District 4 Newsletters http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletters City Council District 4 (c) 2017 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | June 2017 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=7400 <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Weigh in">Weigh in on Your Tax Dollars: 2018 Budget Forums Announced&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#South Pittsburgh">South Pittsburgh Farmer&#39;s Markets launch this month!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer Fun">Summer Fun in PGH &ndash; Pools and Spray Parks to Open in June &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Old St. Basil">Old St. Basil&#39;s School Updates &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Safe Water">Pittsburgh Safe Water Program &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Department of Permits">Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections Forums &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#McKinley Park">McKinley Park Volunteer Days &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#The Heritage Players">The Heritage Players Present: 2017 Lineup&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#11th Annual">11th Annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic -- June 10-18, 2017</a><br /> <a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>-Started the Friends of Phillips Park (FOPP) group which consists of community members from different walks of life who use the park, and held the first meeting of the group. Throughout the past few years, Councilwoman Rudiak fought to get money in the capital budget for improvements to the park and the FOPP will be instrumental in planning on how the funds will be used. First up will be trail signage! The FOPP just went through a trail/path naming process and we hope to get new signage at each entrance of the park this fall.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Met with several other City Council members as well as agents from various regional water authorities to discuss the ongoing issues at PWSA&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Organized a meeting with the Citiparks director and Caitlin and Paul from Brookline Teen Outreach to discuss how we can bring programming for teenagers to the newly remodeled and preserved Beechview Senior and Community Center once it reopens this summer. We are excited about this opportunity to get our youth off the streets and into something good!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Attended the ribbon cutting for the Jardin de Unidad at 1538 Beechview Avenue (across from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority lot), where a trashy, weeded vacant lot was turned into community garden with a beautiful hand-painted tile mural by Pretty Up Beechview and Brashear&#39;s Latin American Student Union with some funding from TruGreen. About 70 neighbors go to know each other over tacos and pizza, celebrating the students for their hard work and enjoying the transformation of an ugly lot into a beautiful work of art. Check it out and enjoy a moment of solitude and nature there!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Spoke about the importance of early childhood education at the Toddlerpalooza event hosted by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers; the event was a celebration of Pittsburgh&#39;s youngest citizens, where every toddler got free five books and enjoyed a ton of fun activities! Look how cute we are with Reddy Freddy, getting kids ready for kindergarden: <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleighDeemer/status/860899382350286849">https://twitter.com/AshleighDeemer/status/860899382350286849</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Appreciated the wonderful turnout (despite chilly, wet weather) at the Leadership Pittsburgh&#39;s LDI PopUp event at the Dairy District Pavilion in Carrick, celebrating the neighborhood and its residents with an amazing installation art piece featuring huge photos of neighbors (based on the photo projects of the French artist JR.) You can see the Councilwoman&#39;s Carrick pride here: <a href="https://twitter.com/popuppittsburgh/status/860883742369427456">https://twitter.com/popuppittsburgh/status/860883742369427456</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We attended the Mt. Lebanon Commission meeting to again discuss the ongoing issues with the Castlegate project. The Commission agreed to our request to arrange a meeting with all parties, contractors, and the affected Brookline neighbors to resolve problem issues.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We met with Economic Development South to discuss the old St. Basil&#39;s school in Carrick. The current owner has let the building deteriorate and continues to neglect it, and fines and threats of jail time aren&#39;t helping the building. The Department of Public Works can&#39;t keep up with the board-up requests because as soon as they secure the building, night falls and someone breaks in again. Due to the legal and financial landscape we have, the building will take years to get into responsible hands and we are committed to working toward resolution. See further details in the <a href="#Old St. Basil">article below</a>...&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Weigh in">Weigh in on Your Tax Dollars: 2018 Budget Forums Announced&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>We are happy to announce this year&#39;s Capital Budget Deliberative Forums have been scheduled for the month of June, see below for dates and locations. &nbsp;</div> <div>We need South Pittsburgh to attend the Budget Hearing to make sure that next year&#39;s budget matches our South Pittsburgh priorities!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are 6 areas to think about: &nbsp;</div> <div>1. Engineering and Construction--bridges, traffic signals, sidewalks and ramps, steps, paving&nbsp;</div> <div>2. Facility Improvement--pool/park/play area improvements, rec centers, senior centers, etc.&nbsp;</div> <div>3. Neighborhood and Community Development--war memorials, public art, economic development, housing, property maintenance on city and URA-owned parcels&nbsp;</div> <div>4. Public Safety--demolition of condemned buildings, taking care of unexpected landslides, etc...&nbsp;</div> <div>5. Vehicles and Equipment--&nbsp;</div> <div>6. Administration--Complying with ADA law, increasing citizen participation, senior community programs, employment programs/centers, etc.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2017 Capital Budget Deliberative Forums will be held:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-THURSDAY, JUNE 8 &ndash; Tree of Life Church, 1036 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh PA 15226 (6-8:30 PM)&nbsp;</div> <div>-WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 - Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232 (6-8:30PM)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please Register Online here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/capitalbudget">http://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/capitalbudget</a></div> <div>Can&#39;t make it to the Capital Budget forums? Submit your feedback here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/capital-budget-2018-public-input-needed">http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/capital-budget-2018-public-input-needed&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="South Pittsburgh">South Pittsburgh Farmer&#39;s Markets launch this month!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Both the Carrick and Beechview Farmer&#39;s Markets will open the third week of June. Stock up on local produce in Carrick beginning June 21 and Beechview beginning June 22. Mark your calendar today to add &quot;buy local&quot; on Wednesdays and Thursdays thru the fall!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh Farmer&#39;s Markets:&nbsp;</div> <div>-Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm at the Carrick Dairy District Pavilion (1529 Brownsville Rd 15210)&nbsp;</div> <div>-Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm at the Broadway Ave/Beechview Ave parking lot&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Don&#39;t forget to bring your reusable bags to load up all your fresh, local produce!&nbsp;</div> <div>Both the Carrick and Beechview markets will run through the 4th week of November (11/21 and 11/22, respectively).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Summer Fun">Summer Fun in PGH &ndash; Pools and Spray Parks to Open in June &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>June marks the official beginning of summer, and that means the pools and spray parks will be opening soon! Pool passes (or, &quot;tags&quot;) are available for purchase. Call 412-323-7928 for information about where to purchase them. &nbsp;</div> <div><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div><em>Beginning on Tuesday, June 13, all spray parks will operate daily from 11 am - 8 pm (weather permitting) through mid-September and all pools will be open weekdays from 1pm to 7:45pm. Pools are open from 1pm to 5:45pm Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kids 15 years and younger who are City residents and members of a Rec Center can access pools free with their Rec Center Pass! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Prices for pool tags</em></u><em> &nbsp;</em></div> <div>City Residents: &nbsp;</div> <div>-$60 for a family of 4; $10 for each additional family member &nbsp;</div> <div>-$30 for adults (16 years+) &nbsp;</div> <div>-$20 for seniors (Aged 60+) &nbsp;</div> <div>-$15 for youth (Ages 3-15) &nbsp;</div> <div>-Free for children age 2 and younger &nbsp;</div> <div>-Free for disabled veterans, families of active duty military, and activated reservist/guard members with proper ID &nbsp;</div> <div>-Residents who receive welfare benefits may be eligible for a 50% discount. A case printout and proper ID are required to receive the discount &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Non-City Residents: &nbsp;</em></u></div> <div>-$45 for adult or youth &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Daily Admission&mdash;If you just want to swim for the day, you can pay the daily rate at any pool: &nbsp;</em></u></div> <div>-$3 for children ages 3-15 &nbsp;</div> <div>-$5 for individuals 16 years and older</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Pools in South Pittsburgh: &nbsp;</em></u></div> <div>-Moore Park (Brookline) &nbsp;</div> <div>-Phillips Park (Carrick) &nbsp;</div> <div>Spray parks in South Pittsburgh: &nbsp;</div> <div>-Beechview - Vanucci Playground, Orangewood Avenue and Westfield Street &nbsp;</div> <div>-Beltzhoover - 329 East Warrington Avenue &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Old St. Basil">Old St. Basil&#39;s School Updates &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Recently a neighbor called our office to report graffiti on the old St. Basil&#39;s school on Concordia. We entered the request to remove graffiti into 311, and we wanted to take a minute to explain what we&#39;re trying to do about the building. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both the St. Basil&#39;s School and Berg Place on Brownsville Road in Carrick have been two of the most time-consuming projects that my office has worked on over the past few years. Both are examples of cases where the properties were sold to intransigent property owners who have no business managing projects of this scale and whose neglect is causing serious problems for our neighborhoods.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time after time we have deployed our building inspectors and Department of Public Works to the St Basil&#39;s school to secure the building by boarding the doors and windows. It seems like every time that the building is boarded up, a new actor removes the boards. The owner has been fined multiple times by the district magistrate and has even been threatened with jail time for inaction. Due to robust private property laws, until we find a more long term solution to this problem, this will be a cycle that happens over and over again.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The only way that the city can take a property is if there are three years of back taxes, which finally happened this year. Typically this means that the property is eligible for treasurer&#39;s sale barring any other lien holder or mortgage holder objections. We have been working with Jordan Tax Service&#39;s lawyers to try to move this through, but we&#39;ve had quite a few hurdles to get over. As it turns out, the owner owes money to quite a few people, including the bank that gave him his mortgage. To stop these entities from taking the property, the owner has filed for bankruptcy. Both the mortgage holder and Jordan&#39;s lawyers have filed petitions with the judge to allow us to continue to go after the money that is owed to us. We think that this looks promising, but it will still be some time until all of this is sorted out and it can be sold at either treasurer&#39;s sale or sheriff&#39;s sale with the hopes of getting it into the hands of a developer.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But here&#39;s the thing about that: we&#39;re concerned that this project may be too big for a developer to take on. A project like St. Basil&#39;s could easily take $15M to redevelop into something like apartments or senior living. There is also an issue with parking, as there is no dedicated parking lot for the site, so a parking lot would need to be constructed or any potential developer would need to apply for a variance and work with neighbors to not impact street parking. Financing for a project of this scale is really difficult, and with BOTH Berg Place and St. Basil&#39;s School needing complete renovations in the neighborhood, competition for project-enabling tax credits at the state level will be steep. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nevertheless, we are still diligently pursuing getting this out of the hands of the current owner, and getting the parcel back into the hands of a responsible owner. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Safe Water">Pittsburgh Safe Water Program &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Water filters and lead tests are now available for residents of the City of Pittsburgh, including customers of Penn American Water. Priority for filters will be given to those with children under the age of 6 initially, but all City residents are eligible for filters. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To sign up for filters and tests, go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/safepgh2o/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/safepgh2o/</a>. Signing up takes about a minute, and when you do, you can opt to receive updates about the program and when your test kit and filter will be delivered! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Department of Permits">Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections Forums &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections is now holding monthly forums to answer common questions and help residents learn about the process. June&#39;s forum will feature Permitting Supervisor Dave Green to discuss decks and pools and the permit application and issuance process. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>The June Forum will be held:</u></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Wednesday, 6/14 at 9am &nbsp;</div> <div>-200 Ross Street 15219 &nbsp;</div> <div>-rsvp: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-city-of-pittsburgh-pli-june-community-forum-tickets-34623470733">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-city-of-pittsburgh-pli-june-community-forum-tickets-34623470733&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;To view earlier forums, check out the City Channel&#39;s Youtube Channel: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-YfIv9wvBjGT3LMxo9hLoQ">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-YfIv9wvBjGT3LMxo9hLoQ</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="McKinley Park">McKinley Park Volunteer Days &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Want to help improve McKinley Park? The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy needs your help! Find a date on the list that works for you, then register at <a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park">http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park</a>. Don&#39;t forget to bring a friend, too! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>June 14 &nbsp;</div> <div>June 28 &nbsp;</div> <div>July 12 &nbsp;</div> <div>July 26 &nbsp;</div> <div>August 9 &nbsp;</div> <div>September 13 &nbsp;</div> <div>October 11 &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All events will run from 5-7pm and for each session, volunteers will meet at the McKinley Park Activities Center (900 Delmont Avenue 15210). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="The Heritage Players">The Heritage Players Present: 2017 Lineup&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Heritage Players is a community theater group based in South Pittsburgh which holds performances at the Seton Center in Brookline. Check out their fall lineup!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Lost in Yonkers, September 8-10, 15-17&nbsp;</strong></em></div> <div><em><strong>Into the Woods, November 3-5, 10-12&nbsp;</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Season tickets are $25.00 per person. Good for one performance of each of the three 2017 Heritage Players main stage productions held at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, 15226. For more information visit <a href="http://www.bphp.org">www.bphp.org</a>, email <a href="mailto:heritageplayers@yahoo.com">heritageplayers@yahoo.com</a>. Phone: 412-254-4633.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="11th Annual">11th Annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic -- June 10-18, 2017&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Tennis enthusiasts ages 16 to 80 + take to courts located throughout Pittsburgh to compete in the annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic. The tournament honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late Mayor Bob O&#39;Connor.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The men&#39;s and women&#39;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events. Visit The Mellon Park Tennis Center or www.USTA.com &nbsp;to register.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Venues:&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Schenley Oval&nbsp;</div> <div>Highland Park&nbsp;</div> <div>Moore Park&nbsp;</div> <div>Arsenal Park&nbsp;</div> <div>Mellon Park Tennis Center (during inclement weather)&nbsp;</div> <div>Register:&nbsp;</div> <div>Online at USTA.gov, Mail at Citiparks Tennis; 800 S. Braddock Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15221; or Walk-in at the Mellon Park Tennis Center; 6601 Fifth Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA via cash or check, payable to &quot;Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Fees:&nbsp;</em></div> <div>$10 for first singles; $3 for each additional&nbsp;</div> <div>$15 for first doubles team; $3 per person for each additional</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Schedule:&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Men&#39;s and Women&#39;s Open Singles&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, June 10, 8am-4pm, Schenley Park Oval: ALL first matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday, June 11, 8am-4pm, Schenley Park Oval: 2nd round matches and First Match Losers Consolation.&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday to Friday, June 12-13-14-15-16, Site TBD, all remaining matches up to quarterfinals.&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, June 17, 12pm, Highland Park: semifinals.&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday, June 18, 12pm Highland Park: finals.&nbsp;</div> <div>Men&#39;s Open Doubles and Women&#39;s Open Doubles:&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, June 10, Schenley Park Oval, 4pm-8pm - ALL 1st matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday, June 11, Schenley Park Oval, 4pm-8pm - 2nd round matches and 1st Match Losers Consolation.&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday to Friday June 12-13-14-15-16 - remaining matches up to quarterfinals.&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday June 17, Highland Park, time TBD: semifinals.&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday June 18, Highland Park, time TBD: finals&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong>Thursday, 6/8 at 6pm &ndash; Capital Budget Forum #1, Tree of Life Church in Brookline&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 6/13 at 7pm &ndash; Brookline Block Watch, 736 Brookline Boulevard</strong></div> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Wednesday, 6/14 at 6pm &ndash; Capital Budget Forum #2, 5701 Fifth Avenue 15232</strong></div> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Thursday, 6/15 at 5:30pm -- Beltzhoover Community Forum, 201 Chalfont Street&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 6/27 at 7pm &ndash; Overbrook Community Council, 2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd</strong></div> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:39:06 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | May 2017 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=7279 <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Art!">Art! &nbsp;Food Trucks! Family friendly activities! At the Dairy District Pavilion THIS SATURDAY!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Create the South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Library">Carrick Library&mdash;Closed for Renovations&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Help Wanted">Help Wanted: Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers for LifeSpan in Knoxville&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Remake">Remake Learning Days: May 15-26&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Apprentices">Apprentices Wanted: Elevator Constructor&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Safe">Pittsburgh Safe Water Program&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Departments">Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections Forums&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Toddlerpalooza">Toddlerpalooza! - This Saturday 5/6&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Cares">Pittsburgh Cares: Accepting Applications for Youth Advisory Council&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer">Summer Programs for Kids: &quot;Summer 17 Dream! Explore! Do!&quot;&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Interns Wanted">Interns Wanted: Student Conservation Association&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#McKinley ">McKinley Park Volunteer Days&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Internet Essentials">Internet Essentials from Comcast: Providing Our Kids with Internet Access&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Residential Permit Parking">Residential Permit Parking &ndash; New Web Portal &nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="#Meetings">Meetings and Events&nbsp;</a></div> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><a name="Working">Working to Make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhood news, project updates, and major developments in our District. Much of our everyday work that goes into these bigger accomplishments goes unseen. Here are just a few things that Councilwoman Rudiak and staff did in April!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak <strong>helped 412 Food Rescue</strong> (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/412FoodRescue">https://www.facebook.com/412FoodRescue</a>) save good food from Bruegger&#39;s Bagels and Consumer Fresh Produce as part of &quot;Inclusive Innovation Week&quot; and delivered it to the Carrick Regency, the senior highrise on Brownsville Road.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Megan <strong>walked the fields at Brookline Memorial Park</strong> with the director of the Athletic Association and Allegheny City Electric (which holds the city contract on lighting) to discuss fixing the current lighting and field upgrades for the future!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Chief of Staff Ashleigh Deemer met with the Department of Public Works to discuss street sweeping and how to optimize the sweeping schedule to get our streets cleaner and more organized for residents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Megan met with a representative of the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s School of Pharmacy to discuss the <strong>South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition</strong>; a group our office is forging the with Pitt&#39;s School of Pharmacy to address the opioid epidemic in South Pittsburgh (see article below for more info).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak, Ashleigh and Megan attended the ceremony in Brookline to <strong>honor Judge Charlie McLaughlin</strong> and see the portrait--commissioned by Judge Motznik--unveiled. Judge McLaughlin started the Brookline Blockwatch and was a pillar in the community; it was great to see so many of his family members, neighbors, and law enforcement officials honor the Judge. You can read more about him here: <a href="http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Personalities/Charlie.html">http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Personalities/Charlie.html&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak, Ashleigh and Bethani <strong>attended the Mt. Lebanon Planning Commission meeting to represent Brookline neighbors</strong> of the Castlegate Development and give public comment on the ongoing issues related to the demolition of the old Bradley Center on the site. Councilwoman Rudiak requested that the Mt. Lebanon Commissioners appoint a liaison for concerned neighbors and our office. That request was granted by the Commissioners and we are in talks with that liaison to ensure proper supervision.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak hosted an initial meeting on the art crosswalk and safety improvements that will be installed at the <strong>Parkfield/Brownsville intersection</strong>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak <strong>drove Director of City Planning Ray Gastil and our new Neighborhood Planner Felipe Palomo on a tour of the district</strong> to discuss our possibilities and our challenges. This was the second district tour for Director Gastil. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Megan met with Assistant Director of Public Works Pat Hassett to <strong>resolve drainage issues on a section of Brookline Boulevard</strong> that were brought to our attention by a Brookline business.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Ashleigh met with a manager from the Department of Finance as well as the Small Business Manager from the mayor&#39;s office to <strong>discuss the future of coffee in Beechview</strong> and how the space the Brew on Broadway formerly occupied could be filled.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak, Bethani and Megan met with Sergeant Al to <strong>discuss the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police traffic study on Dorchester Avenue</strong> (near the Castlegate Development) in Brookline and establish a baseline to compare to traffic once the construction of the facility is complete and the building is in use. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak <strong>attended Dyngus Day (a Polish Easter tradition)</strong> in Pittsburgh, hosted by the Polish Falcons Heritage Association and enjoyed some delicious pierogi, kielbasa and live polka!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Megan attended the <strong>Citywide Public Safety meeting to discuss the ongoing heroin epidemic</strong> and its far-reaching implications with presentations by victims, first responders, and more. This information will be incorporated into the South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak <strong>had a call with the Mayor&#39;s office and City Planning to discuss Broadway Avenue improvements, </strong>the timeline for design, a walkthrough with engineers, and community outreach. Community meeting should be held late this summer, so make sure to check our Facebook page (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/</a>) for updates!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak met with Councilman Corey O&#39;Connor to discuss their legislation which will provide <strong>feminine-related hygiene products in parks and recreation centers</strong>, so that women and girls are unlimited in their ability to participate in our City&#39;s recreational life!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Bethani met with <strong>neighbors of the Fairhaven Greenway in Overbrook</strong> as well as Josh Lippert, the Greenway and Open Space planner for the City. We discussed naming trails, signs, and how Fairhaven Greenway will be the first greenway in the City to use the new greenway plan.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Bethani attended the <strong>second Dairy District programming committee meeting.</strong> Look out for monthly ice cream social events, live music, food trucks and events all summer long and stay up-to-date by following <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CarrickDairyDistrict/">https://www.facebook.com/CarrickDairyDistrict/</a>! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and staff <strong>met with Penn American Water</strong>, which provides drinking water to our whole District, to discuss concerns about lead and PA American&#39;s approach to proactively test for lead, how to protect Pittsburgh families, and how to ensure that we have safe pipes in the future.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak was honored to be <strong>inducted into the Pittsburgh Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame</strong> along with Dr. Rahmon Hart, Dr. Justin Meyer, Billy Porter, Tamara Whiting, Anna Tarka-DiNunzio and Samantha Paige Davis. #WeArePPS!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Bethani <strong>attended the closing ceremony of the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.</strong> In case you haven&#39;t heard, this little branch will be torn down and a new, beautiful, and energy-efficient library will be buit. The Carrick branch will be closed until renovations are complete, in Spring/Summer of 2018. Read more: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=7188#Carrick">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=7188#Carrick</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak attended the <strong>Treasurer&#39;s Sale of Berg Place,</strong> where the City was informed one minute prior to the sale that the owner had filed for bankruptcy in federal court the day before. Councilwoman Rudiak has already been in touch with the URA and City Departments of Law and Finance to discuss our strategy and how best to protect the community from these irresponsible owners moving forward. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Bethani attended a meeting with the Department of Public Works to <strong>discuss lighting the historic Accamando center in Overbrook,</strong> or as many know it, the Old Firehouse&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Councilwoman Rudiak and Ashleigh attended the <strong>Brookline Little League Parade, the Beechview Little Parade, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation&#39;s Anti-Litter Art Contest</strong> featuring the art of local PPS students, and <strong>Taste of Brookline</strong>! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-And much, much more!...&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Art!">Art! &nbsp;Food Trucks! Family friendly activities! At the Dairy District Pavilion THIS SATURDAY!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Please join us for an exciting PopUp! Pittsburgh event on Saturday, May 6th from 11am to 2pm at the Historic Dairy District Pavilion. The class&rsquo; PopUp! concept, which was largely shaped by input from Carrick community members and key stakeholders, is INSIDE OUT Carrick, a public art installation that will reflect the faces of those who call Carrick home. &nbsp;This project is intended to honor the past while celebrating current residents and your unique experiences and fostering a sense of togetherness for the future. The art installation will be a part of INSIDE OUT, a global art participatory project started by TED prize winner and French artist, JR, and inspired by his large-format street pastings, which place emphasis on the people and their stories. To date, more than 260,000 people in 129 countries have participated in INSIDE OUT. The event will highlight these community members&rsquo; portraits and will also feature food trucks, on-site photos and children&rsquo;s activities.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>PopUp! Pittsburgh (<a href="http://www.popuppittsburgh.com">www.popuppittsburgh.com</a>) is organized annually each year in concert with a local Pittsburgh neighborhood by the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) class, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (http://www.lpinc.org/). The current LDI class, made up of 50 up-and-coming young professionals, is working closely with the Carrick community, our office, Economic Development South, and Neighborhood Allies in order to highlight the residents and history of Carrick. The art installation will be unveiled at the 5/6 PopUp! Pittsburgh Event. Save the Date and we will see you there!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out this event on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1317674128340160/">https://www.facebook.com/events/1317674128340160/</a> or on the PopUp! Site: <a href="http://popuppittsburgh.com/2017-popup-inside-out-carrick/">http://popuppittsburgh.com/2017-popup-inside-out-carrick/</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Working">Working to Create the South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>If you haven&#39;t heard, our office, along with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s School of Pharmacy is forming the South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition to find real strategies for dealing with our district&#39;s heroin and opioid-related issues. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have met with representatives from the Zone 3 and Zone 6 stations of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, leaders from Narcotics Anonymous, state legislators, the Allegheny County Health Department, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and representatives from Pitt&#39;s Graduate School of Public Health, Institute of Politics, School of Pharmacy, and others. We have also poured over the latest research on this epidemic. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Together with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s School of Pharmacy, our office is working to create a unique local coalition to address the effects of the opioid epidemic in our community at the neighborhood level. This means addressing overdoses, community and neighborhood health, public safety, and other neighbor concerns. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are currently seeking neighbors to join this new group. This is a massive problem, and in order to find solutions, it is critical that those who have been the most affected by this epidemic have a seat at the table to figure out how to address this issue. When we stand together to tackle problems like this, we are stronger.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have been personally affected by this epidemic, we encourage you to share your interest and apply. We expect to hold the first meeting in late spring; with monthly meetings after that. Meetings will be facilitated by personnel from the School of Pharmacy. Members must attend meetings and may be asked to volunteer additional time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested individuals can submit their name, affiliation (e.g. parent, community group member, business owner, educator, etc.), and statement of interest using this form <a href="https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daSCypTmSbSRe61">https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daSCypTmSbSRe61 </a>or call 412-255-2131.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Library">Carrick Library&mdash;Closed for Renovations&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh closed on April 29, 2017 for renovations. If you haven&rsquo;t heard: CLP met with our office and residents in the winter of 2016 to discuss plans for a new facility. The community gave a lot of feedback on those plans, and after months of work, the Library was able to purchase the former dental lab next door. Both buildings will be demolished and a new, much larger and incredibly energy efficient library will be constructed. You can see the updated designs here: <a href="http://www.nkarch.com/projects/carrick-library/">http://www.nkarch.com/projects/carrick-library/&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Help Wanted">Help Wanted: Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers for LifeSpan in Knoxville&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Want to earn extra money AND improve the lives of our neighbors? LifeSpan&#39;s Knoxville Kitchen is hiring delivery drivers to be a part of the team that packages and delivers meals to home-bound seniors!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Quick facts:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Part-time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays -- 7:30am to 3:30pm&nbsp;</li> <li>$9/hour plus benefits&nbsp;</li> <li>Vehicle provided&nbsp;</li> <li>Knoxville Kitchen: 320 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Requires:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Valid PA Driver&#39;s License&nbsp;</li> <li>Criminal and Motor Vehicle Background Check&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Call 412-464-1300 to apply. To learn more about LifeSpan, go to <a href="http://www.lifespanpa.org">www.lifespanpa.org</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Remake">Remake Learning Days: May 15-26&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Remake Learning, nationally renowned for launching educational innovations in Pittsburgh, will host Remake Learning Days from 5/15 to 5/26! The goal is to reach tens of thousands of families, youth, educators, and innovators showing them to how learning is being remade with hand-on, technology-infused, engaging experiences in neighborhoods across southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Remake Learning Days will launch with a kickoff open to the public at PNC park on Monday, May 15th from 3 to 6pm. The Kickoff is a FREE, family-focused, drop-in event that will feature dozens of creative hands-on activities along with light refreshments, supported by Google Geek Street and the 2017 Remake Learning Days Presenting Sponsors!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Other events in District 4:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Tech-enhanced Learning at Carmalt, Tuesday, 5/16 from 5:30-7:30pm &nbsp;</li> <li>Voices Against Violence at McKinley Park Shelter House, Saturday, 5/20 from 11:30am to 4pm&nbsp;</li> <li>The Labs Workshop at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Beechview, Tuesday, 5/23 from 4-6pm&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>See the full event listing and more at <a href="https://remakelearningdays.org/">https://remakelearningdays.org/</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Apprentices">Apprentices Wanted: Elevator Constructor&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local #6 Joint Apprenticeship Committee will accept applications from May 12 through May 26, 2017. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Applicant requirements:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Over 18-years-old&nbsp;</li> <li>High School diploma, GED, or equivalent educational attainment&nbsp;</li> <li>Pass an examination designed to test the applicant&#39;s reading, math skills, and aptitude for employment in the elevator industry&nbsp;</li> <li>Capable of performing physical requirements of the job without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others&nbsp;</li> <li>Pass a drug test (upon selection, paid for by employer)&nbsp;</li> <li>Photo ID&nbsp;</li> <li>$25 Testing Fee required on Test Day (money order or bank certified check ONLY). Fee waivers can be requested and are approved based on financial needs.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Safe">Pittsburgh Safe Water Program&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Water filters and lead tests are now available for residents of the City of Pittsburgh, including customers of Penn American Water. Priority for filters will be given to those with children under the age of 6 initially, but all City residents are eligible for filters. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To sign up for filters and tests, go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/safepgh2o/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/safepgh2o/</a>. Signing up takes about a minute, and when you do, you can opt to receive updates about the program and when your test kit and filter will be delivered! &nbsp;</div> <div>Stay tuned to our newsletter for updates about lead in pipes and how our office is working to make sure they are replaced!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Departments">Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections Forums&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections is now holding monthly forums to answer common questions and help residents learn about the process. May&#39;s forum will feature Fire Inspection Supervisor Corey Derico to discuss the proactive fire inspection program that is targeted toward existing life safety systems in commercial structures. You will learn about what is your responsibility as a property owner as well as the ins and outs of the inspection process. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The May Forum will be held:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Wednesday, 5/10 at 9am&nbsp;</li> <li>200 Ross Street 15219&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>If you missed the April Forum featuring Director Maura Kennedy and Deputy Director Erik Harless, you can see it on YouTube, courtesy of the City Channel: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp8tPO1JOM">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp8tPO1JOM</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Toddlerpalooza">Toddlerpalooza! - This Saturday 5/6&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 2pm the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers will host Toddlerpalooza&mdash;the biggest pro-child event of the year! This is a family friendly event where parents can learn about services and opportunities for kids, and kids will have Make &amp; Take activities, receive free books, and eat yummy food!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join us this Saturday to meet educators, community organizers, other parents, Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders, early childhood service providers and advocates for children. &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Saturday, 5/6, 10am-2pm&nbsp;</li> <li>Lunch served from 11am-1pm&nbsp;</li> <li>PFT Building, 10 South 19th Street 15203&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Cares">Pittsburgh Cares: Accepting Applications for Youth Advisory Council&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Applications for the 2017-2018 Youth Advisory Council are now live. Pittsburgh Cares is looking for students in 9th-12th grade who are enrolled in school in Allegheny County and are interested in becoming active partners in their communities through service and volunteering.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As council members, students will volunteer at various non-profits, plan service projects, participate in workshops aimed at addressing social issues and network with other like-minded yet diverse students. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Applications are due by May 26th. For questions, contact Chris Hawthorne at <a href="mailto:chawthorne@pittsburghcares.org?subject=Youth%20Advisory%20Council">chawthorne@pittsburghcares.org</a>. Applications can be found here: <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E8nYV3yuFwRdsxx2S4f-ktP9dkvX1nW9IPKGbcsCctA/viewform?edit_requested=true">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E8nYV3yuFwRdsxx2S4f-ktP9dkvX1nW9IPKGbcsCctA/viewform?edit_requested=true</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Summer">Summer Programs for Kids: &quot;Summer 17 Dream! Explore! Do!&quot;&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Summer 17 is a youth-centered campaign for summer programs. It will provide up to 27,000 youth in Allegheny County (grades K-12) with fun, educational learning activities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The program, now in it&#39;s second year, is a collaborative approach to summer youth programming. Summer17 offers resources like a checklist for parents, an activities calendar, and a centralized database of summer programs. Parents can search for #PghSummer17 on social media for opportunities or visit <a href="http://www.Pghsummer17.com">www.Pghsummer17.com</a>!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Interns Wanted">Interns Wanted: Student Conservation Association&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Do you know a high school student who is passionate about conservation, likes working as a part of a team, and/or loves being outdoors? The Student Conservation Association is looking for interns! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join an SCA camping or community crew and plug yourself in to SCA&#39;s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Learn more: <a href="https://www.thesca.org/serve/youth-programs">https://www.thesca.org/serve/youth-programs</a>. Or call Darren Gruteze at 412-325-1851 x 3027.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="McKinley ">McKinley Park Volunteer Days&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Want to help improve McKinley Park? The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy needs your help! Find a date on the list that works for you, then register at http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park. Don&#39;t forget to bring a friend, too!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>May 5&nbsp;</li> <li>May 25&nbsp;</li> <li>June 14&nbsp;</li> <li>June 28&nbsp;</li> <li>July 12&nbsp;</li> <li>July 26&nbsp;</li> <li>August 9&nbsp;</li> <li>September 13&nbsp;</li> <li>October 11&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>All events will run from 5-7pm and for each session, volunteers will meet at the McKinley Park Activities Center (900 Delmont Avenue 15210). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Internet Essentials">Internet Essentials from Comcast: Providing Our Kids with Internet Access&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Councilwoman Rudiak met with Comcast to discuss their Internet Essentials offer. Since access to high speed internet is critical for learning and succeeding in school, Comcast has created a program to provide access to low-income families for $9.95/month! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eligible households must:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program or receive HUD housing assistance&nbsp;</li> <li>Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available&nbsp;</li> <li>Not have subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days&nbsp;</li> <li>Not have an outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information and to apply, visit <a href="http://InternetEssentials.com">InternetEssentials.com</a> or call 844-252-7452.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Residential Permit Parking">Residential Permit Parking &ndash; New Web Portal &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Parking Authority of the City is rolling out a brand new web portal where residents can purchase or renew parking permits completely online! No more coming downtown or mailing documents. Of course, if you prefer to renew by walk-in or mail, those options will remain. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new portal will also allow the Parking Authority to enforce permit parking and visitor&#39;s permits through License Plate Recognition Technology, which will increase the effectiveness of enforcement. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This program is being rolled out one month at a time, as RPP districts come up for renewal. All residents of permit parking areas will be notified of their renewal options by mail. You can view the portal here: <a href="http://gis.pittsburghpa.gov/pghpermitparking/">http://gis.pittsburghpa.gov/pghpermitparking/</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings and Events&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong>Monday, 5/1, 7pm: Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch,</strong> Concord Elementary School, 2350 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, 5/4, 7pm: Beechview Area Concerned Citizens,</strong> Beechview United Presbyterian, 1621 Broadway Ave 15216&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 5/6, 10am &ndash; 2pm: Toddlerpalooza, PFT 10 South 19th Street 15203&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday, 5/6, 11am: InsideOut: Carrick, a project of LDI,</strong> Dairy District Pavilion, 1529 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 5/8, 6:30pm: Carrick Community Council Open Meeting,</strong> Concord Elementary School Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 5/9, 7pm: Brookline Block Watch,</strong> Judge Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 5/15, 6pm: Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting,</strong> Zone 3 Station, 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 5/15, 7pm: South Pittsburgh Development Corporation,</strong> 520 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 5/16: Primary Election Day&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Thursday, 5/18, 5:30pm: Beltzhoover Community Forum,</strong> Beulah Baptist Church, 201 Chalfont Street 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 5/23, 7pm: Overbrook Community Council,</strong> Fairhaven Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard 15234&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 5/29: City Offices Closed for Memorial Day</strong></div> Wed, 03 May 2017 12:58:30 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | April 2017 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=7188 <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...</a></div> <div><a href="#Earth Day">Earth Day Volunteers Needed - Saturday April, 22, 2017</a></div> <div><a href="#Overbrook">Overbrook to host Open House and Watershed Day! Saturday April 22 at noon</a></div> <div><a href="#South Pittsburgh">South Pittsburgh Development Co Hosts Anti-Litter Art Contest in Brookline|</a></div> <div><a href="#Leadership">Leadership Development Pittsburgh&#39;s Carrick Project -- 5/6 at 11am</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Affordable Real Estate Covered by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a></div> <div><a href="#Parkfield">Parkfield/Brownsville Intersection to get Art Crosswalk</a></div> <div><a href="#South Pittsburgh Opioid">South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline Block Watch April meeting replaced with special event to honor Judge </a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Charles McLaughlin</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick Branch of the Library</a></div> <div><a href="#Seldom">Seldom Seen News</a></div> <div><a href="#McKinley">McKinley Park Improvements Coming!</a></div> <div><a href="#Crime">Crime Trends: Decreasing in Carrick--Come to Block Watch on 5/1 to Learn&nbsp;More</a></div> <div><a href="#Citywide">Citywide Public Safety Meeting to Discuss the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic--4/19</a></div> <div><a href="#Lifeguards'">Lifeguards Needed</a></div> <div><a href="#OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program&#39;s Walk for Literacy Festival</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Public">Pittsburgh Public Schools Strategic Plan Launch Event -- 4/27</a></div> <div><a href="#Heritage">Heritage Players Presents: Sense and Sensibility</a></div> <div><a href="#Department">Department of Permits, Licenses, Inspections Holding Monthly Forums</a></div> <div><a href="#Apprentices Needed">Apprentices Needed: Occupation Laborers, Finishing Trades</a></div> <div><a href="#Duquesne">Duquesne Light--Electrical Distribution Technology Certificate Program</a></div> <div><a href="#Paving">Paving Update for 2017</a></div> <div><a href="#Art">Art Expressions: Bringing Art to Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Pennsylvania Women">Pennsylvania Women Work</a></div> <div><a href="#City's Spay">City&#39;s Spay/Neuter Program</a><br /> <a href="#McKinley Park">McKinley Park Volunteer Events</a><br /> <a href="#Stamp">Stamp Paper Scissors: A Class to Make Your Own Greeting Cards</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings and Events</a></div> <h3 paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{147}" paraid="1855185625">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{147}" paraid="1855185625"><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day....&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{147}" paraid="1855185625">Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhoods news, project updates, and major developments. Much of our everyday work that goes into the bigger accomplishments goes untold. Here are just a few things that Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;and staff did in March!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Our office&nbsp;attended the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, where the&nbsp;police presented information about crime trends in Carrick and Overbrook. The Leadership Development Initiative presented about their Carrick&nbsp;photo&nbsp;art project called Inside Out&nbsp;happening on Saturday,&nbsp;May 6 at the Dairy District Pavilion&nbsp;Read more below&nbsp;[LINK}!&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;and staff met with neighbors of Fairhaven Greenway in Overbrook and our Open Space Coordinator for the City in order to work to improve the greenway and make sure it is preserved for future generations! We will be meeting again in April to talk about specific improvements (like trails and signs) that can be added.&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;attended&nbsp;the Parent School Community Council meeting&nbsp;of West Liberty Elementary school in Brookline&nbsp;to&nbsp;talk about how parents,&nbsp;community groups, and the City can work together&nbsp;to make the neighborhood a better place. We talked about everything from the Brookline Block Watch to the Teen Outreach program, and how to get more involved.&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">The following night, Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;was the guest speaker at the West Liberty Elementary School&nbsp;National&nbsp;Honors Society Induction Ceremony, where she spoke on the qualities of a scholar and the qualities of a leader. Congratulations to the 4th&nbsp;and 5th&nbsp;graders who are our special scholars!&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">We attended the Carrick Community Council&#39;s Open Meeting, where we&nbsp;heard about a study undertaken&nbsp;by the Department of&nbsp;City&nbsp;Planning to&nbsp;determine&nbsp;the&nbsp;historic&nbsp;nature of&nbsp;Carrick&#39;s&nbsp;housing and&nbsp;business and&nbsp;districts. We also&nbsp;heard about&nbsp;clean up&nbsp;efforts, the&nbsp;efforts to do&nbsp;a&nbsp;master plan for Phillips Park, and the update&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;emergency generator&nbsp;at the Verizon building at the&nbsp;corner of Overbrook and Brownsville Road.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Our office&nbsp;attended the&nbsp;City of Pittsburgh&nbsp;Land Bank Meeting to learn about how the program will work and how we can utilize the Land Bank to help South Pittsburgh neighborhoods reduce&nbsp;blight&nbsp;of&nbsp;vacant and&nbsp;tax-foreclosed properties. You can read more about the land bank here:&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;was honored as A Woman Who Makes A Difference by the&nbsp;Executive Women&#39;s Council and&nbsp;Zonta&nbsp;Pittsburgh; an international organization committed to advancing the status of women.&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Chief of Staff Ashleigh&nbsp;Deemer&nbsp;joined&nbsp;residents and&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;Athletic&nbsp;Association&nbsp;parents&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;Clean Up to clean up the&nbsp;community garden and Alton Field&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Ashleigh also toured the under-construction&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;Senior Center which should be opening up again this summer...check out our Facebook page for&nbsp;photos:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1416005711805114">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1416005711805114</a></li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">Our office&nbsp;attended the Dairy District Programming Committee Meeting&mdash;the first of the season! We are very excited&nbsp;for&nbsp;all the events coming to the Dairy District&nbsp;pavilion&nbsp;this year.&nbsp;Stay tuned...</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{191}" paraid="202387740">We also meet with Allies for Children, an organization focused on providing health care and education programs across the county, CONNECT, an organization of communities neighboring the City of Pittsburgh, on how to work together to combat the heroin epidemic, Pittsburgh UNITED, on how to fund affordable housing, the Department of City Planning on new community planning&nbsp;initiatives, and more &hellip; !&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{194}" paraid="1860982659">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{200}" paraid="681722725"><a name="Earth Day">EARTH DAY&nbsp;VOLUNTEERS&nbsp;NEEDED&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017:&nbsp;</a><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{200}" paraid="681722725"><em><strong>Carrick&nbsp;Litter&nbsp;Clean Up &ndash;Earth Day 10am to 1pm&nbsp;</strong></em></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{215}" paraid="1939373801">Time to&nbsp;redd&nbsp;up Carrick! Don&#39;t worry,&nbsp;coffee,&nbsp;donuts&nbsp;will fuel us as we start, with a delicious&nbsp;pizza&nbsp;lunch once we wrap up.&nbsp;To participate, sign up here:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{219}" paraid="1450916736"><a href="http://www.pittsburghcares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0C1200000sYFmUEAW" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.pittsburghcares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Detail</a><a href="http://s_Page?id=a0C1200000sYFmUEAW">s_Page?id=a0C1200000sYFmUEAW</a><a href="http://s_Page?id=a0C1200000sYFmUEAW">&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{222}" paraid="1216488490">Or folks can call the Carrick&nbsp;Community&nbsp;Council&nbsp;number to RSVP.&nbsp; It is 412-339-0808.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{222}" paraid="1216488490">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{226}" paraid="274752454"><em><strong>Brookline&nbsp;Litter&nbsp;Clean Up&mdash;Earth Day 10am&nbsp;</strong></em></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{230}" paraid="1357069899">Meet at Cafe de Noir (802 Brookline Boulevard)&nbsp;to be with neighbors as we&nbsp;redd&nbsp;up Brookline!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{240}" paraid="900519199"><strong><em>If you are having a clean-up event and we missed it, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:district4@pittsburghpa.gov" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">district4@pittsburghpa.gov</a>&nbsp;and we&#39;ll put it out on social media!&nbsp;</em></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h3 paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{240}" paraid="900519199"><a name="Overbrook">Overbrook to host Open House and Watershed Day!&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;4/22 from noon to 3pm&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{240}" paraid="900519199">On Saturday, 4/22 the Overbrook Community Council invites you to join them at the&nbsp;Accamando&nbsp;Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard) to meet neighbors, learn about the Saw Mill Run, and play games!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{250}" paraid="861095967">Find&nbsp;out about water in new and unexpected ways&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{250}" paraid="861095967">Watershed Games&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{250}" paraid="861095967">Become a Water&nbsp;Reporter using an interactive mobile app&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{250}" paraid="861095967">Learn about rain gardens and rain barrels&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{250}" paraid="861095967">And much more!&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{54888de4-7ebe-4637-8e3f-5843c167c54d}{254}" paraid="496411252">Come out and get to know Overbrook!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{2}" paraid="776173658">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{aaf69bc5-49be-49a8-a43b-9cf78ba0e81a}{10}" paraid="116925359" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="South Pittsburgh">South Pittsburgh Development Co-Hosts Anti-Litter Art Contest in Brookline&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{f09e8f7e-3690-431c-a518-83cc366c16d9}{150}" paraid="1447640803" xml:lang="EN-US">Hundreds of students from Brookline-area schools are emphatically telling the world through artwork why littering their neighborhood is uncool.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{aaf69bc5-49be-49a8-a43b-9cf78ba0e81a}{101}" paraid="173385449" xml:lang="EN-US">Four area schools&mdash;Brookline PreK-8,&nbsp;Carmalt&nbsp;PreK-8, West Liberty PreK-5, and St. John Bosco Academy&mdash;are participating in an anti-litter artwork contest sponsored by the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, in partnership with the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and the Brookline Area Community Council.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{aaf69bc5-49be-49a8-a43b-9cf78ba0e81a}{103}" paraid="383706093" xml:lang="EN-US">All official entries will be displayed at an awards ceremony at the end of April, and winning artwork will also be shown in businesses along Brookline Blvd.&nbsp; Every participating student will receive a goody bag to recognize his or her creative effort in saying &ldquo;no&rdquo; to litter.&nbsp;The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1pm at the Brookline Memorial Recreation Center.</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{aaf69bc5-49be-49a8-a43b-9cf78ba0e81a}{92}" paraid="1150146915" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{17}" paraid="1229428316"><a name="Leadership">Leadership Development Pittsburgh&#39;s Carrick Project&nbsp;&ndash;Saturday&nbsp;5/6 at 11am&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{17}" paraid="1229428316">Leadership Development, Inc (<a href="http://www.lpinc.org/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.lpinc.org/</a>) is working closely with the Carrick community, our office,&nbsp;and Economic&nbsp;Development&nbsp;South to host a&nbsp;PopUp! Pittsburgh Event on Saturday, 5/6 from 11am&nbsp;to 2pm at the Historic Dairy District Pavilion. This event will feature a public art installation that captures some of the faces of Carrick, and those who symbolize its past, present and future.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{33}" paraid="658285976">The art installation will be a part of INSIDE OUT, a global art participatory project started by TED prize winner and French artist&nbsp;JR&nbsp;and inspired by his large-format street pastings, which place&nbsp;empahsis&nbsp;on the&nbsp;people&nbsp;and their stories. To date, more than 260,000 people in 129 countries have participated in INSIDE OUT, and LDI is thrilled to work with the community to add Carrick to the map! The art installation will be&nbsp;unveiled&nbsp;at the 5/6&nbsp;PopUp! Pittsburgh Event. Save the Date and we will see you there!&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{33}" paraid="658285976">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{1d02ffba-494a-4866-ad4f-abf6d5642c12}{202}" paraid="1521115435"><a name="Beechview">Beechview&nbsp;Affordable Real Estate Covered by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{1d02ffba-494a-4866-ad4f-abf6d5642c12}{202}" paraid="1521115435">One of the developers working in&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;has found that creating affordable housing in South Pittsburgh is achievable. If you missed it, you can click here to read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12080241-74/beechview-could-be-the-answer-to-pittsburghs-affordable-housing-problem" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12080241-74/beechview-could-be-the-answer-to-pittsburghs-affordable-housing-problem</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{1d02ffba-494a-4866-ad4f-abf6d5642c12}{202}" paraid="1521115435">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{138}" paraid="1971586090"><a name="Parkfield">Parkfield/Brownsville Intersection to get Art Crosswalk&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{138}" paraid="1971586090">The first art crosswalk in South Pittsburgh will be at home in Carrick! The intersection of&nbsp;Parkfield&nbsp;and Brownsville Roads is a busy intersection featuring businesses, pedestrians, a bus stop and residential homes. Beginning this summer, the intersection will be made safer and more visible.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{140}" paraid="770196947">The safety enhancements at the intersection will include the installation of pedestrian signals, upgraded ADA ramp and new sidewalk/curb, and the third pedestrian crosswalk. The installation of the artistic design within the crosswalks is a community place-making feature that may add visual interest to the intersection, but will not provide&nbsp;safety enhancements beyond that of a&nbsp;traditional crosswalk.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{142}" paraid="177852431">Our office will work with the Department of Public Works to hold public meetings to make sure that community values are represented in the design. Call our office to learn more at 412-255-2131.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{142}" paraid="177852431">&nbsp;</p> <h3 paraeid="{d4dcc7a0-73e7-48de-9872-12f22921bd16}{142}" paraid="177852431"><a name="South Pittsburgh Opioid">South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition</a></h3> <p>As you may know, South Pittsburgh is the epicenter of the heroin epidemic in Pittsburgh. Councilwoman Rudiak is incredibly concerned with how this epidemic affects our neighborhoods.&nbsp;In response, our office has been collecting information and partners so we can work together to find solutions.</p> <p>We have met with representatives from the Zone 3 and Zone 6 stations of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, leaders from Narcotics Anonymous, state legislators, the Allegheny County Health Department, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and representatives from Pitt&#39;s Graduate School of Public Health, Institute of Politics, School of Pharmacy, and others. We have also poured over the latest research on this epidemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Together with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s School of Pharmacy, our office is working to create a unique local coalition to address the effects of the opioid epidemic in our community at the neighborhood level. This means addressing overdoses, community and neighborhood health, public safety, and other neighbor concerns.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are currently seeking volunteers to join this new coalition. This is a massive problem, and in order to find solutions, it is critical that community members, faith leaders, business owners, educators,&nbsp;non-profit professionals and everyone work together to solve this problem. When when we stand together to tackle problems like this, we are stronger.</p> <p>In April, we will accept statements of interest and working with the School of Pharmacy, we will form the coalition. If you are an individual affected by this problem and feel that you have insight and skills to share with this group, we encourage you to share your interest and apply.&nbsp;We expect to hold the first meeting in late spring; with monthly meetings after that. Meetings will be facilitated by personnel from the School of Pharmacy. Members must attend meetings and may be asked to volunteer additional time.</p> <p>To apply, please send your name, your affiliation (e.g.&nbsp;community group member, business owner, educator, etc), and a statement of interest to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:district4@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=South%20Pittsburgh%20Opioid%20Action%20Coalition" target="_blank">district4@pittsburghpa.gov</a>&nbsp;or call 412-255-2131.</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{62}" paraid="1961438564"><a name="Brookline">Brookline Block Watch April meeting replaced with special event to honor Judge Charles McLaughlin&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{62}" paraid="1961438564">Instead of the normal&nbsp;April meeting of the Brookline Block Watch, this month, the group&nbsp;will host an event to honor District Judge Charles McLaughlin and to unveil a&nbsp;portrait of the judge commissioned by Judge&nbsp;Motznik. Judge McLaughlin&#39;s family will be in attendance and a reception will follow. Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday, 4/11 at Judge&nbsp;Motznik&#39;s&nbsp;office, located at 736 Brookline Boulevard 15226.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{114}" paraid="950700631">&nbsp;<br /> <a name="Carrick">Carrick Branch of the Library&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{114}" paraid="950700631">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;sits on the board of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and has been working hard to advocate for the new updated branch. Through a community process that wrapped up last year, a new library concept was born. The new library will be DOUBLE the size of the current one, and will take up half the block. (Yes, the library is buying and demolishing the dental lab.)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you missed the planning meetings for the Carrick branch of the Library, you can still see the rendering of what this building will look like once it&#39;s complete. Just navigate to:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nkarch.com/projects/carrick-library/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.nkarch.com/projects/carrick-library/</a>&nbsp;and you can see the photo. In addition, this building will be highly energy efficient, which means it will cost the Library less to run than a conventional building.&nbsp;In fact, it will be the GREENEST library in North America right in our backyards!&nbsp;We are very excited to see construction start this summer!&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{114}" paraid="950700631">But before we get to the new building, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host a&nbsp;<em><strong>Carrick Library Closing Ceremony -- 4/27 at 6pm.</strong></em></p> <p paraeid="{aaf69bc5-49be-49a8-a43b-9cf78ba0e81a}{92}" paraid="1150146915" xml:lang="EN-US">Come say goodbye to the old Carrick Branch! The branch will be closing the following weekend in order to construct the new, larger building. Come out and share your memories and let&#39;s give our little library a great send-off!</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{c496eca6-37bf-42fb-9145-6bb94cdbd710}{221}" paraid="388010029" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{c496eca6-37bf-42fb-9145-6bb94cdbd710}{227}" paraid="1677172158" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="Seldom">Seldom&nbsp;Seen&nbsp;News&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{896c15c6-19c5-45dd-85c2-5ef977bc8f11}{63}" paraid="1418207139" xml:lang="EN-US">Seldom&nbsp;Seen&nbsp;is&nbsp;the&nbsp;greenspace&nbsp;that&nbsp;stretches&nbsp;around&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;along Route 51, accessible via the jug handle near the salt dome. This 90 acre gem of undeveloped land offers the best access to the&nbsp;stream. Already home to a variety of species, Seldom Seen is also a prime location for one of the&nbsp;Green&nbsp;beads along Route 51. Seldom Seen is a major focus in the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Greenways 2.0 Plan to be completed this summer. We are working with&nbsp;Economic&nbsp;Development South and&nbsp;City Planning to create a cohesive group of stewards for Seldom Seen. Having official stewards will allow us to take advantage of funding opportunities for improvements in Seldom Seen.&nbsp;If you are interested in learning more, call us&nbsp;at 412-255-2131&nbsp;or&nbsp;email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:district4@pittsburghpa.gov" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">district4@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0b208468-6f23-460f-8860-14cab7aa006a}{206}" paraid="758064810" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{0b208468-6f23-460f-8860-14cab7aa006a}{229}" paraid="1627187284" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="McKinley">McKinley Park&nbsp;Improvements Coming!&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0b208468-6f23-460f-8860-14cab7aa006a}{249}" paraid="1636188849" xml:lang="EN-US">McKinley Park is 79 acres of green space&nbsp;split by&nbsp;Bausman&nbsp;that drains to Saw Mill Run. There are a number of opportunities to use green&nbsp;stormwater&nbsp;mitigation practices in McKinley Park.&nbsp;Working with the&nbsp;surrounding communities and the&nbsp;Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy,&nbsp;we&nbsp;received $1M for park improvements in the Chicken Hill area of the park. These improvements will incorporate&nbsp;Stormwater&nbsp;Best Management Practices, including green infrastructure.&nbsp;&nbsp;Construction will begin in this summer.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{03427ab0-34b0-49f6-8155-ccd899d9cbe0}{82}" paraid="2066208861" xml:lang="EN-US">Please join us at an upcoming community meeting, where the project design team will be presenting conceptual designs and seeking input. Light refreshments will be provided.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{03427ab0-34b0-49f6-8155-ccd899d9cbe0}{85}" paraid="661827369" xml:lang="EN-US">McKinley Park (Chicken&nbsp;Hill) Community Meeting&nbsp;<br /> March 30th, 6 - 8pm&nbsp;<br /> McKinley Activities Center&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/e1t/c/*W4Bvzb12bjk6vW9cjS3g1NRTbZ0/*VBdr0X7czzFfW91-SdK8HLxyR0/5/f18dQhb0S1Wf7wjzHDVWVByT2sxYwhW67MRKW8-1nwBW7Xn2tQ8Kr7x5W3TgsJ-1_BjzLW1Lvlrk7wl1p7W85V-Y61p-Vs9W55_xdJ4Py6dPW2_JYT14H4q3CW8NWKBZ2fhVx1W2cSqvJ8fv8P0W8NrbQr2_F1y5W2PWJb25lJ3VwVdXgF44F1BcDW5jlmXl4rbwdFW4XD3hz8Wtf7GW3gP51g1TYkTyW14K-qk2gwhxVW3JDvjR5xNZZQVLzR6f7Dw7RgVQzSp04b6gTKW2nhlkL5ydhLvW5VMqnT49vwf1W7tBSSt1f5HX4VHKbCj4pQL6MN30Ry7lcn2JQW3bfctc89_1KtW4z7XH11R9Bw1VGF3gL92S7sCVsPCmm5v6tsbW1N1k8v8zkJdSV91bKq7cj-jQVVrQPM8-n3x6F1-R0FsQ0JJW8y-Tz17DC8FvW22lzc_4WcTTGVHk2wW1VqPC4N7v6-rXy8qvHW2mbDFz3cBNVFW3r3JgX8pC_KRW7C2ZDN3L41ZLW6dLqW03vmKmQW6W1MYN6FCRMWW89Js0d4mMbbKW6Fn2bm7NZ51XW3XrVxs81NVWcW1jx7zg2SBDMgW8vHFmF6YGYknW6XhYpz23lcjNW398Nzm6dlk9RW6r3xR-6n6SXCVxY-s58SXhNmW2jQ8467JdX3TW7pP-Yz3Q3HrpW5yFP6_6t_Z3RVlG62J7Z4r3GVV5CPw6Fm3NyW5v7TDk6_RPZDW955XTB1LZXpMW8Mj0D28XnLdyW808PH-5HrZySW4H6P666gVlXtV1TMF_76MylC103" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">900 Delmont Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15210</a>)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{118}" paraid="577381623"><a name="Crime">Crime Trends: Decreasing in Carrick &ndash;Come to Block Watch on 5/1 to learn more&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{118}" paraid="577381623">According to analysis by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Part 1 crimes have been decreasing since 2010. These crimes include: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault,&nbsp;burglary, theft, theft of vehicle, and arson. If you would like to know more about crime trends in Carrick, Police will be presenting further information at the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch at 7pm on Monday, May 1st&nbsp;at Concord Elementary School.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{193}" paraid="1257112310">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{195}" paraid="228835374"><a name="Citywide">Citywide Public Safety Meeting to Discuss the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic--4/19&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{195}" paraid="228835374">Heroin can affect anyone, and if you live in South Pittsburgh, you know how hard it is hitting our neighborhoods. This Spring&#39;s citywide public safety meeting will focus on the heroin epidemic and will feature a presentation and discussion by victims, first responders, and health care providers regarding the tell-tale signs and consequences of opiate addictive drugs, along with the impact they have on families, businesses, and communities. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{197}" paraid="260424486">The meeting will be held Wednesday, 4/19 at 6:30pm at the Jewish Community Center&#39;s Katz Theater, 5738 Darlington Road 15217 (Squirrel Hill). A light dinner will be served.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{e236a3c6-6bd3-4889-86d6-170d1227aef5}{185}" paraid="1211721969" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{44}" paraid="921408760"><a name="Lifeguards'">Lifeguards Needed&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{44}" paraid="921408760">Citiparks&nbsp;is now seeking Lifeguards. Pay starts at $9.09/hr. Lifeguard training courses are being held at the Oliver Bath House, 38 South 10th&nbsp;Street 15203. Trainings will run&nbsp;Tuesdays &amp; Thursdays, May 9 through June 1 from&nbsp;6pm to 9pm PLUS Saturday, May 20 from 9am to 5pm.</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{62}" paraid="1995862287">For more information, please call the Aquatic Division office at 412-323-7928&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{65}" paraid="2089848484">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{69}" paraid="1183063598"><a name="OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program&rsquo;s Walk for Literacy Festival&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{77}" paraid="1393348002">The Walk for Literacy Festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the&nbsp;Schenley&nbsp;Plaza Tent in Oakland on 4100 Forbes Avenue from 10:00 am&nbsp;to 1:00 pm.&nbsp; The free event a comfortable walk and a day full of fun with ongoing activities including entertainment; free rides on the Carousel; numerous arts and&nbsp;crafts;&nbsp;and&nbsp;informational tables for seniors, children and families of all ages.&nbsp; There will be free books for children, door prizes and basket raffle. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{87}" paraid="1326052472">For more information, please contact John D.&nbsp;Spehar, Program Director, at (412) 393-7648 or by email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jdspehar@oasisnet.org" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">jdspehar@oasisnet.org</a>.&nbsp;OASIS is an Affiliate of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{93}" paraid="1592480802">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{121}" paraid="1375583792"><a name="Pittsburgh Public">Pittsburgh Public Schools Strategic Plan Launch Event -- 4/27&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{121}" paraid="1375583792">Please join Superintendent Anthony Hamlet and the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) Board of Directors as they launch a bold new strategic plan.&nbsp;Expect to be excited when listening to the five-year plan and meeting Dr. Hamlet&#39;s Cabinet Members and future PPS graduates!