school hours, and we are in need of volunteers with clearances to help out!<br /> -Our annual Holiday Shop (for students) will be open the second week of December, and also needed this week are volunteers with clearances!<br /> -<a href="mailto:beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com?subject=Beechwood">Contact</a> the BPFA at beechwoodpfa@yahoo.com to learn more!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><br /> <a name="Meetings">Meetings</a></h2> <p><strong>Thursday, 11/6</strong><br /> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch 7-9 p.m.<br /> Beechview United Presbyterian Church</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, 11/11</strong><br /> Brookline Block Watch, 7-9 p.m.<br /> Judge Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 11/12</strong><br /> -ACHD Community Health Assessment Meeting, 6:30 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Brashear High School, 590 Crane Ave 15216</p> <p>-Carrick Community Council, Year In Review, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:30pm<br /> Concord Elementary School, 2350 Brownsville Rd 15210</p> <p><strong>Saturday, 11/15</strong><br /> Carrick Toastmaster&rsquo;s, 10:15-11:15 a.m.<br /> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick, 1811 Brownsville Road 15210</p> <p><strong>Thursday, 11/20</strong><br /> Mt. Washington Community Forum, 7-8 p.m.<br /> Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, 11/25</strong><br /> Overbrook Community Council, 7-9 p.m.<br /> Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run</p> <p><strong>Thursday, 11/27</strong><br /> Thanksgiving Holiday, City-County Building Closed</p> <p><strong>Monday, 12/1</strong><br /> Carrick Overbrook Block Watch, 7-9 p.m.<br /> Concord Elementary School</p> <p><strong>Thursday, 12/4</strong><br /> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch 7-9 p.m.<br /> Beechview United Presbyterian Church</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:20:52 -0500 South Pittsburgh Newsletter from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | October 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3589 <h2><span style="font-size: 12px;">&ldquo;We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></h2> <h3>― Veronica Roth, &ldquo;Divergent&rdquo;</h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Call">Call for Volunteers: Beechview Community Garden - Fall Clean Up Day 2014</a></div> <div><a href="#Your">Your Input Needed: Public Hearings on the 2015 Capital Budget</a></div> <div><a href="#Public">Public Hearings: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Getting">Getting to know the Hilltop Y Computer Center</a></div> <div><a href="#Our">Our Newest Neighbors: Refugees</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick Haunted Library - Wednesday, Oct 29 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM</a></div> <div><a href="#Pennsylvania">Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics Presents: A Night Out with the Women of City Council</a></div> <div><a href="#BACC">BACC Beechview Bundle Up&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#CLUB">C.L.U. B. (Community Leaders United for Beechview) Fundraising</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline's">Brookline&rsquo;s Cub Scout Pack 601 Wants to Hear from Alumni!</a></div> <div><a href="#Debutante">Debutante Search: Polish Cultural Center Edition&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Little">Little Women, The Musical Comes to the Seton Center</a></div> <div><a href="#Auditions">Auditions: &ldquo;Holiday Spectacular&rdquo; A Family Variety Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline History Buffs: connect with your past, your community and your neighbors at the Library!</a></div> <div><a href="#South">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a></div> <div><a href="#Shout">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> </div> <h2><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&hellip;</a></h2> <div>-I started September by marching with various unions in our labor day parade including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fire Firefighters Local #1. It was also great attending the festivities at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and standing with brothers and sisters in support of workers at the United Steelworkers building. Recognizing the work of generations of Americans fighting for good working conditions was an amazing reminder of the progress we have made and the work yet to be done&hellip;</div> <div>&nbsp;-On Thursday, September 4th, I joined with striking fast food workers to protest low wages which force workers to rely on food stamps to feed themselves and their families. The CEO of McDonald&rsquo;s makes $6,600/hour. A cashier makes $7.71/hour.</div> <div>-Brookline Unveiled followed on Friday and Saturday. Friday I was thrilled to honor the all-volunteer team who made the entire event possible with a Proclamation of City Council. Saturday&rsquo;s festivities included a reunion with a long lost cousin and provided a great opportunity to talk with constituents...and of course enjoy the beautiful new Brookline Boulevard!</div> <div>-Sunday the 7th I enjoyed the Polish Cultural Picnic. The food was outstanding and it was great to be able to speak Polish with old friends; for more information check out http://www.polishculturalcouncil.org.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Monday the 8th I was honored to speak with the Reverend Jesse Jackson in Council Chambers to talk about guaranteeing all Americans equal access to voting. We discussed the overturned Voter ID Law &nbsp;that would have ruined Sophie Masloff&rsquo;s perfect voting record because of her inability to procure a photo ID, and the importance of making sure that voting is simple and safe for all of us.</div> <div>-Thursday the 11th my team accompanied the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to take samples of water leaking from a retaining wall in McKinley Park which has damaged the wall and might be a contributing factor to flooding at Bausman and Route 51 during storms. These samples will be analyzed to determine the source of this water and then we can work to fix the problem.</div> <div>-Friday the 12th my staff and I toured the Hilltop YMCA Computer Center at 500 Brownsville Road - the center provides after school programming in science and technology for kids 8 and older and is open to kids from all neighborhoods - stop in and take a look! &nbsp;We toured the Gorkhali Store, a Bhutanese grocery store, where we were treated to delicious Bhutanese food both by store management and at the home of a refugee family, where we learned the personal stories of those who have recently immigrated from refugee camps in Nepal, and struggled to find freedom, work and community right here in Pittsburgh. Read more below!</div> <div>-The Second Annual Latino Day at Kennywood was held on Sunday, September 14 where we celebrated the accomplishments of Latinos in the Pittsburgh area, and I learned about El Sistema Pittsburgh, http://elsistemapittsburgh.org, a program working to bring accessible and intensive musical training to all of our region&rsquo;s youth!</div> <div>-I spent the last week of this month attending the Code For America conference in San Francisco, where I was thrilled that CFA announced that Pittsburgh has been selected to receive a team of Coding Fellows to assist us with our Open Data legislation that I sponsored earlier this year!</div> <div>-Sunday, September 28th marked the 90th anniversary of Carrick High School. I attended a beautiful luncheon where I presented a Proclamation of Council honoring the rich and storied history of CHS and its distinguished alumni, and I was proud to be recognized as a distinguished alumni myself!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Call">Call for Volunteers: Beechview Community Garden - Fall Clean Up Day 2014</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On October 18th from 10 - 2pm, garden volunteers will be weeding, mulching, pulling annuals, trimming back shrubs and perennials and clearing out garden beds to prepare the garden for winter. We are looking for volunteers to come out and help keep the garden growing. Water, snacks, gloves and all tools are provided. The garden is located directly across from 810 Rockland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15216. For more information please email Beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com or visit Beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Your">Your Input Needed: Public Hearings on the 2015 Capital Budget</a></h2> <div>The Capital Budget is one of two budgets that keep our city humming. The Capital Budget funds projects to build or renovate City assets like bridges, roads, parks and buildings. It also supports long-lasting programs to strengthen neighborhoods and improve quality of life.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Budget requests from City Departments are already double what the City is able to spend this year. We&rsquo;re looking to you, the residents, to help us prioritize projects for 2015. There is one remaining public hearing where you can voice your opinion about the importance of investing in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Residents, community organizations, and business owners are all welcome. The final meeting will be held Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Morningside Senior Center (6944 President Way, Pittsburgh 15206).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you would like to give testimony at the hearings, please contact Jennifer Sample Presutti at 412-255-2640 or jennifer.sample@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Public">Public Hearings: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a range of community development needs, started in 1974. In addition to the Capital Budget, these block grants can be helpful for neighbors working to make their neighborhoods more livable for all residents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CDBG funds provide support to low and moderate income neighborhoods. Under this program, eligible community groups can receive grants for a wide range of projects which address housing, economic and human service needs of low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods. CDBG eligibility is determined by census data, and new census data shows that more of our southern neighborhoods, including now the majority of Beechview and Carrick, are eligible for CDBG funds. Is your neighborhood eligible for this funding? Check the updated <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CDBG_Eligible_Map.pdf">2014 map</a> to see!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The City of Pittsburgh will hold two public hearings to seek input from residents and community organizations on the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Allegheny, 1230 Federal Street, 15212.</div> <div>Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, South Side Market House, Intersection of 12th &amp; Bingham Streets, 15203.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Getting">Getting to know the Hilltop Y Computer Center</a></h2> <div>My staff and I were privileged to tour the the Hilltop YMCA Computer Center a few weeks ago and we were very impressed with their vast array of programming for adults and kids alike. The Hilltop Computer Center is a safe and clean place for kids with an energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic staff. They work with kids ages 8 and up, and create an environment of innovation and creativity for all.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The center is located at 500 Brownsville Road (15210) near the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library. Five days a week, anyone can drop in to use computers and attend classes, workshops, and fun community events. In addition, HCC staff travel with laptops to teach at the Brashear Neighborhood Employment Center, Grandview Elementary School, the Carnegie Library of Knoxville, as well as local food banks and senior centers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For kids ages 8 and up, the HCC is a safe place to grow and learn. AmeriCorps KEYS members and staff provide homework help and develop innovative youth programs. HCC has snack and homework help from 3 to 4 PM every weekday. After that, kids are welcome to stay for great programming with talented volunteers like RoboKids, YMCA Creator Space, DJ Corps, until 6:30 (except Fridays). Every Saturday HCC offers programs for kids (8 and up) from 1 PM to 6 PM. Check their <a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=q94uhe6ctlh8q6ggtk0tdrgt1k%40group.calendar.google.com">calendar </a>for details. For more information, please be sure to call or email HCC at (412) 223-6852 or email hilltopconnects@gmail.com.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Our">Our Newest Neighbors: Refugees</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After touring the Hilltop Y, my staff and I drove down Brownsville Road into Carrick and toured the Gorkhali Store. We were treated to delicious Bhutanese food both by store management and at the home of a refugee family, where we learned the personal story of a family who has immigrated from refugee camps in Nepal, and struggled to find freedom, work and community right here in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hearing the struggles endured by these families over more than two decades was truly humbling. Families forced out of their homes in Bhutan, only to find less hope at refugee camps in Nepal. These families are now widely being re-settled into &ldquo;third countries,&rdquo; a term which, for many, equates to starting over in a new country all over again. Driven out by Bhutan, and encamped in Nepal, this community has struggled to build lives worth living. We were beyond honored to have the opportunity to hear the stories of struggle that so many of our new neighbors here in Pittsburgh bring with them.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick">Carrick Haunted Library - Wednesday, Oct 29 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM</a></h2> <div>The annual haunted house at the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is back! Are you brave enough to dare our three rooms of unmitigated, family-friendly TERROR???</div> <div>For ages 6+. Created and presented by Teen Think. The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie LIbrary is located at 1811 Brownsville Rd (15210).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pennsylvania">Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics Presents: A Night Out with the Women of City Council</a></h2> <div>Women hold four out of the nine seats on City Council. Join us to listen as they recount their experiences and encourage other women to get in the political game!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by remarks from Pittsburgh&rsquo;s four female City Council Members, Deb Gross, Darlene Harris, Theresa Kail-Smith, and Natalia Rudiak. The Council Members will talk about their experience on the campaign trail and in office. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available to guests under 21 years of age. Event will be held at in the mellon Board Room at Chatham University, Shadyside Campus. Tickets are @12. For more information and to <a href="https://www.chatham.edu/centers/pcwp/newsevents/">buy </a>tickets, please go to https://www.chatham.edu/centers/pcwp/newsevents/ or contact Annie Guadagnino by phone: 412-365-1878 or by email: pcwp@chatham.edu.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="BACC">BACC Beechview Bundle Up&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens are collecting Winter Items to be given away to those who need them. Coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, boots, gloves, scarves, mittens, blankets, for both children and adults can be dropped off at the ESB Bank or the Beechview Senior Center in Beechview until Friday, October 17th. Call 412 341-8768 after 6 o&#39;clock for more info.&nbsp;</div> <div>Distribution/Pick Up will take place Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 A.M. to noon. Downstairs at the Beechview U.P. Church, 1621 Broadway Ave.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="CLUB">C.L.U. B. (Community Leaders United for Beechview) Fundraising</a></h2> <div>The CLUB was organized to encourage communication and collaboration among Beechview organizations and to inspire community involvement. Eighteen Beechview-based organizations are represented by the CLUB. Our fundraising supports operating expenses to remain sustainable in supporting non-profit neighborhood organizations like the Beechview Community Garden and Brew on Broadway.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fundraiser #1--selling &quot;Enjoy&quot; Books for $30.00 each.</div> <div>Call 412 341-8768 to order one.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fundraiser #2 &nbsp;-- Bus trip to Wheeling Island Casino &amp; then to the Festival of Lights at Oglebay on Saturday, November 22, 2014--$29.00 and receive $25.00 in free slot play. &nbsp;Bus leaves from St. Pamphilus Church rear parking lot at 12:45 and returns to Beechview &nbsp;at 9:30 P.M. &nbsp;Call 412 341-8768 to make reservation by October 12th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brookline's">Brookline&rsquo;s Cub Scout Pack 601 Wants to Hear from Alumni!</a></h2> <div>Were you a Cub Scout in or someone involved with Pack 601 in Brookline? &nbsp;Do you have a fond memory or photo to share? &nbsp;Then Pack 601 wants to hear from you. &nbsp;At the end of this year, Cub Scout Pack 601 will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. &nbsp; To commemorate this event, we are looking for any of the following: &nbsp;historical data, stories, photos, any information about the Pack from the past 50 years. &nbsp;Photos would be scanned and returned. &nbsp;If so, please send information to: treasurer.pack601@gmail.com or to Cub Scout Pack 601, c/o Resurrection Church, 1100 Creedmoor Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15226. &nbsp;Any questions or if you want to tell your story or information to us directly, contact Michele Metting at 412-478-0255. &nbsp;Thank you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Debutante">Debutante Search: Polish Cultural Center Edition&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Come and celebrate the 22nd annual Bal Polonaise brought to you by the Polish Cultural Council. The Bal will be held on Saturday, November 15th at The Circuit Center and Ballroom in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s South Side with catering by the Fluted Mushroom. Over 125 young musicians from the North Allegheny High School Strolling Strings will serenade guests as dinner is served. The Continental Dukes will dazzle and entertain for your listening and dancing pleasure. Debutants and their escorts will dance the promenades of the Polonaise, one of the national dances of Poland. Young women of Polish heritage between the ages of 16 - 25 who wish to become a debutante are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact the PCC at (412) 759-5054 or visit http://www.polishculturalcouncil.org/22nd-annual-bal-polonaise-on-the-wings-of-an-angel/. For ticket prices and information, visit www.polishculturalcouncil.org or call (412) 871-3347.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Little">Little Women, The Musical Comes to the Seton Center</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Heritage Players will present the musical, &quot;Little Women&quot; on October 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 8:00 PM and on October 19 and 26 at 2:00 PM at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 15226. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. Tickets purchased in advance at www.bphp.org/xu35a &nbsp;will be $13.00. Box office opens one half hour before curtain. Visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633 for more details.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Auditions">Auditions: &ldquo;Holiday Spectacular&rdquo; A Family Variety Show</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Heritage Players are holding auditions for their &quot;Holiday Spectacular&quot; A Family Variety Show on October 26 at 7:00 PM at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 15226, and on October 27 at 7:00 PM at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, 2600 South Park Road, Bethel Park 15102 (old trolley in front). Performance date to showcase local talent is December 7 at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Seton Center. Visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brookline">Brookline History Buffs: connect with your past, your community and your neighbors at the Library!</a></h2> <div>On Monday, October 6, at 6:00 PM, Brookline History Buffs will meet &nbsp;to talk about our new neighborhood history group! Don&rsquo;t miss this chance to socialize with your neighbors, share your memories, stories, photos and other memorabilia, and help us in our mission of creating a Brookline Oral History collection! For more information, please email Shayna Ross: rosss@carnegielibrary.org.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="South">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Small Business Workshop - Creating and Implementing a Strategic Plan for Growth in Your Business</h3> <div>Economic Development South, Dollar Bank, and the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center would like to invite you to our final Small Business Workshop of 2014! Please join us on October 16 from 6-8 pm at the Brentwood Community Room (located in the basement of the Brentwood Library). A light dinner will be served.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are excited to welcome two business experts from the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center to discuss &ldquo;Creating and Implementing a Strategic Plan for Growth in Your Business.&rdquo; Lindsey Gilkes is a management consultant with extensive experience helping businesses in Western, PA analyze strategic business functions and develop plans for improvement. Durwood Hill is a retired financial executive with over 25 years of experience working on complex business finances. Both Lindsey and Durwood will give brief presentations and leave plenty of room for questions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As always, these Small Business Workshops are free and open to any business owner, whether you have 100 employees or only employ yourself!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please RSVP to Kathleen Keating at EDS: kkeating@economicdevelopmentsouth.org or 412-884-1400 x105 if you are available to attend on October 16th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Business Announcements</h3> <div>Do you have a business in South Pittsburgh? Don&rsquo;t forget to let us know about big announcements and openings! Contact Communications Manager Bethani Cameron: bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Shout">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></h2> <h3>Brashear High School</h3> <div>-Several Brashear staff members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and waised $500 for the organization.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Back to School Night in August was a success! It was an excellent opportunity to talk about what Brashear has to offer students</div> <div>-Open House is on October 17th, please consider coming to meet the teachers and reciew student progress</div> <div>-Students are actively participating in the positive behavior support plan! Students are earning &ldquo;Bulls Bucks&rdquo; by simulating a college environment. They are able to use Bulls Bucks to &ldquo;Buy&rdquo; Brashear items at the school store.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Brookline Elementary K-8</h3> <div>-The School Year is off to a great start! Please consider supporting us by purchasing an item from our cookie dough fundraiser! This is a school-wide fundraiser that supports the many activities and field trips&nbsp;</div> <div>for our students</div> <div>-The N.E.D. Show will visit the school on September 19th to present positive character traits. On September 24th, The Children&rsquo;s Institute will present their amazing kids disability awareness assemble. This also helps to support our Bobcats Against Bullying Program.</div> <div>-Our PSCC Meeting is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 PM. Our next meeting is scheduled for October 14th.</div> <div>-Our PTA is working hard for our Haunted School on October 11th and the Book Fair during Open House on October 13th.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</h3> <div>-Our Market Day Fundraiser is off an running. Please consider buying some of the offerings.</div> <div>-Our PSCC/PTA/Title 1 Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 15th at 5:30 PM. Bring your community involvement energy to help us connect with our past, present and future.</div> <div>-Our middle school students had their first field trip of the year to observe exhibits at the Carnegie Museum.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Each month, our students set goals on different character traits. September&rsquo;s trait was being Courteous.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Carrick High School</h3> <div>Carrick High School is thrilled to celebrate its 90th Anniversary on September 24th, 2014. We will celebrate with a flag raising ceremony outside the original school at 10:00 AM. We expect to see full community support in this valuable experience for our students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Concord K-5</h3> <div>-Concord is off to a great start this school year.</div> <div>-We need volunteers! Call (412) 885-7755 for more information and to find out how you can help.</div> <div>-The next PSCC (Parent, School, Community Council) meeting will be held on October 9th at 9 Am or 5:30 PM. All parents and community members are invited to attend.</div> <div>-Open House will take place on October 13th</div> <div>-The school is collecting Box Tops for Education this year. Please feel free to drop off Box Tops at the main office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>South Hills Middle School 6-8</h3> <div>-South Hills PTO/PSCC and the annual Title I meeting will be held on October 14th at 8 AM. Please come and join us in the South Hills Middle School Library. Come and listen to our plan for our students and bring your own ingenuity to help us create ways to make school a memorable experience for all students.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Title I is a key funding source for our schools. Come and hear what we will do with our funding this year.</div> <div>-We cannot educate the children alone. We need you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings*</a></h2> <div>*Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please consult our community calendar at (http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar) or call our office at (412) 255 - 2131.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, October 6, 7:00 PM - Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Concord Elementary</div> <div>2350 Brownsville Road</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM - Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Public Hearing #1</strong></div> <div>Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Allegheny, 1230 Federal Street, 15212.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 PM - Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s Office</div> <div>736 Brookline Boulevard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>South Hills Retirement Residence 125 Ruth St, Pittsburgh 15211</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Senior Center</div> <div>122 Virginia Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Beautify Brookline Boulevard and Cannon Memorial Park</strong></div> <div>South Pittsburgh Development Corp need volunteers to beautify Brookline Blvd and Cannon Memorial Park. Volunteers will plant flowers and shrubs and lay mulch in tree pits along Brookline Blvd., as well as cleaning up Cannon Memorial Park.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday, October 18, 10 AM - 2 PM, Love Your Block and Fall Clean Up Day</strong></div> <div>Beechview Community Garden</div> <div>Across from 810 Rockland Avenue 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM - South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</strong></div> <div>Brookline Presbyterian Church</div> <div>1036 Brookline Boulevard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 PM - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Hearing #2&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>South Side Market House, Intersection of 12th &amp; Bingham Streets, 15203</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM - Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Accamando Center</div> <div>2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 PM - Capital Budget Hearing #2</strong></div> <div>Morningside Senior Center</div> <div>6944 Presidential Way</div> <div>Pittsburgh 15206</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Friday, October 31, 8:00 PM - Beechview Halloween Parade</strong></div> <div>Belasco and Broadway Avenues</div> <div>Sponsored by the Beechview Athletic Association and the Community of Beechview</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, November 3, 7:00 PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, November 6, 7:00 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave</div> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:25:59 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter from the Office of Councilmember Natalia Rudiak | September 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3477 <h2>From the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak</h2> <h3>&ldquo;Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.&rdquo;&nbsp;</h3> <h3>― Theodore Roosevelt</h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Mayor">Mayor Sophie Masloff: A Legacy of Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="#Your">Your Input Needed: Public Hearings on the 2015 Capital Budget</a></div> <div><a href="#Bond">Bond Rating Agencies See Promise in Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#New">New Police Patrol Plan for Zone 3</a></div> <div><a href="#Young">Young Professional Survey&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Be">Be A Middle School Mentor through United Way of Allegheny County</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Police Alert: School Bus Safety Information</a></div> <div><a href="#McKinley">McKinley Park Planning</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy</a></div> <div><a href="#Acting">Acting Classes Offered by The Heritage Players at the Seton Center</a></div> <div><a href="#Port">Port Authority Addressing Overcrowded Busses: 51 &nbsp;and 51L serving Carrick</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick Toastmasters: Pursue Your Goals</a></div> <div><a href="#South">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a></div> <div><a href="#Shout">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <div><a href="#Twitter">Twitter</a></div> <div><a href="#Facebook">Facebook</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Working">Working to Make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></h3> <ul> <li>August started with fun at Polish Day at Kennywood. I took the opportunity to eat many pierogies and kielbasa, honoring the Polish Community Council&rsquo;s man of the year, Oscar Swan and enjoying time spent with the Polish community of Pittsburgh.</li> <li>Mayor&rsquo;s Night Out on August 5th in South Pittsburgh was a huge success. It was a thrill to see so many neighbors out and about, standing up for safe communities. Thank you to all Mayoral Chiefs and Department Directors for coming out to have eye-opening discussions with our residents.&nbsp;</li> <li>I met with Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar and Lieutenant Larry Scirotto to discuss a new patrol plan for neighborhoods in Zone 3. See more below!</li> <li>The City is seeking an updated Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system-- essentially, a better way to track and resolve resident requests and concerns. My staff is working with 3-1-1 staff and others to review proposals from different software companies, and we will continue to stay engaged in this process.&nbsp;</li> <li>The 33rd Annual Brookline Breeze was a great event. Runners and walkers of all ages participated and we got to cheer on State Representative Erin Molchany! Thanks to Clint Burton and all our Citiparks staff for organizing such a wonderful neighborhood tradition.</li> <li>I attended the Early Childhood Education Consortium where US Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a competitive federal grant program to support State efforts to:develop or enhance High-Quality Preschool Programs. A short time later, I was named a chair of the Mayor&rsquo;s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Early Education. As you may know, early education is an issue I am passionate about and wrote an <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/20140223000">op-ed</a> about it earlier this year.&nbsp;</li> <li>My staff met with Shelly Danko Day, new Open Space Specialist in the City Planning Department, to brief her on projects and challenges in South Pittsburgh. She will be planning new uses for vacant lots and promoting urban agriculture (like community gardens) around the City.&nbsp;</li> <li>Carrick&rsquo;s annual Cornfest on August 23rd was another fantastic success! Kids shucked corn and played games, while parents enjoyed fantastic music and even delicious Bhutanese food. Thanks to all who stopped by our tent-- it was good talking with you!</li> <li>On the 26th, I had the privilege to speak on women&rsquo;s equality with State Representative Erin Molchany at the Organizing For America special screening of HBO&rsquo;s documentary &ldquo;Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,&rdquo; the story of a single mother of three and her struggle to make ends meet. We discussed struggles that women face daily caused by inequality. I encouraged women to run for elected office to help fairly represent 51% of the population and turn the tide on equality.</li> <li>On August 28, my team helped interview candidates for a Beechview Business District Manager to help revitalize the Broadway Avenue business district. Also at the meeting were members of the Beechview community as well as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Mayor">Mayor Sophie Masloff: A Legacy of Leadership</a></h3> <div>On August, 17, 2014, the City of Pittsburgh lost an icon. Sophie Masloff was not only our first and only female mayor, she also overcame childhood poverty and was Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most well-known daughter.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Starting in her late 50s, Sophie Masloff spent 12 years on Pittsburgh City Council. Mayor Caliguiri encouraged her to run for Council President, which she easily won. Masloff was sworn in as the city&rsquo;s 56th mayor on May 6, 1988, following Mayor Caligiuri&rsquo;s untimely death. She was 70 years old at the time. She went on to win a full four-year term on her own and become a larger than life figure in our community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Throughout her career, her only concern was for the city -- not whether she would gain a personal advantage, not whether she was rewarding friends or hurting enemies. None of that stuff entered her mind. It was always what was best for the city,&quot; said Frederick N. Frank, Long-time friend, Attorney and Family Spokesman as quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We know that Mayor Masloff will continue to inspire generations of Pittsburghers to make our city the best it can be for all of us.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Your">Your Input Needed: Public Hearings on the 2015 Capital Budget</a></h3> <div>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. It also supports long-lasting programs to strengthen neighborhoods and improve quality of life.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Budget requests from City Departments are already double what the City is able to spend this year. We&rsquo;re looking to you, the residents, to help us prioritize projects for 2015. There will be two public hearings where you can voice your opinion about the importance of investing in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Residents, community organizations, and business owners are all welcome. The two city-wide meetings will be held:</div> <div>Friday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ammon Recreation Center in the Hill District (2217 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219)</div> <div>Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Morningside Senior Center (6944 President Way, Pittsburgh 15206).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you would like to give testimony at the hearings, please contact Jennifer Sample Presutti at 412-255-2640 or jennifer.sample@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Bond">Bond Rating Agencies See Promise in Pittsburgh</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last month, the Mayor, Department Directors, and I gave presentations and tours to two bond rating agencies-- Moody&rsquo;s and Standard &amp; Poor&rsquo;s-- to show them the City&rsquo;s progress in the last 6 months, and highlight exciting signs of regional economic gains. In response, Moody&rsquo;s has upgraded the City&rsquo;s &ldquo;A1 Stable&rdquo; rating to &ldquo;A1 Positive.&rdquo; What does this mean for the taxpayer? Money in the bank. How? The City will get its best interest rate ever on a bond issue to do much-needed infrastructure improvements over the next 5 years. That means we get a better borrowing rate and we will be saving money from this work for years to come! You can read more about the upgrade here, and more about the City&rsquo;s latest bond borrowing here.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="New">New Police Patrol Plan for Zone 3&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I recently met with Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar and Lieutenant Larry Scirotto to discuss a new patrol plan for neighborhoods in Zone 3. It is no secret that sharing a police zone area with so many neighborhoods can make policing in this large zone a challenge. We have heard from many neighbors about the existing problems. The new patrol plan is another &nbsp;step to finding solutions for these issues.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Council District 4 residents (Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, our tiny slice of Mt. Washington), the other hilltop neighborhoods, and the South Side Flats in Council District 3, the new patrol plan began on August 7.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new plan prescribes a method of operation where officers:</div> <ul> <li>actively patrol assigned sectors within the zone to include foot patrol</li> <li>increase visibility by proactive enforcement of violations of the law</li> <li>engage community members to enhance citizen/collaboration</li> <li>attend community meetings and events within assigned sectors</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have heard from our own Lieutenant Scirotto that the pilot is being well received. Furthermore officers are proactively meeting with businesses and residents interested in starting a block watch. If you have any interest or questions on this issue, please call our office at 412-255-2131. As the plan moves forward, we will work with the Department of Public Safety, community groups, and block watches to evaluate its effectiveness.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When you see an officer on the street, please say hello and thank them for their valuable service to our neighborhoods, businesses, and families.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Young">Young Professional Survey&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vibrant Pittsburgh is working to grow the diversity of the region&rsquo;s workforce. Why does that matter? Studies show that diversity in the workforce improves productivity and even profits. The Young Professionals Survey was launched by Vibrant Pittsburgh to better understand how young professionals are experiencing their workplaces, and to identify opportunities for improvement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The survey seeks to clarify what diverse young professionals value the most about their jobs and how these preferences impact their desire to continue living in the Pittsburgh region. To take the survey, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SurveyEmergingLeaders</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Be">Be A Middle School Mentor through United Way of Allegheny County</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Mentoring Project of the United Way has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to run the mentoring program at Pittsburgh Brookline, Pittsburgh South Brook and Pittsburgh South Hills schools. We are looking for 50 new mentors for our three schools. The program goals are to promote the pathway to the Pittsburgh Promise, Middle School and High School transitional support, Career and Future Aspirations, and Academic Coaching. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>How does mentoring help middle school kids?</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; 90% of mentees reported at the end of the 2013-2014 school year that they returning to mentoring this fall</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; 85% of mentees reported they are happy with their mentor</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; 80% of students reported they have learned more about careers &amp; how education can get them there</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; 84% of our mentees have a 90% of higher attendance to school</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The times involved vary by school:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pittsburgh Brookline &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Thursdays, 3:00-3:50</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pittsburgh South Brook &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mondays, 3:45-5:10</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pittsburgh South Hills &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mondays, 3:00-3:50</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We appreciate everyone who has already agreed to be a Mentor! Mr. Vater, principal at Pittsburgh Brookline would like to encourage men especially to sign up to mentor boys. Mentors have to be 18 years old or older and can:</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Complete online application</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Attend face-to-face meeting with site coordinator</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Complete FBI and Child Abuse Clearances</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Participate in 3 hour training</div> <div>&bull; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Make a minimum one year commitment for 1 hour per week (October to May)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please contact Damon Bethea, Mentoring Project Director at United Way of Allegheny County at 412-456-6770 or email <a href="mailto:mentoring@uwac.org?subject=Mentoring">mentoring@uwac.org</a>. For more information, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/mentor">www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/mentor</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Pittsburgh Police Alert">Pittsburgh Police Alert: School Bus Safety Information</a></h3> <div>Riding a school bus is the safest way for your child to travel to and from school-- even safer than riding in your own vehicle. Still, it&rsquo;s important for parents and children to practice safety when approaching or exiting the school bus. Click <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/parents/parents-bus.html">here</a>&nbsp;for more information, and tips!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="McKinley">McKinley Park Planning</a></h3> <div>Anyone who&rsquo;s been to McKinley Park has seen areas of the park that could use some love. A lack of investment has degraded some of the amenities and hidden the grandest architectural features that defined the park when it was build in the 1930s. We&rsquo;re working with a task force of interested parties to identify the problems and propose a plan to resolve them. The task force is composed of City employees such as Mike Gable, Director of Public Works, Jim Griffin, Director of Citiparks, myself and Council President Bruce Kraus, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, as well as community organizations such as the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Voices Against Violence, Economic Development South, and the Hilltop Alliance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first item on the list is to address a water leak that is rusting and degrading a large metal retaining wall in the lower park. PWSA agreed to help diagnose the source of the water, so we can shut off the source of the water and begin to repair the wall. &nbsp;Our office is looking forward to working with the task force to get this work done, and move on to making the park a more beautiful and usable asset for the surrounding neighborhoods.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors the Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy, provides an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police. The Citizen&#39;s Police Academy (CPA) brings the community and the police close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants will receive three hours of training once a week in the evenings for 15 weeks. Citizens will experience some of the highlights of police training and will be exposed to the operations of the Police Bureau. Participants will be taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. They will also learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines assist the Bureau, and will be exposed to many of the specialty police units. All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. Students leave this training with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community. The next session of CPA will begin on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters, located at 1203 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh 15233. The classes will be held Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. Find more information <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm">here</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Acting">Acting Classes Offered by The Heritage Players at the Seton Center</a></h3> <div>On September 17th, beginner acting classes start for all age groups from 5 to adult. Deadline to register is September 15th. Course description and registration can be found at www.bphp.org. Members of the Heritage Players get 10% discount! Classes will be held at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline 15226.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Port">Port Authority Addressing Overcrowded Busses: 51 &nbsp;and 51L serving Carrick</a></h3> <div>On August 31, riders of the 51 and 51L will have reason to celebrate! Due to overcrowding, service will run more frequently on weekday mornings and afternoon peak periods. On Sundays, an earlier first trip has been added. Click <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/apps/pdfs/51.pdf">here</a>&nbsp;to see the full schedules.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Brookline">Brookline Unveiled Celebration</a></h3> <div>Come one, come all to enjoy the beautiful new Brookline Boulevard Unveiled celebration! South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce will host this fabulous weekend of entertainment at &ldquo;Brookline Unveiled!&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday, September 5 from 6:00-10:00 PM you can expect a night of music and entertainment. Bring the whole family for the main event on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Don&rsquo;t miss the sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, music, entertainment, food, children&#39;s games, free raffle and much more! For more information email 2014Brooklineunveiled@gmail.com or check the Brookline Unveiled <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrooklineUnveiled?fref=ts">Facebook </a>page.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Carrick">Carrick Toastmasters: Pursue Your Goals</a></h3> <div>What do you want to accomplish? How do you ensure this will be part of your future? Confidence in yourself and your abilities is a great start to achieving your goals. Toastmasters is a safe, low-cost learning experience where individuals can develop and perfect communication skills and learn how to communicate more effectively. Build the confidence you need to make your goals happen! Join Toastmasters, Carrick PA, a non-profit organization that can help you develop the confidence and skills to express your ideas to anyone, anywhere. Toastmasters, Carrick PA meets from 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh - Carrick Branch (1811 Brownsville Road). Guests, novices and experienced speakers learn how to improve communication and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Click <a href="http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org">here</a>&nbsp;or email toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="South">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Sparkledragon&#39;s Magical Emporium - 2120 Broadway Boulevard</h3> <div>Joyce Crock is helping to revitalize Beechview&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue by pursuing her dream of creating a local market. Her store will stock handmade items from local artisans like jewelry, local Beechview art, and Thursday night yoga (taught by a Beechview resident!). Joyce&#39;s vision is to fill a niche for locally-made products in Beechview, and to give South Pittsburgh neighbors another great reason to come to Beechview. Store hours: Monday - closed, Tuesday - Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Shout">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><em><strong>Brookline Elementary K-8</strong></em></p> <div>The administration and staff at Pittsburgh Brookline Pre K-8 is getting ready for a great school year! We are thrilled to have Mr. John Vater and Mr. Matthew May returning as our principal and assistant principal. Please join us for our Welcome Back to School Night 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are lots of opportunities for parent and family involvement including Parent School Community Council, Parent Teacher Association, and tutoring. The first Title I / PSCC meeting will be held September 9, 2014. The PSCC and PTA meets on the second Tuesday of every month throughout the year. &nbsp;You can <a href="mailto:brooklinepta@gmail.com?subject=Parent%20School%20Community%20Council%2C%20Brookline%20PTA">email</a> Stacy Rush, PTA President at brooklinepta@gmail.com. