District 4 Newsletters http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletters City Council District 4 (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved South Pittsburgh Newsletter | August 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3352 <div><span style="color:#ff0000;">**CANCELLED: Hillcrest Senior Center Meeting for Tuesday 7/29. This meeting will be rescheduled for the fall.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a> <div><a href="#Learning">Learning Tour to NYC on Early Education Priorities a Success!</a> <div><a href="#District4">District 4 Bus Tour for New City Officials&nbsp;</a> <div><a href="#Help">Help Wanted: Search for a New Chief of Police</a> <div><a href="#Seton">Seton Center Discontinues Brookline Farm Stand</a> <div><a href="#Brookline">Brookline History Club</a> <div><a href="#Beechview">Beechview Community Garden Receives Sustainability Grant</a> <div><a href="#its">It&rsquo;s 10 AM, Do You Know Where Your Gun Is?</a> <div><a href="#national">National Night Out 2014: Safer Together &nbsp;</a> <div><a href="#hollywood">Hollywood in South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</a> <div><a href="#brooklinegirls">Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!</a> <div><a href="#events">Events</a> <div><a href="#shout">South Pittsburgh Business Corner</a> <div><a href="#shout">Shout Outs From Our Pittsburgh Public Schools</a> <div><a href="#meetings">Meetings</a> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Working"></a>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</h3> <ul> <li>On Monday July 7, I attended the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch meeting with Mayor Peduto and staff, who were able to listen to the concerns of citizens affected by violence and crime.</li> <li>My office hosted a briefing for city officials the false alarm problem in our city. In 2011, residential and commercial security systems produced four thousand false alarms, which cost the city of Pittsburgh $2.3 million dollars. Currently, there are more than 16,000 false alarms each year! Our Department of Innovation and Performance is working on a system to track false alarms, costs, and incentivize owners to calibrate their alarms more carefully, and as Finance Chair I look forward to continuing this important discussion.</li> <li>I met with Stephen Bucar, our new Public Safety Director, to discuss safety issues specific to District 4. The meeting was a productive beginning to a long conversation on improving the safety of our district and city.</li> <li>I was privileged to take part in a learning tour of the early education programs in New York City July 14 and 15, where they have a goal to get every 4-year-old in the city to attend pre-kindergarten. More on that below!</li> <li>Cutting the ribbon on the new Brookline Boulevard last week was an amazing experience! Seeing the finished product of so many years of work and so much collaboration between residents, neighbors, and business owners was overwhelming. Putting the construction, mud, potholes, and business disturbance behind us was priceless.&nbsp;</li> <li>As chair of the Finance and Law committee, I was part of two meetings with both Standard and Poor&rsquo;s and Moody&rsquo;s bond rating agencies on July 23 and 25, respectively. The goal is to improve the city&rsquo;s bond rating, and we did that through a presentation illustrating the fiscal health of the city, taking a tour of city development projects and generally introducing them to our new team. Bond ratings are meant to grade how likely it is that investors will be repaid on bonds, and good ratings mean better interest rates and savings for taxpayers. For a good primer on how city bonds work, check out this web site: http://finance.zacks.com/city-bonds-work-6903.html. City officials agreed that they had never seen a group give such a unified and professional set of presentations to the agencies!&nbsp;</li> <li>I hosted a bus tour of South Pittsburgh for new city officials on Friday, July 25. We toured the neighborhoods of District 4, stopped a Casa Rasta in Beechview for lunch, stopped by the Colteryahn Dairy, the Brookline Recreation Center, and generally talked about how to improve the District for all of our residents. This is the second bus tour my office has hosted for new city officials this year.</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Learning"></a>Learning Tour to NYC on Early Education Priorities a Success!</h3> <div>I have long been a champion of <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006">supporting parents and children through early education</a>&nbsp;and thus it was my privilege to be a part of a select group to participate in a learning tour of the impressive pre-k programming currently ramping up in New York City. The tour was arranged by the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (<a href="http://www.paeyc.org/">PAEYC</a>) and The Grable Foundation. The Mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio, made it a tenant of his campaign and administration to create free, high-quality pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in New York City. Through a complex program of public and private organizations, support, funding, and $300 million from the State of New York to implement the program, the public schools and private providers are working incredibly hard to ensure that each 4-year-old New Yorker has access to high-quality early education.&nbsp;</div> <div>Will the same approach work here in Pittsburgh? Not exactly. We don&rsquo;t expect Harrisburg to send us any large education checks anytime soon. The differences between our needs and New York City&rsquo;s are vast, but their innovative models, like <a href="http://sco.org/firststepnyc/">First Step NYC</a> require serious consideration and thought. This trip has motivated me to work even harder to learn all I can from other cities with early education programs and find a way to make quality education available for all Pittsburgh children from birth to age 5. I look forward to continuing this conversation with our schools, PAEYC, the foundation community and our mayor&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="District4"></a>District 4 Bus Tour for New City Officials&nbsp;</h3> <div>On Friday, July 25, I hosted a bus tour for new city officials. We began at Colteryahn Dairy with talk and plans for the <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Dairy_District_Public_Presentation_for_Distribution.pdf">Dairy District</a>. By driving around the district with these new officials, I was able to show them the real assets of our amazing district as well as the talk about some of our struggles and the places where we need help.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am always thrilled to bring new officials into our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods to give them a first-hand experience. I want them to know the area, know the people, and know our priorities and problems. When we all start with a good understanding of the District and City, we can do the real work of city government in the most effective way possible.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Help"></a>Help Wanted: Search for a New Chief of Police</h3> <div>The fourth citywide meeting was held in Zone 3 to talk about requirements for our next Chief of Police. Developed by Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Center for Deliberative Democracy, the process begins with residents signing in and being split into random groups, each with its own moderator to discuss the qualities citizens desire in a new chief. Many important issues were raised about our next chief. All of these questions were raised to the Public Safety Forum Council Board and answered. Do you have a question about the search or want to share your priorities for our next Chief? There&rsquo;s plenty of time to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/topics/15698/chief-of-police-neighborhood-needs">send your comments here</a>!</div> <h3><a name="Seton"></a>Seton Center Discontinues Brookline Farm Stand</h3> <div>I was saddened to learn that the Seton Center is no longer able to host the Brookline Farm Stand. A farm stand takes time and volunteers. Access to fresh, local produce and supporting local farmers are wonderful goals of farm stands. &nbsp;If you would like to host the farm stand, or if you know of a location that might work, please call the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank&rsquo;s Produce Coordinator, Jeralyn Beach, at (412) 460-3663 ext 214.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="Brookline"></a>Brookline History Club</h3> <div>Brookline residents are digging into the history of the neighborhood! The group will be looking to interview residents of Brookline about their experiences, how the neighborhood has changed and the memories of what used to be there. They are looking for photos of Brookline through the ages to try and jog memories and help with their interview project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Don&rsquo;t miss their table at Brookline Unveiled on September 6th. Brookline History Club will have a table in front of the library. Check out and join the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438604779753807/">facebook page here</a>, and start sharing your memories today!</div> <h3><a name="Beechview"></a>Beechview Community Garden Receives Sustainability Grant</h3> <div>Beechview Community Garden was proud to be one of 19 Sustainability Fund Recipients! The Community Garden Sustainability Fund is a partnership of Grow Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The fund provides the opportunity for existing community gardens in Allegheny County to complete projects that contribute to the sustainability of their gardens. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.growpittsburgh.org/congratulations-to-the-sustainability-fund-recipients/">Grow Pittsburgh&#39;s website</a>.</div> <h3><a name="its"></a>It&rsquo;s 10 AM, Do You Know Where Your Gun Is?</h3> <div>Our office and Ceasefire PA would like to remind all city residents to take a gun inventory this summer. Having attended block watch meetings, we know that lost and stolen guns are frequently used in crimes. Check your guns, keep them secured, and report lost or stolen guns to police!</div> <h3><a name="national"></a>National Night Out 2014: Safer Together &nbsp;</h3> <div>National Night Out started as a porch light vigil, representing each participating community&rsquo;s awareness of crime and their commitment to preventing it. Porch lights were left on as a warning to criminals that crime was not welcome in the community. While the traditional porch light vigil is still common today, many communities celebrate by hosting picnics, cookouts and block parties. Public safety personnel and local government officials visit neighborhood events to interact with residents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last year, community groups hosted 42 events which were attended by 3,000 City residents. In 2014, let&rsquo;s increase those numbers! This year our theme is &ldquo;Safer Together,&rdquo; promoting our neighborhoods as safe places in which to live, work, study and play. Together, let&rsquo;s tell everyone that we all work together in the City of Pittsburgh to make community safety No. 1! Mayor Peduto had this to say, &ldquo;National Night Out (NNO) is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh communities to promote neighborhood camaraderie and strong partnerships between residents and public safety personnel.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">City website</a> to register your event or find one in your neighborhood.</div> <h3><a name="hollywood"></a>Hollywood in South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods</h3> <div>Jake Gyllenhaal stars in &ldquo;Southpaw,&rdquo; as a boxer whose character, endurance, and commitment to family is tested by life&rsquo;s full spectrum of triumph and loss. The director loved the location and wanted to shoot even more of the film in Carrick, but they were limited by actor availability. The filming has moved around the city already, where they converted the old Saks Fifth Avenue building to Madison Square Garden downtown. They also filmed for around one week at Carrick Community Boxing. Carrick and Brentwood neighbors may notice continued presence of film crew in the area. You can still see the signs of the &ldquo;Bronx-ification&rdquo; of Carrick and Brentwood. Just look at the fake graffiti and security doors! Don&rsquo;t worry, all that will be removed once they are done filming.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="brooklinegirls"></a>Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch Deliver a Big Victory at PNC Park!</h3> <div>The CitiParks BIG League Sports Program wrapped up at PNC Park on July 12. The Brookline Girls Slo-Pitch fought a tough battle through playoffs and came out #1! They were again welcomed at PNC Park this year. CitiParks BIG League Sports Program has a goal and mission to continue to work with City Council and the Mayor&#39;s office to make recreation a valuable and obtainable resource for our children.&nbsp;</div> <h3><a name="events"></a>Events</h3> <div><em><strong>Brookline Boulevard Celebration</strong></em></div> <div>Expect a fabulous weekend of thrown by the Chamber of Commerce entertainment at &ldquo;Brookline Unveiled!&rdquo; Held on Brookline Blvd. Friday, September 5 from 6:00-10:00 PM you can expect a night of music and entertainment. Bring the whole family for the main event on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM there will be sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, music, entertainment, food, kids games, free raffle and much more! For more information email 2014Brooklineunveiled@gmail.com&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>90th Anniversary Of Carrick High Luncheon</strong></em></div> <div>Carrick High&#39;s Alumni Association will host a luncheon at the South Hills Country Club on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 to celebrate the incredible milestone that Carrick High School has reached. Ninety years of educating young Pittsburghers, some of whom who go on to run for City Council!</div> <h3><a name="south"></a>South Pittsburgh Business Corner</h3> <div><em><strong>YogaDigs</strong></em></div> <div>Lindsey Grantz, owner of Yoga Digs, LLC, a recent graduate of the South Hills Power Yoga Teacher Training Program, has worked with Rachel Grimm Romano, of the Beechview Community Garden, to offer yoga at the garden! It gives an opportunity for the community to grow their yoga practice and the teachers to grow their teaching. This class is for all levels. YogaDigs classes are offered Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. for a donation. YogaDigs is digging it&#39;s way to an indoor studio located at 1224 East Carson Street in the South Side this fall. Email info@yogadigs.com for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Paw Spa</strong></em></div> <div>Recently opened in Carrick on Route 51 is Paw Spa -- a full service boarding, grooming and doggy daycare facility with a unique gift shop where the pets are treated as guests! Pets staying at the resort have the pleasure of interacting with other guests in a safe, controlled environment. The resort was created with the pet&#39;s best interest, comfort and safety in mind.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Do you have a business or community announcement? Send it to Bethani Cameron at bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov to be included in our monthly newsletter.</em></div> <h3><a name="shout"></a>Shout Outs From Our Pittsburgh Public Schools</h3> <div>We want to welcome new leadership to some of our Pittsburgh City Schools. All new administrators are anxiously waiting for the school year to begin. A brief introduction to our new leaders is provided.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Arlington K-8:</strong></em></div> <div>My name is Holly Ballard, and I am the new principal at Arlington k-8. I am excited to be returning &nbsp;to Arlington as I was a teacher in an emotional support class here from 1994-2002. I have an open door policy for students and parents. Please do not hesitate to stop in and see me if you desire. I look forward to working with you and your children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Carrick High School:</strong></em></div> <div>We wish to welcome Ms. Angel Washington to Carrick High School. Prior to coming to Carrick, Ms. Washington worked as a co-principal at the Teaching Institute at Brashear High School. Ms. Washington is looking forward to working to the staff, students, and community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Concord K-8:</strong></em></div> <div>The students, parent, staff and community members ended the school year with a fun filled picnic at Brookline Park. At the end of the year, all staff and students wished the best to Principal Colbert as she moved to a new position. Mr. Michael Perella steps in to take the lead to continue the success that was established at Concord. He is coming from his position of principal at Whittier School. Mr. Perella is looking forward to meeting his new students and parents on August 21 from 4:00 -6:00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt K-5</strong></em></div> <div>My name is Mr. Ashley Porter, and I most recently served as the vice principal at South Brook Middle School. Before holding that position, I was a high school vice principal in the Moon Area School District where I also served as the founder and director of Moon&rsquo;s Online Learning Program. I also served as the high school vice principal and elementary teacher in the Beaver Falls Area School District where I began my career in education in 1997. I have a master&rsquo;s degree in elementary education from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. As principal of Pittsburgh Roosevelt, it is my goal to provide a safe, child-centered environment where children are actively engaged in meaningful learning. The staff and administrators of Roosevelt Elementary will continue to work in partnership with families to accomplish this goal. This partnership will ensure that all of our students continue to grow academically as well as socially which will ultimately support and cultivate many life-long successes. Please know that I maintain an open door policy and suggestions and input are always welcome.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We wish success to our new leaders! Please support them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The following schools will be under the same leadership as the 2013-14 school year:</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology:</strong></em></div> <div>We are all looking forward to another school year. Please come to our Ice Cream Social on August 27th from 5:00-7:00. We are a uniform school. Please check our website for details. Our school theme is: To Achieve You Must Believe. Children must believe in themselves to move forward. &lsquo;Can&rsquo;t&rsquo; does not exist at our school. All new kindergarten students have the opportunity to participate in a kindergarten camp from August 8-14 from 9:00-12:00. Dr. Och continues to welcome parent involvement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><strong>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School:</strong></em></div> <div>Mrs. Hale is working hard to prepare for the beginning of the school year. On August 21st Middle School staff members will be in the communities we serve to greet families. On August 27th &ldquo;Back to School&rdquo; night will be from 5:30-7:30. Our theme this year is: Pittsburgh Promise! We look forward for a very successful school year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Does your school have any announcements to share with the public? Send it to Bethani Cameron at bethani.cameron@pittsburghpa.gov to be included in our monthly newsletter.</em></div> <h3><a name="meetings"></a>Meetings</h3> <div><strong>Mayor&rsquo;s Night Out - Meet MayorBill Peduto!</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1628 Brownsville Road) next to Colteryahn Dairy</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div><span style="font-size:12px;">Monday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. at&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Zion Christian Church (corner of Brownsville Road and Madeline Street)</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview National Night Out Against Crime Street Party</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Intersection of Broadway and Beechview Avenues)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Beechview United Presbyterian Church hall (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Monday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. at the Brookline Branch of the Carnegie Library</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 12, 6:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Women&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, August 19, 7 p.m. at Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m. at the Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Community Cornfest&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Saturday, August 23, noon to 6 p.m. at Phillips Community Park</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South Board Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Merchants Association Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. at the Beechview Merchants Association office (1553 Broadway)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>###</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:26:55 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | July 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3235 <div> <h3><a href="#south pgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h3> <div><a href="#working to">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</a></div> <div><a href="#a city in">A City in Transition</a></div> <div><a href="#city council">City Council passes updated Act 47 plan</a></div> <div><a href="#exciting">Exciting meetings on Hillcrest and Overbrook senior developments</a></div> <div><a href="#eds seeks">Economic Development South seeks Watershed Coordinator</a></div> <div><a href="#beechview neigh">Beechview neighborhood seeks Business District Project Consultant</a></div> <div><a href="#pgh wants">Pittsburgh wants your input on the search for the next Police Chief</a></div> <div><a href="#join the everu">Join the Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board</a></div> <div><a href="#south pgh farmers">South Pittsburgh Farmers&rsquo; Markets continue into Fall 2014&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#need legal">Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</a></div> <div><a href="#intimeidated">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></div> <div><a href="#citparks">Citiparks pool tags still available for summer 2014</a></div> <div><a href="#applynw">Apply now! Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy</a></div> <div><a href="#updates from...">Updates from our local public schools</a></div> <div><a href="#block watches">Block watches work!</a></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a href="#helwork donate">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h3> <div><a href="#free heatl">Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></div> <div><a href="#seniors">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></div> <div><a href="#more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></div> <div><a href="#meanls on weeehls">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><a href="#events">EVENTS</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div><a name="south pgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="working to"><strong>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&hellip;</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>On June 9th, I gave a speech at Quentin Roosevelt Elementary&rsquo;s promotion ceremony for their fifth grade class. The event was even held at my alma mater Carrick High School! I was invited by my third grade science teacher, Mrs. Mattarock. Outgoing principal Anthony Pipkin and staff have worked hard to make the school feel like family, and I felt honored to be included in the emotional ceremony.</li> <li>I found myself at Carrick High School again on Monday June 11th when I attended their Community Day. This lively event was punctuated by dozens of booths, hundreds of attendees, a spirited talent show, and a rock-climbing wall. Not surprisingly, an excellent time was had by all: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/476862669358903298">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/476862669358903298</a></li> <li>The next day, City Council interviewed Bureau of Building Inspection Acting Director Maura Kennedy to approve her as the permanent Director of the department. Her experience is excellent; she will serve as the first permanent director in over four years.&nbsp;</li> <li>Saturday June 14th I helped out the Carrick Community Council and local neighbors to utilize a &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; grant to repaint fences, walls, &nbsp;and plant flowers at a Leolyn Parklet. Projects like this create an incredible sense of community pride for young and old alike! The theme was &quot;For the kids, by the kids&quot;: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/477902067164409856">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/477902067164409856</a></li> <li>On Sunday, June 15th, nineteen same-sex couples were married in Council Chambers by Mayor Peduto. I was honored to be a part of this historic day for our City, state and all our residents. The weather was almost as beautiful as the emotion of marching with the newlyweds who waited for years to walk behind behind the &ldquo;Just Married&rdquo; banner.</li> <li>On June 17th, I attended the state appointed Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Board of Directors meeting, created by the in conjunction with the Act 47 oversight. For some provocative viewpoint on this agency&rsquo;s role for the City, see this City Paper article: <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/ica-problem-has-the-time-come-to-neuter-the-citys-fiscal-watchdog/Content?oid=1585555">http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/ica-problem-has-the-time-come-to-neuter-the-citys-fiscal-watchdog/Content?oid=1585555</a>. You can also try to access the ICA&rsquo;s website here: <a href="http://www.pghica.org">www.pghica.org</a></li> <li>That same day, I attended the Mayor&#39;s education task force to avoid school closings; my input focused on how to build trust and partnerships between the City and School District. I was happy to meet with the school board members, students, faculty, and council members Theresa Kail-Smith, Daniel Lavelle, Deborah Gross, and former Councilman Patrick Dowd.&nbsp;</li> <li>Also on Tuesday, I toured the finance department, as chair of the Finance and Law committee. I had the honor of meeting Paul Leger; finance director, Margaret Lanier; city treasurer, and all the hard working staff that keep our city running!</li> <li>On Wednesday, 6/18, my staff attended the Saw Mill Run Parks Conservancy Meeting, where many stakeholders attended. One issue discussed was using McKinley Park as a starting place for storm water management changes. Voices Against Violence, Councilman Kraus&rsquo;s office, the Pittsburgh Water &amp; Sewer Authority and my office are forming a working group to identify issues related to water diversion. This was the beginning of an important conversation for Pittsburgh; how to deal with stormwater!</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="a city in"><strong>A City in Transition</strong></a></div> <div>Since Mayor Peduto took office in January things have been rapidly changing in our City departments. Much like mayors before him, Peduto has chosen a new leadership team and replaced many department heads. Unlike some prior mayors, he has also chosen to fully reinvent a number of departments, create or dismantle others, and generally reorganize Pittsburgh&rsquo;s operations to a degree unseen in recent years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What does this mean for constituents? First, it means that many of the City services that you depend on are being re-examined and re-deployed in a more efficient way, sometimes by new people with fresh and innovative perspectives on how to get their jobs done. Second, it also means that there&rsquo;s a host of new faces and unfamiliar names making big decisions for the City of Pittsburgh. To minimize the growing pains for District 4, I chosen to be as pro-active as possible in meeting these new directors and managers, so that I&rsquo;m able to directly share and explain South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s issues to them, and advocate for the needs of residents like you.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I started by taking members of Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s new leadership team on a bus tour of all our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. We woke up bright and early and hit Cannon Coffee first thing for some muffins and caffeine. Afterward, we walked along the Boulevard, talked to neighbors, and ultimately made our way down to the Brookline Recreation Center to discuss its past, present, and future with Center Director Clint Burton. During the trip we drove through each neighborhood and stopped at dozens of attractions throughout the district, including Overbrook&rsquo;s Accamando Center, Carrick&rsquo;s Colteryahn Dairy, and the Beechview Senior Center. We were joined by Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa, Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge, Chief Urban Affairs Officer Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief of Innovation &amp; Performance Debra Lam, Analytics and Strategy Manager Laura Meixell, Community Affairs Manager Grant Gittlen, and Chief Administration Officer (and Brookline resident!) Debbie Lestitian.