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{132}" paraid="227690382">Doors open at 8am and the breakfast buffet begins at 8:30am. Please register to attend at:&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/2noycXp" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/2noycXp</a>. Parking will be available in Gold Lot 1 for $7.00.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{157}" paraid="725358197">&nbsp;<br /> <a name="Heritage">Heritage Players Presents: Sense and Sensibility&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{157}" paraid="725358197">The Heritage Players are proud to present&nbsp;Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Jon Jory, based on the novel by Jane Austen, and directed by F.J. Hartland. Performances are May 12-13 &amp; 19-20 at 8:00 pm and May 14 &amp; 21 at 2:00 pm. All shows are held at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{160}" paraid="673444363"><strong><em>Also coming this season:&nbsp;</em></strong></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{163}" paraid="886818871"><em><strong>Children&rsquo;s Show TBD</strong></em>, August 4-6 and 11-13;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{167}" paraid="685219995"><em><strong>Lost in Yonkers,</strong></em> by Neil Simon, September 8-10 and 15-17;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{173}" paraid="1686485640"><em><strong>Into the Woods</strong></em>, music &amp; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George&nbsp;Lapine, November 3-5 &amp; 10-12.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{181}" paraid="1694820037">The Heritage Players is a non-profit community theatre group now in their 20th&nbsp;year and have been performing at the Seton Center since 2013.&nbsp; Their mission is to provide quality theatrical entertainment to the residents of South Pittsburgh as well as educational opportunities to children and adults alike. Please call (412) 254-4633 or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:heritageplayers@yahoo.com" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">heritageplayers@yahoo.com</a>&nbsp;with questions.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{79fa455f-be3c-4b20-9913-3fe7d349126c}{10}" paraid="294618586" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{215}" paraid="1466973991"><a name="Department">Department of Permits, Licenses, Inspections Holding Monthly Forums&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{215}" paraid="1466973991">If you&#39;ve had to work with the department of PLI, you know that the work they do is complex and sometimes hard to understand. Thankfully, the department has begun holding monthly forums to help clarify processes. The April forum will be held on&nbsp;Wednesday, April 12th&nbsp;at 9am&nbsp;in the first floor conference room at 200 Ross Street 15219. For April&#39;s forum, Deputy Director Erik&nbsp;Harless&nbsp;will discuss the permit application and review process.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{222}" paraid="2093542653">Missed March&#39;s forum, but still need the info? The City&#39;s Cable Bureau is filming all of these forums. Find the March forum (and more) here:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp8tPO1JOM" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp8tPO1JOM</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{225}" paraid="53552151">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{231}" paraid="40683025"><a name="Apprentices Needed">Apprentices Needed: Occupation Laborers, Finishing Trades&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{231}" paraid="40683025"><em><strong>Occupation Laborers&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{231}" paraid="40683025">Western Pennsylvania Laborers&#39; Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications on a continuous basis for apprenticeship opportunities in its Building and Heavy/Highway Program. Applicants will be notified as to when selection testing begins. Applications must be returned to the Western PA Laborers&#39; Education and Training Fund, 317 Deer Creek Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{238}" paraid="1924057057">Applicants will be selected according to written testing and interview. Final selection will be made according to the needs within the 33 counties of Western PA covered by the Training&nbsp;Program.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{5a308c77-cb6a-44fb-8457-009dbfd82288}{249}" paraid="684514037">For more information and a list of requirements, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laborpa.org/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">www.laborpa.org</a>&nbsp;or call 1-800-442-8868. Applications can be picked up in person at the Western PA CareerLink Offices, all laborers&#39; local&nbsp;union&nbsp;offices, and the Western PA Laborers&#39; Education and Training Center in Saxonburg. To complete the virtual pre-apprenticeship program, go to <a href="http://futureroadbuilders.com">futureroadbuilders.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{1}" paraid="1444104126">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{1}" paraid="1444104126"><em><strong>Finishing Trades&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{1}" paraid="1444104126">The Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania District Council #57 Join Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for apprenticeship in the Painters/GlaziersDrywall&nbsp;Finishers program for the year 2017.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{7}" paraid="1864732145">Applications are accepted year round, however, we will be accepting applications in person and the Council District #57 office: 101 Ewing Road, Carnegie, PA 15106 on the following dates and times:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{7}" paraid="1864732145">April 18, 2017 from 8:30am to 2:30pm&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{7}" paraid="1864732145">April 20, 2017 from 8:30am to 2:30pm&nbsp;</li> </ol> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{11}" paraid="998992062">Selection process will be intent to hire. Selection will be made according to the needs within the 32 countries of Western Pennsylvania covered by the Training Program.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{15}" paraid="584305573">For more information, call Council District #57 at 412-276-6061.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{18}" paraid="419823706">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{22}" paraid="611430602"><a name="Duquesne">Duquesne Light &ndash; Electrical Distribution Technology Certificate Program&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{29}" paraid="1845143890">The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program is a joint partnership between CCAC and Duquesne Light Company. Trainings cover: basic skills, knowledge and abilities that applicants would need in order to apply for skilled craft positions in the electrical utility industry.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{38}" paraid="204340958">Upon completion, potential careers include&nbsp;lineworker&nbsp;and underground splicer. Program is tentatively scheduled to start in August, 2017.&nbsp;Applications&nbsp;will be accepted through April 2.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{51}" paraid="1489848344">1 year&nbsp;certificate&nbsp;program&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{51}" paraid="1489848344">Obtain a Class A CDL&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{51}" paraid="1489848344">2 paid Internship Opportunities for all students&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{51}" paraid="1489848344">3 Available scholarships&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{51}" paraid="1489848344">Successful graduates will be considered for positions with&nbsp;Duquense&nbsp;Light, however, completion does not guarantee employment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{63}" paraid="1412927013">For more&nbsp;informaion, and to apply, go to:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duquesnelight.com/careers" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">www.duquesnelight.com/careers</a>&nbsp;and use &quot;Requisition Id&quot; 5441. For more information on working for Duquesne Light, visit:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:recruiting@duqlight.com" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">recruiting@duqlight.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{66}" paraid="1692382847">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{77}" paraid="2770413"><a name="Paving">Paving&nbsp;Update&nbsp;for&nbsp;2017&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{77}" paraid="2770413">Although the&nbsp;paving list for this&nbsp;year&nbsp;has not&nbsp;yet&nbsp;been released,&nbsp;we have received some details about&nbsp;the program&nbsp;and&nbsp;wanted to share them!&nbsp;This year, the City of Pittsburgh will spend&nbsp;over $15 million on&nbsp;paving.&nbsp;These funds have a&nbsp;variety&nbsp;of&nbsp;sources, from bonds that the city takes out to&nbsp;federal&nbsp;funds. $11.8 million will be used for resurfacing an estimated 52&nbsp;miles of&nbsp;city streets.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{9f0a7738-86eb-46a9-96b3-c4af0d9b7c13}{249}" paraid="1275486186" xml:lang="EN-US">The remainder will be&nbsp;utilized&nbsp;for: handicap ramps,&nbsp;concrete/block/brick restoration, crack sealing,&nbsp;pothole material&nbsp;and thermoplastic&nbsp;line&nbsp;striping/crosswalks.&nbsp;As in previous&nbsp;years,&nbsp;the City&nbsp;coordinates paving very closely with the utility companies,&nbsp;in order to maximize the paving every year.&nbsp;This&nbsp;year,&nbsp;expect to&nbsp;be notified&nbsp;by Robocall&nbsp;if your street&nbsp;is&nbsp;going to&nbsp;be milled and paved. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{ac7b11ff-717c-478a-b2bd-e4e84831d2ef}{156}" paraid="274540321" xml:lang="EN-US">Streets are being selected came from multiple sources:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{69fd7e20-9881-4545-8acf-8436f0813178}{117}" paraid="1949689572" xml:lang="EN-US">data from&nbsp;Cartegraph&nbsp;Pavement Management System (which drove the entire street system in 2016 to evaluate)&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{69fd7e20-9881-4545-8acf-8436f0813178}{117}" paraid="1949689572" xml:lang="EN-US">observations and unput from Streets Maintenance Supervisors&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{69fd7e20-9881-4545-8acf-8436f0813178}{117}" paraid="1949689572" xml:lang="EN-US">data from 311 response line&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{69fd7e20-9881-4545-8acf-8436f0813178}{117}" paraid="1949689572" xml:lang="EN-US">Google street view&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{69fd7e20-9881-4545-8acf-8436f0813178}{117}" paraid="1949689572" xml:lang="EN-US">Council office&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2182370f-a49c-4cc8-835c-db78c0397ab3}{220}" paraid="1606203966" xml:lang="EN-US">We will have more on paving in next month&#39;s newsletter. Stay tuned!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{3d682c30-3473-4bac-af46-c9c73960f6cc}{206}" paraid="618665687" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{3d682c30-3473-4bac-af46-c9c73960f6cc}{213}" paraid="1006468255" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="Art">Art Expressions: Bringing Art to Schools&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{3d682c30-3473-4bac-af46-c9c73960f6cc}{213}" paraid="1006468255" xml:lang="EN-US">Art Expressions, a nonprofit focused on&nbsp;eliminating social inequalities in schools by offering&nbsp;inclusive&nbsp;after-school programming, recently ran a program at West Liberty Elementary School. The program, called&nbsp;EcosmART, teaches participants to apply creative problem-solving skills and innovating design though a weekly, art-based enrichment program that aims to promote positive&nbsp;self-esteem&nbsp;and inspire interest in the worlds of science&nbsp;and&nbsp;technology. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{e80ab447-1a22-472d-911d-c846234aefb6}{11}" paraid="998927243" xml:lang="EN-US">Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and the Facilitator made the following observation on how the students felt about the exercise:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{019436da-d696-45e1-bac1-86f50409f6cc}{49}" paraid="1131101733" xml:lang="EN-US">&quot;They gushed over the variety of supplies...This group worked hard to complete their projects. They naturally&nbsp;showed&nbsp;each other what they were working on, and I encouraged them to visit other tables as they finished up, to help clean and exhibit their work. They were very complimentary to each other, asking questions and pointing out aspects they liked about each other&#39;s artwork.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{eb99308b-55d2-4e4a-9d60-0c24aa10ba36}{50}" paraid="1933734137" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{d74fe72a-1352-455b-9c81-27bea032d669}{56}" paraid="1635831922" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="Pennsylvania Women">Pennsylvania Women Work&nbsp;</a></h3> <p paraeid="{d74fe72a-1352-455b-9c81-27bea032d669}{56}" paraid="1635831922" xml:lang="EN-US">Pennsylvania Women Work is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in career transition and helping them to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Their programs provide career development assistants, computer training, job placement, and career mentoring&mdash;all at no cost to clients!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{3b536408-1ca7-4716-9ee0-538d6db47f23}{184}" paraid="282486145" xml:lang="EN-US">Pennsylvania Woman Work seeks&nbsp;to deliver personalized career development programs that result in family-sustaining wages for displaced homemakers and individuals in career transition across the state of Pennsylvania. With programs for developing brand new careers, for low-income parents aged 18-35, mentoring for work-ready women, customer service classes, and for&nbsp;those in crisis: free case management, legal services, and career development. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{65799cdb-5b58-4b79-8269-420c8cbafa3f}{143}" paraid="451539410" xml:lang="EN-US">To learn more about their programs, call 412-742-4362, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@pawomenwork.org" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">info@pawomenwork.org</a>, or check them out online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pawomenwork.org/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">www.pawomenwork.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{65799cdb-5b58-4b79-8269-420c8cbafa3f}{143}" paraid="451539410" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="City's Spay">City&#39;s Spay/Neuter Program</a></h3> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Did you know that eligilble pet owners can apply for free spaying and neutering from Animal Care and Control? City residents who can present two bills with a valid city address and a driver&#39;s license or equivalent form of identification with a valid city address. Cat colonies located inside city limits can also be considered.</p> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">The program covers up to 5 animals. Animals must be current on vaccinations and records must be presented for all animals before surgery.</p> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">For more information, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol/spay_neuter.htm">http://pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol/spay_neuter.htm</a> or find the application here:&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated_2-17.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated_2-17.pdf</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> <h3 paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="McKinley Park">McKinley Park Volunteer Events</a></h3> <p>Want to help improve McKinley Park? The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy needs your help! Find a time on the list that works for you, then register at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park">http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park</a>. Don&#39;t forget to bring a friend, too!</p> <ul> <li>April 12</li> <li>May 5</li> <li>May 24</li> <li>June 14</li> <li>June 28</li> <li>July 12</li> <li>July 26</li> <li>August 9</li> <li>September 13</li> <li>October 11</li> </ul> <p>All events will run from 5-7pm and for each session, volunteers will meet at the McKinley Park Activites Center (900 Delmont Avenue 15210).&nbsp;</p> <h3 paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US"><br /> <a name="Stamp">Stamp Paper Scissors: A Class to Make Your Own Greeting Cards -- 4/26</a></h3> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Participants in Stamp Paper Scissors will make four hand-crafted greeting cards. All supplies are included for a nominal fee of $20. All you have to do is come and have fun! Proceeds from this class will benefit the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch and the Overbrook Community Council.</p> <ul> <li paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Wednesday, 4/26 from 7-9pm</li> <li paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Place: Accamando Center (Old Overbrook Firehouse), 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</li> <li paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Parking: Park in rear of building</li> <li paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Cost: $20</li> </ul> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">Register by&nbsp;<strong>April 2</strong>&nbsp;to Donna McManus at 412-779-1595. Payment is required upon registration.</p> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{6be4900f-41e1-4e25-b1e4-154fce6b3c4d}{174}" paraid="2139501973" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{99}" paraid="1012231159"><a name="Meetings">Meetings and Events:&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{e031a8b8-ff7c-47aa-8bd5-3f2dfb7fa6e3}{110}" paraid="267630285" xml:lang="EN-US">Thursday, 3/30 @&nbsp;6pm -&nbsp;McKinley Park (Chicken&nbsp;Hill) Community Meeting,&nbsp;McKinley Activities&nbsp;Center, 900 Delmont Avenue&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{e031a8b8-ff7c-47aa-8bd5-3f2dfb7fa6e3}{110}" paraid="267630285" xml:lang="EN-US">Monday, 4/3 @ 7pm &ndash; Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch,&nbsp;Concord Elementary School Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{112}" paraid="1516468957">Thursday, 4/6 @ 7pm &ndash;&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;Area Concerned Citizens,&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;United Presbyterian 1621 Broadway Ave 15216&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{119}" paraid="1009423117">Tuesday, 4/11 @7pm &ndash; Ceremony honoring Judge Charlie McLaughlin (in lieu of Brookline Block Watch),&nbsp;Office of Judge Jim&nbsp;Motznik&nbsp;736 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{126}" paraid="223990152">Monday, 4/17 @ 6pm &ndash; Zone 3&nbsp;Public&nbsp;Safety Meeting,&nbsp;Zone 3 Station 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{136}" paraid="99370471">Wednesday,&nbsp;4/19&nbsp;@ 6:30pm&nbsp;--&nbsp;Citywide Public Safety Meeting to Discuss the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic,&nbsp;Jewish Community Center&#39;s Katz Theater, 5738 Darlington Road 15217 (Squirrel Hill)&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{143}" paraid="1772276134">Thursday, 4/20 @ 5:30pm &ndash;&nbsp;Beltzhoover&nbsp;Community Forum,&nbsp;Beulah Baptist Church 201 Chalfont Street 15210&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{148}" paraid="424972665">Saturday, 4/22 @ 10am &ndash; Brookline Cleanup,&nbsp;Caf&eacute; de Noir 802 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{158}" paraid="415217909">Saturday, 4/22 @ 10am &ndash;&nbsp;Carrick&nbsp;Cleanup,&nbsp;Phillips Park 201&nbsp;Parkfield&nbsp;Street 15210&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{167}" paraid="702069355">Saturday, 4/22 @&nbsp;noon&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Overbrook Community Council&#39;s Open House and Watershed Day,&nbsp;Accamando&nbsp;Center 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard 15234&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{57e45d1d-b0d9-4b11-8650-53db77b0cc72}{172}" paraid="812984257">Tuesday, 4/25 @ 7pm &ndash; Overbrook Community Council,&nbsp;Fairhaven Church 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard 15234</p> </div> <p>Thursday, 4/27 @ 6pm -- Carrick Library Closing Ceremony, 1811 Brownsville Road 15210</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:56:14 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | March 2017 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=7080 <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Friends">Friends of Phillips Park - and a brand-new entryway!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#PLI">PLI Forum &ndash; Learn more about the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#St. Basil'">St. Basil&#39;s School Building Updates&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Athletic Association Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Rookieball Sign Ups &ndash; March 4th&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#McKinley">McKinley Park Stormwater Project Community Meeting &ndash; March 30th &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Retired">Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick Trees&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Biscuit's">Biscuit&#39;s Bingo&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Hilltop">Hilltop-based Contractor Database&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview mini-grants for neighborhood Easter Egg hunt &ndash; Now Available&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Apprentices">Apprentices Needed &ndash; Cement Masons, Ironworkers&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#MANRRS">MANRRS High School Symposium&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Lifeguards">Lifeguards Needed&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#EORC">EORC Event for Women-Owned Businesses&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Permits">Permits Pending Review-New Information Online&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings and Events&nbsp;</a></div> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhood news, project updates, and major developments. Much of our everyday work that goes into to bigger accomplishments goes untold. Here are just a few things City Council District 4 did in February! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>I was honored to attend Ready to Run, a bipartisan political training that encourages women to run for government and leadership positions. We know our government works best when we are represented well, and women make up 51% of the population. With only 1 woman from Western PA in the State legislature and none in Congress, women&#39;s voices and experiences are underrepresented in the democratic process. I want to help encourage other women to run and lead.&nbsp;</li> <li>We have been working on getting the Gender Equity commission up and running. Stay tuned for our announcement that we are accepting applications!&nbsp;</li> <li>We met with the City&#39;s Greenway and Open Space Coordinator, Josh Lippert, to discuss the new Greenway Plan he has been working on, and determine how we can best utilize our City resources to give residents opportunities to access the recreational opportunities in our lovely greenways&nbsp;</li> <li>We braved the bitter cold with neighbors in Brookline so we could evaluate some concerns about a new development. Although the development is in Mt. Lebanon (and therefore has to be approved by Mt. Lebo) we have worked with the Planning Board of Mt. Lebanon, the developer, contractor, and the City&#39;s Bureau of Police, and Department of Public Works to get answers to these concerns. Call our office to learn more at 412-255-2131.&nbsp;</li> <li>Staff attended the Hillcrest Art Meeting and got an update from the developer on the project. Applications for renting apartments should be released soon. We will post information about applying on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/. Follow us for this and many more updates!&nbsp;</li> <li>Ashleigh Deemer toured the under-construction Beechview Senior and Community Center and the photos she shared with the office were amazing - we were delighted by the light flooding in through the new windows. The interior has been framed out, and the project is proceeding at a good pace. We anticipate the building to reopen to the community in late spring or early summer. Check out our Facebook page for the photos. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Friends">Friends of Phillips Park - and a brand-new entryway!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Do you spend time at Phillips Park? Would you like to be involved in programming, maintenance and planning for this wonderful neighborhood asset? We are looking for 3 Carrick residents and 3 Overbrook residents to sit on a &quot;Friends of Phillips Park&quot; group. The first priority for the group will be naming the trails in the park, so we can have signage for the park and its trails at all entry points to it.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested residents are asked to submit their name, phone number, email address, as well as a short interest statement about why they would like to be involved. Please send applications to district4@pittsburghpa.gov by March 31, 2017 or call our office at 412-255-2131 for more information. Meetings are expected to commence in the Spring.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On that note, you may have heard the Phillips Park Recreation Center is getting a brand-new entryway design. This came out of a community process that involved the Penn State Center; this project has been in the works for years. We are happy to report that the work is authorized, the bid has been awarded to a local contractor, and that construction will start after April 3, 2017. Work will be complete by May 26, 2017.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="PLI">PLI Forum &ndash; Learn more about the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The next PLI forum will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 9AM. Forums are held in the 1st Floor Conference Room at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh 15219.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This month will feature Director Maura Kennedy and department staff as they discuss the permitting process and development review. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In Case You Missed It: The Department has posted last month&#39;s presentation on Trade Licenses on YouTube: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt_Kcui-7F4&amp;feature=youtu.be.">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt_Kcui-7F4&amp;feature=youtu.be. </a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="St. Basil'">St. Basil&#39;s School Building Updates&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The last update that we provided on the St. Basil&#39;s School, the property owner had recently been fined $2000 by Magistrate King for property violations on the building. Since that time, my office has spend considerable time meeting with interested parties to determine next steps to get this building into the hands of a responsible neighbor. In December, we sat down with Economic Development South (EDS) and the URA to discuss ways to take the property back from the owner. As we were looking into several possibilities, we were made aware by our Real Estate Division and Jordan Tax Service that a Sherrif&#39;s Sale proceeding had been filed for the property and that the owner had declined to go into a payment plan that would pay off his delinquent taxes. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On February 2, we met with the Carrick Community Council, EDS, The Design Center, and the URA onsite to talk about possible future uses for the building and to update everyone on the Sherriff&#39;s Sale. During this visit, we learned that that the owner had recently been back to the building. Up until this point, we had reached out to the owner many times to no avail, so this told us that he was also becoming active with the property again. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On February 14th, the attorney for Jordan Tax informed us that the property owner filed for bankruptcy to put a stop to an attempted mortgage foreclosure, which the bank was pursuing at the same time that Jordan Tax was pursuing Sheriff&#39;s sale. This put a temporary hold on the foreclosure and the tax sale. Both the mortgage holder and Jordan tax submitted request to the Judge to dismiss the bankruptcy which was accepted. This means that the mortgage holder can move forward with the foreclosure in state court; however, Jordan may consider going ahead with a tax sale rather than waiting for the mortgage foreclosure to move the process along more quickly.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On February 22nd, the City&#39;s Department of Public Works sent an itemized bill to the owner for $568.82, the cost of boarding up the building yet again. The letter states that if not paid, a lien can be placed against the property.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will keep you updated as we find out more information. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview">Beechview Athletic Association Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Rookieball Sign Ups &ndash; March 4th&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Final sign ups for the Beechview Athletic Association will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 11AM to 2PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1516 Beechview Ave 15216). Credit cards are accepted and payment plans are available!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Can&#39;t make it out? You can also sign up online at <a href="http://www.BAASports.org">www.BAASports.org</a>. If you can&#39;t make sign ups but you want to participate, please email <a href="mailto:BeechviewAthleticAssociation@gmail.com?subject=Signups">BeechviewAthleticAssociation@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="McKinley">McKinley Park Stormwater Project Community Meeting &ndash; March 30th&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Last August, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy applied for and was awarded $437K in grant funds for green infrastructure in McKinley Park. Mainly dealing with stormwater management, this park, situated uphill from a frequently flooded area of Route 51, provides recreation to many, but it can do more!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At McKinley, the grant funding will be going to address stormwater, the park entrance, and creating community trail connections, to ensure the park is serving it&#39;s neighbors.&nbsp;</div> <div>The next meeting about the &quot;Chicken Hill&quot; project will be held Thursday, March 30th from 6-8:00pm. To attend, please register at <a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park">www.pittsburghparks.org/projects/mckinley-park</a>. The meeting will be held at the McKinley Park Activities Building, &nbsp;900 Delmont Avenue.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Retired">Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>If you are over the age 55, then you qualify for this free program! &nbsp;If you are already a volunteer or looking for new volunteer opportunities, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) can help support your volunteering activities. &nbsp;This national service program supports senior volunteers countrywide, and will add your voice to the national volunteer narrative! &nbsp;We help match volunteers with opportunities that will best utilize their existing skills and experience. &nbsp; After you begin volunteering, we continue to support your volunteerism through a modest array of benefits. &nbsp;We provide travel reimbursements, supplemental insurance, seasonal giveaways, and others, including a connection with a broad network of national service volunteers!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Registering now only takes a phone call and will help provide all volunteers with some duly deserved benefits and recognition. &nbsp;Please call Pittsburgh Cares at 412-471-2114 and ask about RSVP.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>What is Pittsburgh Cares?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Founded in 1992, Pittsburgh Cares is a non-profit organization and HandsOn Network (<a href="http://www.pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork">http://www.pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork</a>) affiliate located right here in Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</div> <div>Pittsburgh Cares&#39; mission is to effectively act as a liaison between volunteers of all ages, nonprofits, and businesses by matching volunteers year-round with compatible one-time and recurring volunteer opportunities to meet the most critical needs of the community. &nbsp;Their goal is to make volunteering as easy as possible. &nbsp;Pittsburgh Cares has been serving the volunteer and social service communities since 1992, and are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. &nbsp;Visit their website at www.pittsburghcares.org and start volunteering today.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick">Carrick Trees&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>We just got word that the damaged and missing street trees along Brownsville Road will be replaced this spring. Looking forward to a new and improved main street!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Biscuit's">Biscuit&#39;s Bingo&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>This year&#39;s Biscuit&#39;s Bingo will be held on Saturday, &frac34; from noon to 5PM at the IBEW Local #5 Union Hall, 5 Hot Metal Street 15203. Come on out and have fun playing bingo WHILE supporting a great cause! Admission is $25 and cash-only. Bring pet food items to donate and qualify to play a special game!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue League and Western PA Humane Society, Hog Heaven, Homeless Cat Management Team, Pittsburgh Pets, Hello Bully, Forever Home Beagle Rescue, Great Pyrenees of Western PA Rescue, Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, Foster Cat, Inc., Animal Friends, Club Pet Adoption, Rabbit Wranglers, Hope Haven, Senior Pet and Animal Rescue (SPAAR). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions? Call 412-799-3713 or email <a href="mailto:pghbuscuitsbingo@yahoo.com?subject=Biscuit's%20Bingo">pghbuscuitsbingo@yahoo.com</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Hilltop">Hilltop-based Contractor Database&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Hilltop Alliance is compiling a database for Hilltop-based contractors. Why create a database? So that when contractor work is needed, local contractors can be used.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This will also be shared with partner organizations and property owners who are able to hire local businesses. Fill out the form here: <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU2KoZCtS99BvfQxL9sdfEyiT1tgYQQRJ1rrt7Rhtk-fYftg/viewform">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfU2KoZCtS99BvfQxL9sdfEyiT1tgYQQRJ1rrt7Rhtk-fYftg/viewform</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview">Beechview mini-grants for neighborhood Easter Egg hunt &ndash; Now Available&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Beechview Community of Christ has mini-grants available to fund a Beechview neighborhood Easter Egg hunt in April 2017.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested individuals or groups should send a brief proposal and budget by March 10 to <a href="mailto:beechviewcofc@gmail.com">beechviewcofc@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The proposal should include the tentative date, location, and time of the activity, along with a list of how the funds will be used. &nbsp;Priority will be given to groups that demonstrate a commitment to reaching out to a large and inclusive group of Beechview residents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Proposals are due Friday, March 10. &nbsp;All applicants will be notified by March 12. Selected group(s) will be asked to provide a photo of the activity as a final grant report.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Apprentices">Apprentices Needed &ndash; Cement Masons, Ironworkers&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong>Ironworkers Local 3 is seeking apprentices.</strong> Download an application at <a href="http://www.iwlocal3.com">www.iwlocal3.com</a> or get one in-person:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Ironworkers Local #3 &ndash; Pittsburgh Training Center&nbsp;</em></div> <div>2315 Liberty Avenue 15222&nbsp;</div> <div>9am &ndash; 3pm&nbsp;</div> <div>(412) 471-4535&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Cement Masons&#39; Union Local 526 is seeking apprentices.</strong> Applications may be obtained on the following days and times at the AJ Furlan Building, 2606 California Avenue 15212, on Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7 AND Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14th, 2017 from 8:30am to 11am daily. Call (412)761-6310 for more information.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="MANRRS">MANRRS High School Symposium&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Calling all middle and high school students! You are invited to attend the 2017 MANRRS High School Symposium. MANRRS, or Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, promotes academic excellence and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year&#39;s symposium will be held on April 1, 2017 from 9am to 2pm at the Grand Wyndham-Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place. For more information, go to <a href="http://www.manrrs.org">www.manrrs.org</a> or register here: <a href="http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edoy3n6o80db097b&amp;llr=6mdgmkdab">http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edoy3n6o80db097b&amp;llr=6mdgmkdab</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Lifeguards">Lifeguards Needed&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Citiparks is now seeking Lifeguards. Pay starts at $9.09/hr. Lifeguard training courses are being held at the Oliver Bath House, 38 South 10th Street 15203. Trainings will run:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Saturdays, March 18 through April 29 from Noon to 6pm (no class April 15th)&nbsp;</li> <li>Tuesdays &amp; Thursdays, May 9 through June 1 from 6pm to 9pm PLUS Saturday, May 20 from 9am to 5pm&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>For more information, please call the Aquatic Division office at 412-323-7928&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="EORC">EORC Event for Women-Owned Businesses&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Equal Opportunity Review Commission, in partnership with Chatham University Women&#39;s Business Center and Center for Women&#39;s Entrepeneurship will be hosting an event on March 9th for women business owners to discuss bidding on City Contracts. The event will feature small group discussions with City departments and local authorities and will provide information on how to bid and secure a City of Pittsburgh Contract.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City of Pittsburgh Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Contract Roadmap&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, March 9th&nbsp;</div> <div>8am to 11am&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://Chatham.edu/cwbc">Chatham.edu/cwbc&nbsp;</a></div> <div>Chatham University&nbsp;</div> <div>Mellon Board Room&nbsp;</div> <div>Woodland Road 15232&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Permits">Permits Pending Review-New Information Online&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections (PLI) has updated their permits pending information on their website. The new information more accurately reflects the permits queue.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Any plans that are checked in for review or &nbsp;applications for which they have requested revisions will be listed on this spreadsheet. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The list order matches their review order. It also not clearly identifies:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>The general time frames for review (commercial vs. Residential applications and initial vs. Revised/amended permit)&nbsp;</li> <li>Description of work and occupancy (as applicable)&nbsp;</li> <li>The date an application was submitted to PLI&nbsp;</li> <li>An expected review date&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>PLI is posting this information as a spreadsheet in order to allow users to search, sort and/or filter the information to fit their needs. The list will continue to be updated once a week either on Monday or Friday. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To access the spreadsheet, go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/</a> and scroll down to &quot;Permits Pending Review&quot; there you can click the large blue button to download the spreadsheet.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings and Events&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens Meeting&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Thursday, 3/2 &ndash; 7pm, Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Athletic Association Signups&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Saturday, 3/4 &ndash; 11am to 2pm, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Ave 15216&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Biscuit&#39;s Bingo&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Saturday, 3/4 &ndash; noon to 5PM, IBEW Local #5 Union Hall, 5 Hot Metal Street 15203&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Monday, 3/6 --7pm, Concord Elementary School Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick Community Council Open Meeting&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Monday, 3/13 -- 6:30pm, Concord Elementary School, 2350 Brownsville Road 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Tueday, 3/14 -- 7pm, Judge Motznik&#39;s office, 736 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beltzhoover Community Forum&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Thursday, 3/16 -- 5:30pm, Beulah Baptist Church, 201 Chalfont 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Mt. Washington Community Forum&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Thursday, 3/16 -- 7pm, Senior Center, 122 Virginia Avenue&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Zone 3 Public Safety Council&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Monday, 3/20 -- 6pm, Zone 3 Police Station, 830 &nbsp;East Warrington Ave 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Tuesday, 3/28 -- 7pm, Fairhaven Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run 15234&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>McKinley Park Grant Meeting &quot;Chicken Hill&quot;&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Thursday, 3/30 -- 6pm, McKinley Park Activities Building, 900 Delmont Ave 15210&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:09:03 -0500 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | February 2017 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6957 <div> <div><a href="#Building">Building a Better Pittsburgh, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Complete Streets">Complete Streets-Advisory Group Looking for Applicants&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Berg Place">Berg Place Update in Carrick&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Bon Air Parklet">Bon Air Parklet Update</a></div> <div><a href="#Castlegate Development">Castlegate Development Update bordering Brookline</a></div> <div><a href="#Saw Mill Run">Saw Mill Run Integrated Plan along Route 51&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechiew Developments">Beechview Developments Move Forward&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Baseball Softball">Carrick Baseball/Softball Signup Schedule</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview Community Garden">Beechview Communiy Garden Info Session - 3/4&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Serving Constituents">Serving Constituents &ndash; Our First Job&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Departments of PLI">Department of Permits, Licenses, Inspections Community Forum&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Inviting City Youth">Inviting City Youth to Participate in Local Government&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Learn More About City">Learn More about City Operations through the Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Inclusive Innovation">Inclusive Innovation Week 2017! &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Do You Have">Do you have a loved one who wanders away from your residence?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Citisports">Pittsburgh Citisports will Bring New Athletic Programs for Kids&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#League of Women Voters Contest">League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Launches 3rd Annual High School Video Contest: Every Election Matters!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#ALCOSAN">ALCOSAN Clean Water Assistance Fund-Helps Those Who Can&#39;t Afford Sewer Bill&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#We're Hiring">We&#39;re Hiring!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community Events and Meetings">Community Events and Meetings</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Building">Building a Better Pittsburgh, Every Day...&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhood news, project updates, and major developments. Much of our everyday work that goes into to bigger accomplishments goes untold. Here are just a few things City Council District 4 did in December and January!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak attended many budget hearings in early December. Each City Department had the chance to present their budget and talk about their work for 2017. &nbsp;On Tuesday, December 20th, City Council passed a $539 million dollar operating and a $74 million dollar capital budget. This action, along with a passage of the Five Year Plan, assures a fiscally responsible path that addresses our aging infrastructure and provides the staffing and resources to meet our ever growing challenges through the end of this decade. It is important to note that the balanced budget and five year plan were achieved while holding the line on taxes. At the end of December, as Finance Chair, Councilwoman Rudiak delivered the Council budget address to City Council about the state of the city&#39;s finances, and Council&#39;s amendments to the budget. You can read her remarks here: &nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4</a></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>In the 2017, Councilwoman Rudiak got majority support of Councilmembers for her amendments to the budget to support the good work we&#39;re doing in district 4. They included monies for Pinecastle Step and Sidewalk Reconstruction in Overbrook, a master plan in Phillips Park in Carrick, entryway to the busway along Route 51, and Alton Field in Beechview. &nbsp;This is in ADDITION to the over $2.5 million dollars of investments in Streetscape, Facility Improvements, Recreation and Senior Center Improvements and more in specific projects budgeted for 2017, such as improvements in Moore Park in Brookline. You can see all the projects in the 2017 capital budget here: &nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/budgetoffice">http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/budgetoffice</a> There is still much more budgeted for street paving. Check out the budget for yourself!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Due to your concerns, Councilwoman Rudiak met with Wendell Hissrich, Director of Public Safety, and Elaine Alter, Supervisor for the Crossing Guards to discuss crossing guard needs in the City, and how decisions are made on where to put them. Unfortunately we are below in numbers of crossing guards we need for the busy intersections we have; we are desperately seeking more people to apply to be crossing guards in the City of Pittsburgh. If you or anyone you know is looking for part-time work, please direct them to apply here: <a href="https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pittsburgh">https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pittsburgh</a> Currently our office is dedicating staff time to try to figure out how to make the crossing guard process more effective, and how we can get more crossing guards in District 4.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak and staff met with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Public Works, Citiparks, and more to discuss the National Recreation Park Association grant that was awarded to McKinley Park. This grant and supplemental monies that total over $1 million, and will help to revitalize the &quot;Chicken Hill&quot; section of the park so that even more neighbors can use this beautiful, historic park to get outside! McKinley Park was only one out of 4 parks out of 200 to get this national grant. Kudos to the community for their great application and enthusiasm! We had a public meeting about this at the McKinley Park Shelter House in mid-January and the plan was well-received. We&#39;ll publish it when we get final concept designs. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Constituent Services Manager Megan Neuf attended the Constituent Services Working Group meeting; where city council staffers who work to help constituents meet to and talk to figure out how to serve residents as effectively as possible. See more below.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Our office met with representatives from Penn American Water and PWSA to talk about lead, dye test issues, and sewer and water conveyance. You can read more about water quality here: https://amwater.com/paaw/water-quality/water-quality-faq&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>The Councilwoman met with the Vice President of Learning from the Heinz Endowments and with our Early Childhood Manager, Tiffini Gorman to discuss how to fund universal pre-kindergarten in the City of Pittsburgh. Look out for new developments soon. You can read about the benefits of early education here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/10/16/Natalia-Rudiak-and-Erin-McClellandL-Early-childhood-the-best-investment/stories/201610120048">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/10/16/Natalia-Rudiak-and-Erin-McClellandL-Early-childhood-the-best-investment/stories/201610120048</a></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>In January, Councilwoman Rudiak met with Economic Development South and the coordinator for the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association to talk about how to make the water cleaner, how to prevent floding, and how we can work with communities upstream to do these things. We&#39;re going to arrange a meeting with PWSA and the Mayor&#39;s Office to talk about how to fund initiatives to help Saw Mill Run.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak and Megan met with Zone 3 Police and the Public Safety fellow at Economic Development South to discuss strategies for addressing heroin and opioid addiction and how to make sure that Police have the resources they need to fight this epidemic. Our office has been working for over a year to spur conversations, resources, and new approaches for dealing with the opioid epidemic. We&#39;re currently working on a program to include a resource card for police officers to leave with families and addicts after dispensing Narcan to individuals. Also in January we met with Recovery United Pittsburgh to talk about their recovery homes in the district and the need for more stringent regulations.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>We also stood with the Great Pittsburgh Schools coalition and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers at Pittsburgh Concord in Carrick to fight for the best education for our kids and to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos due to her lack of qualifications.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>The Councilwoman also attended the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce reception, holiday parties across the district, recorded a message supporting the work of Dumpbusters at the Pennsylvania Resource Council who&#39;ve cleaned out literally thousands of tires and hundreds of tons of waste out of District 4, talked with City Departments about implementing the Gender Equity Commission, spoke to a group of over 30 Bhutanese refugee women on how to be leaders in their communities, and more &hellip; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Complete Streets">Complete Streets-Advisory Group Looking for Applicants&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>You needn&#39;t look further than the hundreds of sets of city steps to realize that Pittsburghers have been walking the City for decades. These days, a lot of people commute by car, bus, and the T. That&#39;s why the City adopted the Complete Streets Policy (http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/completestreets) in November of 2016, to ensure that we create a safe commute for all Pittsburghers. Now, we need your help!&nbsp;</div> <div>The Department of City Planning is creating a Complete Streets Advisory Group and they need resident representatives to sit alongside agency and community groups. The group is looking for 4 volunteers who have an interest in Complete Streets and can commit to 4 meetings a year. &nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://cityofpittsburgh-my.sharepoint.com/personal/kristin_saunders_pittsburghpa_gov/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?guestaccesstoken=NyvfEvJ7SB%2fY6gJLOdy2dhErmfCEQVhGNd3DcVoY9Ag%3d&amp;docid=1_121cab937bd994a6dab1e638067327daa&amp;wdFormId=%7B028DE40C-76E8-4853-BFA8-46ECE3FE1375%7D&amp;action=formsubmit">Apply here</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Berg Place">Berg Place Update in Carrick&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The infamous Berg Place, located at 2531 Brownsville Road, has been left by a previous owner to fall in disrepair. Our office has been working for years to hold the owner accountable and get the building back in good condition. There have been many bumps in the road, but here is the current situation.&nbsp;</div> <div>In November, the City took the property in a back-tax sale. It had been tax delinquent for several years. After that happened, the original owner claimed that he had actually transferred ownership to another person at the last minute and that the sale was not valid. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new owner went to court to stop the ownership process by the City. The Court gave the owner until May, 2017 to file a brief, stating his claim. Because of that, the property has been added to the April 2017 Tax Sale. This way, there is no question of ownership or whether the sale will be valid.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If there is any further stoppage of the sale by the court, there are others who hold claims to this property and they can foreclose. We are doing everything we can legally do to get this property into productive and safe status for the community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will continue to give updates as the process moves along.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Bon Air Parklet">Bon Air Parklet Update&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>After the playground at the Bon Air Parklet was damaged by a fire in November, our office worked with the Department of Public Works to make sure that the equipment was replaced in a timely manner. At the beginning of January, we were notified that the parts for structure had been ordered and that the safety surface would be purchased. The ground temperature needs to be 45 degrees and rising for the safety surface glue to hold, but we will see the new equipment installed and ready to use when the weather warms up this spring.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Castlegate Development">Castlegate Development Update bordering Brookline &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The new Mt. Lebanon Senior Development that borders Brookline on Castlegate Avenue has caused concerns for neighbors of the site. Our office received many calls, emails and Facebook messages with questions, so we worked with the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, Oxford Development, and Sota Construction to hold community meetings to answer them. In addition, Councilwoman Rudiak and staff have attended Mt. Lebanon Planning Board meetings where the project was being discussed, and asked for their City neighbors&#39; concerns to be addressed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Out of these meetings and discussions emerged a need for an on-site look at the concerns expressed by neighbors. We have visits scheduled with neighbors and officials from the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Lebanon, along with the developers and the contractors. During these visits, we will walk through the site and neighbors will point out issues so that the we can make sure their concerns are addressed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will continue to follow up and will continue to support neighbors, even when it comes to cross-municipal issues! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Saw Mill Run">Saw Mill Run Integrated Plan along Route 51&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>In 2014, Economic Development South<span style="font-size:8px;">1</span>, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), created the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association (SMRWA) to help address problems associated with the stream, Saw Mill Run. Like most urban streams, Saw Mill Run has been plagued by the negative impacts of stormwater runoff: frequent flooding, sewage overflows, severe erosion, streambed scouring, and habitat degradation. Not only have these issues degraded the stream but they have also contributed to disinvestment in the 14 City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods<span style="font-size:8px;">2</span> and 11 other municipalities<span style="font-size:8px;">3</span> located within the watershed. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EDS and the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association are working with PWSA to develop an Integrated Watershed Management Plan. Rather than tackling the problems of water quality on a small localized scale, integrated watershed planning is designed to improve water quality on a broader watershed &ndash; wide basis. &nbsp;For almost 2 years, the SMWRA has coordinated the planning efforts, meeting monthly with municipal engineers and representatives from all watershed communities to determine the best locations and practices for improving water quality and reducing flooding in Saw Mill Run. The Saw Mill Run Integrated Plan will provide serve as a template for to address the issues of stormwater runoff that negatively impact the stream and the watershed communities. Additionally, the plan will identify optimal locations for siting Green Infrastructure in the watershed. In concert with the integrated watershed plan, SMRWA enlisted the help of the US Army Corps of Engineers and GTECH Strategies to develop a protocol for converting the many acres of concrete and impervious surfaces adjacent to the stream located along Routes 51 and 88 back to green space &ndash; a Green Boulevard. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EDS and the SMRWA expect this collaboration to continue through implementation of Joint projects designed to capture and retain stormwater runoff, thereby reducing flooding, preventing basement backups and sewage overflows, &nbsp;and improving water quality and stream habitat in Saw Mill Run. &nbsp;Projects would include a variety of green infrastructure techniques, such as bioswales, permeable paving, and tree lawns. Additional outcomes would include stream bank and flood plain restoration, riparian area buffers, constructed wetlands, and ecosystem restoration. Green Infrastructure techniques such as these will improve the environmental, social, and economic health of the corridor, transforming this blighted stretch of highway into an attractive and vibrant area for business development and recreation.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size:8px;">1</span>Economic Development South (EDS) is a non-profit community and economic development corporation committed to facilitating investment and reinvestment in City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods and municipalities located in our region&rsquo;s South Hills. Since its inception, EDS has recognized the importance of the environment in attracting community investment dollars. For neighborhoods and communities in the south Hills the primary environmental issue is the Saw Mill Run stream. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size:8px;">2</span> City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods include: Allentown, Banksville, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Duquesne Heights, Elliot, Knoxville, Oakwood, Overbrook, Ridgemont, Mt. Washington, and Westwood.&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size:8px;">3 </span>Watershed Municipalities include: Baldwin Township, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Crafton, Dormont, Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon, Mount Oliver, Scott Township, and Whitehall. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Help Young People">Help Young People Become Entrepreneurs at Brashear High School&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Being a business partner volunteer with the Junior Achievement Company Program is a great way to mentor young people as they begin to foster their entrepreneurial skills. You will join a group of high school students at their school for 90 minutes &ndash; 2 hours weekly during a 16-week period through the spring and help mentor them through the creation of their own company, using JA&rsquo;s innovative and engaging curriculum. Training for how to use the resources will be provided to our volunteers and the student&rsquo;s classroom teacher will also be there to help support and guide the students. Help inspire the next generation of innovative business creators! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are currently looking for JA Company Program volunteers at Pittsburgh Brashear 9-12. Interested? Please contact Lindsay Forman at LForman@jawesternpa.org; 412-208-4747 ext. 145.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechiew Developments">Beechview Developments Move Forward&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Atlas Development has now officially closed on 1619 Broadway Avenue. Construction is slated to begin soon. All other Atlas projects for 1600, 1602 and 1601 Broadway are working their way through City approvals. As Daniel Berkowitz, of Atlas Development, said, &quot;Here&#39;s to building a better Beechview together!&quot; You can see the rendering of what 1619 Broadway and the other projects will look like here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/BACC_presentation_June.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/BACC_presentation_June.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Baseball Softball">Carrick Baseball/Softball Signup Schedule&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Carrick Youth Athletic Association will be holding baseball and softball sign ups for children ages 4-18 at the Phillips Park Rec Center on the following dates:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Thursday, 2/4,10am-2pm&nbsp;</div> <div>-Saturday, 2/18, &nbsp;10am-2pm&nbsp;</div> <div>-Saturday, 3/4, 10am-2pm&nbsp;</div> <div>-Saturday, 3/11, 10am-2pm&nbsp;</div> <div>-Thursday, 3/16, 6pm-8pm&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here&#39;s to a great team-building and fun season!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview Community Garden">Beechview Communiy Garden Info Session - 3/4&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Ever wondered what it takes to lease a bed at the Beechview Community Garden? Pretty Up Beechview has organized a meeting just for you! Please join us to learn more about the garden and how to lease a space to grow your own vegetables this summer.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Spring Garden Meeting&nbsp;</div> <div>March 4, 1-3PM at the Carnegie Library &ndash; Beechview (1910 Broadway Avenue 15216)&nbsp;</div> <div>Open to all who are interested in applying for garden bed leasing or would like more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Serving Constituents">Serving Constituents &ndash; Our First Job&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>One of the &nbsp;primary responsibilities of our office is to make sure the City is providing the services that hard-working residents pay for. We do that in numerous ways, like passing laws to make government work better for everybody by saving money, making business with the city easier, etc. But the most important thing we do is to help our neighbors get the City services that they need and pay for! &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We respond to every single call, email, tweet, or Facebook message. And that means that we have a full-time staff member who&#39;s entire job revolves around answering these inquiries. That person is Constituent Services Manager Megan Neuf. If you&#39;ve called our office between April, 2015 and today, chances are that you&#39;ve spoken with Megan. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But our commitment to serving constituents doesn&#39;t stop there. On the last Friday of every month, Megan attends a constituent services working group meeting with staffers from other council offices. This monthly meeting came about three years ago when a few staff members with backgrounds in social work began working for City Council members. Similar to the meetings that social workers often have at direct service agencies, this meeting provides an opportunity for staffers to talk through sticky constituent cases and share knowledge about city resources.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>Megan, who is also a social worker, has been attending these meetings since she began her work in Councilwoman Rudiak&#39;s office. She has used the knowledge that she has gained from these meetings to make District 4&#39;s constituent services better for everyone.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Departments of PLI">Department of Permits, Licenses, Inspections Community Forum&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The City Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections is holding community forums to better engage with residents. Their next forum will be held on Wednesday, 2/8 ay 9AM in the 1st Floor Conference Room at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. &nbsp;</div> <div>Missed January&#39;s Forum? You can see their presentation here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/PLI_January_Forum_Presentation.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/PLI_January_Forum_Presentation.pdf</a>. And don&#39;t forget that to view a building permit application status, code enforcement violations, and valid licenses, you can visit <a href="https://pittsburghpa.buildingeye.com/building">https://pittsburghpa.buildingeye.com/building</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Inviting City Youth">Inviting City Youth to Participate in Local Government&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor launched the Youth Participatory Budget Council (YPBC) in January, 2017. The YPBC is a youth led program that focuses on promoting understanding of city government, developing youth leadership, elevating youth voices in the City of Pittsburgh, and providing a platform for youth to propose projects to City Council members and the Mayor. In each session, youth will learn lessons on Teamwork, Planning Projects, City Government, Advocacy, and Research and Development, through a series of activities and guest speakers. These lessons will help the youth develop their project proposal. Youth are expected to participate in all sessions, develop a project proposal, and then present that project proposal to City Council at the end of the program. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Youth eligible to apply to the YPBC must meet the following requirements:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Youth must be Pittsburgh residents&nbsp;</li> <li>Between the ages of 13 and 17 years old &nbsp;</li> <li>Those chosen will be required to attend training sessions once a week July through October at the City County Building downtown (414 Grant St.) ***The August session will be an online session to not conflict with the start of the school year&nbsp;</li> <li>Each session will last a total of two hours&nbsp;</li> <li>Participants must work together to develop a project to submit to Council during the 2017 budget season&nbsp;</li> <li>Will require intense advocacy and direct contact with elected officials&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Applications for this program are currently open and will remain open until April 21, 2017. You can access the application here or by visiting our website: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district5/youthbudget">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district5/youthbudget&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are looking for youth that are committed to dedicating their time and energy to the civic process and to representing the needs of teens in the city. &nbsp;Please feel free to pass this unique opportunity along to your coworkers, colleagues, or anyone that you think would be interested in applying.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Learn More About City">Learn More about City Operations through the Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Civic Leadership Academy is a free 10-week course that encourages more informed, effective and inspired community and civic engagement by giving City residents an opportunity to learn about our local government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations, and other fun and informative activities that give participants an insider view of how the City of Pittsburgh operates.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While it is a competitive application process, the program is free and we encourage residents across the city to apply. In each session, participants learn about departments in city government, the services each department provides, and how we all work together to build a safer, more livable city for all Pittsburghers. For more, see the FAQ section of the CLA website: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/faq">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/faq</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Applications are due 2/28 and classes being 3/29. Applications can be found online at: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application/</a>. For more information, call or email Corey Buckner at 412-255-2694 or <a href="mailto:corey.buckner@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Civic%20Leadership%20Academy">corey.buckner@pittsburghpa.gov</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Inclusive Innovation">Inclusive Innovation Week 2017! &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Inclusive Innovation Week 017 will be a city-wide opportunity to participate in and engage with innovation in the City of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has an incredibly rich history of innovation, from the Polio Vaccine to the Big Mac, and we have some of the most technologically-advanced institutions in the globe right here at home. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The areas of focus for II Week will be:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Address the &quot;Digital Divide&quot; aka supply tools to increase familiarity with technology, increase access to the Internet, and STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)&nbsp;</li> <li>Empower City-to-Citizen Engagement by enhancing open lines of communication between government and citizens.&nbsp;</li> <li>Provide Open Data to Pittsburgh; Councilwoman Rudiak has pushed for this policy so that everyone can see how we spend City money, what programs we create, and what legislation is passed and why.&nbsp;</li> <li>Improve the City&#39;s Internal Operations and Capacity: When we don&#39;t have enough resources to do everything we need to do at once, it&#39;s time to innovate, to find a new and better way to do more with less.&nbsp;</li> <li>Clean Tech Sector: We can become a leader in sustainable and clean technologies that others will want to imitate&nbsp;</li> <li>Advance the Business Sector: Strengthen vitality of business environment by empowering entrepreneurship and innovation&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>To view the entire Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, click here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Is your organization interested in hosting an event for Inclusive Innovation Week 2017? Contact Christine Marty, Civic Innovation Specialist, at <a href="mailto:christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Inclusive%20Innovation%20Week%202017">christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Do You Have">Do you have a loved one who wanders away from your residence?</a></h2> <div>Have you had to call 911 when a loved one cannot be found? Do you know a loved one who often &quot;escapes&quot; from home? &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you answer &quot;yes&quot; to one or more of these questions, you may wish to enroll in Project Lifesaver, sponsored by the Allegheny County District Attorney&#39;s Office.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>What is Project Lifesaver?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Project Lifesaver is a program offered by law enforcement and other emergency responders in 41 states, using proven radio technology and specially trained search and rescue teams, to find citizen enrolled in the program when they become lost.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>How much does Project Lifesaver cost?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is sponsoring Project Lifesaver to Allegheny County residents.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>How does Project Lifesaver work?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Persons enrolled in the program wear a small transmitter, about the size of a wristwatch, which emits a unique tracking signal. If a person goes missing, search teams use their signal receiving equipment to track and locate the missing person. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Who can enroll?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Any Allegheny County resident who is a caregiver can enroll on behalf of a person* with Alzheimer&#39;s, or other form of dementia, Down&#39;s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or other disability, as well as veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who have a tendency to wander, run or escape from their residences. All participants must receive uninterrupted supervised care from a caregiver or caregivers, twenty-four hours a day. Persons residing in group homes or who operate motor vehicles are NOT permitted to enroll&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>How can I enroll?&nbsp;</em></div> <div>If you are a caregiver for someone you think is eligible to enroll in this program, or would like more infotmation about Project Lifesaver, contact the Allegheny County District Attorney&#39;r Office: &nbsp;</div> <div>Assistant District Attorney Angela Kelley at (412)350-3138 or email <a href="mailto:Akelley@alleghenycountyda.us?subject=Project%20Lifesaver">Akelley@alleghenycountyda.us</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Citisports">Pittsburgh Citisports will Bring New Athletic Programs for Kids&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Pittsburgh Citisports will be replacing BIG League Sports in the 2017 season. By moving to the new Citisports program, the City will be able to triple the number of sports options available and double the number of children served. Citisports will provide a comprehensive model for sports programming for all ages. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Citisports expanded programming will include futsal (indoor soccer), soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, flag football, tennis, dek hockey, swimming, ultimate frisbee, track and field, volleyball, archery, biking, dodgeball, lacrosse, wiffle ball, fishing, pickleball, as well as summer camps, clinics, league play, and coach training. In addition, Citisports will partner with local organizations to include activities like fishing.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Other events new and old include the Easter Egg Dive, track and field days, Great Race road series, Track and Treat Cycling Event, beach volleyball tournaments, Midnight Madness Basketball, and dodgeball tournaments. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Goals of Citisports</strong></div> <div>-Ensure equitable Access to programs&nbsp;</div> <div>-Increase the number of recreational sports offered to young Pittsburghers&nbsp;</div> <div>-Provide basic instruction for life-long play&nbsp;</div> <div>-Encourage both competition and sportsmanship&nbsp;</div> <div>-Support the recreational priorities of the neighborhoods&nbsp;</div> <div>-Provide a safe and welcoming environment&nbsp;</div> <div>-Connect kids and dedicated adults through a fun experience&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Citisports model&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Level 1 (Ages 3-7) - Gross motor skills at each recreation center.&nbsp;</div> <div>Level 2 (Grades 3-5) - Clinics, camps, and informal games.&nbsp;</div> <div>Level 3 (Grades 6-8) - Recreational leagues.&nbsp;</div> <div>Level 4 (Grades 9-12) - Recreation and differentiated play.&nbsp;</div> <div>Level 5 (Adults) - Recreational play, age-appropriate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Advisory Meetings&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Quarterly, Citisports will host Advisory Meetings where all representatives, participants, and community members are invited to voice their ideas, opinions, and/or concerns regarding Citisports. The Citisports representatives will also announce and outline any upcoming events, league opening dates, clinics, coach trainings and more. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Citisports Commissioners&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Each sport will have a Citisports commissioner appointed by Citiparks. The Commissioner&#39;s duties shall include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-Scheduling&nbsp;</div> <div>-Arranging for and supervising officials as needed&nbsp;</div> <div>-Recording game results and league standings&nbsp;</div> <div>-Handling the day to day operations of the leagues&nbsp;</div> <div>-Determining disciplinary action&nbsp;</div> <div>-Investigating appeals made by teams regarding game results/forfeitures/etc.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Professional Support&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Citisports is committed to helping coaches and volunteers within the City of -Pittsburgh to continue to develop and enhance the skills needed to best serve the children within their communities. We will do this through online tools, individualized needs assessments and coaching clinics, in partnership with local professional sports organizations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="League of Women Voters Contest">League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Launches 3rd Annual High School Video Contest: Every Election Matters!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The contest is open to any individual student or team of students between 13 and 19 years of age and currently enrolled in high school in Pennsylvania. Contestants will create 30-second videos that encourage participation in the democratic process.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prizes include: $1000 top prize, $500 for second and $250 for third. The contest began January 15, 2017 and runs through March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2017.