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s not too late to enroll your child for kindergarten! Please call the school at 412/529-7380 if you have any questions about what is needed to do so. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><em><strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong></em></p> <div>School started on August 25th. Carmalt staff is excited to continue working with the parents and their children. Our community is always welcome to give us a hand both during and after school. &nbsp;Please come to our annual &ldquo;Title 1 Back to School Ice Cream Social&rdquo; to hear about our accomplishments and to get a sneak preview of what is happening this year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>New kindergarten students got a taste of school with our annual &ldquo;Step Together&rdquo; camp from August 8th through the 14th. &nbsp;The little ones spent three hours a day to meet new friends while taking away some of the beginning of the year worries (both for the children and their parents!)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As always, we are an open door for innovative ideas from the community.</div> <div>Let&rsquo;s all have a good school year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><em><strong>Concord Elementary School</strong></em></p> <div>Concord was awarded a grant from the Let&#39;s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools Program. This grant will be utilized to support healthy food and nutritional education, increasing physical activity and teaching kids to cook healthy snacks. The Concord school community would like to thank Ms. DelRio for writing the grant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Concord held its first two day summer kindergarten camp in August. &nbsp;All of the students had fun playing games and making crafts. Students also had an opportunity to meet their teachers prior to the school year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are several new staff members at Concord this upcoming school year. &nbsp;Please welcome the following staff members to Concord: Ms. James &ndash; Students Data Systems Specialist, Mr. Kyle -4th Grade Math, Ms. Evangeliste - ESL Support, Mrs. Devlin-McPeak- K-5 Science, Ms. Eckroat- K-5 Music, Mrs. Neupaver- 5th Grade Math, Mrs. Sexton &ndash; 1st Grade, and Mrs. Bender- School Counselor. All of the staff members are looking forward to the 2014-15 school year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><em><strong>South Hills Middle School</strong></em></p> <div>On August 21st South Hills Middle 6-8 staff visited Allentown, Beechview, Brookline, Beltzhoover, Mt. Washington, West End, and Carrick from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. to learn more about the communities we serve.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Meetings">Meetings*:&nbsp;</a></h3> <h5>*Please Note that meetings locations and times may change. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District Calendar</a>.</h5> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick Toastmasters</strong></div> <div>10:15-12:00 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick Branch 1811 Brownsville Road</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens BACC &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, September 4th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce</strong></div> <div>Monday, September 8th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch 708 Brookline Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15226&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, September 8th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Concord Elementary School,&nbsp;</div> <div>2350 Brownsville Rd 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, September 9th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, September 15th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Brookline Presbyterian Church, 1036 Brookline Blvd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, September 17, 6 p.m. to 7 ;30 p.m., Location varies, call our office at 412-255-2131 for details</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m. &ndash; 8 p.m., Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Capital Budget Public Hearing #1</strong></div> <div>Friday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ammon Recreation Center in the Hill District -- 2217 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Little Women, the Musical</strong></div> <div>This October The Heritage Players presents Little Women, The Musical at the community theater at Seton Center. October 17-19 and 24-26. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees will play at 2 p.m.</div> <div>Tickets are $15 at the door or online. Box office opens half an hour before curtain. Don&rsquo;t forget to find your <a href="http://www.bphp.org/xu35a">$2 discount</a> offered online only!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Vibrant Leaders Summit</strong></div> <div>Thursday, September 11, 7:30am-11am at Alcoa Pittsburgh Headquarters (201 Isabella Street, Pittsburgh, 15212). This convening will bring together diverse, young professional leaders (ages 25-45) who seek to advance their careers in the Pittsburgh region. The free event will provide an opportunity to be inspired, acquire new skills, and connect with other young professionals. Please register here:http://vibrantleaders2014.eventbrite.com. &nbsp;Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Yvonne English Roebuck at 412-281-8600 X 202.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Tue, September 23, 7 p.m. &ndash; 9 p.m., Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:54:48 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | August 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3352 <div><span style="color:#ff0000;">**CANCELLED: Hillcrest Senior Center Meeting for Tuesday 7/29. This meeting will be rescheduled for the fall.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a> <div><a href="#Learning">Learning Tour to NYC on Early Education Priorities a Success!</a> <div><a href="#District4">District 4 Bus Tour for New City Officials&nbsp;</a> <div><a href="#Help">Help Wanted: Search for a New Chief of Police</a> <div><a href="#Seton">Seton Center Discontinues Brookline Farm Stand</a> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline History Club</a> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Community Garden Receives Sustainability Grant</a> <div><a href="#its">It&rsquo;s 10 AM, Do You Know Where Your Gun Is?</a> <div><a href="#national">National Night Out 2014: Safer Together &nbsp;</a> <div><a href="#hollywood">Hollywood in South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</a> <div><a href="#brooklinegirls">Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!</a> <div><a href="#events">Events</a> <div><a href="#shout">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a> <div><a href="#shout">Shout Outs From Our Pittsburgh Public Schools</a> <div><a href="#meetings">Meetings</a> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Working"></a>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</h3> <ul> <li>On Monday July 7, I attended the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch meeting with Mayor Peduto and staff, who were able to listen to the concerns of citizens affected by violence and crime.</li> <li>My office hosted a briefing for city officials the false alarm problem in our city. In 2011, residential and commercial security systems produced four thousand false alarms, which cost the city of Pittsburgh $2.3 million dollars. Currently, there are more than 16,000 false alarms each year! Our Department of Innovation and Performance is working on a system to track false alarms, costs, and incentivize owners to calibrate their alarms more carefully, and as Finance Chair I look forward to continuing this important discussion.</li> <li>I met with Stephen Bucar, our new Public Safety Director, to discuss safety issues specific to District 4. The meeting was a productive beginning to a long conversation on improving the safety of our district and city.</li> <li>I was privileged to take part in a learning tour of the early education programs in New York City July 14 and 15, where they have a goal to get every 4-year-old in the city to attend pre-kindergarten. More on that below!</li> <li>Cutting the ribbon on the new Brookline Boulevard last week was an amazing experience! Seeing the finished product of so many years of work and so much collaboration between residents, neighbors, and business owners was overwhelming. Putting the construction, mud, potholes, and business disturbance behind us was priceless.&nbsp;</li> <li>As chair of the Finance and Law committee, I was part of two meetings with both Standard and Poor&rsquo;s and Moody&rsquo;s bond rating agencies on July 23 and 25, respectively. The goal is to improve the city&rsquo;s bond rating, and we did that through a presentation illustrating the fiscal health of the city, taking a tour of city development projects and generally introducing them to our new team. Bond ratings are meant to grade how likely it is that investors will be repaid on bonds, and good ratings mean better interest rates and savings for taxpayers. For a good primer on how city bonds work, check out this web site: http://finance.zacks.com/city-bonds-work-6903.html. City officials agreed that they had never seen a group give such a unified and professional set of presentations to the agencies!&nbsp;</li> <li>I hosted a bus tour of South Pittsburgh for new city officials on Friday, July 25. We toured the neighborhoods of District 4, stopped a Casa Rasta in Beechview for lunch, stopped by the Colteryahn Dairy, the Brookline Recreation Center, and generally talked about how to improve the District for all of our residents. This is the second bus tour my office has hosted for new city officials this year.</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Learning"></a>Learning Tour to NYC on Early Education Priorities a Success!</h3> <div>I have long been a champion of <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">supporting parents and children through early education</a>&nbsp;and thus it was my privilege to be a part of a select group to participate in a learning tour of the impressive pre-k programming currently ramping up in New York City. The tour was arranged by the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (<a href="http://www.paeyc.org/">PAEYC</a>) and The Grable Foundation. The Mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio, made it a tenant of his campaign and administration to create free, high-quality pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in New York City. Through a complex program of public and private organizations, support, funding, and $300 million from the State of New York to implement the program, the public schools and private providers are working incredibly hard to ensure that each 4-year-old New Yorker has access to high-quality early education.&nbsp;</div> <div>Will the same approach work here in Pittsburgh? Not exactly. We don&rsquo;t expect Harrisburg to send us any large education checks anytime soon. The differences between our needs and New York City&rsquo;s are vast, but their innovative models, like <a href="http://sco.org/firststepnyc/">First Step NYC</a> require serious consideration and thought. This trip has motivated me to work even harder to learn all I can from other cities with early education programs and find a way to make quality education available for all Pittsburgh children from birth to age 5. I look forward to continuing this conversation with our schools, PAEYC, the foundation community and our mayor&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="District4"></a>District 4 Bus Tour for New City Officials&nbsp;</h3> <div>On Friday, July 25, I hosted a bus tour for new city officials. We began at Colteryahn Dairy with talk and plans for the <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Dairy_District_Public_Presentation_for_Distribution.pdf">Dairy District</a>. By driving around the district with these new officials, I was able to show them the real assets of our amazing district as well as the talk about some of our struggles and the places where we need help.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am always thrilled to bring new officials into our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods to give them a first-hand experience. I want them to know the area, know the people, and know our priorities and problems. When we all start with a good understanding of the District and City, we can do the real work of city government in the most effective way possible.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Help"></a>Help Wanted: Search for a New Chief of Police</h3> <div>The fourth citywide meeting was held in Zone 3 to talk about requirements for our next Chief of Police. Developed by Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Center for Deliberative Democracy, the process begins with residents signing in and being split into random groups, each with its own moderator to discuss the qualities citizens desire in a new chief. Many important issues were raised about our next chief. All of these questions were raised to the Public Safety Forum Council Board and answered. Do you have a question about the search or want to share your priorities for our next Chief? There&rsquo;s plenty of time to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/topics/15698/chief-of-police-neighborhood-needs">send your comments here</a>!</div> <h3><a name="Seton"></a>Seton Center Discontinues Brookline Farm Stand</h3> <div>I was saddened to learn that the Seton Center is no longer able to host the Brookline Farm Stand. A farm stand takes time and volunteers. Access to fresh, local produce and supporting local farmers are wonderful goals of farm stands. &nbsp;If you would like to host the farm stand, or if you know of a location that might work, please call the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank&rsquo;s Produce Coordinator, Jeralyn Beach, at (412) 460-3663 ext 214.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Brookline"></a>Brookline History Club</h3> <div>Brookline residents are digging into the history of the neighborhood! The group will be looking to interview residents of Brookline about their experiences, how the neighborhood has changed and the memories of what used to be there. They are looking for photos of Brookline through the ages to try and jog memories and help with their interview project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Don&rsquo;t miss their table at Brookline Unveiled on September 6th. Brookline History Club will have a table in front of the library. Check out and join the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438604779753807/">facebook page here</a>, and start sharing your memories today!</div> <h3><a name="Beechview"></a>Beechview Community Garden Receives Sustainability Grant</h3> <div>Beechview Community Garden was proud to be one of 19 Sustainability Fund Recipients! The Community Garden Sustainability Fund is a partnership of Grow Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The fund provides the opportunity for existing community gardens in Allegheny County to complete projects that contribute to the sustainability of their gardens. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.growpittsburgh.org/congratulations-to-the-sustainability-fund-recipients/">Grow Pittsburgh&#39;s website</a>.</div> <h3><a name="its"></a>It&rsquo;s 10 AM, Do You Know Where Your Gun Is?</h3> <div>Our office and Ceasefire PA would like to remind all city residents to take a gun inventory this summer. Having attended block watch meetings, we know that lost and stolen guns are frequently used in crimes. Check your guns, keep them secured, and report lost or stolen guns to police!</div> <h3><a name="national"></a>National Night Out 2014: Safer Together &nbsp;</h3> <div>National Night Out 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.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last year, community groups hosted 42 events which were attended by 3,000 City residents. In 2014, let&rsquo;s increase those numbers! This year our theme is &ldquo;Safer Together,&rdquo; promoting our neighborhoods as safe places in which to live, work, study and play. Together, let&rsquo;s tell everyone that we all work together in the City of Pittsburgh to make community safety No. 1! Mayor Peduto had this to say, &ldquo;National Night Out (NNO) is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh communities to promote neighborhood camaraderie and strong partnerships between residents and public safety personnel.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">City website</a> to register your event or find one in your neighborhood.</div> <h3><a name="hollywood"></a>Hollywood in South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</h3> <div>Jake Gyllenhaal stars in &ldquo;Southpaw,&rdquo; as a boxer whose character, endurance, and commitment to family is tested by life&rsquo;s full spectrum of triumph and loss. The director loved the location and wanted to shoot even more of the film in Carrick, but they were limited by actor availability. The filming has moved around the city already, where they converted the old Saks Fifth Avenue building to Madison Square Garden downtown. They also filmed for around one week at Carrick Community Boxing. Carrick and Brentwood neighbors may notice continued presence of film crew in the area. You can still see the signs of the &ldquo;Bronx-ification&rdquo; of Carrick and Brentwood. Just look at the fake graffiti and security doors! Don&rsquo;t worry, all that will be removed once they are done filming.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="brooklinegirls"></a>Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!</h3> <div>The CitiParks BIG League Sports Program wrapped up at PNC Park on July 12. The Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch fought a tough battle through playoffs and came out #1! They were again welcomed at PNC Park this year. CitiParks BIG League Sports Program has a goal and mission to continue to work with City Council and the Mayor&#39;s office to make recreation a valuable and obtainable resource for our children.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="events"></a>Events</h3> <div><em><strong>Brookline Boulevard Celebration</strong></em></div> <div>Expect a fabulous weekend of thrown by the Chamber of Commerce entertainment at &ldquo;Brookline Unveiled!&rdquo; Held on Brookline Blvd. Friday, September 5 from 6:00-10:00 PM you can expect a night of music and entertainment. Bring the whole family for the main event on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM there will be sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, music, entertainment, food, kids games, free raffle and much more! For more information email 2014Brooklineunveiled@gmail.com&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>90th Anniversary Of Carrick High Luncheon</strong></em></div> <div>Carrick High&#39;s Alumni Association will host a luncheon at the South Hills Country Club on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 to celebrate the incredible milestone that Carrick High School has reached. Ninety years of educating young Pittsburghers, some of whom who go on to run for City Council!</div> <h3><a name="south"></a>South Pittsburgh Business Corner</h3> <div><em><strong>YogaDigs</strong></em></div> <div>Lindsey Grantz, owner of Yoga Digs, LLC, a recent graduate of the South Hills Power Yoga Teacher Training Program, has worked with Rachel Grimm Romano, of the Beechview Community Garden, to offer yoga at the garden! It gives an opportunity for the community to grow their yoga practice and the teachers to grow their teaching. This class is for all levels. YogaDigs classes are offered Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. for a donation. YogaDigs is digging it&#39;s way to an indoor studio located at 1224 East Carson Street in the South Side this fall. Email info@yogadigs.com for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Paw Spa</strong></em></div> <div>Recently opened in Carrick on Route 51 is Paw Spa -- a full service boarding, grooming and doggy daycare facility with a unique gift shop where the pets are treated as guests! Pets staying at the resort have the pleasure of interacting with other guests in a safe, controlled environment. The resort was created with the pet&#39;s best interest, comfort and safety in mind.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Do you have a business or community announcement? Send it to Bethani Cameron at bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov to be included in our monthly newsletter.</em></div> <h3><a name="shout"></a>Shout Outs From Our Pittsburgh Public Schools</h3> <div>We want to welcome new leadership to some of our Pittsburgh City Schools. All new administrators are anxiously waiting for the school year to begin. A brief introduction to our new leaders is provided.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Arlington K-8:</strong></em></div> <div>My name is Holly Ballard, and I am the new principal at Arlington k-8. I am excited to be returning &nbsp;to Arlington as I was a teacher in an emotional support class here from 1994-2002. I have an open door policy for students and parents. Please do not hesitate to stop in and see me if you desire. I look forward to working with you and your children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Carrick High School:</strong></em></div> <div>We wish to welcome Ms. Angel Washington to Carrick High School. Prior to coming to Carrick, Ms. Washington worked as a co-principal at the Teaching Institute at Brashear High School. Ms. Washington is looking forward to working to the staff, students, and community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Concord K-8:</strong></em></div> <div>The students, parent, staff and community members ended the school year with a fun filled picnic at Brookline Park. At the end of the year, all staff and students wished the best to Principal Colbert as she moved to a new position. Mr. Michael Perella steps in to take the lead to continue the success that was established at Concord. He is coming from his position of principal at Whittier School. Mr. Perella is looking forward to meeting his new students and parents on August 21 from 4:00 -6:00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt K-5</strong></em></div> <div>My name is Mr. Ashley Porter, and I most recently served as the vice principal at South Brook Middle School. Before holding that position, I was a high school vice principal in the Moon Area School District where I also served as the founder and director of Moon&rsquo;s Online Learning Program. I also served as the high school vice principal and elementary teacher in the Beaver Falls Area School District where I began my career in education in 1997. I have a master&rsquo;s degree in elementary education from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. As principal of Pittsburgh Roosevelt, it is my goal to provide a safe, child-centered environment where children are actively engaged in meaningful learning. The staff and administrators of Roosevelt Elementary will continue to work in partnership with families to accomplish this goal. This partnership will ensure that all of our students continue to grow academically as well as socially which will ultimately support and cultivate many life-long successes. Please know that I maintain an open door policy and suggestions and input are always welcome.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We wish success to our new leaders! Please support them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The following schools will be under the same leadership as the 2013-14 school year:</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology:</strong></em></div> <div>We are all looking forward to another school year. Please come to our Ice Cream Social on August 27th from 5:00-7:00. We are a uniform school. Please check our website for details. Our school theme is: To Achieve You Must Believe. Children must believe in themselves to move forward. &lsquo;Can&rsquo;t&rsquo; does not exist at our school. All new kindergarten students have the opportunity to participate in a kindergarten camp from August 8-14 from 9:00-12:00. Dr. Och continues to welcome parent involvement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School:</strong></em></div> <div>Mrs. Hale is working hard to prepare for the beginning of the school year. On August 21st Middle School staff members will be in the communities we serve to greet families. On August 27th &ldquo;Back to School&rdquo; night will be from 5:30-7:30. Our theme this year is: Pittsburgh Promise! We look forward for a very successful school year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Does your school have any announcements to share with the public? Send it to Bethani Cameron at bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov to be included in our monthly newsletter.</em></div> <h3><a name="meetings"></a>Meetings</h3> <div><strong>Mayor&rsquo;s Night Out - Meet MayorBill Peduto!</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1628 Brownsville Road) next to Colteryahn Dairy</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div><span style="font-size:12px;">Monday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. at&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Zion Christian Church (corner of Brownsville Road and Madeline Street)</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview National Night Out Against Crime Street Party</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Intersection of Broadway and Beechview Avenues)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Beechview United Presbyterian Church hall (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. at the Brookline Branch of the Carnegie Library</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 12, 6:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Women&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 19, 7 p.m. at Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m. at the Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Community Cornfest&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, August 23, noon to 6 p.m. at Phillips Community Park</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South Board Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Merchants Association Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. at the Beechview Merchants Association office (1553 Broadway)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>###</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:26:55 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | July 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3235 <div> <h3><a href="#south pgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h3> <div><a href="#working to">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#a city in">A City in Transition</a></div> <div><a href="#city council">City Council passes updated Act 47 plan</a></div> <div><a href="#exciting">Exciting meetings on Hillcrest and Overbrook senior developments</a></div> <div><a href="#eds seeks">Economic Development South seeks Watershed Coordinator</a></div> <div><a href="#beechview neigh">Beechview neighborhood seeks Business District Project Consultant</a></div> <div><a href="#pgh wants">Pittsburgh wants your input on the search for the next Police Chief</a></div> <div><a href="#join the everu">Join the Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board</a></div> <div><a href="#south pgh farmers">South Pittsburgh Farmers&rsquo; Markets continue into Fall 2014&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#need legal">Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</a></div> <div><a href="#intimeidated">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></div> <div><a href="#citparks">Citiparks pool tags still available for summer 2014</a></div> <div><a href="#applynw">Apply now! Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy</a></div> <div><a href="#updates from...">Updates from our local public schools</a></div> <div><a href="#block watches">Block watches work!</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a href="#helwork donate">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h3> <div><a href="#free heatl">Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></div> <div><a href="#seniors">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></div> <div><a href="#more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></div> <div><a href="#meanls on weeehls">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a href="#events">EVENTS</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div><a name="south pgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="working to"><strong>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>On June 9th, I gave a speech at Quentin Roosevelt Elementary&rsquo;s promotion ceremony for their fifth grade class. The event was even held at my alma mater Carrick High School! I was invited by my third grade science teacher, Mrs. Mattarock. Outgoing principal Anthony Pipkin and staff have worked hard to make the school feel like family, and I felt honored to be included in the emotional ceremony.</li> <li>I found myself at Carrick High School again on Monday June 11th when I attended their Community Day. This lively event was punctuated by dozens of booths, hundreds of attendees, a spirited talent show, and a rock-climbing wall. Not surprisingly, an excellent time was had by all: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/476862669358903298">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/476862669358903298</a></li> <li>The next day, City Council interviewed Bureau of Building Inspection Acting Director Maura Kennedy to approve her as the permanent Director of the department. Her experience is excellent; she will serve as the first permanent director in over four years.&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday June 14th I helped out the Carrick Community Council and local neighbors to utilize a &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; grant to repaint fences, walls, &nbsp;and plant flowers at a Leolyn Parklet. Projects like this create an incredible sense of community pride for young and old alike! The theme was &quot;For the kids, by the kids&quot;: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/477902067164409856">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/477902067164409856</a></li> <li>On Sunday, June 15th, nineteen same-sex couples were married in Council Chambers by Mayor Peduto. I was honored to be a part of this historic day for our City, state and all our residents. The weather was almost as beautiful as the emotion of marching with the newlyweds who waited for years to walk behind behind the &ldquo;Just Married&rdquo; banner.</li> <li>On June 17th, I attended the state appointed Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Board of Directors meeting, created by the in conjunction with the Act 47 oversight. For some provocative viewpoint on this agency&rsquo;s role for the City, see this City Paper article: <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/ica-problem-has-the-time-come-to-neuter-the-citys-fiscal-watchdog/Content?oid=1585555">http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/ica-problem-has-the-time-come-to-neuter-the-citys-fiscal-watchdog/Content?oid=1585555</a>. You can also try to access the ICA&rsquo;s website here: <a href="http://www.pghica.org">www.pghica.org</a></li> <li>That same day, I attended the Mayor&#39;s education task force to avoid school closings; my input focused on how to build trust and partnerships between the City and School District. I was happy to meet with the school board members, students, faculty, and council members Theresa Kail-Smith, Daniel Lavelle, Deborah Gross, and former Councilman Patrick Dowd.&nbsp;</li> <li>Also on Tuesday, I toured the finance department, as chair of the Finance and Law committee. I had the honor of meeting Paul Leger; finance director, Margaret Lanier; city treasurer, and all the hard working staff that keep our city running!</li> <li>On Wednesday, 6/18, my staff attended the Saw Mill Run Parks Conservancy Meeting, where many stakeholders attended. One issue discussed was using McKinley Park as a starting place for storm water management changes. Voices Against Violence, Councilman Kraus&rsquo;s office, the Pittsburgh Water &amp; Sewer Authority and my office are forming a working group to identify issues related to water diversion. This was the beginning of an important conversation for Pittsburgh; how to deal with stormwater!</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="a city in"><strong>A City in Transition</strong></a></div> <div>Since Mayor Peduto took office in January things have been rapidly changing in our City departments. Much like mayors before him, Peduto has chosen a new leadership team and replaced many department heads. Unlike some prior mayors, he has also chosen to fully reinvent a number of departments, create or dismantle others, and generally reorganize Pittsburgh&rsquo;s operations to a degree unseen in recent years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What does this mean for constituents? First, it means that many of the City services that you depend on are being re-examined and re-deployed in a more efficient way, sometimes by new people with fresh and innovative perspectives on how to get their jobs done. Second, it also means that there&rsquo;s a host of new faces and unfamiliar names making big decisions for the City of Pittsburgh. To minimize the growing pains for District 4, I chosen to be as pro-active as possible in meeting these new directors and managers, so that I&rsquo;m able to directly share and explain South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s issues to them, and advocate for the needs of residents like you.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I started by taking members of Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s new leadership team on a bus tour of all our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. We woke up bright and early and hit Cannon Coffee first thing for some muffins and caffeine. Afterward, we walked along the Boulevard, talked to neighbors, and ultimately made our way down to the Brookline Recreation Center to discuss its past, present, and future with Center Director Clint Burton. During the trip we drove through each neighborhood and stopped at dozens of attractions throughout the district, including Overbrook&rsquo;s Accamando Center, Carrick&rsquo;s Colteryahn Dairy, and the Beechview Senior Center. We were joined by Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa, Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge, Chief Urban Affairs Officer Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief of Innovation &amp; Performance Debra Lam, Analytics and Strategy Manager Laura Meixell, Community Affairs Manager Grant Gittlen, and Chief Administration Officer (and Brookline resident!) Debbie Lestitian.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the tour, I&rsquo;ve gone out of my way to meet 1-on-1 with every incoming Chief, Director, and Manager working on issues or projects that could affect South Pittsburgh. In these hour-long (and sometimes longer) meetings, I&rsquo;ve presented each staff member with a lengthy memo written especially for them about how I believe they can work to address both City-wide and District 4-specific issues in their new role working for the City of Pittsburgh and its taxpayers. In addition to those mentioned above, I&rsquo;ve had meetings with Chief Education and Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer Curtiss Porter, Public Works Director Mike Gable, Building Inspection Director Maura Kennedy, Citiparks Director Jim Griffin, City Planning Director Ray Gastil, and Deputy Chief of Staff Leigh Halverson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I ran for City Council because I knew that our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods were being ignored by Grant Street. Our brand new mayoral administration in place brings new opportunity to change that. I am doing everything I can to insure that, as these additions to the City&rsquo;s leadership adjust to their new roles, our neighborhoods are well-positioned to receive the attention from City Hall that we deserve. To be certain of this, I&rsquo;ll continue to host informative meetings, plan bus tours, and continuously push for our city&#39;s leadership to do right by our communities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have question or concern, or if you have ideas about how we can raise South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s profile throughout the region, feel free to reach out to my staff at 412-255-2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="city council"><strong>City Council passes updated Act 47 plan</strong></a></div> <div>Pittsburgh has been &ldquo;financially distressed&rdquo; under Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Act 47 financial oversight since 2004. Fortunately, on June 24th, Council voted to approve a new Act 47 5-year recovery plan to with the goal of leading the City of Pittsburgh to full financial recovery.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As the the Chair of Council&#39;s Finance &amp; Law Committee, it was my job to work with the State-appointed Act 47 Coordinators, the Mayor&#39;s Office, Councilmembers, and our Council Budget Office to insure we could reach agreement on a plan by July 1st. Fortunately, we had success putting together a solid plan and passed it with time to spare.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That said, passing an Act 47 plan only means we now have to get down to doing the truly serious work. Our real deadline is the end of the year when our City&#39;s budget must be passed. The plan we just passed will guide our process over the next six months to ensure that the City&rsquo;s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the services, amenities, and infrastructure that Pittsburgh residents deserve.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more about the history of Pittsburgh&#39;s Act 47 oversight, the newly passed 5-year plan, they City financial situation, please follow this link: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=3227">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=3227</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office also created this helpful infographic that explains why the City of Pittsburgh must explore lots of new revenue ideas leading up to our 2015 budget. Check it out, because I&rsquo;d love to hear your ideas and feedback: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="exciting"><strong>Exciting meetings on Hillcrest and Overbrook senior developments</strong></a></div> <div>As you may know, developers have been hard-at-work to bring three new senior living facilities to South Pittsburgh, one at the former Giant Eagle location on Brownsville Road &nbsp;and two related projects at the old Overbrook School on Saw Mill Run.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office has worked with the developers of Valcott Industries, The NRP Groups, and Community Builders, along with the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and, of course, Economic Development South (EDS) to hold two upcoming public meetings on their projects in South Pittsburgh. The goal of these meetings will be to update residents and stakeholders alike on what has happened over the past year and the next steps toward making these projects a reality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I highly encourage you to come out to learn more about each project and show your support! Meeting details are as follows...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Overbrook School Senior Development Meeting</em></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Overbrook School (2140 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>Guests include myself, EDS, the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, the URA, Rep. Erin Molchany, and more, with presentations from developers Valcott Industries and the NRP Group.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Hillcrest Senior Development Meeting</em></div> <div>Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>Guests include myself, EDS, the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, Brentwood Mayor Dennis Troy, the URA, and more, with presentations from developer Community Builders.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="eds seeks"><strong>Economic Development South seeks Watershed Coordinator</strong></a></div> <div>As many of your know, Economic Development South (EDS) is a community development corporation in South Pittsburgh that takes an exciting new multi-municipal, corridor-based approach to economic development. They represent the boroughs of Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall, Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills, and Mt. Oliver, along with the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick, Overbrook, and Brookline.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EDS is focused on the redevelopment of our commercial corridors to both attract and retain businesses and residents. They pursue projects that revitalize our local commercial districts, such as Brownsville Road and Saw Mill Run Blvd., and encouraging long-term, sustainable investment in our neighborhoods.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fortunately for us, they&rsquo;re expanding! Now, EDS is looking for a new staff member to serve as their Saw Mill Run Watershed Coordinator. The position is full-time, and will report to the EDS Executive Director Greg Jones. The new employee will be responsible for developing a management plan for the Saw Mill Run Watershed and will work closely with government agencies, non-profits, and individual businesses/citizens to develop the plan, and will organize and facilitate steering committee meetings, arrange logistics for public meetings, prepare draft plan documents, coordinate volunteers, and develop partnerships as necessary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested? For more information on the exciting new position, please check the EDS job listing here: <a href="http://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/saw-mil-run-watershed-coordinator/">http://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/saw-mil-run-watershed-coordinator/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="beechview neigh"><strong>Beechview neighborhood seeks Business District Project Consultant</strong></a></div> <div>Over the past year, my District 4 City Council office worked with the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) to develop a new consultant position to work as a community liaison to build capacity in the Beechview neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The responsibilities include but are not limited to: management and coordination of the planning, financing and implementation of complex development and infrastructure projects along the Broadway Avenue; coordination among MWCDC, staffs, public and private funders, developers and professional service teams, elected officials and government representatives, residents and neighborhood organizations; preparation of correspondence, reports and evaluation of documents, budgets and schedules; the monitoring of project budgets and compliance issues; and the formulation of recommendations on development policies, programs and projects. Work is performed independently and under the general direction of MWCDC, with input from the City of Pittsburgh, and the URA. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The consultant will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 24 hours per week to this project for 18 months, with a potential extension based on work performance and funding. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted until July 11.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more details on the position and application process, see this link: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Business_District_Project_Consultant_RFP_FINAL.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Business_District_Project_Consultant_RFP_FINAL.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="pgh wants"><strong>Pittsburgh wants your input on the search for the next Police Chief</strong></a></div> <div>Over the next few weeks, structured meetings will be held in each Police Zone for residents to provide the City&rsquo;s decision makers with input for the upcoming search. You&rsquo;re invited to participate in these community forums where attendees will be asked about both their neighborhood&rsquo;s needs and the characteristics they&rsquo;d like to see in the next Chief.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh is broken up into two Police Zones: Zone 3 which covers Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, the South Side, and Hilltop neighborhoods, and Zone 6 which covers Brookline and Beechview along with West End neighborhoods. The upcoming meetings for each South Pittsburgh zone are listed here...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Zone 6 Public Safety Meeting</em></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway Middle School (1400 Crucible Street)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</em></div> <div>Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. LOCATION TBD*</div> <div>(*We will announce the venue on our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">Facebook</a> account and <a href="http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">Twitter</a> accounts as soon as it is determined.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re unable to attend, the City still wants to hear from you. You can get online to answer three simple questions&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>What priorities does your community need the new Chief of Police to address?</li> <li>What qualities and skills does your community the new Chief of Police to have?</li> <li>What can you do to help realize the vision of policing in partnerships with the community?</li> </ul> <div>To answer these questions online, please go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mindmixer.com">http://pittsburghpa.gov/mindmixer.com</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="join the everu"><strong>Join the Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board</strong></a></div> <div>Everybody Graduates! is a City-wide campaign of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance to raise the high school graduation rate for Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) students. The program aims to create partnerships that enhance education and career readiness for youth so that 100% of students graduate, are Promise ready, and have a plan for life after high school.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested in getting involved? The Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board is looking for members to represent South Pittsburgh. Board members will be introduced to knowledge and communication tools, volunteer training, and opportunities for networking with partners who are a part of a community driven campaign that engages hundreds of PPS students daily. Of course, applicants should be deeply committed to ending the high school dropout crisis that affects one in three of our students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more or become an advisory board member, contact Rachel Zadnick here: <a href="mailto:zadnick@neighborhoodlearning.org">zadnick@neighborhoodlearning.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="south pgh farmers"><strong>South Pittsburgh Farmers&rsquo; Markets continue into Fall 2014&nbsp;</strong></a></div> <div>Citiparks Beechview and Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market, which began in June, will continue throughout the summer season and into the fall. As noted last month, both locations now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful &ldquo;Food Stand&rdquo; Farmers&rsquo; Market at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, which run until late-November and also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations&hellip;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Farmers&rsquo; Market</em></div> <div>Thursdays until October 23rd, 3:30-7:30</div> <div>St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. &amp; Belasco Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Food Stand &nbsp; &nbsp;</em> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Wednesdays until November 21th, 11:00&ndash;6:00</div> <div>Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave &nbsp; &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market</em></div> <div>Wednesdays until November 26th, 3:30-7:30</div> <div>Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. &amp; Parkfield Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="need legal"><strong>Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their goal is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="intimeidated"><strong>Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</strong></a></div> <div>Many of us get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club here: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="citparks"><strong>Citiparks pool tags still available for summer 2014</strong></a></div> <div>Don&rsquo;t worry if you didn&rsquo;t get yours yet! Pool tags are still available at pools throughout the City of Pittsburgh until the end of swimming season on September 1st. (Keep in mind: tags are no longer available for purchase Downtown at the City-County Building.