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the tour, I&rsquo;ve gone out of my way to meet 1-on-1 with every incoming Chief, Director, and Manager working on issues or projects that could affect South Pittsburgh. In these hour-long (and sometimes longer) meetings, I&rsquo;ve presented each staff member with a lengthy memo written especially for them about how I believe they can work to address both City-wide and District 4-specific issues in their new role working for the City of Pittsburgh and its taxpayers. In addition to those mentioned above, I&rsquo;ve had meetings with Chief Education and Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer Curtiss Porter, Public Works Director Mike Gable, Building Inspection Director Maura Kennedy, Citiparks Director Jim Griffin, City Planning Director Ray Gastil, and Deputy Chief of Staff Leigh Halverson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I ran for City Council because I knew that our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods were being ignored by Grant Street. Our brand new mayoral administration in place brings new opportunity to change that. I am doing everything I can to insure that, as these additions to the City&rsquo;s leadership adjust to their new roles, our neighborhoods are well-positioned to receive the attention from City Hall that we deserve. To be certain of this, I&rsquo;ll continue to host informative meetings, plan bus tours, and continuously push for our city&#39;s leadership to do right by our communities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have question or concern, or if you have ideas about how we can raise South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s profile throughout the region, feel free to reach out to my staff at 412-255-2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="city council"><strong>City Council passes updated Act 47 plan</strong></a></div> <div>Pittsburgh has been &ldquo;financially distressed&rdquo; under Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Act 47 financial oversight since 2004. Fortunately, on June 24th, Council voted to approve a new Act 47 5-year recovery plan to with the goal of leading the City of Pittsburgh to full financial recovery.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As the the Chair of Council&#39;s Finance &amp; Law Committee, it was my job to work with the State-appointed Act 47 Coordinators, the Mayor&#39;s Office, Councilmembers, and our Council Budget Office to insure we could reach agreement on a plan by July 1st. Fortunately, we had success putting together a solid plan and passed it with time to spare.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That said, passing an Act 47 plan only means we now have to get down to doing the truly serious work. Our real deadline is the end of the year when our City&#39;s budget must be passed. The plan we just passed will guide our process over the next six months to ensure that the City&rsquo;s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the services, amenities, and infrastructure that Pittsburgh residents deserve.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more about the history of Pittsburgh&#39;s Act 47 oversight, the newly passed 5-year plan, they City financial situation, please follow this link: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=3227">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=3227</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office also created this helpful infographic that explains why the City of Pittsburgh must explore lots of new revenue ideas leading up to our 2015 budget. Check it out, because I&rsquo;d love to hear your ideas and feedback: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="exciting"><strong>Exciting meetings on Hillcrest and Overbrook senior developments</strong></a></div> <div>As you may know, developers have been hard-at-work to bring three new senior living facilities to South Pittsburgh, one at the former Giant Eagle location on Brownsville Road &nbsp;and two related projects at the old Overbrook School on Saw Mill Run.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My office has worked with the developers of Valcott Industries, The NRP Groups, and Community Builders, along with the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and, of course, Economic Development South (EDS) to hold two upcoming public meetings on their projects in South Pittsburgh. The goal of these meetings will be to update residents and stakeholders alike on what has happened over the past year and the next steps toward making these projects a reality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I highly encourage you to come out to learn more about each project and show your support! Meeting details are as follows...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Overbrook School Senior Development Meeting</em></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Overbrook School (2140 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>Guests include myself, EDS, the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, the URA, Rep. Erin Molchany, and more, with presentations from developers Valcott Industries and the NRP Group.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Hillcrest Senior Development Meeting</em></div> <div>Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>Guests include myself, EDS, the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, Brentwood Mayor Dennis Troy, the URA, and more, with presentations from developer Community Builders.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="eds seeks"><strong>Economic Development South seeks Watershed Coordinator</strong></a></div> <div>As many of your know, Economic Development South (EDS) is a community development corporation in South Pittsburgh that takes an exciting new multi-municipal, corridor-based approach to economic development. They represent the boroughs of Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall, Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills, and Mt. Oliver, along with the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick, Overbrook, and Brookline.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>EDS is focused on the redevelopment of our commercial corridors to both attract and retain businesses and residents. They pursue projects that revitalize our local commercial districts, such as Brownsville Road and Saw Mill Run Blvd., and encouraging long-term, sustainable investment in our neighborhoods.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fortunately for us, they&rsquo;re expanding! Now, EDS is looking for a new staff member to serve as their Saw Mill Run Watershed Coordinator. The position is full-time, and will report to the EDS Executive Director Greg Jones. The new employee will be responsible for developing a management plan for the Saw Mill Run Watershed and will work closely with government agencies, non-profits, and individual businesses/citizens to develop the plan, and will organize and facilitate steering committee meetings, arrange logistics for public meetings, prepare draft plan documents, coordinate volunteers, and develop partnerships as necessary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested? For more information on the exciting new position, please check the EDS job listing here: <a href="http://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/saw-mil-run-watershed-coordinator/">http://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/saw-mil-run-watershed-coordinator/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="beechview neigh"><strong>Beechview neighborhood seeks Business District Project Consultant</strong></a></div> <div>Over the past year, my District 4 City Council office worked with the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) to develop a new consultant position to work as a community liaison to build capacity in the Beechview neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The responsibilities include but are not limited to: management and coordination of the planning, financing and implementation of complex development and infrastructure projects along the Broadway Avenue; coordination among MWCDC, staffs, public and private funders, developers and professional service teams, elected officials and government representatives, residents and neighborhood organizations; preparation of correspondence, reports and evaluation of documents, budgets and schedules; the monitoring of project budgets and compliance issues; and the formulation of recommendations on development policies, programs and projects. Work is performed independently and under the general direction of MWCDC, with input from the City of Pittsburgh, and the URA. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The consultant will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 24 hours per week to this project for 18 months, with a potential extension based on work performance and funding. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted until July 11.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more details on the position and application process, see this link: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Business_District_Project_Consultant_RFP_FINAL.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/Beechview_Business_District_Project_Consultant_RFP_FINAL.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="pgh wants"><strong>Pittsburgh wants your input on the search for the next Police Chief</strong></a></div> <div>Over the next few weeks, structured meetings will be held in each Police Zone for residents to provide the City&rsquo;s decision makers with input for the upcoming search. You&rsquo;re invited to participate in these community forums where attendees will be asked about both their neighborhood&rsquo;s needs and the characteristics they&rsquo;d like to see in the next Chief.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh is broken up into two Police Zones: Zone 3 which covers Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, the South Side, and Hilltop neighborhoods, and Zone 6 which covers Brookline and Beechview along with West End neighborhoods. The upcoming meetings for each South Pittsburgh zone are listed here...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Zone 6 Public Safety Meeting</em></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway Middle School (1400 Crucible Street)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</em></div> <div>Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. LOCATION TBD*</div> <div>(*We will announce the venue on our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">Facebook</a> account and <a href="http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">Twitter</a> accounts as soon as it is determined.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re unable to attend, the City still wants to hear from you. You can get online to answer three simple questions&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>What priorities does your community need the new Chief of Police to address?</li> <li>What qualities and skills does your community the new Chief of Police to have?</li> <li>What can you do to help realize the vision of policing in partnerships with the community?</li> </ul> <div>To answer these questions online, please go to: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mindmixer.com">http://pittsburghpa.gov/mindmixer.com</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="join the everu"><strong>Join the Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board</strong></a></div> <div>Everybody Graduates! is a City-wide campaign of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance to raise the high school graduation rate for Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) students. The program aims to create partnerships that enhance education and career readiness for youth so that 100% of students graduate, are Promise ready, and have a plan for life after high school.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interested in getting involved? The Everybody Graduates! Advisory Board is looking for members to represent South Pittsburgh. Board members will be introduced to knowledge and communication tools, volunteer training, and opportunities for networking with partners who are a part of a community driven campaign that engages hundreds of PPS students daily. Of course, applicants should be deeply committed to ending the high school dropout crisis that affects one in three of our students.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To learn more or become an advisory board member, contact Rachel Zadnick here: <a href="mailto:zadnick@neighborhoodlearning.org">zadnick@neighborhoodlearning.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="south pgh farmers"><strong>South Pittsburgh Farmers&rsquo; Markets continue into Fall 2014&nbsp;</strong></a></div> <div>Citiparks Beechview and Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market, which began in June, will continue throughout the summer season and into the fall. As noted last month, both locations now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful &ldquo;Food Stand&rdquo; Farmers&rsquo; Market at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, which run until late-November and also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations&hellip;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Farmers&rsquo; Market</em></div> <div>Thursdays until October 23rd, 3:30-7:30</div> <div>St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. &amp; Belasco Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Food Stand &nbsp; &nbsp;</em> &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Wednesdays until November 21th, 11:00&ndash;6:00</div> <div>Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave &nbsp; &nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market</em></div> <div>Wednesdays until November 26th, 3:30-7:30</div> <div>Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. &amp; Parkfield Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="need legal"><strong>Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their goal is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="intimeidated"><strong>Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</strong></a></div> <div>Many of us get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club here: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="citparks"><strong>Citiparks pool tags still available for summer 2014</strong></a></div> <div>Don&rsquo;t worry if you didn&rsquo;t get yours yet! Pool tags are still available at pools throughout the City of Pittsburgh until the end of swimming season on September 1st. (Keep in mind: tags are no longer available for purchase Downtown at the City-County Building.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The prices for pool tags are below&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>Individual (Adult 16+) - 30.00</li> <li>Youth - 15.00</li> <li>Family (4 tags) - 60.00 (each additional tag requested will be 10.00)</li> <li>DPA- 30.00 (must show printout from County)</li> <li>Veterans - FREE (must show proof of service)</li> <li>Non Residents (Adult and Youth) - 45.00</li> </ul> <div>Remember, City of Pittsburgh residents must show ID when purchasing your pool tags. Click here for more information: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-tags-fees">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-tags-fees</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="applynw"><strong>Apply now! Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy</strong></a></div> <div>Applications are now open for the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). &nbsp;This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the City&rsquo;s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative. &nbsp;Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments. The Academy will meet every Wednesday evening from September 10 to November 12; sessions run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Academy gives participants an opportunity to interact one-on-one with city department directors and staff members through tours, interactive presentations, and hands-on demonstrations. Program topics include city planning, urban redevelopment, public works, park services, protection of our waterways and rivers, public safety and more. To date, the City has held eleven classes with nearly 200 graduates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Questions? Call the City&rsquo;s Office of Community Affairs at 412-255-4773 or email <a href="mailto:sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov">sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov</a> for more information. Applications, which are due by July 11th, are available online here: <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cla">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cla</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="updates from..."><strong>Updates from our local public schools</strong></a></div> <div>Pittsburgh Public Schools are out for the summer with students and faculty alike enjoying their vacations. Our monthly updates from the District 4 schools will return in August.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="block watches"><strong>Block watches work!</strong></a></div> <div>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This month, I&rsquo;m happy to announced that the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch will be hosting Mayor Bill Peduto are their upcoming July 7th meeting. The Mayor will speak briefly at the beginning of the meeting and then take questions regarding public safety and other neighborhood issues from the residents. We encourage you to attend!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em></div> <div>Thursday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch ...with special guest Mayor Bill Peduto!</em></div> <div>Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter: <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="helwork donate">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="free heatl"><strong>Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="seniors"><strong>Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</strong></a></div> <div>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="more assistance"><strong>More assistance for seniors aged 60+</strong></a></div> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Services they provide include:</div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="meanls on weeehls"><strong>Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</strong></a></div> <div>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</em></div> <div>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</em></div> <div>&nbsp;Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="events">EVENTS</a></h3> <div>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook School Senior Development Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Overbrook School (2140 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 6 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway Middle School (1400 Crucible Street)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, July 3, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch ...with special guest Mayor Bill Peduto!</strong></div> <div>Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. at&nbsp;Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, July 14, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. LOCATION TBD</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hillcrest Senior Development Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> <div> <div>Remember to follow me on social media for regular updates on City Council and South Pittsburgh...</div> <div>Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4">http://www.facebook.com/PghDistrict4</a></div> <div>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">http://twitter.com/nataliarudiak</a></div> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:54:55 -0400 Update from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3227 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Good Afternoon, </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Today, Pittsburgh City Council voted to approve the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators&rsquo; 5-year plan to lead our City to financial recovery. Read on to learn more about Act 47 and what this plan means for our City. </span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What is Act 47?</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Act 47:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">In 2004, after decades of declining population and declining tax revenue, the </span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">City of Pittsburgh was designated &ldquo;distressed&rdquo;, a term defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s &ldquo;Financially Distressed Municipalities Act&rdquo; of 1987 (also known as &ldquo;Act 47&rdquo;). </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">ICA:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">State legislators also passed Act 11, which added another layer of financial </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">oversight from the state, called the </span><a href="http://162.242.222.132/site/home.html" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority </span></a><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">(PICA). </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Act 47 Plan: </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Every five years, the state-appointed Act 47 Coordinators have worked </span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">with City officials to craft a plan for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s financial renewal. </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Why are we still considered &ldquo;distressed&rdquo;?</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Thanks to the implementation of many of the recommendations from previous plans, the City is no longer in crisis mode, but we still have a lot of work to do. If we do nothing, </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">there will be a real structural deficit from 2015-2019</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">expenditures will outpace revenues and pension costs will continue to grow</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">our reserve fund will be depleted and we will have no capital budget by 2018</span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent;">our need to fix roads, bridges and buildings will continue to exceed our ability to do so</span></li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Currently, the two most important factors that impact our city finances are:</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">1) the 2013 millage rate adjustment which has caused a significant loss of property tax revenue (link to Piktograph), and</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">2) </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2013/12/12/Ravenstahl-mulls-pension-changes-Peduto-opposes/stories/201312120307#ixzz35ZhkgRfK" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">actions by our pension board in 2013</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, which now require a higher annual contribution of taxpayer dollars to the pension fund.</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-left: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does the Act 47 Plan mean for our City?</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The Act 47 5-year Amended Plan passed today by Council is just that -- a plan.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The document provides a menu of options for the City to manage continued debt, pension obligations, and cash flow, with a particular focus on restoring real estate tax revenue lost in 2013, and investing in overdue maintenance on buildings, roads, and bridges. </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Here are just a few of the recommendations included in the plan: </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Prioritizing infrastructure needs</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, and spending $25 million per year from 2015-2019 on reconstructing crumbling roads, bridges, and buildings</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Seeking higher annual contributions</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from the largest tax exempt non-profits, which rely on our bridges and roads</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Freezing and moderating wage growth</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> of City employees</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Reducing the City&rsquo;s non-salary operating costs</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by 5% per year, across the board</span></span></span></li> <li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Building our City&rsquo;s tax base</span><span style="vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by supporting Urban Redevelopment Authority projects </span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/cbo/Act_47_approved_2014_plan_6_24_14.pdf" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.15; text-decoration: none;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can view the entire Act 47 plan and recommendations here.</span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="PDF File" height="16px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/2YkbOsi8McYQEi_obIbERI3H1QBt7E8JGYO7Z87HEiXsGYLQEtH8zizbByYcVJDLQbO9ZrlAZi1FQ1gHH25lh1eGP6zj4pSuhZ03fsJY2L3WORn2hOSMoqMg2UJMOwGJTQ" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" title="PDF File" width="16px;" /></span></a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What does the Act 47 Plan mean for you? </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/06/23/City-to-spend-120M-on-capital-projects/stories/201406230049" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Starting in 2015, you will see better roads, bridges, and public buildings</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. Why? Act 47 analysis shows that more than half our city roads are failing, 24 of our bridges are structurally deficient, and our public buildings, from recreation centers to police stations, are falling apart. They recommend an infusion of $120 million of bond capital in our city infrastructure.</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">But, annual property tax revenues in our city are the lowest point they have been since 2004, leaving a gap in our operating budget. This leaves a lot of questions and we need your help. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/revenue" style="text-decoration:none;">Our office put together this more in-depth graphic to explain our property tax problem</a>.</span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">We look forward to hearing from you.</span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">What happens next?</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Passing this plan only means we have work to do; the real deadline is the end of the year when the budget has to be passed. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">This plan will guide the work required of the Mayor and Council over the next six months to ensure that the City&rsquo;s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the service, amenities, and infrastructure City residents deserve. I look forward to working through the plan with Mayor Peduto and my colleagues on Council, choosing the best options for better management and increased revenue to ensure that the City proactively invests in our infrastructure, and also continues to provide and improve services to residents of the City of Pittsburgh. </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you have further questions or suggestions, please feel free to </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/contact" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">contact me here</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Sincerely, </span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><img alt="SCAN Natalia Rudiak signature.jpg" height="58px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/hIfM9xmd3G0VzHd04V-q4oMiJ4LLh73Zik9MPcq3t4OeJVY6MHUya1Z_pxFnts3pkD5TtZtEcXkBMHIg38CHYcb_2AH2HjO3hUpVCKS2B1ASgifXnYiUMVK55VnBhTOC4w" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="217px;" /></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f871827b-cf6e-6a3f-544c-ce90f74c108a"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Natalia Rudiak</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Chair, Committee on Finance and Law</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Councilmember, City of Pittsburgh</span></span></span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:04:17 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | June 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3133 <p>&nbsp;</p> <pre> <a href="#southpgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS </a> <a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</a> <a href="#farmers">Farmers&rsquo; Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh</a> <a href="#paving">Paving in South Pittsburgh</a> <a href="#loveyour">Love Your Block - Volunteer today!</a> <a href="#local">Local media recognizes local volunteers tackling illegal dumping in Brookline</a> <a href="#south">South Pittsburgh pioneers needed: Let&rsquo;s step it up together! </a> <a href="#beechview">Beechview Library temporarily closing for multi-million dollar renovation</a> <a href="#need">Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</a> <a href="#intimiddated">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a> <a href="#portauthority">Port Authority announces freeze on fare hikes</a> <a href="#citparks">Citiparks pool tags are available for summer 2014</a> <a href="#updates">Updates from our local public schools</a> <a href="#good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news...