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) High School Video Contest was created to fight the downward trend in civic engagement by young voters. In every presidential election since 1964, young voters between the ages of 18 and 24 have consistently voted at lower rates than all other age groups.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Further, municipal election years often have dismal turnout, despite the fact that elected local government officials and judges have a direct impact on the voters in their district. This year&#39;s theme, &quot;Every Election Matters!&quot; Encourages high school students to explore the ways that these so-called &quot;off year elections&quot; influence their lives.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>LWVPA has recruited contest judges that represent professionals and public figures ibvolved in media and civic engagement across Pennsylvania. They are:&nbsp;</div> <div>-Susan Carty, President, League of Women Voters of PA&nbsp;</div> <div>-Marian Schneider, Deputy Secretary of Elections and Administration&nbsp;</div> <div>-Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners&nbsp;</div> <div>-Jeanette Krebs, Managing Director, The Bravo Group&nbsp;</div> <div>-Sean Strub, Mayor, Milford, PA&nbsp;</div> <div>-Francine Schertzer, Vice President of Programming, PCN&nbsp;</div> <div>-Andrew Conte, Director, Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University&nbsp;</div> <div>-Niki Hawkins, Public Affairs Manager, WPVI-TV, 6abc&nbsp;</div> <div>-Vincent Thompson, Principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications and 900AM-WURD correspondent&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Official contest rules and submission forms can be found at <a href="https://www.palwv.org/events/videocontest/">https://www.palwv.org/events/videocontest/</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="ALCOSAN">ALCOSAN Clean Water Assistance Fund-Helps Those Who Can&#39;t Afford Sewer Bill&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) created it&#39;s Clean Water Assistance Fund to help families afford their sewage treatment bills. This program is available to eligible residential customers within the 83 municipalities served by ALCOSAN. Dollar Energy Fund serves as the program administrator.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Under the program, a credit of $30 would be applied every three months to the account of the eligible customer. The credit will appear automatically every three months, even if the customer is billed months, bimonthly, or quarterly.&nbsp;</div> <div>Credits will be applied to a customer&#39;s account by the agencies that bill for sewage treatment services &ndash; for example, these bills may come from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Jordan Tax Service, Wilkinsburg-Penn Water Authority, or some other agency.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Who&#39;s Eligible?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>-Customers: All Pittsburgh residents are customers of ALCOSAN. &nbsp;</div> <div>-Customers must have a pre-tax income that is between 0%-150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see <a href="http://www.hardshiptools.org/IncomeCalculator.aspx">http://www.hardshiptools.org/IncomeCalculator.aspx</a> to see if you qualify)&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><strong>How do I Apply?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Locate your nearest agency here: <a href="http://www.hardshiptools.org/AgencyFinder.aspx">http://www.hardshiptools.org/AgencyFinder.aspx</a> and find out if you need an appointment. Tell them you want to apply for the Clean Water Assistance Fund so you can be directed to the right department. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To complete your applications, you must have the following information:&nbsp;</div> <div>-Copy of your water/sewage bill, which includes ALCOSAN charges&nbsp;</div> <div>-Total pre-tax monthly income for all in the household who are employed&nbsp;</div> <div>-Social security numbers for all members of your household&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>NOTE: if you are already eligible for an assistance program through another utility, you can use that approval to verify your eligibility.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.alcosan.org/CleanWaterAssistanceFund">http://www.alcosan.org/CleanWaterAssistanceFund</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="We're Hiring">We&#39;re Hiring!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The City of Pittsburgh currently has a number of opportunities available for those looking for work. You can find all current openings at www.pghjobs.net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The City is currently looking for:&nbsp;</div> <div>-Police officer recruits&nbsp;</div> <div>-School crossing guards&nbsp;</div> <div>-Accountants&nbsp;</div> <div>-HVAC Technician&nbsp;</div> <div>-Skating rink attendants&nbsp;</div> <div>-Zamboni operator&nbsp;</div> <div>-Plumbing maintenance foreman&nbsp;</div> <div>-Bricklayer&nbsp;</div> <div>-Plumbing maintenance foreman&nbsp;</div> <div>-Carpenter&nbsp;</div> <div>-Fiscal audit manager&nbsp;</div> <div>-Recreation assistant&nbsp;</div> <div>-Van driver&nbsp;</div> <div>-Combined electrical inspector&nbsp;</div> <div>-Paramedic&nbsp;</div> <div>-311/Mayor&#39;s response line&nbsp;</div> <div>-Legal secretary&nbsp;</div> <div>-Transportation planner&nbsp;</div> <div>-Victim&#39;s assistance coordinator&nbsp;</div> <div>-Environmental services foreman&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All applications must be completed online. If you don&#39;t have access to a computer or the Internet, visit the City&#39;s Employment Center at: &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>4th Floor, City-County Building&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>414 Grant Street 15219&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The office is open from 7:30AM to 4:45PM Monday through Friday. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, call the Employment Application Information: 412-255-2710, the Job Line Information: 412-255-2388 or the Civil Service Commission: 412-255-2705.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Community Events and Meetings">Community Events and Meetings&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 2/2 at 7:00 PM @ the Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Avenue) &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 2/6 &nbsp;at 7:00 PM @ Concord Elementary School &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 2/14 at 7:00 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s office (736 Brookline Blvd) &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 2/16 at 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 2/20 at 6:00 PM, Zone 3 Police Station (830 East Warrington Ave)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 2/20 at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Teen Outreach Center (520 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council + Hillcrest Senior Residences update&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 2/21 at 6:00 PM, Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library (1811 Brownsville Road 15210)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 2/28 at 7:00 PM at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard 15234)</div> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:13:36 -0500 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | December 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6768 <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{136}" paraid="1114550661">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{136}" paraid="1114550661">As we approach the December holidays&mdash;whichever holiday your family celebrates&mdash;I want to wish you a joyous and peaceful season. It is truly a pleasure and a privilege to serve District 4 and the City in my role, and I am thankful for your confidence and support. I wish you much happiness and prosperity in 2017 and beyond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{136}" paraid="1114550661">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{140}" paraid="1516905319">Sincerely,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{140}" paraid="1516905319">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{144}" paraid="2007827327">Natalia&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{115}" paraid="1945124212" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{132}" paraid="378441458" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day</a></p> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{132}" paraid="378441458" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Community">Community Forum for Department of Permits, Licences, and Inspections</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{134}" paraid="1612129428" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#REMEMBER">REMEMBER! Free Parking for your Holiday Shopping&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{136}" paraid="824421786" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Stay">Stay Active this Winter at Phillips Park Recreation Center! &nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{138}" paraid="1626731816" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Ethics">Ethics Hearing Board Office Opening&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{140}" paraid="556104393" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Foster">Foster Love: Support Kids in Need&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{142}" paraid="1849743687" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Apply">Apply for Love your [Resilient] Block Grants&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{144}" paraid="1676484213" xml:lang="EN-US"><a href="#Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings &nbsp;</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{0fc87074-ed55-4a0a-b81c-89d0cf979611}{179}" paraid="922172688" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{148}" paraid="226777440"><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{153}" paraid="1343016033">Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhood news, project updates, and major developments. Much of our everyday work that goes into to bigger accomplishments goes untold. Here are just a few things City Council District 4 did in November!&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{153}" paraid="1343016033">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;kicked off November with Proclamations of Council honoring our region&#39;s veterans for Veteran&#39;s Day, and honoring the Salvation Army and WTAE for their annual Project Bundle Up program, which provides coats to kids across the region. You can learn more or donate to Project Bundle Up here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.projectbundleup.com/donate.html" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.projectbundleup.com/donate.html</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{161}" paraid="1712339521">Chief of Staff, Ashleigh, attended the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, where she gave updates to the community about important budget line items reserved for Carrick in 2017, including a new HVAC system for Phillips Park Rec Center and new play equipment for&nbsp;Leolyn&nbsp;Parklet. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{173}" paraid="879594103">Staff also attended the Brookline Block Watch, which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Judge Jim&nbsp;Motznik&#39;s&nbsp;office at 736 Brookline Blvd.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{173}" paraid="879594103">On November 14, Mayor&nbsp;Peduto&nbsp;gave his annual budget address to City Council. His speech emphasized the importance of reinvesting in our facilities, like fire houses and parks, while also taking on new initiatives&nbsp;to increase access to&nbsp;early childhood education in the City.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{189}" paraid="1965267046">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;attended several events and conference sessions sponsored by the National League of Cities conference, which&nbsp;brought thousands of officials from cities across the country to Pittsburgh. The National League of Cities honored Natalia with their annual Woman in Municipal Government award. &nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{189}" paraid="1965267046">Our City Christmas tree was lit and decked out for the season! Be sure to make it Downtown before Christmas, if you haven&#39;t already. It&#39;s worth the trip. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{193}" paraid="1433382158">My office&nbsp;attended the annual Fairhaven Gala, which honors the late Mabel Speicher, and raises money for&nbsp;the historic&nbsp;and very active&nbsp;Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Overbrook. Mabel lived a long life of service right here in our community, and this event honors her memory and continues her good work. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{200}" paraid="1699293609">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;introduced a bill creating a new Gender Equity Commission for the City of Pittsburgh. The Commission will examine everything from City employment to the delivery of City services, and identify ways that we can improve equity and continually reduce gender discrimination wherever it exists. Approximately 40 people, mostly women, came and testified in support of the bill a public hearing on the subject. You can read more about this initiative here:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/KeepingUpWiththeCouncil/archives/2016/11/16/pittsburgh-city-council-hears-from-advocates-on-gender-equity-bill" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.pghcitypaper.com/KeepingUpWiththeCouncil/archives/2016/11/16/pittsburgh-city-council-hears-from-advocates-on-gender-equity-bill</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{209}" paraid="794108886">Staff also attended the Overbrook Community Council, which meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church at 2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{213}" paraid="1227101808">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;and Ashleigh&nbsp;Deemer&nbsp;met with the Departments of Law and Finance, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to discuss the case of Berg Place in Carrick. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{aaf7b9d1-6db0-4242-ab5c-4f334996af61}{45}" paraid="1791701285" xml:lang="EN-US">Councilwoman&nbsp;Rudiak&nbsp;attended and chaired several budget hearings in City Council, including hearings for the Law and Finance departments, the Office of Management and Budget, Procurement, and the Equipment Leasing Authority. Directors and managers in each of these departments explained their proposed 2017 budget allocations, reported on initiatives and activities done in 2016, and answered questions from Councilmembers. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{219}" paraid="365450612">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{43cd3fd2-52e4-485d-abf3-0c3fb88f2e3e}{69}" paraid="1499521791" xml:lang="EN-US"><a name="Community">Community Forum for Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{92dc7bf1-1466-4274-a345-4ca68dc83d68}{106}" paraid="1332140601" xml:lang="EN-US">The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections is hosting a Community Forum to give both residents and those who work with the City a chance to learn more about the department.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{92dc7bf1-1466-4274-a345-4ca68dc83d68}{106}" paraid="1332140601" xml:lang="EN-US">The forum will continue monthly to inform those who interact with our department of changes in the permitting process, updates in ordinances, new technology, and visions for the future. There will also be a chance for a Q&amp;A.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{51fb5908-b47d-4069-bceb-58123baf0d5b}{58}" paraid="1956683674" xml:lang="EN-US">If you&#39;ve ever bene curious about our permit review times, permit checklists, code bulletins, contractor licenses, rental registration, code enforcement laws, zoning or staffing, these meetings will give you the chance to get answers straight from the source!&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{695116cc-8b74-492e-bf02-21c51d4c7a33}{205}" paraid="879343424" xml:lang="EN-US"><em>9AM on Wednesday, December 14th&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2bab3d6b-dcb7-45e5-a50c-685f482c8a79}{173}" paraid="1334350497" xml:lang="EN-US"><em>200 Ross Street, 1st&nbsp;Floor Conference Room (For accessible entrance, please use entry in rear of building)&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2bab3d6b-dcb7-45e5-a50c-685f482c8a79}{1}" paraid="342029589" xml:lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{223}" paraid="29725151"><a name="REMEMBER">REMEMBER! Free Parking for your Holiday Shopping&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{228}" paraid="2014761433">Good news! The Parking Authority board of directors&nbsp;authorized free parking days leading up to the December holidays to encourage people to shop in the City.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{228}" paraid="2014761433">Parking is FREE in Authority-owned garages on the following dates:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{240}" paraid="1236649484">Saturday, December 3rd&nbsp;<br /> Saturday, December 10th&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Saturday December 17th&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Saturday, December 24th&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{240}" paraid="1236649484">Here are the eligible garages:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{250}" paraid="1373429107">Third Avenue, Downtown Ninth &amp; Penn, Downtown Smithfield &amp; Liberty, Downtown Oliver, Downtown Ft. Duquesne &amp; Sixth, Downtown Wood Street and Blvd of the Allies, Downtown Mellon Square, Downtown Grant Street Transportation Center, Downtown First Avenue Garage &amp; T Station, Downtown Forbes and&nbsp;Semple, Oakland Shadyside Garage, Shadyside&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{250}" paraid="1373429107">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{2b9102be-8abe-4fba-b7e3-36ba2e73725a}{254}" paraid="1493874257"><a name="Stay">Stay Active this Winter at Phillips Park Recreation Center!&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{7}" paraid="1268414247">The&nbsp;team at Phillips Park Recreation Center in Carrick&nbsp;is working hard, as always, to bring you exciting active programming for the whole family! Grab your calendar and make sure to plan your winter around these amazing and affordable opportunities for family fun.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{7}" paraid="1268414247">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{7}" paraid="1268414247"><strong><em>Kindersports:&nbsp;</em></strong><em>Join us for fun, exploratory recreation for pre-school aged children. Learn about the way we move our bodies while playing silly games and exercising. Includes gym time, story time, craft, and a snack! &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{22}" paraid="586879587">FREE&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{22}" paraid="586879587">Mondays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{22}" paraid="586879587">Ages 1-5&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{22}" paraid="586879587">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{22}" paraid="586879587"><em><strong>Zumba:&nbsp;</strong>This drop-in class combines active, creative dance and aerobic exercise. An excellent total body workout. Taught by a&nbsp;private&nbsp;instructor. &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{41}" paraid="1391980977">$5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{41}" paraid="1391980977">Mondays 6:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{41}" paraid="1391980977">Ages 16+&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{41}" paraid="1391980977">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{41}" paraid="1391980977"><em><strong>Hip Hop&nbsp;Dance:</strong>&nbsp;This&nbsp;class mixes fun with exercise&nbsp;through hip-hop&nbsp;dance. Learn the basic skills and techniques required for hip-hop dance throughout the program. Taught by a private instructor. &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531">$5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531">Mondays, 7:00-8:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531">1/9 to 2/27&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531">Ages 7-12&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{66}" paraid="275938531"><em><strong>Youth Soccer:</strong> This league includes 8-weeks of league play and ends with a playoff. All participants receive a t-shirt and participation medal.&nbsp;Coaches needed!! &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{78}" paraid="1844986536">$25&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{83}" paraid="1547534400">Age 9-11: Mondays, 12/5 through 3/6&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{88}" paraid="509180363">Age 12-14: Wednesdays, 12/7-3/8&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{93}" paraid="1426464067">6:00, 7:00, 8:00PM (rotating schedule)&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{97}" paraid="1904756437">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{97}" paraid="1904756437"><em><strong>Family Fun Night: </strong>Enjoy an organized open gym at the rec with your entire family. Each night a new game or activity&nbsp;will be facilitated by our staff or choose your own family activity. &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{111}" paraid="1351323733">FREE&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{111}" paraid="1351323733">Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30PM &nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{111}" paraid="1351323733">All Ages &nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{120}" paraid="896827289">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{120}" paraid="896827289"><em><strong>Walk At The Rec:</strong> This class will offer a low-impact walk aerobic exercise. The&nbsp;intensity&nbsp;and distance of the workout will increase as the class progresses. &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{132}" paraid="1440556264">FREE&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{137}" paraid="46388522">Tuesdays, 12/6-2-21, 10:30-11:30AM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{142}" paraid="209088025">All Ages&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{146}" paraid="2117351338">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{146}" paraid="2117351338"><em><strong>Fitness Hour with Joe: </strong>Join our Certified Personal Trainer for an hour of weights and cardio.&nbsp;KinderKids&nbsp;Club is happening at the same time, so you can work out while the kids learn and play! &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{158}" paraid="314203395">FREE (with $5 Fitness Membership)&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{163}" paraid="2022829100">Thursdays, 1/12-2/16, 1:00-2:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{168}" paraid="655641010">Ages 18+&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{172}" paraid="756636870">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{178}" paraid="1124841480"><em><strong>KinderKids&nbsp;Club: </strong>Story time, videos, music and art with our certified teacher Ms. Cindy! Fitness Hour is happening at the same time, so your kids can learn and play while you work out!&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{183}" paraid="2083764722">FREE&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{188}" paraid="2092551311">Thursdays, 1/12-2/16, 1:00-2:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{193}" paraid="1365933096">Ages 3-5&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{197}" paraid="2028670766">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{204}" paraid="820398102"><em><strong>Joe&#39;s Game Day (Special Needs): </strong>Come play your favorite games for participants with special needs.&nbsp;Have&nbsp;fun, be active, and maintain your fitness.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{211}" paraid="1026205341">FREE &nbsp;</li> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{211}" paraid="1026205341">Wednesdays, 10:00AM-12:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{216}" paraid="1928857582">All Ages&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{220}" paraid="43276125">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{225}" paraid="945428339"><em><strong>Special Needs Sports League: </strong>Join Coach Joe for our competitive sports league.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{230}" paraid="606614894">$10&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{235}" paraid="1250862945">Wednesdays, 12/7 - 2/22, 12:00PM &ndash; 2:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{240}" paraid="161249151">All Ages&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{244}" paraid="1088248356">&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{244}" paraid="1088248356"><em><strong>Special Needs Open Gym: </strong>Coach Joe will lead participants through various exercises and games during open gym session. A great way to work out, play, and socialize. &nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{fee7cf70-a153-45d1-b41f-48d98e89802f}{254}" paraid="2119188419">$3/Session&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{4}" paraid="1943247047">Thursdays, 7:00-8:30PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{9}" paraid="464486705">All Ages&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{13}" paraid="188631036">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{18}" paraid="1125610092"><em><strong>Winter Break Camp: </strong>This camp over the holiday break will be jam-packed with fun-filled activities throughout the entire week. Have a blast at the rec with your friends! Breakfast and lunch included.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{23}" paraid="409272419">$10/Week&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{28}" paraid="428751201">Tuesday-Friday, 12/27 - 12/30, 9:00AM &ndash; 3:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{33}" paraid="87108249">Grades K-5&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{37}" paraid="1691069463">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{42}" paraid="218788100"><em>Karate: Young boys and girls will learn the basic techniques of karate from our private instructor. Older participants will have the opportunity to explore more advanced skills.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{47}" paraid="1198618889">$35/month&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{52}" paraid="1268171531">Thursdays and Fridays, 5:00 &ndash; 7:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{57}" paraid="1536527227">Ages 6-17&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{61}" paraid="266884756">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{66}" paraid="238372092"><em>Home School Physical Education: Coach Joe will host a course to complete Physical Education hours for homeschool students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{71}" paraid="1388735721">$10&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{76}" paraid="1990884839">Fridays, 1/13 - 5/26,&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{81}" paraid="2093330436">Grades K &ndash; 4: 10:00 &ndash; 11:00 AM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{86}" paraid="1886057290">Grades 5 &ndash; 8: 11:00 AM &ndash; 12:00 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{92}" paraid="862211687">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <em>Beginner&#39;s Archery Course: Learn the basics of archery with our certified instructor. Each day will focus on proper technique and skill development, while also playing interactive games. Children and adults welcome!</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{97}" paraid="1913339829">$10&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{102}" paraid="656158513">Fridays, 1/13 - 3/3, 6:00 &ndash; 7:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{107}" paraid="39821580">Ages 8+&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{111}" paraid="1662086004">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{116}" paraid="1460856557"><em>Day Off School Fun Camp: Enjoy your day off from school with this fun, one-day camp. Register now and tell your friends! Breakfast and lunch included.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{121}" paraid="1816620973">$5&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{126}" paraid="1713101006">Monday, 1/23, 9:00AM &ndash; 3:00PM&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> <div> <ul> <li paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{131}" paraid="333295435">Grades K-5&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{131}" paraid="333295435">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{135}" paraid="2002962867"><a name="Ethics">Ethics Hearing Board Office Opening&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{139}" paraid="478948116">The Ethics Hearing Board office is now open in Room 328 of the City-County Building (414 Grant Street, Downtown). The Ethics Hearing Board was established for the purpose of enforcing and educating City Officials and employees on the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Code of Conduct (&quot;Ethics Code&quot;). &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{145}" paraid="1849484178">The Ethics Code promotes public confidence in the proper operation of our local government!&nbsp;It mandates the independent, impartial and responsible conduct of public officials and City employees.&nbsp; By requiring compliance, the provisions of the Code prevent conflicts of interest that interfere with a public servant&rsquo;s duties and the use of public office for financial gain.&nbsp; The Board will receive complaints regarding violations of the Ethics Code; investigate complaints; adjudicate and issue orders in accordance with the Code; and give advice on the application of the provisions of the Code.&nbsp; The Board will also conduct educational programs to promote ethical conduct of Pittsburgh public officials and employees.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{150}" paraid="717293924">If you suspect that an employee, former employee, vendor or anyone seeking to do business with the City has violated the City&rsquo;s Ethics Code, or you wish to obtain advice about a future conduct,&nbsp; you can contact the Ethics Hearing Board by:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{157}" paraid="838455639">1) &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Calling Linda A. King, Executive Manager at (412) 255-8882;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{166}" paraid="1515978301">2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sending an e-mail to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:linda.king@pittsburghpa.gov" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">linda.king@pittsburghpa.gov</a>; or&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{174}" paraid="953442896">3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Visiting the website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">www.pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{179}" paraid="1219421580">&nbsp;Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the Ethics Hearing Board, filing complaints or obtaining advisory opinions, should contact, Linda A. King, Executive Manager.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{179}" paraid="1219421580">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{183}" paraid="1731990858"><a name="Foster">Foster Love: Support Kids in Need&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{191}" paraid="2125815146">Kids in foster care are too often dropped off at a new home with no belongings or a few items tossed in a trash bag. This holiday season, please join us in providing placement bags to show dignity and worth to these kids in difficult situations. The&nbsp;drive runs thru Dec. 15 with over 25 drop off locations in Western PA.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 2015, over 20,000 kids were served through the foster care system in Pennsylvania alone.&nbsp;The Foster Love Project provides placement bags to be given to kids at time of a placement. It&rsquo;s important to give them a good quality bag to reassure them that they or their belongings are NOT disposable.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{197}" paraid="1987255955">This is the 3rd&nbsp;year of this drive, with over 3,000 bags distributed throughout Pennsylvania over the last two years. Foster Love continues to hear from foster agencies, foster families, and most importantly, foster youth, of the importance and need for these bags.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{201}" paraid="1043877857">If you&#39;d like to assemble a bag to donate, here are the items that should be included. Please only donate complete bags&mdash;you can team up with a friend or coworkers if that&#39;s easier!</p> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{201}" paraid="1043877857">A complete FLP bag contains (new items only, tags left on):&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{234}" paraid="2092578847">&gt; Duffle bag or large backpack (or zippered diaper bag for infants)&nbsp;<br /> &gt; 2 pairs of pajamas (one summer, one winter)&nbsp;<br /> &gt; Socks&nbsp;<br /> &gt; A small blanket&nbsp;<br /> &gt; Stuffed animal (or small pillow for teen bags)&nbsp;<br /> &gt; Book&nbsp;<br /> &gt; Toothbrush &amp; toothpaste (flouride&nbsp;free for under 5)&nbsp;<br /> &gt; Puff &amp; body wash (please place in&nbsp;ziplock)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> (Please do not purchase bags from Five Below because of their poor quality zipper. Other items from there are no issue, they have a great blanket/stuffed animal combo for $5!)&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> OPTIONAL items that can be included if they fit and the bag can still be zipped:&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Infant: formula, diapers, bottles, pacifier, baby lotion&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Toddler to school age: hooded bath towel, underwear, wide-tooth comb, nightlight&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Teenager: feminine products, brush, deodorant, journal, small flashlight (no razors please)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Diapers and Pull-Ups can also be left at the Drop Off Locations.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Gift cards donations (Visa, Target, Pizza, Chick Fil A,&nbsp;etc&hellip;) are also appreciated to give to foster families in times of transition. Please place gift cards in a&nbsp;ziplock&nbsp;and leave them inside your FLP bag. Gift cards can also be mailed to:&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Foster Love Project&nbsp;<br /> c/o The Bair Foundation&nbsp;<br /> 3755 Library Rd # 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15234&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can also shop from home! We have an online wish list set up where you just add the items to your cart and they will be shipped directly to us. Doesn&#39;t get any easier than that! View our online list here:&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/flpwishlist" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/flpwishlist</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{240}" paraid="1202643973">You can find a full list of bag drop-off locations here:&nbsp;<a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2016dropoffs&amp;h=BAQECOZEJ&amp;enc=AZMPKYJBywsn0EWMQNhDNPIegpgYQP_yAh5NqVihp6cYibtuZpSLq_elSgBAhQIYXMk&amp;s=1" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/2016dropoffs</a></p> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{240}" paraid="1202643973">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{244}" paraid="1860102717"><a name="Apply">Apply for Love your [Resilient] Block Grants&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{250}" paraid="2044893538">The Love Your [Resilient] Block initiative invites organizations to submit project proposals that can transform their blocks with up to $1,500 and the support of City Departments. The grants are sponsored by Cities of Service and Peoples Gas. With these grant funds, winning groups can purchase supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to build resilience in our City &ndash; block by block! Resilience is the ability for communities and residents within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of stresses and acute shocks they experience. You can learn more about resilience in Pittsburgh in our Preliminary Resilience Assessment available at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cis/PRA2016_Final_version.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1480544904360000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHZ92LLwUTVuOq3LQFnj0QGLESVsw" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cis/PRA2016_Final_version.pdf</a></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{90611ce9-a131-42bb-9b93-bd50913be906}{254}" paraid="774192184">Projects may include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{13}" paraid="1464760175">1. Creating Green Spaces: Community gardens, pocket parks, public spaces, or vacant lot clean ups&nbsp;<br /> 2. Implementing&nbsp;Stormwater&nbsp;Capture: Rain gardens,&nbsp;bioswales, green bump-outs, rain barrels&nbsp;<br /> 3. Enhancing Parks: Painting structures, creating garden beds, picnic areas, shrub / flower planters&nbsp;<br /> 4. Streetscaping: Planting trees &amp; flowers along curbs / entry-ways, sprucing up neighborhood signs&nbsp;<br /> 5. Removing Graffiti and Litter: Tire dumping, recycling waste, swapping graffiti for murals, etc.&nbsp;<br /> 6. Sprucing up of Pathways: Mulching / clearing overgrowth on trails, creating safe school &ldquo;walking&rdquo; bus routes&nbsp;<br /> 7. Emergency Preparedness: Creating emergency kits, establishing phone trees, community cohesion projects, flood protection&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{19}" paraid="731285618">This City of Pittsburgh initiative was originally developed as part of&nbsp;servePGH, the City&rsquo;s high-impact service plan to engage citizen volunteers to tackle Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{23}" paraid="2100043032">Important Dates:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{30}" paraid="1882871879">January 6, 2017 Application Deadline&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> January 27, 2017 Grantees Announced&nbsp;<br /> TBD Mandatory Grantee Orientation&nbsp;<br /> August 31, 2017 Deadline for Project Completion&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{44}" paraid="658130216">Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Resilience Consultants for project guidance or with any questions that may arise:&nbsp;<br /> Alexander&nbsp;Cupo&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="mailto:alexander.cupo@pittsburghpa.gov" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">alexander.cupo@pittsburghpa.gov</a>&nbsp;- 215-285-5030&nbsp;<br /> Emily Costello -&nbsp;<a href="mailto:emily.costello@pittsburghpa.gov" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">emily.costello@pittsburghpa.gov</a>&nbsp;- 814-360-6858&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{47}" paraid="1747441187">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{50}" paraid="1880012966"><a name="Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings&nbsp;</a></h3> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{58}" paraid="1075080942"><strong>Beechview&nbsp;Area Concerned Citizens&nbsp;</strong><br /> Thursday, 12/1 at 7:00 PM @ the&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Avenue)&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{84}" paraid="30291050"><strong>Beechview&nbsp;Visit with Santa &amp; Holiday Boutique&nbsp;</strong><br /> Saturday, 12/3 9am-3pm @ the&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Avenue)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> SHOP LOCAL this&nbsp;holiday&nbsp;season at the 6th Annual&nbsp;Holiday&nbsp;Boutique&nbsp;Vendor Fair!&nbsp;Vendors of craft and new items for all your&nbsp;holiday&nbsp;gift giving.&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;themed items, such as books, t-shirts and mugs will be available. Some vendors include&nbsp;LuLaRoe, Perfectly Posh, Avon,&nbsp;Articraft&nbsp;Handmade Crochet, Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil Products, Tupperware, Just the Right Bling, and Pink Zebra. There will be a&nbsp;Beechview&nbsp;Historical Society display, wooden handcrafted and more gift items, Grandma&#39;s Attic Christmas collectibles and decorations, basket raffles and a free door prize raffle of a ($30.00 value) Enjoy Coupon Book. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{95}" paraid="1603278684">Back by popular demand this year is the Soup Sale. Homemade Potato or Beef Vegetable Soup for sale to eat-in or take home $7.00 quart-sized containers. Pre-orders are being taken so you don&#39;t miss out. Call&nbsp;<a href="tel:412-341-8768" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">412-341-8768</a>&nbsp;or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:beechviewmarket@gmail.com" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">beechviewmarket@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{102}" paraid="1113818110">Visit with Santa from 11am-1pm will be held that day in the same location, including a free photo, craft and snack for the children. We need to know a contact phone number and names of children attending. Children must be pre-registered by calling&nbsp;<a href="tel:412-892-9688" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">412-892-9688</a>&nbsp;by November 30th.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{102}" paraid="1113818110"><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch Holiday Party&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{107}" paraid="2101261046">Monday, 12/5 at 6:30 PM @ Concord Elementary School cafeteria&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{107}" paraid="2101261046"><strong>Brookline Youth Baseball and Softball Breakfast with Santa&nbsp;</strong></p> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{107}" paraid="2101261046">Saturday, 12/10, 8:00 AM to Noon @&nbsp;St. Pius X Church Social Hall (3040 Pioneer Avenue)&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{116}" paraid="1722625539">Tickets are $6 at the door, and every paid entry will receive a chance to win a TV. 50/50 and Chinese Auction. Melissa&nbsp;Distel&nbsp;Photography will be on hand for pictures with Santa&mdash;many packages are available.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{116}" paraid="1722625539"><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{123}" paraid="1547519157">Tuesday, 12/13 at 7:00 PM @ Judge Jim&nbsp;Motznik&#39;s&nbsp;office (736 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{128}" paraid="252671726"><strong>Christmas Day Observed, City Offices Closed&nbsp;</strong><br /> Tuesday, 12/27 ALL DAY&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{128}" paraid="252671726"><strong>New Year&#39;s Day Observed, City Offices Closed&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <div> <p paraeid="{84a651b5-41b7-4e77-a443-99c95f01573e}{133}" paraid="913405348">Monday, 1/2 ALL DAY&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:39:37 -0500 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | November 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6675 <h3>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</h3> <div><em>Every month, our South Pittsburgh newsletter highlights neighborhood news, project updates, and major developments. Much of our everyday work that goes into to bigger accomplishments goes untold. Here are just a few things City Council District 4 did in October!&nbsp;</em></div> <ul> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak&#39;s first meeting of October was with Jessica Durkin, the new AmeriCorps Fellow assigned to Economic Development South to resolve public safety issues in Carrick and Hilltop neighborhoods. Jessica will be gathering best practices from other community groups and working with community leaders to implement new ways of combating crime and blight. Other communities like Lawrenceville and East Liberty are doing this successfully, and we are very excited to have a full time working on public safety issues in the Brownsville Road corridor. Onward and upward!&nbsp;</li> <li>We attended the public meeting of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), where the board voted to preliminarily approve the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s 2017 Budget. For those of you who know the history with the ICA, a state appointed financial oversight board, their quick approval shows a refreshing willingness to work with the City. &nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak spoke with State Representative Aaron Kaufer, a Republican in eastern Pennsylvania who introduced a number of bills in the state legislature around the heroin/opioid epidemic, and one regulating recovery homes in neighborhoods. Unfortunately none of his legislation was brought to the House floor before the expiration of the session. We will continue to call on the legislature to address the issue of recovery homes in the future.&nbsp;</li> <li>Ashleigh, our Chief of Staff, participated in a panel discussion about Carrick&#39;s Dairy District Market at this year&#39;s Blight Bootcamp. Blight Bootcamp is a two day event for residents to learn about resources and best practices for eliminating blight in communities. The event is organized by the City of Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Allies, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Design Center Pittsburgh, and other groups. You can view the full panel discussion <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWTVTn5TTNY">here</a>, on the City Channel&#39;s YouTube page!&nbsp;</li> <li>We also met with the City&#39;s new web developer about exciting changes to the whole City website, including the District 4 page. The goal is to create a more useful and straightforward format so people can easily access the tools and information they need. Find out more and provide your feedback <a href="https://t.co/BXOfCmRxyM">here</a>.&nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak attended a summit of Pittsburgh Hospital Workers to support and encourage their fight for better wages and a healthcare system that puts patients, communities, and quality jobs ahead of profit. &nbsp;</li> <li>We attended the monthly board meeting of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, where the board approved the next steps for renovation of 1600-1602 and 1619 Broadway Avenue by Atlas Development. Learn more about their plans <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/BACC_presentation_June.pdf">here</a>.</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak proudly kicked off Beechview&#39;s Hell on Hills 5K with a Proclamation of Council. Over 200 runners braved Beechview&#39;s hills, bringing lots of positive attention and acclaim to the neighborhood. We can&#39;t wait for next year!&nbsp;</li> <li>Bethani in our office joined her neighbors at the Overbrook Community Garden clean-up day at the Accamando Center (the old firehouse) on Route 51 at Maytide. The garden is now freshly mulched, seeded, and ready for the winter. &nbsp;</li> <li>Our staff also attended Bites &amp; Brews at the Dairy District Market. Neighbors came together for some delicious food and drink, and danced the night away to a live band! The outdoor event season is winding down, but keep an eye out on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CarrickDairyDistrict/?fref=ts">Dairy District Facebook</a> page for future fun.</li> <li>We attended the Fall Citywide Public Safety Meeting on the South Side, where we learned about block watch ideas, heat cameras used by the Firefighters, body cameras worn by our Police Officers, and chip readers our Animal Care &amp; Control staff use to identify lost pets. We&#39;ll keep you updated about the next Citywide meeting when it&#39;s scheduled. &nbsp;</li> <li>Our staff toured the Steamfitters training facility on Woodruff Street. You can check out all their training opportunities <a href="http://www.ua449.com/training.aspx#content">here</a>.</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak spoke to kids at Brookline Elementary for the Week of Non-Violence. The students participated in a poster contest around that theme. &nbsp;</li> <li>We volunteered at the Brookline Clean-Up Day with a bus load of Pitt Students, South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, and Brookline Teen Outreach. &nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak attended the Lifespan Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Festival, where guests participated in healthy cooking demonstrations, workforce readiness activities, blood pressure screenings,and more. The Festival was organized and hosted by LifeSpan, Norther Area Multi Services, and the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, with assistance from the Jefferson Regional Foundation. &nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak was interviewed by a high school student about her school project, which focused on her home neighborhood, Brookline. &nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak read &quot;The Bear Ate Your Sandwich&quot; to kids at Our Lady of Loreto in Brookline as part of their bear-themed day. &nbsp;</li> <li>Councilwoman Rudiak and Ashleigh attended the Carrick Halloween Costume Contest at Phillips Park and the Brookline Halloween Parade on Brookline Blvd. The Councilwoman was a Ghostbuster and Ashleigh was Wonder Woman! We had such a fun time handing out candy. Happy Halloween!&nbsp;</li> <li>We also attended the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, the Brookline Block Watch, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, the Overbrook Community Council, the Beechview Areas Concerned Citizens, and so much more!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>2017 Budget: Projects on Deck for Next Year!&nbsp;</h3> <div>The word &quot;budget&quot; doesn&#39;t sound very fun, but when it comes to policymaking and getting things done, Budget Season is a fun time of year. Every summer, the Mayor&#39;s staff works hard on draft budgets for Capital and Operating expenditures. Capital funds are used for &quot;brick and mortar&quot; projects, like paving, repairs to parks, new roofs for fire houses, and more. Operating funds are used for salaries and benefits for City employees, software, equipment, etc. &nbsp;This year, the Mayor&#39;s draft budget prioritizes fixing what we have over building new things. Here are a few highlights!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>Citywide</u></div> <ul> <li>$15.1 million for street resurfacing, which will get us 60 miles of freshly paved streets across the City. Any paving done by utilities will be in addition to this mileage.&nbsp;</li> <li>$12.4 million for improvements to public safety facilities, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, recreation centers, and senior centers&nbsp;</li> <li>$7.4 million for neighborhood and community development projects&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>District 4</u></div> <ul> <li>Sidewalk repairs at Brookline Memorial Park&nbsp;</li> <li>A new roof and renovations at the Brookline and Beechview Fire Stations&nbsp;</li> <li>Over $300,000 of improvements to Moore Park, including new concrete stairs to the recreation center, sidewalk repairs, reseeding the soccer field, new fencing around the baseball field, and newly resurfaced basketball courts. &nbsp;</li> <li>A new play structure and soft safety surface at the Leolyn parklet in Carrick&nbsp;</li> <li>Sidewalk and court repairs at McKinley Park&nbsp;</li> <li>Sidewalk repairs, court repairs, and new HVAC at the Phillips Park Recreation Center in Carrick&nbsp;</li> <li>Ballfield renovations at Volunteer&#39;s Field in Carrick&nbsp;</li> <li>Design services for Broadway Avenue renovations and funds to finish out the Beechview Senior &amp; Community Center reconstruction&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>As the Chair of the Finance and Law Committee, Councilwoman Rudiak will lead Council&#39;s review of the budget, discussion, and any needed amendments. The final budget will be passed by Council before the end of the year. &nbsp;</div> <h3>Be a Nebby Neighbor (in a good way) with Two New Tools&nbsp;</h3> <div>The City of Pittsburgh has launched two new tools&mdash;Building Eye and Burgh&#39;s Eye View&mdash;to help you get a broad view of things like Building Permits, Code Violations, 3-1-1 calls, arrests, and more in your neighborhood. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>Building Eye&nbsp;</u></div> <div>Building eye is a mapping tool that allows you to view all open and recently completed code violations, building permits, license applications, and zoning requests and changes. You can zoom into your neighborhood and click on cases to view more details. You can also set up alerts for areas you care about. So, for example, if you want to see every new building permit application in Brookline, you can set up an automatic alert! Easy. Check out Building Eye here: https://pittsburghpa.buildingeye.com&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>Burgh&#39;s Eye View&nbsp;</u></div> <div>Burgh&#39;s Eye View is another mapping tool that allows you to see 3-1-1 requests, police calls, arrests, citations, building permits, code violations and more. You can filter the information by Neighborhood, Council District, Police Zone, or Public Works Division, as well as the types of permits, violations, or requests. You can also view the raw data in table format, if you want. Here&#39;s more information on all the ways to use Burgh&#39;s Eye View: http://analytics.pittsburghpa.gov/BurghsEyeView/. It&#39;s a great primer to read before getting started. &nbsp;</div> <h3>FREE PARKING for your Holiday Shopping&nbsp;</h3> <div>Good news! The Parking Authority board of directors recently authorized free parking days leading up to the December holidays to encourage people to shop in the City. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Parking is FREE in Authority-owned garages on the following dates: &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Friday, November 25th (Black Friday)&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday, November 26th&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday, December 3rd&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday, December 10th&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday December 17th&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday, December 24th&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Here are the eligible garages: &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Third Avenue, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Ninth &amp; Penn, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Smithfield &amp; Liberty, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Oliver, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Ft. Duquesne &amp; Sixth, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Wood Street and Blvd of the Allies, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Mellon Square, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Grant Street Transportation Center, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>First Avenue Garage &amp; T Station, Downtown&nbsp;</li> <li>Forbes and Semple, Oakland&nbsp;</li> <li>Shadyside Garage, Shadyside&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>There will also be FREE PARKING at all authority-owned neighborhood lots and on-street meters for Small Business Saturday, which is Saturday, November 26th. &nbsp;</div> <h3>A Thanksgiving Tradition: Get Stuffed with Love&nbsp;</h3> <div>Each year, the Pittsburgh Police team up with Rotary Clubs, churches, and community volunteers to cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need. This year, they expect to feed approximately 3,500 residents in the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&#39;re in need of a meal, contact your Community Resource Officer in your Police Zone: &nbsp;</div> <div>Zone 3 (Carrick, Overbrook, Bon Air): Officer Christine Luffey, 412-488-8425&nbsp;</div> <div>Zone 6 (Beechview, Brookline): Officers Ken Stevwing or Tiffany Kline-Costa, 412-937-3051&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&#39;d like to volunteer or donate, please contact Heather Dieckmann at 412-310-1308&nbsp;</div> <h3>Community Discussion about Discrimination&nbsp;</h3> <div>The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations will be holding a Deliberative Forum at 6 PM on Monday, November 7th. The Commission on Human Relations investigates complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations within the City of Pittsburgh. They are tasked with investigating civil rights violations and any conditions having a n adverse effect on relations in the City. The Commission also conducts community education programs in schools, community groups, businesses, professional organizations, and City departments to promote equal rights and opportunities for all who work in, live in, or visit our city! &nbsp;</div> <div>Share your opinions and experiences with discrimination in your community, and learn what can be done about it. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Community Meeting&nbsp;</u></div> <div>Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM&nbsp;</div> <div>CCAC Homewood-Brushton Center&nbsp;</div> <div>701 North Homewood Avenue&nbsp;</div> <div>Sign up to participate at www.pittsburghpa.gov/chr&nbsp;</div> <h3>Plant Trees Along Saw Mill Run!&nbsp;</h3> <div>This Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 AM, the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association and Tree Pittsburgh will be planting new trees in the Seldom Seen Greenway and at Ansonia Place along Rt. 51. The goal is to stabilize the banks of Saw Mill Run, and over time, absorb more stormwater to reduce flooding. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Volunteers will be provided gloves, safety vests, and tools. The event will be rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Waders may be helpful for some locations! Sign up online, <a href="http://economicdevelopmentsouth.us11.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=f426db04fd21637bfdc8b0da9&amp;id=0711d14b33&amp;e=88dc047cb6">here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pittsburgh Public Schools&#39; Community Meeting at Concord</div> <div>Since his appointment as the new Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Dr. Anthony Hamlet held community meetings across the City to collect community feedback about the issues and challenges facing the district. He and the school district will now embark upon a strategic planning process to map a path forward. As part of this work, Dr. Hamlet will be holding another community feedback meeting at Concord Elementary school on November 17th. All are welcome to attend, whether you have kids in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, or you&#39;re a concerned citizen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u>Community Feedback Meeting</u></div> <div>Thursday, November 17th&nbsp;</div> <div>Concord Elementary School gym (2350 Brownsville Road)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can read more about the Pittsburgh Public Schools strategic planning process <a href="http://www.ppsstrategicplan.org/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <h3>Community Calendar</h3> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 11/3 at 7:00 PM at Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, 11/7 at 7:00 PM at Concord Elementary School&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ELECTION DAY! Don&#39;t forget to vote!</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 11/8 7 AM to 8 PM<br /> Find your polling place <a href="https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en-US&amp;kgs=e104a81d8e443c00&amp;q=where+do+I+vote&amp;shndl=9&amp;source=sh/x/ob/elections/voterassistant&amp;entrypoint=sh/x/ob/elections/voterassistant">here</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Veteran&#39;s Day-- City Offices Closed</strong></div> <div>Friday, 11/11</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><b>Carrick Community Council&nbsp;</b></div> <div>Monday, 11/14 at 7:00 PM at Concord Elementary School</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Penn State Landscape Architecture Studio Open House</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 11/17 at 5:30 PM at the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Community Garden Meeting</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00 PM at the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>Monday, 11/21 at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Blvd United Presbyterian Church</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong><br /> Tuesday, 11/22 at 7:00 PM at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>HAPPY THANKSGIVING!</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:04:10 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | October 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6566 <div> <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick Library Renovation Plans Moving Forward&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview's">Beechview&#39;s Red Line T is Running on Time&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Halloween">Halloween Events for Families!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Coro">Coro Pittsburgh Looking for Recruits for Women in Leadership Program&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Artist Registry&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Immigrant">Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Festival&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Business">Business Owners: Share Emergency Contact info with Zone 6 Police&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#City">City Wide Public Safety Meeting&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Seldom">Seldom Seen Stream Cleanup 10/15&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Blight">Blight Bootcamp: Find Out How to Fight Blight in Your Community!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>September kicked off in celebratory fashion with the Pittsburgh Labor Day parade! Thanks to all of our brothers and sisters in labor for having us, and for the work you do every day to keep our economy and our region vibrant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I and my staff visited Mazza Pavilion, the Mt. Washington Senior Center, and Beechview Manor to update seniors on neighborhood projects, citywide issues, and take questions! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office attended the Brookline Teen Outreach Night at the Races event, which raised money for teen programming in South Pittsburgh. Thanks to Caitlyn McNulty for her incredible work engaging young people in our neighborhoods. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office also attended the Taste of Beechview event on Broadway Avenue, where we ate delicious cookies from Byte Me bakery and bought fall mums for the front porch. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office attended the first class of the Citizen&#39;s Police Academy at Carrick High School, the Brookline Block Watch, and the Pittsburgh Public Schools&#39; &quot;Look, Listen, and Learn&quot; event at West Liberty Elementary, all on the same Tuesday in September. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ashleigh and Megan in my office canvassed businesses on Brownsville Road, handing out our District 4 Resource Guide and talking with business owners about their concerns for the neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Economic Development South for an update on their work in Carrick, Overbrook, and Mt. Oliver. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office attended a Penn State Center meeting at St. Catherine&#39;s in Beechview, where landscape architecture students gathered ideas and opinions from residents for their class projects. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff and I met with the new Zone 6 Police Commander, Commander Vinansky, to learn more about him. We talked extensively about how the City can work to combat heroin and opioid addiction in our communities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Tiffini Gorman, the City&#39;s Early Childhood Manager, to discuss a grant program to help early childhood providers improve their facilities, and opportunities to get more kids in preschool.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I joined Senator Fontana, Representative Deasy, Councilman Ellenbogen and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for the reopening of the Port Authority Red Line T on Broadway Avenue in Beechview. The track reconstruction project there lasted 6 months, and was completed two days ahead of schedule!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office attended the Overbrook Community Council meeting, where they discussed challenges with neighbors and wildlife, traffic on Route 51, and more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I attended a community meeting hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Carrick to unveil the newest draft plans for the new Carrick library. More on that in the article below. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I gave a presentation to a room full of neuroscientists from around the country about the policy challenges and political realities of implementing expanded pre-K and early childhood education programs.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick">Carrick Library Renovation Plans Moving Forward&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Over the past several years, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has been working its way through renovations at each of the neighborhood branches. Back in 2009, the library came to Carrick and Knoxville with the concept of merging the two branches into one larger branch on Brownsville Road. After much community input, and a years-long search for a piece of property that could accommodate a larger building, Carnegie Library decided to maintain both branches and renovate each separately. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last winter, the library&#39;s architect brought a new plan to the community, which would have renovated and expanded the current Carrick branch at 1811 Brownsville Road. Though much improved, the new design still would not provide the space for different programs and community functions that neighbors desired. The library heard you loud and clear, and went back to the drawing board. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On September 29th, the library held a community meeting at Concord Elementary, where they presented a whole new plan. The library is prepared to acquire a dentistry lab adjacent to the existing library, giving them more space to build a much larger library, in keeping with the wants and needs of the community. Their plan includes distinct spaces for adults, teens, and children, as well as meeting rooms, outdoor patio space, and lots of natural light. The design is intended to be the first &quot;Passivhaus&quot; certified library in North America, meaning it will be exceptionally energy efficient and environmentally friendly. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The library will be honing these plans into buildable blueprints over the next several months, and they expect to begin construction next spring, 2017. We will post plans on our website and Facebook page as they are available.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview's">Beechview&#39;s Red Line T is Running on Time&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>The wait is over! The Port Authority&#39;s 6-month $8.4 million T track reconstruction on Beechview&#39;s Broadway Avenue has come to a close, ahead of schedule! Contractors shut down the middle two lanes of Broadway to remove old, cracked concrete and install brand new train tracks that will ensure reliable transportation for many years to come. The section that was replaced had reached the end of its useful life and had experienced 22 failures since 2008. Port Authority notes that the repairs were very costly, and would have continued to cause service outages. Contractors dug down an astounding 20 inches to build a strong base for the concrete, so we can rest assured this work will last. The Port Authority does not anticipate needing repairs of this magnitude for another 30 years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Red Line T began running on a regular schedule again on September 25, serving about 12,000 riders a day between the South Hills, Beechview, and the North Shore. The new Red Line schedule is available here: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/apps/pdfs/RED.PDF">http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/apps/pdfs/RED.PDF</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Halloween">Halloween Events for Families!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Brookline and Carrick are both hosting fun Halloween events for kids and parents alike! Be sure to come out to show off your costume and hang out with neighbors. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick Community Council Costume Contest&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Phillips Park, Saturday 10/29 at Noon&nbsp;</div> <div>This event will feature a costume contest, games, and freaky fun. It&#39;s free and open to kids 12 and under. Trophies will be awarded for Prettiest, Scariest, Cutest, Most Creative, Most Unique, Best Theme, Most Original, and Best Costume. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Halloween Parade&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Cannon Park on Brookline Blvd, Saturday 10/29 at 2:00 PM&nbsp;</div> <div>Awards will be presented in 5 categories: 5 and under, Funniest, Scariest, Group, and Pet.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Coro">Coro Pittsburgh Looking for Recruits for Women in Leadership Program&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Interested in working in your community? Apply for the Women in Leadership Program with Coro Pittsburgh!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coro Pittsburgh was founded in 1999 to develop leaders who have a passion to revitalize communities. They envision an inclusive community where people of all backgrounds and circumstances can and do participate in making their communities more livable to everyone. Their mission is to advance ethical leaders and build leadership capacity in order to create this more connected and inclusive community. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The goal of Women in Leadership is to advance new women leaders and support their efforts to raise the status of women in Western Pennsylvania. Coro Pittsburgh is currently seeking nominations and applications for their 12-month, part-time training and networking program. The program begins on November 15, 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participants in Women in Leadership will:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Get to know others who are passionate about raising the status of women&nbsp;</li> <li>Explore challenges and opportunities facing women in Western Pennsylvania&nbsp;</li> <li>Receive mentoring while taking action to raise the status of women&nbsp;</li> <li>Learn to build strong teams by leveraging people&#39;s strengths&nbsp;</li> <li>Hone your skills in group facilitation&nbsp;</li> <li>Learn negotiation skills&nbsp;</li> <li>Work with a coach to develop and execute your personal leadership development plan&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Applicants must identify as women and be passionate about gender and civic engagement in the region. Applications are due October 24, 2016. Apply: http://bit.ly/2aAd8r3 or Nominate someone else: http://bit.ly/2aXkiZJ. Tuition is $1000 per participant and financial assistance is available. Have questions? Email <a href="mailto:recruitpgh@coropittsburgh.org?subject=Women%20in%20Leadership">recruitpgh@coropittsburgh.org</a> or call 412-258-3024. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh">Pittsburgh Artist Registry&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Are you an artist, or are you looking for an artist? The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is the region&#39;s only free portfolio site that is open to artists of all mediums and skill levels. The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is a portal for visual, literary, performing, and multi-disciplinary artists in southwestern PA. &nbsp;It is a portfolio site for artists to expand their audience and to promote their work. The registry connects artists with curators, arts venues, and entities seeking to commission work, community organizations, individuals, and businesses. The registry is free to join, and free to use. Visit the registry or sign up here: <a href="http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/">http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Immigrant">Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Festival&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On Saturday, October 22 from 11AM to 2PM there will be a Wellness Festival to help immigrants and refugees to live healthier lives. This event will include healthy cooking demos, free flu shots, health screenings and more! This even is supported by Economic Development South and Cricket, in cooperation with BikePGH, CCAC, The Food Bank, LifeSpan, NAMS, SHHC, UPMC and Walgreens. The event will be held at 320 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh 15210.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Business">Business Owners: Share Emergency Contact info with Zone 6 Police&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Are you a business owner in Beechview or Brookline? If so, Zone 6 Police would like to have your emergency contact information on file. Simply call Zone 6 at 412-937-3051 and speak with the desk officer to add the name and phone number of an emergency contact so that police can get in touch if they are called to your business outside of business hours.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="City">City Wide Public Safety Meeting&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On Wednesday, 10/19 Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich will introduce his team, note accomplishments and goals achieved by each Bureau, and share his vision for the future of Public Safety for the City. The topic for the discussion will be Public Safety in the Digital Age. Come out and learn about the various ways technology is used to enhance Public Safety.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Wednesday, 10/19 at 6PM at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, 10 South 19th Street&nbsp;</li> <li>Light Refreshments will be served&nbsp;</li> <li>Meeting will start promptly at 6PM&nbsp;</li> <li>Street parking is available&nbsp;</li> <li>Share comments and photos from the meeting on Twitter by using the #PghCityWide and tag @PghPublicSafety&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2><a name="Seldom">Seldom Seen Stream Cleanup 10/15&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On Saturday, 10/15 Join neighbors to clean up Seldom Seen Stream! The Saw Mill Run Watershed Association will provide coffee, hot cocoa and bagels for those who arrive early!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Volunteers will be pulling all non-natural debris from the stream and the stream banks. Gloves, safety vests and trash bags are provided. The event will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear waders or other water-friendly footwear.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stream cleanups are cancelled only for severe weather such as high winds or torrential rain. Cancellations will be posted to the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association&#39;s Facebook page by 8:30 AM on the day of the event. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This cleanup is made possible through the support of The Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, The City of Pittsburgh and Economic Development South.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Blight">Blight Bootcamp: Find Out How to Fight Blight in Your Community!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>In November of 2015, the Blight Working Group successfully hosted the first-ever Blight Bootcamp Conference. The event welcomed over 120 residents and organizations across the City and County to learn ways that can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Hosted and supported by the Blight Working Group, the conference is designed to offer residents the opportunity to get involved in their neighborhood&#39;s efforts to help get rid of overgrown lots and abandoned structures. Due to the tremendous positive response from last year&rsquo;s event, we are excited to announce Blight Bootcamp will return on October 7th and 8th, 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Blight Bootcamp will kick off on Friday, October 7th at 3:00 with a community-led service event followed by a pre-conference cookout and celebration. The main conference will take place on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at the Propel Hazelwood (5401 Glenwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.) The conference registration will begin at 8am with breakfast and lunch provided. The conference will begin at 9am. Cost of attendance is $15 however, scholarships are available upon request. Please visit lotstolove.org to register or contact Lydia Kramer at 412-361-2099 ext. 4.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Blight Bootcamp is a great way to engage and educate residents on how they can get involved in reducing blight and making a positive change in their community. Hazelwood is proud to be the host neighborhood for this year&#39;s conference&quot; says Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of the Hazelwood Initiative.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year&rsquo;s conference aims to mobilize and equip residents and organizations in the City of Pittsburgh with knowledge and learning opportunities to lead the fight against blight. The Blight Working Group has worked with organizations across the City to create a series of sessions that dive deeper into blight-related issues residents face in their communities. The 2nd annual Blight Bootcamp will focus on three significant areas of blight remediation work: green space projects, building acquisition and improvement, and organization of resident and volunteers in projects. The main conference, taking place on Saturday, October 8th, will be packed with 9 sessions each featuring a wide array of speakers that expand residents&rsquo; knowledge and awareness of resources and methods to improving their own neighborhoods.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Funding for this effort was made possible by GTECH Strategies, Neighborhood Allies, Google, Loveland Technologies and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. The Blight Working Group is a consortium of dedicated partners whose mission is to steward opportunities of connection, learning, and resources that support, strengthen, and align assets of community based organizations and residents to combat blight and disinvestment in their communities.&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, go to <a href="http://www.lotstolove.org/blight-bootcamp-2016-2/">http://www.lotstolove.org/blight-bootcamp-2016-2/</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch Thursday, 10/6 at 7:00 PM (Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Overbrook Block Watch Monday, 10/10 at 7:00 PM, Concord Elementary School (2350 Brownsville Road)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Block Watch Tuesday, 10/11 at 7:00 PM, Judge Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hell on Hills 5K Race Saturday, 10/15 at 9 AM (Coast Avenue, near Canton Avenue) <a href="http://www.hellonhills.com">www.hellonhills.com&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Seldom Seen Stream Cleanup Saturday, 10/15 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Meet at the main entrance to Seldom Seen located at the intersection of Route 51 and Woodruff Street, just past the salt dome&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bites and Brews at the Carrick Dairy District Saturday. 