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The prices for pool tags are below&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>Individual (Adult 16+) - 30.00</li> <li>Youth - 15.00</li> <li>Family (4 tags) - 60.00 (each additional tag requested will be 10.00)</li> <li>DPA- 30.00 (must show printout from County)</li> <li>Veterans - FREE (must show proof of service)</li> <li>Non Residents (Adult and Youth) - 45.00</li> </ul> <div>Remember, City of Pittsburgh residents must show ID when purchasing your pool tags. Click here for more information: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-tags-fees">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-tags-fees</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="applynw"><strong>Apply now! Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy</strong></a></div> <div>Applications are now open for the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). &nbsp;This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the City&rsquo;s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative. &nbsp;Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments. The Academy will meet every Wednesday evening from September 10 to November 12; sessions run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Academy gives participants an opportunity to interact one-on-one with city department directors and staff members through tours, interactive presentations, and hands-on demonstrations. Program topics include city planning, urban redevelopment, public works, park services, protection of our waterways and rivers, public safety and more. To date, the City has held eleven classes with nearly 200 graduates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions? Call the City&rsquo;s Office of Community Affairs at 412-255-4773 or email <a href="mailto:sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov">sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov</a> for more information. Applications, which are due by July 11th, are available online here: <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cla">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cla</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="updates from..."><strong>Updates from our local public schools</strong></a></div> <div>Pittsburgh Public Schools are out for the summer with students and faculty alike enjoying their vacations. Our monthly updates from the District 4 schools will return in August.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="block watches"><strong>Block watches work!</strong></a></div> <div>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This month, I&rsquo;m happy to announced that the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch will be hosting Mayor Bill Peduto are their upcoming July 7th meeting. The Mayor will speak briefly at the beginning of the meeting and then take questions regarding public safety and other neighborhood issues from the residents. We encourage you to attend!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em></div> <div>Thursday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch ...with special guest Mayor Bill Peduto!</em></div> <div>Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter: <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="helwork donate">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="free heatl"><strong>Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="seniors"><strong>Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</strong></a></div> <div>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="more assistance"><strong>More assistance for seniors aged 60+</strong></a></div> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Services they provide include:</div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="meanls on weeehls"><strong>Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</strong></a></div> <div>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</em></div> <div>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</em></div> <div>&nbsp;Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="events">EVENTS</a></h3> <div>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook School Senior Development Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Overbrook School (2140 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 6 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway Middle School (1400 Crucible Street)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch ...with special guest Mayor Bill Peduto!</strong></div> <div>Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. at&nbsp;Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, July 14, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. LOCATION TBD</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hillcrest Senior Development Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <div> <div>Remember to follow me on social media for regular updates on City Council and South Pittsburgh...</div> <div>Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4</a></div> <div>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak</a></div> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:54:55 -0400 Update from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3227 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Good Afternoon, </span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Today, Pittsburgh City Council voted to approve the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators&rsquo; 5-year plan to lead our City to financial recovery. Read on to learn more about Act 47 and what this plan means for our City. </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What is Act 47?</span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Act 47:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">In 2004, after decades of declining population and declining tax revenue, the </span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">City of Pittsburgh was designated &ldquo;distressed&rdquo;, a term defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s &ldquo;Financially Distressed Municipalities Act&rdquo; of 1987 (also known as &ldquo;Act 47&rdquo;). </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">ICA:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">State legislators also passed Act 11, which added another layer of financial </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">oversight from the state, called the </span><a href="http://162.242.222.132/site/home.html" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; 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;">Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority </span></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">(PICA). </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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Act 47 Plan: </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Every five years, the state-appointed Act 47 Coordinators have worked </span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">with City officials to craft a plan for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s financial renewal. </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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Why are we still considered &ldquo;distressed&rdquo;?</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thanks to the implementation of many of the recommendations from previous plans, the City is no longer in crisis mode, but we still have a lot of work to do. If we do nothing, </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">there will be a real structural deficit from 2015-2019</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">expenditures will outpace revenues and pension costs will continue to grow</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">our reserve fund will be depleted and we will have no capital budget by 2018</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">our need to fix roads, bridges and buildings will continue to exceed our ability to do so</span></li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Currently, the two most important factors that impact our city finances are:</span></span></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;margin-left: 36pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1) the 2013 millage rate adjustment which has caused a significant loss of property tax revenue (link to Piktograph), and</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2) </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2013/12/12/Ravenstahl-mulls-pension-changes-Peduto-opposes/stories/201312120307#ixzz35ZhkgRfK" style="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;">actions by our pension board in 2013</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, which now require a higher annual contribution of taxpayer dollars to the pension fund.</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does the Act 47 Plan mean for our City?</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Act 47 5-year Amended Plan passed today by Council is just that -- a plan.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The document provides a menu of options for the City to manage continued debt, pension obligations, and cash flow, with a particular focus on restoring real estate tax revenue lost in 2013, and investing in overdue maintenance on buildings, roads, and bridges. </span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Here are just a few of the recommendations included in the plan: </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Prioritizing infrastructure needs</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, and spending $25 million per year from 2015-2019 on reconstructing crumbling roads, bridges, and buildings</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seeking higher annual contributions</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from the largest tax exempt non-profits, which rely on our bridges and roads</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Freezing and moderating wage growth</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> of City employees</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reducing the City&rsquo;s non-salary operating costs</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by 5% per year, across the board</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Building our City&rsquo;s tax base</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by supporting Urban Redevelopment Authority projects </span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/Act_47_approved_2014_plan_6_24_14.pdf" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; text-decoration: none;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can view the entire Act 47 plan and recommendations here.</span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="PDF File" height="16px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/2YkbOsi8McYQEi_obIbERI3H1QBt7E8JGYO7Z87HEiXsGYLQEtH8zizbByYcVJDLQbO9ZrlAZi1FQ1gHH25lh1eGP6zj4pSuhZ03fsJY2L3WORn2hOSMoqMg2UJMOwGJTQ" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" title="PDF File" width="16px;" /></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does the Act 47 Plan mean for you? </span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/06/23/City-to-spend-120M-on-capital-projects/stories/201406230049" style="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;">Starting in 2015, you will see better roads, bridges, and public buildings</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Why? Act 47 analysis shows that more than half our city roads are failing, 24 of our bridges are structurally deficient, and our public buildings, from recreation centers to police stations, are falling apart. They recommend an infusion of $120 million of bond capital in our city infrastructure.</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">But, annual property tax revenues in our city are the lowest point they have been since 2004, leaving a gap in our operating budget. This leaves a lot of questions and we need your help. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue" style="text-decoration:none;">Our office put together this more in-depth graphic to explain our property tax problem</a>.</span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We look forward to hearing from you.</span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What happens next?</span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Passing this plan only means we have work to do; the real deadline is the end of the year when the budget has to be passed. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This plan will guide the work required of the Mayor and Council over the next six months to ensure that the City&rsquo;s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the service, amenities, and infrastructure City residents deserve. I look forward to working through the plan with Mayor Peduto and my colleagues on Council, choosing the best options for better management and increased revenue to ensure that the City proactively invests in our infrastructure, and also continues to provide and improve services to residents of the City of Pittsburgh. </span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you have further questions or suggestions, please feel free to </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact" style="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;">contact me here</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></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:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sincerely, </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="SCAN Natalia Rudiak signature.jpg" height="58px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/hIfM9xmd3G0VzHd04V-q4oMiJ4LLh73Zik9MPcq3t4OeJVY6MHUya1Z_pxFnts3pkD5TtZtEcXkBMHIg38CHYcb_2AH2HjO3hUpVCKS2B1ASgifXnYiUMVK55VnBhTOC4w" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="217px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Natalia Rudiak</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Chair, Committee on Finance and Law</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Councilmember, City of Pittsburgh</span></span></span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:04:17 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | June 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3133 <p>&nbsp;</p> <pre> <a href="#southpgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS </a> <a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</a> <a href="#farmers">Farmers&rsquo; Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh</a> <a href="#paving">Paving in South Pittsburgh</a> <a href="#loveyour">Love Your Block - Volunteer today!</a> <a href="#local">Local media recognizes local volunteers tackling illegal dumping in Brookline</a> <a href="#south">South Pittsburgh pioneers needed: Let&rsquo;s step it up together! </a> <a href="#beechview">Beechview Library temporarily closing for multi-million dollar renovation</a> <a href="#need">Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</a> <a href="#intimiddated">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a> <a href="#portauthority">Port Authority announces freeze on fare hikes</a> <a href="#citparks">Citiparks pool tags are available for summer 2014</a> <a href="#updates">Updates from our local public schools</a> <a href="#good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news...</a> <a href="#blockwatcges">Block Watches work!</a> <a href="#help">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a> <a href="#freeeee">Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a> <a href="#senionrs">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a> <a href="#moreee">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a> <a href="#meals">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a> <a href="#events">EVENTS</a></pre> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> </div> <h5><a name="southpgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h5> <div><a name="working"><strong>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>In late-April, Avant Real Estate Services LLC submitted a proposal to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to renovate the properties located at 1600 and 1602 Broadway Avenue in Beechview. Avant&rsquo;s team of experienced developers has worked on successful projects on the South Side and in the East End. On Broadway, they&rsquo;d like to create a first floor restaurant or retail space with upper floor apartments, as well as patio space and parking. On May 5th, I met with Avant President Joshua Lavrinc and his team to learn more about their ideas, and I was encouraged by their enthusiasm and the potential they see in Beechview. Read their full proposal here: <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com%2Fpittsburgh%2Fnews%2F2014%2F05%2F08%2Fpotential-buyer-steps-forward-for-two-beechview.html&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFDDohhrlSWfa6Lv0eavVSNZHXJEw">www.bizjournals.com%2Fpittsburgh%2Fnews%2F2014%2F05%2F08%2Fpotential-buyer-steps-forward-for-two-beechview.html&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFDDohhrlSWfa6Lv0eavVSNZHXJEw</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>A few days later, the URA board approved &ldquo;exclusive negotiation&rdquo; with Avant, which essentially allows them to develop better drawings of their proposed renovations, and work through the financing of the project with the URA. There are several more steps to this process, including completing the challenge of finding relevant funding and a community meeting to share these plans with the neighborhood and hear your feedback. Of course, we&rsquo;ll keep you posted as the project moves forward!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>For the first time, I was asked to give a university commencement speech to the class 2014. I was incredibly honored to deliver the speech to the graduates of the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus on May 10th. At the ceremony, I spoke to the graduates about the opportunity for the millennial generation to step up to tackle our world&rsquo;s biggest problems: &ldquo;Effective leadership is tangible and authentic and it lives in every single person here in this room. Contrary to popular belief, there are no born leaders. This assumption is dangerous because it allows individuals to escape responsibility from learning how to take action. We must all take up the challenge.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>I spent the morning Brashear High School students and faculty at a screening of &ldquo;Undaunted,&rdquo; a documentary about the Allegheny Observatory on May 12th written by local filmmaker Dan Handley. Students learned how their school&rsquo;s namesakes, John and Phoebe Brashear were pioneers of modern science. Pittsburgh&rsquo;s own observatory located in Riverview Park is considered the home of astrophysics and many of the most important discoveries in planetary science. You can learn more about &ldquo;Undaunted&rdquo; here: <a href="http://www.undauntedthemovie.com/">http://www.undauntedthemovie.com/</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>That same day, I visited the seniors at Lifespan with State Representative Erin Molchany and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Together, we celebrated Older Americans Month and discussed issues important to them. Some of the most popular topics to the seniors were the availability of transit and &nbsp;access to affordable yet quality housing.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The following morning, I met with officials at the Port Authority and some national transportation consultants to share a number of recommendations for improving public transit in South Pittsburgh. Most of my feedback fell into two basic categories: increased service and accessibility. While we have some great bus lines in our neighborhoods, it&rsquo;s obvious that routes like the 39 Brookline could run a whole lot more&hellip;. and while South Pittsburgh is lucky to have the light rail system, residents need more easy access points to the the T-stations as well as park n&rsquo; rides along Route 51. Fortunately, I know a lot of D4 residents agree with me, because I used social media before the meeting to get some suggestions directly from people like you. One South Pittsburgher said, &ldquo;The T is practically inaccessible in Carrick. [It&rsquo;s] easier to get to Target in East Liberty than South Hills Village&rdquo;, while another Twitter user said simply, &ldquo;MORE PLEASE&rdquo;.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As the Pennsylvania State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO), I travelled to Los Angeles for their 2014 YEO National Convening, their 9th Annual meeting. There, elected officials from all across the country spent three days sharing policy ideas, connecting with strategic partners, gaining valuable skills and leadership training, and networking with some of the most innovative progressive leaders in our country.On May 18th, while at the conference,I was surprised to receive YEO&rsquo;s prestigious Leadership Award for my work engaging young elected officials across Pennsylvania. You can read more about the conference and award here: http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/Rudiak-Receives-Prestigious-Leadership-Award</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On May 21st, I participated in Pennsylvania One Book organization&rsquo;s &ldquo;Every Young Child Reading Initiative&rdquo; by reading to a group of preschoolers at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center on Pioneer Avenue. This year, the title chosen was a children&rsquo;s book called &ldquo;Stripes of All Types&rdquo; written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale. After a busy and demanding May, it was a pleasure to spend time with such a positive and hopeful audience. My favorite part of the morning was when I asked the students, &quot;What does a butterfly say?&quot; and a young girl gleefully erupted, &quot;Fabulous!&quot; I&rsquo;m lucky to have opportunities like that!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>My office has been working to rectify many of the building code and quality of life issues at the apartment complexes known as &ldquo;Berg Place&rdquo; in Carrick for years - this past month, all of the issues finally came to a head as raw sewage was found in the parking lot and apartment basements; following dozens of phone calls and coordination between the Bureau of Building Inspection, Allegheny County Health Department, the City Law Department and many, many, more agencies, residents most affected were moved out, and we are working very hard to hold the landlord accountable. You can read more here: <ul> <li>Law chases Carrick landlord for Subpar rentals: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/04/25/Law-chases-landlord-for-subpar-rentals/stories/201404250094">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/04/25/Law-chases-landlord-for-subpar-rentals/stories/201404250094</a></li> <li>Allegheny County orders tenants to vacate Carrick homes over sewage, water issues: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/04/25/David-Gartley-landlord-Pittsburgh-Carrick-sewage-water-issues/stories/201404250164">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/04/25/David-Gartley-landlord-Pittsburgh-Carrick-sewage-water-issues/stories/201404250164</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In May we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring our fallen Veterans with events such as Beechview&rsquo;s memorial service, the South Hills Memorial Day Parade, and the Hilltop Veterans Day Association&#39;s services. I&rsquo;d like to thank all of the event planners and participants for their commitment to honoring the sacrifice of our Veterans and celebrating of our country&#39;s values. Of course, my deepest thanks goes out the the Veterans themselves, who have sacrificed so much for our way of life.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>May was a whirlwind month! In addition to everything above, I also met with a handful of developers about the possibility of investing in South Pittsburgh, worked with the Mayor of Brentwood to coordinate a public safety strategy between our municipalities, attended a briefings related to our finances with the City&rsquo;s Act 47 oversight board, did an interview with Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s radio station WRCT, met with School Board Representative Cindy Falls, and took the opportunity to sit down and talk about South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s needs with City of Pittsburgh employees like incoming City Planning Director Ray Gastille and new Deputy Chief of Staff Leigh Halverson.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="farmers"><strong>Farmers&rsquo; Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh</strong></a></div> <div>Citiparks is happy to announce that both the Beechview and Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market locations are returning again for the 2014 season. Fortunately, both locations within District 4 now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access</a></div> <p>Also, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful &ldquo;Food Stand&rdquo; Farmers&rsquo; Market in Brookline at the Seton Center each year, which also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.In addition, a new weekly flea market coming is to the same location as the Beechview Farmer&#39;s Market beginning on Thursday, June 19th. There is no fee to participate, but vendors must registered with the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens by phone at 412-341-8768, 412-583-0176 or email beechviewmarket@gmail.com &nbsp;</p> <p>The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations&hellip;</p> <p><em>Beechview Farmers&rsquo; Market</em><br /> Thursdays, June 12th &ndash; October 23rd, 3:30-7:30<br /> St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. &amp; Belasco Street</p> <p><em>Brookline Food Stand<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></em><br /> Wednesdays, June 19th - November 21th, 11:00&ndash;6:00<br /> Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></p> <p><em>Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market</em><br /> Wednesdays, June 11th - November 26th, 3:30-7:30<br /> Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. &amp; Parkfield Street</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a name="paving"><strong>Paving in South Pittsburgh</strong></a></div> <div>I know you&rsquo;ve all waiting a long time for the paving of Brookline Boulevard. I&rsquo;m happy to announce that we expect paving to begin in June. While the City&rsquo;s contractors were preparing for the paving job, they determined the existing trolley tracks could interfere with both milling and paving. However, the designer wasn&rsquo;t phased by this problem, and immediately went back to work to revise the the pavement grades to address the track elevations. They are finalizing a specific schedule now, and milling should begin in the next few weeks with paving following right behind it. We&rsquo;ll certainly share more details as soon as they become available!</div> <div>Another major thoroughfare in South Pittsburgh, Brownsville Road, will also be paved this season. Milling should begin soon with job going from Bausman all the way up to Calhoun. To investigate the upcoming paving projects, check out a preliminary Deparment of Public Works 2014 Paving Plan here: <a href="http://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/2014-paving-list-40-standard-miles-final-4-19-14.pdf">http://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/2014-paving-list-40-standard-miles-final-4-19-14.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="loveyour"><strong>Love Your Block - Volunteer Today</strong></a></div> <div>The Love Your Block program is a partnership of the City of Pittsburgh and the Home Depot Foundation which aims to revitalize Pittsburgh, block by block. &nbsp;Three grants were awarded to local community groups!</div> <p><em>Leolyn Parklet</em><br /> The Carrick Community Council (CCC) has been awarded a &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; program grant to beautify Leolyn Parklet. Efforts begin on Saturday June, 14th... and they would like your help! Volunteers are needed to paint fences, plant flowers and shrubs, and clean up the area. Tools and materials will be provided, but they recommend you come prepared to work with proper clothing and shoes.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in lending a hand, meet at the corner of Leolyn Street and East Cherryhill Street at 10am on June 14th. Work will continue until about 2pm. For additional information, please call the CCC at 412.339.0808 or email <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Carrick Regency</em><br /> The seniors living at the David Petragallo Carrick Regency Highrise at 2129 Brownsville Road are requesting you help them plant flowers around the front of the building and construct raised beds in the rear for seniors in wheel chairs. Thus far, volunteers for the planting include the seniors, Carrick High School students, and local Boy Scouts, who will also present flags honoring the veterans.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event is scheduled for June 7th from 9 am to 4 pm and will include a presentation to veterans who reside at the high rise at 12:15 pm. For more information contact Ms. Janice Myers via the Carrick Community Council at 412-339-0808 or <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Beechview War Memorial</em><br /> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens also received a 2014 Love Your Block grant and met with volunteers at the war memorial near 2200 Broadway Avenue for a group effort to beautify the area with flower and shrubs plantings, as we mentioned on Facebook and Twitter in May. I greatly appreciate their efforts and are thankful for the volunteers as well!</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="local"><strong>Local media recognizes local volunteers tackling illegal dumping in Brookline</strong></a></div> <div>As WPXI Target 11 investigator Rick Earle stated on air this month, &ldquo;A dangerous and dirty problem is piling up in a greenway in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Brookline neighborhood. &ldquo; Allegheny CleanWays and I, with help from WPXI, working to bring attention to a very large illegal dump site, which has been used for at least the last 40 years.</div> <div>Luckily, Allegheny CleanWays volunteers have been working on cleaning up the site regularly since November of last year. One of the biggest dumpsites in the City of Pittsburgh, the area is both an eyesore and a health hazard. Volunteers have uncovered a rusted car axle, refrigerators, air conditioners, an old television set, and literally over 2,000 tires from the dump&hellip; and they&rsquo;re still going! To keep area looking good after clean-up has finished, the group plans to install video cameras which can catch illegal dumpers in the act.</div> <div>&ldquo;It&#39;s an enormous problem, especially in our greenways and woodlands, the places that should be pristine,&rdquo; said Myrna Newman of Allegheny CleanWays.</div> <div>Allegheny CleanWays was formed in 2000 to assess the extent of illegal dumping in Allegheny County. In the past 14 years, they have been instrumental in engaging and partnering with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets, and riverbanks. To learn more about their work in Brookline, watch or read Rick Earle&rsquo;s story here: <a href="http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/target-11-massive-illegal-dump-piling-brookline/nfm3t/">http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/target-11-massive-illegal-dump-piling-brookline/nfm3t/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="south"><strong>South Pittsburgh pioneers needed: Let&rsquo;s step it up together!&nbsp;</strong></a></div> <div>This July, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is launching a new &ldquo;Leadership Development Cohort&rdquo; program that will focus on our Hilltop neighborhoods. The purpose of this program is to empower emerging leaders who are working to improve their communities by building their leadership skills and community development capacity as they advance community-driven change.</div> <div>Residents of the following neighborhoods are eligible to apply:</div> <ul> <li>Allentown</li> <li>Arlington</li> <li>Arlington Heights</li> <li>Beltzhoover</li> <li>Bon Air</li> <li>Carrick</li> <li>Knoxville</li> <li>Mt. Washington</li> <li>Mt. Oliver (borough)</li> <li>Mt. Oliver (city)</li> <li>St. Clair</li> <li>South Side Slopes</li> </ul> <div>A total of four selected participants will become part of the cohort. These participants will attend NeighborWorks &ldquo;Training Institutes&rdquo;, five day long sessions held quarterly at around the country. For more information, email Program Manager Lauren Stoner here: <a href="mailto:lstoner@nwwpa.org">lstoner@nwwpa.org</a></div> <div>Applications are due by June 9th. The application can be found here: &nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mBNT9RQ9CmyHjoe3w-7lG1hItwvBX0HTK_YlZyJmhmo/viewform?usp=send_form">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mBNT9RQ9CmyHjoe3w-7lG1hItwvBX0HTK_YlZyJmhmo/viewform?usp=send_form</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="beechview"><strong>Beechview Library temporarily closing for multi-million dollar renovation</strong></a></div> <div>As reported in our last month in our newsletter, renovations of the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch are soon to be underway! However, that means &nbsp;the branch must temporarily close on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM. They won&rsquo;t be able to re-open their doors for one year, but this temporary inconvenience will result in an exciting new library for Beechview in 2015!</div> <div>Fortunately, some outreach and programming within the community will continue, and my South Pittsburgh Newsletter will pass along more details as they become available. If library patrons have questions they can always call the library at 412-563-2900.</div> <div>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo;</div> <div>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="need"><strong>Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid.</div> <div>Their goal is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</div> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="intimiddated"><strong>Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</strong></a></div> <div>Many of us get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</div> <div>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</div> <div>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club here: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="portauthority"><strong>Port Authority announces freeze on fare hikes</strong></a></div> <div>Ellen McLean, the new CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, announced in May that public transit riders won&rsquo;t have to deal with any more fare increases for the next two years. Obviously, this comes as great news to many residents of D4 and City-wide, after more than a decade of creeping bus and T fares. &nbsp;</div> <div>The last fare increase came in July of 2012. Now, our base fare for a ride on public transit is $2.50, which actually ties Pittsburgh for the highest fares in the nation along with Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, and Sacramento. However, McLean has said that Port Authority&rsquo;s next increase won&#39;t come until July 2016 or perhaps even later.</div> <div>Fortunately, increased funding from the State level will also allow Port Authority to begin increasing routes on many of our most important bus lines during peak hours, like the 51 Carrick, which is the most popular bus in their system. Remember, much of these positive changes are due to funding generated by Act 89, the so-called &ldquo;transportation bill&rdquo; approved by some of our State Representatives and Senators last fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="citparks"><strong>Citiparks pool tags are available for summer 2014</strong></a></div> <div>One of the most exciting times of the year for many Pittsburgh residents has finally come&hellip; Citiparks pool tags are finally up for sale!</div> <div>Currently, the tags can be purchased Downtown at the City-County Building on 414 Grant Street in the 1st Floor Lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Even better, the tags will also begin to be sold at the pools starting on June 7th.</div> <div>The prices for pool tags are below&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>Individual (Adult 16+) - 30.00</li> <li>Youth - 15.00</li> <li>Family (4 tags) - 60.00 (each additional tag requested will be 10.00)</li> <li>DPA- 30.00 (must show printout from County)</li> <li>Veterans - FREE (must show proof of service)</li> <li>Non Residents (Adult and Youth) - 45.00</li> </ul> <div>Remember, City of Pittsburgh residents must show ID when purchasing your pool tags.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="updates"><strong>Updates from our local public schools</strong></a></div> <p><em>Roosevelt Elementary</em><br /> It was a month packed full of fun for Roosevelt Elementary&hellip; Early in May, kindergarten and 1st grade students went on a trip to Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Village, and both Roosevelt and South Brook Middle School students shared an exciting field trip to Cedar Point on May 13th. The following day, students in the 3rd grade were treading to a guest speaking discussing the War of 1812. Students also attended a CLO Theater performance about Thomas Edison and his inventions, where they learned about the importance of perseverance. In addition, 2nd and 3rd graders toured&nbsp; Beechwood Farms in late-May.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh Brashear</em><br /> I&rsquo;m very excited to share the news that Brashear&rsquo;s efforts toward developing a strong Advanced Placement curriculum for Math and Science was documented in the New York Times this month, with a full story focused on the school on May 4th. There article can be read here: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/spreading-the-ap-gospel-to-nurture-scientists-and-engineers.html?_r=0">http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/spreading-the-ap-gospel-to-nurture-scientists-and-engineers.html?_r=0</a>&nbsp;Additionally, Brashear hosted students from Nepal who visited with staff and students and toured the school. This interesting visit was covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as well, and you can here that article here: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6069239-74/brashear-students-clott">http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6069239-74/brashear-students-clott</a>&nbsp;With two great articles on the school this month, it&rsquo;s great to see that a larger audience is beginning to recognize all the wonderful things happening at Brashear High School!</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School</em><br /> Fathers of South Hills Middle students came into school with their children on May 16th for &ldquo;Take a Father to School Day&rdquo;. In addition, they held a pair of fun evenings for students in May including their &ldquo;International Night on May 19th, and an &ldquo;Awards Night&rdquo; on May 29th during which students were presented with various honors for their achievements so far this year.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary School</em><br /> The wonderful 4th grade students from Pittsburgh West Liberty worked with Ms. Arrington, principal and the PTA to honor their teachers. The students created &ldquo;West Liberty Caf&eacute;&rdquo; and served a barbeque lunch on the school&rsquo;s patio to the entire staff. The lunch included great food and live entertainment from the students.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</em><br /> Students engaged in a &ldquo;Dancing Classroom&rdquo; competition and held their finals on May 17th. Middle Schoolers had their Portfolio Review from May 21st through 23rd, during which time community members joined in to provide the students with feedback on their work. Excitingly, first graders will take a field trip to the Pittsburgh Opera, and grades K-2nd will explore the Pittsburgh Playhouse in June.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="good news"><strong>Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news...</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>At the wonderful Taste of Brookline in late-April, I presented long-time Brookline resident Lois McCafferty with a proclamation for her leadership and service to the Brookline community. Lois has been a tireless worker and an enthusiastic advocate for her neighborhood for many years, and her attention to detail combines with her love of Brookline to make sure that everything is done to perfection, no matter how small the detail. She has been a board member for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) for many years and has served as a vital connection to projects going on around the neighborhood, especially the reconstruction of Brookline Boulevard. In addition, she has lent a helping hand to many community events including the Taste of Brookline, the Brookline Breezefest, Brookline Unveiled, the Autumn Moon Festival, and the Brookline Sidewalk Sale, and also worked to benefit youth by volunteering at Carrick High School and with local girls softball teams. Lois is a valued asset to the Brookline neighborhood, motivating all of us to better serve our own communities. Fortunately, I&rsquo;m not the only one to have noticed the hard work and dedication that pours out of Lois. She was profiled by the Pittsburg Tribune-Review as local &ldquo;Newsmaker&rdquo; on May 17th: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6067235-74/brookline-mccafferty-pittsburgh#axzz32xNO62UM">http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6067235-74/brookline-mccafferty-pittsburgh#axzz32xNO62UM</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed May 20th to be &ldquo;Fragrance-Free Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;An ingredient simply and suspiciously labeled as &ldquo;fragrance&rdquo; is found in thousands of consumer products, because loopholes in federal regulations allow the chemical content of fragrance to be kept secret. Unfortunately, fragrance can include a selection from 3,100 different chemicals, the majority of which have not been thoroughly investigated or proven safe, which means these fragrances can pose significant health risks by triggering asthma attacks, allergic reactions and neurological symptoms, such as headaches and migraines, as well as impacting reproductive development in men and women. Also worrisome, &ldquo;fragrance&rdquo; emits Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which reduce indoor air quality and has been linked to short- and long-term adverse health effects. The organization Women for a Healthy Environment brought this issue to my attention. Women for a Healthy Environment is launching a Fragrance-Free Schools toolkit to provide tools, tips and resources to aid school district personnel and parents in creating a healthy school environment free from fragrances and other harmful chemicals that are dangerous to people and pets.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Since 1996, Brookline Regional Catholic School has provided a high-quality, faith-based education to students from the surrounding parishes of St. Pius, Church of the Resurrection, and Our Lady of Loreto, and others. The long-standing traditions of basketball at both Church of the Resurrection and Our Lady of Loreto are quite legendary, with these schools producing numerous diocesan and state champions, as well as Olympic gold medalist and Brookline icon, Suzie McConnell-Serio. However, since the schools&rsquo; 1996 merger, no Brookline Regional Catholic team has won a diocesan championship&hellip; until 2014! Brookline Regional Catholic girls&rsquo; junior varsity basketball team swept through the competition and finished as the first undefeated Class B diocesan champion ever in their school&rsquo;s history. The girls obtained wins over Holy Trinity, St. Bernard&rsquo;s, Bethel Park, West Mifflin, perennial powerhouse St. Gabriel&rsquo;s, and also the eventual Class A diocesan champion St. Bonaventure, setting a positive example of excellence for all local athletes and providing further evidence that this truly is the City of Champions. As such, I celebrate the outstanding athletic achievements of coaches Ian Barrett and Mark Bernotas and team members Vanessa Hudson, Amanda Santora, Sarah Merlina, Sydney Carr, Alexia Bernotas, Maleah Neiport, Gianna Facchiano, Kendall Calanish, Emily Meador, Samantha Chatham, and Maggie Wilson.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a name="blockwatcges"><strong>Block Watches work!</strong></a></div> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)<br /> <br /> <em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em><br /> Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><em>Brookline Block Watch meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter: <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> </div> <div><a name="help">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="freeeee"><strong>Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></div> <div>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></div> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="senionrs"><strong>Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</strong></a></div> <div>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="moreee"><strong>More assistance for seniors aged 60+</strong></a></div> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income.&nbsp;</div> <div>Services they provide include:</div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="meals"><strong>Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</strong></a></div> <p>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <p><em>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</em><br /> Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</p> <p><em>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</em><br /> Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> </div> <div><a name="events">EVENTS</a></div> <div>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County Building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our District 4 Community Calendar.</div> <p><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><em>Brookline Historical Society</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline CLP (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em><br /> Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><em>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</em><br /> Monday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Brookline Block Watch meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</em><br /> Monday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <em>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</em><br /> Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><em>Mt. Washington Community Forum</em><br /> Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><em>Grandview Park Family Fun Festival</em><br /> Saturday, June 21, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Grandview Park (Bailey Ave)</p> <p><em>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41:21 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | May 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3021 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#NEWS">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></span></p> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#You're right">You&rsquo;re right, our roads are getting worse&hellip;&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#More info">More info on the Beechview Library renovations&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Need legal">Need legal help?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer youth">Summer Youth Employment Program now accepting applications!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#A[[;ocatopms">Applications now open for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Members&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#initimidated?">Intimidated by public speaking?&nbsp;Try Carrick Toastmasters&nbsp;</a></div> <div> <div><a href="#Need a summer">Need a summer job?&nbsp;Citiparks is seeking Lifeguards&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <div><a href="#Updates from">Updates from our local public schools&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Block watches">Block Watches work!</a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#Help work etc">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></p> <div><a href="#Just harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#seniors aged">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#meals on ">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="#events">EVENTS</a></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="South PGH">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <div> <ul> <li>You might not know that in addition to our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, I also represent McKinley Park! A gem in the rough, McKinley can be most closely compared to Frick Park for its hillside natural areas and trails. Maintaining a park of this size has been a challenge over the years, and the park&rsquo;s grounds need some love. I met up with Dr. Jamil Bey from Voices Against Violence and the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to walk through the park and take inventory of its needs. We will be working with the Department of Public Works and a crew of local workers to clean up and restore its trails over the summer! For access to McKinley Park trails, start behind the courts on Bausman, or from around the Recreation Center at Amesbury and Delmont Avenue in Beltzhoover.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>With its on-street trolley, Beechview is an example of the original &ldquo;Transit Oriented Development.&rdquo; Its Broadway Avenue business district has been growing, slowly but surely, over the past few years, and reputable real estate developers are starting to take notice. I met up with one such developer at BREW on Broadway, and showed him around all the new businesses, and the available real estate on Broadway. I have since introduced him to the real estate team at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and look forward to working together to beautify Beechview.