</a> <a href="#blockwatcges">Block Watches work!</a> <a href="#help">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a> <a href="#freeeee">Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a> <a href="#senionrs">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a> <a href="#moreee">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a> <a href="#meals">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a> <a href="#events">EVENTS</a></pre> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> </div> <h5><a name="southpgh">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h5> <div><a name="working"><strong>Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day...</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>In late-April, Avant Real Estate Services LLC submitted a proposal to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to renovate the properties located at 1600 and 1602 Broadway Avenue in Beechview. Avant&rsquo;s team of experienced developers has worked on successful projects on the South Side and in the East End. On Broadway, they&rsquo;d like to create a first floor restaurant or retail space with upper floor apartments, as well as patio space and parking. On May 5th, I met with Avant President Joshua Lavrinc and his team to learn more about their ideas, and I was encouraged by their enthusiasm and the potential they see in Beechview. Read their full proposal here: <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com%2Fpittsburgh%2Fnews%2F2014%2F05%2F08%2Fpotential-buyer-steps-forward-for-two-beechview.html&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFDDohhrlSWfa6Lv0eavVSNZHXJEw">www.bizjournals.com%2Fpittsburgh%2Fnews%2F2014%2F05%2F08%2Fpotential-buyer-steps-forward-for-two-beechview.html&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFDDohhrlSWfa6Lv0eavVSNZHXJEw</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>A few days later, the URA board approved &ldquo;exclusive negotiation&rdquo; with Avant, which essentially allows them to develop better drawings of their proposed renovations, and work through the financing of the project with the URA. There are several more steps to this process, including completing the challenge of finding relevant funding and a community meeting to share these plans with the neighborhood and hear your feedback. Of course, we&rsquo;ll keep you posted as the project moves forward!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>For the first time, I was asked to give a university commencement speech to the class 2014. I was incredibly honored to deliver the speech to the graduates of the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus on May 10th. At the ceremony, I spoke to the graduates about the opportunity for the millennial generation to step up to tackle our world&rsquo;s biggest problems: &ldquo;Effective leadership is tangible and authentic and it lives in every single person here in this room. Contrary to popular belief, there are no born leaders. This assumption is dangerous because it allows individuals to escape responsibility from learning how to take action. We must all take up the challenge.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>I spent the morning Brashear High School students and faculty at a screening of &ldquo;Undaunted,&rdquo; a documentary about the Allegheny Observatory on May 12th written by local filmmaker Dan Handley. Students learned how their school&rsquo;s namesakes, John and Phoebe Brashear were pioneers of modern science. Pittsburgh&rsquo;s own observatory located in Riverview Park is considered the home of astrophysics and many of the most important discoveries in planetary science. You can learn more about &ldquo;Undaunted&rdquo; here: <a href="http://www.undauntedthemovie.com/">http://www.undauntedthemovie.com/</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>That same day, I visited the seniors at Lifespan with State Representative Erin Molchany and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Together, we celebrated Older Americans Month and discussed issues important to them. Some of the most popular topics to the seniors were the availability of transit and &nbsp;access to affordable yet quality housing.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The following morning, I met with officials at the Port Authority and some national transportation consultants to share a number of recommendations for improving public transit in South Pittsburgh. Most of my feedback fell into two basic categories: increased service and accessibility. While we have some great bus lines in our neighborhoods, it&rsquo;s obvious that routes like the 39 Brookline could run a whole lot more&hellip;. and while South Pittsburgh is lucky to have the light rail system, residents need more easy access points to the the T-stations as well as park n&rsquo; rides along Route 51. Fortunately, I know a lot of D4 residents agree with me, because I used social media before the meeting to get some suggestions directly from people like you. One South Pittsburgher said, &ldquo;The T is practically inaccessible in Carrick. [It&rsquo;s] easier to get to Target in East Liberty than South Hills Village&rdquo;, while another Twitter user said simply, &ldquo;MORE PLEASE&rdquo;.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>As the Pennsylvania State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO), I travelled to Los Angeles for their 2014 YEO National Convening, their 9th Annual meeting. There, elected officials from all across the country spent three days sharing policy ideas, connecting with strategic partners, gaining valuable skills and leadership training, and networking with some of the most innovative progressive leaders in our country.On May 18th, while at the conference,I was surprised to receive YEO&rsquo;s prestigious Leadership Award for my work engaging young elected officials across Pennsylvania. You can read more about the conference and award here: http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/Rudiak-Receives-Prestigious-Leadership-Award</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On May 21st, I participated in Pennsylvania One Book organization&rsquo;s &ldquo;Every Young Child Reading Initiative&rdquo; by reading to a group of preschoolers at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center on Pioneer Avenue. This year, the title chosen was a children&rsquo;s book called &ldquo;Stripes of All Types&rdquo; written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale. After a busy and demanding May, it was a pleasure to spend time with such a positive and hopeful audience. My favorite part of the morning was when I asked the students, &quot;What does a butterfly say?&quot; and a young girl gleefully erupted, &quot;Fabulous!&quot; I&rsquo;m lucky to have opportunities like that!</li> </ul> <ul> <li>My office has been working to rectify many of the building code and quality of life issues at the apartment complexes known as &ldquo;Berg Place&rdquo; in Carrick for years - this past month, all of the issues finally came to a head as raw sewage was found in the parking lot and apartment basements; following dozens of phone calls and coordination between the Bureau of Building Inspection, Allegheny County Health Department, the City Law Department and many, many, more agencies, residents most affected were moved out, and we are working very hard to hold the landlord accountable. You can read more here: <ul> <li>Law chases Carrick landlord for Subpar rentals: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/04/25/Law-chases-landlord-for-subpar-rentals/stories/201404250094">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/04/25/Law-chases-landlord-for-subpar-rentals/stories/201404250094</a></li> <li>Allegheny County orders tenants to vacate Carrick homes over sewage, water issues: <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/04/25/David-Gartley-landlord-Pittsburgh-Carrick-sewage-water-issues/stories/201404250164">http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/04/25/David-Gartley-landlord-Pittsburgh-Carrick-sewage-water-issues/stories/201404250164</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In May we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring our fallen Veterans with events such as Beechview&rsquo;s memorial service, the South Hills Memorial Day Parade, and the Hilltop Veterans Day Association&#39;s services. I&rsquo;d like to thank all of the event planners and participants for their commitment to honoring the sacrifice of our Veterans and celebrating of our country&#39;s values. Of course, my deepest thanks goes out the the Veterans themselves, who have sacrificed so much for our way of life.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>May was a whirlwind month! In addition to everything above, I also met with a handful of developers about the possibility of investing in South Pittsburgh, worked with the Mayor of Brentwood to coordinate a public safety strategy between our municipalities, attended a briefings related to our finances with the City&rsquo;s Act 47 oversight board, did an interview with Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s radio station WRCT, met with School Board Representative Cindy Falls, and took the opportunity to sit down and talk about South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s needs with City of Pittsburgh employees like incoming City Planning Director Ray Gastille and new Deputy Chief of Staff Leigh Halverson.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="farmers"><strong>Farmers&rsquo; Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh</strong></a></div> <div>Citiparks is happy to announce that both the Beechview and Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market locations are returning again for the 2014 season. Fortunately, both locations within District 4 now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access</a></div> <p>Also, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful &ldquo;Food Stand&rdquo; Farmers&rsquo; Market in Brookline at the Seton Center each year, which also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.In addition, a new weekly flea market coming is to the same location as the Beechview Farmer&#39;s Market beginning on Thursday, June 19th. There is no fee to participate, but vendors must registered with the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens by phone at 412-341-8768, 412-583-0176 or email beechviewmarket@gmail.com &nbsp;</p> <p>The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations&hellip;</p> <p><em>Beechview Farmers&rsquo; Market</em><br /> Thursdays, June 12th &ndash; October 23rd, 3:30-7:30<br /> St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. &amp; Belasco Street</p> <p><em>Brookline Food Stand<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></em><br /> Wednesdays, June 19th - November 21th, 11:00&ndash;6:00<br /> Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></p> <p><em>Carrick Farmers&rsquo; Market</em><br /> Wednesdays, June 11th - November 26th, 3:30-7:30<br /> Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. &amp; Parkfield Street</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a name="paving"><strong>Paving in South Pittsburgh</strong></a></div> <div>I know you&rsquo;ve all waiting a long time for the paving of Brookline Boulevard. I&rsquo;m happy to announce that we expect paving to begin in June. While the City&rsquo;s contractors were preparing for the paving job, they determined the existing trolley tracks could interfere with both milling and paving. However, the designer wasn&rsquo;t phased by this problem, and immediately went back to work to revise the the pavement grades to address the track elevations. They are finalizing a specific schedule now, and milling should begin in the next few weeks with paving following right behind it. We&rsquo;ll certainly share more details as soon as they become available!</div> <div>Another major thoroughfare in South Pittsburgh, Brownsville Road, will also be paved this season. Milling should begin soon with job going from Bausman all the way up to Calhoun. To investigate the upcoming paving projects, check out a preliminary Deparment of Public Works 2014 Paving Plan here: <a href="http://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/2014-paving-list-40-standard-miles-final-4-19-14.pdf">http://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/2014-paving-list-40-standard-miles-final-4-19-14.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="loveyour"><strong>Love Your Block - Volunteer Today</strong></a></div> <div>The Love Your Block program is a partnership of the City of Pittsburgh and the Home Depot Foundation which aims to revitalize Pittsburgh, block by block. &nbsp;Three grants were awarded to local community groups!</div> <p><em>Leolyn Parklet</em><br /> The Carrick Community Council (CCC) has been awarded a &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; program grant to beautify Leolyn Parklet. Efforts begin on Saturday June, 14th... and they would like your help! Volunteers are needed to paint fences, plant flowers and shrubs, and clean up the area. Tools and materials will be provided, but they recommend you come prepared to work with proper clothing and shoes.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in lending a hand, meet at the corner of Leolyn Street and East Cherryhill Street at 10am on June 14th. Work will continue until about 2pm. For additional information, please call the CCC at 412.339.0808 or email <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Carrick Regency</em><br /> The seniors living at the David Petragallo Carrick Regency Highrise at 2129 Brownsville Road are requesting you help them plant flowers around the front of the building and construct raised beds in the rear for seniors in wheel chairs. Thus far, volunteers for the planting include the seniors, Carrick High School students, and local Boy Scouts, who will also present flags honoring the veterans.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event is scheduled for June 7th from 9 am to 4 pm and will include a presentation to veterans who reside at the high rise at 12:15 pm. For more information contact Ms. Janice Myers via the Carrick Community Council at 412-339-0808 or <a href="mailto:carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com">carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Beechview War Memorial</em><br /> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens also received a 2014 Love Your Block grant and met with volunteers at the war memorial near 2200 Broadway Avenue for a group effort to beautify the area with flower and shrubs plantings, as we mentioned on Facebook and Twitter in May. I greatly appreciate their efforts and are thankful for the volunteers as well!</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="local"><strong>Local media recognizes local volunteers tackling illegal dumping in Brookline</strong></a></div> <div>As WPXI Target 11 investigator Rick Earle stated on air this month, &ldquo;A dangerous and dirty problem is piling up in a greenway in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Brookline neighborhood. &ldquo; Allegheny CleanWays and I, with help from WPXI, working to bring attention to a very large illegal dump site, which has been used for at least the last 40 years.</div> <div>Luckily, Allegheny CleanWays volunteers have been working on cleaning up the site regularly since November of last year. One of the biggest dumpsites in the City of Pittsburgh, the area is both an eyesore and a health hazard. Volunteers have uncovered a rusted car axle, refrigerators, air conditioners, an old television set, and literally over 2,000 tires from the dump&hellip; and they&rsquo;re still going! To keep area looking good after clean-up has finished, the group plans to install video cameras which can catch illegal dumpers in the act.</div> <div>&ldquo;It&#39;s an enormous problem, especially in our greenways and woodlands, the places that should be pristine,&rdquo; said Myrna Newman of Allegheny CleanWays.</div> <div>Allegheny CleanWays was formed in 2000 to assess the extent of illegal dumping in Allegheny County. In the past 14 years, they have been instrumental in engaging and partnering with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets, and riverbanks. To learn more about their work in Brookline, watch or read Rick Earle&rsquo;s story here: <a href="http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/target-11-massive-illegal-dump-piling-brookline/nfm3t/">http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/target-11-massive-illegal-dump-piling-brookline/nfm3t/</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="south"><strong>South Pittsburgh pioneers needed: Let&rsquo;s step it up together!&nbsp;</strong></a></div> <div>This July, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is launching a new &ldquo;Leadership Development Cohort&rdquo; program that will focus on our Hilltop neighborhoods. The purpose of this program is to empower emerging leaders who are working to improve their communities by building their leadership skills and community development capacity as they advance community-driven change.</div> <div>Residents of the following neighborhoods are eligible to apply:</div> <ul> <li>Allentown</li> <li>Arlington</li> <li>Arlington Heights</li> <li>Beltzhoover</li> <li>Bon Air</li> <li>Carrick</li> <li>Knoxville</li> <li>Mt. Washington</li> <li>Mt. Oliver (borough)</li> <li>Mt. Oliver (city)</li> <li>St. Clair</li> <li>South Side Slopes</li> </ul> <div>A total of four selected participants will become part of the cohort. These participants will attend NeighborWorks &ldquo;Training Institutes&rdquo;, five day long sessions held quarterly at around the country. For more information, email Program Manager Lauren Stoner here: <a href="mailto:lstoner@nwwpa.org">lstoner@nwwpa.org</a></div> <div>Applications are due by June 9th. The application can be found here: &nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mBNT9RQ9CmyHjoe3w-7lG1hItwvBX0HTK_YlZyJmhmo/viewform?usp=send_form">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mBNT9RQ9CmyHjoe3w-7lG1hItwvBX0HTK_YlZyJmhmo/viewform?usp=send_form</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="beechview"><strong>Beechview Library temporarily closing for multi-million dollar renovation</strong></a></div> <div>As reported in our last month in our newsletter, renovations of the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch are soon to be underway! However, that means &nbsp;the branch must temporarily close on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM. They won&rsquo;t be able to re-open their doors for one year, but this temporary inconvenience will result in an exciting new library for Beechview in 2015!</div> <div>Fortunately, some outreach and programming within the community will continue, and my South Pittsburgh Newsletter will pass along more details as they become available. If library patrons have questions they can always call the library at 412-563-2900.</div> <div>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo;</div> <div>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="need"><strong>Need legal help? Try the new South Hills Legal Clinic</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid.</div> <div>Their goal is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</div> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="intimiddated"><strong>Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</strong></a></div> <div>Many of us get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</div> <div>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</div> <div>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club here: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="portauthority"><strong>Port Authority announces freeze on fare hikes</strong></a></div> <div>Ellen McLean, the new CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, announced in May that public transit riders won&rsquo;t have to deal with any more fare increases for the next two years. Obviously, this comes as great news to many residents of D4 and City-wide, after more than a decade of creeping bus and T fares. &nbsp;</div> <div>The last fare increase came in July of 2012. Now, our base fare for a ride on public transit is $2.50, which actually ties Pittsburgh for the highest fares in the nation along with Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, and Sacramento. However, McLean has said that Port Authority&rsquo;s next increase won&#39;t come until July 2016 or perhaps even later.</div> <div>Fortunately, increased funding from the State level will also allow Port Authority to begin increasing routes on many of our most important bus lines during peak hours, like the 51 Carrick, which is the most popular bus in their system. Remember, much of these positive changes are due to funding generated by Act 89, the so-called &ldquo;transportation bill&rdquo; approved by some of our State Representatives and Senators last fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="citparks"><strong>Citiparks pool tags are available for summer 2014</strong></a></div> <div>One of the most exciting times of the year for many Pittsburgh residents has finally come&hellip; Citiparks pool tags are finally up for sale!</div> <div>Currently, the tags can be purchased Downtown at the City-County Building on 414 Grant Street in the 1st Floor Lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Even better, the tags will also begin to be sold at the pools starting on June 7th.</div> <div>The prices for pool tags are below&hellip;</div> <ul> <li>Individual (Adult 16+) - 30.00</li> <li>Youth - 15.00</li> <li>Family (4 tags) - 60.00 (each additional tag requested will be 10.00)</li> <li>DPA- 30.00 (must show printout from County)</li> <li>Veterans - FREE (must show proof of service)</li> <li>Non Residents (Adult and Youth) - 45.00</li> </ul> <div>Remember, City of Pittsburgh residents must show ID when purchasing your pool tags.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="updates"><strong>Updates from our local public schools</strong></a></div> <p><em>Roosevelt Elementary</em><br /> It was a month packed full of fun for Roosevelt Elementary&hellip; Early in May, kindergarten and 1st grade students went on a trip to Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Village, and both Roosevelt and South Brook Middle School students shared an exciting field trip to Cedar Point on May 13th. The following day, students in the 3rd grade were treading to a guest speaking discussing the War of 1812. Students also attended a CLO Theater performance about Thomas Edison and his inventions, where they learned about the importance of perseverance. In addition, 2nd and 3rd graders toured&nbsp; Beechwood Farms in late-May.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh Brashear</em><br /> I&rsquo;m very excited to share the news that Brashear&rsquo;s efforts toward developing a strong Advanced Placement curriculum for Math and Science was documented in the New York Times this month, with a full story focused on the school on May 4th. There article can be read here: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/spreading-the-ap-gospel-to-nurture-scientists-and-engineers.html?_r=0">http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/spreading-the-ap-gospel-to-nurture-scientists-and-engineers.html?_r=0</a>&nbsp;Additionally, Brashear hosted students from Nepal who visited with staff and students and toured the school. This interesting visit was covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as well, and you can here that article here: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6069239-74/brashear-students-clott">http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6069239-74/brashear-students-clott</a>&nbsp;With two great articles on the school this month, it&rsquo;s great to see that a larger audience is beginning to recognize all the wonderful things happening at Brashear High School!</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School</em><br /> Fathers of South Hills Middle students came into school with their children on May 16th for &ldquo;Take a Father to School Day&rdquo;. In addition, they held a pair of fun evenings for students in May including their &ldquo;International Night on May 19th, and an &ldquo;Awards Night&rdquo; on May 29th during which students were presented with various honors for their achievements so far this year.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary School</em><br /> The wonderful 4th grade students from Pittsburgh West Liberty worked with Ms. Arrington, principal and the PTA to honor their teachers. The students created &ldquo;West Liberty Caf&eacute;&rdquo; and served a barbeque lunch on the school&rsquo;s patio to the entire staff. The lunch included great food and live entertainment from the students.</p> <p><em>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</em><br /> Students engaged in a &ldquo;Dancing Classroom&rdquo; competition and held their finals on May 17th. Middle Schoolers had their Portfolio Review from May 21st through 23rd, during which time community members joined in to provide the students with feedback on their work. Excitingly, first graders will take a field trip to the Pittsburgh Opera, and grades K-2nd will explore the Pittsburgh Playhouse in June.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="good news"><strong>Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news...</strong></a></div> <ul> <li>At the wonderful Taste of Brookline in late-April, I presented long-time Brookline resident Lois McCafferty with a proclamation for her leadership and service to the Brookline community. Lois has been a tireless worker and an enthusiastic advocate for her neighborhood for many years, and her attention to detail combines with her love of Brookline to make sure that everything is done to perfection, no matter how small the detail. She has been a board member for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) for many years and has served as a vital connection to projects going on around the neighborhood, especially the reconstruction of Brookline Boulevard. In addition, she has lent a helping hand to many community events including the Taste of Brookline, the Brookline Breezefest, Brookline Unveiled, the Autumn Moon Festival, and the Brookline Sidewalk Sale, and also worked to benefit youth by volunteering at Carrick High School and with local girls softball teams. Lois is a valued asset to the Brookline neighborhood, motivating all of us to better serve our own communities. Fortunately, I&rsquo;m not the only one to have noticed the hard work and dedication that pours out of Lois. She was profiled by the Pittsburg Tribune-Review as local &ldquo;Newsmaker&rdquo; on May 17th: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6067235-74/brookline-mccafferty-pittsburgh#axzz32xNO62UM">http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6067235-74/brookline-mccafferty-pittsburgh#axzz32xNO62UM</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed May 20th to be &ldquo;Fragrance-Free Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;An ingredient simply and suspiciously labeled as &ldquo;fragrance&rdquo; is found in thousands of consumer products, because loopholes in federal regulations allow the chemical content of fragrance to be kept secret. Unfortunately, fragrance can include a selection from 3,100 different chemicals, the majority of which have not been thoroughly investigated or proven safe, which means these fragrances can pose significant health risks by triggering asthma attacks, allergic reactions and neurological symptoms, such as headaches and migraines, as well as impacting reproductive development in men and women. Also worrisome, &ldquo;fragrance&rdquo; emits Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which reduce indoor air quality and has been linked to short- and long-term adverse health effects. The organization Women for a Healthy Environment brought this issue to my attention. Women for a Healthy Environment is launching a Fragrance-Free Schools toolkit to provide tools, tips and resources to aid school district personnel and parents in creating a healthy school environment free from fragrances and other harmful chemicals that are dangerous to people and pets.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Since 1996, Brookline Regional Catholic School has provided a high-quality, faith-based education to students from the surrounding parishes of St. Pius, Church of the Resurrection, and Our Lady of Loreto, and others. The long-standing traditions of basketball at both Church of the Resurrection and Our Lady of Loreto are quite legendary, with these schools producing numerous diocesan and state champions, as well as Olympic gold medalist and Brookline icon, Suzie McConnell-Serio. However, since the schools&rsquo; 1996 merger, no Brookline Regional Catholic team has won a diocesan championship&hellip; until 2014! Brookline Regional Catholic girls&rsquo; junior varsity basketball team swept through the competition and finished as the first undefeated Class B diocesan champion ever in their school&rsquo;s history. The girls obtained wins over Holy Trinity, St. Bernard&rsquo;s, Bethel Park, West Mifflin, perennial powerhouse St. Gabriel&rsquo;s, and also the eventual Class A diocesan champion St. Bonaventure, setting a positive example of excellence for all local athletes and providing further evidence that this truly is the City of Champions. As such, I celebrate the outstanding athletic achievements of coaches Ian Barrett and Mark Bernotas and team members Vanessa Hudson, Amanda Santora, Sarah Merlina, Sydney Carr, Alexia Bernotas, Maleah Neiport, Gianna Facchiano, Kendall Calanish, Emily Meador, Samantha Chatham, and Maggie Wilson.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a name="blockwatcges"><strong>Block Watches work!