10/15 at 6:00 PM (1529 Brownsville Road)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting Monday, 10/17 at 6:00 PM, Zone 3 Station (830 East Warrington Ave)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monday, 10/17 at 7:00 PM, Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City Wide Public Safety Meeting Wednesday, 10/19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (10 South 19th Street, South Side)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lifespan Immigrant and Refugee Wellness Festival Saturday, 10/22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 320 Brownsville Road)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Overbrook Community Council Tuesday, 10/25 at 7:00 PM, Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Halloween Costume Contest Saturday, 10/29 at noon, Phillips Park Recreation Center (201 Parkfield Street), Register by calling Philips Park 412-885-7445&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Halloween Parade&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 10/29 at 2:00 PM, meet at the Cannon on Brookline Blvd.</div> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:28:32 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | September 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6481 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick's">Carrick&#39;s Berg Place Apartments Set for Redevelopment</a></div> <div><a href="#TONIGHT:">TONIGHT: Brookline Teen Outreach Night at the Races</a></div> <div><a href="#Taste">Taste of Beechview: Saturday, September 10th</a></div> <div><a href="#Take">Take this Survey about Mt. Washington Businesses!</a></div> <div><a href="#BeInterviewed">Be Interviewed for the Clean Pittsburgh Commission Video!</a></div> <div><a href="#New">New Tools for Entrepreneurs</a></div> <div><a href="#Ahead">Ahead of Schedule: Port Authority&#39;s Broadway Avenue Renewal Project</a></div> <div><a href="#Port">Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline's">Brookline&#39;s Parkside Manor Renovation Now Complete</a></div> <div><a href="#Look">Look, Listen, and Learn with Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet</a></div> <div><a href="#Lock">Lock it or lose it: A Note from our Zone 6 Police</a></div> <div><a href="#Want">Want to learn to play the guitar? Scholarships available!</a></div> <div><a href="#Be">Be a Middle School Mentor in South Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Experience">Experience Downtown through Doors Open Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings</a></div> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</h3> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">August was Council recess, but we kept busy with neighborhood events, meetings, and more. Here are just a few of the things we did over the past month!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">On August 2, my Chief of Staff, Ashleigh, and I went to 6 neighborhood National Night Out events. Thanks to all our hosts in Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, Brookline, and Beechview!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I also met with Mayor Peduto, the Director of Public Works, Director of City Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and project management staff to discuss the next steps for the Beechview, Broadway Avenue Multimodal improvement project, slated for 2018. A community design process for this project will begin in early 2017.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I met with Mayor Peduto again (that&#39;s twice in one week) about next steps to expanding access and quality of Pre-K education for 3 and 4 year olds in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I hosted a booth at the Brookline Breezefest! Thanks to all the organizers for such a lovely day. We had so much fun!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I met with the City&#39;s new Early Childhood Manager, a position I worked to create during the last budget approval process. The Early Childhood Manager is now responsible for coordinating efforts to provide more early childhood learning opportunities to kids in Pittsburgh, while working with providers to improve quality and expand classrooms.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I joined the Carrick Dairy District Steering Committee to discuss next steps in revitalizing the section of Brownsville Road surrounding the Colteryahn Dairy and the new Dairy District Market pavilion. My staff and I also attended Summer Scoops, the ice cream and cookie festival at the Dairy District!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office attended Coffee with a Cop (actually, several cops!) at BREW on Broadway in Beechview.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office also attended the SEIU 32 BJ Summer Picnic! Thanks to all the service workers for letting us celebrate with you.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">When Council came back into session, we honored all the Mayor&#39;s Cup baseball and softball winners from across the City with a proclamation. Congratulations again to the winning teams from Brookline and Carrick, in particular!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I enjoyed live music and delicious food at the Carrick Cornfest at Phillips Park!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My office attended the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Parkside Manor on Brookline Blvd. The senior high-rise looks brand new, and is sure to remain a valuable community asset for many years to come. More details below.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff and I attended a Penn State Landscape Architecture studio in Beechview. This semester, students will examine creative designs for public space on Broadway Avenue, as well as the Seldom Seen Greenway. We can&#39;t wait to see what they come up with.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">My staff attended a South Hills town hall meeting on the Opioid Epidemic. We are very concerned about this issue and are investigating ways that we can work with the State to curb heroin use and deaths in our neighborhoods.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">I also attended Polish Day at Kennywood, spoke at the national conference of the American Council for Polish Culture, marched in the Labor Day parade, and more!</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Carrick's">Carrick&#39;s Berg Place Apartments Set for Redevelopment</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">This week, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved an RFP (request for proposals) for the rehabilitation of the Berg Place Apartments on Brownsville Road in Carrick. The apartment complex was once a lovely place to live, but absentee owners over the last several decades left the property in major disrepair. The City acquired the property after it was not purchased at a Treasurer&#39;s Sale, due to over $200,000 unpaid taxes, plus other liens. Our hope is that a responsible developer will submit a proposal to rehabilitate the property and make it a shining gem on Brownsville Road once more.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The drama surrounding this property goes back many years. In 2014, a utility worker discovered a large amount of raw sewage on the property, which at the time, was still home to dozens of residents. The broken sewage pipe had been left unrepaired for months, exposing residents to untreated waste. Inspectors from the City&#39;s Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections and the County Health Department were dispatched immediately, and found other major issues, such as a lack of running water. The owner, Davin Gartley, had strung together garden hoses from another property to supply residents with water. The hoses often froze in the winter, leaving residents to haul water to their apartments with buckets for everything from cooking to flushing the toilet. Inspectors also found rotted framing, blocked fire exits, and no functioning fire alarms. All in all, City inspectors found 348 building code violations. Due to remarkable health and safety issues, the Health Department ordered the relocation of all Berg Place residents. Mr. Gartley has been in and out of court since then for his neglect of this property and other criminal behavior.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">We are pleased that this property is finally in the responsible hands of an entity that has the best interests of the community in mind. We look forward to the proposal process, and will keep you updated as things move forward!</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="TONIGHT:">TONIGHT: Brookline Teen Outreach Night at the Races</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline Teen Outreach&#39;s kick-off Capital Campaign event is sure to be a night to remember. Food, fun and prizes and an evening of horse racing for ages 18 and up for only $25/person. Since opening its doors in March 2016, Brookline Teen Outreach has been providing a safe, supportive environment and inventive programming for area teens.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">They are hosting their inaugural fundraiser, Night at the Races, TONIGHT, Friday, September 9, 2016 at 520 Brookline Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15226. This event is the first of many in a capital campaign to help them reach the goal of raising $75,000 to purchase their headquarters, the American Legion building &ndash; an anchor of Brookline Boulevard. This building will not just benefit the youth of Brookline and the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In the few short months they&#39;ve been open, they have opened their doors to serve as a meeting space for more than a half dozen community groups, including the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Their operating costs are low &ndash; they are currently staffed entirely by volunteers, and almost everything inside the Center was donated by community members like you. Join us in supporting Brookline Teen Outreach as they work to solidify their presence on the Boulevard and the important work they do with South Pittsburgh teens. More information, and online registration is available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Taste">Taste of Beechview: Saturday, September 10th</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Join us on Saturday, September 10th for the 4th Annual Taste of Beechview at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue! Enjoy tasty treats from a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and more, alongside your neighbors.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Get more details, including a list of all vendors and a schedule of events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Of-Beechview-1456834981293866/">https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Of-Beechview-1456834981293866/</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Take">Take this Survey about Mt. Washington Businesses!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation cares what you think about the community&rsquo;s businesses. In order to better understand our residents about how Duquesne Heights &amp; Mount Washington&#39;s commercial areas can better serve you, please fill out the survey below. The survey should only take you less than 10 minutes: <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeeOKpRKRn41yNgunyjckUXoFM8ZbCzMIMrb5Zuy9cnpOCg/viewform">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeeOKpRKRn41yNgunyjckUXoFM8ZbCzMIMrb5Zuy9cnpOCg/viewform</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="BeInterviewed">Be Interviewed for the Clean Pittsburgh Commission Video!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">In conjunction with their 10th Annual Meet N Greet Mixer, the Clean Pittsburgh Commission is documenting litter prevention and cleanup efforts in the City. Their goal is to put together a short video to be shown at the Spring 2017 Mixer that encapsulates all the hard work and effort that goes into keeping our city clean! It is with this in mind that they are looking for neighborhoods, cleanup organizers and volunteers who are interested in being interviewed and/or having us out to your cleanup or beautification project this fall to shoot some video. If you are interested or have an event coming up please email Sarah Shea, CPC Chairperson at <a href="mailto:saraha@prc.org">saraha@prc.org</a>.</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="New">New Tools for Entrepreneurs</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The City of Pittsburgh, Mansmann Foundation, and Economic Development South are teaming up to offer a new tool for entrepreneurs, and we thought you might be interested. It&rsquo;s a new way of forming groups that let small business owners benefit from each other&#39;s experience and find support from their peers without judgment or pretense.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">This program isn&#39;t for everyone. They are looking for businesses that have been around for a little while, and have some of the basics out of the way (business planning, basic promotional materials like a website, and are in similar industries).</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">They are pleased to offer small business mentoring &quot;pods&quot; to qualifying entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh. Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Pods are like support groups for businesses, bring folks with common skills and challenges together to leverage the groups&#39; knowledge for the benefit of the individual members. Each pod will be run by a professional facilitator, but will include feedback from peers to ensure that participants have the opportunity to glean from their cohort. The below survey serves as an expression of interest for entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in a pod. Locations for pod meetings, and topics of pod focus will be determined by the results of this survey:</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Fill it out today, if you&#39;re interested in participating! <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_og0_wHDitPM_XN3VULfZ1RS9uVjw2WM7dXu6qJ2opQy2CQ/viewform">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_og0_wHDitPM_XN3VULfZ1RS9uVjw2WM7dXu6qJ2opQy2CQ/viewform</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Ahead">Ahead of Schedule: Port Authority&#39;s Broadway Avenue Renewal Project</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">If you live in Beechview or frequent Broadway Avenue, you&#39;ve probably noticed that Port Authority crews have removed most of the barriers and traffic/parking restrictions associated with the summer-long track replacement. Over the next few weeks, crews will re-install the overhead power wires, replace the rail switch at Neeld, and conduct inspection and testing of the new line. According to the Port Authority, Red Line service will be restored on Sunday, September 25th, a full two days ahead of schedule!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">We&#39;re so pleased that the Port Authority has been such an excellent partner on this project. If you have any questions between now and the conclusion of the project, you can still contact the project managers at <a href="mailto:redline@portauthority.org">redline@portauthority.org</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Port">Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">On Friday, the Port Authority&#39;s board approved big changes to the transit agency&#39;s fare structure, which will take effect on January 1st, 2017. Here&#39;s what you need to know:</p> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">There will no longer be a multi-zone structure. Everyone will pay the same fares, regardless of where you get on and off the bus or T.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Riders who use a ConnectCard get a slight discount, and will pay $2.50. Anyone paying with cash will pay 25 cents more.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Transfers are only possible with a ConnectCard, and will cost $1. Folks using cash will pay full fare.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Beginning in June of 2017, no cash fares will be accepted on the T. All riders must use the ConnectCard.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">All riders will pay upon entry, and the downtown free zone will be eliminated.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The Port Authority is doing outreach to areas of the City that tend to use more cash fares, and many new ConnectCard machines will be deployed across the region. You can also purchase and reload ConnectCards online, or purchase them in certain stores.</li> </ul> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">For more information, visit <a href="http://simple.portauthority.org">simple.portauthority.org</a> or call Customer Service at 412-442-2000.</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Brookline's">Brookline&#39;s Parkside Manor Renovation Now Complete</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Last week, Parkside Manor residents and community members celebrated the ribbon cutting of newly renovated senior apartments and common spaces at their high-rise on Brookline Boulevard. The total renovation cost for the 8-story building came to $5 million. The high-rise was originally build in 1982 and had not been substantially improved ever since.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The building also features a brand new $200,000 medical suite on site to ensure that residents have easy access to doctors. The space, which occupies the ground floor space formerly occupied by a convenience store, was created with a grant from United Healthcare.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">National Church Residences manages the property, which exclusively houses older residents with limited incomes. Parkside is so highly desired that it has an 8 month waiting list. You can get more information about living in these new apartments at 412-343-2770</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Look">Look, Listen, and Learn with Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The new superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Dr. Anthony Hamlet, is conducting a listening tour at schools across the district. This is the community&#39;s opportunity to ask important questions, and voice priorities and concerns. Here is one that will be held in South Pittsburgh:</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary (785 Dunster Street, Pittsburgh 15226) September 13, 7-9 PM</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">To see all the dates at forums across the City, check out the PPS website, here: <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/4668">http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/4668</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Lock">Lock it or lose it: A Note from our Zone 6 Police</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline is a safe neighborhood, but lately, we have been experiencing a surge in thefts from vehicles (specifically on Norwich, Chelton, Moredale, Pioneer, and Brookline Blvd). Please remember to always lock your car doors and remove valuable items from your vehicle. And always call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Theft from Vehicle is a crime of Opportunity. Thieves often take valuables from unlocked vehicle or from vehicles that have valuables in plain sight. Removing these items from the vehicle and simply locking the doors can prevent you from becoming a victim. By taking a few easy steps you can prevent these crimes from happening. Here are just a few additional tips to keep your car and your possessions safe:</p> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Always park in a well-lit area</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Lock all doors and close all windows</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Remove valuables from the passenger compartment and items that are in plain sight.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">These items include: GPS Units, Satellite Radios, Laptops, cell phones, briefcase, bags, prescription medication, clothing, shoes, checkbooks, wallets and purses.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Lock your glove box and any internal compartments</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Never leave extra car keys inside of the vehicle. Thieves often know where to find these.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Never leave a loaded firearm or any firearm inside of a vehicle.</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Activate alarm or have an alarm system installed by a professional</li> </ul> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Want">Want to learn to play the guitar? Scholarships available!</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Does a child in your life want to learn to play the guitar? Be the next rock star at the Carrick Cornfest or Brookline Breeze? Pittsburgh Guitars offers an annual scholarship program for 8 FREE weekly lessons for kids 9-18 years of age. Applicants should be interested in learning to play, or enhancing their playing ability and their knowledge of the guitar. If you do not have your own guitar, they will even lend you an acoustic guitar for the eight weeks of lessons.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">You can apply to win a scholarship by answering a question about your passion for music and guitars. There is a one-page application, and two easy ways to respond to our question. You can:</p> <ol> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Write an essay</li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Submit a video on their YouTube channel</li> </ol> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Professional musicians from Pittsburgh Guitars will select the winners, so be creative in your answer and let your personality shine! For more information, go to <a href="http://pittsburghguitars.com/strum_together.php">http://pittsburghguitars.com/strum_together.php</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Be">Be a Middle School Mentor in South Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The United Way manages a mentorship program for middle school students at 17 schools across the region, including Brookline Elementary, South Brook, and South Hills Middle school. Volunteers commit one hour per week during the academic year, with the goal of being a positive role model at just the right time in a young person&#39;s life.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">If you would like to mentor a young person in the neighborhood, click the link to learn more and fill out the mentorship application.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a href="https://uwswpa.org/be-a-middle-school-mentor/">https://uwswpa.org/be-a-middle-school-mentor/</a></p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Experience">Experience Downtown through Doors Open Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Have you ever passed by some of the beautiful, iconic downtown buildings and wondered what went on inside? Doors Open Pittsburgh is hosting a free 2-day event to give everyone the opportunity to explore and learn more about places ranging from theaters to private clubs, hotels, residences, government buildings, churches, and more.</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">The experience is free, and you don&#39;t need tickets or a reservation. Simply go to <a href="http://www.doorsopenpgh.org">www.doorsopenpgh.org</a>, pick the sites you&#39;d like to visit, create your own itinerary, and go!</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Doors Open Pittsburgh October 1st and 2nd, 9 AM to 4 PM <a href="http://www.doorsopenpgh.org">www.doorsopenpgh.org</a> 412-583-1424</p> <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;"><a name="Community">Community Events &amp; Meetings</a></h3> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Carrick Overbrook Block Watch Monday, 9/12 at 7:00 PM, Concord Elementary School (2350 Brownsville Road)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Brookline Block Watch Tuesday, 9/13 at 7:00 PM, Judge Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Listen &amp; Learn with New Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent September 13, 7-9 PM, Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary (785 Dunster Street) Beltzhoover Community Forum Thursday, 9/15 at 5:30 PM, Beulah Baptist Church (Chalfont St)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monday, 9/19 at 7:00 PM, Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;">Overbrook Community Council Tuesday, 9/27 at 7:00 PM, Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:20:51 -0400 Special Alert - Chief McLay's Police Town Hall Meetings http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6417 <h3>Chief McLay&#39;s Police Town Hall Meetings</h3> <p>Join the Pittsburgh Police and Chief McLay for a Town Hall Meetings in each Police Zone. This is your opportunity to:</p> <ul> <li>Share Public Safety Concerns</li> <li>Review Crime Statistics</li> <li>Provide Feedback on Community-Police Relations</li> <li>Tell the Police How They Can Best Serve the Community</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Meeting: Wednesday, August 24th,&nbsp;</strong><strong>6-9PM -&nbsp;</strong><strong>IBEW Hall, 5 Hot Metal Street, #100, South Side Works</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Bon Air</em></li> <li><em>Carrick</em></li> <li><em>Overbrook</em></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 6 Meeting: Tuesday, August 30th,&nbsp;</strong><strong>6-9PM -&nbsp;</strong><strong>Brashear High School, 590 Crane Avenue 15216</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Beechview</em></li> <li><em>Brookline</em></li> </ul> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:12:21 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | August 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6353 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Congratulations">Congratulations to our Mayor&#39;s Cup Winning Teams!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Performers">Performers Will Pay Taxpayers Their Fair Share&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Looking">Looking for Public Comment on State Recovery Home Recommendations&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Mine">Mine Subsidence Insurance&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Night">Night at the Races benefiting Brookline Teen Outreach! &nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Voice">Voice your Opinion on the City&#39;s 2017 Capital Budget!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Fall">Fall 2016 Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brownsville">Brownsville Road Street Lighting Improvements&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Volunteer">Volunteer Opportunities&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Calendar&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On the first day of July, we heard the fantastic news that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority approved our $600,000 grant application for street improvements for Broadway Avenue in Beechview. My office applied for the funds last summer, and Senator Wayne Fontana successfully advocated for the project in Harrisburg. There will be a public process to determine the details of the project, which is expected to include T stop renovations, improved crosswalks, enhanced signal crossings, and features to slow traffic. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On July 6th, City Council passed my bill requiring the Department of Public Works to complete pool and spray park inspections in October of each year, ensuring that problems are identified and repaired in the off-season. I introduced the bill in response to the delayed opening of Moore Pool in Brookline, which could have been prevented with an earlier inspection and more proactive approach to fixing the problem. The also requires that the Department of Public Works proactively release inspection reports as public information, to ensure accountability and transparency. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with a group of women elected officials from across the United States, who were here in Pittsburgh for the Local Progress conference. I heard some incredibly inspirational stories from people working in cities from New Orleans to Minneapolis, all the way to Culver City, CA. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff and I joined the Women&#39;s Caucus of City Council in the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade downtown. It was so lovely to see so many Pittsburghers out celebrating our city&#39;s history. Many thanks to Mr. Rick Sebak for emceeing! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Police Chief Cameron McLay to discuss recent staffing changes in the Bureau, and ways to ensure these changes are well communicated in our neighborhoods. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Saw Mill Run Watershed Coordinator, the Department of City Planning, and the Department of Public Works to talk about how to clean up the Seldom Seen Greenway, clean up the trails and restore wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I continued to meet with stakeholders in early education to lay the foundation for pre-k for all 3 and 4 years in the city of Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff attended Coffee with a Cop in Brookline at Caf&eacute; de Noir. Check out the next one in Beechview on August 17! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/870456253099377/">https://www.facebook.com/events/870456253099377/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I represented Pittsburgh at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday I cheered on boxers from South Pittsburgh and beyond at the historic &quot;Duelo del Siglo&quot; Pittsburgh vs. Cuba match on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. It was an amazing event, bringing together the best in citizen diplomacy from the United States and our neighbor to the south, Cuba. 2500 tickets sold out in 11 minutes for this series of 11 bouts, showcasing the best of our boxing talent. Thanks to the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister City Partnership for getting this event off the ground and working all year to normalize relations with Cuba. Read more here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2016/07/31/Pittsburgh-Cuba-boxing-bout-seeks-to-bridge-the-divide/stories/201607310221">http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/other-sports/2016/07/31/Pittsburgh-Cuba-boxing-bout-seeks-to-bridge-the-divide/stories/201607310221&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff and I also met with wildlife advocates, Uber, the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, residents concerned with zoning, Economic Development South, and many, many more!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Congratulations">Congratulations to our Mayor&#39;s Cup Winning Teams!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Each year, the best neighborhood youth baseball and softball teams in the City compete for the Mayor&#39;s Cup at PNC Park. This year, South Pittsburgh cleaned up! Brookline won the little league championship in a 5-3 nail-biter against Squirrel Hill, while Carrick&#39;s Pony team beat the 14th Ward, 10-6. The Carrick Colt team bested Squirrel Hill 17-8.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline&#39;s 12U softball beat Morningside, and 18U softball overcame Elliot by a score of 13-10 in extra innings! &nbsp;And, though it didn&#39;t end in a win, congratulations to the 15U Brookline #2 team for their efforts against Swissvale. Congratulations to all the players, special thanks to all the parents and community members who volunteer their time throughout the season, and to Citiparks staff for making our youth shine. &nbsp;</div> <div>Read more here: <a href="http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pghbig">http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pghbig&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Performers">Performers Will Pay Taxpayers Their Fair Share&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>We&#39;re proud of our stellar venues here in Pittsburgh&mdash;from PNC Park, Heinz Field, and now Consol Energy Center, we have fantastic spaces to cheer on the home team, AND see musical acts and other performers. We know these assets bring people to the City, where they spend money and add to our local economy. That&#39;s why the City provided assistance in building these beautiful venues. But when I called for an audit in 2014, the Controller&#39;s office found that performers were exploiting a loophole that allowed them to skip town without paying the taxes they owed for using our taxpayer-funded venues. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In early July, Mayor Peduto introduced an ordinance to close that loophole, which allowed some performers to hide their earnings and avoid paying what they owed us. In 2013, Taylor Swift paid $70,410.61 for using Heinz Field, while Kenny Chesney only paid $131.50. Major events like this require significant City resources, from Police coverage to EMS services, clean-up by Public Works, and more. When performers don&#39;t pay, City taxpayers foot the bill. I&#39;m proud to have been a part of the partnership that is leading us to closing this loophole and getting our tax collections on the right track. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Looking">Looking for Public Comment on State Recovery Home Recommendations&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>On July 18, 2016 the Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Housing Taskforce submitted recommendations to the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for certifying recovery houses. There is a 30 day window for the public to make comment on these recommendations. Many of you have brought concerns to my office about halfway homes, 3/4 homes, and other types of recovery homes that seemingly pop up in our neighborhoods every day. This is an opportunity to let your voice be heard by state regulators.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the 30 day public comment period, DDAP will review the recommendations and comments. They will then announce the final standards for recovery housing certification and the process for becoming certified. These standards will apply only to recovery home owners who would like to receive state funds and referrals from licensed drug and alcohol treatment service providers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office has reviewed these recommendations and has plans to make comment as well. We have two primary concerns based on our assessment of the recommendations. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>We hear many concerns from constituents about homes opening that are purely profit driven and not focused on residents&#39; recovery. These homes are often not regulated.The recommendations should provide more insight into recovery houses that are not regulated, or require that all homes are regulated. &nbsp;</li> <li>The final regulations should provide direction for residents living in recovery homes and their neighbors to report problems to the state. It is very important that we have a way to provide consistent feedback when something is wrong to ensure our safety as well as the safety of the residents in recovery.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can access all of the recommendations as well as the link to provide your feedback here: <a href="http://www.ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Recovery-House-Certification-Recommendations.aspx">http://www.ddap.pa.gov/treatment/Pages/Recovery-House-Certification-Recommendations.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Mine">Mine Subsidence Insurance&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Did you know that many of our region&#39;s communities are built in areas that were heavily mined in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Mountainous and sloped areas in particular were coveted for their seams of high quality coal. South Pittsburgh is no exception. Our hills and valleys, from Brownsville Road to Saw Mill Run, from Brookline Boulevard to West Liberty Avenue, back up to Broadway and down to Banksville Road, were all mined at some point before our houses were built. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sometimes, when homes are unknowingly built on top of shuttered mines, we experience mine subsidence. When a mine shifts or collapses, it can cause real damage to your home. Typical damage includes cracked plaster, stuck doors and windows, tilted floors, and significant cracks or separations in a home&#39;s foundation. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here is map provided by the PA Department of Environmental Protection showing that most of South Pittsburgh has been mined: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/Municipality_Mine_Maps/Allegheny_County/pittsburgh_district_4.pdf">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/Municipality_Mine_Maps/Allegheny_County/pittsburgh_district_4.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Department encourages all residents in undermined areas to consider subsidence insurance. A typical homeowner&#39;s policy rarely covers mine subsidence damage, leaving the property owner with repair expenses that can exceed $100,000 per building. Mine subsidence insurance is an affordable option that protects homeowners from the cost of potential damages due to subsidence. The insurance, administered by the DEP is about 55 cents for every $1,000 of coverage. An average policy of $175,000 would cost just $95 per year, $8 per month, or .25 cents per day. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more about mine subsidence insurance, visit the PA &nbsp;Department of Environmental Protection here: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bmr/msipage/msi_info.htm">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bmr/msipage/msi_info.htm</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you would like more information specifically about possible mines under your property, you can fill out this form: <a href="http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/sitespecform.html">http://www.dep.state.pa.us/MSIHomeowners/sitespecform.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Night">Night at the Races benefiting Brookline Teen Outreach! &nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Brookline Teen Outreach&#39;s kick-off Capital Campaign event is sure to be a night to remember. &nbsp;Food, fun and prizes and an evening of horse racing for ages 18 and up for only $25/person.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since opening its doors in March 2016, Brookline Teen Outreach has been providing a safe, supportive environment and inventive programming for area teens. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are hosting their inaugural fundraiser, Night at the Races, on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 520 Brookline Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15226. This event is the first of many in a capital campaign to help them reach the goal of raising $75,000 to purchase their headquarters, the American Legion building &ndash; an anchor of Brookline Boulevard. This building will not just benefit the youth of Brookline and the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In the few short months they&#39;ve been open, they have opened their doors to serve as a meeting space for more than a half dozen community groups, including the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Their operating costs are low &ndash; they are currently staffed entirely by volunteers, and almost everything inside the Center was donated by community members like you. Join us in supporting Brookline Teen Outreach as they work to solidify their presence on the Boulevard and the important work they do with South Pittsburgh teens. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More information, and online registration is available here: &nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-at-the-races-tickets-26672570376&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Voice">Voice your Opinion on the City&#39;s 2017 Capital Budget!&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>In June, the City of Pittsburgh held two city-wide public meetings to learn more about what residents would like to see included in the 2017 Capital Budget. The Capital Budget includes funds for brick-and-mortar projects, like street paving, park improvements, slope failure remediation, and more. Residents who attended the meetings were given a briefing on the Mayor&#39;s criteria for prioritizing projects, and were able to express their opinion about funds needed for projects in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, South Pittsburgh was very underrepresented at the meetings, and did not provide much feedback. But never fear, there is still time! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Call 3-1-1 to tell the Mayor what you&#39;d like to see in the 2017 Capital Budget. If you&#39;re not sure where to start, you can call to voice your support for priority projects that we submitted, including: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Moore Park Improvements&nbsp;</li> <li>City staircase repairs in Overbrook&nbsp;</li> <li>Reconstruction of Trelona Way in Brookline&nbsp;</li> <li>Construction of a concession stand at Alton Field in Beechview&nbsp;</li> <li>Street and T-stop Improvements on Broadway Avenue in Beechview&nbsp;</li> <li>Intersection improvements at Brownsville Road and Parkfield Street&nbsp;</li> <li>Hillside stabilization on Maytide Street&nbsp;</li> <li>...and many more!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Projects that meet the following criteria are the most likely to be funded: &nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>Fixing it first: an emphasis on extending the useful life and capabilities of existing assets, rather than the acquisition of new assets&nbsp;</li> <li>Complete Streets- an approach to infrastructure that encompasses and supports all forms of transportation, from driving to public transportation, to walking and biking&nbsp;</li> <li>Improving Public Facilities&mdash;a goal of supporting a quality of life in our neighborhoods by improving our public facilities across the City&nbsp;</li> <li>Better Services &ndash; investments in processes and infrastructure that will help the City deliver services faster, more efficiently, with greater customer service, and at a lower cost over time&nbsp;</li> <li>Economic Development&mdash;A commitment to all communities through economic development and neighborhood building support&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions about whether or not a project is considered a &quot;Capital&quot; project? Contact our office at 412-255-2131. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Fall">Fall 2016 Civic Leadership Academy&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>It&#39;s that time of the year again! Time to sign up for the Civic Leadership Academy. The Academy is a free 10 week course which teaches participants about City government, including in-depth looks at 12 city departments and authorities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested? Apply here! <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application</a></div> <div>Forty students are accepted into the program from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods across the City. Applications are due August 5th and classes begin Wednesday, September 14th. Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please share this opportunity with any residents who would be interested in learning more about how our City works! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Brownsville">Brownsville Road Street Lighting Improvements&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Does Brownsville look a little brighter to you? Well it should, because in June of this year, the Department of Public Works upgraded 50 streetlights between Copperfield and E. Woodford, between Biscayne and Parkfield, between Woodford and Parkfield, and between Berg Place and the City line. Using LED technology, the City was able to change the light distribution to cover more of the roadway and sidewalks, all while lowering our energy costs and reducing our carbon footprint. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These changes were made in response to resident concerns that some areas of Brownsville were dark at night, and people did not feel safe walking. The project came in under budget and ahead of schedule. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Volunteer">Volunteer Opportunities&nbsp;</a></h2> <div><strong><em>Mentor A Brashear Student!&nbsp;</em></strong></div> <div>The Mentor 2.0 program pairs college-educated volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with ninth grade students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. The program employs technology and a unique curriculum to ensure volunteers are effective in supporting students through high school and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The time commitment is easy&mdash;just 2 hours one evening per month for the in-person event, and fulfill the remaining responsibilities remotely. The in-person interactions are guided by a custom curriculum. Mentors receive coaching via e-mail and activities are designed to help mentors connect with students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To volunteer, you must be 21 years of age, college educated, and live or work in the Pittsburgh area. Applicants should plan to commit two school years to the program, though ideally, relationships will last through high school.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, check out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at <a href="http://bbbspgh.imentor.org">bbbspgh.imentor.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>West Liberty Cemetery&nbsp;</strong></em></div> <div>The historic West Liberty Cemetery on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview needs a little love. Chuck Burrow is looking to recruit volunteers for the following: &nbsp;</div> <div>Type of volunteer work:&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li>Will need a gas operated &ldquo;weed eater&rdquo; to clear around the grave markers&nbsp;</li> <li>Assistance needed to remove and dispose of cuttings, some will be very thick and prickly&nbsp;</li> <li>Need protective clothing i.e. long sleeves, long pants, hard shoes or boots, gloves and eye protection&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>The church has approved of this work on the property. &nbsp;Anytime that the volunteers have to help in this endeavor will be greatly appreciated.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Contact for more information:&nbsp;</div> <div>Chuck Burrow&nbsp;</div> <div>412-341-8646 (leave message)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Community">Community Calendar&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch Monday, 8/1, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>National Night Out &ndash; Tuesday, 8/2&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Beechview, 6PM @ Parking lot at Beechview Avenue and Broadway&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Bon Air, 6PM @ Gazebo in Bon Air Parklet&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Brookline, 7PM In front of Judge Motznik&#39;s office, 736 Brookline Boulevard 15226&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>Carrick:&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <ol> <li><em>7PM, Kirk Avenue, Corner of Almora and Kirk&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>6:30PM, Belplain Street&nbsp;</em></li> </ol> <ul> <li><em>Overbrook: 6PM, in front of 151 Odette Street&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch Thursday, No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Brookline Breeze and Breezefest, 8/13&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>8:35AM &ndash; One-Mile Mini Breeze Fun Run and Dog Walk, &nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>9AM &ndash; 5K Start Time&nbsp;</em></li> <li><em>11AM-4PM &ndash; Breezefest, Brookline Boulevard&nbsp;</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum, 8/18, 5:30PM @ Beulah Baptist Church, 201 Chalfont Street 15210&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch Tuesday, No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monday, No meeting in August&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Cornfest, 8/27 noon-6PM, Phillips Park&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council - No August meeting&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 8/15 6PM @ Zone 3 Police Station 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</strong></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:26:36 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | July 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6272 <div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCX10887179" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; -webkit-user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p class="Paragraph SCX10887179" paraeid="{80c2ea11-2762-4a90-8bc9-1526d66a4a28}{159}" paraid="23362273" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; -webkit-user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; word-wrap: break-word; vertical-align: baseline; color: windowtext; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div>We must face the realities of our nation and end our addicion to reactionary rhetoric and violence. Councilwoman Rudiak has posted her thoughts on our nation&#39;s most recent tragedies in Dallas, St. Paul and Baton Rouge&mdash;you can see her full comments here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1119880071417681">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4/posts/1119880071417681</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday&nbsp;</h2> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in June!!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our staff attended a neighborhood litter clean-up on Broadway Avenue, hosted by Pretty Up Beechview. All together, the group collected about 5 full bags of litter. For information on future clean-ups and gardening events, check out their facebook page. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/prettyupbeechview/">[https://www.facebook.com/groups/prettyupbeechview/]</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization with a 30+ year track record of providing free home repairs for elderly homeowners across the city including South Pittsburgh. You can learn more about their work, how to get involved, and how to get help at <a href="http://www.pittsburghproject.org">www.pittsburghproject.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I also met with Riverlife, the organization that brought us the big yellow duck at the Point! Their goal is to create and maintain green spaces and trails along our rivers to ensure that all Pittsburghers have access to enjoy the Mon, the Al, and the O. We talked about City Council support for efforts to beautify our rivers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff met with University of Pittsburgh Public Health professor Dr. Mary Hawk to discuss how we can address the Opioid epidemic in our communities. Our office is dedicated to figuring out what we can do around this issue on the local level &ndash; stayed tuned for more information.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our office hosted Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park! About 50 Brookline residents lended a hand to scrape, prime, and repaint the railings and gazebo at Moore Park. More on Moore later! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I joined the Mayor&#39;s staff to interview candidates for the new Early Childhood Manager. I passed legislation to create this position last December. The Early Childhood Manager will be tasked with bringing together the School District, private early childhood education providers, and advocacy organizations to improve access to high quality Pre-K and child care. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to discuss next steps for major improvements to McKinley Park. The Parks Conservancy won a National Recreation and Park&#39;s Association Great Urban Parks grant. The funding will be used for green infrastructure to capture stormwater, accessible trails, ecological restoration, and basic park amenities. The City will be matching these grant funds, both with capital budget dollars and in-house work on the park. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I attended both City-wide Capital Budget Deliberative Forums&mdash;the Forums are opportunities for residents to learn more about the City&#39;s budgeting process AND share their concrete ideas about needed improvements in their neighborhoods. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the new City Design Editor of Next Pittsburgh <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/">http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/</a> to share the good news about upcoming developments in South Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff met with an organization called Communities in Schools. They work in schools across the country, connecting students with community support and resources they need to stay in school and succeed. Read more about their story here: <a href="https://www.communitiesinschools.org">https://www.communitiesinschools.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As the Chair of the Council Committee on Finance and Law, I have a great interest in ensuring a positive and productive relationship with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), our state overseers appointed under Act 47. I met with the new interim executive director of the ICA, Renny Clark, to learn more about his plans for the organization. You can read about him here: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/03/A-good-day-for-the-ICA-Renny-Clark-is-a-solid-choice-for-interim-leader/stories/201605310003">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/05/03/A-good-day-for-the-ICA-Renny-Clark-is-a-solid-choice-for-interim-leader/stories/201605310003&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I joined Council President Bruce Kraus and my fellow Carnegie Library Trustees for the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Knoxville Library. &nbsp;</div> <div>I hosted an informational Council &quot;Post-Agenda&quot; briefing on the state of Early Childhood Education in Pittsburgh. Mayor Peduto spoke about his plans for Early Childhood Education, followed by Erin Molchany representing Governor Wolf, the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Allies for Children, One Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I also met with the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development South to plan for the the future of Berg Place in Carrick; stayed tune for more developments. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>More Love for Moore Pool and Park&nbsp;</h2> <div>Moore Pool and Moore Park have been hot topics of conversation in Brookline this Spring and Summer. In late April, residents came to our office with concerns about needed maintenance and reinvestments at the park. Ashleigh and Megan in my office organized a walk-through of Moore with the parks superintendent and several concerned residents to create a comprehensive list of projects and needed fixes. Then, shortly before Memorial Day, Moore Pool failed an electrical inspection and was not able to open on time. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We know that great parks and public spaces are essential to maintaining a family friendly City, and our office is committed to making our parks shine. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, June 18th, we hosted &quot;Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park.&quot; About fifty residents came out to scrape, prime, and paint the railings and gazebo at Moore. Several crews of laborers from the Department of Public Works also joined us to patch concrete on the stairs, patch cracks in the basketball courts, trim branches, and rake the ballfields. It was a lovely day, and we got so much done together! &nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about it here: <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/community-comes-together-to-improve-moore-park/#.V2hWUxQnRdI.twitter">http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/community-comes-together-to-improve-moore-park/#.V2hWUxQnRdI.twitter&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also pushed Citiparks and the Department of Public Works to complete the Moore pool repairs in half the original time estimate. The pool opened last Saturday, July 2. See what residents had to say about it in this fantastic KDKA piece! &nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/02/brookline-pool-finally-opens-after-delay-due-to-failed-inspection/">http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/02/brookline-pool-finally-opens-after-delay-due-to-failed-inspection/&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But that&rsquo;s not the end of it! Pools should be routinely inspected so that issues are discovered and repaired in the off-season. Sadly, this is not standard practice. I passed legislation this week to ensure that regular pool and spray park maintenance is planned in the fall, immediately after they close for the season. Electrical and pump inspections will be completed in March of each year, allowing time for repair before pool season. Previously, electrical inspections were only required every 3 years. My hope is that this legislation prevents closures like we experienced this year at Moore and last year at Ammon. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also need larger reinvestments at Moore that can only be planned through the Capital Budget process. I have requested that the Mayor&rsquo;s administration include over $200,000 in the 2017 budget to resurface the basketball courts, replace the concrete entry stairs at the Moore Rec Center, and replace the fence around the upper ballfield. Stay tuned for more updates as the budget moves forward!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Port Authority Track Renewal in Beechview&nbsp;</h2> <div>The Broadway Avenue Track Renewal project is coming along nicely, and is on schedule, according to the Port Authority. As you can see out on the street, the contractors are almost finished pouring concrete for Phase One. The barriers will be moved to Phase Two the week of July 11. When those barriers are moved, about two thirds of the work will be complete.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;No parking&quot; signs will go up in the Phase Two area in the next few days to alert residents to the change. Residents will also receive a letter from the contractor providing information about parking for Phase Two. &nbsp;Parking will remain available in that area until the parking is restored in the Phase One area. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Following the removal of the barriers in Phase One, the street will be re-striped and parking will be restored to its original layout. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, you can check out the Port Authority&#39;s project page, here: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx">http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</a></div> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2>More Funds for Broadway Avenue Improvements&nbsp;</h2> <div>Last Friday, we heard the wonderful news that State Senator Wayne Fontana was able to bring home a grant that our office applied for last year to improve Broadway Avenue in Beechview! The condition of Broadway is a topic of much discussion at community meetings and in conversations with residents. The $600,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant will go toward improvements to make Broadway more attractive and more accessible for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. The City and the Urban Redevelopment Authority will contribute additional funds, for a total project cost to exceed $1 Million. &nbsp;</div> <div>This is just the first step toward a brand new Broadway. Next, the City and URA will work with Senator Fontana, architects, and engineers, to redesign Broadway on paper, from Fallowfield to Wenzell Avenue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The City will be sure to seek feedback from the neighborhood before any design is finalized. The design is likely to include improved T stops, better crosswalks, pedestrian signage, and more. We expect these features will slow speeding traffic, improve accessibility to the T, and generally beautify our main street. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can read more about the grant here <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=6244">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=6244</a> and we will be sure to keep you up-to-date as this process moves forward. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Carrick&#39;s Dairy District is Open for Business&nbsp;</h2> <div>On Thursday, 6/30, Carrick celebrated the highly anticipated opening of the Dairy District Market! The newly constructed open-air pavilion is Step 1 in a plan to create a dairy-themed district around the Colteryahn Dairy on Brownsville Road. Colteryahn is the last dairy still operating in the City, and has been located on Brownsville Road for generations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pavilion is owned and operated by Economic Development South, a non-profit community development organization working to attract new investments and businesses to the City&#39;s Southern neighborhoods and neighboring municipalities. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Citiparks Farmer&#39;s Market will be at the pavilion every Wednesday, 3-7 PM throughout the summer. Economic Development South is planning other events for the pavilion, like building a giant ice cream sundae, craft markets, and more. &nbsp;</div> <div>You can read more about the ribbon-cutting here <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/historic-dairy-district-marketplace/">http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/historic-dairy-district-marketplace/&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can keep tabs on future events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Carrick-Dairy-District-1684093445196661/?fref=ts">https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Carrick-Dairy-District-1684093445196661/?fref=ts</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Economic Development South Provides Free Small Business Consulting&nbsp;</h2> <div>Do you have a small business, or are you thinking of starting one? Economic Development South, best known for their management of the Dairy District and other neighborhood projects, has announced on-demand consulting through the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s Small Business Development Center and the Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence! These FREE consulting sessions can help you think through questions, develop plans, or decide whether it&#39;s the right time to grow your business. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sessions will be held on <strong>Friday, July 22nd</strong> at Economic Development South&#39;s offices at 4127 Brownsville Road, Suite 209, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Experienced consultants will be on hand to talk through all of your questions that day. Hourly timeslots are available starting at 9:00 AM on 7/22. Email <a href="mailto:engage@economicdevelopmentsouth.org?subject=Business%20Consulting">engage@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a> to reserve your hour with an expert! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Brookline Community Yard Sale&nbsp;</h2> <div>Brookline&#39;s South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce are planning the second annual Brookline Community Yard Sale on July 23rd! You can pick up a map of registered sales that morning at Caf&eacute; de Noir and Moore Park. &nbsp;</div> <div>RSVP on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/242784816091801/">https://www.facebook.com/events/242784816091801/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Port Authority&#39;s New Fare Policy and Service Changes&nbsp;</h2> <div>South Pittsburgh has a wealth of transit options, and we know many residents rely on the Port Authority to get to work, the grocery store, doctors, and more. The Port Authority notified us of upcoming service changes, and we thought you should know. &nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority surveyed thousands of riders, who told them they wanted to get from point A to point B faster, and cheaper. The following changes are intended to address that need: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Switching to a single zone system. Riders will no longer have to worry about paying extra if they&rsquo;re going from Zone 1 to Zone 2. Beginning January 1, 2017: &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Base Fare will be $2.50 with the ConnectCard; Transfers will be $1 on ConnectCard&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There will be a 25 cent cash surcharge, to encourage people to use the ConnectCard. About 70% of users already use the ConnectCard!&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There will be no paper transfers for cash users &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Always pay on entry&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority is also working on a Kids ConnectCard that will allow kids to travel for half fare. We&rsquo;ll be sure to update you as this transition moves forward!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <h2>CDBG Public Hearings&nbsp;</h2> <div>The City of Pittsburgh will hold two public hearings to seek input from interested residents and community organizations on the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Program. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The hearings are being held prior to the release of the 2017 Capital Budget to enable the City to adequately review citizen testimony. In addition, those attending the hearings are invited to comment on the prior use of the City&#39;s CDBG funds and other federal funds. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both hearings will being at 6:00pm, and will be held at the following locations: &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>1) Wednesday, July 13, Hazelwood Senior Community Center, 5344 Second Ave., 15207 &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>2) Thursday, July 14, Mt. Washington Senior Community Center, 122 Virginia Ave., 15211 &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Please note that the Office of Community Affairs chose locations to ensure they are at publicly and handicap accessible facilities. Upon request, arrangements can be made for non-English speaking, visually impaired, or hearing impaired residents. &nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have any questions, please email <a href="mailto:lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov">lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or call 412-255-4795.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Tell City Planning What you Think About Bikes!&nbsp;</h2> <div>The City&#39;s Department of City Planning is creating a city-wide plan for proposed bike infrastructure projects, funding priorities, street design, and Healthy Ride bike share stations (Healthy Ride). They are holding a number of public meetings to hear from you, the public, about your cycling priorities! If you&#39;re a cyclist, or you have ideas about bikes, be sure to attend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 18, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Manchester Citizen&#39;s Corporation&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>1319 Allegheny Avenue&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15233&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 19th, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Jewish Community Center&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>5738 Forbes Avenue &nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15217&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>July 25, 2016 6-8 PM&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Bike Share&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>3328 Penn Avenue&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15201&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Hillcrest Senior Residences: Meet the Artist!&nbsp;</h2> <div>Many of you pass by the new Hillcrest Senior Residences project on Brownsville Road every day, and you can see that construction is moving quickly! As part of the project, the Community Builders (the developer) have chosen an artist to do a work of art specifically for this building. The artist is Natalie Settles, and she would like to meet Carrick neighbors and community members as she begins to develop concepts for the artwork. &nbsp;</div> <div>Meet Natalie and share your neighborhood stories on Monday, July 18th at 7 PM at St. Basil&#39;s Parish. She will share information about her past work, and hopes to understand more about our community. Hope you can make it out!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>National Night Out&nbsp;</h2> <div>National Night Out is an annual celebration on the first Tuesday in August held by neighborhoods across the country that strives to promote community and strengthen relationships between you and your city&rsquo;s public safety departments.  &nbsp;</div> <div>You can celebrate National Night Out by turning on your porch light and spending the evening with your neighbors. If you&rsquo;d like to plan something for your neighborhood, you can check out the City&rsquo;s National Night Out Resources Page <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/resources">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/resources</a>&nbsp;and the Planning Guide <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/4.8_NNO_Planning_Guide.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/4.8_NNO_Planning_Guide.pdf</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Mentor A Brashear Student!&nbsp;</h2> <div>The Mentor 2.0 program pairs college-educated volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with ninth grade students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. The program employs technology and a unique curriculum to ensure volunteers are effective in supporting students through high school and beyond. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The time commitment is easy&mdash;just 2 hours one evening per month for the in-person event, and fulfill the remaining responsibilities remotely. The in-person interactions are guided by a custom curriculum. Mentors receive coaching via e-mail and activities are designed to help mentors connect with students. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To volunteer, you must be 21 years of age, college educated, and live or work in the Pittsburgh area. Applicants should plan to commit two school years to the program, though ideally, relationships will last through high school. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, check out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at <a href="http://bbbspgh.imentor.org">bbbspgh.imentor.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>Community Calendar&nbsp;</h2> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 7/7 @ 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Avenue)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 7/11, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Litter Cleanup &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 7/16, 9 AM @ the Parking Lot at Broadway and Beechview Avenues&nbsp;</div> <div>Gloves, bags, and water will be provided&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 7/12 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 7/18, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 7/21, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Garden Cleanup &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 7/23, 9 AM @ the billboard garden at 1730 Broadway Avenue&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>*none in July or August* &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 8/1, 7 PM @ St. Basil&#39;s Church-Lower Level (1735 Brownsville Rd)</div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:28:37 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | June 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6142 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Moore">Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up the Park</a><br /> <a href="#Capital">The Capital Budget: What are your priorities?&nbsp;</a><br /> <a href="#Building">Building a Deck? Things to Check!</a><br /> <a href="#Knowledge">3-1-1 Knowledge Base</a><br /> <a href="#FREE">FREE Summer Food &amp; Fund for Kids</a><br /> <a href="#Emerald">Emerald View Park Committee Representative Needed!</a><br /> <a href="#FREE">FREE Dental Clinic June 3-4 at the Convention Center</a><br /> <a href="#Featured">Featured Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in May!!</div> <div>I joined Urban Redevelopment Authority staff in evaluating a developer&rsquo;s proposal to develop 1600-1602 Broadway Avenue. The proposal was later approved by the URA board, and the developer, Atlas Development Co. was granted &ldquo;exclusive negotiations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Senator Fontana&rsquo;s staff, the Department of Public Works, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Port Authority to discuss how we can proceed on a design process for streetscape improvements to Broadway Avenue in Beechview. We will be sure to update you when this process gets up and running.&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with Councilwoman Kail-Smith, Council President Kraus, the Mt. Washington CDC, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy about a new plan for care and stewardship of Emerald View Park in Mt. Washington.&nbsp;</div> <div>I welcomed a delegation of Cuban officials to City Council, giving them a tour of our Council Chambers, and discussing opportunities for collaboration on sporting events.</div> <div>My office attended the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meeting, where Police presented only four minor crimes in Beechview for the month!&nbsp;</div> <div>My office met with the Carrick Youth Athletic Association to help them draw down City grant dollars for improvements at Volunteers Field in Carrick.&nbsp;</div> <div>Mayor Peduto and I attended the Beechview Cinco de Mayo festival! Thanks to the organizers, artists, and vendors who made the event such a wonderful showcase of culture. And thanks to Las Palmas for the delicious tacos.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff attended the Carrick Community Council meeting, where neighbors discussed working more with the Carrick Business Association, zoning issues, and the exciting new Carrick Dairy District open air market at Brownsville Road and East Meyers.&nbsp;</div> <div>I met with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children to hear the results of the Child Care Needs Assessment commissioned by the Council Women&rsquo;s Caucus. I will be hosting a televised briefing for the public on June 28th-- more on that below!</div> <div>I joined Mayor Peduto and the Community Builders in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Hillcrest Senior Residences project in Carrick. The all-new construction will produce high quality 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, exclusively for seniors. You can find more information here: [link]</div> <div>I honored those soldiers who gave their lives serving our country at a Memorial Day service in Beechview.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff also attended the Brookline Block Watch, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meeting Brookline, a rainy day garden planting at the Accamando Center in Overbrook. I met with stakeholders from Carrick, Beechview, Brookline, and the Hilltop, and so much more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Moore"></a>Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park</h3> <div>In previous issues of the newsletter, we&rsquo;ve updated you about our efforts to spruce up Moore Park. &nbsp;A number of larger-scale projects are needed, including the resurfacing of the basketball court, new stairs to the center, and improvements to the ballfields. We are getting cost estimates for those projects, and lobbying hard to get the funding in the budget. In the meantime, we hope you&rsquo;ll join us for a day of volunteer painting! The railings, fence, and gazebo at Moore are in need of a shiny new coat of paint. The City is providing paint and supplies, our office is supplying snacks, and we hope you&rsquo;ll join us with some elbow grease!&nbsp;</div> <div>Find more information, RSVP, and invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/830884510347059</div> <div><strong>Saturday, June 18th</strong><br /> <strong>9 AM to 1 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Moore Park (Pioneer Avenue)</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Capital"></a>The Capital Budget: What are your priorities?&nbsp;</h3> <div>Each year, the City creates a Capital Budget that is used exclusively for the physical maintenance and improvements to our roads, parks, and facilities. The capital budget pays for everything from paving to new pool filters. Several years ago, I passed legislation to improve the budgeting process and create opportunities for citizen participation.&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, two public meetings will be held as part of this process! Hearings will follow a Deliberative Democracy format that gives residents a chance to learn more about what goes into the Capital Budget, discuss needs and priorities in a small-group setting, and ask questions of an expert panel. Residents will be able to let the City know what specific Capital work they&rsquo;d like to see done in their neighborhoods in 2017.</div> <div>To participate, register here!</div> <div>pittsburghpa.gov/omb/capital budget</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, June 21</strong><br /> <strong>6:00-8:30 PM&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Letter Carrier&#39;s Union Hall</strong><br /> <strong>841 California Ave</strong><br /> <strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15212</strong></div> <div><strong>Thursday, June 23</strong><br /> <strong>6:00-8:30 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Kingsley Association</strong><br /> <strong>6435 Frankstown Ave</strong><br /> <strong>Pittsburgh, PA 15206</strong></div> <div>We ask all participants to commit to the entire 2.5 hours of the forum. &nbsp;Food and refreshments will be provided. &nbsp;While it is not mandatory, we would appreciate your pre-registration.</div> <div>Facebook Event - June 21: https://www.facebook.com/events/199265823800562/</div> <div>Facebook Event - June 23: https://www.facebook.com/events/237024593344091/</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Building"></a>Building a Deck? Things to Check!</h3> <div>Adapted from the PLI newsletter</div> <div>The weather is getting warmer and there is nothing better than sitting on your own deck, enjoying the sun! If you have plans to build a new deck this summer, make sure you follow the building codes and requirements to keep your family and neighbors safe.&nbsp;</div> <div>Not all decks require a building permit, but all decks do require an occupancy permit. The Bureau of Permits, Licenses &amp; Inspections website offers resources on how to design a deck that is safe and well-constructed to code. http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/permits/residential/decks</div> <div>Check out their general website (www.pittsburghpa.gov/pli) &nbsp;for more information on plenty of other topics, and consider <a href="http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001uI7hbvkHlUYf7bytTpODcQVKMh9bWt-OlMpPPG4vXnGn2OesH84HgEtcKSDQrBxOjALpV6XnRhzKSZj37uNcB3ZrMCvv1WptpP1PtuLm04mrqaZqyRHmP9eBIV9ETREJLbLDM3t4DYHMRD3r_VKUID9TghAkdahxj8-q6r10KGnXvtYF-ebKC8EpFccfbeugO8c71wjhbpmWk63O5QtpA_tXnHXPBdhVcBf_fipdjL7RD0lH9Rt5Lw%3D%3D">subscribing to their monthly e-mail newsletter</a> for more interesting news!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Knowledge"></a>3-1-1 Knowledge Base</h3> <div>People call our office with a wide variety of issues. In one day, we may get calls about potholes, zoning issues, taxes, public safety, and swimming pool passes. You can always call our office, and we&rsquo;re happy to get the information you need.&nbsp;</div> <div>But, if you&rsquo;re not a phone person, the City is adding new resources to our website every day. The 3-1-1 Knowledge Place is a clearing house of information on...well, pretty much everything. Search the Knowledge Base for your issue (i.e. overgrowth, or police) or browse by category! It&rsquo;s a resource we use here in the office, and it&rsquo;s available to you at home. Check it out today!