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Did you know that South Pittsburgh has a Women&rsquo;s Club? Well, they do! I met up with the Women&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook this month to talk about some of the issues facing South Pittsburgh, as well as what it&rsquo;s like to be a woman in public office. Though they meet in Overbrook, the group is open to all women across the South Hills. To get involved, cal 412.885.4308.l</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>As we reported last month, City Council unanimously passed the Pittsburgh Open Data ordinance, making more of the city&rsquo;s information proactively available to the public, online. On the 7th, I participated in a panel at Carnegie Mellon, along with the City&rsquo;s Strategy and Analytics Manager, Laura Meixell, and Bob Gradeck from the University Center for Social and Urban Research at Pitt. Bob Gradeck is a fellow Carrick High School grad! We chatted about each of our perspectives on the legislation, and fielded questions from some of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best and brightest policy students. Thanks to the Heinz College for having us!</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Trees improve quality of life in cities-- it&rsquo;s a fact! Urban trees can reduce air pollution, increase property values, and even slow traffic. I went on a ride-along with the City&rsquo;s forester, Lisa Ceoffe, to check on existing street trees, empty tree pits, trees in the park, and spaces that may be appropriate for new tree plantings. If you&rsquo;d like more information on tending existing trees in your neighborhood, or planting trees, you can contact Tree Pittsburgh, here: <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/">http://treepittsburgh.org/</a></li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>This month, some UPMC employees participated in a week-long fast in front of the company&rsquo;s headquarters, to shine a light on low wages that do not provide a good living to essential staff at hospitals. When families are working full time and can&rsquo;t meet their basic needs, that impacts our neighborhoods, our City, and our region. I will continue to support the UPMC workers in their efforts to secure a living wage.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="You're right">You&rsquo;re right, our roads are getting worse&hellip;</a></h3> <div>Do you think the streets in your neighborhood are in the worst shape they&rsquo;ve been in a long time? Well, you&rsquo;re probably right. According to Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s office, our 3-1-1 operators received 3,200 more pothole complaints this year compared to last year at this time. <div> <p>Pittsburgh has hundreds and hundreds of miles of asphalt roads. Stretched end-to-end, they would reach from the Point all the way to Minneapolis! Because of weather and climate, weight and pressure, and various chemical exposures (like gasoline, oil, and salt), asphalt begins to deteriorate almost as soon as it&rsquo;s freshly laid down. Taking all these factors into account, an asphalt road is expected to last for a decade in Pittsburgh. If we do the math, that means we should pave about 86 miles of road per year to keep up with the rate of road failure.</p> <div>Unfortunately, that isn&rsquo;t the full story. Since 2004, budget constraints have reduced paving to far fewer than 86 miles per year. Not only that, but the city has been stretching paving dollars by not milling down old pavement, and laying down a thin veneer of new asphalt over old. Roads that are &ldquo;paved&rdquo; this way begin to fail in just a few years, rather than the estimated 10. <div> <p>Years of deferred or inadequate maintenance leave the City with a lot of catching up to do. At a press conference last week, Mayor Peduto made a commitment to invest significantly in capital improvements, including streets, city steps, parks, playgrounds, pools, etc. Catching up will be expensive, and will require a long-term commitment to reinvest over the next 10 years. To give you an idea of exactly how pricey this work will be, it costs approximately $315,000 to pave one mile of road. To learn more about paving, you can check out the infographic on our website: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/paving</p> <div>The good news is that the paving of Brookline Boulevard is funded separately, and will begin in the next few weeks. Paving will begin shortly at Brookline Memorial Park and conclude at the intersection with Pioneer, when the sidewalks and intersection improvements are completed in July. <div> <p>In the meantime, please continue to call 3-1-1 to report new potholes as needed. The Department of Innovation and Performance is working to revamp the 3-1-1 system to ensure faster response times, and the Department of Public works will continue to patch as necessary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="More info">More info on the Beechview Library renovations</a></h3> <div>As reported in our last month in our newsletter, renovations of the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch soon to be underway! As a result, the branch is temporarily closing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM and will not open their doors again for one year, during which time construction will take place. Remember, this temporary inconvenience will result in an exciting new library for Beechview in 2015! <div> <p>Fortunately, some outreach and programming within the community will continue after we close, and my South Pittsburgh Newsletter will pass along more details as they become available. If library patrons have questions they can always call the library at 412-563-2900.</p> <div>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo; <div> <p>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Need legal">Need legal help?</a></h3> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid. <div> <p>Their goals is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</p> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. <div> <p>The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Summer youth">Summer Youth Employment Program now accepting applications!</a></h3> <div>The locally-funded 2014 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) has the potential to employ over 500 youth workers, allowing the youth to gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic growth. <div> <p>The program is open to all City of Pittsburgh residents between the ages of 14 and 21 years old. Youth will be assigned to internships, including technical and general office work in a variety of local businesses and/or organizations, or outdoor positions which include restoration and conservation of City parks, public property and vacant lots. All youth will be paid $7.25 per hour for up to 168 hours of work and $6.00 per hour for up to 12 hours of pre-employment Work Readiness Training. Employment begins Monday, June 30, 2014 and continues until Friday, August 8, 2014.</p> <div>Applications are accepted from Thursday, May 1st until Wednesday, May 14th, and are available here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep">http://pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="A[[;ocatopms">Applications Now Open for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Members</a></h3> <div> <p>The City of Pittsburgh is seeking three qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support the City&rsquo;s servePGH program. These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youth.</p> <div> <p>AmeriCorps VISTA associates will serve full-time with the City for one year, beginning July 2014. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization.</p> <p>Full-time applications are being accepted for the following positions:</p> <div> <ul> <li>Community &amp; Youth Engagement Associate</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Neighborhood Service Associate</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Sustainability Service Associate</li> </ul> <div>Applications will be accepted until May 23, 2014, or until the positions are filled. The application can be found here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH_Application_2014_2015.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH_Application_2014_2015.pdf</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="initimidated?">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></h3> <div> <p>Many of us are get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</p> <div> <p>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club at <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Need a summer">Need a summer job? Citiparks is seeking Lifeguards</a></h3> <div>Citiparks&rsquo; Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928. <div> <p>Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House from May 6th to May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Updates from">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Brookline</strong></div> <div>In April, students and parents at had a busy, and productive month. They enjoyed &ldquo;Take you Daughters and Sons to Work day&rdquo; on April 24 and had a successful Parent Student Community Council meeting that same evening. They have an upcoming Parent Student Community Council meeting on May 13 as well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Carrick High School</strong></div> <div>Carrick High had a busy late-April too! They held an Earth Day College Fair for students on the on 22nd. Students were able to attend African American Centers for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Council and a Business-themed field trip to Robert Morris College. To have a little fun, students participated in a Dance Team Competition on April 26 at Baldwin High School, yet it was back business with both their Chemistry Olympics and a National Honor Society Induction on April 30th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong></div> <div>On April 10th, Carmalt hosted Carrick High School students along with their teachers to do science activities with the middle school and first grade classes. Carmalt students were both lucky and talented enough to make it to the finals of the Dancing Classroom Competition. Also, they held their own Parent Student Community Council meeting was held on April 24. Perhaps most excitingly, Ms. Thompson&rsquo;s preschool class was featured on a segment of the show &quot;Pittsburgh 360&quot; on WQED! Here is the link if you would like to watch it: <a href="http://wqed.org/tv/watch/?id=943&amp;series=4&amp;page=0">http://wqed.org/tv/watch/?id=943&amp;series=4&amp;page=0</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt</strong></div> <div>Roosevelt hosted &ldquo;Wacky Day&rdquo; prior to spring break to allow students to have a little fun and to celebrate their wacky side. The third graders went on a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks-lod field trip, and had a wonderful day of exploring and learning about our city&#39;s history and how it is linked to our present. The loved it! A special congratulations goes to Roosevelt second grader, Owen Jones, who competed in the Carnegie Library Chess Tournament and took 1st place in the Junior Division (Grades K-4) at the Carrick Branch. All the 1st place winners from around the city competed at the Carnegie Library Finals Tournament on Saturday. Owen took 3rd place!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3><a name="Good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <div> <ul> <li>Pittsburgh City Council declared April the &ldquo;Month of the Young Child&rdquo; with the help of The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These organizations work 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. PAEYC specifically works to ensure every child in Pittsburgh will have access to a high quality early learning opportunity, especially those who are at risk of school failure, in order to build a future workforce capable of competing in a global economy. These issues are deeply important to me, and I will continue to focus on improving the lives of young children and the quality of early education in the future.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On April 1st, Council honored new Eagle Scout Joseph Rogers and Brookline&rsquo;s Troop 6 Screamin&rsquo; Eagles for the positive work they&rsquo;ve done for their community, and positive impact the on the young Scouts who participate in their programs. Joe began his scouting career nearly 10 years ago, and has travelled quite a bit with his troop since then: He&rsquo;s camped at Camp Conner in North Carolina, Camp Heritage in Farmington, PA, the 2010 National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and Camp Twin Echo, a nearby merit badge camp sponsored by the Great Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For Joe&rsquo;s Eagle Scout project, he and Troop 6 planned and executed a hands-on kitchen renovation of the kitchen at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, cleaning, painting and replacing light fixtures, and replacing purchasing new appliances for the space. Troop 6 has bestowed upon Joe their highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, at his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, March 31st at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Brookline.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>The Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program team, also known as &ldquo;SHARP&rdquo;, consists of a diverse group of 20 students, ranging from 7th to 12th graders, from 10 different schools in the Pittsburgh area. They&rsquo;ve come together to compete in the international FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which stands for &ldquo;For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology&rdquo;. The team is both small and young, by traditional FRC standards, yet they&rsquo;re dedicated to the challenge of building world-class, competition winning robots, with the ultimate goal of educating and exciting team members about pursuing STEM related professions, jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each year since its inception the SHARP team has made giant leaps in the the quality and performance of their robots, culminating in an incredible victory in the Greater Pittsburgh Regional finals in California, PA on Saturday, March 29th, beating out over 40 other teams, finishing in the top 3% of all 2729 teams in the world. Their victory qualified their team for the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships in St. Louis, where they competed from April 23-26th. To make certain they were entering the finals with the necessary confidence, we declared Monday, April 14th to be Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>At this year&rsquo;s wonderfully successful Taste of Brookline event on April 27th, I presented long-time resident Lois McCafferty with a proclamation for her leadership and service to the Brookline community. Lois has been a tireless worker and an enthusiastic advocate for her neighborhood for many years, and her attention to detail combines with her love of Brookline to make sure that everything is done to perfection, no matter how small the detail. She has been a board member for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) for many years and has served as a vital connection to projects going on around the neighborhood, especially the reconstruction of Brookline Boulevard. In addition, she has lent a helping hand to many community events including the Taste of Brookline, the Brookline Breezefest, Brookline Unveiled, the Autumn Moon Festival, and the Brookline Sidewalk Sale, and also worked to benefit youth by volunteering at Carrick High School and with local girls softball teams. Lois is a valued asset to the Brookline neighborhood, motivating all of us to better serve our own communities.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>During the final week of April, South Side-based radio station WYEP celebrated its 40th Anniversary! WYEP had it&rsquo;s humble beginnings in a basement in the Oakland neighborhood in 1974 and has now grown to over 90,000 weekly listeners. Pittsburghers have been introduced to emerging local artists for the past 17 years through WYEP&rsquo;s free summer concert series, and teenagers and children are able to engage musically through WYEP&rsquo;s many community programs, which allow young adults to produce their own music in professional studios. Thus, I saw it fitting to declare April 29th to be &ldquo;WYEP Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Block watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <div> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h6><a name="Help work etc">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="Just harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <div>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. <div> <p>For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="free and">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a> <div> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></p> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="seniors aged">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <div> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include: <div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Grocery shopping</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others. <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="meals on ">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <div>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed. <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong></div> <div>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong></div> <div>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h6><a name="events">EVENTS</a></h6> <p>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our District 4 Community Calendar.</p> <div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Clean Pittsburgh Commission&rsquo;s Meet n&rsquo; Greet Mixer and Volunteer Recognition Event</strong></div> <div>Meet and greet your fellow Clean Pittsburgh Stewards from across the city with elected officials and City Department heads and supervisors, while you enjoy various refreshments, music and raffles for great prizes. The CPC will also be recognizing outstanding volunteers who have made significant efforts to keep Pittsburgh Clean and Beautiful. For more information, contact Patty Chavez at 412-255-2872.</div> <div>Thursday, May 1st, at Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink (Overlook Drive)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Historical Society</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline CLP (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council Quarterly Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong></div> <div><em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business</em></div> <div>EDS in partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts this meeting series is to help grow the economy of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Road corridors by providing business owners with the education and tools to improve their enterprises.</div> <div>Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 09:50:13 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | April 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2921 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#NEWS">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#our south hills...">Our South Hills Renovation Fair is just around the corner...</a><br /> <a href="#Brookline appears in emotional...">Brookline appears in emotional documentary about Veterans</a><br /> <a href="#Beechview Library renovationssssss...">Beechview Library renovations are on their way this Summer</a><br /> <a href="#Thanks, Mike!!!">Thanks, Mike!</a><br /> <a href="#Brookline Boulevard...">Brookline Boulevard project rounds the final bend</a><br /> <a href="#Brashear students...">Brashear students score at the African American History Bowl</a><br /> <a href="#Taste of Brookline...">Taste of Brookline serves up food and fun on Sunday, April 27th</a><br /> <a href="#Construction begins...">Construction begins on the Grand View Scenic Byway</a><br /> <a href="#Intimiedatedss...">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a><br /> <a href="#port authority adds...">Port Authority adds trips to 51 Carrick, more changes on the way</a><br /> <a href="#&quot;License your dog...">&quot;License your dog. It&#39;s his ticket home.&quot;</a><br /> <a href="#Pittsburgh Marathon">Pittsburgh Marathon runs again this May</a><br /> <a href="#Need a summer job...">Need a summer job? Citiparks seeking Lifeguards</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">G</a><a href="#good news">ood news that you don&#39;t see on the news</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#Volunteers needed...">Volunteers needed for Global Youth Service Day</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></span></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>On an early morning in early March, I rallied with thousands of others in support of the workers at UPMC. For years now, I have advocated for better pay and fair work rules for UPMC workers. When they are not making a living wage, our neighborhoods suffer. UPMC workers&#39; effort to stand up for a voice and good jobs at their workplace even made the New York Times last week! Read the full story online here, then share it with your networks: <a href="http://nyti.ms/1jEkacV">http://nyti.ms/1jEkacV</a></li> <li>On Wednesday March 5th, I met with the new Director of Public Works, Mike Gable. Some of you may remember that Mr. Gable was previously the Assistant Director of Public Works, before retiring in 2013. I briefed him on infrastructure issues like Brookline Boulevard, Brownsville Road, and much-needed improvements in our parks. Please join me in welcoming him back!</li> <li>That very cold evening, I accompanied Dr. Jim Withers of Operation Safety Net, as he tended to the health and well being of some of our city&rsquo;s homeless. Dr. Withers started Operation Safety Net in 1992, starting with what he calls &ldquo;street medicine&rdquo;. Understanding that the homeless people have difficulty traveling to a clinic for medical care, the Safety Net team goes to them. It was incredibly humbling to see how many people are living on the streets, not even two blocks from our City-County building. I took heart in the fact that most of the volunteers and employees at the shelter that evening were District 4 residents! You can learn more about the program, and how you can help here: <a href="http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net">http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net</a></li> <li>I participated in a panel discussion at the HIAS National Refugee Resettlement Conference right here in Pittsburgh. As many of you know, we have a growing Bhutanese ethnic Nepali community in South Pittsburgh, resettled here as refugees over the last few years. I have worked with the newly formed <a href="http://www.bhutanesecap.org">Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)</a> to introduce our new neighbors to City parks, public safety, and other essential public services. I have also worked with city staff in a number of departments to make sure we are bridging any cultural gaps or language barriers as best we can.</li> <li>City Council celebrated the 30-year career of City Clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler, and wished her the best of luck in retirement. You may know Linda from years of Council Meetings broadcast on the City Channel. Tune in and see our newly appointed City Clerk, Mary Beth Doheny, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM and 7 PM on the City Channel (Comcast Channel 13 and Verizon Channel 44).</li> <li>On Friday, March 14th, my staff and I took Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s chiefs and staff on a bus tour of South Pittsburgh. We visited every neighborhood in the District-- Beechview, Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, and Mt. Washington-- to highlight current projects, challenges, and successes. It was so useful, that we will be planning a second tour for newly appointed Department Directors and other staff!</li> <li>On Sunday March 15th, after church services, I chatted with congregants of the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on Brownsville Road about coordinating volunteer activities throughout South Pittsburgh. We discussed the needs and volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood, from public safety to economic development, and existing efforts that they could connect with. If you know of volunteer opportunities, please send them our way! We&rsquo;d be glad to let interested neighbors know, and publish them in our upcoming newsletters.</li> <li>On March 18th, my staff attended perhaps the first ever Mayor-Council-Clerk open house on the 5th Floor of the City County Building. The Mayor&rsquo;s staff toured the Council and Clerk&rsquo;s offices, and the Council and Clerk staff were treated to a tour of the Mayor&rsquo;s offices by Mayor Peduto himself.</li> <li>That same evening, I held very successful block watch kickoff meeting for the businesses in and around the 2600 block of Brownsville Road. The Carrick-Overbrook block watch and neighbors have long identified this stretch as a hotspot, and police reports confirm criminal activity, such as drug dealing and even prostitution. We wanted to get the businesses activated, because we know that much of the crime happens in broad daylight. Who better to keep an eye on the street than the business owners themselves? It was a great first meeting, and we look forward to facilitating an ongoing conversation between the business owners and the Zone 3 Police.</li> <li>On March 28th, my staff met in Beechview with representatives from the Borough of Dormont, Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s office, and the Department of Public Works&rsquo; Traffic Engineer to address the long-running issue of traffic safety at the intersection of Wenzell Ave, Candace St., and Broadway Ave. where Beechview and Dormont come together. Solving this problem has been particularly complicated, because the Pittsburgh-Dormont line cuts straight down the middle of intersection, making it confusing for either municipality to fix the problems on their own. Now working together, Dormont has agreed to place a new stop sign on the top of Wenzell, and Pittsburgh will have shrubs and trees approaching the intersection trimmed to increase visibility and have white lines painted on the street to reinforce the stop signs. It looks like team work is going to make this painful intersection a worry of the past!</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="our south hills...">Our South Hills Renovation Fair is just around the corner...&nbsp;</a></h3> <div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Rep. Erin C. Molchany and I are proud to host the first South Hills Renovation Fair! Join community partners to get started on improving your home - no project is too big or small!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:00pm</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Where:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Creedmoor Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cost:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> FREE!</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Learn more about local, state and federal programs that could possible defer the cost of energy efficient renovations</li> <li>Talk to government agencies about how to get started on your renovation project, from permits to finished product</li> <li>Bring Pictures! Architects, designers, and interior designers will be available to provide free micro-consultations on your home or business (Call 412.391.4144 to schedule a 15-minute consultation with the Design Center).</li> <li>Listen to speakers on hillside landscaping, preserving historic elements, retaining walls, and other issues important to South Hills residents</li> <li>Find out how find financial assistance and work with a contractor to make your dream a reality</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please RSVP here: </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101" style="text-decoration:none;">https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101</a></span></span></span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Brookline appears in emotional...">Brookline appears in emotional documentary about Veterans</a></h3> <div> <p>Last year, two combat-wounded Veterans set off on a 6,500-mile motorcycle journey across America to raise awareness about the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Vets, many of whom had either contemplated or attempted suicide about the sources of hope that they had found. Pittsburgh served as one of the many stops along the way, including Brookline, where the crew shot interviews and slept during their time here.</p> <p>This film&rsquo;s title, <em>Project 22</em>, is inspired by the recent Department of Veterans Affairs estimation that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the US. The feature-length, not-for-profit documentary melds a motorcycle road-trip and the stories about the servicemen and women they encountered into a hard-hitting and inspirational documentary. By highlighting the emotional successes and alternative resources found, the aim of the documentary is to prevent Veteran suicide by reaching those living with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and give them hope for the future. The film is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2014.</p> <p>The view the trailer or learn more about the film and these issue, visit: <a href="http://medicinalmissions.com/project-22">http://medicinalmissions.com/project-22</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Beechview Library renovationssssss...">Beechview Library renovations are on their way this Summer</a></h3> <div> <p>Renovations at the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch are coming up quickly! In fact, the branch is temporarily closing this June for the contractors to begin their work. Luckily, however, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has announced that construction is to be completed by the end of 2014. That means that 2015 will bring an exciting new library to Beechview!</p> <p>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Thanks, Mike!!!">Thanks, Mike!</a></h3> <h3><span style="font-size:14px;"><em>A great volunteer moves on, and Carrick seeks a replacement</em></span></h3> <div> <p>After contributing 17 years of maintenance at the Veterans&rsquo; Monument on Parkfield Street and the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Blvd., Carrick resident Mike Woshner is taking a step back from his volunteer work. He intends on staying involved as a liaison for obtaining plants and helping with planting and maintenance.</p> <p>Reflecting back on his work, Mike says, &ldquo;I want to thank all the groups and individuals who have pitched in and helped out with the Carrick Community gardens down through the years. We all do what we can and that&#39;s what makes this community special.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike and Carrick Community Council (CCC) are now looking for 1 or 2 enthusiastic new volunteers to take over lead responsibilities at both the Veterans&rsquo; Monument and the Mother&rsquo;s Statue. The biggest job of the lead coordinator is getting the garden prepared and planted, along with some maintenance throughout the year like weeding and watering. CCC has steady volunteers at each garden, but no one currently available to take on the lead coordinator role right now. So, please consider stepping up!</p> <p>In addition, there are two other opportunities to help out part-time: The Concord School garden, planted and maintained by Alaena Grill, could use some extra maintenance help throughout the year, and the garden at the Lamar billboard site on Brownsville Road, thoughtfully maintained by Martin Van, could also use some additional weeding and clean-up throughout the year. In every case, expenses are covered through private and CCC donations.</p> <p>To volunteer or learn more please contact the CCC at 412-339-0808.</p> <p>Carrick Community Council is also planning a general neighborhood clean up for Friday, April 25th at 5:30 p.m. The group is meeting with volunteers at the Carrick Shopping Center at 2134 Brownsville Road. Water and light refreshments are provided courtesy of the CCC, along with the necessary gloves and trash bags. To volunteer for the clean-up, please call the number above or complete this form: <a href="http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/245150980086#">http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/245150980086#</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="Brookline Boulevard...">Brookline Boulevard project rounds the final bend</a></h3> <div> <p>As the weather has warmed over the last few weeks, you may have noticed crews back to work on the Boulevard reconstruction. We&rsquo;re in the final stages of reconstructing the sidewalks -- in fact, some sections are already complete! A major concern right now is ensuring that the roadway is milled and paved as soon as possible. The contractor initially proposed that all paving be done in June, when all of the sidewalk work is complete. However, with the help of the Mayor&rsquo;s office, we are hoping the milling and paving can be done in phases, starting with the sections that are already complete.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been a long process, but we are now in the home stretch, and we can look forward to a sparkly new and clean Brookline Boulevard in just a few months! We&rsquo;ll keep you up-to-date as construction moves forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Brashear students...">Brashear students score at the African American History Bowl</a></h3> <div> <p>Johonna Lipscomb and Makeeda Drew were fine representatives of Brashear High School as they participated in this year&rsquo;s African American History Bowl sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Western PA organization. Though both girls were newcomers to the History Bowl scene, they held their own and earned the third place position overall in the competition. Afterwards, they vowed to bring home the bacon next year for Brashear!</p> <p>Johonna is a 9th grader involved in too many extracurricular activities to keep track. She is &ldquo;Promise Ready&rdquo; and has been accepted into the Magnet Program at Brashear next year for Computer Science. Makeeda is an 11th grader. She is currently first in her class and the Vice President of Student Government, amongst many other achievements.</p> <p>The African American History Academic Challenge is an educational program designed to enhance the study of African American history. The goal of the program is to encourage pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African American legacy and culture. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.100blackmen.org">www.100blackmen.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Taste of Brookline...">Taste of Brookline serves up food and fun on Sunday, April 27th</a></h3> <div> <p>Brookline&#39;s all-volunteer band of community do gooders the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) is hosting it&#39;s annual &quot;Taste of Brookline&quot; event on Sunday April 27th from 2pm-5pm at Church of the Resurrection located at 1100 Creedmoor Avenue in Brookline.</p> <p>The event raises almost all the yearly operating cash for SPDC. That money is used for things like community beautification efforts, web hosting, doggi-pots, clean-ups, special events, liability insurance and many other expenses. Tickets are $30 each which includes beer, wine, entertainment as well as food samples from the following Brookline food establishments:</p> <ul> <li>Antonio&#39;s Pizzeria</li> <li>Le Cupcake Shoppe</li> <li>Cannon Coffee</li> <li>Mateo&#39;s</li> <li>Brookline Pub</li> <li>Piatto</li> <li>Pitaland</li> <li>Angelina&#39;s Pizzeria</li> <li>Fabled Table Catering</li> <li>Italian Specialties Catering</li> <li>Scoops Ice Cream</li> <li>The Smokehouse Grill</li> </ul> <p>​It&#39;s always a great time for a good cause. You get a ton of value for your money. Please consider purchasing a ticket: <a href="http://www.tasteofbrookline.com">http://www.tasteofbrookline.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Construction begins...">Construction begins on the Grand View Scenic Byway</a></h3> <div> <p>Spring has arrived and the Grand View Scenic Byway improvements are underway! An initiative of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWDCD), this project includes landscape improvements at the Point of View statue and the installation of 10 new interpretive signs along Grandview Avenue.</p> <p>During the constructing, access at the statue and trail entrance near Grandview Avenue and Sweetbriar Street will be restricted with an approximate completion date of May 16, 2014. Upon completion of the work, the improvements will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting celebration. The Grand View Scenic Byway Project Ribbon Cutting Celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 11th. To attend, RSVP: <a href="mailto:ilyssa@mwcdc.org">ilyssa@mwcdc.org</a></p> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3><a name="Intimiedatedss...">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></h3> <div> <p>Many of us are get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</p> <p>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="port authority adds...">Port Authority adds trips to 51 Carrick, more changes on the way</a></h3> <p>Beginning on March 16th, Port Authority has increased weekday service on the 51 Carrick bus route from every 10 minutes to every 8 minutes between 7:20 a.m. and 8 a.m. Also, a number of other routes were changed as well, including increased weekday frequency for the 71A Negley, 71B Highland Park, 71C Point Breeze and 71D Hamilton during morning rush hour. The state&#39;s new transportation funding law, Act 89, will enable more significant&hellip; and hopefully much more helpful changes to be made to Port Authority later this year. This changes are expected to be announced in June.</p> <p>The most up-to-date announcements can be found here: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org">www.portauthority.org</a></p> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <h3><a name="&quot;License your dog...">&quot;License your dog. It&#39;s his ticket home.&quot;</a></h3> <div> <p>PA Agriculture Secretary George Greig has announced a poster contest for students in 1st through 6th grades. His challenge? Create a poster that raises awareness of the importance of dog licensing. The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. The posters should reflect the theme &ldquo;License your dog. It&rsquo;s his ticket home.&rdquo;</p> <p>The judging of the contest will be based on both creativity and how effectively the theme is communicated. The grand prize winner will receive cash and their image will be used on promotional displays, websites, and will be the cover of the 2015 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book. Winners of each age division will receive a cash prize and their artwork will appear in the office&rsquo;s coloring book. The deadline to enter the statewide contest is April 30. To learn more about the contest, follow this link: <a href="http://www.licenseyourdogpa.com/files/monthposter.aspx">http://www.licenseyourdogpa.com/files/monthposter.aspx</a></p> <p>Of course, we&rsquo;re no strangers to the benefits of dog licensing here at District 4. In Summer 2011, I introduced legislation to streamline dog licensing in the City of Pittsburgh, cutting down on red tape and making it easier for residents to license their pets. The idea came to us from Pamela Brickner, a Beechview resident and dog owner. My bill eliminated the need for year-to-year dog licensing, and offered two more affordable long-term license options. Now, the process is easier for residents and safer for dogs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Pittsburgh Marathon">Pittsburgh Marathon runs again this May</a></h3> <div> <p>The DICK&rsquo;S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is coming back to our fine City again on Sunday, May 4th. This year organizers are hoping to add to their previous total of over 30,000 runners. The course winds through many of the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the course doesn&rsquo;t come through our District 4 neighborhoods, but we can&rsquo;t blame organizers for being scared off by the thought of racing up our gorgeous yet daunting hillsides.</p> <p>Nonetheless, community celebrations, cheering spectators, and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world. The 2014 race will also feature an impressive number of local racers too. In fact, the organizers predict that they&rsquo;ll have 855 runners from District 4, more participants than any other district except that of District 8.</p> <p>For more information, explore their website here: <a href="http://pittsburghmarathon.com/">http://pittsburghmarathon.com/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <h3><a name="Need a summer job...">
Need a summer job? Citiparks seeking Lifeguards</a></h3> <div> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.</p> <p>Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House from May 6th to May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-291f-cc7d-3f33-3d0e7815edc2"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">March was a relatively quiet month in South Pittsburgh academics, because our teachers and students were busily preparing for their PSSA testing in both reading and math. The tests began the week of March 24. Cross your fingers for these hard working kids!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong><br /> In March, Carmalt held numerous distance learning experiences for their students. In addition, they held a very special event in which they hosted a Pittsburgh author, Ms. Patterson, who also happens to be the mother of one of their students, Dorian! She met with third graders and among others.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Concord</strong><br /> In February, students participated in Concord&rsquo;s Black History Celebration with songs, poetry, and historical tributes. In late-February and March, Concord Elementary&rsquo;s English as a Seond Language paraprofessionals began offering a Language Club during lunch. The kids are very excited to participate!</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt</strong><br /> The third graders at Roosevelt Elementary took a trip to the Strip District with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks foundation after reading The Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres, a book about a young man growing up in the Strip. The fifth graders were involved in a poetry project with Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, late-March brought a school-wide &ldquo;Blue and White Pep Rally&rdquo; to kick off PSSA testing.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh West Liberty</strong><br /> In February, West Liberty participated in the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign led by their physical education teacher, Ms. Fitzgerald. The children raised money to help other children with heart issues, ultimately raising $2,403 with 85 children participating. The top heart heroes were Allie Chappel, Danielle Swearingen, Dylan Russel, and Annaliese Keefer. They&rsquo;d like to extend a special thank to Ms. Fitzgerald for utilizing her wonderful organizational skills. The children had a lot of fun!</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><a name="good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <ul> <li>Council honored Joe Bonadio, lifelong Beechview resident and renaissance man, on Tuesday, March 4th. Joe grew up and still lives on Canton Avenue, one of the steepest public streets in the world, and has done much in his 91 years to serve the neighborhood and our country. A World War II veteran, Joe is a certified electrician, a long-time professional golfer, and an accomplished musician! He currently plays the flute in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra! Joe has spent years personally maintaining his portion of Canton, and is also a prolific vegetable gardener. We honored Joe for all he has done for Beechview and Pittsburgh as a whole. See us together in Council Chambers here: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/442003094818136064/photo/1">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/442003094818136064/photo/1</a></li> <li>On April 1st, Council honored new Eagle Scout Joseph Rogers and Brookline&rsquo;s Troop 6 Screamin&rsquo; Eagles for the positive work they&rsquo;ve done for their community, and positive impact the on the young Scouts who participate in their programs. Joe began his scouting career nearly 10 years ago, and has travelled quite a bit with his troop since then: He&rsquo;s camped at Camp Conner in North Carolina, Camp Heritage in Farmington, PA, the 2010 National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and Camp Twin Echo, a nearby merit badge camp sponsored by the Great Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For Joe&rsquo;s Eagle Scout project, he and Troop 6 planned and executed a hands-on kitchen renovation of the kitchen at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, cleaning, painting and replacing light fixtures, and replacing purchasing new appliances for the space. Troop 6 has bestowed upon Joe their highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, at his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, March 31st at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Brookline.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="block watches work...">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-2923-0729-cead-8de9ef9de962"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <h3><a name="Volunteers needed...">Volunteers needed for Global Youth Service Day</a></h3> <div> <p>Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is coming up April 7th through 13th and Pittsburgh Cares is looking for volunteers! Register with your family, after-school program, classroom, or entire school!</p> <p>Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated specifically to children and youth. GYSD celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service.</p> <p>GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors-- to address the world&#39;s most critical issues and change their communities.</p> <p>For more information or to sign-up, please email Chris Lehberger: <a href="mailto:clehberger@pittsburghcares.org">clehberger@pittsburghcares.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <p><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong><br /> ​Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</p> <p><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong><br /> ​Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> </div> <div><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div><br /> <p><strong>South Hills Renovation Fair</strong><br /> Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Hilltop Economic Development Corporation Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 5:00 p.m. at 320 Brownsville Road<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline History Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <strong>Rep. Molchany&rsquo;s First Annual Senior Fair</strong><br /> A fun, informative evening featuring government resources, volunteer opportunities, educational programs, and more. Music and refreshments will be provided.<br /> Thursday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave.)<br /> <br /> <strong>Taste of Brookline</strong><br /> Sunday, April 27th, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave.)<br /> <br /> <strong>Clean Pittsburgh Commission&rsquo;s Meet n&rsquo; Greet Mixer and Volunteer Recognition Event</strong><br /> Clean Pittsburgh Stewards from across the city meet with officials and department heads, while you enjoy refreshments, music and raffles. CPC will recognize volunteers who have made significant efforts to keep Pittsburgh Beautiful. For more information, contact Patty Chavez at 412-255-2872.<br /> Thursday, May 1st, at Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink (Overlook Drive)<br /> <br /> <strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong><br /> <em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business</em><br /> In partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), this meeting series aims to grow the economies of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Rd. by providing businesses with education and tools.<br /> Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</p> </div> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:36:35 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | March 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2815 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></p> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#prek">Pittsburgh&#39;s Pre-K Promise</a><br /> <a href="#what is">What is Brookline to the rest of the world?</a><br /> <a href="#rebuild">Rebuild Beechview! We Need Proposals for Broadway Avenue Properties</a><br /> <a href="#good">P</a><a href="#proposed">roposed Senior and Residential Development in Mt. Lebanon across from Brookline</a><br /> <a href="#history">K</a><a href="#kitchens">itchens, roof, solar panels, oh my!</a><br /> <a href="#food">O</a><a href="#our corridor">ur &quot;corridor communities&quot; collaboration keeps growing</a><br /> <a href="#small">N</a><a href="#need a job">eed a summar job? Citiparks seeks Lifeguards</a><br /> <a href="#budget">C</a><a href="#columbia gas">olumbia Gas offers payment assistance programs</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">G</a><a href="#good news">ood news that you don&#39;t see on the news</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></p> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <p><em>For nearly two years, Adam Shuck was the nerve center of the District 4 office, talking with residents, solving problems, and writing our newsletter. In February, Adam left our office to pursue an exciting new opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center. We will certainly miss his dedication, professionalism, and pragmatism, and we wish him well in all future endeavors! </em></p> <p><em>To follow up on any issues that Adam was working on, please contact my Chief of Staff, Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2131 and we&rsquo;ll be happy to assist you.