</strong></a></div> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)<br /> <br /> <em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em><br /> Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><em>Brookline Block Watch meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter: <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <hr /> </div> <div><a name="help">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="freeeee"><strong>Free health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</strong></a></div> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></div> <div>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></div> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="senionrs"><strong>Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</strong></a></div> <div>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="moreee"><strong>More assistance for seniors aged 60+</strong></a></div> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income.&nbsp;</div> <div>Services they provide include:</div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a name="meals"><strong>Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</strong></a></div> <p>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <p><em>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</em><br /> Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</p> <p><em>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</em><br /> Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> </div> <div><a name="events">EVENTS</a></div> <div>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County Building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our District 4 Community Calendar.</div> <p><em>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><em>Brookline Historical Society</em><br /> Monday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline CLP (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</em><br /> Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><em>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</em><br /> Monday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Brookline Block Watch meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</em><br /> Monday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><em>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <em>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</em><br /> Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><em>Mt. Washington Community Forum</em><br /> Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><em>Grandview Park Family Fun Festival</em><br /> Saturday, June 21, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Grandview Park (Bailey Ave)</p> <p><em>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</em><br /> Tuesday, June 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41:21 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | May 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=3021 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#NEWS">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></span></p> <div><a href="#Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#You're right">You&rsquo;re right, our roads are getting worse&hellip;&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#More info">More info on the Beechview Library renovations&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Need legal">Need legal help?&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Summer youth">Summer Youth Employment Program now accepting applications!&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#A[[;ocatopms">Applications now open for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Members&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#initimidated?">Intimidated by public speaking?&nbsp;Try Carrick Toastmasters&nbsp;</a></div> <div> <div><a href="#Need a summer">Need a summer job?&nbsp;Citiparks is seeking Lifeguards&nbsp;</a></div> </div> <div><a href="#Updates from">Updates from our local public schools&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#Block watches">Block Watches work!</a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#Help work etc">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></p> <div><a href="#Just harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#seniors aged">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+&nbsp;</a></div> <div><a href="#meals on ">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="#events">EVENTS</a></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="South PGH">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="Working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <div> <ul> <li>You might not know that in addition to our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, I also represent McKinley Park! A gem in the rough, McKinley can be most closely compared to Frick Park for its hillside natural areas and trails. Maintaining a park of this size has been a challenge over the years, and the park&rsquo;s grounds need some love. I met up with Dr. Jamil Bey from Voices Against Violence and the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation to walk through the park and take inventory of its needs. We will be working with the Department of Public Works and a crew of local workers to clean up and restore its trails over the summer! For access to McKinley Park trails, start behind the courts on Bausman, or from around the Recreation Center at Amesbury and Delmont Avenue in Beltzhoover.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>With its on-street trolley, Beechview is an example of the original &ldquo;Transit Oriented Development.&rdquo; Its Broadway Avenue business district has been growing, slowly but surely, over the past few years, and reputable real estate developers are starting to take notice. I met up with one such developer at BREW on Broadway, and showed him around all the new businesses, and the available real estate on Broadway. I have since introduced him to the real estate team at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and look forward to working together to beautify Beechview.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Did you know that South Pittsburgh has a Women&rsquo;s Club? Well, they do! I met up with the Women&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook this month to talk about some of the issues facing South Pittsburgh, as well as what it&rsquo;s like to be a woman in public office. Though they meet in Overbrook, the group is open to all women across the South Hills. To get involved, cal 412.885.4308.l</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>As we reported last month, City Council unanimously passed the Pittsburgh Open Data ordinance, making more of the city&rsquo;s information proactively available to the public, online. On the 7th, I participated in a panel at Carnegie Mellon, along with the City&rsquo;s Strategy and Analytics Manager, Laura Meixell, and Bob Gradeck from the University Center for Social and Urban Research at Pitt. Bob Gradeck is a fellow Carrick High School grad! We chatted about each of our perspectives on the legislation, and fielded questions from some of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best and brightest policy students. Thanks to the Heinz College for having us!</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Trees improve quality of life in cities-- it&rsquo;s a fact! Urban trees can reduce air pollution, increase property values, and even slow traffic. I went on a ride-along with the City&rsquo;s forester, Lisa Ceoffe, to check on existing street trees, empty tree pits, trees in the park, and spaces that may be appropriate for new tree plantings. If you&rsquo;d like more information on tending existing trees in your neighborhood, or planting trees, you can contact Tree Pittsburgh, here: <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/">http://treepittsburgh.org/</a></li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>This month, some UPMC employees participated in a week-long fast in front of the company&rsquo;s headquarters, to shine a light on low wages that do not provide a good living to essential staff at hospitals. When families are working full time and can&rsquo;t meet their basic needs, that impacts our neighborhoods, our City, and our region. I will continue to support the UPMC workers in their efforts to secure a living wage.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="You're right">You&rsquo;re right, our roads are getting worse&hellip;</a></h3> <div>Do you think the streets in your neighborhood are in the worst shape they&rsquo;ve been in a long time? Well, you&rsquo;re probably right. According to Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s office, our 3-1-1 operators received 3,200 more pothole complaints this year compared to last year at this time. <div> <p>Pittsburgh has hundreds and hundreds of miles of asphalt roads. Stretched end-to-end, they would reach from the Point all the way to Minneapolis! Because of weather and climate, weight and pressure, and various chemical exposures (like gasoline, oil, and salt), asphalt begins to deteriorate almost as soon as it&rsquo;s freshly laid down. Taking all these factors into account, an asphalt road is expected to last for a decade in Pittsburgh. If we do the math, that means we should pave about 86 miles of road per year to keep up with the rate of road failure.</p> <div>Unfortunately, that isn&rsquo;t the full story. Since 2004, budget constraints have reduced paving to far fewer than 86 miles per year. Not only that, but the city has been stretching paving dollars by not milling down old pavement, and laying down a thin veneer of new asphalt over old. Roads that are &ldquo;paved&rdquo; this way begin to fail in just a few years, rather than the estimated 10. <div> <p>Years of deferred or inadequate maintenance leave the City with a lot of catching up to do. At a press conference last week, Mayor Peduto made a commitment to invest significantly in capital improvements, including streets, city steps, parks, playgrounds, pools, etc. Catching up will be expensive, and will require a long-term commitment to reinvest over the next 10 years. To give you an idea of exactly how pricey this work will be, it costs approximately $315,000 to pave one mile of road. To learn more about paving, you can check out the infographic on our website: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/paving</p> <div>The good news is that the paving of Brookline Boulevard is funded separately, and will begin in the next few weeks. Paving will begin shortly at Brookline Memorial Park and conclude at the intersection with Pioneer, when the sidewalks and intersection improvements are completed in July. <div> <p>In the meantime, please continue to call 3-1-1 to report new potholes as needed. The Department of Innovation and Performance is working to revamp the 3-1-1 system to ensure faster response times, and the Department of Public works will continue to patch as necessary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="More info">More info on the Beechview Library renovations</a></h3> <div>As reported in our last month in our newsletter, renovations of the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch soon to be underway! As a result, the branch is temporarily closing on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM and will not open their doors again for one year, during which time construction will take place. Remember, this temporary inconvenience will result in an exciting new library for Beechview in 2015! <div> <p>Fortunately, some outreach and programming within the community will continue after we close, and my South Pittsburgh Newsletter will pass along more details as they become available. If library patrons have questions they can always call the library at 412-563-2900.</p> <div>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo; <div> <p>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Need legal">Need legal help?</a></h3> <div>Duquesne Light and K&amp;L Gates are pleased to announce the new South Hills Legal Clinic. Along with the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, the organizations have created a new clinic that will provide low-income residents of South Pittsburgh with free legal aid. <div> <p>Their goals is to help you understand and solve various civil legal issues, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to family law. Unfortunately, the clinic is not able to provide advice regarding criminal matters.</p> <div>Attorneys will be available, free of charge, at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. <div> <p>The South Hills Legal Clinic phone number is as follows: 412-355-6776</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Summer youth">Summer Youth Employment Program now accepting applications!</a></h3> <div>The locally-funded 2014 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) has the potential to employ over 500 youth workers, allowing the youth to gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic growth. <div> <p>The program is open to all City of Pittsburgh residents between the ages of 14 and 21 years old. Youth will be assigned to internships, including technical and general office work in a variety of local businesses and/or organizations, or outdoor positions which include restoration and conservation of City parks, public property and vacant lots. All youth will be paid $7.25 per hour for up to 168 hours of work and $6.00 per hour for up to 12 hours of pre-employment Work Readiness Training. Employment begins Monday, June 30, 2014 and continues until Friday, August 8, 2014.</p> <div>Applications are accepted from Thursday, May 1st until Wednesday, May 14th, and are available here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep">http://pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="A[[;ocatopms">Applications Now Open for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Members</a></h3> <div> <p>The City of Pittsburgh is seeking three qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support the City&rsquo;s servePGH program. These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youth.</p> <div> <p>AmeriCorps VISTA associates will serve full-time with the City for one year, beginning July 2014. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization.</p> <p>Full-time applications are being accepted for the following positions:</p> <div> <ul> <li>Community &amp; Youth Engagement Associate</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Neighborhood Service Associate</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Sustainability Service Associate</li> </ul> <div>Applications will be accepted until May 23, 2014, or until the positions are filled. The application can be found here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH_Application_2014_2015.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH_Application_2014_2015.pdf</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="initimidated?">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></h3> <div> <p>Many of us are get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</p> <div> <p>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club at <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Need a summer">Need a summer job? Citiparks is seeking Lifeguards</a></h3> <div>Citiparks&rsquo; Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928. <div> <p>Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House from May 6th to May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Updates from">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Brookline</strong></div> <div>In April, students and parents at had a busy, and productive month. They enjoyed &ldquo;Take you Daughters and Sons to Work day&rdquo; on April 24 and had a successful Parent Student Community Council meeting that same evening. They have an upcoming Parent Student Community Council meeting on May 13 as well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Carrick High School</strong></div> <div>Carrick High had a busy late-April too! They held an Earth Day College Fair for students on the on 22nd. Students were able to attend African American Centers for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Council and a Business-themed field trip to Robert Morris College. To have a little fun, students participated in a Dance Team Competition on April 26 at Baldwin High School, yet it was back business with both their Chemistry Olympics and a National Honor Society Induction on April 30th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong></div> <div>On April 10th, Carmalt hosted Carrick High School students along with their teachers to do science activities with the middle school and first grade classes. Carmalt students were both lucky and talented enough to make it to the finals of the Dancing Classroom Competition. Also, they held their own Parent Student Community Council meeting was held on April 24. Perhaps most excitingly, Ms. Thompson&rsquo;s preschool class was featured on a segment of the show &quot;Pittsburgh 360&quot; on WQED! Here is the link if you would like to watch it: <a href="http://wqed.org/tv/watch/?id=943&amp;series=4&amp;page=0">http://wqed.org/tv/watch/?id=943&amp;series=4&amp;page=0</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt</strong></div> <div>Roosevelt hosted &ldquo;Wacky Day&rdquo; prior to spring break to allow students to have a little fun and to celebrate their wacky side. The third graders went on a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks-lod field trip, and had a wonderful day of exploring and learning about our city&#39;s history and how it is linked to our present. The loved it! A special congratulations goes to Roosevelt second grader, Owen Jones, who competed in the Carnegie Library Chess Tournament and took 1st place in the Junior Division (Grades K-4) at the Carrick Branch. All the 1st place winners from around the city competed at the Carnegie Library Finals Tournament on Saturday. Owen took 3rd place!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3><a name="Good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <div> <ul> <li>Pittsburgh City Council declared April the &ldquo;Month of the Young Child&rdquo; with the help of The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These organizations work to ensure that children have the support and educational opportunities they need to grow and develop in healthy ways, particularly during the first five years of life. PAEYC specifically works to ensure every child in Pittsburgh will have access to a high quality early learning opportunity, especially those who are at risk of school failure, in order to build a future workforce capable of competing in a global economy. These issues are deeply important to me, and I will continue to focus on improving the lives of young children and the quality of early education in the future.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On April 1st, Council honored new Eagle Scout Joseph Rogers and Brookline&rsquo;s Troop 6 Screamin&rsquo; Eagles for the positive work they&rsquo;ve done for their community, and positive impact the on the young Scouts who participate in their programs. Joe began his scouting career nearly 10 years ago, and has travelled quite a bit with his troop since then: He&rsquo;s camped at Camp Conner in North Carolina, Camp Heritage in Farmington, PA, the 2010 National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and Camp Twin Echo, a nearby merit badge camp sponsored by the Great Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For Joe&rsquo;s Eagle Scout project, he and Troop 6 planned and executed a hands-on kitchen renovation of the kitchen at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, cleaning, painting and replacing light fixtures, and replacing purchasing new appliances for the space. Troop 6 has bestowed upon Joe their highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, at his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, March 31st at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Brookline.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>The Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program team, also known as &ldquo;SHARP&rdquo;, consists of a diverse group of 20 students, ranging from 7th to 12th graders, from 10 different schools in the Pittsburgh area. They&rsquo;ve come together to compete in the international FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which stands for &ldquo;For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology&rdquo;. The team is both small and young, by traditional FRC standards, yet they&rsquo;re dedicated to the challenge of building world-class, competition winning robots, with the ultimate goal of educating and exciting team members about pursuing STEM related professions, jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each year since its inception the SHARP team has made giant leaps in the the quality and performance of their robots, culminating in an incredible victory in the Greater Pittsburgh Regional finals in California, PA on Saturday, March 29th, beating out over 40 other teams, finishing in the top 3% of all 2729 teams in the world. Their victory qualified their team for the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships in St. Louis, where they competed from April 23-26th. To make certain they were entering the finals with the necessary confidence, we declared Monday, April 14th to be Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>At this year&rsquo;s wonderfully successful Taste of Brookline event on April 27th, I presented long-time resident Lois McCafferty with a proclamation for her leadership and service to the Brookline community. Lois has been a tireless worker and an enthusiastic advocate for her neighborhood for many years, and her attention to detail combines with her love of Brookline to make sure that everything is done to perfection, no matter how small the detail. She has been a board member for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) for many years and has served as a vital connection to projects going on around the neighborhood, especially the reconstruction of Brookline Boulevard. In addition, she has lent a helping hand to many community events including the Taste of Brookline, the Brookline Breezefest, Brookline Unveiled, the Autumn Moon Festival, and the Brookline Sidewalk Sale, and also worked to benefit youth by volunteering at Carrick High School and with local girls softball teams. Lois is a valued asset to the Brookline neighborhood, motivating all of us to better serve our own communities.</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>During the final week of April, South Side-based radio station WYEP celebrated its 40th Anniversary! WYEP had it&rsquo;s humble beginnings in a basement in the Oakland neighborhood in 1974 and has now grown to over 90,000 weekly listeners. Pittsburghers have been introduced to emerging local artists for the past 17 years through WYEP&rsquo;s free summer concert series, and teenagers and children are able to engage musically through WYEP&rsquo;s many community programs, which allow young adults to produce their own music in professional studios. Thus, I saw it fitting to declare April 29th to be &ldquo;WYEP Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Block watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <div> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h6><a name="Help work etc">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="Just harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <div>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. <div> <p>For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="free and">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <div>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a> <div> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></p> <div>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="seniors aged">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <div> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="more assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <div>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include: <div> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Grocery shopping</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> </ul> <div> <ul> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <div>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others. <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="meals on ">Meals on Wheels seeks drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <div>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed. <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong></div> <div>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong></div> <div>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h6><a name="events">EVENTS</a></h6> <p>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our District 4 Community Calendar.</p> <div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Clean Pittsburgh Commission&rsquo;s Meet n&rsquo; Greet Mixer and Volunteer Recognition Event</strong></div> <div>Meet and greet your fellow Clean Pittsburgh Stewards from across the city with elected officials and City Department heads and supervisors, while you enjoy various refreshments, music and raffles for great prizes. The CPC will also be recognizing outstanding volunteers who have made significant efforts to keep Pittsburgh Clean and Beautiful. For more information, contact Patty Chavez at 412-255-2872.</div> <div>Thursday, May 1st, at Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink (Overlook Drive)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Historical Society</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. at Brookline CLP (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Carrick Community Council Quarterly Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong></div> <div>Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong></div> <div><em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business</em></div> <div>EDS in partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts this meeting series is to help grow the economy of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Road corridors by providing business owners with the education and tools to improve their enterprises.</div> <div>Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 09:50:13 -0400 South Pittsburgh Newsletter | April 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2921 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#NEWS">SOUTH PGH NEWS</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#our south hills...">Our South Hills Renovation Fair is just around the corner...</a><br /> <a href="#Brookline appears in emotional...">Brookline appears in emotional documentary about Veterans</a><br /> <a href="#Beechview Library renovationssssss...">Beechview Library renovations are on their way this Summer</a><br /> <a href="#Thanks, Mike!!!">Thanks, Mike!</a><br /> <a href="#Brookline Boulevard...">Brookline Boulevard project rounds the final bend</a><br /> <a href="#Brashear students...">Brashear students score at the African American History Bowl</a><br /> <a href="#Taste of Brookline...">Taste of Brookline serves up food and fun on Sunday, April 27th</a><br /> <a href="#Construction begins...">Construction begins on the Grand View Scenic Byway</a><br /> <a href="#Intimiedatedss...">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a><br /> <a href="#port authority adds...">Port Authority adds trips to 51 Carrick, more changes on the way</a><br /> <a href="#&quot;License your dog...">&quot;License your dog. It&#39;s his ticket home.&quot;</a><br /> <a href="#Pittsburgh Marathon">Pittsburgh Marathon runs again this May</a><br /> <a href="#Need a summer job...">Need a summer job? Citiparks seeking Lifeguards</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">G</a><a href="#good news">ood news that you don&#39;t see on the news</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#Volunteers needed...">Volunteers needed for Global Youth Service Day</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></span></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>On an early morning in early March, I rallied with thousands of others in support of the workers at UPMC. For years now, I have advocated for better pay and fair work rules for UPMC workers. When they are not making a living wage, our neighborhoods suffer. UPMC workers&#39; effort to stand up for a voice and good jobs at their workplace even made the New York Times last week! Read the full story online here, then share it with your networks: <a href="http://nyti.ms/1jEkacV">http://nyti.ms/1jEkacV</a></li> <li>On Wednesday March 5th, I met with the new Director of Public Works, Mike Gable. Some of you may remember that Mr. Gable was previously the Assistant Director of Public Works, before retiring in 2013. I briefed him on infrastructure issues like Brookline Boulevard, Brownsville Road, and much-needed improvements in our parks. Please join me in welcoming him back!</li> <li>That very cold evening, I accompanied Dr. Jim Withers of Operation Safety Net, as he tended to the health and well being of some of our city&rsquo;s homeless. Dr. Withers started Operation Safety Net in 1992, starting with what he calls &ldquo;street medicine&rdquo;. Understanding that the homeless people have difficulty traveling to a clinic for medical care, the Safety Net team goes to them. It was incredibly humbling to see how many people are living on the streets, not even two blocks from our City-County building. I took heart in the fact that most of the volunteers and employees at the shelter that evening were District 4 residents! You can learn more about the program, and how you can help here: <a href="http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net">http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net</a></li> <li>I participated in a panel discussion at the HIAS National Refugee Resettlement Conference right here in Pittsburgh. As many of you know, we have a growing Bhutanese ethnic Nepali community in South Pittsburgh, resettled here as refugees over the last few years. I have worked with the newly formed <a href="http://www.bhutanesecap.org">Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP)</a> to introduce our new neighbors to City parks, public safety, and other essential public services. I have also worked with city staff in a number of departments to make sure we are bridging any cultural gaps or language barriers as best we can.