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/knowledge-base</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project</h3> <div>The Port Authority is now in their third month of construction and we&rsquo;re happy to report that it is progressing nicely and remains on schedule.&nbsp;</div> <div>You will receive more frequent updates through June and July as some sections of Phase I will be ending and the start of Phase II gets closer. We want to make sure everyone has plenty of notice before any of these changes occur.</div> <div>We&rsquo;ve received some questions about work hours so we&rsquo;d like to clarify this for everyone. The contractor has a City permit that allows them to work between 7 am and 11 pm. That does not mean they are required to work during all of those hours. However, they are not permitted to work beyond those hours, such as overnight hours.</div> <div>The good news is that the project is on schedule and the weather has cooperated, so there&rsquo;s no need for the contractor to work at all hours. That could change and later they may need to add shifts to stay on schedule and meet the 180-day completion deadline in September.</div> <div>We&rsquo;ll continue to provide updates and welcome your feedback. Thank you for your continued patience.</div> <div>take a look at their project website here:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>More questions? Contact redline@portauthority.org&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="FREE"></a>FREE Summer Food &amp; Fun for Kids</h3> <div>Summer can be a hard time for families who struggle to put food on the table. Kids who normally get lunch at school may not be getting the important nutrition they need to grow and develop.&nbsp;</div> <div>The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps fill the gap by providing a free summer food program for anyone aged 18 and under. No paperwork or proof of income is required, and they have sites across the County at parks and other public spaces. About 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free or reduced school meals, but only 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on any given day. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table for the kids this summer, pass the word along. You can call 2-1-1 or text FOOD to 8770877 to find a site in your neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Emerald"></a>Emerald View Park Committee Representative Needed</h3> <div>The Emerald View Park (EVP) Committee is a volunteer committee established by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to serve as a first point of contact for community input on EVP-related issues; provide feedback on projects in EVP and/or those that affect the Park; build a strong EVP constituency; and host events and volunteer days as desired by the Committee.</div> <div>&nbsp;All committee meetings are open to the public. &nbsp;Committee members are asked to commit to attend 75% of the meetings in a calendar year to maintain committee voting privileges.</div> <div>The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month from 5:30-7:00 PM in the MWCDC office at 301 Shiloh Street.</div> <div>We&rsquo;re looking for a resident of District 4 to represent South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s priorities on this committee! If you&rsquo;re interested, please contact us at 412-255-2131 or e-mail Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="FREE"></a>FREE Dental Clinic June 3-4 at Convention Center</h3> <div>Been awhile since you&rsquo;ve been to the dentist? Regular maintenance can be hard if you don&rsquo;t have insurance. Now&rsquo;s your chance to catch up! There will be a free dental clinic Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Dentists, dental students, and volunteers will donate their services to provide fillings, cleanings, extraction, root-canal treatments and oral health education.&nbsp;</div> <div>Registration opens at 5:30 AM on both days. The clinic is able to treat the first 1,000 patients.&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, visit the mission&rsquo;s website: httyp://www.mom-n-pa.com</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Featured"></a>Featured Job Opportunities</h3> <div><strong>The City is hiring Crossing Guards!&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Apply here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/Announcements/SCHOOLGUARD2016.htm</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The City is also recruiting College Interns for Fall 2016!</strong></div> <div>Apply here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/announcements/AI00116.htm</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, 6/6, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview Litter Cleanup</strong><br /> Sunday, 6/12, 9 AM @ the Parking Lot at Broadway and Beechview Avenues<br /> Gloves, bags, and water will be provided</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/14 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, 6/16, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong><br /> Monday, 6/20, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Capital Budget Deliberative Forum #1</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/21, 6 PM @ Letter Carrier&rsquo;s Union Hall (841 California Avenue, 15212)</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Capital Budget Deliberative Forum #2</strong><br /> Thursday, 6/23, 6 PM @ Kingsley Association (6435 Frankstown Ave 15206)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong><br /> Tuesday, 6/28, 7:00 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council Litter Cleanup</strong><br /> Wednesday, 6/29, 6 PM @ Carrick Shopping Center (2134 Brownsville Rd)<br /> Supplies will be provided </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:07:19 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | May 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=6036 <div><a href="#Making">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Moore">Moore Park Updates</a><br /> <a href="#Broadway">Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project On Schedule</a><br /> <a href="#New">New Programs at Brookline Teen Outreach</a><br /> <a href="#Scholarship">Scholarship Opportunity</a><br /> <a href="#3">3-1-1, PLI, and Your Property Maintenance Concerns</a><br /> <a href="#PA">Pennsylvania&#39;s Plan on Aging</a><br /> <a href="#Get">Get the 2016 Brookline Breezefest on Your Calendar!</a><br /> <a href="#Spring">Spring Curbside Yard Waste Pickup</a><br /> <a href="#Be">Be an OASIS Tutor</a><br /> <a href="#Updates">Updates from our South Pittsburgh Schools</a><br /> <a href="#Featured">Featured Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></div> <h3><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <div>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and project that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things my office and I did in April!!</div> <div>Our office attended a State Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Council Chambers hosted by Senator Lisa Boscola about the Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania. Experts and State officials explained what services are available, and what more needs to be done to effectively treat addiction and prevent overdoses.&nbsp;</div> <div>Did you know there are transit stops along Rt. 51? It&rsquo;s true-- many residents are within walking distance from the South Busway and/or the Blue Line T. We, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Economic Development South, and Pittsburgh City Planning toured the transit stops and took note of opportunities for better signage and pedestrian access to transit. Transit is often less costly than parking downtown, and it reduces traffic.&nbsp;</div> <div>Ashleigh in my office attended a Business and Community Development Roundtable hosted by Representative Dan Miller. Panelists included the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Governor&rsquo;s Western PA Director, Erin Molchany. Attendees discussed plans for transit oriented development projects along the Red Line T in Beechview, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon, and Castle Shannon.&nbsp;</div> <div>Our office also attended opening day little league parades for the Carrick Youth Athletic Association, Beechview Athletic Association, and the Brookline Little League. Thank you to all the amazing parents out there who volunteer so much of their time to these awesome programs for our neighborhood kids!</div> <div>We also attended the Dairy District programming meeting, to help Economic Development South plan fun events for the summer at the brand new (soon to be completed) Dairy District Market on Brownsville Road.&nbsp;</div> <div>I attended a briefing about an important &ldquo;Bond Refunding&rdquo; initiative that will save the City interest on our debts as we move forward.&nbsp;</div> <div>We hosted our second South Hills Renovation Fair at Brashear High School. Over 70 neighbors came out to learn more about financing options, permit requirements, and programs to help homeowners plan home renovations!&nbsp;</div> <div>We also met with residents about zoning and building code issues, attended blockwatches and community meetings, and so much more...</div> <h3><a name="Moore"></a>Moore Park Updates</h3> <div>Parks are one of the most valuable assets a neighborhood can have. We here in District 4 are lucky to have *many* parks and parklets from Phillips in Carrick to Brookline Memorial, Moore, Bon Air Parklet, and Volunteers Field in Beechview&hellip;.just to name a few! They provide essential play space for our children, cool shade, they absorb stormwater, and their trees even clean our air. So when residents came to us with concerns about Moore Park in Brookline, we answered immediately.&nbsp;</div> <div>My staff walked Moore Park alongside the Department of Public Works and several Brookline residents to come up with a comprehensive list of needed improvements and fixes at the park. The result is a list of projects that will not only beautify the space, but will also enhance safety at Moore. We are working with the Department of Public Works to add new clay to the ball fields, paint railings and walls that need a new coat, patch cracks in the basketball court, and more. Crews have already been out to the park to paint over and remove graffiti on a small retaining wall, doors, and the playground equipment. In short, we&rsquo;re on the case, and we will keep everyone up-to-date as plans move forward.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Broadway"></a>Broadway Avenue Port Authority Project On Schedule</h3> <div>The Port Authority&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue track reconstruction project is underway and on time! Here are a few key updates from the Port Authority and the contractor:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>We&rsquo;ve been blessed with good weather, and the project is *on schedule.*&nbsp;</li> <li>We&rsquo;ve received some questions about the curved sections of track. The track was ordered in advance of the project, and it has been delivered. Expect installation soon!</li> <li>You may have noticed the contractors have not been working excessively late-- that&rsquo;s because they were granted permission to work up to 16 hours per day and 6 days per week IF NECESSARY to meet the schedule. Since they are on schedule, they are currently working 1 shift per day. This will likely change as they head into other sections of the project.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>Overall, the Port Authority is very pleased with the progress on the project. If you want more information, take a look at their project website here: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>More questions? Contact redline@portauthority.org&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="New"></a>New Programs at Brookline Teen Outreach</h3> <div>After a successful community fundraising campaign, Brookline Teen Outreach is up and running! BTO brings a holistic approach to serving teens in the area, with high quality and modern licensed counseling services, free tutoring, community service opportunities, and exciting programming. Have a neighborhood teen in your life? Be sure to let them know about the following events!&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Teen Outreach is open Thursday and Friday, 3pm to 9pm and on Saturday, 12pm to 9pm. There are events scheduled every day, including the following, AND there is air hockey, foosball, video games, board games, art projects, and more. It&rsquo;s a great, safe place to hang out with friends.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>THURSDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Life Skills 5pm - 6pm</div> <div><em>Learn real world skills that you need to succeed. Cooking, basic sewing, setting a budget, law for teens, and more.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Free Manicures 6-7:30pm</div> <div><strong>FRIDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Donation Movement 5-6pm</div> <div><em>Stop in and learn yoga, karate, hip hop dance, and kickboxing. There is no set fee, just pay what you can. Ages 10-18</em></div> <div>Movie Night 6-9pm</div> <div><em>A movie, popcorn, and pop for only $5. There are a few selections every week, and you get to vote to decide what movie you watch. Ages 10-18</em></div> <div><strong>SATURDAYS:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Creative Expression Noon-5pm</div> <div><em>Delve into art, music, and theater in a variety of exciting ways.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Card Gaming Meetup 5-7pm</div> <div><em>Do you play Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic, or Net Runner? Come to the teen center to play and discover new games.&nbsp;</em></div> <h3><a name="Scholarship"></a>Scholarship Opportunity</h3> <div><em>From Caring.com-- More information here: https://www.caring.com/scholarship</em></div> <div>Are you caring for an adult relative while enrolled in a U.S. college or university? When you&#39;re living with your aging loved one, managing their finances because they no longer can, taking them to doctors appointments -- we know that caregiving can be both difficult and rewarding. As America&rsquo;s leading senior care resource for family caregivers, we know that juggling the responsibilities of caregiving and student life is a unique challenge.</div> <div>Caring.com is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives. Submit your story though a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video telling us about your journey.</div> <ul> <li>Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?</li> <li>How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?</li> <li>How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?</li> </ul> <div>Share your #CaringScholar story by May 31, 2016.</div> <h3><a name="3"></a>3-1-1, PLI, and Your Property Maintenance Concerns</h3> <div>We hear from a lot of folks who have called 3-1-1 in the past, and wonder what happened to their request for service. There was no follow-up from the City, so if you wanted to know what happened, you would have to call 3-1-1 again with your request number. But times, they are a&rsquo;changing, and now, there&rsquo;s an app for that! Sign up for myBurgh on your Android or iPhone, and you can easily report issues in your neighborhood, receive updates, and check on your status. The app is available for free in the Google Play store and iTunes App store.&nbsp;</div> <div>You can find more information on updates to our 3-1-1 system here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form</div> <div>Many 3-1-1 requests are about property maintenance issues. Those requests are routed to the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (formerly Building Inspection). They, too, are putting more and more information online. If you have reported a house in your neighborhood for building code violations, you can now search the property&rsquo;s address here, to see if it resulted in any violation notices:&nbsp;</div> <div>http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/Search.aspx</div> <div>For more information like this, and to receive updates as PLI continues to expand its transparency, accountability, and predictability, sign up for their e-mail newsletter! You can do so here: http://bit.ly/1YhWOfD</div> <h3><a name="PA"></a>Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Plan on Aging</h3> <div>Pennsylvania is the fourth &ldquo;oldest&rdquo; state in the nation, with nearly 2.7 million individuals aged 50 and older, and more than 300,000 individuals aged 85 and older. The PA Department of Aging is required by the federal government to develop a plan for how the state can best protect and empower elder residents. Pennsylvania&rsquo;s last plan addressed issues such as health stability, and protection from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Enabling residents to maintain their independence is also a major priority.&nbsp;</div> <div>The PA Department on Aging is drafting an updated plan now, and providing public hearings for stakeholders and residents to provide feedback. The draft will be posted on the department&rsquo;s website by Friday, May 12. Here are the details for the Allegheny County Hearing:&nbsp;</div> <div>May 18, 10 AM to Noon</div> <div>Allegheny County AAA</div> <div>2100 Wharton Street</div> <div>2nd Floor Conference Room</div> <div>Pittsburgh, PA 15203</div> <div>If you want to provide comment at a hearing, you must register by contacting Abby Fox. You will be allotted five minutes to provide your testimony and you are also required to submit a copy of your written testimony on the day of the public hearing.&nbsp;</div> <div>Phone: 717-783-6128</div> <div>E-mail: stateplanonaging@pa.gov</div> <h3><a name="Get"></a>Get the 2016 Brookline Breezefest on your Calendar!</h3> <div>The Brookline Chamber of Commerce, South Pittsburgh Development Corp. and Breeze Race committee invites you to participate in our annual event on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10a.m.to 5p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Boulevard sidewalks will be lined with vendors of Arts, Crafts, Food, and a variety of other displays. This event will encompass the sidewalks of the business district and a portion of the Blvd. will be closed from Glenarm to Stebbins.&nbsp;</div> <div>Are you a vendor interested in securing a space on Brookline Boulevard?&nbsp;</div> <div>E-mail Blvdbreezefest@hotmail.com for an application.&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Setup for sidewalk exhibitors will begin at 7:30 AM. &nbsp;Due to the Breeze Race, all setups must be in place by 8:00 AM.</li> <li>Size of space is app.9&rsquo;X9&rsquo; you need to supply your own table. &nbsp;No electric provided.</li> <li>Spaces are early return $35.00, Spaces after June 8 are $45.00 (last date accepted June 30, 2016)</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Spring"></a>Spring Curbside Yard Waste Pickup</h3> <div>It&rsquo;s spring cleaning time, and the Bureau of Environmental Services is here to help you with your yard waste disposal! A special curbside pickup is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016. The following yard waste will be accepted:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Leaves</li> <li>Branches (4 inch diameter or less)</li> <li>Brush</li> <li>Grass</li> </ul> <div>Bagged debris should be in paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. Bundled debris should be bound with fiber twine or natural rope. Branch lengths should not exceed five feet. Place your bagged and bundled yard debris at your normal curbside garbage pickup location.&nbsp;</div> <div>Please note: crews *will not* collect plastic bags, metal, wire, rocks, blocks, bricks, soil, dirt, gravel, glass, or plastic. Yard waste that does not meet the collection guidelines will be left at the curb.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Be"></a>Be an OASIS Tutor</h3> <div>Would you be willing to spend some time each week doing something fun and fulfilling &ndash; especially if you knew it would change a child&rsquo;s life forever? If your answer is &ldquo;yes,&rdquo; please consider being an OASIS tutor, a mentor, and a friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills.</div> <div><strong>How do I become a tutor? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>You begin by completing the tutor training program. &nbsp;Then you commit to meeting with a student each week. You will work with the same child throughout the school year. &nbsp;Of course, your student and his or her teacher will understand when you need time for vacations or emergencies.</div> <div><strong>Do I need teaching experience? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>No. &nbsp;Your enthusiasm, patience and compassion are far more important. &nbsp;Your roles as a tutor are those of a friend and a role model.</div> <div><strong>What age are the children? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>The program is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, a critical period for developing reading and language skills.</div> <div><strong>Where and when will I tutor?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>You will tutor in a school in the Pittsburgh Public or Woodland Hills School Districts. &nbsp;Your student&rsquo;s teacher will help you find a time during the school day for your weekly sessions.</div> <div><strong>What training will I receive?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tutors complete an in-depth training based on a proven six-part plan of activities. &nbsp;You&rsquo;ll learn ways to draw out the child&rsquo;s experiences and create simple stories that form the basis for reading activities. You are encouraged to also attend tutor conferences for continued training and the chance to share your successes and challenges with other tutors.</div> <div><strong>How will being a tutor change the life of a child? &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>As a tutor you will help a child feel important, build his/her self-esteem, become a better reader which will help them do better in school.</div> <div>*Training and materials are provided at no cost.</div> <div>For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, or to register for training that will take place on July12th, and July 14th, 2016, call John D. Spehar, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutoring Program Director at (412) 393-7648 or email jdspehar@oasisnet.org.</div> <div>This program is operated in partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council</div> <h3><a name="Updates"></a>Updates from our South Pittsburgh Schools!</h3> <div><strong>Carmalt Writing and Communications Shout Outs</strong></div> <div>Kids at Carmalt raised funds for a variety of causes over the last month! A Jump Rope for the Heart event yielded $1,514 to be donated to the American Heart Association. Kids also raised $948 to be donated to Animal Friends, along with food and toys for the animals.&nbsp;</div> <div>We would also like to congratulate winners of the Earth Day Poster Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy! Winners are Alieena Darrow, Jimier Scott, Kim Ho, and Nahla Brice, along with teachers Ms. Kwasniewski and Ms. Shimko.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Concord Elementary Shout Outs</strong></div> <div>The month of May is going to be an extremely busy month at Concord! &nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>May 5th at 4:00 PM Culture Night -- in the gymnasium. All students, parents, and community members are invited to attend.&nbsp;</li> <li>May 12th at 2:00 PM PSCC Meeting&nbsp;</li> <li>May 20th &nbsp;is Take Your Father to School Day</li> <li>May 27th at 9:30 AM Spring Concert-- in the gymnasium. All are welcome.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>*The school is still accepting kindergarten registrations for the fall. &nbsp;If your child will be 5 years</div> <div>old before September 30th it is time to register for Kindergarten. &nbsp;Please call the school for registration information at 412-529-7756.</div> <h3><a name="Featured"></a>Featured Job Opportunities</h3> <div><strong>Youth Coordinator @ UrbanKind Institute</strong></div> <div>The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for improving access to quality programs for youth in the Hilltop neighborhoods.</div> <div>More information here: http://www.urbankind.org/ypc.html</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>City of Pittsburgh Early Childhood Manager</strong></div> <div>Councilwoman Rudiak created a new position in the 2016 budget for an Early Childhood Manager. The Early Childhood Manager will work with the City, School District, and Community Stakeholders to find new ways to improve quality and expand access to care and education for kids from birth through elementary school.</div> <div>More Information here: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pers-depo/Announcements/EARLYCHILDHOOD.HTM</div> <h3><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <div>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, 5/9, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 5/10 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>Monday, 5/16, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Pretty Up Beechview LITTER CLEAN-UP</strong></div> <div>Saturday, 5/14, 9 AM to Noon @ Alton Field Playground</div> <div>Bags, gloves, and water will be provided!</div> <div><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, 5/19, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</div> <div><strong>Friends of the Beechview Library Annual Book Sale</strong></div> <div>Saturday, May 21, 10 AM-4PM @ Beechview CLP (1910 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 5/24, 7:00 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:33:39 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | April 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5898 <p><a href="#Making"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</span></a><br /> <a href="#JoinUs">Join Us for Councilwoman Rudiak &amp; Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s South Hills Renovation Fair</a><br /> <a href="#LookingTo">Looking to Downsize? Get on the Interest List for Hillcrest Senior Residences!</a><br /> <a href="#BRAG">BRAG On Broadway! A New Group Guiding Development in Beechview</a><br /> <a href="#Momentum">Momentum in Beechview: Beechview Senior Center and URA Properties</a><br /> <a href="#Honoring">Honoring South Pittsburgh Residents</a><br /> <a href="#LearnMore">Learn More About&nbsp; Liberty Bridge Construction</a><br /> <a href="#The2016">The 2016 Pittsburgh Paving List is OUT!</a><br /> <a href="#Changes">Changes to the Street Sweeping Schedule for 2016</a><br /> <a href="#SendYour">Send your Child to Summer Camp with the Pittsburgh Police!</a><br /> <a href="#Police">Police Internships Available for All Majors</a><br /> <a href="#Comcast">Comcast Provides Affordable Internet to Qualifying Residents</a><br /> <a href="#Construction">Construction Junction FREE De&shy;construction Help</a><br /> <a href="#Community">Community Calendar</a></p> <h2><a name="Making"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h2> <div><em>I meet with residents, developers, organizations, and fellow government employees every day to work on ideas and projects that will benefit South Pittsburgh and the City. Here are just a few of the things I did in March!</em></div> <p>I started out March with a productive conversation with my fellow Councilwoman, Theresa Kail-Smith, as well as Councilman Bruce Kraus, Mayor Peduto, and Police to talk about how we can get more public safety cameras placed in areas of high crime.</p> <p>My staff convened the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development South to talk about the future of the Berg Place apartments in Carrick, which have been all-but-abandoned by their current owner. Redevelopment will be a complex process as the properties currently have hundreds of thousands of dollars of liens on them, but we are working through the red tape to make the apartments come back to life.</p> <p>I hosted a briefing of the Women&rsquo;s Caucus for a group of women advocating for Pittsburgh to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The convention was adopted by the UN Assembly in 1979, but was never ratified by the United States. Cities across the Country are now adopting it, and working to make City services more equitable, from making sure programming at parks is for both boys and girls, and making sure city employees are receiving equal pay for equal work.</p> <p>I spoke to a group of 50 newly elected officials from across the region about the importance of learning conflict resolution skills, to ensure that our time spent in office is productive, and not divisive. Thanks to the Local Government Academy for the opportunity.</p> <p>I joined the Parks Conservancy and residents from Bon Air and Beltzhoover for a presentation of the new McKinley Park Master Plan. The plan includes restoration of natural areas, as well as active recreation areas, like a community plaza, picnic shelters, a community garden, and a walking loop. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/3-10-15_Community_Presentation_-_lo_res.pdf]">You can see it here.</a></p> <p>My staff attended a city-wide meeting in Knoxville&nbsp; to discuss new ideas for affordable housing and what that means for our southern neighborhoods.</p> <p>I attended a public hearing with my fellow Councilwomen to confront the new Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and some members of the board about billing and customer service complaints that you all have brought to our office over the past few years. <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/10142854-74/pwsa-billing-donahoe">You can read more here</a>.</p> <p>We celebrated the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s official incorporation in the lobby of the City County Building! Happy birthday Pittsburgh!</p> <p>We attended the annual awards ceremony celebrating Allegheny Cleanways volunteers, as well as&nbsp; South Pittsburgh Development Corporation meeting, the Overbrook Community Council, the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meeting, the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, the Brookline Block Watch, and so much more!</p> <h2><a name="JoinUs"></a>Join Us for Councilwoman Rudiak &amp; Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s South Hills Renovation Fair</h2> <p>Want to renovate your home, but you&rsquo;re not sure how to get started? Join Councilwoman Rudiak and Mayor Peduto on Saturday, April 30th for the 2016 Renovation Fair! We&rsquo;ll have all the right people under one roof to answer your questions and help you plan.</p> <ul> <li>Neighborhood banks to discuss financing options</li> <li>Ideas for landscaping and historical preservation</li> <li>Local regulatory agencies to discuss permitting</li> <li>Government programs to help with energy efficient renovations</li> <li>Non-profits and other neighborhood partners to talk about community involvement</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please join us Saturday, April 30th from 10AM to 2PM in the cafeteria at Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216). Admission and parking are free!</strong></p> <h2><a name="LookingTo"></a>Looking to Downsize? Get on the Interest List for Hillcrest Senior Residences!</h2> <p>In our last newsletter, we reported the exciting news that construction will begin soon on the brand new Hillcrest Senior Residences development! The new building, which will replace the vacant and blighted former Giant Eagle at 2920 Brownsville Road, will include 54 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments for people 62 years of age and older. Amenities will include an elevator, on-site parking, a fitness room, high efficiency appliances, and laundry facilities on each floor. Units are expected to be available for rent by Spring 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Hillcrest_-_Interest_List_Handout_Version_June_2015.pdf">More details, including floor-plans, can be viewed here.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to downsize, and would like to receive more information and an application when it becomes available, call The Community Builders at 412-331-1490 or e-mail hillcrestresidences@tcbinc.org</p> <h2><a name="BRAG"></a>BRAG On Broadway! A New Group Guiding Development in Beechview</h2> <p>There is no doubt there is a special momentum building in Beechview right now, and one group is seeking community input. Beechview residents and stakeholders are invited to apply for a spot on a new organization, the Beechview Revitalization Advisory Group, or BRAG! BRAG was conceived by the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC), which just recently opened an office on Broadway Avenue. They plan to invest in commercial and residential renovations in Beechview. The group&rsquo;s mission will be to build positive relationships throughout the community, promote Beechview, provide feedback on PHDC projects, and more.</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Revitalization_Advisory_Group_Description.pdf">Click here for more details about the Beechview Revitalization Advisory Group</a></p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/BRAGLETTER.pdf">Click here for information on how to apply to be part of BRAG.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="Momentum"></a>Momentum in Beechview: Beechview Senior Center and URA Properties</h2> <p>Plans to expand and rehabilitate the Beechview Sr. Center (1553 Broadway) are moving forward! Some of you have seen work happening there, such as interior demolition and brick repointing. That&rsquo;s just the start! After getting feedback from the community and the seniors who use the Center, the architectural plans are almost final. We will leave a copy of the final plans at the Library in a few weeks, if you are interested in taking a look. The City will go out to bid in May and start construction this summer. The City&rsquo;s goal is to complete the project and open the brand new Center next Spring, 2017.</p> <p>The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is also close to finding developers to renovate and purchase the buildings they own along the Broadway Avenue business district. Plans for 1601 Broadway (the turret) building are moving right along with Atlas Development Company. We look forward to construction starting there in the next few months. The URA also put out a request for proposals for two buildings and a lot on Broadway-- 1600, 1602, and 1619 Broadway.</p> <p><a href="http://mail-dog.com/page.html?p=0000015Fu8vnwQozBcIt8IiofsXCcYn/GiVGBxUugr7tqw&amp;email=lmoses@ura.org">Click here to see the URA&#39;s request for proposals!&nbsp;</a></p> <p>We look forward to seeing the proposals that come in, and working with the community and the URA to get these buildings back in top form and full of new businesses and residents.</p> <h2><a name="Honoring"></a>Honoring South Pittsburgh Residents</h2> <p>I presented the family of Edna May Tuite of Beechview with a proclamation honoring her life. Mrs. Tuite was a long-time favorite waitress at the Banksville Eat-N-Park, and a loving mother and grandmother.<br /> <br /> I also celebrated the volunteerism and passion of Bon Air resident, Dan Conowalt, who has worked to restore and raise awareness of the USS LST Ship Memorial. The LST, or landing ship tank, played a major role in World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam wars. It is an amphibious ship designed to deliver cargo directly onto beaches during combat. LST-325 was decommissioned, and now serves as a mobile memorial to the countless heroic Americans who died in service to their country. We thank and honor the volunteers who brought LST-325 to Pittsburgh this year, and taught us so much about its history.</p> <h2><a name="LearnMore"></a>Learn More About&nbsp; Liberty Bridge Construction</h2> <p>They say there are two seasons in Pittsburgh: winter and road repair. This summer, PennDOT will continue their $80.08 million Liberty Bridge rehabilitation project. There will be two public meetings where residents can ask questions and learn more:</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, April 5 at the Wintergarden at PPG Place (1 PPG Place, 3rd Avenue Downtown)<br /> Two sessions: 11:00 AM and Noon</strong></p> <p><strong>Wednesday, April 6 at Brashear High School Auditorium (590 Crane Avenue, Beechview)<br /> 6:30-8:30 PM</strong></p> <p>Deck replacement and ramp reconstruction will begin in late April. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in the direction of peak travel and a single lane of traffic will be maintained in the opposite direction. Other improvements include structural steel repairs and painting, concrete repairs, signage improvements and the installation of a new alternating overhead lane control system.</p> <p>Be sure to attend one of PennDOT&rsquo;s public meetings if you have questions or require more information.</p> <h2><a name="The2016"></a>The 2016 Pittsburgh Paving List is OUT!</h2> <p>The Department of Public Works has released their paving plan for 2016! <a href="https://pap.accela.com/envista-public-web/index/Pittsburgh">Navigate here to view an interactive map showing all street segments that are to be paved this season. </a>You can click on each one to see details and the anticipated dates for paving work.</p> <p>How are these streets selected? DPW uses a combination of street condition data, citizen 3-1-1 reports, and condition reports from Public Works staff to develop a comprehensive annual paving program.</p> <p>This year, the City is paving about 49.5 miles at a cost of $14,887,943, an increase of 8% over last year&rsquo;s paving budget! We can expect additional paving through coordination with utility companies.</p> <h2><a name="Changes"></a>Changes to the Street Sweeping Schedule for 2016</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s almost time for spring cleaning! Street sweeping starts for the year on Monday, April 4th, with a few key changes.</p> <p>In Allentown, Brookline, Carrick, and Southside, you&rsquo;ll see new signage and the following changes in service:</p> <ul> <li>Streets that were previously cleaned on the 1st week of the month will now be cleaned on the 3rd week of the month.</li> <li>Streets that were previously cleaned on the 2nd week of the month will now be cleaned on the 4th week of the month.</li> </ul> <p>**In Beechview, Broadway Avenue street cleaning will continue through the Port Authority&rsquo;s construction, but due to limited parking, the City will not be ticketing parked cars.</p> <h2><a name="SendYour"></a>Send your Child to Summer Camp with the Pittsburgh Police!</h2> <p>Looking for fun summer opportunities for your kids? Check out the Pittsburgh Police Cops &amp; Kids Summer Camp! This week-long program is a unique experience for Pittsburgh kids to learn and explore all aspects of policing and public safety. Campers have positive interactions with police officers, while learning about public safety and positive decision making. This year, the camp will focus on education, keeping them &ldquo;Promise Ready&rdquo; during the summer months.</p> <p>The goal of Cops &amp; Kids is to help build self esteem, self-awareness, and a better understanding of what it takes to become a good citizen.&nbsp; All participants will acquire a better understanding of the following topics:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The Meaning of Public Safety&nbsp;</li> <li>Leadership and Teamwork&nbsp;</li> <li>The Consequences of Illegal Guns and Drugs&nbsp;</li> <li>The Benefits of Physical Fitness &amp; Nutrition&nbsp;</li> <li>Tips on Crime Prevention</li> <li>CSI-Crime Scene Investigation</li> <li>&ldquo;Paying it Forward&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>There is *no cost* to attending the camp, and transportation, breakfast, and lunch is provided. The camp is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early!<br /> <br /> http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/2016_Summer_Camp_application_ONLINE.pdf</p> <h2><a name="Police"></a>Police Internships Available for All Majors</h2> <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is looking for community-minded students who value public service and want to give back to the City. To qualify, you must be a college student, have completed at least 45 credit hours, and maintain a 2.5 QPA. Applications are due April 15th. To apply, go to www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/joblistings.aspx</p> <h2><a name="Comcast"></a>Comcast Provides Affordable Internet to Qualifying Residents</h2> <p>What once seemed like a luxury is now an essential: families need the internet to do everything from homework to applying for jobs. Comcast provides low-cost, high-speed internet service for $9.95 per month for qualifying families. To qualify, families must have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program. Comcast also connects users with free classes on a variety of topics, including basic computer skills, how to use e-mail, being safe and secure online, searching for jobs online, and more. To learn more, go to: https://apply.internetessentials.com/</p> <h2><a name="Construction"></a>Construction Junction FREE De&shy;construction Help</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s almost summertime, and for many, that means home renovation time! But wait! Before you do any demolition, think about&nbsp; if anyone could use something that you&rsquo;re getting rid of-- lumber, trim, fixtures, doors, windows cabinets? Construction Junction has a licensed and insured Deconstruction Department that can save you money. Their crew will come out for *free* to remove useable building materials before you start your renovation. You&rsquo;ll save on disposal costs, it&rsquo;s better for the environment, and your donation is tax deductible.</p> <p>To request a free consultation, call Brian at 412 243 5025 or email at bswearingen@constructionjunction.org.</p> <h2><a name="Community"></a>Community Calendar</h2> <p>You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, 4/4, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</p> <p><strong>PennDOT Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Public Meeting #1</strong><br /> Tuesday, 4/5, 11 AM and Noon @ PPG Wintergarden (1 PPG Place, 3rd Avenue, Downtown)</p> <p><strong>PennDOT Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Public Meeting #2</strong><br /> Wednesday, 4/6, 6:30 PM @ Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue, Beechview)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens / Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, 4/7, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway, basement)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, 4/12 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong><br /> Monday, 4/18, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beltzhoover Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, 4/21, 5:30 PM @ Beulah Baptist Church (201 Chalfont Street)</p> <p><strong>Carrick Community Clean-Up</strong><br /> Saturday, 4/23, 10 AM @ Phillips Park (201 Parkfield Street)<br /> Sign up by calling 412-339-0808 or e-mailing carrickpa@googlegroups.com<br /> Gloves &amp; bags provided; Donuts &amp; Coffee provided by Dunkin Donuts, Pizza lunch provided by Yinz Guys Pizza &amp; the Carrick Community Council</p> <p><strong>Rudiak-Peduto South Hills Renovation Fair</strong><br /> Saturday, 4/30, 10 AM- 2 PM @ Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue)<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 11:32:22 -0400 Councilwoman Rudiak's South PGH Newsletter | March 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5774 <p><a href="#SouthPgh">Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</a><br /> <a href="#Port">Port Authority Reconstruction on Track in Beechview</a><br /> <a href="#Megan">Meet Megan Neuf: The District 4 Constituent Services Manager</a><br /> <a href="#Women">Women-Owned Businesses: How to Win City Contracts!</a><br /> <a href="#Teens">Support Teens in Brookline with your Volunteer Time</a><br /> <a href="#Lead">Are You Worried About Lead?</a><br /> <a href="#Civic">Become a Civic Leader and Learn More about City Services</a><br /> <a href="#Light">Heads Up: Duquesne Light Installing New Electricity Meters in 2016</a><br /> <a href="#Schools">Shout Outs from our South Pittsburgh Schools</a><br /> <a href="#Carrick">Spotlight on Carrick: The Carrick Community Council &amp; How You Can Get Involved!<br /> U</a><a href="#Players">pdates from the Heritage Players</a><br /> <a href="#Jobs">Job Opportunities</a><br /> <a href="#Calendar">Community Calendar</a></p> <h3><a name="SouthPgh"></a>Making South Pittsburgh a Better Place Everyday</h3> <ul> <li>If you live in South Pgh, you know that the intersection of Rts 51 and 88 have been under construction for years now. Thankfully, the work is now complete! I met with PennDOT, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works and neighborhood groups to ensure that everything was wrapped up properly and answer any remaining questions from neighbors. We&rsquo;re currently looking at any landscape improvements that can be done around this intersection.</li> <li>The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation has opened an office on Broadway Avenue in Beechview, and I attended their open house on February 2nd. It was great to see so many people come out in support of Beechview and business development! I met several new people and the ideas for positive investments and volunteerism are already flowing.</li> <li>I met with the women driving a campaign for Pittsburgh to adopt the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to discuss what we can do, as a City, to make Pittsburgh a friendlier place for women (and all who love them).</li> <li>Following up on legislation I passed in December to create an Office of Early Childhood here at the City, I met with officials from the Mayor&rsquo;s administration to work on a job description for the Early Childhood Manager. We are working out the details with the Department of Personnel, and look forward to advertising the position soon.</li> <li>Last summer, I passed Plain Language legislation requiring that all city documents be written in a simpler, more succinct way to ensure that people both understand, and WANT to engage with the City. This month, I met with administration officials and professors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to discuss how to implement the legislation, and how we can involve students in that process.</li> <li>I had the honor of speaking with Columbus, Ohio Councilwoman, Liz Brown, about her efforts to pass Paid Family Leave for Columbus employees. I passed a similar bill here in Pittsburgh in 2015, and am thrilled that it has been successful, and we are able to share that model for success with other cities, to ensure more families have the time they need to care for new babies.</li> <li>I joined over a hundred Beechview residents at the Port Authority&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue track reconstruction meeting, where we learned more about the project plans, and worked with Port Authority employees to address specific questions.</li> <li>I teamed up with Councilman Dan Gilman, and met with Heather Arnet from the Women and Girls Foundation to discuss ways to encourage gender pay equity in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> <li>Last but not least, I met with Matt Smith, the head of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to talk about ways that the City and Chamber can work together, &nbsp;rocked out to live jazz music at BREW on Broadway in Beechview <a href="https://www.facebook.com/brewonbroadway">(follow BREW on Facebook for information on events)</a> plus I had fun with Councilman Kraus for a good cause at Biscuits Bingo, hosted by Officer Christine Luffey of Zone 3, raising money for animal rescue!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Port"></a>Port Authority Reconstruction On Track in Beechview</h3> <div>On February 18th, the Port Authority held a community meeting in Beechview, where they talked one-on-one with residents about the Broadway Avenue T-track revitalization project, slated to start March 27th and last for 6 months. When the project was first announced, residents and businesses understandably recalled the hardships of the last track reconstruction (1998) that negatively impacted parking, traffic, and commerce for not one, but two construction seasons.&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, however, the Port Authority is doing its best to listen to the community&rsquo;s concerns, and they have made several changes to their construction plan to better accommodate businesses and residents. Our office is proud of our role in communicating these concerns and negotiating a better deal. Here&rsquo;s what residents should expect:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Construction will last 6 months, or one construction season.&nbsp;</li> <li>One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open throughout construction.</li> <li>The work will be done in phases-- in other words, work will be done in sections, rather than all of Broadway being under construction at once.</li> <li>That means more parking and better pedestrian access throughout the summer.&nbsp;</li> <li>There will be at four pedestrian crossings, to ensure people can get to church, the library, their house, or the grocery store.&nbsp;</li> <li>There will be two car crossings to ensure that traffic moves smoothly throughout the construction zone.&nbsp;</li> <li>Shuttles will run between the Potomac and Fallowfield stations&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div>To learn more about the specifics of the project, check out the Port Authority&rsquo;s dedicated project website, here: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</div> <div>If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office, or contact the Port Authority directly, here: RedLine@portauthority.org</div> <h3><a name="Megan">Meet Megan Neuf: The District 4 Constituent Services Manager</a></h3> <p>If you&#39;ve called our office in the last year, about anything from a pothole to a policy question, you&#39;ve probably spoken to Megan Neuf, our Constituent Services Manager. Megan joined us after finishing her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a dual master&#39;s degree in social work and public health. Her focus there and in her volunteer work has been early childhood, non-profit advocacy, and grantmaking. After working here part-time for nearly a year, we&#39;re so excited to finally welcome her on full-time starting next week. We thought this would be a perfect time for you to get to know her better!&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>What do you love most about your job?</strong></div> <div>I really love talking to people in our communities every day. I especially enjoy when I&#39;m able to attend meetings in the neighborhoods to put faces to the voices on the other side of the phone. If I could spend every day outside of the office and in our neighborhoods, I would do it in a heartbeat.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tell us something zany about yourself.</strong></div> <div>I don&#39;t typically consider myself much of a zany person, a huge nerd certainly, but maybe not quite zany. There are probably some pretty unique things about me though, like that I grew up with four heavily-involved parents, two biological and two step-parents. This meant four of every birthday, holiday, and so on. To add to it, I&#39;m an only child. Let&#39;s just say that I was never hurting for attention. Looking back, it may have been pretty zany that last year, I finished up 20 straight years of school. This includes, k-12, four years of undergrad, and three years of graduate school. I&#39;m relieved to be done.</div> <div><strong>Do you have any pets?</strong></div> <div>I do have pets! I have two cats that I adopted from the Western PA Humane Society. Their names are Oren and Milo and they are quite a handful.</div> <div><strong>What&#39;s your current favorite lunch spot in District 4?</strong></div> <div>I have been a huge fan of Las Palmas tacos for a long time. I love tacos, maybe a bit too much. I&#39;ll put it to you this way, my boyfriend and I have talked about naming our first dog Taco after our favorite food. Any time we have friends visit us from out of town, they ask us to take them to get Las Palmas&#39; tacos and some jugo de guayaba. I think that I could eat them every day if someone let me.</div> <h3><a name="Women"></a>Women-Owned Businesses: How to Win City Contracts!</h3> <div>Did you know that the City does a lot of its work through contracts? We work with outside firms to do many things, ranging from architects for projects like the Beechview Senior Center, to housekeepers for Recreation Centers. Our procurement team and the Equal Opportunity Review Commission work hard to ensure that all businesses have a fair shot at working with the City. They publicly advertise new opportunities and go out to bid for big projects, ensuring lots of businesses know they&rsquo;re welcome to work with us, AND increasing competition, so that we can get the best deal we can when spending taxpayer dollars.&nbsp;To that end, there will be an event to educate women-owned businesses on how to work with the city, and where to find these opportunities. If you&rsquo;re a woman and you own a business, sign up and attend this event to learn more:&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Women Business Owners: Win City Contracts</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 24th, 2016 -- 8 AM- 11 AM<br /> Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, Hill House Association<br /> (1835 Centre Avenue, Pgh 15219)<br /> Register online, here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZD7Hql-6fiJZUiqgmyfOCvyl-TltYPYzHP7f3anRR4Y/viewform</div> <div>Please note that all businesses can sign up today for potential contracting opportunities at www.buildpgh.com/beacon</div> <h3><a name="Teens"></a>Support Teens in Brookline with your Volunteer Time</h3> <p>Late last year, Councilwoman Rudiak commissioned an inventory of all the programs available to youth in District 4. The results were stunning--despite the fact that Brookline has the highest concentration of teens in the City, there were very few programs available to them outside of school. If a young person doesn&rsquo;t play sports, there are very few options.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brookline Teen Outreach was created to provide a holistic approach to serving youth, offering high-quality and modern licensed counseling services, free tutoring, community service opportunities, and dynamic programming. The Center&rsquo;s innovative and comprehensive programming provides something for every young person who walks through the door. Neighborhood volunteers are an integral part of sustaining that programming, and strengthening Brookline Teen Outreach&rsquo;s impact in the community.&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Join BTO For a Volunteer Information Session!&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, March 5th, 10 AM- 1 PM</div> <div>520 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226<br /> Coffee and light snacks will be provided.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Lead"></a>Are You Worried About Lead?</h3> <div>If you have followed the news about Flint, Michigan, you might be concerned about the quality of your tap water right here in Pittsburgh. Both the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) do extensive water quality testing on their source water, and the water headed to your homes after being treated. You can learn more about the specific testing methods and outcomes at the links below.&nbsp;</div> <div>Both agencies certify that the water they send to homes is safe and PH neutral, minimizing the risk for corrosion of old lead or lead-soldered pipes. For more information, and options for having your tap water tested, click the links to the fact sheets below.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PWSA Water Customers:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lead Fact sheet here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pwsa/PWSA-Facts-About-Lead.pdf</div> <div>RECEIVE YOUR FREE TEST KIT BY CALLING THE PWSA LAB AT 412-782-7554</div> <div><strong>Pennsylvania American Water Customers:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lead Fact sheet here: http://www.amwater.com/files/Lead%20-%20PA.pdf</div> <div>PA American Water does not provide free individual testing, but you can do so at your own cost by calling the EPA&rsquo;s Safe Drinking Water Act Hotline, here: &nbsp;(800) 426-4791</div> <h3><a name="Civic"></a>Become a Civic Leader and Learn More about City Services</h3> <div>The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a FREE ten week course for City residents that provides an inside look at how City departments and authorities operate. Throughout the course, 12 City departments and Authorities give presentations on their day-to-day operations, budgets, new initiatives, upcoming projects, and residents have the opportunity to ask questions, tour facilities, and network with fellow civic-minded people.&nbsp;</div> <div>APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 4TH. Thirty students are accepted into the program-- from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods all over the city. Classes begin Wednesday, March 30th. &nbsp;Students will be alerted of their acceptance by the third week of March. &nbsp;Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application">Applications are available here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re not able to apply or participate, you can see last year&rsquo;s classes online! All classes were recorded by the City Channel last Spring and are available on youtube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJpVa6adhUM&amp;list=PL2L3ZTwe78kHa_bj3lA0or6nF8Mci9ETw">here</a>.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Light"></a>Heads Up: Duquesne Light Installing New Electricity Meters in 2016</h3> <div>Duquesne Light will be installing new &ldquo;advanced meters&rdquo; across the City of Pittsburgh starting in March and continuing through 2016. The new meters will not change how your electricity usage is measured, but they will enable customers to be more aware of high-usage activities. Residents will be able to manage their bills online and activate phone or e-mail alerts when electricity usage is particularly high. Over time, in conjunction with other system improvements, Duquesne Light will be able to provide outage alerts and service restoration estimates that will help customers make plans during storm-related service interruptions.&nbsp;</div> <div>Customers will receive a letter in advance of the work, and a reminder call 3-5 days before the installation. You *will not* need to be home for the work to take place. Click<a href="https://www.duquesnelight.com/forYourHome/customerService/MeterExchangeProgram/Community/index.cfm"> the link</a> to learn more about what you can expect during the new meter roll-out! If you have any additional questions, you can call and speak to a customer service representative, here: 1-888-928-8539</div> <h3><a name="Schools"></a>Shout Outs from our South Pittsburgh Schools!</h3> <div><strong>Carmalt Academy of Writing and Communications</strong></div> <div>Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are learning Spanish! Younger students use a Spanish computer program through 4th grade, and they continue their learning with Senor Conroy starting in 5th grade, through 8th grade.&nbsp;</div> <div>All students at Carmalt, from preschool through 8th grade, meet personally with school principal, Dr. Och, to reflect on their monthly writing pieces. The school places a special emphasis on developing writing and public speaking skills in all classes.&nbsp;</div> <div>Parents should look out for an invitation to Carmalt&rsquo;s annual Portfolio Review in which middle school students present their best writing pieces to community members.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Concord Elementary School</strong></div> <div>Register your Kindergarten aged child today! For more information, please call the school at 412-529-7756.&nbsp;</div> <div>Concord will be celebrating Dr. Seuss&#39;s birthday the week of February 29th through March 4th. Family Literacy Night will take place on March 10th at Concord from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!</div> <div><strong>Brookline PreK-8</strong></div> <div>Brookline Pre-K-8 would like to thank Painting with a Twist Pittsburgh South and Pittsburgh West for their generous award of $500.00 to the school. Brookline was the winner of their Twelve Days of Christmas Facebook contest, due to an outpouring of support from Facebook fans, parents, and community members. The donation will be used by the Art Department for supplies and supplemental programming. Thanks to all who voted!</div> <div>The Parent School Community Council (PSCC) will meet next on March 16th at 5:30 PM.&nbsp;</div> <div>Finally, please don&rsquo;t forget to check out our new and improved school website for additional information about the school and upcoming activities at http://www.pittsburghbrooklineprek8.com</div> <h3><a name="Carrick"></a>Spotlight on Carrick: The Carrick Community Council &amp; How You Can Get Involved!</h3> <div>The Carrick Community Council started a new term for board members in December, 2015, so now seems like a great time to get the word out about the Council, what they do, and how you can get involved! &nbsp;The Carrick Community Council is a group of local residents aiming to &ldquo;foster a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood through responding to community needs, building strong partnerships, and engaging those who live and work here to positively contribute to the safety and appearance of Carrick to promote an overall sense of pride, ownership, and belonging.&rdquo; In short, they do a lot of proactive, positive things in the community! They partner with other organizations such as Economic Development South and the Overbrook Community Council to help with neighborhood projects such as the development of the Dairy District market and the planning of the annual Carrick Community Cornfest.&nbsp;</div> <div>You can get involved by attending any of the upcoming events featured on their online calendar, here: http://www.carrickpa.com/Home/calendar</div> <div>Litter Cleanups are already scheduled for 2016. Come out and lend a hand on any of the following dates! Meet behind the Carrick Shopping Center at 6:00 PM</div> <div>April 27<br /> May 25<br /> June 29<br /> July 27<br /> August 31<br /> September 28</div> <div>For more opportunities to get involved, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Carrick-Community-Council-285371399447/?fref=ts</div> <div> <h3><a name="Players"></a>Updates from the Heritage Players!</h3> <div>The Heritage Players will present Oscar Wilde&#39;s classic comedy, &quot;The Importance of Being Earnest&quot; at the Seton Center, Brookline 15226 on March11-13 and 18-20. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $12.00 at the door or $10.00 if purchased in advance online at www.bphp.org/xu35a. Phone: 412-254-4633. For more information, to purchase a season ticket, or to place a business ad in our programs visit www.bphp.org.</div> <div>The Heritage Players are holding auditions for William Inge&#39;s Pulitzer Prize winning American classic, &quot;Picnic&quot; on Sat., March 5th from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Seton Center, Brookline and Sun., March 6th at 7:00 PM at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park. Seeking men and women ages 16-65. Please prepare a one-to-two minute dramatic monologue. There may also be cold readings from the script. Performance dates are May 13-15 and 20-22 at the Seton Center. Fridays and Saturdays are at 8:00 PM and Sundays are at 2:00 PM. For more information visit www.bphp.org or phone 412-254-4633.</div> <div>The Heritage Players are offering theater classes for all ages from five to adult beginning April 4th at the Seton Center, Brookline. An audition preparation class for ages 13-adult will also be offered at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park. Visit www.bphp.org for course listings and descriptions, and ongoing registration. Phone:412-254-4633.</div> </div> <h3><a name="Jobs"></a>Job Opportunities</h3> <div>The City advertises all open positions on the Personnel and Civil Service Commission Website. Check back often to see and apply for new positions!</div> <div>https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobListings.aspx</div> <div><strong>Featured Job: Citiparks Lifeguard</strong></div> <div>The City is currently seeking applicants for Citiparks Lifeguards for Summer 2016! If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Aquatics Division Office for Information on how to register: 412-323-7928. Starting pay is $8.91/hour. You must be a Pittsburgh resident, and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Need Lifeguard Training? We&rsquo;ve got that, too.&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Lifeguard Training Courses are being held at the Oliver Bath House (South Side):&nbsp;</div> <div>MARCH 19 - APRIL 30, 2016<br /> SATURDAYS<br /> 12:00PM - 6:00PM<br /> *NO CLASS MARCH 26</div> <div>MAY 10 &ndash; JUNE 2, 2016<br /> TUESDAYS &amp; THURSDAYS &nbsp;<br /> 6:00PM - 10:00PM</div> <div>AND SATURDAY MAY 21<br /> 9:00AM - 6:00PM</div> <div>COURSE FEE $70.00 ~ PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE</div> <h3><a name="Calendar"></a>Community Calendar</h3> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">You can see all public community meetings and events on our online calendar, here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/district-four-calendar</span></p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens / Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, 3/3, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway, basement)</p> <div><strong>Brookline Teen Outreach Volunteer Information Session</strong><br /> Saturday, 3/5, 10 AM- 1 PM @ 520 Brookline Blvd</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, 3/7, 7 PM @ Concord Elementary Auditorium (2350 Brownsville)</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 3/8 , 7 PM @ Judge Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>Monday, 3/21, 7 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, 3/22, 7 PM @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:10:15 -0500 Updated Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | February 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5675 <div>&quot;If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.&quot;</div> <div>--Anne Bradstreet</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview T Tracks">Beechview T Tracks Reconstruction Meeting</a></div> <div><a href="#Urban Redevelopment">Urban Redevelopment Authority Approves Plans for 1601 Broadway in Beechview</a></div> <div><a href="#Get Involved">Get Involved! Volunteer Your Time and Talents in Beechview</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick's 15.7">Carrick&rsquo;s $15.7 million Hillcrest Senior Residences Construction to Begin in March&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Dairy">Carrick Dairy District Awarded Honorable Mention from SEED Awards</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz Results and Next Steps</a></div> <div><a href="#City-Wide">City-Wide Veteran&rsquo;s Forum: Spread the Word!</a></div> <div><a href="#Spotlight">Spotlight on Alyson Shaw, Coro Fellow</a></div> <div><a href="#Youth Need">Youth Need More: Inventory of Programs Reveals Gaps</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview Hispanic">Beechview: Meet the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation - Wednesday 2/3&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Smart Electric">Smart Electric Meters Coming to Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Pause for Paws">Pause for Paws at the 18th Annual Biscuits Bingo - Saturday 2/27</a></div> <div><a href="#Virtual">Virtual Block Watch: Toledo, Ohio&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#High Schoolers">High Schoolers to tend McKinley Park Again with SCA</a></div> <div><a href="#What Is It">What is it/Why is it?: Toastmaster&rsquo;s, Carrick PA</a></div> <div><a href="#Tax">Tax Time Help</a></div> <div><a href="#Share">Share the Love with Fido, too! Low Cost Vaccine Clinic - 2/14</a></div> <div><a href="#Where's ">Where&rsquo;s my Plow? The Snow Resource Center is Online</a></div> <div><a href="#Port Authority">Port Authority schedules public hearings on transit fare proposal&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Shout Outs">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></div> <div><a href="#Notes">Notes</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <h2><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We kicked off 2016 by celebrating the inauguration of several members of City Council who were re-elected in 2015. Congratulations to Darlene Harris, Bruce Kraus, Corey O&rsquo;Connor, Dan Gilman and Ricky Burgess. Double congratulations to my colleague, Bruce Kraus, on his re-election as Council President. I will continue to serve as the Chair of the Finance and Law Committee in this 2-year session of Council.&nbsp;</div> <div>-Our Coro Fellow, Alyson Shaw, presented the findings of her inventory of youth programs in South Pittsburgh and the Hilltop neighborhoods. To learn more about what we have, and what we need, <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/SouthPittsburghYouthProgramsInventoryReport.pdf">click here</a>!</div> <div>-I attended the renovation presentation for the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. They presented plans to renovate the existing space and add a second floor. Residents voiced their opinions and concerns, as well as their &ldquo;wish list&rdquo; for the new library. Requests included more seating for reading, increased space for teens, space for the community&rsquo;s historical documents, and more. The library is doing more research to see how to accommodate residents concerns &hellip; Stay tuned for updates!</div> <div>-The Pittsburgh Public Schools&rsquo; superintendent search is in full swing. I attended a meeting at Carrick High School to advocate for community schools and their ability to help students who otherwise fall through the cracks. We need to meet kids where they are, and only then can we give them the best chance to succeed!</div> <div>-I met with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers about how we can work together to improve and expand opportunities for early childhood education in Pittsburgh! I look forward to continuing my focus on essential early childhood programs in 2016 and beyond.&nbsp;</div> <div>-I met with all of the public safety bureaus-- including the Police, EMS, and Fire-- and discussed the creation of a new public safety training facility, and what kind of resources City Council needs to allocate to make this facility a reality. An expanded and more comprehensive space would give us the capacity we need to train larger classes of police officers, firefighters, and first responders, so that we can keep up with retirements and stay fully staffed.&nbsp;</div> <div>-The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation stopped by to give updates on their progress on their re-organization, including changing the way Emerald View Park is managed. To receive MWCDC e-news, click here: <a href="http://mwcdc.org/">http://mwcdc.org/</a></div> <div>-I welcomed and met with the new Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich, a 25-year FBI veteran who began his career as a crew chief for the Pittsburgh Paramedics. We&rsquo;re planning to do a tour with him of District 4 soon, and look forward to working with him to increase public safety in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods and across the City. For reference, Director Hissrich will appear for his City Council confirmation hearing on Feb. 4 from 10-noon and 1-3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview T Tracks">Beechview T Tracks Reconstruction Meeting</a></h2> <div>The Red Line trolley is one of the most iconic features in Beechview, and perhaps its strongest asset, as people increasingly search for homes and businesses with good access to public transportation. The Port Authority is doubling down on their investment in Beechview, and will be doing much-needed trolley track and concrete replacement on Broadway Avenue in 2016. Join us in attending the Port Authority&rsquo;s community meeting where they will present their plans for construction and answer your questions about the project on Thursday, 2/18 at 7:00 PM at St. Catherine of Siena Church. While this project has its upsides-- like fewer potholes and safer rails-- we also know that such a large construction project has the potential to cause some headaches. The Port Authority will have their contractor at the meeting to listen to specific concerns, so they can plan in advance to minimize disruption as much as possible.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, if you have any specific concerns about how this will impact you, please feel free to contact us, and we will connect you with the Port Authority. Contact Us: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority has also set up a webpage where they will post construction updates throughout the project. Bookmark it, and check often!&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx">http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/RedLineConstructionProject.aspx</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Urban Redevelopment">Urban Redevelopment Authority Approves Plans for 1601 Broadway in Beechview</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On January 14th, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved plans for Atlas Development Co. to renovate and redevelop 1601 Broadway Avenue. Vacant for some time now, 1601 Broadway is most famous for its classic victorian turret, and represents some of the oldest, most historic architecture in Beechview. Rather than tear the building down, which would have been more cost effective, Atlas Development is honoring the community&rsquo;s desire to preserve it. The exterior renovation will bring back its classic victorian charm (and more), while the interior renovation will create upper floor apartments and first floor space for a new restaurant or retail store. Atlas is now working with banks and the URA to complete the financing for the project. As always, we will update you as more information becomes available!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, visit and like <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AtlasDevelopmentCo/?fref=ts">Atlas Development Co.</a> on Facebook.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Atlas Development Co is also responsible for the private redevelopment of the apartment building at 1500 Broadway Avenue, which is now leasing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Get Involved">Get Involved! Volunteer Your Time and Talents in Beechview</a></h2> <div>Do you have mad skills? Are you really good at organizing events, writing, fundraising, graphic design, or something else? Do you love Beechview? Get in touch with Dave Brewton, Broadway Avenue&rsquo;s business district manager, to learn how you can volunteer your time and help make Beechview fun and enticing for current residents, businesses, prospective developers, and new neighbors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Contact Dave: <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20Volunteers">drbrewton@ymail.com</a> (yes, that&rsquo;s a y)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick's 15.7">Carrick&rsquo;s $15.7 million Hillcrest Senior Residences Construction to Begin in March&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On January 14th, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board voted to approve $1.2 million in loans to support the $15.7 million development of the Hillcrest Senior Residences project at the site of the former Giant Eagle at 2920 Brownsville Road in Carrick. The Residences will be a four-story residential building exclusively for seniors, built to energy-efficient passive house standards. It will have 66 units available to seniors (62+) on a variety of budgets. The Hillcrest Senior Residences are set to feature a garden area, computer/library room, fitness room, outdoor terrace space, a private room for health services, and a laundry room-- something for everyone!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The developer is The Community Builders, one of the nation&rsquo;s foremost nonprofit urban development organizations, with plenty of experience and success in building and managing these types of residential properties. The Community Builders have been assembling the funds for this project since 2012, when they first purchased the blighted property on the city line. This project will be catalytic for Carrick, as it is the first multi-million dollar investment on Brownsville Road in deades. Hillcrest will enable seniors to remain independent and stay in their neighborhood, near family, friends, and the businesses they have patronized all their lives.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Construction is set to begin in March of 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, check out the press release, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5602">here</a>.</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Dairy">Carrick Dairy District Awarded Honorable Mention from SEED Awards</a></h2> <div>Have you noticed the new open-air market being built on Brownsville Road at East Meyers? That&rsquo;s the Dairy District Market, slated to be completed this year, and its design is now award-winning! Design Corps and Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network have announced the Sixth Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design winners. SEED recognizes design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact. Through a competitive jury process, six projects are selected and celebrated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The market is set to open this spring and will hold various events each week. Stay tuned for more updates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Projects awarded were a primary school in Africa, and early youth development center in Colombia, and a Lakota Nation building. This is a serious award, and the Carrick Dairy District received an honorable mention! To see the full list of award winners, go to: <a href="https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-awards-winners/">https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-awards-winners/</a>. To see our very own Dairy Distict, go to: <a href="https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-honorable-mentions/">https://designcorps.org/2016-seed-honorable-mentions/</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz Results and Next Steps</a></h2> <div>In July of 2015, we unveiled the Virtual Block Watch in Carrick. In August we announced that alongside the Mayor and every city department, we would launch the Carrick Blitz. The Blitz was aimed at bringing together every city department to tackle issues of blight and crime together. Every week, we sat down in the mayor&rsquo;s conference room and discussed problems reported from the community at several community meetings, as well as data mined from 311 and 911 records. We targeted the areas with the most crime and blight activity, and we were happy to report the results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>42 properties ended up being targeted for investigation and enforcement by the departments of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, Public Works, the Police, Law, and more! Blighted homes were given notice of violations from PLI, given 30 days to fix the problems, and then they were cited. Those who still didn&rsquo;t comply were taken to court and had a date in front of the district magistrate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Blitz led to a more-than 1000% increase in directed patrols, arrests were made, and seven investigations are ongoing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Did the 6-week Blitz fix all of the problems in the neighborhood? Of course not! Did it connect city departments to each other and familiarize them with Carrick, as well as our promise and challenges? It did. Did it bring together concerned members of the community with government officials to voice their concerns? It did. Together, we can keep the spirit of the Blitz going, and stick together to make our neighborhood great again.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Blitz by the Numbers:</em></div> <div>24 Impacted streets</div> <div>15 Property violations abated</div> <div>14 Issues sent to magistrate</div> <div>5 &ldquo;Clean and Lien&rdquo; completed (Where the Department of Public Works cleans up the property, and the owner is fined to recoup the costs.)