</em></p> <p><em>Also, for your information, City Council&rsquo;s voicemail services have been down and not working properly over the past month. So if you left a voicemail, we may not have received it. We are in the process of getting new software. Please feel free to keep calling us at 412 255 2131 or shoot us a webform at: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact</a> so we can resolve your issue. Many thanks for your patience.</em></p> <ul> <li>On February 27th, I chaired hearings on the Open Data legislation I proposed in January to make our city more open to the public. Dozens of residents, academics, software developers, and city employees came out to speak in support of the legislation.&nbsp;The bill, supported by Mayor Peduto, would prompt city staff to take inventory of the types of data we have on hand, and proactively release that information which is already public, via an online portal. The idea is that software developers can take that data and put it into an app or website that is far easier to understand than an excel file full of numbers and dates. There are a number of examples of very useful apps that have resulted from open data initiatives in other cities. Here are just a few: 
 <ul> <li>Philly Crime Mapper: <a href="http://www.phlcrimemapper.com">http://www.phlcrimemapper.com</a></li> <li>Adopt a Hydrant in Boston: <a href="http://adoptahydrant.org">http://adoptahydrant.org</a></li> <li>Blight Status in New Orleans: <a href="http://blightstatus.nola.gov">http://blightstatus.nola.gov</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>I also visited the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which provides powerful computers and data storage to researchers from universities, government, and industry. The PSC is not only a unique state-of-the-art facility, but a job creator that puts Pittsburgh on the map - the center has applied for a federal grant to be a national center for cancer genome research and could create dozens of job in the process.They are very interested in working more closely with the City. Fun fact: today&rsquo;s iPhone is more powerful than the center&rsquo;s first, ginormous super-computer, which was introduced in 1986 and cost $20 million!</li> <li>Big thanks to Randy Whitehair, Pittsburgh Paramedic, who is spearheading life-saving CPR workshops for all city employees. I signed up and was trained on how to perform CPR and administer AED (automatic external defibrillator) treatment when someone&rsquo;s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The AED is a life-saving device that can administer an electric shock to restart a heart. Check out pic here: <a href="http://pic.twitter.com/YaVWRj1P8z">http://pic.twitter.com/YaVWRj1P8z</a>. Rest assured, whether at your next block watch or our next council meeting, me and my CPR skills are here to serve!
</li> <li>On a Thursday night, I attended four hours of public testimony about <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/14/gross-introduces-land-bank-legislation">Councilwoman Gross&rsquo; Land Bank legislation</a>. &nbsp;Land banks act as a legal and financial mechanism to transform vacant, abandoned and tax-foreclosed property back to productive use. So many times, abandoned property is tax delinquent for many years before it is recommended for tax sale. By the time someone else is able to buy the property, the structure may be dilapidated, and surrounding property values may have dropped significantly. The land bank can help turn these properties over in a more timely manner, and it ensures that the community has input on the buyer&rsquo;s new plan for the property. Have thoughts on the landbanking bill? Read about &ldquo;Landbanking 101&rdquo; on Councilwoman Gross&rsquo; website: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/landbank">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/landbank </a>&nbsp;or contact us: <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact
">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact
</a></li> <li>Last Sunday, I attended Steel City CodeFest, where software developers gathered to design websites smart phone apps to solve complex public problems. One of the winning teams designed a service called &ldquo;Pittsburgh Street.&rdquo; Using data made available from the city, the app and website would allow you to sign up and get alerts for your specific garbage, recycling, or leave pick-up days. The alerts could come in the form of an email, text message, or alert notification on your phone on or before your pick-up day. You could even set up the text messages to go to your kids so they would have no excuse of doing their chores! &nbsp;This website is not yet available to the public, but this is just one example of how &ldquo;open data&rdquo; and technological can make our lives easier!
</li> <li>I met with the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation, and learned about HATCH, a civic crowdfunding platform serving Allegheny County. What&rsquo;s a &ldquo;crowdfunding platform&rdquo;? Much like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, it&rsquo;s a website that enables a large number of people to fund a project with small amounts of money. In most cases, these kinds of websites fund new business ideas or organizations. In the case of HATCH, all projects must have an element of benefiting the community. Eligible projects can include small businesses, art projects, performances, or community programs. Projects name a fundraising goal, and if the goal is met with donations from individuals in the community, the project is funded! Pretty cool. You can learn more here: <a href="http://www.pghdowntowncdc.org/community-building/hatch/
">http://www.pghdowntowncdc.org/community-building/hatch/
</a></li> <li>I spoke with 90.5 FM WESA, our local public radio affiliate, about being a &ldquo;Millennial&rdquo; - &nbsp;the demographic of Pittsburghers ranging &ldquo;from 18 to 34 years old, characterized by technological skill, dedication to equality issues, and often mounting student debt and unemployment.&rdquo; I am quoted at the beginning of the stories below. Listen in, they are truly fascinating discussions about the changing nature of the world around us:
 <ul> <li>Does Pittsburgh Meet the Needs of the Millennial Generation?: <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/does-pittsburgh-meet-needs-millennial-generation">
http://wesa.fm/post/does-pittsburgh-meet-needs-millennial-generation</a></li> <li>Collaboration &amp; Contribution: Millennials in the Workplace: <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/collaboration-contribution-millennials-workplace