</li> <li>City Council celebrated the 30-year career of City Clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler, and wished her the best of luck in retirement. You may know Linda from years of Council Meetings broadcast on the City Channel. Tune in and see our newly appointed City Clerk, Mary Beth Doheny, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM and 7 PM on the City Channel (Comcast Channel 13 and Verizon Channel 44).</li> <li>On Friday, March 14th, my staff and I took Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s chiefs and staff on a bus tour of South Pittsburgh. We visited every neighborhood in the District-- Beechview, Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, and Mt. Washington-- to highlight current projects, challenges, and successes. It was so useful, that we will be planning a second tour for newly appointed Department Directors and other staff!</li> <li>On Sunday March 15th, after church services, I chatted with congregants of the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church on Brownsville Road about coordinating volunteer activities throughout South Pittsburgh. We discussed the needs and volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood, from public safety to economic development, and existing efforts that they could connect with. If you know of volunteer opportunities, please send them our way! We&rsquo;d be glad to let interested neighbors know, and publish them in our upcoming newsletters.</li> <li>On March 18th, my staff attended perhaps the first ever Mayor-Council-Clerk open house on the 5th Floor of the City County Building. The Mayor&rsquo;s staff toured the Council and Clerk&rsquo;s offices, and the Council and Clerk staff were treated to a tour of the Mayor&rsquo;s offices by Mayor Peduto himself.</li> <li>That same evening, I held very successful block watch kickoff meeting for the businesses in and around the 2600 block of Brownsville Road. The Carrick-Overbrook block watch and neighbors have long identified this stretch as a hotspot, and police reports confirm criminal activity, such as drug dealing and even prostitution. We wanted to get the businesses activated, because we know that much of the crime happens in broad daylight. Who better to keep an eye on the street than the business owners themselves? It was a great first meeting, and we look forward to facilitating an ongoing conversation between the business owners and the Zone 3 Police.</li> <li>On March 28th, my staff met in Beechview with representatives from the Borough of Dormont, Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s office, and the Department of Public Works&rsquo; Traffic Engineer to address the long-running issue of traffic safety at the intersection of Wenzell Ave, Candace St., and Broadway Ave. where Beechview and Dormont come together. Solving this problem has been particularly complicated, because the Pittsburgh-Dormont line cuts straight down the middle of intersection, making it confusing for either municipality to fix the problems on their own. Now working together, Dormont has agreed to place a new stop sign on the top of Wenzell, and Pittsburgh will have shrubs and trees approaching the intersection trimmed to increase visibility and have white lines painted on the street to reinforce the stop signs. It looks like team work is going to make this painful intersection a worry of the past!</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="our south hills...">Our South Hills Renovation Fair is just around the corner...&nbsp;</a></h3> <div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Rep. Erin C. Molchany and I are proud to host the first South Hills Renovation Fair! Join community partners to get started on improving your home - no project is too big or small!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:00pm</span></span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Where:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Creedmoor Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cost:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> FREE!</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Learn more about local, state and federal programs that could possible defer the cost of energy efficient renovations</li> <li>Talk to government agencies about how to get started on your renovation project, from permits to finished product</li> <li>Bring Pictures! Architects, designers, and interior designers will be available to provide free micro-consultations on your home or business (Call 412.391.4144 to schedule a 15-minute consultation with the Design Center).</li> <li>Listen to speakers on hillside landscaping, preserving historic elements, retaining walls, and other issues important to South Hills residents</li> <li>Find out how find financial assistance and work with a contractor to make your dream a reality</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-290f-d85e-23b5-741bc9852fc9"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Please RSVP here: </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101" style="text-decoration:none;">https://www.facebook.com/events/251214928390101</a></span></span></span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Brookline appears in emotional...">Brookline appears in emotional documentary about Veterans</a></h3> <div> <p>Last year, two combat-wounded Veterans set off on a 6,500-mile motorcycle journey across America to raise awareness about the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans. During their journey, they interviewed researchers, healthcare providers, and Vets, many of whom had either contemplated or attempted suicide about the sources of hope that they had found. Pittsburgh served as one of the many stops along the way, including Brookline, where the crew shot interviews and slept during their time here.</p> <p>This film&rsquo;s title, <em>Project 22</em>, is inspired by the recent Department of Veterans Affairs estimation that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the US. The feature-length, not-for-profit documentary melds a motorcycle road-trip and the stories about the servicemen and women they encountered into a hard-hitting and inspirational documentary. By highlighting the emotional successes and alternative resources found, the aim of the documentary is to prevent Veteran suicide by reaching those living with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and give them hope for the future. The film is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2014.</p> <p>The view the trailer or learn more about the film and these issue, visit: <a href="http://medicinalmissions.com/project-22">http://medicinalmissions.com/project-22</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Beechview Library renovationssssss...">Beechview Library renovations are on their way this Summer</a></h3> <div> <p>Renovations at the Carnegie Library Beechview Branch are coming up quickly! In fact, the branch is temporarily closing this June for the contractors to begin their work. Luckily, however, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has announced that construction is to be completed by the end of 2014. That means that 2015 will bring an exciting new library to Beechview!</p> <p>As part of the project, better lighting will be installed along with upgraded heating and cooling, an elevator, new furniture, and a new facade. Audrey, the manager of the branch, says of the renovations, &ldquo;For our youngest and oldest patrons, it&#39;ll mean total access.&rdquo;</p> <p>You can view the renovation plans for the Beechview Library Branch here: <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/CLP_Beechview_Branch_Renovation_Plans,_March_2014.pdf</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <h3><a name="Thanks, Mike!!!">Thanks, Mike!</a></h3> <h3><span style="font-size:14px;"><em>A great volunteer moves on, and Carrick seeks a replacement</em></span></h3> <div> <p>After contributing 17 years of maintenance at the Veterans&rsquo; Monument on Parkfield Street and the Mother&#39;s Statue on Overbrook Blvd., Carrick resident Mike Woshner is taking a step back from his volunteer work. He intends on staying involved as a liaison for obtaining plants and helping with planting and maintenance.</p> <p>Reflecting back on his work, Mike says, &ldquo;I want to thank all the groups and individuals who have pitched in and helped out with the Carrick Community gardens down through the years. We all do what we can and that&#39;s what makes this community special.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike and Carrick Community Council (CCC) are now looking for 1 or 2 enthusiastic new volunteers to take over lead responsibilities at both the Veterans&rsquo; Monument and the Mother&rsquo;s Statue. The biggest job of the lead coordinator is getting the garden prepared and planted, along with some maintenance throughout the year like weeding and watering. CCC has steady volunteers at each garden, but no one currently available to take on the lead coordinator role right now. So, please consider stepping up!</p> <p>In addition, there are two other opportunities to help out part-time: The Concord School garden, planted and maintained by Alaena Grill, could use some extra maintenance help throughout the year, and the garden at the Lamar billboard site on Brownsville Road, thoughtfully maintained by Martin Van, could also use some additional weeding and clean-up throughout the year. In every case, expenses are covered through private and CCC donations.</p> <p>To volunteer or learn more please contact the CCC at 412-339-0808.</p> <p>Carrick Community Council is also planning a general neighborhood clean up for Friday, April 25th at 5:30 p.m. The group is meeting with volunteers at the Carrick Shopping Center at 2134 Brownsville Road. Water and light refreshments are provided courtesy of the CCC, along with the necessary gloves and trash bags. To volunteer for the clean-up, please call the number above or complete this form: <a href="http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/245150980086#">http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/245150980086#</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="Brookline Boulevard...">Brookline Boulevard project rounds the final bend</a></h3> <div> <p>As the weather has warmed over the last few weeks, you may have noticed crews back to work on the Boulevard reconstruction. We&rsquo;re in the final stages of reconstructing the sidewalks -- in fact, some sections are already complete! A major concern right now is ensuring that the roadway is milled and paved as soon as possible. The contractor initially proposed that all paving be done in June, when all of the sidewalk work is complete. However, with the help of the Mayor&rsquo;s office, we are hoping the milling and paving can be done in phases, starting with the sections that are already complete.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been a long process, but we are now in the home stretch, and we can look forward to a sparkly new and clean Brookline Boulevard in just a few months! We&rsquo;ll keep you up-to-date as construction moves forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Brashear students...">Brashear students score at the African American History Bowl</a></h3> <div> <p>Johonna Lipscomb and Makeeda Drew were fine representatives of Brashear High School as they participated in this year&rsquo;s African American History Bowl sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Western PA organization. Though both girls were newcomers to the History Bowl scene, they held their own and earned the third place position overall in the competition. Afterwards, they vowed to bring home the bacon next year for Brashear!</p> <p>Johonna is a 9th grader involved in too many extracurricular activities to keep track. She is &ldquo;Promise Ready&rdquo; and has been accepted into the Magnet Program at Brashear next year for Computer Science. Makeeda is an 11th grader. She is currently first in her class and the Vice President of Student Government, amongst many other achievements.</p> <p>The African American History Academic Challenge is an educational program designed to enhance the study of African American history. The goal of the program is to encourage pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African American legacy and culture. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.100blackmen.org">www.100blackmen.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Taste of Brookline...">Taste of Brookline serves up food and fun on Sunday, April 27th</a></h3> <div> <p>Brookline&#39;s all-volunteer band of community do gooders the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) is hosting it&#39;s annual &quot;Taste of Brookline&quot; event on Sunday April 27th from 2pm-5pm at Church of the Resurrection located at 1100 Creedmoor Avenue in Brookline.</p> <p>The event raises almost all the yearly operating cash for SPDC. That money is used for things like community beautification efforts, web hosting, doggi-pots, clean-ups, special events, liability insurance and many other expenses. Tickets are $30 each which includes beer, wine, entertainment as well as food samples from the following Brookline food establishments:</p> <ul> <li>Antonio&#39;s Pizzeria</li> <li>Le Cupcake Shoppe</li> <li>Cannon Coffee</li> <li>Mateo&#39;s</li> <li>Brookline Pub</li> <li>Piatto</li> <li>Pitaland</li> <li>Angelina&#39;s Pizzeria</li> <li>Fabled Table Catering</li> <li>Italian Specialties Catering</li> <li>Scoops Ice Cream</li> <li>The Smokehouse Grill</li> </ul> <p>​It&#39;s always a great time for a good cause. You get a ton of value for your money. Please consider purchasing a ticket: <a href="http://www.tasteofbrookline.com">http://www.tasteofbrookline.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3><a name="Construction begins...">Construction begins on the Grand View Scenic Byway</a></h3> <div> <p>Spring has arrived and the Grand View Scenic Byway improvements are underway! An initiative of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWDCD), this project includes landscape improvements at the Point of View statue and the installation of 10 new interpretive signs along Grandview Avenue.</p> <p>During the constructing, access at the statue and trail entrance near Grandview Avenue and Sweetbriar Street will be restricted with an approximate completion date of May 16, 2014. Upon completion of the work, the improvements will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting celebration. The Grand View Scenic Byway Project Ribbon Cutting Celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 11th. To attend, RSVP: <a href="mailto:ilyssa@mwcdc.org">ilyssa@mwcdc.org</a></p> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3><a name="Intimiedatedss...">Intimidated by public speaking? Try Carrick Toastmasters</a></h3> <div> <p>Many of us are get very, very nervous when speaking in public. Luckily, the Carrick Toastmasters Club aims at creating a supportive learning environment for you to practice speaking in front of others with the goal of conquering that fear. Members say, &ldquo;You will be amazed as you notice that every meeting you attend and actively participate in actually lessens your fear of speaking in public, along with helping to improve your communication skills.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interesting in trying the Toastmasters approach? Attend a meeting of the Carrick Toastmasters Club to see if it works for you. The club meets at 9:00 a.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at the Carnegie Library, Carrick Branch. The library is not open to the public until 10:00 a.m., but a staff member will let you in at 9:00am if you are attending the Toastmasters meeting.</p> <p>For more information, email the Carrick Toastmasters Club: <a href="mailto:contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org">contact-3727552@toastmastersclubs.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="port authority adds...">Port Authority adds trips to 51 Carrick, more changes on the way</a></h3> <p>Beginning on March 16th, Port Authority has increased weekday service on the 51 Carrick bus route from every 10 minutes to every 8 minutes between 7:20 a.m. and 8 a.m. Also, a number of other routes were changed as well, including increased weekday frequency for the 71A Negley, 71B Highland Park, 71C Point Breeze and 71D Hamilton during morning rush hour. The state&#39;s new transportation funding law, Act 89, will enable more significant&hellip; and hopefully much more helpful changes to be made to Port Authority later this year. This changes are expected to be announced in June.</p> <p>The most up-to-date announcements can be found here: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org">www.portauthority.org</a></p> </div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <h3><a name="&quot;License your dog...">&quot;License your dog. It&#39;s his ticket home.&quot;</a></h3> <div> <p>PA Agriculture Secretary George Greig has announced a poster contest for students in 1st through 6th grades. His challenge? Create a poster that raises awareness of the importance of dog licensing. The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. The posters should reflect the theme &ldquo;License your dog. It&rsquo;s his ticket home.&rdquo;</p> <p>The judging of the contest will be based on both creativity and how effectively the theme is communicated. The grand prize winner will receive cash and their image will be used on promotional displays, websites, and will be the cover of the 2015 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book. Winners of each age division will receive a cash prize and their artwork will appear in the office&rsquo;s coloring book. The deadline to enter the statewide contest is April 30. To learn more about the contest, follow this link: <a href="http://www.licenseyourdogpa.com/files/monthposter.aspx">http://www.licenseyourdogpa.com/files/monthposter.aspx</a></p> <p>Of course, we&rsquo;re no strangers to the benefits of dog licensing here at District 4. In Summer 2011, I introduced legislation to streamline dog licensing in the City of Pittsburgh, cutting down on red tape and making it easier for residents to license their pets. The idea came to us from Pamela Brickner, a Beechview resident and dog owner. My bill eliminated the need for year-to-year dog licensing, and offered two more affordable long-term license options. Now, the process is easier for residents and safer for dogs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Pittsburgh Marathon">Pittsburgh Marathon runs again this May</a></h3> <div> <p>The DICK&rsquo;S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is coming back to our fine City again on Sunday, May 4th. This year organizers are hoping to add to their previous total of over 30,000 runners. The course winds through many of the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the course doesn&rsquo;t come through our District 4 neighborhoods, but we can&rsquo;t blame organizers for being scared off by the thought of racing up our gorgeous yet daunting hillsides.</p> <p>Nonetheless, community celebrations, cheering spectators, and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world. The 2014 race will also feature an impressive number of local racers too. In fact, the organizers predict that they&rsquo;ll have 855 runners from District 4, more participants than any other district except that of District 8.</p> <p>For more information, explore their website here: <a href="http://pittsburghmarathon.com/">http://pittsburghmarathon.com/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <h3><a name="Need a summer job...">
Need a summer job? Citiparks seeking Lifeguards</a></h3> <div> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.</p> <p>Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House from May 6th to May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <h3><a name="updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-291f-cc7d-3f33-3d0e7815edc2"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">March was a relatively quiet month in South Pittsburgh academics, because our teachers and students were busily preparing for their PSSA testing in both reading and math. The tests began the week of March 24. Cross your fingers for these hard working kids!</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong><br /> In March, Carmalt held numerous distance learning experiences for their students. In addition, they held a very special event in which they hosted a Pittsburgh author, Ms. Patterson, who also happens to be the mother of one of their students, Dorian! She met with third graders and among others.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Concord</strong><br /> In February, students participated in Concord&rsquo;s Black History Celebration with songs, poetry, and historical tributes. In late-February and March, Concord Elementary&rsquo;s English as a Seond Language paraprofessionals began offering a Language Club during lunch. The kids are very excited to participate!</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Roosevelt</strong><br /> The third graders at Roosevelt Elementary took a trip to the Strip District with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks foundation after reading The Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres, a book about a young man growing up in the Strip. The fifth graders were involved in a poetry project with Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, late-March brought a school-wide &ldquo;Blue and White Pep Rally&rdquo; to kick off PSSA testing.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh West Liberty</strong><br /> In February, West Liberty participated in the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign led by their physical education teacher, Ms. Fitzgerald. The children raised money to help other children with heart issues, ultimately raising $2,403 with 85 children participating. The top heart heroes were Allie Chappel, Danielle Swearingen, Dylan Russel, and Annaliese Keefer. They&rsquo;d like to extend a special thank to Ms. Fitzgerald for utilizing her wonderful organizational skills. The children had a lot of fun!</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><a name="good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <ul> <li>Council honored Joe Bonadio, lifelong Beechview resident and renaissance man, on Tuesday, March 4th. Joe grew up and still lives on Canton Avenue, one of the steepest public streets in the world, and has done much in his 91 years to serve the neighborhood and our country. A World War II veteran, Joe is a certified electrician, a long-time professional golfer, and an accomplished musician! He currently plays the flute in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra! Joe has spent years personally maintaining his portion of Canton, and is also a prolific vegetable gardener. We honored Joe for all he has done for Beechview and Pittsburgh as a whole. See us together in Council Chambers here: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/442003094818136064/photo/1">https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/442003094818136064/photo/1</a></li> <li>On April 1st, Council honored new Eagle Scout Joseph Rogers and Brookline&rsquo;s Troop 6 Screamin&rsquo; Eagles for the positive work they&rsquo;ve done for their community, and positive impact the on the young Scouts who participate in their programs. Joe began his scouting career nearly 10 years ago, and has travelled quite a bit with his troop since then: He&rsquo;s camped at Camp Conner in North Carolina, Camp Heritage in Farmington, PA, the 2010 National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and Camp Twin Echo, a nearby merit badge camp sponsored by the Great Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For Joe&rsquo;s Eagle Scout project, he and Troop 6 planned and executed a hands-on kitchen renovation of the kitchen at Brookline&rsquo;s Seton Center, cleaning, painting and replacing light fixtures, and replacing purchasing new appliances for the space. Troop 6 has bestowed upon Joe their highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, at his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, March 31st at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Brookline.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="block watches work...">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6a3fda9-2923-0729-cead-8de9ef9de962"><span style="font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? </span><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;">http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov%2FCommunitySafetyHelp.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb0dCo09D0N-8f6Q3q9A4xlyeWPA</a></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here: <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <h3><a name="Volunteers needed...">Volunteers needed for Global Youth Service Day</a></h3> <div> <p>Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is coming up April 7th through 13th and Pittsburgh Cares is looking for volunteers! Register with your family, after-school program, classroom, or entire school!</p> <p>Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated specifically to children and youth. GYSD celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service.</p> <p>GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors-- to address the world&#39;s most critical issues and change their communities.</p> <p>For more information or to sign-up, please email Chris Lehberger: <a href="mailto:clehberger@pittsburghcares.org">clehberger@pittsburghcares.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow: <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic</a></p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link: <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p>Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <p><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong><br /> ​Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</p> <p><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong><br /> ​Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> </div> <div><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div><br /> <p><strong>South Hills Renovation Fair</strong><br /> Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Hilltop Economic Development Corporation Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 5:00 p.m. at 320 Brownsville Road<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline History Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Woman&rsquo;s Club of Overbrook Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <strong>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)<br /> <br /> <strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting</strong><br /> Monday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)<br /> <br /> <strong>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run)<br /> <br /> <strong>Rep. Molchany&rsquo;s First Annual Senior Fair</strong><br /> A fun, informative evening featuring government resources, volunteer opportunities, educational programs, and more. Music and refreshments will be provided.<br /> Thursday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave.)<br /> <br /> <strong>Taste of Brookline</strong><br /> Sunday, April 27th, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave.)<br /> <br /> <strong>Clean Pittsburgh Commission&rsquo;s Meet n&rsquo; Greet Mixer and Volunteer Recognition Event</strong><br /> Clean Pittsburgh Stewards from across the city meet with officials and department heads, while you enjoy refreshments, music and raffles. CPC will recognize volunteers who have made significant efforts to keep Pittsburgh Beautiful. For more information, contact Patty Chavez at 412-255-2872.<br /> Thursday, May 1st, at Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink (Overlook Drive)<br /> <br /> <strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong><br /> <em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business</em><br /> In partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), this meeting series aims to grow the economies of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Rd. by providing businesses with education and tools.<br /> Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</p> </div> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:36:35 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | March 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2815 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <p><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></p> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#prek">Pittsburgh&#39;s Pre-K Promise</a><br /> <a href="#what is">What is Brookline to the rest of the world?</a><br /> <a href="#rebuild">Rebuild Beechview! We Need Proposals for Broadway Avenue Properties</a><br /> <a href="#good">P</a><a href="#proposed">roposed Senior and Residential Development in Mt. Lebanon across from Brookline</a><br /> <a href="#history">K</a><a href="#kitchens">itchens, roof, solar panels, oh my!</a><br /> <a href="#food">O</a><a href="#our corridor">ur &quot;corridor communities&quot; collaboration keeps growing</a><br /> <a href="#small">N</a><a href="#need a job">eed a summar job? Citiparks seeks Lifeguards</a><br /> <a href="#budget">C</a><a href="#columbia gas">olumbia Gas offers payment assistance programs</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#updates from our...">G</a><a href="#good news">ood news that you don&#39;t see on the news</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></p> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></p> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <p><em>For nearly two years, Adam Shuck was the nerve center of the District 4 office, talking with residents, solving problems, and writing our newsletter. In February, Adam left our office to pursue an exciting new opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center. We will certainly miss his dedication, professionalism, and pragmatism, and we wish him well in all future endeavors! </em></p> <p><em>To follow up on any issues that Adam was working on, please contact my Chief of Staff, Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2131 and we&rsquo;ll be happy to assist you.