</div> <div>1 Building condemned</div> <div>$1000 in fines levied&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more, go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="City-Wide">City-Wide Veteran&rsquo;s Forum: Spread the Word!</a></h2> <div>Are you a member of the military of a veteran? Are you related to a veteran? Then this community forum for military and veterans is for you! The Mayor&#39;s Office&#39;s Homefront Pittsburgh initiative is partnering with Allegheny County, CCAC, The Heinz Endowments, and The Mission Continues to host a community forum for military and veterans on Thursday, 2/4 from 6-8PM at CCAC, 800 Allegheny Avenue 15233.. The goal of the event is to learn about the needs of veterans in the community. There are three meetings, but only 2/4 is in the City. Please join us!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Spotlight">Spotlight on Alyson Shaw, Coro Fellow</a></h2> <div>This past fall, our office was lucky enough to host Coro Fellow Alyson Shaw. The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, based in the South Side, which focuses on attracting ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. We engaged the Center to help find ways to improve services for youth in South Pittsburgh. They sent us Alyson Shaw! Ms. Shaw is from Eighty-Four, a small town in Washington County. After earning her BA in political science at the University of Pittsburgh she spent a year in Minneapolis, MN before returning to Pittsburgh as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Aly says of the program:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs was a great opportunity to continue my advocacy work in a city that I loved, and to do so while gaining experience in multiple sectors. Through Coro I&rsquo;ve been able to work in nonprofits, government, and philanthropy. Each of these sectors has given me a unique perspective on public policy issues in the city of Pittsburgh. Working with Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office and getting the perspective of our local elected officials is invaluable experience that will help me further my career as an effective change maker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was especially proud to be able to convene and assist South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s youth programs around my report and presentation of the Youth Programs Inventory. I met so many smart and inspiring people who were doing great work to improve the lives of youth in South Pittsburgh. The more people I met the more I wanted to put together something that I thought would really benefit them and start to move them towards some progress on systemic issues that they are all facing. People from all over the city have reached out to me to ask questions about the project, and a few South Pittsburgh residents even reached out to me with the idea to start a &ldquo;What&rsquo;s going on for South Pittsburgh Youth&rdquo; Facebook page. Progress is already being made and I have confidence that the remarkable people I met will continue to move South Pittsburgh youth programming forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m currently at the Pittsburgh Foundation doing public policy and advocacy research, but I plan on staying connected to South Pittsburgh and continuing to assist in any way I can.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Youth Need">Youth Need More: Inventory of Programs Reveals Gaps</a></h2> <div>Coro Fellow Alyson Shaw was able to provide our office with a comprehensive report outlining the opportunities and gaps for youth in the Hilltop and South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. After interviewing 50 organizations, individuals and teens themselves, Ms. Shaw was able to conclude that we need to do a lot more for our youth. This seems obvious, but it was important to put this information on paper to be able to show foundations and other groups that the need is real, and this lack is hurting our communities. Programming for teens who aren&rsquo;t athletes is scarce. Programs which do offer programs are small and can only offer a few spots at a time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another problem Ms. Shaw&rsquo;s report uncovered is that girls feel unsafe in getting to after-school programs. These girls are staying in their rooms instead of enriching themselves and their communities. It&rsquo;s clear that when it comes to youth, there&rsquo;s a lot more that we need to do!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to creating the Office of Early Childhood and the position of Early Childhood manager, we are working to encourage teen and youth programming in all our neighborhoods. When we invest in our youth, we invest in the future of Pittsburgh!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Click <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">here </a>to see more. Or click <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Hilltop_Youth_Summit.pdf">here </a>view the presentation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview Hispanic">Beechview: Meet the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation - Wednesday 2/3&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested in getting more involved in Beechview? You are invited to join the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation for an Open House at their offices at 1660 Broadway Avenue, Beechview, on February 3 from 6 to 8 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to johnpauljonespgh@gmail.com if you plan to attend. PHDC is looking forward to talking to you about their exciting efforts!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join the Urban Agriculture Workshop on February 23rd!&nbsp;</div> <div>Come hear Shelly Danko Day from the City of Pittsburgh present about the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code and the Adopt-A-Lot program, and learn about preparing for gardening in Spring 2016. Shelly will review the rules for growing food, selling food, and using vacant lots for garden projects!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All residents, nonprofits, community groups, and community members across all 11 Hilltop neighborhoods are encouraged to attend (Mt. Washington, Beltzhoover, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Carrick, Mt. Oliver City, Mt. Oliver Borough, St. Clair, Bon Air, South Side Slopes &amp; Knoxville)!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FREE SEEDS will be handed out at registration, along with information about Seed Starting and Spring Planting Guides!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, contact Sarah at Hilltop Alliance, <a href="mailto:Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org?subject=Urban%20Agriculture%20Workshop">Sarah@pghhilltopalliance.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Smart Electric">Smart Electric Meters Coming to Pittsburgh</a></h2> <div>Duquesne Light will begin to replace electric meters with a new digital form of the meter. These will be able to help customers use energy during off-peak hours, and potentially reduce their bill or their carbon footprint. Customers will be able to manage their bills online, and receive alerts for high usage! <a href="https://www.duquesnelight.com/forYourHome/customerService/MeterExchangeProgram/Community/index.cfm">Click here</a> to learn more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pause for Paws">Pause for Paws at the 18th Annual Biscuits Bingo - Saturday 2/27</a></h2> <div>Biscuits Bingo is a yearly event hosted by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police which benefits animal rescue organizations and enables these groups to save those who do not have a voice. Just $25 will get you access to one of the funnest events in the Burgh!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Biscuits Bingo will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the IBEW Local 5 Hall on the South Side. &nbsp;The doors open at 10 am. Bingo games begin promptly at noon. Every penny raised will be used to to give rescued animals a second chance at finding their forever loving home. &nbsp;Please join us for this family fun event and to take a stand for those who unable to speak for themselves.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The groups who will benefit from Biscuits Bingo 2016: Animal Friends, Animal Rescue league and wildlife center, Homeless Cat Management Team, Forever Home Beagles , Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, Western Pa Humane Society, Great Pyrenees Rescue, Hello Bully, Distinguished Doberman, Rabbit Wranglers, Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, Senior Pet and Animal Rescue. Let&#39;s make 2016 another record breaking year! Can we beat last year&#39;s total of $26,070.00?!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Virtual">Virtual Block Watch: Toledo, Ohio&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>Carrick unveiled the very first virtual block watch in Pittsburgh in July of 2015. Since then, many communities around Pittsburgh have voiced interest in utilizing this crime-fighting tactic. Just recently, the Carrick Community Council received an inquiry from the Toledo, Ohio to discuss best practices and our experience with the virtual block watch. It&rsquo;s very exciting to watch the initiatives that our community groups have developed travel across our city and across the State Line!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="High Schoolers">High Schoolers to tend McKinley Park Again with SCA</a></h2> <div>On February 27, a team of South Pittsburgh teens working with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will begin work in McKinley Park and the Mt. Oliver business district as part of a partnership with Economic Development South. The crew &ndash; 10 high school students and two adult crew leaders &ndash; will work on Saturdays for 14 weeks; students will build and maintain trails as well as work to eradicate invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed, which grows in abundance in our region, all the while learning about the environment, sustainability, financial literacy, and developing the skills necessary to get and hold a job. Students will earn minimum wage for all work and learning hours.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;SCA has provided much-needed support in engaging local youth to address issues of sustainability,&rdquo; says Greg Jones, Executive Director of Economic Development South. &ldquo;The crews have restored important trail networks in our neighborhoods, reconnecting area youth with recreational facilities at McKinley Park.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The mission of SCA is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. &nbsp;Since its founding in 1957, SCA has deployed a force of more than 75,000 members, completing 28 million hours of conservation service at national, regional, state, county, and municipal natural resource management sites in all 50 states. SCA has operated in the Pittsburgh region for 15 years. During that time it has introduced hundreds of high school students to working with nature and educated them about the importance of environmental health in their lives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions? Interested in getting your high school student involved? Contact Jennifer Layman at 412-325-1851 x3025 or <a href="mailto:jlayman@thesca.org?subject=Student%20Conservation%20Volunteers">jlayman@thesca.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="What Is It">What is it/Why is it?: Toastmaster&rsquo;s, Carrick PA</a></h2> <div>Toastmasters Carrick PA is one of 14,500 clubs representing 313,000 members in 126 countries around the world, which allows members and youth an opportunity to learn and develop public speaking and conversation skills that are vital for success in today&rsquo;s world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youth club is for students in grades 6-12. This group, called The Gavel Club, provides a hands on learning opportunity for kids and teens to practice and improve their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Unlike many learning experiences, instead of focusing on the things done wrong, we focus on the skills each speaker masters, and then give only a couple of items to improve per speech. The Gavel club works just like the typical Toastmasters meeting with prepared speeches, evaluations from peers, grammar and timing feedback, and impromptu speaking. &nbsp;In terms of leadership, the Gavel Club offers an amazing opportunity. &nbsp;While the moderators (who attend each meeting) provide feedback and instruction, they mostly guide the youths in leadership opportunities &nbsp;so the youth feel empowered to make decisions and eventually become the main leaders of the program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday from noon until 12:50pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Carrick Branch, 1811 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. &nbsp;There is no charge for the youth to attend. &nbsp;They are not required to attend every session, but &ldquo;practice makes perfect&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s encouraged that most sessions are attended.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Tax">Tax Time Help</a></h2> <div>Not sure who to call for assistance with taxes? The most important number to remember is 211! The United Way can help direct you to resources in the City and County as well as the non-profit community. Please reach out and see what 211 can do to help you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Share">Share the Love with Fido, too! Low Cost Vaccine Clinic - 2/14</a></h2> <div>Show your love of your pets and your family by getting your animals vaccinated on Valentine&rsquo;s Day at the Western PA Humane Society. From 9AM to 2PM, the Humane Society will offer low cost vaccines for dogs and cats. Vaccines range from $10-$30 for dogs and cats, which is a huge savings! Microchips are available, too. Please bring cash, Visa or Mastercard. Call 412-321-4625 for more information or click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/westernpahumanesociety/photos/a.143964605872.138201.76732935872/10153700635090873/?type=3&amp;theater">here</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Where's ">Where&rsquo;s my Plow? The Snow Resource Center is Online</a></h2> <div>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Snow Resource center is active. Navigate to http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow/ and you can track your plow to see in real time which streets are being cleared.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During a snow and ice event, the City&rsquo;s main goal is to keep vehicle traffic moving on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 1031 miles of streets. In order to accomplish this goal, The Department of Public Works strives to meet public safety needs, aka: maintain passable roads to hospitals, fire stations, schools and police stations. They work to ensure access to large and small businesses as well as enable travel along residential streets and alleys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about the City&rsquo;s designated snow response levels, and when you should expect all roads to be cleared here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Port Authority">Port Authority schedules public hearings on transit fare proposal&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Port Authority of Allegheny County has scheduled two public hearings to accept testimony on its transit fare proposal, which aims to simplify its system and lower fares for about a quarter of its current ridership.The hearings will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the William Penn Ballroom inside the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Connolly Ballroom inside Alumni Hall in Oakland.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Authority&rsquo;s Board is considering a policy that would replace the current multi-zone system with a single zone that would cost all riders $2.50 with a ConnectCard regardless of their destination; instate a 25 cent surcharge for riders paying with cash; move to a pay-on-enter system; eliminate the free Downtown bus zone; offer new products; and charge riders $2 for a ConnectCard on Jan. 1, 2017. A second phase that would allow the Authority&#39;s light rail to also switch to a pay-on-enter and cashless proof-of-payment system would begin in the second half of 2017. The proposed changes to the state&#39;s second-largest public transit system came as a result of overwhelming input from riders and Authority employees.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Those wishing to sign up to speak at the public hearings can register by calling 412-566-5187 or 412-231-7007 for TTY. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Additionally, comments on the proposal will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31 at www.portauthority.org, <a href="mailto:farepolicy@portauthority.org?subject=Fare%20Changes">farepolicy@portauthority.org</a> or via U.S. Mail at Port Authority of Allegheny County, Attn: Fare Policy Proposal, 345 Sixth Ave. Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222. The Board will take the testimony into consideration before making a final decision in the spring.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Shout Outs">Shout Outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">South Brook Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Debt-M tutoring in the Carrick and Brookline communities will be held every Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30 at the school. </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.2; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Visit this site, </span><a href="http://debt-m.mspnet.org/" style="line-height: 1.2; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://debt-m.mspnet.org/</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.2; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to learn more about Debt-M. </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On December 21, we held the Student of the Month recognition breakfast, which was attended by new Board Member Moira Kaleida</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Student Council collection of toiletries and supplies for the Community Church donation</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Acting Principal is Alexis Fadick</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Recent Academic successes at Brookline PreK -8 included the start of our very popular After School Tutoring Program, positive DIBELS testing results and an emphasis on classroom instruction via Text Dependent Analysis. Social activities included the Be A Middle School Mentoring Program, Strong Women, Strong Girls Mentoring Program, STEM Stars, Middle School Club Day, Girls and Boys Basketball, Trifecta Awards ceremony for 108 students, Make-A-Wish fundraising, R.I.F. Book Celebration, and standing room only attendance at our Winter Concert. We are very thankful for all the volunteers that have helped us make Pittsburgh Brookline PreK through 8 a great place for learning and growing!</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Brookline PreK-8 is also pleased to announce our second Attendance Challenge for the year to take place during the month of February. With the support of the United Way, Pittsburgh Brookline Prek-8 will be challenging the following school: PIttsburgh Concord, Pittsburgh Roosevelt, Pittsburgh Arlington. </span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Attendance Challenges are a fun way to not only raise the bar for our children, but to also increase the positive environment in the school by bringing fun activities that all students can participate in and be excited about.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Please plan on joining us on Wednesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM for our next Parent School Community Council (PSCC) Meeting. A+ Schools will be presenting on the Progress of Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 and other information outlined in their 2015 Report to the Community. A light dinner and childcare will be provided. The PSCC at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Concord Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord sponsored a Family Healthy Evening on January 21st from 4:15-5:15. The Parent School Community Council meeting that was scheduled for the evening was rescheduled due to the Pittsburgh Public Schools SUperintendent Search meeting at Carrick High School at 6:00PM.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord would like to thank the Pittsburgh Fire Fighters for donating winter coats to the students at Concord.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The ity of Pittsburgh, Department of Parks and Recreation launched a Kid SMART after-school program at Phillips Recreation Center for 4th and 5th grade students. The program runs every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6PM. Parents that would like more information about this program, please contact the main office for more information.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord&rsquo;s student activity calendar is now up and running on the district homepage under Select A School.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Arlington Elementary</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Arlington, Brookline, Concord and Roosevelt </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">will all participate in an Attendance Challenge during the month of </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">February</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. The school with the highest number of students with perfect attendance will win the challenge. The challenge is being sponsored by the Be There Campaign sponsored by the United Way. Please encourage your child to attend school every day during the month of February! In an effort to help students eat healthier and stay physically active, the NFL and Fuel Up To Play 60 (FUTP) are coming together for a second year to award schools and/or school districts across the country with a $10,000 &ldquo;Hometown grant&rdquo;. These grants are part of a larger initiative between both the NFL and FUTP60 to provide funds to a deserving school or school district in each of the 32 NFL markets, in hopes of making a difference in the overall health and wellness of students across the country.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The focus of this event is to award Pittsburgh Arlington with a Hometown grant and stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle--which means eating healthy and staying active for 60 minutes a day. During the event, the designated key speakers and Steelers FUTP60 ambassador Kelvin Beachum will talk about the overall goal of FUTP60, the impact that a healthy lifestyle has on academic performance with shared key messages. Steely McBeam will also be visiting students at Arlington with a FUTP60 ambassador to discuss making healthy choices beginning when they&rsquo;re young.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt Academy of Writing and Communications</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ba07bc8e-9e42-5a23-4d27-73f163b595b3"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please come and join us at any of our PSCC/PTSA/Title 1 meetings. They are held the third Wednesdays of the month at 5:00 in the cafeteria. Please come to hear our good news, share community events with the group, and plan together to maintain focus on educating our youth.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">We want to congratulate our 8th grade student Don Miguel Watson-Ellis, who was the Winner for the Whitehall Community Lions Peace Poster Contest. Special thanks to Ms. Shimko, our art teacher. MS. Shimko also organized our Carmalt Tree at the airport. The theme of International Peace was chosen and executed by our Middle School Art Club.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Carmalt morning tutoring is alive and well every morning from Monday through Thursday. Speaking of tutoring, come every Wednesday morning to watch our first graders read to the Therapy Dogs!</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Finally, the annual evening Santa Sing Along featured our chorus, our active PTSA sponsoring their Chinese raffles as well as the presence of our special guest, Santa! Our Carmalt family wishes all a peaceful and healthy New Year!</span></p> <h2><a name="Notes">Notes</a></h2> <div>There will be no February meeting of the Brookline Block Watch. Meetings will resume March 8th, 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings">Meetings&nbsp;</a></h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, 2/1, 7PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, Concord Elementary Auditorium 2350 Brownsville Road 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday, 2-3, 6PM Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation Open House 1660 Broadway Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, USA</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, 2/4, 7PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch, 1621 Broadway Avenue (Basement) 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday, 2/14, 9AM - 2PM - Low Cost Vaccine Clinic, Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Avenue 15233</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, 2/15, 6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>7PM - South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Meeting, 1036 Brookline Blvd&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, 2/18, 7PM - Port Authority Beechview Trolley Track Reconstruction Meeting, St. Catherine of Siena</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday, 2/23, 7PM<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>- Overbrook Community Council Meeting, 2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 2/27, 10AM - Biscuits Bingo, 5 Hot Metal Street 15203</div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:41:26 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | January 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5564 <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3fff5390-1d9c-9370-ea64-d48b379635f1"><a href="http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryford121997.html?src=t_beginning" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.</span></a></span></span></h3> <h3 dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3fff5390-1d9c-9370-ea64-d48b379635f1"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Henry Ford</span></span></span></h3> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Once">Once in a Lifetime Chance to Improve the Carrick Library! 1/14 at 6:30PM</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#More">More Important than College: Early Education in Pittsburgh</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#City">City Notes: Welcoming a new Public Safety Director&nbsp;</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Wenzell">Wenzell Avenue Paving Delayed until 2016 Season for completion of Utility Work</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#What">What Marijuana Decriminalization means for Pittsburgh</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Block">Block Watch: What is it? Why is it?</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">-As Chair of the Committee on Finance and Law, my December was dominated by work on the City&rsquo;s 2016 budget, which dictates how your tax dollars are spent, and what improvements will be made to infrastructure and public facilities in the coming year. I spent a lot of time meeting with Council Budget Director Bill Urbanic and my Council colleagues to pass a budget that continues to invest in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growth, while responsibly paying down our debts. For more information on how the city spends money, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.opengov.com/transparency#/790/breakdown=91a2d392-48b7-4f83-aeb6-1fcc520dd5c0&amp;currentYearPeriod=years&amp;currentYearAmount=cumulative&amp;accountType=expenses&amp;graph=bar&amp;month=10&amp;selection=0C93AA50D0297F7A1F5F4BA474F35E83&amp;legendSort=coa&amp;saved_view=null&amp;fiscal_start=earliest&amp;fiscal_end=latest">click here</a>.&nbsp;To see the the 2016 Capital Budget, navigate to&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Capital_Budget.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Capital_Budget.pdf</a> and to view the 2016 Operating Budget, go to: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Operating_Budget.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/2016_Operating_Budget.pdf</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-On December 29, I gave my annual budget address to Council. The 2016 Budget will fund 900 police officers, do more to balance pensions than ever before, pave 60 miles of city streets this year, and assess and address our aging public safety facilities like fire houses. You can read the full address here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5565">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5565</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-You may have seen in the news that Las Palmas in Brookline was hit with racist graffiti. The community came out in full force to remove the graffiti and support their neighbor! On 12/12, I was proud to stand with Brookline in support of Las Palmas, and to denounce those who seek to create an unwelcome atmosphere for any immigrant groups who are working hard to build a better life for their children</p> <p dir="ltr">-On 12/14 I was honored to address some brand-new American citizens after their naturalization ceremony where they took an oath to the United States. I am very aware of the years of work that go into becoming an American citizen, after watching my mom go through the process. I am thrilled to extend the chance of an American Dream to those who seek the opportunity!</p> <p dir="ltr">-My office coordinated a meeting between city officials and Economic Development South to discuss how to manage the Carrick Farmer&rsquo;s Market, which will move to its new home at the Dairy District Pavilion (Brownsville Road at East Meyers) this summer! Due to the mild December weather, much more work was done on that development than expected this winter. We look forward to a ribbon-cutting in 2016!</p> <p dir="ltr">-With the Women&rsquo;s Caucus, I passed a bill to create a position for the Office of Early Childhood, housed in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office. Kids who grow up poor, those whose parents cannot afford high quality early education, are 60% less likely to attend college, 50% more likely to be placed in Special Education, and 70% more likely to commit a violent crime. By working together, we will change the path for some of our littlest citizens, newborns through early elementary school. You can read more on our website: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5509">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=5509</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-I was interviewed by 88.3 WRCT&rsquo;s On Air regarding my time in City Council and my career prior to becoming an elected official. It was certainly a trip down memory lane and a good reminder of the economic development and public safety goals that made up my campaign platform. I work hard every day to further those goals and bring the renaissance to South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Roberto Clemente, Jr. and friends to discuss the planning of the Pittsburgh Clemente Classic, a sports event aimed at promoting youth baseball, as well as relations between Cuba and Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I worked with a Coro fellow, Aly Shaw, who completed an inventory of programs for teens and kids in our neighborhoods and the Hilltop. The results were presented on Tuesday, January 5th, to a group of community leaders and students working to make Pittsburgh livable for our teens. We hope to use her work to better understand the gaps in teen programming, and create more high quality after-school and summer activities and services for our children and teens. The value of Aly&rsquo;s work is truly beyond measure, and we thank her. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/SouthPittsburghYouthProgramsInventoryReport.pdf">Click here</a> to see this eye-opening report.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Once">Once in a Lifetime Chance to Improve the Carrick Library! 1/14 at 6:30PM</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is next in line for a renovation, and library staff want to hear from you! Join us on January 14th at 6:30 at the Carrick Library to talk about what you want to see included in the renovation-- whether it&rsquo;s more space, a place for historical documents, or even a train table! Bring your kids, grandkids, or a neighbor, and be a part of this important process.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="More">More Important than College: Early Education in Pittsburgh</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">What if the cure for cancer is trapped in the mind of a child who can&rsquo;t afford a high-quality education?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday, December 21st, 2015, Councilwoman Rudiak and the Women&rsquo;s Caucus passed a bill to create the Office of Early Childhood. The goals of this office will be to align city services that affect young children, like licensing, workforce and professional development, and health and safety for those who care for kids from birth through early elementary school. We also included in a position of &ldquo;Early Childhood Manager&rdquo; in the 2016 budget. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> We want this manager to connect child care providers with resources to expand and grow, and work to create more pre-school options for families. Quality early childhood programs benefits for parents, employers, and the state economy as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Families experience stable employment and higher earnings. Child care helps keep poor families working.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">For employers, high-quality child care makes employees more reliable and productive, decreasing turnover and absenteeism, and increasing retention and productivity.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">In Pennsylvania, every $1 invested in child care results in $2.17 circulating in the economy as a result of increased employment, consumer spending, and tax revenue. That&rsquo;s more than doubling our money!</p> </li> </ul> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Councilwoman Rudiak believes that &ldquo;a Pittsburgh child&rsquo;s access to high-quality early-childhood education should not be an accident of birth. It should be available and affordable for all Pittsburgh children.&rdquo; ** Investing in early education will double our money and create opportunities for tomorrow&rsquo;s leaders to learn and grow!</p> <p dir="ltr"><br /> * <a href="http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain">http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/why-0-3/baby-and-brain</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">* Natalia Rudiak, &nbsp;&ldquo;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Pre-K Promise,&rdquo; 2/23/2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed, <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006</a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="City">City Notes: Welcoming a new Public Safety Director</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto hired a new Public Safety Director in Wendell Hissrich, who starts the job on January 11. We welcome Director Hissrich to the city! Former Public Safety Director Stephan Bucar left for a position with the State Police in the fall. Director Hissrich, like former Director Bucar, has a background with the FBI. Hissrich was also a Pittsburgh Paramedic for 5 years prior to two decades with the FBI. We welcome Director Hissrich to our team! Read the Post-Gazette write up <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/30/Wendell-Hissrich-selected-as-new-public-safety-director-pending-council-approval/stories/201512300201">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Wenzell">Wenzell Avenue Paving Delayed until 2016 Season for completion of Utility Work</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Wondering why Wenzell Avenue wasn&rsquo;t paved this year? It was in the paving plan for 2015, but due to delays in repairs to water line below the street, resurfacing has been delayed to Spring 2016. Pennsylvania American Water has invested approximately $900,000 to replace 3,500 feel of aging water main along Wenzell Avenue and Wenzell Place. The newly installed water main will improve reliability and flows for fire protection for neighbors. Unfortunately, this work was not complete until after the City&rsquo;s hot asphalt plant had closed for the season. The City and PA American Water will work together to repave Wenzell between West Liberty Avenue and Broadway Avenue in the spring and summer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="What">What Marijuana Decriminalization means for Pittsburgh</a></h2> <p dir="ltr">Everyone makes mistakes, but for those who have been charged and convicted of nonviolent drug possession, the consequences on housing, career and family relationships can last a lifetime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In December 2015, City Council passed legislation &ldquo;decriminalizing&rdquo; small amounts of marijuana. Nearly 1,000 people are arrested each year for using or having marijuana in the City of Pittsburgh. According to the District Attorney, Stephen Zappala Jr., the vast majority of those misdemeanors are reduced to a non-traffic ticket, after a lengthy process that drains police and court resources. A recent Carnegie Mellon University study found that by changing policy and encouraging police to issue tickets and fines, rather than arresting people, the City of Pittsburgh could save nearly a million dollars in police and court costs. In addition to saving money, decriminalization frees up officers to focus on other important public safety issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">But this new law isn&rsquo;t just about saving money-- this is about leveling the playing field and allowing people to learn from their mistakes. Although white and black people use marijuana at the same rates, 5 black users are arrested for every 1 white user. Individuals arrested for possession of marijuana are fingerprinted and can lose their job or their housing because of the violation. Data shows that a single arrest can begin a relationship with the criminal justice system that can last a lifetime, ruining opportunities, family health, and wealth for generations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Not convinced? It&rsquo;s important to remember that possessing marijuana is still illegal-- this new law simply changes the penalty for possession in the absence of any other criminal activity. Selling marijuana or driving under the influence of marijuana remain very serious offenses worthy of arrest. The Pittsburgh Police are currently reviewing the new law and developing a policy for handling these offenses. They are expected to release that policy within 60 days of the bill&rsquo;s passage, or mid-February.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Block">Block Watch: What is it? Why is it?</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><em>From SaferTogether Pittsburgh, a program from the Department of Public Safety:</em></p> <p dir="ltr">A Block Watch is any resident-driven that brings citizens together to address the public safety and quality of life needs and issues that concern their neighborhood on a small scale, such as on your block or street, or a larger scale across your neighborhood or community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">A Block Watch allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that suspicious activity can be reported and investigated. Block Watch members partner with Police to reduce and control crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At a recent Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting, a neighbor told a story that perfectly illustrates the purpose of a block watch. Although she and her neighbors haven&rsquo;t made a formal block watch, they talk to one another. When she started a job with a different hours, she told her neighbors about it. She specifically told them the only people around her house should be her and her son. She told them the make, model, and color of his car, and she gave them her phone number. When just a short time later, her neighbors noticed someone knocking on her door, they immediately grew suspicious and asked what he was doing there. The story that he was her cousin didn&rsquo;t add up with what she told them. When they saw the same person exit a window holding her TV, they called police.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">An active Block Watch involves neighbors talking, staying in touch, and maintaining current contact information for each other. Some Block Watches have monthly meetings, some have one event during the summer. Some block watches have active phone trees, some manage their entire operation by email. But no matter what kind of block watch works for your block, having a valid phone number, email and list of neighbors who are willing to keep an eye out for one another. This is one of the most effective strategies for improving public safety on your block! Want to get started? Call our office at 412-255-2131 or email Liz Style in the Department of Public Safety at <a href="mailto:Elizabeth.Style@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Block%20Watch">Elizabeth.Style@pittsburghpa.gov</a> to start your Block Watch today!</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a name="Meetings">Meetings</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 1/7,</strong> 7PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tuesday, 1/12,</strong> 7PM - Brookline Block Watch</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Monday, 1/18,</strong> 6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, 830 East Warrington Avenue 15210</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Thursday, 1/21,</strong> 7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum, 122 Virginia Avenue</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tuesday, 1/26,</strong> 7PM - Overbrook Community Council, Accamando Center 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Wednesday, 1/27,</strong> 7PM - Beechview Merchants Association meeting, 1533 Broadway Avenue</p> <p><strong>Monday, 2/1, </strong>7PM - Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, Concord Elementary, 2350 Brownsville Road</p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:27 -0500 Please Join me in supporting Brookline Teen Programs http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5468 <p>Dear Neighbors,</p> <p>The City Council District 4 newsletter sent out on December 9, 2015 contained a link to donate to <strong>the Brookline Teen Outreach</strong> <strong>initiative</strong>. Due to unforeseen events on behalf of the fundraising platform being used, the link to the campaign has changed without warning. The link is now: <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach"><strong>http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</strong></a>.</p> <p>The goal of this program is to <strong>help our youth build a positive, safe space to spend their time</strong>. Brookline Teen Outreach will offer opportunities for teens to meet with tutors trained in a variety of subjects, gain access to mental health services from licensed counselors, and collaborate with other area nonprofits. This type of program does not yet exist in our neighborhoods. We want to see it thrive!</p> <p>What your money can help do:</p> <p>* $10 - Buys tutoring supplies for a student</p> <p>* $50 - Invests in a swipe card system to keep students safe</p> <p>* $100 - Buys a desk and chair for students</p> <p>* $250 - Tuition for one student to attend an eye-opening mission trip</p> <p>* $500 - Provides a computer for student learning</p> <p>* $1,500 - Provides one month of rent</p> <p>Brookline Teen Outreach is not just for teens in Brookline, but for teens no matter where they come from. By providing programming that includes life skill building, ESL services, LGBTQ focused events, guest speakers from a wide range of disciplines, movie nights, and youth produced activities, Brookline Teen Outreach will be able to offer teens the opportunity to engage in positive activities, learn more about their passions, and give back to the community. If successful, this could be a model for other neighborhoods in District 4 or across the city where teens are experiencing similar challenges.</p> <p>Please join me in donating to this important organization! Click on <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a> to contribute. And please share widely!</p> <p>Would you like to give a donation by cash or check? Email Caitlin McNulty at <a href="mailto:caitlin.mcnulty@yahoo.com?subject=Brookline%20Teen%20Outreach">caitlin.mcnulty@yahoo.com</a> to find out how or to answer any questions.</p> <p>Also, a late breaking-event not included in the initial newsletter --- help support one of our local small businesses by joining the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) in buying tacos to support Las Palmas this weekend, December 11-13 at the Las Palmas location in Brookline at 700 Brookline Boulevard. This past week, Las Palmas was hit with hateful, racially charged graffiti. Read more about the story, here: http://bit.ly/1J0iFQp. You can also attend a rally on Saturday at noon at Las Palmas in Brookline to stand in solidarity with Las Palmas and other organizations that work tirelessly in creating opportunity and breaking down barriers for our city&#39;s immigrants. All are welcome to stand in support and join us as we show that intolerance is NOT what Pittsburgh is about.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Natalia Rudiak</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:55:36 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | December 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5456 <div>***Updated: Brookline Teen Outreach, an amazing program providing youth programming to teenagers in our neighborhoods, needs your help to get off the ground! Please go to:&nbsp;<a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a>. Join us in supporting this wonderful program!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2>&ldquo;It is better to create something that others criticise than to create nothing and criticise others.&rdquo; - Ricky Gervais</h2> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Dellrose">Dellrose Street Reconstruction</a></div> <div><a href="#Cuba">Cuba - Let&rsquo;s Play Ball!</a></div> <div><a href="#Support">Support Brookline Teen Outreach!</a></div> <div><a href="#Yoga">Yoga at The Rec Center!</a></div> <div><a href="#Holiday">Holiday Book and Bake Sale this weekend at Carrick Library Branch</a></div> <div><a href="#Public">Public Speaking Fear? Conquered!</a></div> <div><a href="#Want to">Want to Sell Your Goods or Services to the City?</a></div> <div><a href="#Earn">Earn While You Learn</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Parking Authority Renovations Complete</a></div> <div><a href="#Lunch">Lunch with Santa: Brookline&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Free">Free Saturday Parking for the Holiday Season!</a></div> <div><a href="#Are You">Are You Having Trouble Heating Your House This Winter?</a></div> <div><a href="#Is Your">Is Your House Safe From Carbon Monoxide?</a></div> <div><a href="#Bring">Bring the Library Home!</a></div> <div><a href="#Open">Open Mic Night in Brookline</a></div> <div><a href="#Volunteers">Volunteers Needed: Be a Snow Angel!</a></div> <div><a href="#Changes">Changes to Council Meeting&rsquo;s Broadcast</a></div> <div><a href="#Notes">Notes</a></div> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to Make Pittsburgh a Better Place, every day&hellip;</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Budget season is in full swing! </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">As Chair of the Finance and Law Committee, I have been attending briefings to talk about each and every department&rsquo;s budget, any increase or decrease over last year, how their budget is used, and what their plans are for 2016. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Announced Carrick Blitz Results </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">at the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch on 11/2. I was proud to stand with Mayor Peduto, Assistant Police Chief Schubert, Commander Karen Dixon, block watch leaders and the wider Carrick community to announce that the blitz made a difference on many streets in Carrick. Representatives from the departments of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (Formerly BBI), Public Works, and the office of Community Affairs detailed the measurable results, like a huge increase in directed foot patrols by officers, a slew of housing violations to be scheduled in the magistrate&rsquo;s court, and more...see the full presentation here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Carrick_Blitz_Presentation.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Carrick_Blitz_Presentation.pdf</a></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">-I attended the Thomas Merton Award Dinner, honoring Senator Barbara Lee 11/9</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Along with Congressman Mike Doyle, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, I lead a delegation to Cuba. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The trip also included former State Senator Jim Ferlo, former State Representative Mike Diven and representatives from Penn State and Duquesne University. This trip, organized by the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership, was an amazing chance to create relationships with Cuban officials to make sure that Pittsburgh is lined up to exchange goods and services when the embargo were to be lifted without using taxpayer dollars for this trip! Read more below&hellip;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Staff and I met with Columbia Gas officials</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to talk about projects in District 4 and talk about the best way to communicate with our office and the neighborhoods in the district, like the Dellrose Street reconstruction project (Read More about the Dellrose reconstruction below)</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Dellrose"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dellrose Street Reconstruction</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dellrose Street has been a riddle that the Department of Public Works, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Neighbors and our office have been working to solve for two years. As residents of the street will tell you, the process has not always been smooth! Thankfully,</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The approach that has finally emerged is a brand-new strategy that can help manage stormwater and provide a beautiful brick street instead of laying asphalt on top of brick or laying concrete and creating a channel for stormwater to flood whatever is downstream. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The entire base of the street was dug out and filled with &ldquo;aggregate&rdquo; of differing sizes. At the bottom of the base, there are jersey barriers to direct the flow of water down into the ground. Rising from there, the aggregate, i.e. rocks, get smaller and smaller. The street surface will be Unilock bricks. These are L-shaped paver stones that will look like a new brick street. This approach has been used in Mt. Lebanon, and managers from Dormont Borough have been on site to learn from our approach. This is the first city street to use this new technology. The Department of Public Works is hoping to be able to use the same strategy to replace other aging brick streets in the city. </span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Cuba"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cuba - Let&rsquo;s Play Ball!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cuba has been isolated for decades...and not just because it&rsquo;s an island! The US halted trade between our nations some time ago. Why does that matter? There are 12 million consumers living 90 miles off the coast of Florida to whom we </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">cannot sell our products!</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> If the trade embargo is lifted, then Pittsburgh businesses would, for the first time, have a chance to sell our products and services in Cuba. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I was one of three elected officials to lead a delegation of 24 leaders to meet with high level decision makers in Cuban government and prominent private citizens. No taxpayer dollars were spent on this trip. Representatives from corporations such as PPG met with Commerce and Trade officials, we talked with the Cuban Civil Aeronautics Department about direct flights from Cuban and US airlines to land right here in Pittsburgh. We explored the potential of becoming the North East hub for air travel to and from Cuba. The Cuban Sports Federation committed to a youth boxing and baseball tournament right here in Pittsburgh, planned for July of 2016. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This is a market that has been isolated for decades, and being near the front of the line for trade would be a boon for the city. I want to extend sincere thanks to the US Cuba Sister Cities organization, and point out that the head of the organization is a District 4 resident!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Support"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Support Brookline Teen Outreach!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In our office, we receive many inquiries about the lack of activities for teenagers in South Pittsburgh. Although this is a city-wide program, our southern neighborhoods are behind the times when it comes to creating programs that matter to teenagers. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brookline Teen Outreach helps teens to explore their potential and opportunities while providing them a place to learn and grow where they will be accepted for who they are and where they come from no matter what. By providing such a space, Brookline Teen Outreach allows teens to put the past behind them and look forward to a more positive future while building up the community around them.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">They are raising funds to move the Brookline Teen Outreach to a space more visible to the community and more accessible to students. The new center will provide mental health services by licensed counselors, as well as a space for volunteers to provide free tutoring in many subject areas.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To make a donation for the new Brookline Teen Outreach Center go to <a href="http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach">http://ssg.startsomegood.com/brooklineteenoutreach</a></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Yoga"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Yoga at The Rec Center!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Does this mild weather have you missing Yoga in the Park? Well fear not--Phillips Park Recreation Center will host indoor yoga on Friday nights, beginning 12/11 from 6:30-7:30. Alicia Brody will instruct aspiring yogis in a range of stretching and strength building. Bring your mat and $10 for the class! Namaste!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Holiday"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Holiday Book and Bake Sale this weekend at Carrick Library Branch</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Need presents for the reader in your life? Baked goods for your church or brunch? Carrick Library has you covered! </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Friends of the Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will hold a two day Holiday Book and Bake Sale Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12th from 10AM to 4:30PM. Come on out to 1811 Brownsville Road and stock up! Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carrick Branch.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Speaking Fear? Conquered!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Many people fear speaking in public more than death. Many people spend their whole lives avoiding speaking in public, because they have never learned how to be comfortable and effective when speaking to a group. Toastmasters of Carrick, PA has been helping folks find their voice right at the library!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Toastmasters are an international club that provides a supportive and fun environment in which adults can develop and practice their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Toastmasters Carrick also has a youth program called the Gravel club open to students under 18 and in grades 6 through 12 that allows students to practice communication and leadership skills by conducting their our meeting, scheduling for speakers and meeting roles, evaluation speakers and setting bylaws for their club.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Carrick Branch at 10:15AM. &nbsp;The Gravel Club also meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 12:00PM. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on Toastmasters visit </span><a href="http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> or email </span><a href="mailto:toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Want to"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Want to Sell Your Goods or Services to the City?</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Governments can&rsquo;t shop like you and I. Not possible to hop over to Giant Eagle, Carrick Hardware, or online retailers. Government has to give a fair shot to anyone who might like to work with the city. Unfortunately, this can mean a lengthy process. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Well, the Code For America fellows worked hard to simplify these processes. When you&rsquo;re spending the limited money funds, we have to get the best quality products and services for the lowest price! CFA Fellows took on the job of making these processes smoother and more effective. From this project, three tools have emerged. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beacon is an online tool that tells businesses when the city is looking for bids. Business owners simply register with Beacon (https://www.buildpgh.com/beacon/), and this free service will send email notifications with relevant opportunities. Then bids can be managed by the City&rsquo;s Department of Management and Budget, who make sure that we get the best bang for our taxpayer buck! 350 businesses have registered since September!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Scout and Conductor are tools that can help make the City&rsquo;s internal processes run smoother. Scout (</span><a href="https://www.buildpgh.com/scout/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.buildpgh.com/scout/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) can help city staff identify and subscribe to current contracts. This will reduce staff time spent looking up contracts and will streamline the process of notification when the contracts change. Launched in May of 2015, employees have already subscribed to over 100 contracts!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lastly, Conductor will help connect different databases for the Office of Management and Budget. Before Conductor, these systems couldn&rsquo;t &ldquo;talk&rdquo; to each other. That meant a lot of staff time was spent trying to bridge that gap. With these huge improvements, when a contract is changed in Conductor, it is instantly updated in Scout. And any contract entering the bidding phase can be posted to Beacon. Here&rsquo;s to a smoother City purchasing process!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Earn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Earn While You Learn</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Who can afford to start or switch their career? Those who get paid training, of course! As an apprentice, you can gain hands-on knowledge and take home a paycheck.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in their Heavy Equipment Operators Program and their Mechanic Technicians Program in 2015. Applicants may apply for either or both programs but may enroll in only one. Applications will be available on select dates between December 7, 2015- December 18, 2015. Combining on-the-job training (under the close supervision of a skilled craftsperson) along with craft related classroom instruction, an apprentice learns by doing. One of the best parts of this approach is that apprentices get paid while they learn on the job and once training is complete apprentices earn the distinction of journeyworkers.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Applications and information packets may be downloaded at </span><a href="http://www.wpaoperators.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.wpaoperators.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or picked up in person between the hours of 9:00AM and 3:00PM, Monday through Friday, beginning December 7th at 111 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information visit www.wpaoperators.org.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Beechview"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview Parking Authority Renovations Complete</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just in time for the colder weather, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has completed the resurfacing of the parking lot in Beechview. This lot now features brand-new LED streetlights. LED (Light-Emitting Diodes) are bright, last much longer than traditional streetlights and they are incredible efficient. Saving energy, money and maintenance? Sounds like a win-win-win!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Lunch"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lunch with Santa: Brookline </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Santa is taking a break from Christmas preparations to have lunch on Sunday in Brookline! Bring the kids and the young-at-heart for this meet and greet!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come have lunch and meet with Santa Claus on 12/13 from 2-3:30PM at the Brookline Community Center. There will be crafts and other fun things to do. Food and drinks will be provided. A $3 donation is requested per person. Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to present. All ages are welcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Free"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Free Saturday Parking for the Holiday Season!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When you Shop Local this month, the City of Pittsburgh will cover your parking! Every Saturday in December, Pittsburgh Parking Authority is offering free parking for on-street metered parking spaces and surface-level lots. So get out and get your shopping done on Saturdays! December 12, 19, and 28.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Are You"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are You Having Trouble Heating Your House This Winter?</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Baby, it&rsquo;s cold outside! But if you are having trouble keeping the heat on inside, help is available!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. and Peoples Natural Gas are again partnering to promote the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with the goal of helping low-income customers with their winter heating bills.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs. The program provides a one-time grant to assist with paying home heating bills.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">LIHEAP funds are limited so Columbia Gas and Peoples Natural Gas urge eligible homeowners and renters to apply as soon as possible. The income eligibility limit for the 2015-2016 program is 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. This means single individuals with an annual income of up to $17,655 are eligible to apply, as well as families of four who earn an annual income of up to $36,375. LIHEAP closes on April 1, 2016 or earlier if their funds run out.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Customers are encouraged to apply online through Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Service website (COMPASS) at </span><a href="http://www.compass.state.pa.us" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.compass.state.pa.us</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or by calling 1-866-827-1281.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To apply, the utility customer must provide the following information:</span></span></p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Names of all people in the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Birth dates for all people in the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Social Security numbers for all members of the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Proof of income for all members of the household</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A copy of a recent heating bill</span></span></p> </li> </ol> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In addition to LIHEAP, the natural gas utilities offer a number of assistance programs to help customers struggling with household budgets. Customers can contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-537-7431 or Peoples at 1-800-400-WARM (9276) to learn more.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4727272727272727;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Is Your"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Is Your House Safe From Carbon Monoxide</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Smelling gas is not normally a good thing, but sometimes it can be deadly. Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas, causes hundreds of deaths each year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. CO poisoning can happen to anyone and causes harm to your central nervous system and even your heart, however individuals with existing health problems such as heart and lung diseases and the elderly are especially vulnerable.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carbon monoxide poisoning mimics many common illnesses such as the flu and food poisoning with symptoms including: headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, seizures, cardiac arrest, loss of hearing, blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, loss of consciousness, coma, and respiratory failure. To help protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning you should have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and inspected before each heating season, use non-electrical space heaters only in well-ventilated areas, and refrain from starting or leaving running cars, trucks or other vehicles in an enclosed area.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carbon monoxide home alarms can help alert you to increased CO levels. If your detector alarm sounds and you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home and immediately call 911. If your alarm goes off and your are not experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: first check the detector, push the reset button (if available), turn off any appliances or other sources of combustion, and get fresh air to the building. If you think you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and you do not have a detector, leave your home and immediately call 911.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information call any of the following Carbon Monoxide Awareness Coalition members;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pittsburgh Poison Center 800-222-1222</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allegheny County Health Department &nbsp;412-687-2243</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Western Pennsylvania Chapter</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allegheny County Fire Chiefs Association, Inc</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fire Training Academy, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Volunteer</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Firefighters Association</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bacharach</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">City of Pittsburgh</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency,Emergency</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Medical Services, Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Safety, Hazardous Material Response</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;text-indent: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Team</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Equitable Gas Company</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dominion Peoples</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Bring"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bring the Library Home!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are you currently living without internet connection in your home? Is your child or grandchild eligible for the National School Lunch Program? </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If the answer is yes, then you may qualify for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Internet essentials provides an affordable high-speed internet option to those who need it. At just $9.95 a month you will receive a WiFi router and high speed internet delivered to your home. &nbsp;Participants in this program can also purchase a low cost computer with Microsoft Office and Norton Security included. Internet Essentials also provides free internet training online, in person, and in print!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To learn more or apply visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-888-972-5982!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Open"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Open Mic Night in Brookline</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You&rsquo;ve spent years practicing your vocals in the shower. Now it&rsquo;s time to share your talent with the world!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brookline Community Open Mic is a community-run open mic dedicated to developing artists and performers in Brookline and surrounding communities. Brookline Open Mic started at Cannon Coffee, and after Cannon Coffee was sold, community members worked hard to make sure this amazing event stayed put!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Anyone who wants to perform is able to and can sign up at any point throughout the night. All performance types and talents are welcome and encouraged to come! Brookline Community Open Mic, formerly held at Cannon Coffee, has found a new home! Every Wednesday starting at 7PM come to the second floor of the Brookline Pub located at 734 Brookline Blvd.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You can follow Brookline Community Open Mic on Instagram at BrooklineOpenMic. For questions E-mail BrooklineOpenMic@gmail.com!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Volunteers"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Volunteers Needed: Be a Snow Angel!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have you seen the weather forecast? &nbsp;Snow is coming! While this might bring delight to the snow lover in your household, many area seniors dread the arrival of snow and ice because of the dangers that they bring. Snow Angels is a program that helps minimize the hardships of winter by pairing volunteers with elderly residents with disabilities to assist with snow removal. </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So far Snow Angels has received 277 requests from area elderly or residents with disabilities for assistance shoveling this winter. Snow Angels is currently seeking volunteers in the Carrick and Brookline areas due to noticeable higher volume of requests from residents.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone living in Allegheny County, and is great for families and high school students. Volunteers are asked to help at least one resident for the entire 2015/2016 winter season. Shovels and salt are available by request. To volunteer with the Snow Angels program and help ensure that our city&rsquo;s elderly and disabled are cared for this winter, residents can visit </span><a href="http://alleghenysnowangels.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">alleghenysnowangels.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to complete registration.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Changes"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Changes to Council Meeting&rsquo;s Broadcast</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Are you missing your favorite prime-time City Channel programs? Sadly, due to ongoing construction and renovation in the City-County Building, the City Channel will not be able to broadcast meetings LIVE during the week of December 14th. &nbsp;Unfortunately the current playback system is experiencing technical difficulties, therefore Council meeting replays are suspended until the new system is installed.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We will make an announcement when these technical difficulties have been overcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Notes"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">NOTES</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Friday, December 25</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: Christmas Holiday - City-County Building Closed</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bfb1dc74-8889-8b4a-144d-d54ba22dcf05"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Friday, January 1</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: New Year&rsquo;s Day Holiday - City-County Building Closed</span></span></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:13:20 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | November 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5334 <div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec4-aca5-8c16-f423a29f936b"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.&rdquo;</span></span></h2> <h2><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec4-aca5-8c16-f423a29f936b"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ndash; Cicero</span></span></h2> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;some highlights:</a></div> <div><a href="#Nov. 14">Nov. 14 - Yard Waste Pickup Citywide</a></div> <div><a href="#2015 Hilltop">2015 Hilltop Summit</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Library">Carrick Library Book Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Blight">Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp</a></div> <div><a href="#OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Church Bazaar">Church Bazaar and Food Fair&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High School">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Stuffed With">Stuffed With Love For Thanksgiving</a></div> <div><a href="#Toastmasters">Toastmasters of Carrick!</a></div> <div><a href="#Martial">Martial Art Classes</a></div> <div><a href="#Earn">Earn While You Learn</a></div> <div><a href="#Lunch with">Lunch with Santa - SATURDAY, DEC 13</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;some highlights:</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I participated in </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Off The Record </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">for the 5th year. I am proud to say that the entertaining political musical satire has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Saturday, October 10 I was honored to receive the Heinz Alumni Association Board&rsquo;s </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Outstanding Recent Alumni&rdquo;</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Award.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I met with Dr. Jamil Bey, of Neighbor Works and various Beltzhoover and Hilltop community organizations to discuss youth programming in anticipation of our office&rsquo;s project, lead by our new Coro Fellow Aly Shaw, t</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">o take an inventory of youth programming in our Southern neighborhoods </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">and work to identify and then fill gaps</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I organized city officials to get information to the State in order to apply for a Multi-Modal Grant to </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">fix up the transit stops on Broadway Avenue in Beechview</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and make them safer for people to access</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Friday 10/15, I was honored to stand with Chief Cameron McLay, Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane, Dr. Stephanie Myers and Ms. Diane Powell of Black Women for Positive Change to support the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Week of Nonviolence</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and encourage opportunities to help our next generations manage anger without violence. We hosted a</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> town hall for youth</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, including from Brashear and Carrick High Schools, &nbsp;to dialogue about youth/police relations and causes of violence in our City. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-That same day, I stood with the Mayor and County Executive to launch the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, to increase transparency in the region. This follows the &ldquo;open data&rdquo; bill I sponsored last year, which has made an unprecedented amount of information open to the public. You can see and play with over 120 city and county datasets, from census data to dog licenses: http://www.wprdc.org/</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Was privileged to attend the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation&#39;s Inauguration</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I started Tuesday, 10/20 reading to some of our youngest school children at Concord Elementary School, then met with Caitlin McNulty, a community leader in Brookline who is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">working to increase offerings to teenagers the neighborhood</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-The next day, I had the chance to mentor a student who deals with disabilities as part of </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Disability Mentoring Day a</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">nd stood firm against domestic violence at the Standing Firm Awards Luncheon.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- And last but not least, I stood with Mayor Bill Peduto and Cara Ciminillo of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children to tell our state leaders to stop playing politics and</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> pass a budget that fully funds schools and early education centers </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">because our youngest Pennsylvanians should not bear the burden of our political differences. </span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Nov. 14"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Nov. 14 - Yard Waste Pickup Citywide</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Get ready, get set, rake! On Saturday November 14th the second of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s special biannual curbside yard waste collection will take place. &nbsp;Your participation in the program helps the environment by diverting valuable resources from the landfill. &nbsp;Place your yard waste at your normal recycling/ refuse pick up spot before 6:00 a.m. on the morning of November 14th in paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. &nbsp;Branches should be 5 feet in length or shorter and bundled with fiber twine or natural rope.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Do not include the following materials:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Plastic bags</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Metal or wire</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Rocks, Blocks, Bricks</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Soil, Dirt, Gravel</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Glass, Metal or Plastic</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Got questions? Call the Bureau of Environmental Services at 412-255-2773!