">http://wesa.fm/post/collaboration-contribution-millennials-workplace

</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Also: I hosted operational budget briefings for fellow council members&hellip;.attended the Allegheny County Boroughs Association Dinner&hellip;. met with the directors of the CORO Pittsburgh leaders development center www.coropittsburgh.org on how to improve their programs &hellip; rallied with Congressman Doyle and UPMC workers in support of living wages at the medical giant&hellip; had separate meetings with 4 developers about investing in District 4&hellip;.sat down with Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Anti-Litter coordinator to discuss litter and dump-clean-up efforts in South Pittsburgh&hellip;.talked with the Girl Scout troop and Tree Pittsburgh about an educational project to label the trees and planters in our district&hellip; spoke at a leadership seminar for the National Council for Jewish Women&hellip; attended a public hearings about the historic designation of Hunt Armory, the vacation of Pringle Street in East Carnegie, and UPMC&rsquo;s impact on our local economy&hellip; and more! Check out my twitter (<a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak‎">@nataliarudiak</a>) and Facebook page (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4</a>) for constant updates.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="prek">Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Pre-K Promise</a></h3> <h3><em><span style="font-size: 12px;">Every child should have access to high quality preschool education</span></em></h3> <div>On February 23rd, I published an op-ed in the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, calling for universal access to high quality pre-k programs for Pittsburgh children. Too often, children of working families are denied a strong start, because their parents make too much to qualify for programs like Headstart, but too little to pay high pre-k tuition out of pocket. That&rsquo;s unacceptable! You can read it here: 

<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></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thousands of hard-working parents and guardians put every ounce of their energy into their children&#39;s education. But sometimes, everything just isn&#39;t enough. Pre-school is an essential part of that educational journey; yet I have heard too many heartbreaking stories from working families in our district who can&#39;t afford it. Special thank you to Michele, Kara, and Christy who shared their personal stories for this piece, in an effort to bring light to the issue.