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

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

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

<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006">http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2014/02/23/lt-div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-gt-Pittsburgh-s-pre-K-promise-lt-br-gt-lt-div-gt/stories/201402230006</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thousands of hard-working parents and guardians put every ounce of their energy into their children&#39;s education. But sometimes, everything just isn&#39;t enough. Pre-school is an essential part of that educational journey; yet I have heard too many heartbreaking stories from working families in our district who can&#39;t afford it. Special thank you to Michele, Kara, and Christy who shared their personal stories for this piece, in an effort to bring light to the issue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Roosevelt &nbsp;</span></strong></p> <div>Recently, grades 2-5 recently enjoyed an inspirational visit from Pittsburgh Public Schools&#39; Allison Henry to promote the students&#39; activity on the school&rsquo;s web site.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To encourage mathematical skill development, students are engaging in both grade-level and school-wide competitions in which they earn stickers for their math scores. These contests, held weekly, reward both overall total stickers earned as well as the most sticker growth in a week&#39;s time, encouraging all students to strive for growth in the subject each week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, classrooms compete to have a math competition trophy in their room for the week, and grade level winners earn prizes and even compete to wear the &quot;MATH MEDAL&quot; for the entire week. Currently, Roosevelt&rsquo;s student&rsquo;s total sticker count is 202,797 stickers!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The school has begun PSSA informational nights for parents to learn about the upcoming assessments and to have their questions answered prior to testing season.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Brookline</span></strong></p> <div>Brookline wishes to congratulate their recent winners in the middle school &ldquo;Expressions of Freedom&rdquo; essay contest Bana Al-Moussa, Rachel McGough, and Pamela Tomassi. The contest was sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, &nbsp;WPXI-TV and KISS-FM.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bobcats Against Bullying program is in full swing! All of our students are learning about bullying. Students often bring home class work that helps them share what they learned with their parents and guardians. Working together, they &nbsp;that our school environment is safe and comfortable for all &nbsp;children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The school will host an upcoming PSCC meeting on Tuesday, March 11th.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</span></strong></p> <div>Lots of events took place at Carmalt this month: In early-February, students from 2nd and 6th grade learned about opera from the Opera Theater group. &nbsp;Carmalt welcomed parents for a training of web-based student programs that their children can use at home. &nbsp;The successful training was part of the Title I program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On February 20th, Carmalt welcomed Baldwin High School students from Mr. Harrison&rsquo;s English class to bring donated books for our library. The two schools worked together last year, too. &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh West Liberty Elementary School</span></strong></p> <div>West Liberty hosted a special dinner call &ldquo;Pasta, People, and The Promise&rdquo; on February 25th from in the school gym. &nbsp;A great time was had by all as families came together to learn about the Pittsburgh Promise and eat delicious pasta. Representatives from the Pittsburgh Promise and the PA College Savings Program were in attendance, sharing information to help parents ensure that their students are Promise Ready.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;">Pittsburgh South Brook Middle School</span></strong></p> <div>South Brook hosted a Math Night of their own on Tuesday, February 18th. At the event, parents were given the opportunity to participate in a math lesson, speak to the teachers, and ask questions related to supporting mathematical learning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last but most definitely not least, congratulations to Mr. Milank and the South Brook Boys Basketball team for winning the City Championship! &nbsp;D4 is very proud of them! &nbsp;</div> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><a name="good news">Good news you don&rsquo;t see in the news</a></h3> <ul> <li>Council honored Joe Bonadio, lifelong Beechview resident and renaissance man, on Tuesday, March 4th. Joe grew up and still lives on Canton Avenue, one of the steepest public streets in the world, and has done much in his 91 years to serve the neighborhood and our country. A World War II veteran, Joe is a certified electrician, a long-time professional golfer, and an accomplished musician! He currently plays the flute in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra! Joe has spent years personally maintaining his portion of Canton, and is also a prolific vegetable gardener. We honored Joe for all he has done for Beechview and Pittsburgh as a whole.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Pittsburgh Film Office came into Council Chambers on February 25th to celebrate and promote their 14th annual &ldquo;Lights! Glamour! Action!&rdquo;&trade; event prior to it being held on March 2, 2014 at Heinz Field. They were happy to share the good new of another outstanding year of the film industry in the greater southwestern Pennsylvania region. Since its inception in 1990, the Pittsburgh Film Office has assisted with 124 feature films and television productions filmed in southwestern Pennsylvania, that generated an economic impact of more than $800 million. In 2013, two major productions, including The Fault in Our Stars, and the A&amp;E Network TV series Those Who Kill were filmed locally.
</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The CORO South Pittsburgh &ldquo;Next Neighborhood Leaders&rdquo; program led us in the pledge of allegiance on February 4th. The goal of this program is to build leadership capacity in our neighborhoods, so that over time, these leaders can work together to solve significant community issues. The group is working to identify personal leadership and community challenges, and build a network of people and organizations to address those challenges. You can learn more about the program here: <a href="http://www.coropittsburgh.org/programs/next-neighborhood-leaders/">http://www.coropittsburgh.org/programs/next-neighborhood-leaders/</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>On January 28th, Council presented Tony Ferrieri, Director of Production and Resident Scenic Designer for City Theatre, with a proclamation. A Brookline resident, Tony learned stagecraft, acting, directing at the University of Pittsburgh prior to becoming a technical director at the City Theatre. Tony&rsquo;s attention to detail when staging a performance is notable, with every detail critically &nbsp;considered, evidenced not only by his library of props at City Theatre, but also his personal collection at his home in Brookline which he shares with his wife of 31 years, Annette. Tony also shares his wonderful baritone voice as a cantor at Resurrection Church and, in the past, as a Christmas soloist at Seton Center Christmas concerts. A January 24th City Theatre production of The Mountaintop, a play by Katori Hall, marked at Tony&rsquo;s 500th production as a professional scenic designer.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://</a><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/</a></p> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit&nbsp;this link: <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html</a></p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow this link:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.</a><a href="http://www.duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic&nbsp;</a></p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow this link:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">http://www.</a><a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education</a></p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> </div> <div><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, March 10, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong></div> <div>Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing</strong></div> <div>There will be a public meeting on the requested rezoning the Bradley Center/Depaul Institute site bordering Brookline.</div> <div>Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Road)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) monthly meeting</strong></div> <div>Monday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong></div> <div>Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>South Hills Renovation Fair</strong></div> <div>Join state and local government agencies as well as nonprofits and other community partners to get started on improving your home!</div> <div>Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection (1100 Creedmoor Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Rep. Molchany&rsquo;s First Annual Senior Fair</strong></div> <div>State Representative Erin Molchany (D-22) is planning a fun, informative evening featuring government resources, volunteer opportunities, educational programs, housing and utilities resources, and fun activities. Music and refreshments will be provided, along with a chance to have your photo taken with Rep. Molchany.</div> <div>Thursday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave.)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Economic Development South&rsquo;s Corridor Communities Small Business Series</strong></div> <div><strong><em>Session 2: Understanding the Financial Conditions of Your Business&nbsp;</em></strong></div> <div>EDS in partnership with Pitt&rsquo;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts this meeting series to help grow the economies of the Rt. 51 and Brownsville Road corridors by providing business owners with tools to improve their enterprises.</div> <div>Thursday, May 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Whitehall Borough Building (100 Borough Park Drive)</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:03:29 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | February 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2698 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#data">Open Data legislation will mean better government, stronger communities</a><br /> <a href="#dairy">Carrick Dairy District project presents plans to a packed house</a><br /> <a href="#ura">URA greenlights Overbrook School project grant</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#history">Interested in Brookline history?</a><br /> <a href="#food">Beechview is for food lovers</a><br /> <a href="#small">South Pittsburgh small business workshops</a><br /> <a href="#budget">Fun with municipal budget allocations--no kidding!</a><br /> <a href="#report">See a dump site? Report a dump site!</a><br /> <a href="#edgebrook">DumpBusters making progress at Edgebrook Avenue</a><br /> <a href="#penndot">PennDOT announces 51/88 road closure, email list for updates</a><br /> <a href="#toastmasters">Cheers! Toastamasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#tending">Tree Tending Brownsville Road</a><br /> <a href="#plumbers">County Health Department now lists master plumbers</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#accessible">Free and accessible health and legal services for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <em>On Monday, January 6, 2014, I was sworn in for a second term on Pittsburgh City Council. With Chambers full of family and friends, local elected officials and residents of our communities, it was a special moment that I am thankful to the people of District 4 to have been able to experience. For years, together with community leaders, neighborhood groups, and residents, we have been laying the groundwork for big things--and now, with a capable and eager administration settling into the Mayor&#39;s Offices, it&#39;s our time to make good on that potential.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>I&#39;ve been meeting one-on-one with Mayor Peduto&#39;s <a href="http://www.ournewpittsburgh.com/">executive team</a>&nbsp;to communicate the needs and opportunities of District 4, and I have been struck by their caliber and competence. These are solid, dedicated people with great intentions, and we&#39;re all looking forward to using government as a tool to partner with communities to make Pittsburgh livable for everybody and the envy of the nation.&nbsp;</li> <li>After a petition of more than 90 residents&#39; signatures was sent in to the City Clerks&#39; office concerning dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles recklessly driving through City neighborhoods and trespassing on private property. This&nbsp;petition, by law, triggered a public hearing in City Council, which took place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, and in response <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2682">I organized a post agenda informational meeting</a> to learn more about the issue. My office frequently interacts with police officials, who tell us It can be extremely difficult to enforce the rules of the road when it comes to off-road vehicles. Taking part in the meeting were City Councilmembers and their staff, Commander Schubert and Community Officer Christine Luffey of the Pittsburgh Police, State Rep. Erin Molchany and staffer Alex Pazuchanics, Eric Boerer from Bike Pittsburgh, and a representative from the Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association. It was an extremely constructive meeting, and we all look forward to finding a sensible solution to this problem.</li> <li>At Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church recently, I convened a meeting with tree advocacy groups and citizens from Carrick, Mt. Oliver, Brentwood, Pittsburgh, and the region. We discussed locations for planting to replace dead or missing trees, fill in open tree pits, ways that we could encourage more people to get involved as Tree Tenders (hi, readers!), and other promising future projects... Stay tuned!</li> <li>When a major company receives a portion of our tax dollars to break ground on a development or operate a business, it should be held responsible for the way it treats Pittsburghers, and it should be required to provide good jobs and good wages. I attended&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/09/mayor-peduto-council-pledge-to-hold-employers-developers-accountable">an event, pulled together by Pittsburgh United</a>, to pledge my support for workers in the City. We all do better when we all do better, and defending unionization rights and minimum wage increases have a very real, positive impact on our communities.</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; Christmas and New Year&#39;s celebrations... Mayor Peduto&#39;s swearing-in at Heinz Hall and inauguration festivities at the Heinz History Center... meetings with South Pittsburgh community groups and Rep. Molchany&#39;s office to discuss future opportunities for residents to learn about resources available for house renovations... meeting with business owners to come up with a plan for the Sankey Avenue business district... an event at Assemble in Garfield to discuss Code for America/Code for Pittsburgh ideas and opportunties... a meeting with Dr. Jamil Bey of Beltzhoover to talk about exciting plans to involve local youth in McKinley Park restoration projects... a couple on-air radio pieces with Bill Rehkopf at KDKA and two WPXI/PCNC Nighttalk appearances... a meeting with newly-elected mayor of Brentwood Dennis Troy... and all of our usual neighborhood organization and block watch meetings!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="data">Open Data legislation will mean better government, stronger communities</a></h3> <p>Imagine an interactive map that shows you where properties have been cited for code violations. Or imagine being able to pull up a list from Public Works that gives a rating for the condition of every street in the City. These kinds of tools--and more--could be yours... with open data! On January 14, I introduced, with the support of Mayor Peduto, a bill that would guide the City to make public sets of data that before would be internal--or, frankly, hasn&#39;t existed at all up until now.</p> <p>It&#39;s true that much of this information could theoretically be requested through state Right to Know laws currently, but this legislation is about proactivity, not reactivity. City government could be providing this public data as a policy rather than being asked for it and then slogging through red tape that could take months to deliver the information.</p> <p>When we release data like paving schedules, building permits, and code citations, it allows software developers to do really cool things with that information. In fact, not only would new applications and software programs be helpful to residents of the City, they could in turn help government make better decisions. As City policy manager Matt Barron said at our press conference, &quot;You can&#39;t have a truly performance-based government unless you&#39;re truly measuring how you&#39;re performing.&quot;</p> <p>What are other cities doing with open data? They&#39;re making exciting apps! In Boston, there&#39;s an app that <a href="http://adoptahydrant.org/">maps fire hydrants in the City</a> and encourages residents to &quot;adopt&quot; one near them to dig out during heavy snows. New York City has <a href="http://www.checkbooknyc.com/spending_landing/yeartype/B/year/115">Checkbook NYC</a>, which allows taxpayers to easily visualize and track the city&#39;s day-to-day spending. In Philadelphia, residents can interact with crime data using <a href="http://www.phlcrimemapper.com/">PHL Crime Mapper</a>. You can choose a time period, draw a customized area on the map of the city, and then see how many incidents of different kinds of crime occurred there during that time--this would be an awesome tool for our block watches.</p> <p>Of course, an issue that arises with this kind of data is one of privacy. Currently, Right to Know laws exempt certain data from being released to protect citizens&#39; privacy, and there are federal protections for much of this--including health records, personnel performance or service test records, personal identification like social security numbers or phone numbers, anything that jeopardizes public safety or national security, and any data that, if released, would result in physical harm. My open data legislation as presented includes these current protections for public privacy.</p> <p>Right after our press conference (read more <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/01/14/Pittsburgh-councilwoman-Rudiak-to-introduce-open-data-bill/stories/">here</a> and <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/14/open-data-ordinance-introduced-in-pittsburgh">here</a>), my office <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/16jIQAxABoKx6FXYUFPgdy6NeQo4_R7ufKb-x4gePxNc/edit">posted the legislation itself online</a>, open for commenting. And we got great responses, even from nationally recognized experts in open data!</p> <p>I&#39;ve called for a public hearing and a post agenda meeting about open data. The public hearing will take place on <strong>Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m.</strong> here in Council Chambers. The post agenda meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. If you wish to speak at the public hearing, call the Clerks&#39; Office at 412.255.2138 and ask to register to speak at the hearing for bill #2014-0023. &nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="dairy">Carrick Dairy District project presents plans to a packed house</a></h3> <p>On January 14, I joined folks from Colteryahn Dairy, Carrick Community Council, Economic Development South, the URA, the Design Center, and Desmone Architects to present exciting plans for the upcoming Dairy District project in Carrick. It was a packed house at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and community members had a chance to review comprehensive design plans and ask any questions about the scope of this project. If you couldn&#39;t make the meeting, no worries--<a href="http://www.economicdevelopmentsouth.org/projects-and-initiatives/real-estate-development/carrick-dairy-district/">Economic Development South has provided the presentation</a>!</p> <p>Colteryahn Dairy is the only operating dairy in the City&#39;s borders, and it&#39;s a vibrant business and a historic asset for the Brownsville Road corridor. Diana Nelson Jones at the&nbsp;<em>Post-Gazette</em>&nbsp;wrote a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2014/01/14/Brownsville-Road-could-get-a-boost-from-dairy-district/stories/">nice piece</a> providing a little bit of background on the project and also addressing what this could mean for Brownsville Road and Carrick. And the&nbsp;<em>South Pittsburgh Reporter&nbsp;</em>had a <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/01/21/front-page/carrickandaposs-dairy-district-takes-next-steps-toward-becoming-a-reality-by-displaying-plans-to-public/14208.html">great write-up</a> on the project and last week&#39;s community meeting.</p> <p>We look forward to sharing more updates and plans as this development <em>moo</em>-ves forward!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="ura">URA greenlights Overbrook School project grant</a></h3> <p>Continuing the story of the former Overbrook Middle School, the URA approved a grant to Economic Development South (EDS) for engineering work that would be required to reconnect the property to the local T stop. There used to be a bridge, but rumor has it that it fell down into Saw Mill Run! The plans for the building are for a senior living campus called Overbrook Estates. Valcott Enterprises and the NRP Group have been great partners in the process so far, and we&#39;ve been hearing for years about the need for this kind of development in Overbrook. Many senior residents of the neighborhood no longer wish to keep up with the maintenance required for home ownership, and so a senior residential campus, with both independent and assisted living options, in addition to access to buses and the T, is an ideal project. We look forward to working with EDS and bringing you more information as the development progresses.</p> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>With a vast knowledge of classic and contemporary books, <strong>Ginny Imburgia</strong> was a well-loved librarian at Brookline&#39;s Carnegie Library branch. She dedicated her time to helping children who visited the library, coordinating their summer book programs and even teaching many of them to read. Ginny, who was born and raised in Beechview, was also one of the original founders of the Beechview Women of the Moose, Chapter 2338. This past November, Ginny passed away. To honor her decades of service to her communities, the Brookline library created a memorial display, and we brought in her close family for a proclamation, which you can read <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1636480&amp;GUID=ECBFA8D3-337E-4337-8528-7F00068F51C2">here</a>. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 was Virginia &quot;Ginny&quot; Imburgia Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>&quot;Street medicine&quot; is a worldwide movement that is focused on providing medical care directly to folks who live and sleep on the streets. The homeless are often unable to reach, or actively denied, care through traditional methods, and so when it comes to delivering health care in our country, they fall through the cracks. <strong>Dr. Jim Withers&nbsp;</strong>at Pittsburgh Mercy founded&nbsp;<strong>Operation Safety Net&nbsp;</strong>in 1992, which works to embrace the homeless population of Pittsburgh as people who deserve care just like anyone else in our society. Along with his colleague Mike Sallows, a formerly homeless person himself, Dr. Withers sets out week after week to reach homeless Pittsburhgers, bringing along his stethoscope and his medicine bag, making what are essentially house calls to those who don&#39;t have a fixed address. Dr. Withers has received a lot of media attention lately, even from national media, thanks in part to local filmmaker Julie Sokolow&#39;s video <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFjcKxx-h7Y">&quot;Street Doctor.