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="2015 Hilltop"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2015 Hilltop Summit</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It&#39;s that time of year again! Come to learn about - and celebrate - some of the many accomplishments this year in Hilltop community development. As always, representatives from the Hilltop Alliance, Allentown Community Development Corporation, Beltzhoover Civic Association, Carrick Community Council, Hilltop Economic Development Corporation, Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch, Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation, and South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will each share their organizational achievements in the communities they serve, with a brief presentation.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The 2015 Hilltop Summit to be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 6:30 pm at LifeSpan (Elder-Ado Building, 320 Brownsville Road, 15210), and join in the celebration of the the hard work being done in our neighborhoods. &nbsp;As food and beverages will be provided, please RSVP to staff member Tim Dolan via telephone or email (tim@pghhilltopalliance.org) by Friday, November 6, 2015. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please contact 412-586-5807 with any questions!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick Library"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Library Book Sale</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friends of the Carrick Branch will hold a three day book sale at the Carrick Library from Thursday, Nov. 5th to Saturday, Nov.7 from 10 AM to 6:30 PM on Thursday and 10 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday and Saturday!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For details call 412-882-3897.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Pittsburgh Blight"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come to the Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp to learn about resources and best practices to increase the impact of community led blight elimination efforts!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday November 7. 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 8:00 AM- 3:30 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 </span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can register to attend at &nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pittsburgh-blight-bootcamp-tickets-18821794494" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pittsburgh-blight-bootcamp-tickets-18821794494</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">!</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="OASIS"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Training sessions will be on Friday, </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">November 6th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and Friday,</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> November 13th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Church Bazaar"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Church Bazaar and Food Fair </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come and join St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church at their Bazaar and Food Fair! &nbsp;Enjoy pyrohy and other ethnic foods from 11 am to 6 pm, and a flea market and bake sale that will begin at 8 am and end at 7 pm. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free parking will be available in the church lot on Carson Street!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: 109 S. 7th Street</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 8am-7pm</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick High School"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Stuffed With"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Stuffed With Love For Thanksgiving</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Stuffed With Love&rdquo; provides a free hot and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meal to people who </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">really </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">need them. &nbsp;On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers will deliver these much needed meals to those who apply.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meal requests need to be made by November 19,2015. &nbsp;If you are in need or you know someone or family that could be in use of our help, please call a Community Relations Officer:</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> (Carrick, Overbrook, Mount Washington, Bon Air): Officer Christine Luffey or Richard Oddi &nbsp;@ 412-488-8326</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 6</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> (Beechview, Brookline): Officer Kenneth Stevwing or Julie Ott @ 412- 937-3051</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Toastmasters"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Toastmasters of Carrick!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Toastmasters are an international club that provides a supportive and fun environment in which adults can develop and practice their communication and leadership skills. &nbsp;Toastmasters Carrick also has a youth program called the Gravel club open to students under 18 and in grades 6 through 12 that allows students to practice communication and leadership skills by conducting their our meeting, scheduling for speakers and meeting roles, evaluation speakers and setting bylaws for their club.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Carrick Branch at 10:15 am. &nbsp;The Gravel Club also meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 12:00 pm. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information on Toastmasters visit </span><a href="http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://toastmasterscarrickpa.toastmastersclubs.org/</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> or email toastmasterscarrickpa@gmail.com!</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Martial"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Martial Arts Classes (AGES 10-UP)</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Learn the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do with a trained instructor. Beginner and Intermediate classes for students age 10 and up begin in December. Beginner: 6:15-6:45pm; Intermediate: 6:45-7:30pm, Advanced 7:30-8:45pm. Classes held on Monday evenings. Cost: $15/year paid to instructor. For more information on visit their website at </span><a href="http://www.sejongtkd.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.sejongtkd.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. &nbsp;New signups accepted in November.</span></span></p> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Earn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Earn While You Learn</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in their Heavy Equipment Operators Program and their Mechanic Technicians Program in 2015. &nbsp;Applicants may apply for either or both programs but may enroll in only one. Applications will be available on select dates between December 7, 2015- December 18, 2015. &nbsp;Combining on-the-job training (under the close supervision of a skilled craftsperson) along with craft related classroom instruction, an apprentice learns by doing. &nbsp;One of the best parts of this approach is that apprentices get paid while they learn on the job and once training is complete apprentices earn the distinction of journeyworkers.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Applications and information packets may be downloaded at </span><a href="http://www.wpaoperators.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.wpaoperators.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or picked up in person between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, beginning December 7th at 111 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information visit www.wpaoperators.org.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Lunch with"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Lunch with Santa &ndash; SATURDAY, DEC 13</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come have lunch and meet with Santa Claus from 2:00-3:30pm at the Brookline Community Center. There will be crafts and other fun things to do. Food and drinks will be provided. A $3 donation is requested per person. Please bring a wrapped gift for Santa to present. All ages are welcome.</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events:</span></span></a></h2> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mondays and Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">: Zumba at Phillips Recreation Center</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Walk Fit at Brookline Community Center</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 2,9,16, 23, 30 2015 3 PM - 5 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pokemon League at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 2,9,16, 23, 30 2015 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Storytime: Toddler and Preschooler Tales at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10,17,24 &nbsp;2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tween Workshop Tuesdays: Mad Science Greatest Hits! &nbsp;At the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17,24 &nbsp;2015 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Let&#39;s Speak English! At the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 3, 10,17,24 , 2015 4 PM - 6 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time: The Labs</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">at </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 3,10, 17, 24 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4,11, 18, 25 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Homework Help at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4, 11,18, 25 &nbsp;2015 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Kids Club: Wacky Wednesdays at </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4,11,18, 25 2015 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Power Yoga with Amy at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 4 3:30 PM : </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Kids Club: The Labs at Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5 at 6 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Crowdfunding 101: A New Way to Finance Your Small Business at Beechview </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 11 AM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Storytime: Toddler and Preschooler Tales at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Time at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">: Homework Club at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 7, 21 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Teen Gaming at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">versus</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> monthly movie showdown: film discussion group at that </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 11, 2015 &nbsp;1:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mystery &amp; More Book Discussion: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Prague Winter</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, November 11, 2015 &nbsp;6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Job &amp; Career: Resume Assistance by Appointment at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015 &nbsp;10:30 AM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Storytime: Nepali and English at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Teen Anime Club at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 16, 2015 &nbsp;6:00 PM - 6:50 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Between the Lines Book Discussion at the Brookline Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Adult Game Night: Don&#39;t Settle for Less at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Book Buzz : A book discussion where the location&#39;s a little different... and so are the books at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 21, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Electronics Club presented by SPA-Tronics (South Pittsburgh Area) at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3c1dee-dec5-30c7-0654-dbff18434fb4"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, November 23, 30 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Teen Time: Labs on Location (Bookmaking with The Warhol Museum) at the </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:54:51 -0500 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | October 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5232 <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">From the office of Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(24, 24, 24); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.&rdquo; </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(24, 24, 24); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">― </span><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6356.Barack_Obama" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(102, 102, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Barack Obama</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">In This Issue...</h2> <div><a href="#Saw">Saw Mill Run&#39;s first stream cleanup!</a></div> <div><a href="#Dairy">Dairy District Groundbreaking</a></div> <div><a href="#Parent">Parent and Community Workshops&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Safer">Safer Together: State of Public Safety in Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Youth">Youth Speak &amp; We Listen</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Learning">Pittsburgh Learning Hub&rsquo;s Course for Veterans</a></div> <div><a href="#Shred">Shred It Day</a></div> <div><a href="#Saw Mill Run">Saw Mill Run Watershed Day screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick Teens">Carrick Teens to host Haunted Library event and Bake Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#OASIS">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High School">Carrick High School &ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Marketing">Marketing the Beechview Business District</a></div> <div><a href="#Reimagination">Reimagination Music &amp; Art</a></div> <div><a href="#Trouble">Trouble remembering Trash Night? There&rsquo;s an App for that!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Make">Make My Trip Count! - Pittsburgh Commuter Survey</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings">Meetings and Events</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Saw"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saw Mill Run&#39;s first stream cleanup!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Location </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seldom Seen Greenway</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Just off Route 51 near</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Hargrove St, Pittsburgh, PA 15216</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seldom Seen Greenway is 90 acres of undeveloped forest along Route 51. The Saw Mill Run stream flows through this wonderful setting. Unfortunately, every time it rains, trash and debris from the upper watershed communities washes into the stream, depositing along the banks in Seldom Seen. Please join us to help keep the stream and greenway clean!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We will provide gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Please wear long pants, shirts with long sleeves and sturdy boots or shoes. No open toed shoes or sandals! Rain boots, hip boots or waders are always a plus! Come a little early for bagels, coffee and hot cocoa!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We will meet in the small parking lot next to the City of Pittsburgh Salt Dome on Route 51, across from Woodruff Street. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, contact Lisa at 412.884.1400 ext 104 or</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="mailto:lbrown@economicedevelopmentsouth.org?subject=Saw%20Mill%20Run%20Cleanup"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">lbrown@economicedevelopmentsouth.org</span></span></a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Dairy"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dairy District Groundbreaking</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On October 16th, our office will help to break ground on the Carrick&rsquo;s Dairy District! The first project will be an open-air pavilion located on the vacant lot on Brownsville and East Myers Avenue. The lot, across the street from Colteryahn Dairy, will be able to host farmer&rsquo;s markets, outdoor educational activities and will generally serve as a gathering place for neighbors and visitors to enjoy Carrick! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please join us at 10AM, Friday, October 16th, to mark this milestone and be a part of Carrick&rsquo;s future!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Parent"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Parent and Community Workshops </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">(All workshops include supplies, FREE!)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All workshops are offered from 5:00-7:00 at Pittsburgh Carrick High School at 125 Parkfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. Seating is limited, so RSVP quickly! You may RSVP to Amberleigh Miller by calling 412-529-7700, or emailing amiller3@pghboe.net. When you RSVP, please include name(s) of attendee(s), the date and title of the workshops(s) and a phone number.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, October 21, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Learn Spanish and Crafts</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. &nbsp;This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Adolescent Psychology</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- What can explain the behavior of teenagers? Why do they act the way they do? Dark forces that uniquely affect the teen (Aristotle)? The most tumultuous of life&rsquo;s several identity crises (Erickson)? Limited to 20 seats.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, October 22, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*Parent Computer Lab-</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Resumes, letters, job applications, church programs, flyers, internet search&hellip; come learn these skills and more, using Microsoft Office Word 2013, Microsoft Office Publisher 2013, Microsoft Office Excel 2013.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Safer"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Safer Together: State of Public Safety in Pittsburgh</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please join the Public Safety Councils from Zone 1, 3 and 6 at the 2015 Fall City-wide Public Safety Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM at The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, 15214). </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The topic for this meeting is &ldquo;Where do we go from here?&rdquo; We will learn to build collaborative strategies for community safety with new public safety programs and community oriented initiatives.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mayor William Peduto will be the guest speaker and light refreshments will be served. Two parking lots are available in addition to on-street parking. Safer Together is a program out of the Department of Public Safety.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Youth"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Youth Speak &amp; We Listen</span></span></a></h2> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Join Chief Cameron McLay and other Community Leaders who want to hear from young people in Pittsburgh about:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What causes violence in homes and communities?</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">How we can change the culture of violence in Pittsburgh?</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Ideas about getting along with others.</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Thursday, October 15, 2015 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 10:00am - 11:30am</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Community College of Allegheny County, North Side Campus</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For students unable to attend in person, the Town Hall Meeting will be broadcast live on PCTV and made available online on the PCTV website. &nbsp;Students are invited to email, tweet or submit questions to the panel during the taping.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For questions contact Diane Powell at (412)302-2952.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Parental consent is required for students under the age of 18 years for the televised show.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Pittsburgh Learning"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Learning Hub&rsquo;s Course for Veterans</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Have you served in the military? Are you interested in improving your professional communication skills? </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Learn about the Pittsburgh Learning Hub&#39;s first course in business communication at our informational session </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">October 8</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> at 5:30-7PM in Google&#39;s Offices at Bakery Square (6425 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206).</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Speakers will include local experts in the communications field. Online classes provided through Coursera and in-person meetings facilitated by the American Red Cross will be hosted at Google&rsquo;s office in Bakery Square.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This is a project of Homefront Pittsburgh, Mayor Peduto&#39;s veterans engagement initiative, in partnership with the VA.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Shred"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shred It Day</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free Shredding Event sponsored by Rep. Readshaw and Michael Dear, Statefarm Insurance.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Vern&rsquo;s Electric and Concord Presbyterian Church Parking Lots</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1917 Brownville Road</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Items to Bring:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All Company Papers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tapes, Disks*</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Books, Bound Paper</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brochures, File Folders</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Paper, Letterhead Products</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Photos, Post-its, Envelopes</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">*These items should not be mixed</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">with paper materials</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Items Not to Bring:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Food and Food Containers</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wrappers, Glass, Large Metal</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wood Products, Plastic Styrofoam</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Toner Cartridges</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wet Waste, Liquids</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Towels,Tissues, Aluminum Cans</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Binders, Large Metal Clip</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Saw Mill Run"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saw Mill Run Watershed Day screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, in partnership with Penn State Center, the Borough of Dormont, and the Hollywood Theater, invites you to an exclusive screening of WPSU - Penn State Public Broadcasting&#39;s award winning film, Water Blues Green Solutions on Saturday, October 24, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at The Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Avenue (Dormont).</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Water Blues - Green Solutions is an interactive film project, telling the stories of communities creating green solutions to our water blues - flooding, pollution, and scarcity. A panel discussion will with the film&#39;s producer and local experts will follow the screening. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Saw Mill Run Watershed Association will also introduce its vision for the stream and our communities. This promises to be an informative afternoon, with lively discussion and hands on exhibits. Please joins us!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This special event is made possible through the generous support of The Richard King Mellon Foundation and Pennsylvania American Water.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick Teens"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Teens to host Haunted Library event and Bake Sale</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Teen Group at Carrick Library will host a &ldquo;haunted library&rdquo; event for Halloween on October 28, 29 from 5-7:30PM and on October 31, from 2-4 PM. Come on out to this family-friendly event! And while you&rsquo;re there, pick up some delicious baked goods to support this wonderful teen event!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you would like to donate baked goods for the bake sale, call the Library at (412) 882-3897.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="OASIS"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Training sessions will be on Friday, </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">November 6th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and Friday,</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> November 13th</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick High School"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.28; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 8pt;"><a name="Marketing"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Marketing the Beechview Business District</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">After a busy summer filled with exciting events and activities along the Broadway Corridor including Cinco de Mayo, the Taste of Beechview, the Beechview Car Cruise, and a weekly Farmer&rsquo;s Market to name a few&mdash;the Beechview Merchants Association (BMA) and DRB Consulting is ready to put all its efforts behind marketing the Beechview Business District and filling vacant storefronts.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To achieve this a Beechview Business District Marketing Committee was recently formed to better promote existing businesses in Beechview and attract new ones to the neighborhood. The committee is open to any interested Beechview resident. Also, the BMA and DRB Consulting are kicking off a campaign to match interested businesses with available commercial space along Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Please reach out to</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dave Brewton at (412)295-4787 or <a href="mailto:drbrewton@ymail.com?subject=Beechview%20Marketing%20Committee">drbrewton@ymail.com</a></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> if you are either interested in being a part of the Marketing Committee or locating a business in Beechview.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Reimagination"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reimagination Music &amp; Art</span></span></a></h2> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Are you a teen musician between the ages of 12 and 19? &nbsp;Do you want to work with professional music producers and have your work featured on WYEP&rsquo;s Reimagination CD? Reimagine Media is now accepting applications through November 1st to be apart of its 2016 compilation CD!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This year marks the third year that Reimagine Media, an initiative of WYEP&rsquo;s Education Department, will produce a CD of young, local musicians and bands. &nbsp;Selected musicians will work with professional producers, and receive studio time to record and produce a song for inclusion in the CD. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reimagine Media is also accepting proposals for cover and packaging artwork to be featured with the CD!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information or to apply visit </span><a href="http://www.wyep.org/reimagination2016" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.wyep.org/reimagination2016</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Trouble"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Trouble remembering Trash Night? There&rsquo;s an App for that! </span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You, your partner or children will never have an excuse to take out the garbage again. ;) PGH.st is an app that was conceived at the 2014 Steel City Codefest, an annual civic softwear app development competition designed to grow the City&rsquo;s innovation and technology community through the creating of technology infrustructure. Through the app, City homeowners receive text messages reminding them the day before their trash and/ or recycling is picked up. &nbsp;It also tells you when holidays delay pick up!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The app team worked with the City to develop PGH.st. &nbsp;They also met with the Department of Public Works representatives, allowing them to learn more about City processes while ensuring PGH.st would really benefit the community!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Go to </span><a href="http://www.pgh.st" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pgh.st</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to sign up for email or text reminders from PGH.st!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Make"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Make My Trip Count! - Pittsburgh Commuter Survey</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Most days of the week, you travel to work or school. How many days? Where do you start and where are you going? Most importantly, how do you get there? We&rsquo;re interested in your answers. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Make My Trip Count is a survey of Pittsburgh region commuters to figure out how Pittsburghers regularly travel to work or school &ndash; and how that commute could be improved. Whether you&rsquo;re on a bus, in your car, riding a bike, using your own two feet, or traveling by other means, you&rsquo;re making commute trips multiple times per day &ndash; and we&rsquo;re interested in improving your options and access. Especially if you make regular trips into Downtown, Oakland, and the North Shore, we need your input. Go to: http://makemytripcount.org/index.html to participate!</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events:</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tue, October 13, 7pm &ndash; 9pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Block Watch, Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thu, October 15, 10am &ndash; 11am: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Youth Town Hall - National Week of Nonviolence, Community College of Allegheny County, North Side Campus</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fri, October 16, 10am &ndash; 11am: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dairy District Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony, &nbsp;1529 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mon, October 19, 6:00pm &ndash; 7:30pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, </span><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">830 E Warrington Ave 15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Mon, October 19, 7pm &ndash; 8pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">South Pittsburgh Development Co, Brookline Presbyterian Church, 1036 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tue, October 20, 6pm &ndash; 7pm: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Bon Air All Community Meeting, Bon Air Parklet Gazebo, Intersection of Calle and Conniston</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday, 10/21 - 6:30 PM: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">City-wide Public Safety Meeting at The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, 15214)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.28;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 10/24 - 3 - 6PM:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Screening of Water Blues - Green Solutions, The Award Winning Film from WPSU, Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216</span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a67ba414-43b7-537d-564c-e6e13cd26be0"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Wednesday 10/28, Thursday 10/29, and Saturday 10/31: </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Haunted Library, 1811 Brownsville Road 15210</span></span></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:26:20 -0400 Pittsburgh District 4 Newsletter | September 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5152 <h2>From the Office of District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</h2> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>― Nelson Mandela</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz update</a></div> <div><a href="#Waddington">Waddington Rehab Center Update</a></div> <div><a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels Brookline expanding to Beechview, can you help?</a></div> <div><a href="#Pittsburgh Parking">Pittsburgh Parking Authority to close Beechview lot for improvements</a></div> <div><a href="#Que">Que Viva Clemente!</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick High">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></div> <div><a href="#Parking Meters">Parking meters will be payable via smartphone app</a></div> <div><a href="#Alcosan">Alcosan Open House featuring Frankie the Fish 9/19</a></div> <div><a href="#2015's">2015&rsquo;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo;</a></div> <div><a href="#Beechview's Big">Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea!! (Flea Market)</a></div> <div><a href="#Oasis">Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring</a></div> <div><a href="#Meetings and">Meetings and Events</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick Blitz">Carrick Blitz update</a></h2> <div>On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the Carrick Public Safety and Quality of Life Improvement Blitz began targeting 42 problem properties in the neighborhood. After a month-long process to determine which areas in Carrick had the most unresolved complaints from 311, 911 and community members, the Office of Community Affairs and other departments worked with our office to create a new program to address and monitor violations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Additionally, the District Magistrate and the District Attorney will be brought into the process, as well as Allegheny County Department of Human Services as needed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Blitz began by targeting 42 problem properties in the neighborhood for an intensive multi-department effort to improve quality of life in the neighborhood. Simultaneously, the Zone 3 Police began their own investigations into the properties shared by community members.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Steps in the process:</strong></div> <div><em>Step 1: Data Collection</em></div> <div>Community reported properties with high volumes of blight and crime at August 3rd meeting</div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance collected City data (311/911)</div> <div>Community reported additional properties with high volumes of blight and crime after August 13th meeting</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 2: Data Analysis</em></div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance created a database of all reported properties and incidents</div> <div>Department of Innovation &amp; Performance mapped all reported properties and incidents</div> <div>Pittsburgh Bureau of Police performed a visual assessment of community reported properties after August 13th meeting</div> <div>Data Working Group reviewed the database and map of all reported properties and incidents at August 18th meeting</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 3: Decision Making</em></div> <div>Data Working Group discussed the best way to prioritize properties and decided to focus on those with the highest number of reported and unresolved incidents at August 18th meeting</div> <div>Stakeholder Working Group discussed the progress made by the Data Working Group and had first discussion about creating a strategy to address the worst properties</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Step 4: Implementation</em></div> <div>Implementation of the Carrick Blitz began on September 10</div> <div>Working groups continue to meet on a weekly basis to discuss progress</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>See more information on the Carrick Blitz page of our website: &nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/carrick-blitz</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Waddington">Waddington Rehab Center Update</a></h2> <div>The zoning hearing for the rehab facility at 2681 Waddington was held September 10, 2015. This hearing was &lsquo;continued&rsquo; from July so that our office could engage the community and have the property owner (&lsquo;Applicant&rsquo; in zoning jargon) directly address plans and concerns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Community engagement process:</strong></div> <div><em>Meeting #1</em>, collecting community concerns - 120 attendees, trained mediators paid for by Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office, Councilwoman Rudiak, State Representatives or staffers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Meeting #2</em>, presenting community concerns, reviewing plans, and requesting written responses - Councilwoman Rudiak, mediators and property owner and his attorneys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Meeting #3</em>, community-wide meeting for additional questions and concerns - Community heard presentation on plans and rationale behind the proposal. Councilwoman Rudiak and staff, mediators, Officer Julie Ott (Zone 6 Police), and the applicant and attorneys.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the zoning hearing, the business owner and his lawyers presented his intentions to assist people in recovery from addiction. Neighbors, lawyers for the Pittsburgh Diocese, the applicant and our office all testified.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s staff testified to two unresolved zoning issues. First, parking, because the facility will not share the parking at St. Pius, and their 3-4 parking spaces are &ldquo;stacked&rdquo; in the facility&rsquo;s own driveway. The second issue was property value. Our zoning code states that developments cannot negatively influence property values. We asked the Board to consider parking and property value in their decision.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Once the board receives all documentation of the hearing, it has 45 days to make a decision to approve or deny the special exception. If approved by the Zoning Board, the facility has to obtain a license from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention. We will keep the community informed with developments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels Brookline expanding to Beechview, can you help?</a></h2> <div>The Brookline Meals on Wheels program has begun delivering meals to parts of Beechview! Meals on Wheels relies on volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to members of our communities who suffer from chronic illness or disability. These trained volunteers make daily visits to individuals receiving meals to make deliveries and ensure his or her wellness through daily check-ins. The organization would love to continue this effort to serve more parts of Beechview, but they are in need of volunteers to make this happen. Certainly volunteers from Beechview are encouraged to get involved, but interested persons from outside of Beechview may also volunteer. If you are &nbsp;interested in volunteering your time, please call Carol Ingold, at (412) 343-8144, for more information about how to volunteer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Pittsburgh Parking">Pittsburgh Parking Authority to close Beechview lot for improvements</a></h2> <div>The Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) will be closing the public lot at 1541 Beechview Avenue from approximately September 8, 2015 to October 2, 2015. Each year PPA closes a few lots around the city to repave and make infrastructure improvements. This year, it is our turn! In September, the Beechview lot will see repairs to damaged curbs, sidewalks, or aprons, and drain inlets. Additionally, all asphalt will be removed and replaced. Also coming sometime soon, the lot will receive new LED lights. For additional questions, contact the project manager, JD Smith at 412-860-0685.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Que">Que Viva Clemente!</a></h2> <div>September is Hispanic Heritage month, and on September 19th, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will host a celebration benefitting Brookline&rsquo;s own Casa San Jose at the Roberto Clemente Museum! Casa San Jose is a community resource center that bridges the cultural divide between Latino neighbors in need and service providers. They strive to create a welcoming community for Latino immigrants by providing opportunities for civic and social engagement. As an outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Casa San Jose exists so that there may be union of neighbor with neighbor and all in God. The event will feature wine from Enginehouse 24 Wines, live Flamenco music and dance, and of course, the Clemente Museum&rsquo;s extensive collection of Roberto Clemente memorabilia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join us Saturday, september 19th from 7PM to 10PM at the Roberto Clemente Museum, located at 3339 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh 15201. All proceeds will benefit Casa San Jose.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can learn more about Casa San Jose at their website, <a href="http://www.casasanjose.org">www.casasanjose.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For tickets, go to <a href="http://www.showclix.com/event/QueVivaClemente1758010">www.showclix.com/event/QueVivaClemente1758010</a>. For more information, please contact Guillermo Perez: <a href="mailto:gperez@usw.org">gperez@usw.org</a>. This event is sponsored by Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/lclaapittsburgh">www.facebook.com/lclaapittsburgh</a>).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Carrick High">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</a></h2> <div>The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is the student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>DATE:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Saturday, November 14, 2015</em></div> <div><em>TIME: &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</em></div> <div><em>PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasium&nbsp;</em></div> <div><em>125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Parking Meters">Parking meters will be payable via smartphone app</a></h2> <div>ParkMobile will be providing service to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s parking spaces. Whether at an individual meter or a group meter, a sticker on the machine that normally accepts either quarters or credit cards will explain you can also register to pay on your phone. ParkMobile was selected to provide this service for the City of Pittsburgh during a competitive bidding process.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Users will have to register for the service, and then will be able to pay for parking with a few clicks. Additionally, ParkMobile will alert you 15 minutes before your meter runs out. Options to Pay By Phone will also be available. This is going to be great when the wind chill feels like -10 degrees! No more frozen fingers!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Alcosan">Alcosan Open House featuring Frankie the Fish 9/19</a></h2> <div>Ever wonder what happens after you flush your toilet? Learn all sort of fascinating water facts at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority&rsquo;s award-winning annual Open House on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It&rsquo;s educational and entertaining, and admission, food and parking are free!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ALCOSAN&rsquo;s Open House is the region&rsquo;s largest watershed and environmental festival, featuring hands-on environmental exhibits, treatment plant and laboratory tours, microbiology and watershed life demonstrations, and education activities for all ages! This year brings back old favorites and adds new - from snakes to puppies, the Mad Scientist and the Fish Pond, and Photos with Frankie the Fish and real live fish! This is an event filled with fun for all ages! Student in K-12 will receive extra credit as they learn about our water and environment. Kids looking to STEM careers and those looking to enter a trade will have an opportunity to meet the engineers, scientists, mechanics, laborers and more who have those jobs now. ALCOSAN&rsquo;s &ldquo;Snuffleupagus&rdquo; truck that cleans out the big sewer lines will be on hand, as well as the video robots that travel through the sewer lines to find blockages. Everyone can play EnviroBowl, the Open House Quiz Show that&rsquo;s FLUSH with excitement. Attendees will even be able to walk through a simulated sewer pipe to understand the challenges in stopping the sewer overflows, and what we need to do together.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One more thing - by coming to the ALCOSAN Open House, you can beat Cleveland! The mistake on the lake is having its Open House the same day as Steeler Country, and the treatment plant with the most visitors wins. You&rsquo;ll even receive a special not-so-terrible-towel that says, &ldquo;I helped beat Cleveland,&rdquo; to wave in their faces!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The entire event - from parking to lunch and everything in between - is free and open to all. Save time IN line by going ONline to pre-register at www.alcosan.org. Best of all, this is a Zero Waste event, powered in part by solar power, so it&rsquo;s great for the environment, too! You won&rsquo;t want to miss it!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="2015's">2015&rsquo;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo;</a></h2> <div>In 2011 Michael Williams, a local small-business landscaper wanted to help out one of his clients, Sally who was a disabled senior. Michael had learned that Sally was desperate to move into a facility that would properly take care of her, however her house was in no condition to be sold. Michael called together about a dozen friends to fix up Sally&rsquo;s home and with a weekend of hard work her home was back in selling condition. &nbsp; Seeing how happy Sally was, Mike&rsquo;s heart was committed to doing this every Labor Day, and his Godmother dubbed it, the &ldquo; Labor Day of Love&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year is the fifth &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rdquo; and help will be going to Mrs. Gratton on Birmingham Avenue in Carrick! Mrs.Gratton is a widow who extends compassion and support to the burn unit at West Penn hospital. &nbsp;The concrete steps outside her home are crumbling and are now a safety hazard, paint is falling away from the foundation, and the once 4 feet tall hedges are now absolutely unmanageable. &nbsp;This year&#39;s &ldquo;Labor Day of Love&rsquo;s&rdquo; expenses have been covered by donations from Lowes Home Improvement, Mr John of Pittsburgh, and Readshaw Funeral Home, all of whom have been gracious enough to give every year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested in donating for next year&#39;s project, or want to know how you can be involved please email Bill Thomas at <a href="mailto:btpittsburgh@gmail.com">btpittsburgh@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Beechview's Big">Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea!! (Flea Market)</a></h2> <div>Broadway &amp; Beechview Aves. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Beechview Area Concerned Citizens is sponsoring this sale. Sale hours are 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. with set up beginning at 7:30 A.M.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT &ldquo;BEECHVIEW&rdquo;S BIG FLEA&rdquo;.</div> <div>SPACES: A single space (approx. size 4&rsquo; X 8&rsquo;) will be reserved for a donation of $10.00. &nbsp;You must provide your own tables/chairs. &nbsp;you are allowed to bring your own tent/canopy up to 10&rsquo;X10&rsquo; per space. &nbsp;All payment for space must be made by September 26, 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>LOCATION: Spaces will be along Beechview Avenue in the main business district and along both sides of Broadway Avenue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>HOURS: Sale hours are 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. &nbsp;Check-in point: corner of Broadway &amp; Hampshire Avenues, (near the Dollar Eagle Discount Store). &nbsp;Just ask for Sue or Phyllis! Vendors cannot set up before 7:30 A.M.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MERCHANDISE: &nbsp;The &ldquo;Beechview Big Flea&rdquo; is an open type of market. &nbsp;We are looking for Vendors selling new, collectible or antique merchandise, as well as flea market items. &nbsp;Participants are permitted to sell only items and products listen on your application. &nbsp;You shall be responsible for your own merchandise. &nbsp;In the spirit of the &ldquo;Beechview&rsquo;s Big Flea&rdquo;, NO GAMES OF CHANCE, RAFFLES OR LOTTERIES, WHICH INVOLVE THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY WILL BE PERMITTED. &nbsp;Drawings for free giveaways will be permitted provided the gifts are given away by the close of the sale. &nbsp;Requests for donations by non-profits will be allowed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>REFUNDS/ RAIN DATE: No refunds will be given if you fail to attend the sale and there is no rain date.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CANCELLATION: The Beechview Area Concerned Citizens reserves the right to cancel for reasons beyond its control, in which case, you will be entitled to a refund.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CLEAN UP: You are responsible for cleaning up your own table space area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ENTERTAINMENT: <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>We are always open to musicians in the early afternoon to help draw crowds. &nbsp;Let us know if you know of anyone who will help us out for no charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>INFORMATION: Additional information can be obtained by calling Sue at (412)341- 8768, or (412)583-0176. (Please leave a voicemail message with your name and phone number). Email <a href="mailto:beechviewbigflea@gmail.com">beechviewbigflea@gmail.com</a> for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ADVERTISEMENT: We will be advertising this event in The Greentree Times, the Post-Gazette calendar, church bulletins, Craigslist, Next Door, email newsletters and Facebook. &nbsp;We will put up posters and flyers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SPREAD THE WORD: The more the merrier!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Oasis">Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring</a></h2> <div>An Hour A Week Can Change A Child&rsquo;s Life. &nbsp;Become an OASIS Tutor! &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Help a child in your neighborhood learn to read! &nbsp;No teaching experience is necessary. &nbsp;Free training will be given to mature adults 50+. &nbsp;All materials, books, and supplies are provided by OASIS. &nbsp;Ongoing education is offered at no charge. &nbsp;OASIS offers tutoring in grades k-4 in &nbsp;Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Training sessions will be on Friday, November 6th and Friday, November 13th from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.The training will take place at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in downtown Pittsburgh.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information on how to become an OASIS tutor, call John D. Spehar, M.Ed, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutor Program Director at 412-393-7648.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h2><a name="Meetings and">Meetings and Events</a></h2> <div><strong>9/19-9AM-4PM - Alcosan Open House</strong></div> <div>3300 Preble Avenue (free admission, free parking, free shuttle from North Side T)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>9/21-6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>830 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>9/22-7PM - Overbrook Community Council</strong></div> <div>Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd</div> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:42:00 -0400 Alert: Monday 8/31 Carrick Blitz Community Meeting http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=5038 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Monday 8/31 at 7PM:&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 29.145601272583px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carrick Crime and Blight Blitz Community Meeting</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak&rsquo;s office will host the first meeting to share information from the Carrick task force to reduce blight and crime with the wider Carrick community. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This will be an opportunity for volunteers and residents to stay up to date on the progress of the overall plan.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">What: Carrick Crime and Blight Blitz Community Meeting</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When: Monday, August 31, 7-8:30 PM</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Where: Concord Elementary School auditorium (2350 Brownsville Road 15210)</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.9871999999999999;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s office has been working feverishly with the Office of Community Affairs and Mayor William Peduto, block watch and community leaders, and Directors of each city department to develop a plan to tackle blight and crime hot spots in our community. It is now time to share the information that has been gathered and get your support with the plan moving forward.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <span id="docs-internal-guid-3d6e6199-74d2-08c0-33e3-5db0456fe625"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please spread the word to your neighbors and community members! For questions, contact Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak&rsquo;s office at 412-255-2131.</span></span></p> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:28:08 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | August 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4926 <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;...And in the fountain the face &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of morning seemed to linger as &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">though searching. The air was fresh, &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">breathing out the fragrances &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of a recent shower.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I luxuriated</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">in my senses, like meeting &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">unexpectedly a pack of friends &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">years and years unthought of, laden &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: -12pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">with all kinds of gifts&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:2pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A Certain Village</span></span></h1> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(77, 73, 63); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">BY </span><a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/theodore-weiss" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(4, 61, 110); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">THEODORE WEISS</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Brookline"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Breezefest: This Saturday! Come out and enjoy the fun!</span></span></strong></a></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="#cUTTING">Cutting Edge: First Virtual Block Watch brings cooperation, technology to Carrick</a></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><a href="#Brookline" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline: Waddington Avenue Facility Update</span></span></a></p> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Carrick"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></strong></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Beechview Community Support</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Carrick's St."><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick&rsquo;s St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Celebrating"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Celebrating Roberto Clemente and Hispanic Heritage Month</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Fresh"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fresh Access: Farmer&rsquo;s Market bonus for those shopping with Food Stamps</span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Source: News Source </span></span></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Shout"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></span></strong></a></p> </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a href="#Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Working"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place, Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></h2> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Heroin overdoses quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, so I held a post-agenda discussion to bring together the region&rsquo;s leading experts in the field to talk about the root issues and possible solutions. Our EMS Chief, the director of the County Health Department, the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Narcotics Anonymous, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, and Prevention Point Pittsburgh. In case you missed it, you can watch the entire discussion online, here: <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397156&amp;GUID=0CE7CBD4-B965-489B-8226-D882F4972664&amp;Search=">https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397156&amp;GUID=0CE7CBD4-B965-489B-8226-D882F4972664&amp;Search=</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Staff attended the Mayor&rsquo;s Clean Pittsburgh Roundtable Discussion and learned about the city&rsquo;s specific work on attending to litter and illegal dumping. These issues have been big problems in our neighborhoods, and we are thrilled that the administration is working diligently and putting people in place who have a passion to clean up our beautiful city! Are you aware of an illegal dump or a littered area? Give our office a call at (412) 255-2131 and let us know.</span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Route 51 Corridor Forum: </span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Community members from all around the corridor came together to provide input on their priorities for 51, their long term vision and goals. Economic Development South has been partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on a smart-signalization plan along Route 51.The forum was held to gather ideas and information from those dealing with transportation and connectivity issues on a day-to-day basis and to develop a plan of action to address critical issues throughout the corridor.</span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview Library Ribbon Cutting was a thrilling moment for Beechview and the Broadway Avenue Corridor. Pictures can be found on our website of the festivities and the ribbon cutting: </span><a href="http://goo.gl/1cltEK" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://goo.gl/1cltEK</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. After a $3.25 million renovation the library employees could barely recognize the space and everyone is excited to spend time at the library. We are proud to have worked to help keep this library open and we are proud of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for working hard to raise fund and keep this branch open! You can see the whole ribbon-cutting ceremony online here! </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhB9zX3EkNw" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhB9zX3EkNw</span></a></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I joined over a thousand colleagues at the annual Young Elected Officials conference in Washington, D.C. where we discussed policy solutions on topics ranging from economic inequality to criminal justice reform. </span></span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Brookline"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Breezefest: This Saturday! Come out and enjoy the fun!</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The lineup starts at 9AM on Brookline Boulevard and the fun won&rsquo;t stop until 3PM! 928 Brookline Boulevard is where our office will be set up. Don&rsquo;t forget to stop by and say hello. While you&rsquo;re at it, pick up a District 4 guide, full of handy phone numbers for city services, a community crime watch sign, and chat with the District 4 Staff! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Bring the whole family for a whole lot of fun, music, food and neighborliness! See you on the Boulevard!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Check out the whole schedule of events on Facebook, here: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1476890619275310/1487679434863095/">https://www.facebook.com/events/1476890619275310/1487679434863095/</a></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="cUTTING"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cutting Edge: First Virtual Block Watch brings cooperation, technology to Carrick</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Friday, July 31st, business owners, community leaders, police officers and our office came together to unveil the very first virtual block watch in City of Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">15 business owners contributed close to $3000 to purchase and install cameras alongside over $1000 in funds from our office for signs. This has been a beautiful example of cooperation between community leaders, our office, police and private businesses, as well as another indicator that Carrick is a leader. We identify problems and we work to create novel solutions for them.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The first-of-its-kind initiative in the city enables business owners to unite with surveillance footage, which they can then supply to police upon request. Due to privacy issues, police are often times unable to run the security cameras on their own. This program will serve as a pilot program for the entire City of Pittsburgh.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Brookline: W"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline: Waddington Avenue Facility Update</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Many of you have heard about the proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility on Waddington Avenue, and many residents are opposed to this development. My goal is to make sure you have all the facts, and the tools you need to weigh in on this important issue. Some leaders are telling residents what they want to hear, because it&rsquo;s easier than trying to work through the actual problem. But that&rsquo;s just not me. The best thing we can do is to understand how the law works, and how the Zoning Board must decide on this issue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I have been hands-on with this issue from the start. I attended the first zoning board meeting, hired mediators to referee this heated conversation, I organized two public meetings at the Church, met with the owner, Dr. Rafi, and ensured that he answered the community&rsquo;s questions in writing and in person. I also passed legislation on City Council requiring City Planning to compile a list of other similar facilities across the City, so we know if there are others in the neighborhood, and if so, where. My goal here is to be realistic, straightforward, and not distort the issue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Here are the basics: </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Dr. Rafi bought the property from the Catholic Diocese in October of 2013 for $330,000, and has requested a zoning change to this property he owns. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The property is zoned as a personal care residence, and was used as such for around 50 years by the Diocese. Dr. Rafi is seeking a special exception under the Zoning Code to use the existing structure as a &ldquo;community home.&quot; This is the designation in the code that would enable him to use the facility as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Dr. Rafi&rsquo;s application describes the intended activity at this facility as providing psychotherapy, counseling, and other </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">non-medical</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> treatments for people in recovery.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">definition of community home</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> is a group of more than eight unrelated </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">disabled </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">persons living together as a single housekeeping unit with shared common facilities and may receive aid in readjusting to everyday life after a hospitalization. This does not include halfway houses for people leaving a correctional facility.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 0);"> </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Who makes the zoning decision? The Zoning Board of Adjustments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zoning Board consists of 3 people and it is a quasi-judicial body, this means that it has powers and procedures resembling a court of law, and appeals must go through the courts. The board meets weekly to hear cases like this-- zoning changes, variances, and special exceptions to the Zoning Code. This decision *cannot* be influenced by the Mayor or by Council. The Zoning Board is obligated to make decisions based on the law, and the law only. Zoning decisions may be appealed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">So what laws are relevant in the Zoning Board&rsquo;s decision?</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zoning Code.</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> See above.</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Americans with Disabilities Act</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Simply stated, federal law defines disability. Those who are alcoholics and addicted to narcotics, but who are *not currently using* &nbsp;are considered disabled and protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990. </span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Fair Housing Act </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Because addiction is defined as a disability, the Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, says that it&rsquo;s illegal for private landlords or public entities to tell disabled people where they can or cannot live. We cannot create Zoning Code that says &ldquo;we will not allow people with addictions to live in x, y, or z blocks, buildings, or neighborhoods&rdquo;. </span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does this mean? It means that the Zoning Board of Adjustments cannot vote against the applicant because the people Dr. Rafi will be housing are addicts. It means that the zoning board of adjustments can only use the clear-cut guidelines in the zoning code to rule on the application. Anything else is considered discriminatory, and will open up the city to be sued for that discrimination. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This means that the City will go to court and spend money on lawyers to defend the decision. And, at the end of the day, the City would be in a precarious lawsuit, and we will not have addressed any of the concerns brought forth by neighbors and community leaders. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If there are *legal* arguments remaining, such as concerns about parking or staffing of the facility, I encourage you to raise those issues at the next Zoning Board hearing on September 10th at 10:20 AM at 600 Ross Street Downtown.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School &nbsp;&ldquo;Celebrate the Seasons&rdquo; Craft and Vendor Show</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The &lsquo;Future is Mine&rsquo; is </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> student leadership organization to be a part of at Carrick High School. Our 1st Annual Craft and Vendor show is sure to become one the area&rsquo;s favorite craft shows for both crafters and patrons alike. Please consider showcasing your products during our craft and vendor fair!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DATE:</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, November 14, 2015</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">TIME: &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PLACE: Carrick High School Gymnasiums 125 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15210</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Proceeds from this event will help fund off-site career exploration and several peer to younger peer and peer to peer project throughout the Carrick community.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Wanted: Beechview Community Support</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview Event Support Staff: &nbsp;Be available as needed (1-2 afternoons/week, up to six hours/week, occasional Saturdays) to assist with marketing (signs, flyers, social media) and set up of special events (tents, sound equipment, tables, chairs, etc.) to benefit Beechview businesses.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Employer: &nbsp;DRB Community Development Consultant</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Requirements: &nbsp;Able to travel by car, foot, bike, or public transportation to all portions of Beechview. &nbsp;Able to carry a 20-lb. tent and set-up tent or other heavy equipment, familiar with Facebook and Twitter. &nbsp;Willing to be flexible and to perform manual labor. &nbsp;Beechview resident preferred. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pay: &nbsp;$15/hour, acting as a subcontractor (no taxes will be withheld, you will be responsible for paying your own taxes to the government. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To apply: &nbsp;Send an email to David Brewton at: &nbsp;drbrewton@ymail.com</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Carrick's St."><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick&rsquo;s St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s Statement on the cancellation of St. Basil&rsquo;s Homecoming Festival</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I strive every day to create a more liveable city and I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of St. Basil&#39;s Parish Homecoming Festival. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Out of an abundance of caution, the church made the understandable choice not to proceed with the festival. This is the church&#39;s main source of funding for the entire year.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Zone 3 Citizens Council hosted a fundraiser for St. Basil Parish due to the cancellation of the Festival. We appreciate all those who came together to assist the Parish and those who donated to ensure that the St. Basil&rsquo;s will be able to make much-needed roof repairs to the church.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">My heart goes out to the parishioners, neighbors, families, and youth who were affected by this incident and who will not be able to experience the joy and community of continued celebration. But we must remember that this situation was not created overnight, and it will not be solved overnight. It takes partnership between local, state, and federal officials - and community members - to work together on reducing violence and increasing funding for social and youth programs, as well as increasing officers on our streets. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I look forward to our continued efforts to improve public safety and the involvement of further community members as an opportunity to continue to build on those partnerships, and continuing this conversation on City Council and in our communities. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Celebrating"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Celebrating Roberto Clemente and Hispanic Heritage Month</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September is Hispanic Heritage month, and on September 19th, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement will host a celebration benefitting Brookline&rsquo;s own Casa San Jose at the Roberto Clemente Museum! Casa San Jose is a community resource center that bridges the cultural divide between Latino neighbors in need and service providers. They strive to create a welcoming community for Latino immigrants by providing opportunities for civic and social engagement. The event will feature wine from Enginehouse 24 Wines, live Flamenco music and dance, and of course, the Clemente Museum&rsquo;s extensive collection of Roberto Clemente memorabilia. To learn more or purchase tickets, check out the event&rsquo;s Facebook page, here: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1621956978074669/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1621956978074669/</span></a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can learn more about Casa San Jose at their website, </span><a href="http://www.casasanjose.org" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.casasanjose.org</span></a></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Fresh"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fresh Access: Farmer&rsquo;s Market bonus for those shopping with Food Stamps</span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use food stamps, credit or debit cards to shop at Pittsburgh-area farmers markets. Beginning in 2015, for every $5 in food stamps that shoppers spend at Fresh Access markets, they&rsquo;ll receive an additional $2 in Fresh Access Food Bucks, which can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fresh Access is a program of Just Harvest, a local non-profit which fights against hunger, poverty, and economic injustice.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Public"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Public Source: News Source </span></span></a></h2> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PublicSource (</span><a href="http://www.publicsource.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">www.publicsource.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">) is an in-depth and investigative news source for Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. We report about the energy and environment; the criminal justice system; money and politics; and health care, particularly aging and disability issues.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Our primary mission is to help give people in underserved, vulnerable communities a voice. We seek out issues that others shy away from, and we take the time to recognize the layers of a complicated issue, group or person.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It takes time to do that, so while we&#39;re working on our bigger stories, each day we bring you a briefing and a news post on happenings around the state and nation.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Find out more about us, and help us reach out to new subscribers by visiting: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://ow.ly/Pj2RN" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://ow.ly/Pj2RN</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> And always feel free to call, email, or tweet with story ideas! </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Shout"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Shout outs from the Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It is hard to believe that it is already August! &nbsp;Pittsburgh Concord is busy getting ready for the 2015-16 school year. Parents of children that are going to be 5 years old by September 30th can enroll their students for Kindergarten at the time. &nbsp;Please encourage any new families that have moved into the community to enroll their children at Concord before the first day of school. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Back to School night will be held on August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The first day of school for students in grades 1st through 5th grade is Monday, August 31st. Kindergarten students will start school on Thursday, Sept. 3rd. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Concord will be collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education this school year, so don&rsquo;t throw yours away, clip them and turn them in instead!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Memories are made as summer flies by. We blink, and all of a sudden, it&rsquo;s time for school clothes shopping!! Yes, school is right around the corner. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Grades 1-8 start on Monday, August 31 for all Pittsburgh Public schools. Kindergarten starts September 3. &nbsp;Kindergartener&rsquo;s &nbsp;parents should expect personal letters and calls from their child&rsquo;s new teacher as to when to bring your child for testing during August 31-September 2. &nbsp;Please make sure that you are preparing your little kindergarten sweet voiced tot for the new world they are entering. &nbsp;At Carmalt, we have a kindergarten transition camp from August 17 &ndash; 21 from 9:00-12:00 to ease the kindergarten fears. Sorry parents, this is just for your kindergarten child!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Uniforms&mdash;Carmalt students wear uniforms. &nbsp;Please look at our website (</span><a href="http://discoverpps.org/carmalt" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://discoverpps.org/carmalt</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, then click on &ldquo;resources&rdquo; and &ldquo;</span><a href="http://dev.discoverpps.org/resources/540f1246447a7/Carmalt%20HANDBOOK%202014-15.doc" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2014-15 Carmalt PreK-8 Handbook</span></a><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&rdquo;) to make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. </span><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(54, 52, 53); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you do not have clean clothes for your child, please call 412-885-7760. We WILL help you and your child.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">At Carmalt, our school emphasis is writing and communications. &nbsp;Our students will be learning Spanish from elementary through middle school. Also, as part of our communications emphasis, we will be working with our students in learning how to communicate effectively through discussion, public speaking, and even competing with a planned forensic competition. &nbsp;As for writing, this is our tenth year of monthly writing pieces from preschool to grade eight. &nbsp;The writing pieces are submitted to the principal who then meets with each child and discusses his/her glow and grow area of writing. &nbsp;We have an end of the year portfolio review. &nbsp;We welcome any community members to give us a hand. &nbsp;Mr. John Rudiak and Mayor Peduto have participated in this event. &nbsp;We look for more community support.