</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Post-Gazette published a follow-up interview with me on the issue here: <a href="http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6036-the-baby-pittsburgh-promise-rudiak-wants-to-give-all-pittsburghers-access-to-pre-k-education">http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6036-the-baby-pittsburgh-promise-rudiak-wants-to-give-all-pittsburghers-access-to-pre-k-education</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I hope that you find this op-ed thought provoking, and that you will spread the message far and wide, so that we can use the momentum to spur action.

</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="what is">What is Brookline to the rest of the world?&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>
Why is Bloomfield called Pittsburgh&rsquo;s &ldquo;Little Italy&rdquo;? Why is Lawrenceville the new hot spot for hipsters and artists? These identities didn&rsquo;t happen by accident. Like any other brand, successful neighborhoods create identities on purpose. A community&rsquo;s identity gives it a competitive advantage, distinguishing it from other places and makes it more desirable. Through outdoor welcome signs, logos, banners, maps and advertisements, we can market our neighborhoods to new families and entrepreneurs.

It is with this in mind that neighborhood leaders from the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation won a grant to work with a local planning firm, <a href="http://www.evolveea.com/">evolveEA</a>, to market Brookline.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But before we could even create any logos or signage, we had to ask ourselves, &ldquo;Well, what is Brookline?&rdquo; Through a series of meetings and online input at www.ourbrookline.com, we figured out three potential themes for the neighborhood:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Fun and Fit</li> <li>International Marketplace</li> <li>Friendly and Accessible &nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>
Sound intriguing? Read the study yourself at: <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16485986/BROOKLINE%20REPORT%20FINAL%20high%20res.pdf

">https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16485986/BROOKLINE%20REPORT%20FINAL%20high%20res.pdf

</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have any thoughts - don&rsquo;t contact us - this is a community-based effort! You can check out <a href="http://www.ourbrookline.com">http://www.ourbrookline.com</a> or attend any of the future SPDC meetings (see dates below) to get involved!
</div> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><a name="rebuild">Rebuild Beechview! We Need Proposals for Broadway Ave. Properties</a></h3> <div>The City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is reaching out to prospective developers in an effort to re-purpose four now-vacant buildings on the 1600 block of Broadway Avenue in Beechview. The properties include two mixed-use buildings, one 5,200 square feet and the other 4,500 square feet, and two open pieces of land. When the proposals come in, they will be reviewed by a committee of Beechview residents, URA staff, and government stakeholders. The best proposals will be presented the community for feedback, and the best proposal will be chosen based on that feedback.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The community has long-awaited a new life for these buildings in the heart of the business district, which were purchased in the 1990s by Bernado Katz, the failed developer in the area who has since left the country. Since then, little has happened on the 1600 block, and I am greatly looking forward to a new life for these properties.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please share this information with ALL Beechview and District 4 residents! All proposals are due by March 21st. The RFP can be found here: <a href="http://mail-dog.com/page.html?p=0000015Fu8vsFBBjcl2A+NgOsgH5j2pVNndlXvLOndtw">http://mail-dog.com/page.html?p=0000015Fu8vsFBBjcl2A+NgOsgH5j2pVNndlXvLOndtw</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="proposed">Proposed Senior and Residential Development in Mt. Lebanon across from Brookline
 &nbsp;&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>
A development team consisting of Green Development, Inc., Oxford Development Company, La Quatra Bonci, and Sota Construction has proposed a development in the municipality of Mt. Lebanon, specifically the former Bradley Center site on Castlegate Ave. on the Mt. Lebanon side of Dorchester Ave. Currently, the existing buildings are blighted with broken windows and graffiti. The developer&rsquo;s plan is total removal of all the current decaying structures, an environmental remediation, and the development of 60 senior housing apartments on the sloping portion overlooking McNeilly Road. In addition, they plan on creating approximately 60 energy efficient market-rate houses on the upper part of the site.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In order to develop this property as a residential use, Green Development has submitted a request to Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board to rezone the property from R-2 to R-4. This rezoning is a decision of the Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board, and all questions and concerns should be shared with them. There will be a public meeting on the requested rezoning on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7pm at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building at 710 Washington Road.

</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can find more information on this our website here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2808

">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2808

</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="kitchens">Kitchens, roofs, solar panels, oh my!</a></h3> <h3><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Get smart about home renovation at our very first South Hills Renovation Fair!</em></span></h3> <div>
Rep. Erin C. Molchany and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak are proud to host the first South Hills Renovation Fair! Join community partners to get started on improving your home - no project is too big or small!

</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:00pm</div> <div><strong>Where:</strong> Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Creedmoor Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Cost: FREE!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Learn more about local, state and federal programs that could possible defer the cost of energy efficient renovations</li> <li>Talk to government agencies about how to get started on your renovation project, from permits to finished product&nbsp;</li> <li>Bring Pictures! Architects, designers, and interior designers will be available to provide free micro-consultations on your home or business (Call 412.391.4144 to schedule a 15 minute consultation with the Design Center).</li> <li>Listen to speakers on hillside landscaping, preserving historic elements, retaining walls, and other issues important to South Hills residents&nbsp;</li> <li>Find out how find financial assistance and work with a contractor to make your dream a reality</li> </ul> <div>
Please RSVP here! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101">https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101
&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="our corridor">Our &ldquo;corridor communities&rdquo; collaboration keeps growing</a></h3> <div>Economic Development South (EDS) proudly announced this month that they have added more neighborhoods along the Route 51 corridor to their service network: Beginning in February, they are representing Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, and D4&rsquo;s own Brookline neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This adds to the neighborhoods and municipalities they currently work with: Brentwood Baldwin, Whitehall, Mt. Oliver, Carrick, and Overbrook.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, EDS has kept busy by planning and hosting small business meetings in our neighborhoods. In cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center and Dollar Bank, they hosted its first in a series of small business workshops on Tuesday, February 11th.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over 25 businesses, from yoga studios to concrete companies, attended the workshop and learned about defining and capturing their specific markets. Some businesses were less than 1 year old, while others have more than 40 years of operation. The topics discussed included how to use social media to attract customers, ways that businesses can work together to bring customers to their part of the neighborhood, and much more. In addition, these business owners will have the opportunity to attend a free one-on-one consulting session on March 20th at the EDS offices.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The next workshop will be held at the Whitehall Borough Building on May 22nd from 6-8pm.</strong> The meeting will focus on &ldquo;Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business.&rdquo; These workshops are free and open to any interested business.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information or to schedule a consulting appointment, you may contact Kathleen at kkeating@economicdevelopmentsouth.org or (412) 207-7066.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="need a job">
Need a summer job? Citiparks seeking Lifeguards</a></h3> <div>Citiparks&rsquo; Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House on March 15th - March 26th, and May 6th - May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="columbia gas">Columbia Gas offers payment assistance programs</a></h3> <div>As winter unapologetically trudges on, Columbia Gas wants to remind D4 residents that they can help customers struggling with increased utility bills. They ask that customers contact them at the the first sign of trouble paying your bill, stating &ldquo;the sooner we hear about an issue or problem, the sooner we can explore assistance options.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is offering funds that are available until April 4th, 2014. To apply for LIHEAP, call 1-800-272-2714. Columbia Gas is also offering CRISIS, federal funds available to customers in emergency situations and in danger of losing their heat. For more information on CRISIS funds, call Columbia at 1-800-272-2714.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, Columbia also offers Customer Assistance Programs (CAP) and Customer Assistance, Referral &amp; Evaluation Services (CARES), with CAP offering reduced payments and loan forgiveness. CARES refers customers to agencies that can provide information on energy assistance programs. For more information on CAP and/or CARES, please call 1-800-537-7431.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Dollar Energy Fund, an independent non-profit association, provides assistance to low-income customers. To contact the Dollar Fund, please call 1-800-537-7431. Lastly, the Budget Payment Plan allows customers to spread annual gas costs evenly across the year instead of paying account balances each month, helping to eliminate high winter bills. The budget year begins in May, but customers can enroll any time during the year. For more information on Budget Payment Plans or to apply, call Columbia at 1-888-460-4332.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Brashear</span></strong></p> <div>

On January 24-26, the World of Wheels Custom Car Show was recently held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Student Career Day at the show allows students to view the cars on display and learn more about the technology behind the automobiles. High schools&rsquo; Career &amp; Technical Education programs also encouraged to compete in a Pedal Car Competition.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the competition, each school is provided with a free car kit from Summit Racing from which they must build their own Pedal Car. The students may perform any modifications they deem appropriate. The pedal cars are then placed on display throughout the car show and put up for a popular vote. On the final day of the show, the cars are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Auto Technology Teacher, Mr. Curry, and Auto Body Teacher, Mr. Lipovsky, worked with Brashear&rsquo;s students to obtain and complete the structural and body work on the pedal car.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, the hard work of Mr. Curry, Mr. Lipovsky, and all the Brashear CTE students paid off, as they were crowned first place champions in the Pedal Car Competition, beating out six other schools from the greater Pittsburgh area. Best of all, the money raised through the auction is given back to the participating high school CTE programs for shop supplies or equipment. Great work Brashear CTE!