&quot;</a> We brought Dr. Withers and his colleagues at Operation Safety Net in for a proclamation recently--read it <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/2014.1.21_PROCLAMATION_SCAN_Jim_Withers_Operation_Safety_Net.pdf">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="history">Interested in Brookline history?</a></h3> <p>The staff at the Brookline Carnegie Library are thinking about starting up a Brookline Historical Club, which could potentially meet once a month. For those who may not regularly access the Internet (and, of course, we&#39;d be remiss here to not mention Clint Burton&#39;s amazing chronicling of Brookline history at <a href="http://brooklineconnection.com/">Brookline Connection</a>), or who would like to meet up with others who are interested in exploring local history, this may be just the thing!</p> <p>The first meeting is taking place on Monday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Brookline library. If you&#39;d like more information, contact Shayna Ross at the library at 412.561.1003, or call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="food">Beechview is for food lovers</a></h3> <p>The month of January saw even more press for Beechview&#39;s burgeoning food scene. First, Melissa McCart came out with a piece about Crested Duck Charcuterie, where owner Kevin Costa just received USDA certification! This means that he&#39;ll be able to expand his market for his specialty cured meats and fine foods. Find out more about Kevin and Crested Duck in <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2014/01/16/The-right-cure-preview/stories/201401160146">the article</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>And just a week later, Munch went to Slice! This in-depth article about pizzeria Slice on Broadway will leave your mouth watering. As the article points out, &quot;Slice is not too fancy, but not too pedestrian; it aspires to gourmet pizzas without gourmet prices. The attention to detail is evident on every pie.&quot; Check out the article <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/munch/2014/01/23/Munch-goes-to-Slice-on-Broadway/stories/201401230167">here</a>.</p> <p>My office is collecting all the great attention that District 4 gets in the media, like these two recent article, on our <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/in-the-news">District 4 in the News page</a>. It&#39;s a handy link you can email off to friends and family to brag about how great South Pittsburgh is!</p> <h3><a name="small">South Pittsburgh small business workshops</a></h3> <p>Operating a small business can be challenging--marketing, financial management, and general operations are just a fraction of what small business owners have to juggle in order to stay afloat. To help grow the economy of South Pittsburgh, Economic Development South is excited to launch their Corridor Communities Small Business Series in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s Small Business Development Center.</p> <p>This series of free workshops aims to provide education and tools to small business owners. The first of these workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Whitehall Borough Building, 100 Borough Park Drive. For more information, and to RSVP, please send an email to <a href="mailto:info@economicdevelopmentsouth.org">info@economicdevelopmentsouth.org</a>.</p> <h3><a name="budget">Fun with municipal budget allocations--no kidding!</a></h3> <p>You&#39;re a City Councilmember in a town of 35,000 civically engaged residents, and you have $500,000 left in your budget to spend. Do you fix the ancient boiler in the basement of the municipal building? Buy a new ladder truck for the volunteer fire department? Hire an additional police officer to meet deman for service calls? Out of eleven proposals, which do you decide upon? It would cost over $2 million to do all of them, and with only $500,000 in the budget, you have to choose carefully!</p> <p><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/LGA_newly_elected_officials_budget_exercise.pdf">This fun little exercise from the Local Government Academy</a> is a great representation of what it&#39;s like to prioritize need against a limited budget--just like we do in government every day. Try it out and see if you&#39;ve got the budgetary chops!</p> <h3><a name="report">See a dump site? Report a dump site!</a></h3> <p>Allegheny CleanWays is a great partner when it comes to cleaning up illegal dump sites in the region. Now they&#39;re proud to announce that you can report a dump site using an iPhone! Thanks to the citizen science project <a href="http://www.sensr.org/">SENSR.org</a>, you can download this app for free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sensr/id509785776?mt=8">here</a>. Once you open the app, select the project that says &quot;Dumping&quot; or by clicking on the Allegheny Cleanways logo, and then select &quot;Report A Dump Site.&quot; Then, when you spot an illegal dump site, just whip out your phone and report it!</p> <p>If you have an Android, Blackberry, or Windows phone, you can access this tool through your web browser at <a href="http://sensr.org/projects/ACWDS.php">this link</a>, and select the keyword &quot;Dumping.&quot;</p> <h3><a name="edgebrook">DumpBusters making progress at Edgebrook Avenue</a></h3> <p>And speaking of Allegheny CleanWays, their <a href="http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/dumpbusters">DumpBuster program</a> has made significant progress at the Edgebrook Avenue work site. Over the past two months, with a total of 141 volunteer hours, they&#39;ve removed <em><strong>almost 2,000 tires</strong></em>! Their work will continue into the spring to get the renaming tires and trash. Cleaning up this dump site is not just about removing trash after the fact, but also about preventing the potential for dumping. My office is working with Missy Rosenfeld to find locations for security cameras, funded by local foundation grants, to discourage littering in the future. Thank you to Joe Divack and all the folks with the DumpBuster program, which was recently profiled by Unsung: The Non-Profit News Show--check out the piece on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XvmJwkvYDE">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Of course, Edgebrook Avenue is also known for being a narrow, woodsy road that sees way more vehicle traffic than it can handle. In many places, Edgebrook is deteriorating, and natural springs have even been known to pop up out of the asphalt. It goes without saying that potholes are a problem here, too. For all these reasons, Edgebrook Avenue is a #1 priority for my office and the new mayoral administration&#39;s Public Works Department.</p> <h3><a name="penndot">PennDOT announces 51/88 road closure, email list for updates</a></h3> <p>If you travel the Route 51/88 intersection, one of the busiest in the entire region, you know that there&#39;s an $18.99 million project underway, which includes new bridge and roadway construction, signal upgrades, lighting and sidewalk improvements, and drainage and stream bank fixes. If you drive in this area, you&#39;ve probably experienced lane closures recently. PennDOT&#39;s <a href="http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/district11.nsf/D11Secondary?openframeset&amp;Frame=main&amp;src=/Penndot/Districts/district11.nsf/PressIntro?OpenForm">latest announcement</a> concerns the tiny portion of Stewart Avenue between Route 51 and Provost Road (see the section <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/Yrv0g">here</a>), which will be closed for traffic through May 31, 2014. During this time, crews will be working on constructing a new traffic bridge and reconstructing the roadway. If you&#39;re traveling up Provost Road in Whitehall, you won&#39;t be able to turn right on Route 51 here as usual. A detour will be put in place to direct traffic down to Weyman Road, left on Baptist Road, and straight on Brownsville Road to Route 51.</p> <p>Want to get these updates in your email inbox? PennDOT has created a mailing list for traffic advisories and construction updates surrounding this project. Simply send an email to Steve at <a href="mailto:stcowan@pa.gov">stcowan@pa.gov</a> and put &quot;Subscribe - Route 51/88&quot; in the subject line.</p> <h3><a name="toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a></h3> <p>Do you get stage fright? Does the idea of speaking up in a meeting at work or in front of a group (be they strangers or friends) make you nervous? Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through bringing community members together in a club-like environment. There are currently a number of Toastmasters clubs around the region, but one Carrick resident is interested in chartering one more locally which would meet on Saturdays. If you&#39;re interested in joining a Toastmasters club in the Carrick area, or if you own a business in Carrick and would be interested in hosting a group of community members as they polish their speaking skills, please email Carolyn at <a href="mailto:cjkskitm@gmail.com">cjkskitm@gmail.com</a>.</p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p>We all had an unusual start of 2014, given the below-zero temperatures and the choppy school schedule. But we&#39;re welcoming the new year with our Parent, School, Community Council (PSCC) meetings, which are open to the broader communities. If you&#39;re interested, <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">contact your local school to learn more</a>.</p> <p>At&nbsp;<strong>Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong>, the PSCC/PTSA/TITLE 1 meeting was held on January 15. And congratulations to the 15 students who were selected as winners of the Citizens Bank Expressions of Freedom Writing Contest! And on January 29, 1st graders at Carmalt and their parents will get to shake off some of their cabin fever and enjoy a &quot;Story Stretcher&quot; afterschool activity--the group will read&nbsp;<em>Dr. De Soto&nbsp;</em>by William Steig, about a mouse-dentist who&#39;s visited by a fox with a toothache, and afterwards, together they&#39;ll take the story and unpack it, discussing the different characters, the setting, and the plot, and learning new vocabulary words.</p> <p>If you tune in to WPXI television or KISS radio during the month of February, you may hear from&nbsp;<strong>Brookline Elementary&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Carmalt&nbsp;</strong>students who were winners of the Citizens Bank Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest!</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Pioneer&#39;s&nbsp;</strong>PSCC/PTO meeting is on Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. And on February 14, Pioneer students will celebrate Valentine&#39;s Day with a dance at 12:45 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh South Brook&nbsp;</strong>will be hosting their December Student of the Month Breakfast on January 31 at 9:45 a.m. Their PSCC meeting was held on January 21.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh South Hills Middle School&#39;s&nbsp;</strong>first Monday of each month is &quot;Second Cup of Coffee with Mrs. Hale,&quot; a time for parents to informally meet with the principal, and their PSCC/PTO meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Brashear High&nbsp;</strong>is using social media to keep parents engaged with activities on campus! If you&#39;re a parent or guardian of a student at Brashear, check out their new Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/brashearparents">Brashear High School Parent Engagement</a> to learn about upcoming events. On January 11, parents attended a workshop that covered topics like their new &quot;Be There&quot; attendance campaign, information about mentoring and tutoring, Pittsburgh Promise-ready resources for students, and more.</p> <h3><a name="tending">Tree Tending Brownsville Road</a></h3> <p>Are you a Tree Tender? Are you interested in learning how you can do your part to grow and improve the Brownsville Road corridor&#39;s trees? Becoming a Tree Pittsburgh Tree Tender is quick and easy, and <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/become-tree-tender">here&#39;s how</a>!</p> <p>For those who are already Tree Tenders, Carrick is going to be the site of two upcoming pruning workshops (note that these are open for official Tree Tenders only, and pre-registration is required):</p> <p><a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/events/pruning-workshop-carrick">Saturday, February 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.</a><br /> <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/events/pruning-workshop-carrick-0">Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.</a></p> <p>There are also several Tree Care dates coming up in the spring, which we&#39;ll be sure to mention in upcoming newsletter issues. If you&#39;re interested in getting involved, call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="plumbers">County Health Department now lists master plumbers</a></h3> <p>In Allegheny County, if you need to construct, repair, or demolish a building or structure&#39;s plumbing, a specific plumbing permit is required. And for a plumber to be able to acquire this permit from the Allegheny County Health Department, he or she has to be a licensed &quot;master plumber.&quot; This requires a whole bunch of minimum requirements, including work experience and education. The ACHD now has made public their list of master plumbers accredited in Allegheny County. Learn more about the requirements, and search for master plumbers near you, on <a href="http://webapps.achd.net/Plumbing/">this page</a>. Thanks to the <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2014/01/07/news/allegheny-county-lists-registered-master-plumbers-on-its-website/14185.html"><em>South Pittsburgh Reporter&nbsp;</em></a>for sharing this information!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="accessible">Free and accessible health and legal assistance for veterans, non-profits, and low-income individuals</a></h3> <p>Duquesne University&#39;s Center for Pharmacy Services operates in the Hill District (1860 Centre Ave) and offers services regardless of ability to pay. It offers generic drug programs, free screenings, and services like blood pressure monitoring, weight loss and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, and vaccines and immunizations. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.duq.edu/pharmacy/hill/index.html">this link</a>.</p> <p>Duquesne&#39;s Psychology Clinic offers psychotherapy sessions, psychiatric consultations, and counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and families. For most, the Clinic charges a nominal fee, and they use a household income-adjusted scale to determine session charges. They also provide services at no cost for members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, in addition to their families. For more information, follow <a href="http://duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/psychology-clinic">this link</a>.</p> <p>The Duquesne School of Law offers a range of services for folks who are unable to afford legal representation--specifically veterans, non-profit organizations, and low-income individuals who are involved in civil rights issues, appellate court matters, unemployment compensation, and other specific legal areas. For more information on the specific clinics (including Veterans Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic, and Unemployment Compensation Clinic), follow <a href="http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/clinical-legal-education">this link</a>. &nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><em>All events listed here are open to the public, whether they take place in the City County building or in the community. These and more are also listed on our <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">District 4 Community Calendar</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Brookline Area Community Council</strong><br /> Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark&#39;s Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Council public hearing &amp; post agenda concerning open data</strong><br /> Thursday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. &amp; 11:00 a.m. at the City-County building (414 Grant St)</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 10, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Economic Development South&#39;s bike/pedestrian committee meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at EDS offices (4127 Brownsville Rd, Brentwood)</p> <p><strong>Valentine&#39;s Day</strong><br /> Friday, February 14&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety meeting</strong><br /> Wedneday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:39:41 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | January 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2639 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#bust">Pittsburgh Police announce successful illegal drug bust</a><br /> <a href="#project">Route 51/88 construction project update</a><br /> <a href="#edgebrook">A little bit of wilderness revealed in District 4: Edgebrook Avenue</a><br /> <a href="#toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a><br /> <a href="#emerald">Congratulations to Mount Washington&#39;s Emerald View Park</a><br /> <a href="#nerds">Attention map and data nerds!</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#nuisance">What&#39;s going on with nuisance bars?</a><br /> <a href="#tree">Please consider recycling your Christmas tree</a><br /> <a href="#pets">Help the Pittsburgh Paramedics help local homeless pets</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a><br /> <a href="#trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a><br /> <a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>Every year, City Council works with the Mayor&#39;s office to pass both operating and capital budgets that includes funds for everything from paving streets to keeping our computers running. In the last month, we on Council attended dozens of meetings with directors of departments like Public Works and City Planning to learn what their needs and specific challenges have been this year. I made <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_MHFRU29ZWlNtWG8/edit?usp=sharing">two amendments to the Mayor&#39;s proposed budgets to provide much-needed funds for project management in South Pittsburgh</a>. The budget has been passed by City Council, and we now await the approval of the state-run and appointed Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA). If you&#39;d like to take a look at them yourself, the amended Capital and Operating Budgets are available online <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/budgetoffice">here</a>.&nbsp;</li> <li>I was very excited to receive an invitation to attend the White House Holiday Reception, which took place last week. Residents can rest assured that South Pittsburgh was well-represented in our nation&#39;s capital. State Representative Erin Molchany was invited because of her amazing work on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFzrFsRVjRg">helping the public understand the Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp;At the reception, we met leaders from D.C. and across the country. And that same week, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto met with President Obama to talk about his vision and needs for Pittsburgh. Strengthening these partnerships ensures that Pittsburgh is always at the top of the list when applying for federal funding as we strive to be a model for urban development. City and state representatives working together, hand-in-hand with our federal government to bring attention to ALL of our City? That&#39;s what our New Pittsburgh is about!&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/411127001479921664">Here&#39;s a photo of me, State Rep. Erin Molchany, Mayor Lucy Johnson of Kyle, Texas, and one of our heroes, the late Eleanor Roosevelt</a>.</li> <li>Dairy District update! Last week I attended a meeting at the Colteryahn Dairy with Economic Development South, the Carrick Community Council, the Design Center of Pittsburgh, and Desmone Architects. The architectural plans for the area around the Dairy at East Meyers and Brownsville Road in Carrick are very exciting and we&#39;re ready to have our first public meeting. Mark your calendars for January 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 1628 Brownsville Road, where draft plans will be revealed and the public will have the ability to provide insight and input.</li> <li>History was made on December 6, 2013 <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/409011682380242944">when Deborah L. Gross was sworn in as District 7&#39;s Councilmember</a>, filling the seat after a special election due to Patrick Dowd&#39;s resignation. It&#39;s history because for the first time Pittsburgh City Council now boasts four women members! I&#39;m looking forward to working with Councilwoman Deb Gross on city-wide issues and projects. District 7 includes the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park, Stanton Heights, and Bloomfield.</li> <li>Brookline had a whirlwind weekend of Christmas parties, which served as a solid reminder that our Brookline neighbors are a warm, welcoming, and friendly bunch. The Brookline Chamber of Commerce Christmas party at Cannon Coffee was a success, and the next day, the Brookline Block Watch hosted their own. Brookline is blessed to have such solid organizations of close-knit, dedicated volunteers. Thank you for your service!</li> <li>On a Saturday morning in mid-December, my staff members Ashleigh, Adam, and Dan were on hand at the Brookline United Presbyterian Food Pantry to help out with their monthly distribution, meeting with residents who struggle every day with not having enough food to eat. Food pantries across the region need your donations and volunteer hours, if you&#39;re able to give. To learn more about the food pantry and how you can help, contact my office at 412.255.2131 or the Brookline United Presbyterian Church directly at 412.531.0590. The truth is that there are many families in our region who struggle to get by month to month. In fact, one in four children--that&#39;s 16 million nationally--qualify for nutrition benefits. With Republicans in state and national government slashing budgets, many more families are going hungry. As a 32 year old father told <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/holidays/2013/11/28/The-reach-for-help-is-longer-this-holiday-thanksgiving-day.html">the <em>Post-Gazette</em> in a November article</a>, often when he uses his food stamp ACCESS card at the grocery store, people look at him with anger--&quot;they don&#39;t see the misspending in Washington, but they see me in the grocery line using my card for food for my family.&quot; Many who live with chronic disablities are unable to work and rely on this kind of assistance just to survive. In fact, our food assistance program is <a href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/setting-the-record-straight-on-snap-part-1-overview/">one of the most effective and efficient we have</a>.</li> <li>Councilman Bruce Kraus and I attended a meeting at the Carnegie Library in Beechview about proposed renovations: it was heartening to see such a big crowd to brainstorm ideas--everything from a fireplace to a greenhouse! It was especially wonderful to see neighborhood teens contribute to the discussion. Just think--a few years ago the board of the library had sought to close the Beechview branch, but thanks to <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/books/2011/11/09/Carnegie-Library-funding-approved-by-big-margin/stories/201111090206">the 2011 library referendum which was passed overwhelmingly by the voters of Pittsburgh</a>, we have been able to expand hours and hire <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/aboutclp/">teen librarians</a> across the City, providing a safe, caring, stable, and stimulating environment for young people. This is an example of the good work that our tax dollars can do when our public institutions are not in crisis mode. The renovations are expected to be finished by the end of next year. <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4422247-74/library-beechview-branch#axzz2oJsZ4Z1P">Read more about it here</a>. &quot;Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.