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><a name="Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Meetings and Events</span></span></a></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/8 </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">9AM-3PM - Brookline Breezefest</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, 8/11</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7PM - Brookline Block Watch, 736 Brookline Boulevard</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, 8/17</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">6PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, Zone 3 Station: 830 East Warrington Ave </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thursday, 8/20</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum, 122 Virginia Ave</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/22</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">11Am - 6PM - Community Cornfest, Phillips Park</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Saturday, 8/29</span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-1983db56-09d8-7410-f04d-2507e8151e90"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1PM - 6PM - Beechview&rsquo;s Annual Car Cruise, Broadway and Hampshire Avenues</span></span></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:27:55 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | July 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4736 <div><strong>From the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak - City Council District 4</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3>&ldquo;We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.&rdquo; ― Th&iacute;ch Nhất Hạnh</h3> <h3>In this issue...</h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Like">Like and Follow our office on Facebook for the latest information!</a></div> <div><a href="#What">What is happening at the Beechview Senior Center?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Spent">Spent too much of your life in Route 51 traffic?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Grand">Grand Reopening Celebration! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline Community Yard Sale</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick: Veterans&rsquo; Monument Updates</a></div> <div><a href="#Columbia Gas">Columbia Gas replacing pipelines in Carrick</a></div> <div><a href="#Farmer's">Farmer&rsquo;s Market: Local Bites</a></div> <div><a href="#New">New Website for Bon Air&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick CornFest Call for Vendors 8/22</a></div> <div><a href="#Penn">Penn State Extension&rsquo;s Urban Homesteading Series</a></div> <div><a href="#Employmen">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></div> <div><a href="#Good">Good News you won&rsquo;t hear on the News&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#Community">Community Meetings, Events and Happenings!</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Working">Working to Make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>Two capital budget deliberative forums</strong> were held in June and I attended both. Groups of neighbors from across the city came together to discuss their priorities for roads, bridges, and city-owned facilities and were given a chance to ask questions of an expert panel of City chiefs and directors. We thank all the District 4 residents who came out! &nbsp;This process is extremely helpful to the Mayor and City Council to hear directly from residents on what you want to see fixed in our neighborhoods. Not able to attend one of the meetings? <strong>Submit your priorities online, here: http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-We attended a meeting regarding <strong>McKinley Park and the Haberman Corridor</strong>. McKinley is the largest park south of the Monongahela River, and for the first time in decades, serious planning and work is going into maintaining trails and making sure current program offerings meet the needs of Beltzhoover, Mt. Washington and beyond.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-I attended a reception hosted by the <strong>Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania</strong>, who work to pass laws to protect the environment across the region and state! Read more here: http://www.conservationpa.org</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-My staff attended the Technical Advisory Committee meeting for the <strong>Route 51 Corridor Project</strong>, which is a fancy way of saying we attended a meeting on how to make traffic flow better. More details below!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>Taste of Beechview</strong> was just plain delicious on June 20! I enjoyed trying all the different offerings and spending the afternoon in a wonderful neighborhood with lots of enthusiastic residents and neighbors!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>-<strong>The Dairy District final design meeting</strong> was held after the Carrick Community Council quarterly meeting. A final design and model were presented (see our Facebook page (&ldquo;Pittsburgh City Council District 4&rdquo;) for photos!). Neighbors were able to ask questions of Economic Development South (current owner of the lot), Design Center, and Desmone Architects. Discussion included public safety planning and community interest in local beer and/or wine tastings...THAT will have to wait for now, but rest assured, the interest has been noted. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Like">Like and Follow our office on Facebook for the latest information!</a></h3> <div><a href="https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">https://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="What">What is happening at the Beechview Senior Center?&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>All good things! The $3 million project is fully funded, and often, that&rsquo;s the hardest part of a project. Drive by, and you&rsquo;ll see that we are now in the midst of Phase 1 construction, which involves brick restoration, new windows, and interior demolition of unused space in the building. Please excuse the scaffolding.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the meantime, the City is working with an architect to finalize the blueprints for Phase 2 construction, which will go out to bid over the winter. Phase 2 will include...everything else! The exterior of the building will be restored and updated, the interior will be rewired, reinsulated, and will feature all new finishes and features. To top it all off, the building will be LEED Silver-certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) relates to five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The building will be energy efficient (aka: cheaper utility bills and comfortable in all seasons), built with non-toxic materials, and will capture stormwater on site. We are currently on track to start construction in Spring of 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Beechview Senior Center will be closed until upgrades are completed. Seniors are able to utilize programs at the South Side Market House, West End or Mount Washington Senior Centers, and more. For the complete list, visit: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Spent">Spent too much of your life in Route 51 traffic?&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Good news! At the Route 51 Technical Advisory Committee were informed about a new system that will be used to improve traffic flow through Route 51. New &ldquo;smart signals&rdquo; are able to track traffic throughout the day and adjust traffic lights &nbsp;to minimize wait time and maximize traffic flow. The pilot for the program is currently being tested in East Liberty and has reduced travel times by as much as 40%. Cars won&rsquo;t travel at faster speeds, but they will spend less time waiting at lights.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This project involves 36 intersections from the Liberty Tunnels to Large, PA and is expected to be completed in 2016. Great news for the 42,000 cars that travel Rt. 51 on an average day!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Grand">Grand Reopening Celebration! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Beechview&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Remember in 2010, when the Carnegie Library was about to close the Beechview Branch? Thanks to hard work of Friends of the Beechview Library and Councilwoman Rudiak, who has served on the board of the Carnegie Library for 6 years, we have come a looong way. For far too long, the Beechview library was too cramped, too small, and didn&rsquo;t fulfill the needs of the community, but all of that is about to change. We are pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of the BRAND NEW Beechview Library.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1910 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><u><em>Preview Reception, Thursday, July 16 at 5:30PM</em></u></div> <div>Individual Tickets $100</div> <div>Reception Sponsor - $1000 (includes 10 tickets)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Includes heavy hors d&rsquo;oeuvres</li> <li>Business attire</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets 412.622.6276 or <a href="mailto:donors@carnegielibrary.org?subject=Beechview%20Library%20Grand%20Re-Opening">donors@carnegielibrary.org</a>. Event tickets have a fair market value of $50 each. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Beechview Library.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><u>Community Celebration, Saturday, July 18, 10AM-2PM</u></em></div> <div>FREE! Come experience your NEW library! Everyone is welcome.&nbsp;</div> <div>Activities include:</div> <ul> <li>Ribbon cutting at 10:15AM</li> <li>Tours to see the renovations</li> <li>The Labs @ CLP</li> <li>Reading is FUNdamental Storymobile and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) Imagination Playground</li> <li>Fun for the whole family</li> </ul> <div>Find out more about the Community Celebration at <a href="http://carnegielibrary.org">carnegielibrary.org</a> or call 412.622.3114.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Brookline">Brookline Community Yard Sale</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, August 15, 8AM-2PM, the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation will be hosting a Brookline Community Yard Sale! Whether you&rsquo;re out to sell or shop, there&rsquo;s certain to be something for everyone.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Want to sell?&nbsp;</em></div> <ul> <li>Register your sale for only $15</li> <li>Get your registration forms along Brookline Boulevard or email <a href="mailto:spdc.brookline@gmail.com?subject=Brookline%20Community%20Yard%20Sale">spdc.brookline@gmail.com</a></li> <li>Register by August 1st</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Want to shop?</em></div> <ul> <li>Pick up your Community Yard Sale map during Breezefest on August 8th or day of at Moore Park and Brookline Boulevard info tables</li> <li>Chow down with food from food trucks and local restaurant specials</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more info visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BrooklineSPDC">facebook.com/BrooklineSPDC</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Carrick">Carrick: Veterans&rsquo; Monument Updates</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We got an email from Mike Woshner who is the Carrick garden guru and is looking for help at the Veterans&rsquo; Monument Garden at Parkfield and Spokane, across from Carrick High School.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our plan for switching plants in the Veterans&rsquo; Monument garden to perennials has worked very well. Flowers are blooming and plants are very full.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With big-time help from Chuck Wagner (former Carrick resident, Carrick HS graduate and a current teacher there) and his wife Lorraine, we cleaned up a bit and planted some nice flowers donated by the Western PA Conservancy. Chuck and Lorraine would like to maintain the garden but live well past Bridgeville making regular maintenance challenging. &nbsp;<strong>It would be very helpful if a few volunteers could make occasional visits on their own to pull a few weeds and clean up a bit.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Mother&#39;s Statue at Overbrook and Ravilla is in full bloom. We are fortunate to have a neighbor who keeps the grass cut. &nbsp;<strong>If anyone could trim shrubs and clean up weeds and litter occasionally, please feel free to do so!</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Call our office to learn how to get involved!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Columbia Gas">Columbia Gas replacing pipelines in Carrick</a></h3> <div>Last month, the company began a project to invest $534,000 &nbsp;and to replace more than 2,700 feet of natural gas pipelines in Carrick.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pipeline replacement project involves Parkfield Street from Brownsville Road to Copperfield Avenue. Construction work will take place Monday through Friday between 7 AM and 5 PM with possible temporary road and parking restrictions during working hours only. Expected project completion is by early-fall, weather permitting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Concerned about who is at your door? All employees have photo ID badges identifying them as Columbia Gas employees. Ask for ID before allowing anyone into your home or call 1-888-460-4332 for the Columbia Gas employee verification line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Farmer's">Farmer&rsquo;s Market: Local Bites</a></h3> <div>Don&rsquo;t forget to get out to the Carrick and Beechview farmer&rsquo;s markets this year. Come enjoy fresh food, arts &amp; crafts, and live music and entertainment at the Beechview and Carrick Farmer&#39;s Market all Summer-long! Send an email to <a href="mailto:beechviewmarket@gmail.com?subject=Beechview%20Farmer's%20Market">beechviewmarket@gmail.com</a> if you would like to volunteer in anyway or set up a stand.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Have you heard about Fresh Access?&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">The Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use food stamps, credit or&nbsp;debit cards to shop at Pittsburgh-area farmers markets. Beginning in 2015, for every $5 in food stamps that shoppers spend at Fresh Access markets, they&rsquo;ll receive an additional $2 in Fresh Access Food Bucks, which can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables.</span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">Fresh Access is a program of Just Harvest, a local non-profit which fights against hunger, poverty, and economic injustice.</p> <ul> <li>Beechview Farmer&#39;s Market-Thursdays</li> </ul> <div>4-7 PM @ Broadway Public Parking Lot [Between Fallowfield and Beechview Ave]</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Carrick Farmer&rsquo;s Market- Wednesdays</li> </ul> <div>3:30 - 7:30 PM - Behind Carrick Shopping Center</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the full list of Farmer&rsquo;s Markets, please visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="New">New Website for Bon Air&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>Follow the Bon Air Civic Association on Facebook for the latest information, activities and community events: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/">https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/</a> and don&rsquo;t forget to check in with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/bonairpgh/">https://sites.google.com/site/bonairpa/news</a> for the latest Bon Air news!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Carrick">Carrick CornFest (8/22)&nbsp;Call for Vendors&nbsp;</a></h3> <div>CornFest is back and better than ever! Started in the late 1970s, the Cornfest has been a late summer tradition celebrating the Carrick and Overbrook communities, schools, institutions, and, of course, neighbors!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year, the Community Cornfest will be held on Saturday, August 22 from noon to 6PM at Phillips Park (Spokane and Parkfield). Food offerings include not only the traditional corn, hamburgers and hot dogs, but also hot sausage, barbecued chicken, walking tacos and Bhutanese food!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The Carrick CornFest is looking for vendors! Information booths are free, and anyone using their table for sales will pay $20. Tables are FREE for non-profits and informational purposes! &nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, contact Carrick Community Council at <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com?subject=CornFest%20Vending">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Penn">Penn State Extension&rsquo;s Urban Homesteading Series</a></h3> <div>Registration Deadline: Friday, July 3, 2015. Register online: <a href="https://goo.gl/MY21Vt">https://goo.gl/MY21Vt</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tired of being bugged by your bugs? Not sure what plagues your plants? Proper identification of pests and diseases goes a long way in ensuring the health of your garden.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In this workshop, Sandy Feather, a Penn State Extension Educator, will help you to identify all the crawling critters and debilitating diseases that keep your plants from growing their best. As we walk through the Edible Teaching Garden, Sandy will review all the products and methods to keep your plants healthy and thriving.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This event is part of the <strong>Urban Homesteading Series provided by Penn State Extension</strong>. For a list of more events in the series visit: <a href="http://extension.psu.edu/urban-homesteading">http://extension.psu.edu/urban-homesteading</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Employmen">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <div>The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at <a href="http://www.pghjobs.net.">www.pghjobs.net.</a> Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Good">Good News you won&rsquo;t hear on the News&hellip;</a></h3> <div>This month, our office was proud to honor the following exceptional people, events and organizations:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War:</strong> throughout the duration of this conflict, nearly 3 million American servicemen and servicewomen bravely served within Vietnam&rsquo;s borders, with the average U.S. soldier in the infantry in Vietnam seeing about 240 days of combat in one year. &nbsp;We express our gratitude towards all those men and women who made great sacrifices to serve our country in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. And we thank the friends, families, and leaders who have also made sacrifices for their loved ones and supported these individuals during this conflict and in the years after returning home, and;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Mike Woshner:</strong> Mr. Woshner has dedicated decades of his life to serving Carrick, including several years spent as board member and treasurer of the Carrick Community Council, two years as a mentor in the &quot;Generations Together&quot; program at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, 13 years on the committee and judging team for Carrick Goes Gardening event, 16 years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Veteran&#39;s Monument garden on Parkfield Street, and seven years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Boulevard.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Woshner has also coordinated a block watch on his own block where he has acted on his civic role to report and control crime, looking out for his neighbors and community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr. Woshner&rsquo;s generosity has extended beyond the neighborhood of Carrick to surrounding communities where he has spent three years as the Volunteer Coordinator and Maintainer of six Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardens in Carrick, Mount Oliver, and Knoxville.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Justice for Janitors: </strong>Thirty years ago, in the face of wage cuts and benefit reductions, 1,000 janitors in Pittsburgh launched a nationwide movement for justice, and stood strong through an 18-month lockout by their employers. In the spring of 1990 similarly underpaid janitors in Los Angeles were fighting for higher wages, a union, and a better future when on June 15, while peacefully marching in the wealthy Century City district, these men and women were suddenly and brutally beaten by police, launching what was to become known as the Justice for Janitors campaign.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Toastmasters, Carrick, PA Youth Leadership Program:</strong> Under the leadership of club sponsors Carolyn Krachkowski and Zenia Ayrton, with program assistance from Ray Lipowcan, Mike Krachkowski, and Liz Spano, Toastmasters Carrick, PA was joined by youth participants Luke Lipowcan, Matt Mars, Zachary Mars, Jordan Masek, Logan Masek, Delany McCarthy-Plut, and Sarah Warywoda, who showed exceptional leadership and growth throughout their eight sessions in the program</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toastmasters Carrick PA meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Carrick Branch. &nbsp;Currently, the club&rsquo;s 25 members represent the communities of Carrick, Overbrook, South Park, Bethel Park, Seven Fields, North Hills, Brentwood and Whitehall, and; as part of the club&rsquo;s efforts to provide a resource to those wishing to enhance their skills, the club decided to include the youth in the area with the first Youth Leadership Program was conducted in the spring of 2015. Seven participants from Grades 5 to 12 learned and practiced skills in leadership and parliamentary procedure, as well as prepared and impromptu speaking.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF): </strong>PHLF created its &quot;Building Pride/Building Character&quot; Trolley Tour in 2007 as one of the field-trips and in-school activities available to some Pittsburgh Public School students through a state program.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the trolley tour, students visit historic landmarks in the City of Pittsburgh such as the City-County Building. Each landmark is associated with &quot;character-building&quot; words. The City-County Building is the first stop on the tour and the character-building words associated with its classically-inspired design are: &quot;Respectful, Responsible, Tolerant, and Proud.&quot; Students are encouraged to be like the City-County Building&ndash;&ndash;respectful, responsible, tolerant, and proud.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since 2007, PHLF has involved a total of 4,336 third-grade students and their teachers from 20 different Pittsburgh Public Schools in the 6-hour Trolley Tour adventure, connecting the third-grade Social Studies unit on Pittsburgh History and strengthening math, reading, and life skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Community">Community Meetings, Events and Happenings!</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 7/6&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>7PM Carrick Overbrook Block Watch, 2019 Brownsville Road, basement</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/14</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>7PM Brookline Block Watch, Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday, 7/18</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>10AM - 3PM Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Beechview Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1910 Broadway Avenue...Come out and celebrate the reopening of the Beechview Library! The event is open to all and includes drinks and snacks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday, 7/20</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting, Zone 3 Police Station - 830 East Warrington Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/21</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM Bon Air All Community Meeting, Bon Air Gazebo</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tuesday, 7/28</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>6PM -9PM Brownsville Road Night Out Against Crime, 2600 Block of Brownsville Road</div> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:28:46 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | June 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4562 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.6363636363636362;margin-top:5pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Langston Hughes</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a href="#Help">Help Needed: Capital Budget Meetings to determine City Priorities for 2016</a></div> <div><a href="#3rd">3rd Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival</a></div> <div><a href="#Free">Free Spay and Neuter Program - Citywide</a></div> <div><a href="#Circle">Circle C to Permanently Close&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Carrick">Carrick High School Community Day - Monday, June 8, 5-7 PM</a></div> <div><a href="#Linda">Linda Donahue honored for Volunteerism--Again!</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer">Summer Community Meeting Changes:&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline Youth Soccer - Fall Registration Thursday, June 4</a></div> <div><a href="#Honoring">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear in the News</a></div> <div><a href="#Penn">Penn State Extension Urban Homesteading Workshop Series Launches in June</a></div> <div><a href="#Are you">Are you or someone you know the victim of a crime?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Stand">Stand up against bullies in your neighborhood!</a></div> <div><a href="#Spray">Spray Parks open on Weekends, Pools to open, Weekday Spray Park Hours 6/9</a></div> <div><a href="#Cinema">Cinema in the Park</a></div> <div><a href="#Just">Just Harvest, City expand Food Stamp incentive program</a></div> <div><a href="#PWSA">PWSA Accepting Applications for Green Infrastructure Grants</a></div> <div><a href="#Sewage">Sewage Alerts available by Text or Email</a></div> <div><a href="#Community Meetings">Community Meetings for South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</a></div> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="I've"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">I&rsquo;ve been working to make Pittsburgh a Better Place Every Day&hellip;</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">- At the beginning of the month, I attended the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Banquet with Sister Janice Vanderneck of Beechview. PIIN is a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I met seniors from across our city at the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks Senior Volunteer Gala </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">in early May, it was fun to see everyone looking so glamorous! Thank you again to all those volunteers that keep our senior centers humming!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Often times, victims of crime experience confusing emotions and don&rsquo;t know where to turn; I met with the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Center for Victims</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> to talk about the services they provide from counseling to mediation; see more below.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I held an informational hearing in Council about the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority&rsquo;s Dollar Energy Fund </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">which has been set up to help homeowners struggling with dye test issues. You can read more about the fund and eligibility guidelines here: http://www.dollarenergy.org/pwsa-dollar-energy-fund-partner-help-pittsburgh-homeowners</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-The</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Brashear High School Gay-Straight Alliance </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">has been doing amazing work to promote tolerance and diversity. Their latest efforts around transgender inclusiveness and education have worked to create a more inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff, and I was proud to honor them with a proclamation this month. I received a handwritten card from the dozen high school students, saying that the proclamation &ldquo;validates the change that we have seen at Brashear over the past four years!&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I attended </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tunch &amp; Wolf&rsquo;s Walk for the Homeless</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, an event dedicated to raising money for Light of Life Ministry, which provides services and programs for homeless neighbors.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview&rsquo;s Memorial Day Service</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> honored our nation&rsquo;s men and women who have served our country with honor. It was a solemn, patriotic event that is put on every year by dedicated veterans and community volunteers. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-On Saturday May 30, we </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;Erased the Invisible Line&rdquo; between Carrick and Mount Oliver </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Borough by bringing community members, police, and elected officials together on the city and borough side of the line and shaking hands; this marks a new era of unprecedented cooperation between the borough and the city to crack down on crime and promote main street development.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Speaking of police, Councilmembers Kraus, Kail-Smith and I met with Police Chief McLay to talk about </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">staffing levels in our police zones</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. We are working on increasing our numbers to authorized strength, and also learned that Zone 3 has 9 new officers from the class of new police recruits.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Still waiting on the numbers from Zone 6&hellip;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-I also &hellip;..met with </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Allegheny Cleanways about cleaning up local dump sites, talked with Carnegie Library leaders about getting more pre-schoolers to our libraries, and attended the Brookline Little League Parade, the Bon Air Block Watch, Beechview&rsquo;s Cinco de Mayo event and &hellip;. more!</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Help"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Help Needed: Capital Budget Meetings to determine City Priorities for 2016</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Capital Budget is one of two budgets that keep our city humming. Every year, the Mayor and City Council debate and pass the budget to guide us into the next year. The Capital Budget funds projects to build or renovate City assets like bridges, roads, parks and buildings. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We&#39;re trying something new and different with the Capital Budget hearings this year- it won&#39;t be a classic &quot;town hall&quot; meeting at all. These meetings will focus on small group discussion and reflection, similar to search for our Police Chief. Your voice really means a lot in how we prioritize our projects, so if you can, definitely come out to one of our meetings!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Because of the Neighborhoods First Capital Budget Reform Act that I sponsored in 2010, the City of Pittsburgh will hold two </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Capital Budget Deliberative Forums. Residents are asked to attend one or both meetings and let the City know about specific Capital work in their neighborhoods that they would like to see done in 2016.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Two meetings will be held city-wide.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday June 3, at the Greenfield Healthy Living Center, 745 Greenfield Avenue, 15217.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: decimal; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday June 22, at the South Side Market House, 1 Bedford Square, 15203.</span></span></p> </li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please plan on attending and bring a friend or neighbor!</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> We want to make certain that the South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods are well represented this year.</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> To get an idea of what the budget is like, view archives of Capital Budgets, here: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="3rd"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">3rd Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview is celebrating the neighborhood with the third annual &ldquo;A Taste of Beechview&rdquo; Food Festival!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Saturday, June 20, enjoy this wonderful community event with local restaurants, artists, artisans and live music at the Public Parking Lot on Broadway near the Fallowfield Station. Taste of Beechview will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and happy hour will follow at local Beechview bars from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:18pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The event is free to attend, and food and beverages will be available for purchase from a number of bars and restaurants, including: Crested Duck Charcuterie, Las Palmas, Chip + Kale, Berlin Street Foods, BACC Cheesecakes, Brew on Broadway, FryDawgz, Hey Tabouli, Le Cupcake Shoppe and more.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4657142366681752;margin-top:18pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, visit </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1123812107632457/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">https://www.facebook.com/events/1123812107632457/</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(18, 18, 18); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Free"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Free Spay and Neuter Program - Citywide</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The City of Pittsburgh will spay or neuter up to 5 cats or dogs for FREE. Reducing the number of births ultimately reduces the numbers of animals who suffer and die because there are not enough loving homes to care for all of the homeless animals we encounter. Please spay and neuter your pets, and encourage neighbors to do the same. Please go to </span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/SpayNeuterAppUpdated.pdf</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">to print the application and mail it in!</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Circle"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Circle C to Permanently Close </span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) will not renew their contract with Circle C Homes to care for children that are no longer safe in their home of origin. The State of Pennsylvania revoked their license to operate the home located at 10 Carrick Avenue after finding evidence of negligence and gross mismanagement. Allegheny County DHS is looking to place children in foster situations in lieu of a group home environment, as that can provide a family atmosphere in a way that a home filled with teenagers, with adult supervisors changing shifts every eight hours cannot.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Consequently, the board of the Circle C organization decided that to shut its doors at the end of May after 48 years of operation. Additionally, In recent years, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) has pushed its efforts towards placing youth who are being cared for out of the home in &ldquo;kinship care&rdquo; settings as opposed to group home setting, making every effort to place the child in the household of a member of their family or extended family. Of the 3,807 children receiving services through the Children, Youth, and Families department of CYF, 668 children are receiving some type of kinship care and 1061 children are placed in foster care.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Carrick"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School Community Day - Monday, June 8, 5-7 PM</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">On Monday, June 8, all community members are invited to join Carrick High School students and staff for an evening of raffles, games, food and activities. There will be an academic showcase to highlight the achievements of student as well as vendors and community organizations from South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. This evening promises to be fun for the whole family!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick High School is located at 125 Parkfield Street, 15210. The event will be held in the gymnasium. All are welcome!!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Linda"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Linda Donahue honored for Volunteerism--Again!</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Bob Awards and the Clean Pittsburgh Commission awarded Linda Donahue with Volunteer of Year! We are proud of all of the work that Linda does in Carrick. Between Mulch Parties and neighborhood clean-ups, Linda keeps incredibly busy by making our neighborhood a beautiful place. Congratulations, Linda!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Summer"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Summer Community Meeting Changes: </span></span></a></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">No Overbrook Community Council Meetings in July and August, Meetings will resume on the 4th Tuesdays as of September 22, 2015.</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick Overbrook Block Watch meetings will be held at Zion Church for July and August. </span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Brookline"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Youth Soccer - Fall Registration Thursday, June 4</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Come out to Cannon Coffee from 5-7PM on Thursday, June 3 to register kids ages 4-19 for the Brookline Youth Soccer Fall 2015 Season. A parent or legal guardian must be present with an original or state-certified copy of the child&rsquo;s birth certificate to sign up. Documents will be scanned and returned at registration. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Brookline Youth Soccer Association strives to provide a nurturing and safe environment for all children to develop their soccer skills and their character by providing high quality coaching, refereeing, facilities, and active fun! BYSA does not hold fundraisers.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information or to register online, visit </span><a href="http://www.brooklinesoccer.net" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.brooklinesoccer.net</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Contact Jeremiah Dugan at 412-519-8910 or </span><a href="mailto:pittdugan@aol.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">pittdugan@aol.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Honoring"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Honoring Our Neighbors: Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear in the News</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Nepali and Bhutanese refugees working to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the Nepal earthquake</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;...WHEREAS, on April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, devastating individuals, families, and entire communities in Nepal, while under-resourced aide workers struggle to meet the needs of those impacted by the earthquake, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, search, rescue, and recovery efforts in Nepal are ongoing, as exhausted first responders sift through the rubble of damaged homes and buildings, while families continue to sleep in the open air for safety as the aftershocks continue, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, the Pittsburgh region is home to a vibrant community of Nepalese immigrants, who are now organizing to help the victims of the earthquake by raising money to save lives and provide shelter, food, and water to survivors, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS,</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Nepalese Community of Greater Pittsburgh is asking the Pittsburgh community to unite and consider giving to one of five vetted organizations which are currently on the ground and can provide immediate relief for those who are injured and suffering, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS,</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the Pittsburgh Nepalese Community has created a webpage for individuals to donate through MercyCorps that will focus on responding to the disaster by attending to the immediate needs of those in Nepal, like food, water, and shelter, and;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Brashear Gay-Straight-Alliance </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&ldquo;...during the last four years, students involved in the Gay-Straight Alliance at Pittsburgh Brashear High School have educated more than 1500 freshman students and numerous teachers in their home school as well as health and physical education teachers, counselors, social workers, and nurses across the district, and; </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">WHEREAS, seeing this success, the students have chosen to expand their efforts to be more inclusive of transgender and gender-expansive students, creating stronger policy to support these students, and making Pittsburgh Brashear a safer place to learn for all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">-Allegheny Cleanways Volunteers of the Year </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Eli Thomas and Chad Stewart </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;...</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">stood out this year for their work on the </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">DumpBusters program, in which a small crew of trained volunteers and staff remove the most severe illegal dumpsites, often on challenging slopes, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, Eli and Chad were the motivating force behind the removal of 2,755 tires from the deep Edgebrook Avenue ravine. Almost every Saturday morning in the winter of 2013-2014, Eli and Chad could be found in the ravine chopping tires out of the ice, moving tires up slopes, and merrily creating tire stacks that weighed in the thousands of pounds&hellip;&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Vietnam Veterans, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;WHEREAS, the total number of U.S. armed forces killed in Vietnam in the two decades of involvement was 58,253 and those non-mortally wounded in Vietnam was 153,363, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, we express our gratitude towards all those men and women who made great sacrifices to serve our country in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. And we thank the friends, families, and leaders who have also made sacrifices for their loved ones and supported these individuals during this conflict and in the years after returning home, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, organizations like Pittsburgh-based Vietnam Veterans Inc. continue to serve Vietnam veterans in our community by promoting the physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect and self-confidence of Vietnam veterans.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">-Mike Woshner, Carrick resident and community leader</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;WHEREAS, Mike Woshner has been a resident of Carrick for 68 years where he has served the community through active involvement in community groups and in the Saint Basil Parish Community, and has made an impact that cannot be quantified, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">WHEREAS, Mr. Woshner is a</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> lifelong member of the local Saint Basil Parish Community where he has been actively involved in parish ministries, including helping those in poverty and most in need in our community, and;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">WHEREAS, Mr. Woshner has dedicated decades of his life to serving Carrick, including several years spent as board member and treasurer of the Carrick Community Council, two years as a mentor in the &quot;Generations Together&quot; program at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, 13 years on the committee and judging team for Carrick Goes Gardening event, 16 years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Veteran&#39;s Monument garden on Parkfield Street, and seven years coordinating volunteers, planting, and maintaining the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Boulevard...&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Penn"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Penn State Extension Urban Homesteading Workshop Series Launches in June</span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">Penn State Extension of Allegheny County is proud to announce the launch of the &ldquo;Urban Homesteading Series&rdquo;. This series is designed for creative do-it-yourselfers who want to use their yards to farm to support their household food diets. Each workshop features an expert instructor leading hands-on demonstrations in a variety of homesteading activities which are scalable for home, apartment, or community projects.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Upcoming programs include:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 18: Straw Bale Gardening</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 7: Bug Your Bugs! July Pest Walk</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 21: Midsummer Night&rsquo;s (Berry) Jam</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 4: August Pest Walk</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September 8: Winemaking</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">September 24: Gardening with Perennials</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Registration is open for the first workshop of the series, Straw Bale Gardening, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 6 pm &ndash; 8 pm at the Penn State Extension Edible Teaching Garden at 400 N. Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Straw-bale gardening is a low-cost, low-maintenance, back-friendly raised-bed gardening method. The Master Gardener instructor will lead a hands-on workshop, present the technique step-by-step at the Edible Teaching Garden where this method is practiced. Pre-registration is required and the fee for this class is $25.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fall and winter workshops include home beer brewing in partnership with local craft breweries, gardening with perennials, yeast and sourdough bread baking classes, intercropped urban fruit orchard, pruning and lactofermentation.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, and to register for workshops, please visit: bit.ly/1FqAp7R</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">CONTACT: Rachel Samuels, Program Assistant: (412) 482-3464, <a href="mailto:ras1024@psu.edu?subject=Penn%20State%20Extension%20Workshops">ras1024@psu.edu</a></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Penn State Center Pittsburgh</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Energy Innovation Center</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1435 Bedford Avenue, Suite A</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Are you"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Are you or someone you know the victim of a crime? </span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.38; background-color: transparent;">The Center for Victims is a resource right here in Pittsburgh that provides comprehensive and inclusive provider of services, advocacy and education for victims of all crimes. Not only do they provide direct service to individuals that come to them, but they also help people to understand what services are available to them outside of the agency. The Center for Victims provides services to victims of crime, domestic violence services, and sexual assault services, in addition to those that they provide to the community, including community crisis response teams and mediation services. Many of these services are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The mediation services are a particular asset to our communities. Center for Victim&rsquo;s Dialogue and Mediation Services bring together people involved in a conflict to sit down and talk about the issue of concern. Trained mediators use a transformative model that helps participants to have a constructive conversation and make their own decisions about how they wish to resolve conflict. This is a cost-effective way to manage conflict. Many types of cases can be mediated, including disagreements among neighbors, landlords and tenants, families, schools, and veterans issues. To contact the Center for Victims&rsquo; mediation staff, call (412) 482-3240 x302.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Center for Victim&rsquo;s has also kicked off a new initiative to engage men in Allegheny County. This initiative is called the MEN challenge, which stands for </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">M</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">en </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">E</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">nding Viole</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">N</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">ce, and includes a pledge and action plan to prevent violence against women and girls. The MEN&rsquo;s pledge and action plan has been designed to encourage men to make a commitments to learn more about how to be a proactive bystander and speak about violence against women and girls. Men will receive a toolkit that will give them themed monthly activities and educational tips that can be used in their homes, workplaces, social networks and communities. Sign the pledge online at </span><a href="http://menchallenge.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">menchallenge.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you&rsquo;d like to support the Center for Victims, you can do so in several ways. The services provided by the Center for Victims are offered free of charge to all victims of crime and charitable donations are extremely helpful in making this happen. Donate online at </span><a href="http://www.centerforvictims.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">centerforvictims.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. You can also volunteer, participate in one of their annual events, join the MEN Challenge, join their mailing list, or invite the Center for Victims to speak at your community group. Visit </span><a href="http://www.centerforvictims.org/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">centerforvictims.org</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> for more information.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Stand"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Stand up against bullies in your neighborhood!</span></span></a><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">National Night Out (NNO) started as a porch light vigil, representing each participating community&rsquo;s awareness of crime and their commitment to preventing it. Porch lights were left on as a warning to criminals that crime was not welcome in the community. While the traditional porch light vigil is still common today, many communities celebrate by hosting picnics, cookouts and block parties. Public safety personnel and local government officials visit neighborhood events to interact with residents.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Holding a NNO neighborhood event is a great way to meet new neighbors, celebrate the success of your community watch or block club and strengthen your relationships with city public safety departments. In Pittsburgh, celebrations range from porch parties to ice cream socials, to cookouts, to community festivals and include visits from public safety personnel, elected officials and their staff.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Not sure what to do? Your event can be as simple or as complex as you&rsquo;d like. Whatever you do will depend on the amount of time, effort, energy and resources you have available. You can access the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s National Night Out Planning Guide (</span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/NNO_Planning_Guide_2015.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dps/NNO_Planning_Guide_2015.pdf</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) or review event examples and suggestions below:</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1. In one Pittsburgh neighborhood, each resident was asked to turn on their porch light, sit out, and provide refreshments as they enjoy the evening with their neighbors to send a message that their community will not tolerate crime.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2. One block watch hosted a DJ and invited the local magistrate to grill hotdogs. The local firehouse brought its truck and educated kids about fire safety. The SWAT van was there for residents to tour and block watch members handed out safety information and gun locks.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">3. Another Pittsburgh neighborhood hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet with sandwiches and beverages. Community members participated in a neighborhood walk, followed by a park clean-up effort and a movie in the park.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">4. One community group provided refreshments and handouts for their attendees. In addition, they hosted a kickball game while the playground and neighborhood pool were open for children.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">5. Another neighborhood group hosted a gun safety, fire safety and fire equipment demonstration. Residents were able to get fingerprinted and Otto the Auto, AAA&rsquo;s remote-controlled talking car, taught kids about traffic safety. The community hosted a DJ, a mime, a caricature artist, a face painter, mascots, a balloon artist, games, prizes, and free refreshments.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks activities may be scheduled in your neighborhood on Tuesday, August 4 that might make a good start for your event. Check the Citiparks Website or call 412-255-2539 for more information.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carnegie Library branches may also have a celebration scheduled. To contact a branch near you, call 412-622-3114 or visit: www.carnegielibrary.org</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Churches or other community groups often hold events in early August. Partner with them and add a public safety component.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Police Zone Commanders and Community Relations Officers (CRO) can be helpful in arranging police equipment to visit your event. Call your police zone and ask for assistance.</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 3 &nbsp;CRO Officers Christine Luffey and Eric Baker &nbsp;(412) 488-8326</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Zone 6 &nbsp;CRO Kenneth Stevwing &nbsp;(412) 937-3051</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">A map of the police bureau zones in the City of Pittsburgh can be found here: Zone map.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Contact Animal Care and Control at (412) 255-2036 or pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol and Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security at (412) 255-2633 or pittsburghpa.gov/ema/ for informational brochures.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Fire trucks can attend events, too. Call Bureau of Fire Headquarters (412) 255-2860 or pittsburghpa.gov/fire/ to contact a fire house in your community.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">For more information, please direct questions to &nbsp;Department of Public Safety, SaferTogether Pittsburgh Coordinators:</span></span></p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Liz Style, elizabeth.style@pittsburghpa.gov (412) 255-8977</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">John Tokarski, john.tokarski@pittsburghpa.gov (412)255-2117</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The city-wide kickoff for National Night Out (NNO) will be held in Market Square on Monday, July 27. This family friendly event will be held from 10AM-1PM.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Carrick kick-off event, &ldquo;Communities Against Crime,&rdquo; will be held Monday, July 28 from 6-8pm. From Churchview to the Burger King in the 2600 block of Brownsville Road. Please join us for a fabulous night enjoying neighbors and our neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to register for a free able at this event, and we hope to turn out a crowd of neighbors loving our neighborhood!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Beechview&rsquo;s event will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 7-9pm, in the parking lot at Beechview and Broadway, and it will be sponsored by Beechview Area Concerned Citizens.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To register your own National Night Out event, please navigate to: </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/registration2.htm" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/registration2.htm</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. To read about last year&rsquo;s successful and fun events, see this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/08/06/Rise-in-homicides-raises-Pittsburgh-safety-event-s-meaning/stories/201408060097" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/08/06/Rise-in-homicides-raises-Pittsburgh-safety-event-s-meaning/stories/201408060097</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Spray"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Spray Parks open on Weekends, Pools to open, Weekday Spray Park Hours 6/9</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Did that hot weather in the middle of May get you and your family in the mood for some summer water fun? We have good news then. On May 23, all City&rsquo;s spray parks opened to the public for weekend fun. Spray parks will be open during weekdays beginning June 9th. These parks are great ways to cool off in the summer heat, and are good for children from toddlers to pre-teens. Better yet, they are handicap accessible for individuals in wheelchairs or others who may have difficulty getting into swimming pools without assistance. District 4&rsquo;s spray park is located at Vanucci Playground at the 1200 block of Orangewood Avenue. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you&rsquo;re looking to take a dip in one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s pools, you won&rsquo;t have to wait too much longer. City pools are set to open on June 9. </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reminder: </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Children under the age of 15 who are city residents qualify for a free pool pass for the season! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Citiparks is now offering FREE swimming in all City of Pittsburgh pools for resident children, fifteen years and younger. &nbsp;Parents need only to register their children at any of Citiparks&rsquo; 10 Recreation Centers across the city OR fill out the application (</span><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/MEMBERSHIP_REGISTRATION_-_Citiparks.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/MEMBERSHIP_REGISTRATION_-_Citiparks.pdf</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">) and mail to: </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Citiparks</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">City County Building</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Room 459</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">414 Grant Street</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Kids should bring</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> their membership cards and age-appropriate adult supervision for admission to any city pool. </span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Cinema"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Cinema in the Park</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It&rsquo;s movie season in Citiparks! Come on down to Brookline Memorial Park, bring a blanket or chair, your family, your main squeeze or some friends enjoy the lineup! Don&rsquo;t forget to bring your own popcorn.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 11 - The Sandlot (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 18 - Maleficent (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">June 25 - The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 2 - The Boxtrolls (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 9 - Cantinflas (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 16 - The Lego Movie (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 23 - The Wizard of Oz (NR)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">July 30 - Big Hero 6 (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 6 - Earth to Echo (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 13 - When the Game Stands Tall (PG)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 20 - The Princess and the Frog (G)</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">August 27 - McFarland, USA (PG)</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Just"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Just Harvest, City expand Food Stamp incentive program</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The City of Pittsburgh is joining with Just Harvest to promote a healthy new incentive for food stamps at 14 area farmers markets this summer.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For the first time, for every $5 shoppers spend using their food stamps at participating farmers markets, they will receive an additional $2 coupon to spend on fruits and vegetables. The coupons are called Food Bucks and are available at 13 Fresh Access farmers markets in Allegheny County and one in Washington County.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The incentive is an expansion of the Fresh Access program launched at two Pittsburgh farmers markets in 2013 by Just Harvest, the local non-profit working to eliminate hunger and poverty. Through Fresh Access shoppers can use food stamps, credit and debit cards to get tokens for purchasing farmers market products.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&quot;The City of Pittsburgh is thrilled that all seven Citiparks farmers markets are among the 14 local markets participating in Just Harvest&#39;s Fresh Access program and their new Food Bucks initiative,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;City residents who rely on food stamps now have more options for accessing affordable and nutritious fresh produce. Fresh Access and Food Bucks are a win-win-win for low-income shoppers who get better food choices, for local farmers who get more sales, and for our neighborhoods that get more thriving, diverse, and livable communities.&quot;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A list of the 14 markets participating in the new food stamp incentive program </span><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/snap-food-stamps/local-farmers-markets-and-farm-stands-accepting-food-stamps/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">is available here.</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">According to </span><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/jh_publication/a-menu-for-food-justice-strategies-for-improving-access-to-healthy-foods-in-allegheny-county/" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just Harvest&rsquo;s 2013 report</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &ldquo;A Menu for Food Justice: Strategies for Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Allegheny County,&rdquo; nearly one in two Pittsburgh residents live in a community defined as a &ldquo;food-desert&rdquo; and do not have adequate access to fresh, healthy food. In some communities, farmers markets are one of the only sources of produce.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fresh Access was launched to tackle that problem. It enables shoppers to use their food stamps, credit and debit cards at the markets, simply by stopping by tents hosted by Just Harvest or market managers.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At the tents, food stamp recipients can swipe their ACCESS electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards and receive tokens that can be used to purchase a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meat and dairy products. Those who use the token kiosk for credit and debit card purchases are asked to contribute $1 per transaction to defray costs of the program. Tokens are accepted by dozens of vendors and the list is always growing.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Funding for the Food Bucks program comes from the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program in partnership with the Food Trust in Philadelphia.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For more information, contact Emily Schmidlapp, Fresh Access Coordinator, at 412-431-8960 x102 or </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">emilys@justharvest.org</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="PWSA"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">PWSA Accepting Applications for Green Infrastructure Grants</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) aims to increase green infrastructure in the City of Pittsburgh by encouraging everyone to get involved. PWSA is now accepting applications for two new green infrastructure grant programs, designed to support private property owners and community organizations to manage stormwater with green infrastructure. The projects supported by this program will improve water quality, boost the local market for green infrastructure design and installation services, increase public awareness of green infrastructure benefits, and stimulate economic development. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Mini-Grant Program is designed for non-profit organizations and community groups to implement projects or activities that improve water quality, enhance conservation, restore habitat, stimulate economic growth, and educate the community about stormwater issues. Selected applicants will receive grants between $1,000 - $5,000 dollars. Applications for mini grants will be accepted through June 23, 2015.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Matching Grant Program is designed for property owners and agencies to implement large scale GI projects. To ensure significant impact, these projects must demonstrate a minimum investment of $10,000. PWSA will reimburse up to 50% of a project with maximum reimbursement of $50,000. Applications for the matching grant program will be accepted through July 7, 2015.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">All projects will be reviewed by PWSA and members of PWSA&rsquo;s Green Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee. Funded projects will produce a documented reduction in stormwater runoff entering the sewer system and local waterways. Two information sessions will be held at PWSA&rsquo;s Downtown office at 1200 Penn Avenue. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP for the information sessions by Thursday, June 4, 2015 to icao@pgh2o.com or 412-255-8800 x 8562.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Monday, June 8, 2015 (10:00 am - 11:30 am)</span></span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Both grant applications are available at The PWSA website, </span><a href="http://www.pgh2o.com" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">www.pgh2o.com</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> under the &ldquo;Going Green&rdquo; section.For questions, or to request a hard copy application, please call Itha Cao at 412.255.8800 ext. 8562.</span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Sewage"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sewage Alerts available by Text or Email</span></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">About to launch that canoe? Got your kayak ready to roll? Check your email/text to make sure you have a poop-free outing!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh has a combined sewer and storm-water system. Sadly, this means that when we get a heavy rain or a heavy snow melt, our system overflows into the rivers. Alcosan is working to slowly separate these systems, but until then if you will be spending time on the rivers, you want to check out Alcosan&rsquo;s sewage overflow alert system. Simply register with your mobile phone number or your email address, and you will automatically be notified of overflows. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sign up here: </span><a href="http://www.alcosan.org/SewerOverflowAdvisories/CSOTextEmailNotificationSubscription/tabid/184/Default.aspx" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">http://www.alcosan.org/SewerOverflowAdvisories/CSOTextEmailNotificationSubscription/tabid/184/Default.aspx</span></a></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a name="Community Meetings"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Community Meetings for South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</span></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday, 6/3</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6-8 PM Capital Budget Deliberative Hearing #1</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">745 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 6/4</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7-9 PM - Beechview Area Concerned Citizens, Beechview Block Watch</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Ave. Featured Guest: Daniel Berkowitz</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/8</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5 - 7 PM - Carrick High School Community Day, 125 Parkfield Street</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 PM - &nbsp;Brookline Chamber of Commerce</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Brookline Branch</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/9</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7-9 PM - Brookline Block Watch</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office, 736 Brookline Blvd</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/15</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 - 7:30 PM - Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Zone 3 Police Station, </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">830 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/16</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 PM - Mulch Party at Berg Place and Brownsville Road, Carrick</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thursday, 6/18</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7PM - Mt. Washington Community Forum</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave</span></span><br class="kix-line-break" /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Saturday, 6/20</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 - 5PM - Taste of Beechview</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:8pt;margin-bottom:4pt;margin-right: 8pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5-7 PM - Taste of Beechview Happy Hour</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Monday, 6/22</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7 PM - Carrick Community Council Quarterly Meeting </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tuesday, 6/23</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7 - 9PM - Overbrook Community Council</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Accamando Center, 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday 6/24</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6PM - Carrick Clean Up </span></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8e1acb7-b9be-75b1-d3db-c9b9a37dc63c"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Meet behind the Carrick Shopping Center</span></span></p> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:17:13 -0400 POSTPONED: Final Design Meeting for Carrick Dairy District http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4502 <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, 'lucida grande', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.3199996948242px;"><strong>The Dairy District Final Design Meeting</strong> previously scheduled for tonight at 6:30 PM<strong> has been POSTPONED </strong>due to unforeseen circumstances. Economic Development South will be rescheduling for sometime in June. We&#39;ll get the word out as soon as we know. Looking forward to seeing the final designs!</span></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:47 -0400 South Pittsburgh News from the Office of Council Member Natalia Rudiak | May 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=4397 <h3 dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em style="font-size: 12px;">&ldquo;Spring is the time of plans and projects.&rdquo;</em></h3> <p dir="ltr"><em>― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina</em></p> <h3><strong>I&rsquo;m working to make Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</strong></h3> <p>-I was honored to attend The Black Political Empowerment Project&rsquo;s 10th Annual Jazz Fest, a jazz marathon, or, &lsquo;fun-raiser&rsquo; celebrating 29 years of serving the Metropolitan Pittsburgh community, and the work of B-PEP&rsquo;s Coalition Against Violence.</p> <p dir="ltr">-We attended the Southbrook Dance Team fundraiser, a lively event held at St. Pius X to raise money for students from our local middle school to travel to attend and compete in a dance competition.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I hosted the Fight for $15 press conference, where I stood with employees demanding a wage that enables them to feed their families without food stamps and pay their bills without public assistance. The sad truth is that wages have lagged behind inflation for decades, and working families are bearing the brunt of that reality every day, while CEOs make ever higher salaries. Fixing the wage gap would provide immediate and long-term economic stimulus, as families put this money back into the economy by purchasing food, clothing, and rent/mortgage, and paying their utility bills. Read more here: http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=4335</p> <p dir="ltr">- I spoke with Paul Guggenheimer of WESA&rsquo;s Essential Pittsburgh about a Will of Council that I sponsored that urged President Obama to pursue a more fully transparent and inclusive legislative process surrounding an international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take a listen: <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-rudiak-calls-will-council-international-trade-deal">http://wesa.fm/post/essential-pittsburgh-rudiak-calls-will-council-international-trade-deal</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-I was briefed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on the Dollar Energy Fund, which helps families pay for expensive repairs to connect their downspouts to the storm sewer. &nbsp;I will be hosting an informational Post-Agenda hearing on this issue on Tuesday, 5/5 at 1:30 PM. You can watch the hearing live on the City Channel (Comcast Channel 13 or Verizon FiOS Channel 44) or call PWSA for more information: (412) 255-2423</p> <p dir="ltr">-I attended a public hearing where residents testified about the sales process for vacant school buildings. All are pushing for community and neighborhood goals to be taken into account during the sales process, rather than after the sale is complete.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with Christine Haas of the Midwife Center for Birth and Women&rsquo;s Health to learn about the wonderful work they do as well as their plans for expansion. Interest in their services has grown as their compassionate and attentive model of patient care has grown in popularity.</p> <p>-I participated in a McKinley Park visioning exercise, where stakeholders, community leaders, student conservation workers, and engineers talked about how to restore McKinley Park to its former glory. It has the potential to be such a fantastic community resource, a draw for surrounding communities, and an extension of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s amazing network of wild parks like Frick and Schenley.</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met residents from across the City at a meet &amp; greet hosted by PUMP, the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, at Cannon Coffee in Brookline. What a great way to draw people to South Pittsburgh from other neighborhoods!</p> <p dir="ltr">-I presented a comprehensive list of needed investments and development opportunities in South Pittsburgh to NAIOP, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s commercial real estate development organization. NAIOP is the nation&rsquo;s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, asset managers, and other professionals who deal with industrial, office, and mixed-use commercial real estate. Many thanks to their membership for having me, and for all the interest in South Pittsburgh!</p> <p dir="ltr">-I met with leaders of the Office of Public Art to talk about how to get more public art in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Are you an artist? Register here for more opportunities to create neighborhood art: <a href="http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org">www.pittsburghartistregistry.org</a></p> <p dir="ltr">-...and so much more! I also attended the Carrick Little League Parade, Dairy District planning sessions, a benefit for the Persad Center (<a href="https://persadcenter.org/">https://persadcenter.org/</a>), a Capital Budget Facilitation Committee meeting, a meet &amp; greet with Sierra Club advocates, and labor leaders at the Allegheny County Labor Council Dinner.</p> <h3 dir="ltr"><br /> <strong>TODAY 4/28: &nbsp;First Dairy District Public Meeting</strong></h3> <p>Today, join Economic Development South, the Carrick Community Council, Design Allies, and Desmone Architects for a workshop for the development of an open-air marketplace/farmer&rsquo;s market &ndash; the cornerstone project of the Carrick Dairy District-- to be located at the corner of Brownsville Road and East Meyers Street. The Design Center will facilitate a discussion around the design of the marketplace and its potential uses.</p> <p>One main goal of the project will be a dairy-themed farmer&rsquo;s market where customers can enjoy access to local cheese, artisan cheese, ice-cream, cooking demonstrations, and possible events such as &ldquo;grilled-cheese&rdquo; off&rsquo;s and build Carrick&rsquo;s biggest ice cream sundae. The space will be flexible enough to handle other types of events and programs, such as antique markets, craft fairs, and more.</p> <p>The purpose of this meeting is to collect ideas from you-- the community-- to influence the final design and use of the space. Economic Development South will come back to the neighborhood later in May with a final design for comment.</p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Dairy District Public Meeting</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When:</strong> Tuesday, 4/28 at 6 PM</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where:</strong> Concord Elementary School</p> <p>Construction of the open-air market is made possible by the generous support of the Hillman Foundation. We&rsquo;re looking forward to construction this summer.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Miller, Deputy Director, Economic Development South at 412-884-1400 X103 or by email at <a href="mailto:smiller@economicdevelopmentsouth.org">smiller@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a>.</p&