</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Roosevelt &nbsp;</span></strong></p> <div>Recently, grades 2-5 recently enjoyed an inspirational visit from Pittsburgh Public Schools&#39; Allison Henry to promote the students&#39; activity on the school&rsquo;s web site.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To encourage mathematical skill development, students are engaging in both grade-level and school-wide competitions in which they earn stickers for their math scores. These contests, held weekly, reward both overall total stickers earned as well as the most sticker growth in a week&#39;s time, encouraging all students to strive for growth in the subject each week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, classrooms compete to have a math competition trophy in their room for the week, and grade level winners earn prizes and even compete to wear the &quot;MATH MEDAL&quot; for the entire week. Currently, Roosevelt&rsquo;s student&rsquo;s total sticker count is 202,797 stickers!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The school has begun PSSA informational nights for parents to learn about the upcoming assessments and to have their questions answered prior to testing season.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Brookline</span></strong></p> <div>Brookline wishes to congratulate their recent winners in the middle school &ldquo;Expressions of Freedom&rdquo; essay contest Bana Al-Moussa, Rachel McGough, and Pamela Tomassi. The contest was sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, &nbsp;WPXI-TV and KISS-FM.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bobcats Against Bullying program is in full swing! All of our students are learning about bullying. Students often bring home class work that helps them share what they learned with their parents and guardians. Working together, they &nbsp;that our school environment is safe and comfortable for all &nbsp;children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The school will host an upcoming PSCC meeting on Tuesday, March 11th.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></strong></p> <div>Lots of events took place at Carmalt this month: In early-February, students from 2nd and 6th grade learned about opera from the Opera Theater group. &nbsp;Carmalt welcomed parents for a training of web-based student programs that their children can use at home. &nbsp;The successful training was part of the Title I program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On February 20th, Carmalt welcomed Baldwin High School students from Mr. Harrison&rsquo;s English class to bring donated books for our library. The two schools worked together last year, too. &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary School</span></strong></p> <div>West Liberty hosted a special dinner call &ldquo;Pasta, People, and The Promise&rdquo; on February 25th from in the school gym. &nbsp;A great time was had by all as families came together to learn about the Pittsburgh Promise and eat delicious pasta. Representatives from the Pittsburgh Promise and the PA College Savings Program were in attendance, sharing information to help parents ensure that their students are Promise Ready.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh South Brook Middle School</span></strong></p> <div>South Brook hosted a Math Night of their own on Tuesday, February 18th. At the event, parents were given the opportunity to participate in a math lesson, speak to the teachers, and ask questions related to supporting mathematical learning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last but most definitely not least, congratulations to Mr. Milank and the South Brook Boys Basketball team for winning the City Championship! &nbsp;D4 is very proud of them! &nbsp;</div> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><a name="good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <ul> <li>Council honored Joe Bonadio, lifelong Beechview resident and renaissance man, on Tuesday, March 4th. Joe grew up and still lives on Canton Avenue, one of the steepest public streets in the world, and has done much in his 91 years to serve the neighborhood and our country. A World War II veteran, Joe is a certified electrician, a long-time professional golfer, and an accomplished musician! He currently plays the flute in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra! Joe has spent years personally maintaining his portion of Canton, and is also a prolific vegetable gardener. We honored Joe for all he has done for Beechview and Pittsburgh as a whole.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Pittsburgh Film Office came into Council Chambers on February 25th to celebrate and promote their 14th annual &ldquo;Lights! Glamour! Action!&rdquo;&trade; event prior to it being held on March 2, 2014 at Heinz Field. They were happy to share the good new of another outstanding year of the film industry in the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region. Since its inception in 1990, the Pittsburgh Film Office has assisted with 124 feature films and television productions filmed in southwestern Pennsylvania, that generated an economic impact of more than $800 million. In 2013, two major productions, including The Fault in Our Stars, and the A&amp;E Network TV series Those Who Kill were filmed locally.
</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The CORO South Pittsburgh &ldquo;Next Neighborhood Leaders&rdquo; program led us in the pledge of allegiance on February 4th. The goal of this program is to build leadership capacity in our neighborhoods, so that over time, these leaders can work together to solve significant community issues. The group is working to identify personal leadership and community challenges, and build a network of people and organizations to address those challenges. You can learn more about the program here: <a href="http://www.coropittsburgh.org/programs/next-neighborhood-leaders/">http://www.coropittsburgh.org/programs/next-neighborhood-leaders/</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>On January 28th, Council presented Tony Ferrieri, Director of Production and Resident Scenic Designer for City Theatre, with a proclamation. A Brookline resident, Tony learned stagecraft, acting, directing at the University of Pittsburgh prior to becoming a technical director at the City Theatre. Tony&rsquo;s attention to detail when staging a performance is notable, with every detail critically &nbsp;considered, evidenced not only by his library of props at City Theatre, but also his personal collection at his home in Brookline which he shares with his wife of 31 years, Annette. Tony also shares his wonderful baritone voice as a cantor at Resurrection Church and, in the past, as a Christmas soloist at Seton Center Christmas concerts. A January 24th City Theatre production of The Mountaintop, a play by Katori Hall, marked at Tony&rsquo;s 500th production as a professional scenic designer.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://</a><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/</a></p> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit&nbsp;this link: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow this link:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.</a><a href="http://www.duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic&nbsp;</a></p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.</a><a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> </div> <div><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, March 10, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing</strong></div> <div>There will be a public meeting on the requested rezoning the Bradley Center/Depaul Institute site bordering Brookline.</div> <div>Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Road)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) monthly meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Hills Renovation Fair</strong></div> <div>Join state and local government agencies as well as nonprofits and other community partners to get started on improving your home!</div> <div>Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Rep. Molchany&rsquo;s First Annual Senior Fair</strong></div> <div>State Representative Erin Molchany (D-22) is planning a fun, informative evening featuring government resources, volunteer opportunities, educational programs, housing and utilities resources, and fun activities. Music and refreshments will be provided, along with a chance to have your photo taken with Rep. Molchany.</div> <div>Thursday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave.)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong></div> <div><strong><em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business&nbsp;</em></strong></div> <div>EDS in partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts this meeting series to help grow the economies of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Road corridors by providing business owners with tools to improve their enterprises.</div> <div>Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:03:29 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | February 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2698 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#data">Open Data legislation will mean better government, stronger communities</a><br /> <a href="#dairy">Carrick Dairy District project presents plans to a packed house</a><br /> <a href="#ura">URA greenlights Overbrook School project grant</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#history">Interested in Brookline history?</a><br /> <a href="#food">Beechview is for food lovers</a><br /> <a href="#small">South Pittsburgh small business workshops</a><br /> <a href="#budget">Fun with municipal budget allocations--no kidding!</a><br /> <a href="#report">See a dump site? Report a dump site!</a><br /> <a href="#edgebrook">DumpBusters making progress at Edgebrook Avenue</a><br /> <a href="#penndot">PennDOT announces 51/88 road closure, email list for updates</a><br /> <a href="#toastmasters">Cheers! Toastamasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#tending">Tree Tending Brownsville Road</a><br /> <a href="#plumbers">County Health Department now lists master plumbers</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <em>On Monday, January 6, 2014, I was sworn in for a second term on Pittsburgh City Council. With Chambers full of family and friends, local elected officials and residents of our communities, it was a special moment that I am thankful to the people of District 4 to have been able to experience. For years, together with community leaders, neighborhood groups, and residents, we have been laying the groundwork for big things--and now, with a capable and eager administration settling into the Mayor&#39;s Offices, it&#39;s our time to make good on that potential.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>I&#39;ve been meeting one-on-one with Mayor Peduto&#39;s <a href="http://www.ournewpittsburgh.com/">executive team</a>&nbsp;to communicate the needs and opportunities of District 4, and I have been struck by their caliber and competence. These are solid, dedicated people with great intentions, and we&#39;re all looking forward to using government as a tool to partner with communities to make Pittsburgh livable for everybody and the envy of the nation.&nbsp;</li> <li>After a petition of more than 90 residents&#39; signatures was sent in to the City Clerks&#39; office concerning dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles recklessly driving through City neighborhoods and trespassing on private property. This&nbsp;petition, by law, triggered a public hearing in City Council, which took place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, and in response <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2682">I organized a post agenda informational meeting</a> to learn more about the issue. My office frequently interacts with police officials, who tell us It can be extremely difficult to enforce the rules of the road when it comes to off-road vehicles. Taking part in the meeting were City Councilmembers and their staff, Commander Schubert and Community Officer Christine Luffey of the Pittsburgh Police, State Rep. Erin Molchany and staffer Alex Pazuchanics, Eric Boerer from Bike Pittsburgh, and a representative from the Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association. It was an extremely constructive meeting, and we all look forward to finding a sensible solution to this problem.</li> <li>At Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church recently, I convened a meeting with tree advocacy groups and citizens from Carrick, Mt. Oliver, Brentwood, Pittsburgh, and the region. We discussed locations for planting to replace dead or missing trees, fill in open tree pits, ways that we could encourage more people to get involved as Tree Tenders (hi, readers!), and other promising future projects... Stay tuned!</li> <li>When a major company receives a portion of our tax dollars to break ground on a development or operate a business, it should be held responsible for the way it treats Pittsburghers, and it should be required to provide good jobs and good wages. I attended&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/09/mayor-peduto-council-pledge-to-hold-employers-developers-accountable">an event, pulled together by Pittsburgh United</a>, to pledge my support for workers in the City. We all do better when we all do better, and defending unionization rights and minimum wage increases have a very real, positive impact on our communities.</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; Christmas and New Year&#39;s celebrations... Mayor Peduto&#39;s swearing-in at Heinz Hall and inauguration festivities at the Heinz History Center... meetings with South Pittsburgh community groups and Rep. Molchany&#39;s office to discuss future opportunities for residents to learn about resources available for house renovations... meeting with business owners to come up with a plan for the Sankey Avenue business district... an event at Assemble in Garfield to discuss Code for America/Code for Pittsburgh ideas and opportunties... a meeting with Dr. Jamil Bey of Beltzhoover to talk about exciting plans to involve local youth in McKinley Park restoration projects... a couple on-air radio pieces with Bill Rehkopf at KDKA and two WPXI/PCNC Nighttalk appearances... a meeting with newly-elected mayor of Brentwood Dennis Troy... and all of our usual neighborhood organization and block watch meetings!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="data">Open Data legislation will mean better government, stronger communities</a></h3> <p>Imagine an interactive map that shows you where properties have been cited for code violations. Or imagine being able to pull up a list from Public Works that gives a rating for the condition of every street in the City. These kinds of tools--and more--could be yours... with open data! On January 14, I introduced, with the support of Mayor Peduto, a bill that would guide the City to make public sets of data that before would be internal--or, frankly, hasn&#39;t existed at all up until now.</p> <p>It&#39;s true that much of this information could theoretically be requested through state Right to Know laws currently, but this legislation is about proactivity, not reactivity. City government could be providing this public data as a policy rather than being asked for it and then slogging through red tape that could take months to deliver the information.</p> <p>When we release data like paving schedules, building permits, and code citations, it allows software developers to do really cool things with that information. In fact, not only would new applications and software programs be helpful to residents of the City, they could in turn help government make better decisions. As City policy manager Matt Barron said at our press conference, &quot;You can&#39;t have a truly performance-based government unless you&#39;re truly measuring how you&#39;re performing.&quot;</p> <p>What are other cities doing with open data? They&#39;re making exciting apps! In Boston, there&#39;s an app that <a href="http://adoptahydrant.org/">maps fire hydrants in the City</a> and encourages residents to &quot;adopt&quot; one near them to dig out during heavy snows. New York City has <a href="http://www.checkbooknyc.com/spending_landing/yeartype/B/year/115">Checkbook NYC</a>, which allows taxpayers to easily visualize and track the city&#39;s day-to-day spending. In Philadelphia, residents can interact with crime data using <a href="http://www.phlcrimemapper.com/">PHL Crime Mapper</a>. You can choose a time period, draw a customized area on the map of the city, and then see how many incidents of different kinds of crime occurred there during that time--this would be an awesome tool for our block watches.</p> <p>Of course, an issue that arises with this kind of data is one of privacy. Currently, Right to Know laws exempt certain data from being released to protect citizens&#39; privacy, and there are federal protections for much of this--including health records, personnel performance or service test records, personal identification like social security numbers or phone numbers, anything that jeopardizes public safety or national security, and any data that, if released, would result in physical harm. My open data legislation as presented includes these current protections for public privacy.</p> <p>Right after our press conference (read more <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/01/14/Pittsburgh-councilwoman-Rudiak-to-introduce-open-data-bill/stories/">here</a> and <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/14/open-data-ordinance-introduced-in-pittsburgh">here</a>), my office <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/16jIQAxABoKx6FXYUFPgdy6NeQo4_R7ufKb-x4gePxNc/edit">posted the legislation itself online</a>, open for commenting. And we got great responses, even from nationally recognized experts in open data!</p> <p>I&#39;ve called for a public hearing and a post agenda meeting about open data. The public hearing will take place on <strong>Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m.</strong> here in Council Chambers. The post agenda meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. If you wish to speak at the public hearing, call the Clerks&#39; Office at 412.255.2138 and ask to register to speak at the hearing for bill #2014-0023. &nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="dairy">Carrick Dairy District project presents plans to a packed house</a></h3> <p>On January 14, I joined folks from Colteryahn Dairy, Carrick Community Council, Economic Development South, the URA, the Design Center, and Desmone Architects to present exciting plans for the upcoming Dairy District project in Carrick. It was a packed house at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and community members had a chance to review comprehensive design plans and ask any questions about the scope of this project. If you couldn&#39;t make the meeting, no worries--<a href="http://www.economicdevelopmentsouth.org/projects-and-initiatives/real-estate-development/carrick-dairy-district/">Economic Development South has provided the presentation</a>!</p> <p>Colteryahn Dairy is the only operating dairy in the City&#39;s borders, and it&#39;s a vibrant business and a historic asset for the Brownsville Road corridor. Diana Nelson Jones at the&nbsp;<em>Post-Gazette</em>&nbsp;wrote a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2014/01/14/Brownsville-Road-could-get-a-boost-from-dairy-district/stories/">nice piece</a> providing a little bit of background on the project and also addressing what this could mean for Brownsville Road and Carrick. And the&nbsp;<em>South Pittsburgh Reporter&nbsp;</em>had a <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/01/21/front-page/carrickandaposs-dairy-district-takes-next-steps-toward-becoming-a-reality-by-displaying-plans-to-public/14208.html">great write-up</a> on the project and last week&#39;s community meeting.</p> <p>We look forward to sharing more updates and plans as this development <em>moo</em>-ves forward!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="ura">URA greenlights Overbrook School project grant</a></h3> <p>Continuing the story of the former Overbrook Middle School, the URA approved a grant to Economic Development South (EDS) for engineering work that would be required to reconnect the property to the local T stop. There used to be a bridge, but rumor has it that it fell down into Saw Mill Run! The plans for the building are for a senior living campus called Overbrook Estates. Valcott Enterprises and the NRP Group have been great partners in the process so far, and we&#39;ve been hearing for years about the need for this kind of development in Overbrook. Many senior residents of the neighborhood no longer wish to keep up with the maintenance required for home ownership, and so a senior residential campus, with both independent and assisted living options, in addition to access to buses and the T, is an ideal project. We look forward to working with EDS and bringing you more information as the development progresses.</p> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>With a vast knowledge of classic and contemporary books, <strong>Ginny Imburgia</strong> was a well-loved librarian at Brookline&#39;s Carnegie Library branch. She dedicated her time to helping children who visited the library, coordinating their summer book programs and even teaching many of them to read. Ginny, who was born and raised in Beechview, was also one of the original founders of the Beechview Women of the Moose, Chapter 2338. This past November, Ginny passed away. To honor her decades of service to her communities, the Brookline library created a memorial display, and we brought in her close family for a proclamation, which you can read <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1636480&amp;GUID=ECBFA8D3-337E-4337-8528-7F00068F51C2">here</a>. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 was Virginia &quot;Ginny&quot; Imburgia Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>&quot;Street medicine&quot; is a worldwide movement that is focused on providing medical care directly to folks who live and sleep on the streets. The homeless are often unable to reach, or actively denied, care through traditional methods, and so when it comes to delivering health care in our country, they fall through the cracks. <strong>Dr. Jim Withers&nbsp;</strong>at Pittsburgh Mercy founded&nbsp;<strong>Operation Safety Net&nbsp;</strong>in 1992, which works to embrace the homeless population of Pittsburgh as people who deserve care just like anyone else in our society. Along with his colleague Mike Sallows, a formerly homeless person himself, Dr. Withers sets out week after week to reach homeless Pittsburhgers, bringing along his stethoscope and his medicine bag, making what are essentially house calls to those who don&#39;t have a fixed address. Dr. Withers has received a lot of media attention lately, even from national media, thanks in part to local filmmaker Julie Sokolow&#39;s video <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFjcKxx-h7Y">&quot;Street Doctor.&quot;</a> We brought Dr. Withers and his colleagues at Operation Safety Net in for a proclamation recently--read it <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/2014.1.21_PROCLAMATION_SCAN_Jim_Withers_Operation_Safety_Net.pdf">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="history">Interested in Brookline history?</a></h3> <p>The staff at the Brookline Carnegie Library are thinking about starting up a Brookline Historical Club, which could potentially meet once a month. For those who may not regularly access the Internet (and, of course, we&#39;d be remiss here to not mention Clint Burton&#39;s amazing chronicling of Brookline history at <a href="http://brooklineconnection.com/">Brookline Connection</a>), or who would like to meet up with others who are interested in exploring local history, this may be just the thing!</p> <p>The first meeting is taking place on Monday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brookline library. If you&#39;d like more information, contact Shayna Ross at the library at 412.561.1003, or call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="food">Beechview is for food lovers</a></h3> <p>The month of January saw even more press for Beechview&#39;s burgeoning food scene. First, Melissa McCart came out with a piece about Crested Duck Charcuterie, where owner Kevin Costa just received USDA certification! This means that he&#39;ll be able to expand his market for his specialty cured meats and fine foods. Find out more about Kevin and Crested Duck in <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2014/01/16/The-right-cure-preview/stories/201401160146">the article</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>And just a week later, Munch went to Slice! This in-depth article about pizzeria Slice on Broadway will leave your mouth watering. As the article points out, &quot;Slice is not too fancy, but not too pedestrian; it aspires to gourmet pizzas without gourmet prices. The attention to detail is evident on every pie.&quot; Check out the article <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/munch/2014/01/23/Munch-goes-to-Slice-on-Broadway/stories/201401230167">here</a>.</p> <p>My office is collecting all the great attention that District 4 gets in the media, like these two recent article, on our <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/in-the-news">District 4 in the News page</a>. It&#39;s a handy link you can email off to friends and family to brag about how great South Pittsburgh is!</p> <h3><a name="small">South Pittsburgh small business workshops</a></h3> <p>Operating a small business can be challenging--marketing, financial management, and general operations are just a fraction of what small business owners have to juggle in order to stay afloat. To help grow the economy of South Pittsburgh, Economic Development South is excited to launch their Corridor Communities Small Business Series in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s Small Business Development Center.</p> <p>This series of free workshops aims to provide education and tools to small business owners. The first of these workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Whitehall Borough Building, 100 Borough Park Drive. For more information, and to RSVP, please send an email to <a href="mailto:info@economicdevelopmentsouth.org">info@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a>.</p> <h3><a name="budget">Fun with municipal budget allocations--no kidding!</a></h3> <p>You&#39;re a City Councilmember in a town of 35,000 civically engaged residents, and you have $500,000 left in your budget to spend. Do you fix the ancient boiler in the basement of the municipal building? Buy a new ladder truck for the volunteer fire department? Hire an additional police officer to meet deman for service calls? Out of eleven proposals, which do you decide upon? It would cost over $2 million to do all of them, and with only $500,000 in the budget, you have to choose carefully!</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/LGA_newly_elected_officials_budget_exercise.pdf">This fun little exercise from the Local Government Academy</a> is a great representation of what it&#39;s like to prioritize need against a limited budget--just like we do in government every day. Try it out and see if you&#39;ve got the budgetary chops!</p> <h3><a name="report">See a dump site? Report a dump site!</a></h3> <p>Allegheny CleanWays is a great partner when it comes to cleaning up illegal dump sites in the region. Now they&#39;re proud to announce that you can report a dump site using an iPhone! Thanks to the citizen science project <a href="http://www.sensr.org/">SENSR.org</a>, you can download this app for free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sensr/id509785776?mt=8">here</a>. Once you open the app, select the project that says &quot;Dumping&quot; or by clicking on the Allegheny Cleanways logo, and then select &quot;Report A Dump Site.&quot; Then, when you spot an illegal dump site, just whip out your phone and report it!</p> <p>If you have an Android, Blackberry, or Windows phone, you can access this tool through your web browser at <a href="http://sensr.org/projects/ACWDS.php">this link</a>, and select the keyword &quot;Dumping.&quot;</p> <h3><a name="edgebrook">DumpBusters making progress at Edgebrook Avenue</a></h3> <p>And speaking of Allegheny CleanWays, their <a href="http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/dumpbusters">DumpBuster program</a> has made significant progress at the Edgebrook Avenue work site. Over the past two months, with a total of 141 volunteer hours, they&#39;ve removed <em><strong>almost 2,000 tires</strong></em>! Their work will continue into the spring to get the renaming tires and trash. Cleaning up this dump site is not just about removing trash after the fact, but also about preventing the potential for dumping. My office is working with Missy Rosenfeld to find locations for security cameras, funded by local foundation grants, to discourage littering in the future. Thank you to Joe Divack and all the folks with the DumpBuster program, which was recently profiled by Unsung: The Non-Profit News Show--check out the piece on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XvmJwkvYDE">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Of course, Edgebrook Avenue is also known for being a narrow, woodsy road that sees way more vehicle traffic than it can handle. In many places, Edgebrook is deteriorating, and natural springs have even been known to pop up out of the asphalt. It goes without saying that potholes are a problem here, too. For all these reasons, Edgebrook Avenue is a #1 priority for my office and the new mayoral administration&#39;s Public Works Department.</p> <h3><a name="penndot">PennDOT announces 51/88 road closure, email list for updates</a></h3> <p>If you travel the Route 51/88 intersection, one of the busiest in the entire region, you know that there&#39;s an $18.99 million project underway, which includes new bridge and roadway construction, signal upgrades, lighting and sidewalk improvements, and drainage and stream bank fixes. If you drive in this area, you&#39;ve probably experienced lane closures recently. PennDOT&#39;s <a href="http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district11.nsf/D11Secondary?openframeset&amp;Frame=main&amp;src=/Penndot/Districts/district11.nsf/PressIntro?OpenForm">latest announcement</a> concerns the tiny portion of Stewart Avenue between Route 51 and Provost Road (see the section <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/Yrv0g">here</a>), which will be closed for traffic through May 31, 2014. During this time, crews will be working on constructing a new traffic bridge and reconstructing the roadway. If you&#39;re traveling up Provost Road in Whitehall, you won&#39;t be able to turn right on Route 51 here as usual. A detour will be put in place to direct traffic down to Weyman Road, left on Baptist Road, and straight on Brownsville Road to Route 51.</p> <p>Want to get these updates in your email inbox? PennDOT has created a mailing list for traffic advisories and construction updates surrounding this project. Simply send an email to Steve at <a href="mailto:stcowan@pa.gov">stcowan@pa.gov</a> and put &quot;Subscribe - Route 51/88&quot; in the subject line.</p> <h3><a name="toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a></h3> <p>Do you get stage fright? Does the idea of speaking up in a meeting at work or in front of a group (be they strangers or friends) make you nervous? Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through bringing community members together in a club-like environment. There are currently a number of Toastmasters clubs around the region, but one Carrick resident is interested in chartering one more locally which would meet on Saturdays. If you&#39;re interested in joining a Toastmasters club in the Carrick area, or if you own a business in Carrick and would be interested in hosting a group of community members as they polish their speaking skills, please email Carolyn at <a href="mailto:cjkskitm@gmail.com">cjkskitm@gmail.com</a>.</p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p>We all had an unusual start of 2014, given the below-zero temperatures and the choppy school schedule. But we&#39;re welcoming the new year with our Parent, School, Community Council (PSCC) meetings, which are open to the broader communities. If you&#39;re interested, <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">contact your local school to learn more</a>.</p> <p>At&nbsp;<strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong>, the PSCC/PTSA/TITLE 1 meeting was held on January 15. And congratulations to the 15 students who were selected as winners of the Citizens Bank Expressions of Freedom Writing Contest! And on January 29, 1st graders at Carmalt and their parents will get to shake off some of their cabin fever and enjoy a &quot;Story Stretcher&quot; afterschool activity--the group will read&nbsp;<em>Dr. De Soto&nbsp;</em>by William Steig, about a mouse-dentist who&#39;s visited by a fox with a toothache, and afterwards, together they&#39;ll take the story and unpack it, discussing the different characters, the setting, and the plot, and learning new vocabulary words.</p> <p>If you tune in to WPXI television or KISS radio during the month of February, you may hear from&nbsp;<strong>Brookline Elementary&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Carmalt&nbsp;</strong>students who were winners of the Citizens Bank Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest!</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Pioneer&#39;s&nbsp;</strong>PSCC/PTO meeting is on Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. And on February 14, Pioneer students will celebrate Valentine&#39;s Day with a dance at 12:45 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh South Brook&nbsp;</strong>will be hosting their December Student of the Month Breakfast on January 31 at 9:45 a.m. Their PSCC meeting was held on January 21.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School&#39;s&nbsp;</strong>first Monday of each month is &quot;Second Cup of Coffee with Mrs. Hale,&quot; a time for parents to informally meet with the principal, and their PSCC/PTO meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Brashear High&nbsp;</strong>is using social media to keep parents engaged with activities on campus! If you&#39;re a parent or guardian of a student at Brashear, check out their new Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/brashearparents">Brashear High School Parent Engagement</a> to learn about upcoming events. On January 11, parents attended a workshop that covered topics like their new &quot;Be There&quot; attendance campaign, information about mentoring and tutoring, Pittsburgh Promise-ready resources for students, and more.</p> <h3><a name="tending">Tree Tending Brownsville Road</a></h3> <p>Are you a Tree Tender? Are you interested in learning how you can do your part to grow and improve the Brownsville Road corridor&#39;s trees? Becoming a Tree Pittsburgh Tree Tender is quick and easy, and <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/become-tree-tender">here&#39;s how</a>!</p> <p>For those who are already Tree Tenders, Carrick is going to be the site of two upcoming pruning workshops (note that these are open for official Tree Tenders only, and pre-registration is required):</p> <p><a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/events/pruning-workshop-carrick">Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.</a><br /> <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/events/pruning-workshop-carrick-0">Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.</a></p> <p>There are also several Tree Care dates coming up in the spring, which we&#39;ll be sure to mention in upcoming newsletter issues. If you&#39;re interested in getting involved, call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="plumbers">County Health Department now lists master plumbers</a></h3> <p>In Allegheny County, if you need to construct, repair, or demolish a building or structure&#39;s plumbing, a specific plumbing permit is required. And for a plumber to be able to acquire this permit from the Allegheny County Health Department, he or she has to be a licensed &quot;master plumber.&quot; This requires a whole bunch of minimum requirements, including work experience and education. The ACHD now has made public their list of master plumbers accredited in Allegheny County. Learn more about the requirements, and search for master plumbers near you, on <a href="http://webapps.achd.net/Plumbing/">this page</a>. Thanks to the <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/01/07/news/allegheny-county-lists-registered-master-plumbers-on-its-website/14185.html"><em>South Pittsburgh Reporter&nbsp;</em></a>for sharing this information!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">this link</a>.</p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">this link</a>.</p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">this link</a>. &nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<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.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Brookline Area Community Council</strong><br /> Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark&#39;s Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Council public hearing &amp; post agenda concerning open data</strong><br /> Thursday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. &amp; 11:00 a.m. at the City-County building (414 Grant St)</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 10, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Economic Development South&#39;s bike/pedestrian committee meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at EDS offices (4127 Brownsville Rd, Brentwood)</p> <p><strong>Valentine&#39;s Day</strong><br /> Friday, February 14&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety meeting</strong><br /> Wedneday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:39:41 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | January 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2639 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#bust">Pittsburgh Police announce successful illegal drug bust</a><br /> <a href="#project">Route 51/88 construction project update</a><br /> <a href="#edgebrook">A little bit of wilderness revealed in District 4: Edgebrook Avenue</a><br /> <a href="#toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a><br /> <a href="#emerald">Congratulations to Mount Washington&#39;s Emerald View Park</a><br /> <a href="#nerds">Attention map and data nerds!</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#nuisance">What&#39;s going on with nuisance bars?</a><br /> <a href="#tree">Please consider recycling your Christmas tree</a><br /> <a href="#pets">Help the Pittsburgh Paramedics help local homeless pets</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>Every year, City Council works with the Mayor&#39;s office to pass both operating and capital budgets that includes funds for everything from paving streets to keeping our computers running. In the last month, we on Council attended dozens of meetings with directors of departments like Public Works and City Planning to learn what their needs and specific challenges have been this year. I made <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_MHFRU29ZWlNtWG8/edit?usp=sharing">two amendments to the Mayor&#39;s proposed budgets to provide much-needed funds for project management in South Pittsburgh</a>. The budget has been passed by City Council, and we now await the approval of the state-run and appointed Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA). If you&#39;d like to take a look at them yourself, the amended Capital and Operating Budgets are available online <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/budgetoffice">here</a>.&nbsp;</li> <li>I was very excited to receive an invitation to attend the White House Holiday Reception, which took place last week. Residents can rest assured that South Pittsburgh was well-represented in our nation&#39;s capital. State Representative Erin Molchany was invited because of her amazing work on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFzrFsRVjRg">helping the public understand the Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp;At the reception, we met leaders from D.C. and across the country. And that same week, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto met with President Obama to talk about his vision and needs for Pittsburgh. Strengthening these partnerships ensures that Pittsburgh is always at the top of the list when applying for federal funding as we strive to be a model for urban development. City and state representatives working together, hand-in-hand with our federal government to bring attention to ALL of our City? That&#39;s what our New Pittsburgh is about!&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/411127001479921664">Here&#39;s a photo of me, State Rep. Erin Molchany, Mayor Lucy Johnson of Kyle, Texas, and one of our heroes, the late Eleanor Roosevelt</a>.</li> <li>Dairy District update! Last week I attended a meeting at the Colteryahn Dairy with Economic Development South, the Carrick Community Council, the Design Center of Pittsburgh, and Desmone Architects. The architectural plans for the area around the Dairy at East Meyers and Brownsville Road in Carrick are very exciting and we&#39;re ready to have our first public meeting. Mark your calendars for January 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 1628 Brownsville Road, where draft plans will be revealed and the public will have the ability to provide insight and input.</li> <li>History was made on December 6, 2013 <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/409011682380242944">when Deborah L. Gross was sworn in as District 7&#39;s Councilmember</a>, filling the seat after a special election due to Patrick Dowd&#39;s resignation. It&#39;s history because for the first time Pittsburgh City Council now boasts four women members! I&#39;m looking forward to working with Councilwoman Deb Gross on city-wide issues and projects. District 7 includes the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park, Stanton Heights, and Bloomfield.</li> <li>Brookline had a whirlwind weekend of Christmas parties, which served as a solid reminder that our Brookline neighbors are a warm, welcoming, and friendly bunch. The Brookline Chamber of Commerce Christmas party at Cannon Coffee was a success, and the next day, the Brookline Block Watch hosted their own. Brookline is blessed to have such solid organizations of close-knit, dedicated volunteers. Thank you for your service!</li> <li>On a Saturday morning in mid-December, my staff members Ashleigh, Adam, and Dan were on hand at the Brookline United Presbyterian Food Pantry to help out with their monthly distribution, meeting with residents who struggle every day with not having enough food to eat. Food pantries across the region need your donations and volunteer hours, if you&#39;re able to give. To learn more about the food pantry and how you can help, contact my office at 412.255.2131 or the Brookline United Presbyterian Church directly at 412.531.0590. The truth is that there are many families in our region who struggle to get by month to month. In fact, one in four children--that&#39;s 16 million nationally--qualify for nutrition benefits. With Republicans in state and national government slashing budgets, many more families are going hungry. As a 32 year old father told <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/holidays/2013/11/28/The-reach-for-help-is-longer-this-holiday-thanksgiving-day.html">the <em>Post-Gazette</em> in a November article</a>, often when he uses his food stamp ACCESS card at the grocery store, people look at him with anger--&quot;they don&#39;t see the misspending in Washington, but they see me in the grocery line using my card for food for my family.&quot; Many who live with chronic disablities are unable to work and rely on this kind of assistance just to survive. In fact, our food assistance program is <a href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/setting-the-record-straight-on-snap-part-1-overview/">one of the most effective and efficient we have</a>.</li> <li>Councilman Bruce Kraus and I attended a meeting at the Carnegie Library in Beechview about proposed renovations: it was heartening to see such a big crowd to brainstorm ideas--everything from a fireplace to a greenhouse! It was especially wonderful to see neighborhood teens contribute to the discussion. Just think--a few years ago the board of the library had sought to close the Beechview branch, but thanks to <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/books/2011/11/09/Carnegie-Library-funding-approved-by-big-margin/stories/201111090206">the 2011 library referendum which was passed overwhelmingly by the voters of Pittsburgh</a>, we have been able to expand hours and hire <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/aboutclp/">teen librarians</a> across the City, providing a safe, caring, stable, and stimulating environment for young people. This is an example of the good work that our tax dollars can do when our public institutions are not in crisis mode. The renovations are expected to be finished by the end of next year. <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4422247-74/library-beechview-branch#axzz2oJsZ4Z1P">Read more about it here</a>. &quot;Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.&quot; -- Anne Herbert</li> <li>&quot;Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.&quot; -- John Dewey. Cities and towns across Pennsylvania have many similar concerns--drugs, blight, unemployment. Young people across our Commonwealth have worked hard to get elected to solve these problems. But we can all do more when we work together. That is why, as the State Director of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, I have recruited the most young elected officials in the history of the network. I know that getting elected is only the first step; in order to get at the root of these issues, mayors, state representatives, county commissioners, and school board members must join forces and share the best ideas out there. In recognition of these efforts, I was highlighted in <a href="http://www.joomag.com/magazine/yeo-frontline-news-4th-quarter-2013/0558857001386956905">the Fall/Winter issue of the YEO Magazine</a>.</li> <li>I met with young people from the University of Pittsburgh Democratic Club for their last meeting before their semester ended. We had an informal discussion about my background and my day-to-day work. Thanks to the Pitt Dems and their enthusiastic members! If any students are interested in interning for our office, we are always taking inquiries--please email my chief of staff at <a href="mailto:ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov">ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</a> for more information.</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; the lighting of the City-County holiday tree... Overbrook&#39;s Fairhaven United Methodist Church&#39;s annual gala... the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch holiday party... the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees meeting... ongoing discussions about Carrick&#39;s Dairy District redevelopment plan... celebrating with State Rep. Erin Molchany on her &quot;40 Under 40&quot; award and celebrating the holidays with State Senator Jay Costa, Jr. at his holiday event... a retirement party for the City&#39;s Director of Operations Duane Ashley... all of our usual neighborhood organization and block watch meetings... and many, many more holiday parties!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>Issuing proclamations to people or organizations doing good work in the District and in the City is something that happens every Council meeting. In the past month, I&#39;ve had a chance to bring attention to some special Pittsburgh institutions.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">&diams;</span></div> <p>There&#39;s something special about a handmade gift, one that you can tell took time and effort to create--it&#39;s got soul! In December I issued a proclamation for&nbsp;<strong>Handmade Arcade</strong>, an annual pop-up marketplace offering all sorts of handicrafts from Pittsburghers and folks from all over the country. This past December, Handmade Arcade celebrated its 10th anniversary! I got a chance to go check it out, and <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/409466567622393857">look who I ran into</a>! Follow these artsy creatives at <a href="http://www.handmadearcade.com/">their website</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/handmadearcade">on Facebook</a>, and read our proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1528112&amp;GUID=4D44F314-4B62-44F3-B0A6-C8C9C800527C">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>It&#39;s hard to stress how important role models are for young children. For many kids in our region,&nbsp;<strong>Big Brothers Big Sisters&nbsp;</strong>offers that crucial connection with an older mentor who can give guidance and friendship. Studies show that children with Big Brothers or Big Sisters are more confident in their abilities, have better attitudes about school, and make more positive decisions in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh recognized its 4th Annual Celebrate Coalitions event, which <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/413130060443713536">I was happy to attend</a>, and <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1541588&amp;GUID=89EC0978-715B-4BB6-9CA3-A3F700007544">we honored their work with a proclamation</a>! See a photo of us <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/412677008309506049">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>And the&nbsp;<strong>Carrick Community Council</strong>&nbsp;released its <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlkwjKPz7DU">&quot;2013 Year in Review&quot; presentation</a>. Get to know the CCC and its committees&#39; highlights from the past year by taking a look at their report, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrick-Community-Council/285371399447">like them on Facebook</a> to follow their updates and learn about events happening in Carrick.</p> <h3><a name="bust">Pittsburgh Police announce successful illegal drug bust</a></h3> <p>A big THANK YOU is due this month to the Pittsburgh Police Narcotics bureau and many anonymous block watch members in our neighborhoods! After months of calls and tips, officers were able to announce a huge bust that was a big step in the fight against illegal drug trafficking in the City neighborhoods of Carrick, Knoxville, Hazelwood, Elliott, and Sheraden. According to a recent press release, in Carrick and Knoxville alone, 59 arrests were made, and seizures included 15 firearms, $102,892 in cash, and drugs with a street value of $107,535. This is further proof that block watches work! Your calls help solve crimes and aid our police bureau in ongoing investigations. You can reach the Police Narcotics bureau directly at 412.323.7761, and you can always call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="project">Route 51/88 construction project update</a></h3> <p>Decades in the making, the 51/88 reconstruction project is finally getting started! The $19 million project will dramatically change the intersection, adding jughandles, a new bridge, turning lanes, and upgrades in lighting and sidewalks. The end result will be an intersection that is much easier to navigate and less prone to major traffic james. PennDOT expects the project to be complete in November of 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, don&#39;t hesitate to call my office at 412.255.2131 or the ACTA information hotline, which is set up specifically to answer questions about this project, at 412.533.4606. I will also post any updates or big announcements on <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">my Twitter account</a>.<br /> <br /> If you missed the recent public meeting on this project, you can read a detailed summary at the <em>South Pittsburgh Reporter</em> <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/12/17/front-page/route-5188-intersection-project-will-alleviate-congestion-in-area/14127.html">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="edgebrook">A little bit of wilderness revealed in District 4: Edgebrook Avenue</a></h3> <p>We hear a lot about Edgebrook Avenue from residents of Brookline. It&#39;s a long stretch of road that connects Route 51 to Brookline Boulevard, and because it cuts through a thick forest on the edge of a ravine, it has the feeling of a back country road. When it comes to Public Works, we&#39;re often reminded that in some ways we&#39;re battling against nature. On Edgebrook Avenue, this means that natural springs can suddenly poke up from the asphalt. For years we&#39;ve been in conversation with the Department of Public Works about Edgebrook, and it doesn&#39;t seem like there is any easy answer. We look forward to working with the new administration next year to focus on improving Edgebrook Avenue given its inherent challenges.</p> <p>Edgebrook Avenue also comes up for a different reason... did you know that in 1981 it was described as the &quot;Junk Yard Capital of the City&quot; by the&nbsp;<em>Pittsburgh Press</em>? It&#39;s long been a spot for illegal trash dumping. Luckily, Allegheny Cleanways and neighborhood volunteers have been attacking the hillside, removing literally tons of tires, furniture, appliances, and various building materials. The DumpBusters crew, led by Joe Divack, tackles dump sites all over the County, and they started at the Edgebrook Avenue the first week of November. So far they&#39;ve removed 788 tires (equaling about 31,000 pounds). There are about 500-600 tires left to remove, and because they&#39;re full of frozen water and mud right now, it&#39;s tough work. Come next spring, we&#39;ll let you know of their continued clean-up work, and we&#39;ll let you know how you can pitch in.</p> <p>Part of South Pittsburgh&#39;s charm is how our hilltops, valley streams, and forest trails wind their way between our neighborhoods. Let&#39;s do our best to keep our natural assets clean!</p> <h3><a name="toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a></h3> <p>Do you get stage fright? Does the idea of speaking up in a meeting at work or in front of a group (be they strangers or friends) make you nervous? Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through bringing community members together in a club-like environment. There are currently a number of Toastmasters clubs around the region, but one Carrick resident is interested in chartering one more locally which would meet on Saturdays. If you&#39;re interested in joining a Toastmasters club in the Carrick area, or if you own a business in Carrick and would be interested in hosting a group of community members as they polish their speaking skills, please email Carolyn at <a href="mailto:cjkskitm@gmail.com">cjkskitm@gmail.com</a>.</p> <h3><a name="emerald">Congratulations to Mount Washington&#39;s Emerald View Park</a></h3> <p>Made up of 257 acres of parks and greenspaces that connect in a ring around Mount Washington, Emerald View Park just announced that the National Park Service accepted it into the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. This program will help the Mount Washington CDC find funds to improve and maintain the park. Learn more about Emerald View Park <a href="http://mwcdc.org/projects-programs/emerald-view-park/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="nerds">Attention map and data nerds!</a></h3> <p style="text-align: start; "><span style="text-align: center;">The United States Census recently released a fantastic map tool that allows you to explore the country, broken up into census tracts, across a variety of data sets. How does your neighborhood compare to others in population 65 and over? How many houses are owner-occupied? What&#39;s the median household income? The site also allows you to look at 1990 and 2000, so you can see how Pittsburgh, or anywhere in the country, has changed over the past two decades. Take a look at the map tool <a href="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html">here</a>.</span></p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p><strong>Brashear High&nbsp;</strong>is working hard on their initiative to improve school attendance, called &quot;Be There.&quot; Chronic absence is a big problem in schools nationally. As many as 10-15% of students across the country miss nearly a month of school every year. That&#39;s 135 million days of lost time in the classroom. And for many, poor attendance starts as early as Kindergarten. Not only do chronically absent students in Pittsburgh have lower test scores, they also can become ineligible to receive Pittsburgh Promise benefits. Brashear&#39;s approach to improving attendance has several parts, including recognizing good and improved attendance, engaging students and parents directly and early, and monitoring attendance data closely.</p> <p><strong>Brookline PreK-8&nbsp;</strong>held their usual PSCC meeting and captivated audiences with their winter program performance on December 18.&nbsp;<strong>Concord PreK-5&nbsp;</strong>is collecting box tops for education--please send them their way if you have any! Throughout the month, they held a successful Santa shop, and the children worked hard on their Sparkle Program.&nbsp;<strong>Pittsburgh Pioneer&nbsp;</strong>also worked hard on their holiday program, and they&#39;re thankful for all the parents and family who attended. With a visit from Santa, a singalong, and more holiday happenings, it&#39;s been a busy December!</p> <p><strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong>&nbsp;held their annual Santa sing-along on December 16, and Mrs. Claus visited from the North Pole via distance learning! And congratulations to Taliah Baldwin, Izabel Baldwin, Tony Touma, Yara Almoussa, Mohamed Shareef, Lerina Jithesh, and Lamis Dayoub for winning the Police Bureau&#39;s annual bike giveaway! Special thanks to acting police chief Regina McDonald and public information officer Diane Richard. Carmalt&#39;s student council is holding a food drive for the homeless, and 4th grader Abbey Nagle organized a holiday card-making for the children at Children&#39;s Hospital.</p> <p><strong>South Brook 6-8</strong>&nbsp;held a dance in December, and they also continued their active PSCC meetings. Congratulations to all the hard-working students, who were acknowledged with a student-of-the-month breakfast on December 20.</p> <p><strong>West Liberty K-5</strong>&nbsp;is excited about energy conservation! Students recently created posters for the Student/Employee/Community Teamed for Energy Management (S.E.C.T.E.M.) conservation poster contest. Students created an energy committee, made and displayed posters about conserving energy throughout the school&#39;s halls, and made the rounds through the school shutting off lights that weren&#39;t being used. Way to go! Learn more about S.E.C.T.E.M., and the students at&nbsp;<strong>Phillips K-5</strong>&nbsp;who won district-wide awards, in this&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/12/23/news/phillips-k-5-students-win-district-wide-energy-conservation-awards/14143.html">South Pittsburgh Reporter</a>&nbsp;</em>article.</p> <h3><a name="nuisance">What&#39;s going on with nuisance bars?</a></h3> <p>In the past few months, my office has received many complaints regarding potential nuisance bars in the District. Let me assure you that we understand your frustration and share your frustration with all establishments that invite crime into our business districts. Unfortunately, my office does not have the power to close bars, and we have to rely on the State&#39;s Liquor Control Board to deem establishments &quot;nuisance bars.&quot; Once this is done, these bars can be more closely monitored by the State&#39;s Nuisance Bar Task Force. If the LCB refuses to renew a liquor license, owners can file suit to have that decision overturned by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, so they still have the authority to operate. For more information, please plan to attend a block watch meeting--see their dates below!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="tree">Please consider recycling your Christmas tree</a></h3> <p>After the festivities, you can still enjoy your Christmas tree for a while longer... But when you&#39;re absolutely ready to move on, please consider recycling your tree! The City&#39;s Public Works department is advising you to drop off your trees at one of four locations in order to be composted starting January 3 and ending January 31, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The locations are:</p> <p><strong>West End:&nbsp;</strong>1330 Hassler Street, next to Herschel Park at Herschel &amp; Steuben<br /> <strong>Strip District:&nbsp;</strong>3001 Railroad Street<br /> <strong>East End:&nbsp;</strong>2nd Division, North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue<br /> <strong>Hazelwood:&nbsp;</strong>3rd Division, Melancthon Avenue off the 5200 block of 2nd Avenue</p> <h3><a name="pets">Help the Pittsburgh Paramedics help local homeless pets</a></h3> <p>In order to help the homeless animal population of Pittsburgh, and in honor of the memory of Paramedics Crew Chief Eddie Alexander, the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics kicked off their animal shelter donation drive in December, and they&#39;re accepting donations up until January 20, 2014. The company Invisible Fence will also be donating animal oxygen masks to the City&#39;s Bureau of EMS for when they have to care for sick and injured animals.</p> <p>Boxes donated by U-Haul are located at each paramedic station to collect donations that will be sent to the Animal Rescue League. If you&#39;d like to donate, the closest locations to District 4 are:</p> <p><strong>Knoxville:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 2, 401 Matthews Avenue<br /> <strong>West End:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 3, 320 South Main Street&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Allentown:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 8, 212 Walter Street</p> <p>And check the full list of EMS stations <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_REJWQ1RCaDZxMWM/edit?usp=sharing">here</a>.</p> <p>Below is a donations wish list from the Animal Rescue League, but feel free to donate any usable pet-related items you might have:</p> <p>Clean blankets (not stuffed)<br /> Clean towels<br /> Paper towels<br /> Hand &amp; dish soap<br /> Bleach<br /> Plastic bags/poop bags<br /> Peanut butter<br /> Shower curtain liners<br /> Science Diet dog/puppy food (dry or canned)<br /> Science Diet cat/kitten food (dry or canned)<br /> Science Diet or Milkbone dog/puppy treats<br /> Science Diet cat/kitten treats<br /> Kongs, Nylabones, or other hard dog/puppy toys<br /> Cat/kitten toys<br /> Leashes<br /> Martingale collars<br /> Stainless steel bowls<br /> Ceramic cat bowls<br /> Non-clumping kitty litter<br /> Dog crates with plastic bottoms (especially in large sizes)<br /> Kitten milk replacer liquid<br /> and canned fruits, applesauce, and different flavors of baby flood</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, January 2, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a></h3> <p>Know someone interested in a career in construction, steamfitting, carpentry, or operation engineering? Training programs for various occupations are now accepting applications:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_TUVieEdDMEdJbTQ/edit?usp=sharing">Commercial carpenters&rsquo; training program&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_dVp1b19jYnZidEU/edit?usp=sharing">Laborers&rsquo; Building and Heavy/Highway Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eE1MamF0dUMxNDg/edit?usp=sharing">Operating Engineers&rsquo; Heavy Equipment Operators Program &amp; Mechanic Technicians Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eVhCMnRhSXhZcTg/edit?usp=sharing">Steamfitters&rsquo; Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<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.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><strong>Christmas</strong><br /> Wednesday, December 25</p> <p><strong>New Year&#39;s Day</strong><br /> Wednesday, January 1</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, January 2, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Swearing-in of new Council members</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 10:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 13, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><strong>Martin Luther King, Jr. Day</strong><br /> Monday, January 20</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:49:12 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | December 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2608 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#brashear">Brashear High School: let&#39;s come together, not fall apart</a><a href="#working"><br /> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#awaits">A new Pittsburgh awaits!</a><br /> <a href="#plow">When it snows, they plow</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#crime">Carrick Community Council sets the record straight on crime</a><br /> <a href="#redesign">Beechview Library invites you to weigh in on redesign plans</a><br /> <a href="#route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a><br /> <a href="#collections">Thanksgiving to delay Thursday, Friday garbage collections by one day</a><br /> <a href="#schubert">Commander Schubert and the icy, freezing, not warm, very cold day</a><br /> <a href="#merry">Wishing you a Merry Christmas</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#solid">Assistance for women seeking solid ground</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a><a href="#resources"><br /> Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="brashear">Brashear High School: let&#39;s come together, not fall apart</a></h3> <p>When we first heard that there was a shooting at Brashear High School, we were working in our office Downtown. The text messages, sirens, and rumors shocked us. You can read my initial statement <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2592">here</a>. Since then, the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2013/11/14/Court-documents-add-detail-to-Pittsburgh-Brashear-High-School-shooting/stories/201311140277">unfortunate details</a> of the case have unraveled.</p> <p>Last week, I met with Brashear High faculty and parents to talk personally about the incident and the school district&#39;s response, as well as opportunities to strengthen partnerships between City officials, neighborhood residents, and community groups. For example, we talked about ways to <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/region/2013/08/19/United-Way-Be-There-campaign-takes-aim-at-school-attendance/stories/201308190167">boost attendance</a> and about practical community service projects that students facing detention could contribute toward.</p> <p>There is no magic answer to solve the problems in our families, schools, and communities. We all have to work together to show youth that gun violence is not the answer to any problem. To that end, there will be a community event open to the public at Brashear High on <strong>Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.</strong> Faculty and staff from all of Brashear&#39;s feeder schools will be in attendance, and there will be an open house for the school&#39;s many magnet programs. You can read more about the school, including minutes from all of the Parent School Community Council meetings, the most recent of which was attended by Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane, <a href="http://discoverpps.org/school.php?id=329">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on how to get involved, please contact Brashear High&#39;s family and community outreach coordinator Danielle Leach at 412.571.7451 or <a href="mailto:dleach1@pghboe.net">dleach1@pghboe.net</a>. We hope to post more news and opportunities as they arise. Look out for Brashear faculty, students, and parents asking for your help at community meetings or in our neighborhoods.</p> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>One of my top priorities has been the redevelopment of the Brownsville Road area shared between Brentwood and Carrick. Our office held a kick-off meeting with Economic Development South, elected officials from the City, Brentwood, and the state, and business owners in the Sankey Avenue area: at the meeting, we discussed the idea of forming a &quot;Business Action Committee&quot; focused on jumpstarting a block watch, facade renovations, and more. Approximately ten businesses committed to banding together to move Carrick forward. With the public safety issues that exist there, our unity is more important than ever. Thank you, small business owners!</li> <li>With just 71 students, Pioneer Education Center in Brookline knows how to throw a party--I stopped in on Halloween morning for <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/396072389651755008">their annual costume parade</a>. The school is part of our Pittsburgh Public School system and serves students aged 5 to 21 who live with multiple disabilities; while City residents attend for free, there are families from six different school districts who pay tuition to receive a truly world-class education. Learn more <a href="http://discoverpps.org/school.php?id=469">here</a>.</li> <li>Residents from Carrick and Overbrook attended a public hearing in City Council to discuss Phillips Park and explore the potential to construct a dek hockey facility there. Residents can request public, televised hearings on a topic that interests them by starting a petition, collecting 25 signatures from City residents who are eligible voters, and working with the Council Clerks&rsquo; office to schedule the hearing.</li> <li>Light Up Night this year was hopping! There were so many people Downtown, and hearing music and laughter waft through our streets was enchanting.</li> <li>I had an opportunity to meet with a Women and Politics class at Chatham University in November. During my visit, I spoke about my experiences being a woman running for political office and a woman holding elected office. Thanks to Professor Jennie Sweet-Cushman and her students!</li> <li>And speaking of women running for political office and Chatham University&hellip; I also had a chance to attend a screening of a new documentary called <a href="http://raisingmspresident.com/"><em>Raising Ms. President</em></a>&nbsp;at Chatham University. Studies show that when more women have a hand in decision-making in government, our processes work more effectively and we achieve better results. The problem is that many women don&rsquo;t have an interest in running for office. This documentary explores the reasons behind this and profiles students, elected officials, and women working to bring more female voices into the halls of power.</li> <li>And speaking of documentary screenings&hellip; On November 18, I attended a screening of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich&rsquo;s new film<em> <a href="http://inequalityforall.com/">Inequality for All</a></em> at CMU. This documentary spells out the state of the nation&rsquo;s growing income inequality. As one review said, &quot;It will be hard for anyone who calls themselves middle class and squeezed by low wages, longer hours, and higher prices to not see themselves in his statistics--an average worker&#39;s income of $48,000 in 1978 dropped to only $33,000 in 2010, while income for those in the top 1% rose almost threefold.&quot;&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/MakeItOurUPMC/status/402603118724403201/photo/1/large">I took part in a panel discussion after the film</a> along with an employee of a local Walmart, an employee of UPMC, a janitor at CMU, and an adjunct professor working in several Pittsburgh universities. We on the panel were also joined by the janitor&#39;s young son--a reminder that, when our workers struggle, even local babysitters aren&#39;t getting business. Unfortunately, the richest 400 Americans own as much as wealth as 150 million of us: this is the largest income gap in almost a century. Consumer spending represents 70% of the U.S. economy and the middle class is the heart of it. <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/robert-reichs-inequality-for-all-takes-on-income-disparity-b99125369z1-229111681.html">There is no way to create and sustain a healthy economy without a healthy middle class</a>. I vow to keep fighting for you and our middle class families every day.</li> <li>On a recent Friday night, <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/401498618504298496">I rode around with paramedic Jeff Tremel from EMS Medic 2</a>, which covers our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I was able to see first-hand the late nights and dedicated service that our public safety employees give every day, and I got to experience some interesting situations in our City&#39;s southern neighborhoods (and yes, folks, there was blood).</li> <li>When it rains in Pittsburgh, the sewer system can get so overwhelmed that raw sewage goes straight into our rivers. So over the next decade, ALCOSAN will be fixing our sewage system by undertaking the largest and most expensive public works project in the history of our City. Many came to Council this past month to point out that this presents us an opportunity for good jobs and long-lasting solutions to our constant flooding and public health problems. At the table participating in a Council discussion were representatives from PWSA, the URA, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the <a href="http://cleanriverscampaign.org/">Clean Rivers Campaign</a>, and more--even a guest expert from Washington D.C.&rsquo;s water authority! At the end of the day, if we&rsquo;re going to spend literally billions of dollars fixing what&rsquo;s broken, then we need to make sure that we do it right.</li> <li>The Hilltop Alliance&rsquo;s summit in Knoxville was fantastic--it brought together community organizations, friends, and neighbors from Allentown, Carrick, Beltzhoover, Mt. Oliver (the City neighborhood and the borough), St. Clair, Mt. Washington, and South Side Slopes. The amount of work that our volunteer community leaders are doing to revitalize South Pittsburgh is truly inspiring. For some unique ideas to borrow and implement in your neighborhood, or to see some of the startling positive changes happening in places like Allentown, check out the presentation <a href="http://pghhilltopalliance.org/images/2013HilltopSummitPresentationRed.pdf">here</a>.</li> <li>In September, Fairhaven Methodist Church received an official recognition of historic status! Last weekend, I had a blast at their annual gala, which featured an auction of goodie baskets. Here&rsquo;s to another 132 years!</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; Halloween costume contests in Carrick and Brookline&hellip; Economic Development South&rsquo;s bike/pedestrian committee&hellip; A meeting with BikePGH and City Planning to discuss improving the District&rsquo;s streetscapes... A meeting with EDS to discuss their ideas for a comprehensive analysis of the Saw Mill Run watershed--and a plan to approach the flooding problems collaboratively... The Mount Washington CDC&rsquo;s annual event&hellip; The Brashear Association&rsquo;s Bravo! annual event&hellip; Multiple tours with private developers who are showing an interest in South Pittsburgh projects&hellip; A meeting with Columbia Gas to discuss their upcoming district projects&hellip; Pitt&rsquo;s UCSUR department brought Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia, for a presentation on making city information accessible and open to everyone&hellip; Many 2014 budget sessions&hellip; and all our usual neighborhood block watches and community organization meetings!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="awaits">A new Pittsburgh awaits!</a></h3> <p>On November 5, thanks to the residents of District 4, I was honored to be reelected to a second term. Along with me, Theresa Kail-Smith and Daniel Lavelle were reelected, and Daniel Gilman and Deb Gross were elected to serve on Council for the first time. And, of course, Councilman Bill Peduto was elected Mayor.</p> <p>I supported Bill from the very beginning because, in working closely with him on Council, I saw what the voters would later see: he&rsquo;s a man of incredible integrity with respect for all of the City&rsquo;s neighborhoods and a vision for our future. While working to grow new businesses and attract new residents in his own district, he has made sure that the communities themselves are involved in decision-making every step of the way. Using the same models that Councilman Peduto and community groups used to bring life back to neighborhoods like East Liberty, Bloomfield, and Friendship, we look forward to strengthening and growing our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.</p> <p>Bill brings with him professionalism, competence, and transparency, and showing his commitment to the concept of the most qualified person getting the job, he and local foundations have worked together to open up hiring to anyone who&rsquo;s interested. To apply for a job with the new administration, visit <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.com</a>.</p> <p>When you partner active, enthusiastic residents with a City government that empowers communities, something amazing happens. Neighborhoods reemerge like flowers poking up in the beginning of spring. And the truth is that South Pittsburgh is back on a track to success. Though we&rsquo;re always battling against big problem trends--suburban big box stores sapping life away from our City neighborhoods, or income inequality weakening our middle class--we won&rsquo;t stop fighting to ensure our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods are walkable, family-friendly, and economically vibrant.</p> <h3><a name="plow">When it snows, they plow</a></h3> <p>A former Public Works employee passed along some information about snowplows--with the snowy winter months now upon us, I thought his insight into the work that snowplow drivers do, and what we can do to help them help us, was worthy of sharing:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Snow plows are unable to push snow straight ahead--the plow&rsquo;s blade has to be angled for the truck to be able to move. You still have the same amount of snow on your street after the plow comes through; it&#39;s just in a different plae on the street, and sometimes in front of driveways. Snow plows also can&#39;t push snow onto non-public property. So when we drive plows, we have to assume that every piece of property is owned by Edgar Snyder&#39;s most bloodthirsty litigator.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows ride on tires just like your vehicle, and they can spin and slide just like cars do. They also travel in the same traffic you do. If traffic is backed up, the plow is backed up too. Unfortunately, we have not yet invented a flight-capable snow plow.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows aren&#39;t equipped with a &#39;skinny&#39; button. If cars are parked two feet from the curb, the plow simply won&#39;t be able to get through, and your street won&#39;t get plowed.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Please do not shovel snow from your property into the street--this inconveniences everyone, including snow plow drivers. If they have to keep coming back to clear the street of shoveled snow, they may not be able to get to the street you will be driving on later.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows aren&#39;t precision instruments: they&#39;re big, blunt, heavy snow-pushing devices. They cannot skip over driveways and sidewalk entrances. Be kind to your snow plow drivers when they come through; they are doing the best they can maneuvering these massive machines.&quot;</li> </ul> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year when we as Americans get to be together with our family members, friends, and loved ones to celebrate what we have to be thankful for. But more and more, corporations are deciding that it&rsquo;s more important to have their employees work on holidays like Thanksgiving to squeeze more money out of consumers. Sadly, Black Friday is creeping into <strong>Thanksgiving</strong>--creating a new Black Thursday. Locally, workers at the <strong>Capital Grille</strong> restaurant Downtown, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. (an Orlando, Florida-based business that last year made almost $8 billion) are being forced to work on Thanksgiving Day without holiday pay. Some of the workers, and a representative from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ROCPITTSBURGH">Restaurant Opportunities Center</a>, came to us to explain their situation and ask for Council support. In response, I sponsored a Will of Council, which passed unanimously.</p> <p>Read the text <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1489298&amp;GUID=D174EC0B-AB3F-4FFC-9653-A4079E88F5E8">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>In early November, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history swept across the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan (called <strong>Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines</strong>) left incredible devastation in its wake. Tacloban, a city with more than 220,000 residents, was entirely flattened, and the survivors were left alone without aid for at least five days, struggling to pull themselves back together. Thousands have died and international aid is now streaming in to assist recovery efforts. In an attempt to raise awareness about this storm and the people of the Philippines, I sponsored a proclamation honoring the <strong>Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh</strong> for all the work they do. Find out how you can help the people of the Philippines by visiting <a href="http://www.thefaap.org/">their website</a>. Read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1522548&amp;GUID=919889EA-22A3-4D11-939C-35B61127145B">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>Our built environment affects us profoundly, whether or not we take the time to notice it. Think about how a room can make you feel cozy and warm or nervous and cold, inspired and playful or filled with reverence and awe. Recognizing the importance of architecture in our lives, I issued a proclamation for <strong>Rothschild Doyno Collaborative&rsquo;s 25th anniversary</strong>. A Strip District-based architecture firm, they had a role in the new Mazza Pavilion in Brookline, along with dozens of other local projects. Check them out on <a href="http://www.rdcollab.com/">their website</a>, and read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1522549&amp;GUID=310F3EF4-4E56-48BF-AB20-2C687CE282C4">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>Congratulations to <strong>Angels&#39; Place</strong>--after volunteers and children at the Brookline location spent several weeks working to create a fantastic scarecrow for the <strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce&#39;s scarecrow contest</strong>, they were rewarded with a win! &quot;Sammy Jones,&quot; named by the children, took first prize.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>For Maria Vondas and her family in Brookline, every November is a chance to remember her son Christian Connelly who, after being diagnosed with cancer, was able to visit Disney World thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Christian passed away at the age of 9 in 2011, but after their family&rsquo;s experience at the Magic Kingdom, the family and community together created <strong>Christianpalooza</strong>, an annual event which raises money to help other kids battling life-threatening illnesses get a chance to have their wishes granted.</p> <p>This year, thanks to the community&rsquo;s generosity and kindness, Christianpalooza has raised over $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. On average, each wish costs about $3,800, which means that this year&rsquo;s Christianpalooza raised enough money for four local kids to have their wishes granted.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about Christianpalooza, or if you&rsquo;re interested in sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact Maria Vondas Connelly at&nbsp;<a href="http://mvondas@gmail.com">mvondas@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;or through their&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Christianpalooza">Facebook page</a>.</p> <h3><a name="crime">Carrick Community Council sets the record straight on crime</a></h3> <p>A report on a local television news station in November portrayed Carrick as a neighborhood struggling with extremely high levels of crime--the highest in the City when it comes to burglaries, the news segment said. The problem with this claim is that Carrick, with over 10,000 residents, is the sixth-largest City Planning-designated neighborhood in the City. When compared with much smaller neighborhoods, which may have populations of 4,000 or 1,500, for example, it&rsquo;s no surprise that incidents of criminal activity like burglaries will be higher. For the record, the number of burglaries in Carrick in 2012 was 122.</p> <p>The Carrick Community Council crunched the numbers and released a statement in response to the local television news segment. Below is a portion from their statement, which can be read in full at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrick-Community-Council/285371399447">their Facebook page</a>.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Carrick is one of the largest communities in Pittsburgh, with a population of 10,113 according to the most recent census data. If you compute the per capita crime statistics of many other neighborhoods with much smaller populations, one finds numbers quite similar to those of Carrick. This is why the preamble of the report is so important in explaining that crime counts alone don&rsquo;t tell the full story.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Consider the following statement found in <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/2012_Annual_Report_v2.pdf">the report</a>: &quot;Caution Against Comparisons: Some entities use reported crime figures to compare neighborhoods within the City. These neighborhood comparisons provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular area. Simplistic comparisons based only upon crimes that occur in an area do not take into account the fixed population, the transient population, the factors that lead to a particular crime (such as an area with a high density of parking lots may have more occurrences of thefts from vehicles), the geography and other factors that impact crime. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each neighborhood.&quot;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">We have prepared an Excel spreadsheet of 8 randomly selected neighborhoods, including Carrick, which we put together to show that Carrick&#39;s burglary and general crime statistics don&#39;t look all that bad when compared to other neighborhoods on a per capita basis. Of the 8 neighborhoods included, both Elliott and Central North Side have higher per capita burglary rates. Carrick has the 2nd lowest total of per capita Part I Offenses, with Central Lawrenceville being just .02 per capita lower. When looking at Part II Offenses, we see that Carrick is near the middle of the pack, and Carrick ranks 4th best out of 8 neighborhoods when looking at the total crimes occurring per 100 citizens. This clearly shows that the narrative we often hear about Carrick isn&#39;t 100% fair or accurate.</p> <h3><a name="redesign">Beechview Library invites you to weigh in on their redesign plans</a></h3> <p>In <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=2426#branch">September&rsquo;s newsletter</a> I mentioned that the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library is gearing up for renovations.</p> <p>On October 15, the conceptual design phase was completed, and the architect (GBBN Architects, formerly Edge Studio) provided three different options for the library to review. Come check out the concepts and timeline at a public community meeting on <strong>Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.</strong> This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out about the building&rsquo;s improvements. After this meeting, the library will select the most appropriate and affordable option to the architect can move onto the next development phase. After that, bids to complete the work will be solicited in early July of 2014.</p> <p>Registration isn&rsquo;t required, but if you have any questions, contact Audrey Iacone at 412.563.2900 or at <a href="mailto:beechview@carnegielibrary.org">beechview@carnegielibrary.org</a>.</p> <h3><a name="route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a></h3> <p>After years and years, this project is finally taking off! Around $15 million in cost, this long-awaited project will make the intersection safer in many respects: it will improve traffic flow (in one of the busiest intersections in the entire region!), make pedestrian access easier, and address constant flash flooding issues.</p> <p>Join us for a public meeting with PennDOT, Michael Baker Corporation (the construction engineers), and other officials on <strong>Monday, December 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.</strong> at St. Norbert&rsquo;s Church at 2413 St. Norberts Street. Come learn more about the scope of the project, phasing and timeline, and effects on local traffic, including detours.</p> <p>Until this public meeting, and throughout the course of the project, you can always contact the ACTA information hotline if you have questions or would like more information. The hotline phone number is 412.533.4606.</p> <h3><a name="collections">Thanksgiving to delay Thursday, Friday garbage collections by one day</a></h3> <p>The City&rsquo;s Environmental Service department has announced that there will be no refuse, bulk waste, or recycling collection on Thursday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. If your pick-up falls on Thursdays, it will instead take place on Friday, November 29; and if your pick-up falls on Fridays, it will instead take place on Saturday, November 30.</p> <h3><a name="schubert">Commander Schubert and the icy, freezing, not warm, very cold day</a></h3> <p>As part of a yearly tradition, Pittsburgh Police Commander Scott Schubert plunges into icy cold water. &nbsp;He&rsquo;s the director of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run, dedicating his free time to raising awareness and funds for athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. This December, he&rsquo;ll again be taking part in the annual <a href="http://www.specialolympicspa.org/polar-bear-plunge/pittsburgh-plunge-about">Polar Bear Plunge</a>!</p> <p>For 2013, he&rsquo;s agreed to raise a minimum of $3,500 by jumping into the December-cold rivers once an hour for 25 hours straight. Last year, Commander Schubert was able to raise a whopping $25,000 for the athletes--this year his goal is $30,000.</p> <p>To learn more about the plunge, and to donate to this effort, check out <a href="http://www.pittsburghplunge.org">pittsburghplunge.org</a>. To donate to this effort, click the &ldquo;Super Plunge&rdquo; tab and then Commander Scott Schubert&rsquo;s name. Alternatively, you can donate at the Polar Plunge <a href="http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1076144&amp;lis=1&amp;kntae1076144=AADC009FBF0F4C9FBDFB11AD0ECB7AB4&amp;supId=324048751">Kintera site</a>.</p> <h3><a name="merry">Wishing you a Merry Christmas</a></h3> <p>The Brookline Chamber of Commerce has planned a whole day of fun Christmas events on <strong>Saturday, November 30</strong> along Brookline Boulevard.</p> <p>From 2:00-4:00 p.m., head to the Carnegie Library branch (708 Brookline Blvd) for story time and arts &amp; crafts.</p> <p>At 5:00 p.m., Cannon Park will be the site of a live nativity and caroling.</p> <p>At 6:00 p.m., head to Cannon Coffee for a holiday social featuring drinks and treats.</p> <p>Meanwhile, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m., take a picture with Santa Claus in his studio at Melissa Distel Photography (800 Brookline Blvd).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">&diams;</span></p> <p><span style="text-align: center;">In Beechview, take part in the annual Christmas cookie sale and flea market at the United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave) on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, December 14&nbsp;</strong>from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The next day,&nbsp;<strong>Sunday, December 15</strong>, United Presbyterian is hosting the St. Paul&#39;s Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Donald Fellows, in a Christmas Concert at 5:00 p.m. Call 412.561.0882 for information about either day&#39;s activities.</span></p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p>At <strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong> on November 22, 5th graders demonstrated their dancing skills as part of the Dancing Classroom Program. Students showed off their rumba, foxtrot, and merengue skills. Also, the PTSA/Title 1/PTSA organizations would like to remind you of their meetings on the third Wednesdays of each month--parents and the greater community are a big part in moving the school forward.</p> <p>Second grader Owen Jones was proud to represent <strong>Roosevelt Elementary</strong> at the Future Champions Chess Tournament in Squirrel Hill on November 9. Competing in the Advanced Beginner category, he placed 4th--quite a feat considering there were about 30 competitors, including some in the 12th grade! In other news, Roosevelt students will be making holiday cards and, if they wish, writing letters to be sent to the troops overseas. The Art department is also requesting your donation of any old neckties--these will be turned into holiday ornaments, with this year&rsquo;s theme of &ldquo;The Ties That Bind&rdquo; exploring how students are tied to the community, families, and their friends.</p> <p><strong>Brookline PreK-8</strong> will be celebrating their quarterly Trifecta Award in the cafeteria at the end of November. Students who received outstanding grades, achieved perfect attendance, and demonstrated good citizenship are eligible for the Trifecta Award. In other news, the Saltworks Theater Company will be performing at the school to kick off a bullying prevention program titled &ldquo;Bobcats Against Bullying&rdquo; just before Thanksgiving break. To keep up to date with Brookline PreK-8 happenings, sign up for the monthly Bobcat Bulletin or their weekly email blast--just call the school at 412.571.7380 and request to be added to their lists.</p> <h3><a name="solid">Assistance for women seeking solid ground</a></h3> <p>In order to assist women who, for various reasons and at any stage in their lives, are in a state of transition, the Center for Women was established in 2012 by the National Council of Jewish Women. Women in transition refers to those who may find themselves needing assistance to achieve economic independence. Their services include:</p> <ul> <li>financial fitness classes and workshops</li> <li>returning to the workforce workshops</li> <li>mentoring, internships, and job shadow programs</li> <li>confidential legal consultations</li> <li>with the Women Helping Women Program, consultations with experts in legal, financial, insurance, or business fields</li> </ul> <p>The center is located at 1620 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. To learn more, visit the <a href="http://www.centerforwomenpgh.org/">Center for Women website</a> or call them at 412.421.4400.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a></h3> <p>Know someone interested in a career in construction, steamfitting, carpentry, or operation engineering? Training programs for various occupations are now accepting applications:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_TUVieEdDMEdJbTQ/edit?usp=sharing">Commercial carpenters&rsquo; training program&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_dVp1b19jYnZidEU/edit?usp=sharing">Laborers&rsquo; Building and Heavy/Highway Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eE1MamF0dUMxNDg/edit?usp=sharing">Operating Engineers&rsquo; Heavy Equipment Operators Program &amp; Mechanic Technicians Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eVhCMnRhSXhZcTg/edit?usp=sharing">Steamfitters&rsquo; Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<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.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on W