&quot; -- Anne Herbert</li> <li>&quot;Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.&quot; -- John Dewey. Cities and towns across Pennsylvania have many similar concerns--drugs, blight, unemployment. Young people across our Commonwealth have worked hard to get elected to solve these problems. But we can all do more when we work together. That is why, as the State Director of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, I have recruited the most young elected officials in the history of the network. I know that getting elected is only the first step; in order to get at the root of these issues, mayors, state representatives, county commissioners, and school board members must join forces and share the best ideas out there. In recognition of these efforts, I was highlighted in <a href="http://www.joomag.com/magazine/yeo-frontline-news-4th-quarter-2013/0558857001386956905">the Fall/Winter issue of the YEO Magazine</a>.</li> <li>I met with young people from the University of Pittsburgh Democratic Club for their last meeting before their semester ended. We had an informal discussion about my background and my day-to-day work. Thanks to the Pitt Dems and their enthusiastic members! If any students are interested in interning for our office, we are always taking inquiries--please email my chief of staff at <a href="mailto:ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov">ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</a> for more information.</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; the lighting of the City-County holiday tree... Overbrook&#39;s Fairhaven United Methodist Church&#39;s annual gala... the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch holiday party... the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees meeting... ongoing discussions about Carrick&#39;s Dairy District redevelopment plan... celebrating with State Rep. Erin Molchany on her &quot;40 Under 40&quot; award and celebrating the holidays with State Senator Jay Costa, Jr. at his holiday event... a retirement party for the City&#39;s Director of Operations Duane Ashley... all of our usual neighborhood organization and block watch meetings... and many, many more holiday parties!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>Issuing proclamations to people or organizations doing good work in the District and in the City is something that happens every Council meeting. In the past month, I&#39;ve had a chance to bring attention to some special Pittsburgh institutions.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">&diams;</span></div> <p>There&#39;s something special about a handmade gift, one that you can tell took time and effort to create--it&#39;s got soul! In December I issued a proclamation for&nbsp;<strong>Handmade Arcade</strong>, an annual pop-up marketplace offering all sorts of handicrafts from Pittsburghers and folks from all over the country. This past December, Handmade Arcade celebrated its 10th anniversary! I got a chance to go check it out, and <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/409466567622393857">look who I ran into</a>! Follow these artsy creatives at <a href="http://www.handmadearcade.com/">their website</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/handmadearcade">on Facebook</a>, and read our proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1528112&amp;GUID=4D44F314-4B62-44F3-B0A6-C8C9C800527C">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>It&#39;s hard to stress how important role models are for young children. For many kids in our region,&nbsp;<strong>Big Brothers Big Sisters&nbsp;</strong>offers that crucial connection with an older mentor who can give guidance and friendship. Studies show that children with Big Brothers or Big Sisters are more confident in their abilities, have better attitudes about school, and make more positive decisions in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh recognized its 4th Annual Celebrate Coalitions event, which <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/413130060443713536">I was happy to attend</a>, and <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1541588&amp;GUID=89EC0978-715B-4BB6-9CA3-A3F700007544">we honored their work with a proclamation</a>! See a photo of us <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/412677008309506049">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>And the&nbsp;<strong>Carrick Community Council</strong>&nbsp;released its <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlkwjKPz7DU">&quot;2013 Year in Review&quot; presentation</a>. Get to know the CCC and its committees&#39; highlights from the past year by taking a look at their report, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrick-Community-Council/285371399447">like them on Facebook</a> to follow their updates and learn about events happening in Carrick.</p> <h3><a name="bust">Pittsburgh Police announce successful illegal drug bust</a></h3> <p>A big THANK YOU is due this month to the Pittsburgh Police Narcotics bureau and many anonymous block watch members in our neighborhoods! After months of calls and tips, officers were able to announce a huge bust that was a big step in the fight against illegal drug trafficking in the City neighborhoods of Carrick, Knoxville, Hazelwood, Elliott, and Sheraden. According to a recent press release, in Carrick and Knoxville alone, 59 arrests were made, and seizures included 15 firearms, $102,892 in cash, and drugs with a street value of $107,535. This is further proof that block watches work! Your calls help solve crimes and aid our police bureau in ongoing investigations. You can reach the Police Narcotics bureau directly at 412.323.7761, and you can always call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="project">Route 51/88 construction project update</a></h3> <p>Decades in the making, the 51/88 reconstruction project is finally getting started! The $19 million project will dramatically change the intersection, adding jughandles, a new bridge, turning lanes, and upgrades in lighting and sidewalks. The end result will be an intersection that is much easier to navigate and less prone to major traffic james. PennDOT expects the project to be complete in November of 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, don&#39;t hesitate to call my office at 412.255.2131 or the ACTA information hotline, which is set up specifically to answer questions about this project, at 412.533.4606. I will also post any updates or big announcements on <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">my Twitter account</a>.<br /> <br /> If you missed the recent public meeting on this project, you can read a detailed summary at the <em>South Pittsburgh Reporter</em> <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/12/17/front-page/route-5188-intersection-project-will-alleviate-congestion-in-area/14127.html">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="edgebrook">A little bit of wilderness revealed in District 4: Edgebrook Avenue</a></h3> <p>We hear a lot about Edgebrook Avenue from residents of Brookline. It&#39;s a long stretch of road that connects Route 51 to Brookline Boulevard, and because it cuts through a thick forest on the edge of a ravine, it has the feeling of a back country road. When it comes to Public Works, we&#39;re often reminded that in some ways we&#39;re battling against nature. On Edgebrook Avenue, this means that natural springs can suddenly poke up from the asphalt. For years we&#39;ve been in conversation with the Department of Public Works about Edgebrook, and it doesn&#39;t seem like there is any easy answer. We look forward to working with the new administration next year to focus on improving Edgebrook Avenue given its inherent challenges.</p> <p>Edgebrook Avenue also comes up for a different reason... did you know that in 1981 it was described as the &quot;Junk Yard Capital of the City&quot; by the&nbsp;<em>Pittsburgh Press</em>? It&#39;s long been a spot for illegal trash dumping. Luckily, Allegheny Cleanways and neighborhood volunteers have been attacking the hillside, removing literally tons of tires, furniture, appliances, and various building materials. The DumpBusters crew, led by Joe Divack, tackles dump sites all over the County, and they started at the Edgebrook Avenue the first week of November. So far they&#39;ve removed 788 tires (equaling about 31,000 pounds). There are about 500-600 tires left to remove, and because they&#39;re full of frozen water and mud right now, it&#39;s tough work. Come next spring, we&#39;ll let you know of their continued clean-up work, and we&#39;ll let you know how you can pitch in.</p> <p>Part of South Pittsburgh&#39;s charm is how our hilltops, valley streams, and forest trails wind their way between our neighborhoods. Let&#39;s do our best to keep our natural assets clean!</p> <h3><a name="toastmasters">Cheers! Toastmasters can help improve your public speaking skills</a></h3> <p>Do you get stage fright? Does the idea of speaking up in a meeting at work or in front of a group (be they strangers or friends) make you nervous? Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through bringing community members together in a club-like environment. There are currently a number of Toastmasters clubs around the region, but one Carrick resident is interested in chartering one more locally which would meet on Saturdays. If you&#39;re interested in joining a Toastmasters club in the Carrick area, or if you own a business in Carrick and would be interested in hosting a group of community members as they polish their speaking skills, please email Carolyn at <a href="mailto:cjkskitm@gmail.com">cjkskitm@gmail.com</a>.</p> <h3><a name="emerald">Congratulations to Mount Washington&#39;s Emerald View Park</a></h3> <p>Made up of 257 acres of parks and greenspaces that connect in a ring around Mount Washington, Emerald View Park just announced that the National Park Service accepted it into the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. This program will help the Mount Washington CDC find funds to improve and maintain the park. Learn more about Emerald View Park <a href="http://mwcdc.org/projects-programs/emerald-view-park/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="nerds">Attention map and data nerds!</a></h3> <p style="text-align: start; "><span style="text-align: center;">The United States Census recently released a fantastic map tool that allows you to explore the country, broken up into census tracts, across a variety of data sets. How does your neighborhood compare to others in population 65 and over? How many houses are owner-occupied? What&#39;s the median household income? The site also allows you to look at 1990 and 2000, so you can see how Pittsburgh, or anywhere in the country, has changed over the past two decades. Take a look at the map tool <a href="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer.html">here</a>.</span></p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p><strong>Brashear High&nbsp;</strong>is working hard on their initiative to improve school attendance, called &quot;Be There.&quot; Chronic absence is a big problem in schools nationally. As many as 10-15% of students across the country miss nearly a month of school every year. That&#39;s 135 million days of lost time in the classroom. And for many, poor attendance starts as early as Kindergarten. Not only do chronically absent students in Pittsburgh have lower test scores, they also can become ineligible to receive Pittsburgh Promise benefits. Brashear&#39;s approach to improving attendance has several parts, including recognizing good and improved attendance, engaging students and parents directly and early, and monitoring attendance data closely.</p> <p><strong>Brookline PreK-8&nbsp;</strong>held their usual PSCC meeting and captivated audiences with their winter program performance on December 18.&nbsp;<strong>Concord PreK-5&nbsp;</strong>is collecting box tops for education--please send them their way if you have any! Throughout the month, they held a successful Santa shop, and the children worked hard on their Sparkle Program.&nbsp;<strong>Pittsburgh Pioneer&nbsp;</strong>also worked hard on their holiday program, and they&#39;re thankful for all the parents and family who attended. With a visit from Santa, a singalong, and more holiday happenings, it&#39;s been a busy December!</p> <p><strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong>&nbsp;held their annual Santa sing-along on December 16, and Mrs. Claus visited from the North Pole via distance learning! And congratulations to Taliah Baldwin, Izabel Baldwin, Tony Touma, Yara Almoussa, Mohamed Shareef, Lerina Jithesh, and Lamis Dayoub for winning the Police Bureau&#39;s annual bike giveaway! Special thanks to acting police chief Regina McDonald and public information officer Diane Richard. Carmalt&#39;s student council is holding a food drive for the homeless, and 4th grader Abbey Nagle organized a holiday card-making for the children at Children&#39;s Hospital.</p> <p><strong>South Brook 6-8</strong>&nbsp;held a dance in December, and they also continued their active PSCC meetings. Congratulations to all the hard-working students, who were acknowledged with a student-of-the-month breakfast on December 20.</p> <p><strong>West Liberty K-5</strong>&nbsp;is excited about energy conservation! Students recently created posters for the Student/Employee/Community Teamed for Energy Management (S.E.C.T.E.M.) conservation poster contest. Students created an energy committee, made and displayed posters about conserving energy throughout the school&#39;s halls, and made the rounds through the school shutting off lights that weren&#39;t being used. Way to go! Learn more about S.E.C.T.E.M., and the students at&nbsp;<strong>Phillips K-5</strong>&nbsp;who won district-wide awards, in this&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/12/23/news/phillips-k-5-students-win-district-wide-energy-conservation-awards/14143.html">South Pittsburgh Reporter</a>&nbsp;</em>article.</p> <h3><a name="nuisance">What&#39;s going on with nuisance bars?</a></h3> <p>In the past few months, my office has received many complaints regarding potential nuisance bars in the District. Let me assure you that we understand your frustration and share your frustration with all establishments that invite crime into our business districts. Unfortunately, my office does not have the power to close bars, and we have to rely on the State&#39;s Liquor Control Board to deem establishments &quot;nuisance bars.&quot; Once this is done, these bars can be more closely monitored by the State&#39;s Nuisance Bar Task Force. If the LCB refuses to renew a liquor license, owners can file suit to have that decision overturned by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, so they still have the authority to operate. For more information, please plan to attend a block watch meeting--see their dates below!&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="tree">Please consider recycling your Christmas tree</a></h3> <p>After the festivities, you can still enjoy your Christmas tree for a while longer... But when you&#39;re absolutely ready to move on, please consider recycling your tree! The City&#39;s Public Works department is advising you to drop off your trees at one of four locations in order to be composted starting January 3 and ending January 31, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The locations are:</p> <p><strong>West End:&nbsp;</strong>1330 Hassler Street, next to Herschel Park at Herschel &amp; Steuben<br /> <strong>Strip District:&nbsp;</strong>3001 Railroad Street<br /> <strong>East End:&nbsp;</strong>2nd Division, North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue<br /> <strong>Hazelwood:&nbsp;</strong>3rd Division, Melancthon Avenue off the 5200 block of 2nd Avenue</p> <h3><a name="pets">Help the Pittsburgh Paramedics help local homeless pets</a></h3> <p>In order to help the homeless animal population of Pittsburgh, and in honor of the memory of Paramedics Crew Chief Eddie Alexander, the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics kicked off their animal shelter donation drive in December, and they&#39;re accepting donations up until January 20, 2014. The company Invisible Fence will also be donating animal oxygen masks to the City&#39;s Bureau of EMS for when they have to care for sick and injured animals.</p> <p>Boxes donated by U-Haul are located at each paramedic station to collect donations that will be sent to the Animal Rescue League. If you&#39;d like to donate, the closest locations to District 4 are:</p> <p><strong>Knoxville:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 2, 401 Matthews Avenue<br /> <strong>West End:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 3, 320 South Main Street&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Allentown:&nbsp;</strong>Medic 8, 212 Walter Street</p> <p>And check the full list of EMS stations <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_REJWQ1RCaDZxMWM/edit?usp=sharing">here</a>.</p> <p>Below is a donations wish list from the Animal Rescue League, but feel free to donate any usable pet-related items you might have:</p> <p>Clean blankets (not stuffed)<br /> Clean towels<br /> Paper towels<br /> Hand &amp; dish soap<br /> Bleach<br /> Plastic bags/poop bags<br /> Peanut butter<br /> Shower curtain liners<br /> Science Diet dog/puppy food (dry or canned)<br /> Science Diet cat/kitten food (dry or canned)<br /> Science Diet or Milkbone dog/puppy treats<br /> Science Diet cat/kitten treats<br /> Kongs, Nylabones, or other hard dog/puppy toys<br /> Cat/kitten toys<br /> Leashes<br /> Martingale collars<br /> Stainless steel bowls<br /> Ceramic cat bowls<br /> Non-clumping kitty litter<br /> Dog crates with plastic bottoms (especially in large sizes)<br /> Kitten milk replacer liquid<br /> and canned fruits, applesauce, and different flavors of baby flood</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, January 2, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="harvest">Just Harvest offers free tax preparation assistance</a></h3> <p>Just Harvest is gearing up for its 12th year of providing free tax preparation at several different sites. The Money in Your Pocket Coalition project is a coalition between Just Harvest and the United Way of Allegheny County. Walk-ins for tax preparation are not permitted, so you&#39;ll have to call to make an appointment. Call the United Way&#39;s 211 hotline, or call 412.255.1155. For more information, go to Just Harvest&#39;s page <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/tax-preparation/">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a></h3> <p>Know someone interested in a career in construction, steamfitting, carpentry, or operation engineering? Training programs for various occupations are now accepting applications:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_TUVieEdDMEdJbTQ/edit?usp=sharing">Commercial carpenters&rsquo; training program&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_dVp1b19jYnZidEU/edit?usp=sharing">Laborers&rsquo; Building and Heavy/Highway Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eE1MamF0dUMxNDg/edit?usp=sharing">Operating Engineers&rsquo; Heavy Equipment Operators Program &amp; Mechanic Technicians Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eVhCMnRhSXhZcTg/edit?usp=sharing">Steamfitters&rsquo; Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><strong>Christmas</strong><br /> Wednesday, December 25</p> <p><strong>New Year&#39;s Day</strong><br /> Wednesday, January 1</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, January 2, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Swearing-in of new Council members</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 10:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 13, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><strong>Martin Luther King, Jr. Day</strong><br /> Monday, January 20</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:49:12 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | December 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2608 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#brashear">Brashear High School: let&#39;s come together, not fall apart</a><a href="#working"><br /> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#awaits">A new Pittsburgh awaits!</a><br /> <a href="#plow">When it snows, they plow</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#crime">Carrick Community Council sets the record straight on crime</a><br /> <a href="#redesign">Beechview Library invites you to weigh in on redesign plans</a><br /> <a href="#route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a><br /> <a href="#collections">Thanksgiving to delay Thursday, Friday garbage collections by one day</a><br /> <a href="#schubert">Commander Schubert and the icy, freezing, not warm, very cold day</a><br /> <a href="#merry">Wishing you a Merry Christmas</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#solid">Assistance for women seeking solid ground</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a><a href="#resources"><br /> Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="brashear">Brashear High School: let&#39;s come together, not fall apart</a></h3> <p>When we first heard that there was a shooting at Brashear High School, we were working in our office Downtown. The text messages, sirens, and rumors shocked us. You can read my initial statement <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=2592">here</a>. Since then, the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2013/11/14/Court-documents-add-detail-to-Pittsburgh-Brashear-High-School-shooting/stories/201311140277">unfortunate details</a> of the case have unraveled.</p> <p>Last week, I met with Brashear High faculty and parents to talk personally about the incident and the school district&#39;s response, as well as opportunities to strengthen partnerships between City officials, neighborhood residents, and community groups. For example, we talked about ways to <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/region/2013/08/19/United-Way-Be-There-campaign-takes-aim-at-school-attendance/stories/201308190167">boost attendance</a> and about practical community service projects that students facing detention could contribute toward.</p> <p>There is no magic answer to solve the problems in our families, schools, and communities. We all have to work together to show youth that gun violence is not the answer to any problem. To that end, there will be a community event open to the public at Brashear High on <strong>Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.</strong> Faculty and staff from all of Brashear&#39;s feeder schools will be in attendance, and there will be an open house for the school&#39;s many magnet programs. You can read more about the school, including minutes from all of the Parent School Community Council meetings, the most recent of which was attended by Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane, <a href="http://discoverpps.org/school.php?id=329">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information on how to get involved, please contact Brashear High&#39;s family and community outreach coordinator Danielle Leach at 412.571.7451 or <a href="mailto:dleach1@pghboe.net">dleach1@pghboe.net</a>. We hope to post more news and opportunities as they arise. Look out for Brashear faculty, students, and parents asking for your help at community meetings or in our neighborhoods.</p> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>One of my top priorities has been the redevelopment of the Brownsville Road area shared between Brentwood and Carrick. Our office held a kick-off meeting with Economic Development South, elected officials from the City, Brentwood, and the state, and business owners in the Sankey Avenue area: at the meeting, we discussed the idea of forming a &quot;Business Action Committee&quot; focused on jumpstarting a block watch, facade renovations, and more. Approximately ten businesses committed to banding together to move Carrick forward. With the public safety issues that exist there, our unity is more important than ever. Thank you, small business owners!</li> <li>With just 71 students, Pioneer Education Center in Brookline knows how to throw a party--I stopped in on Halloween morning for <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/396072389651755008">their annual costume parade</a>. The school is part of our Pittsburgh Public School system and serves students aged 5 to 21 who live with multiple disabilities; while City residents attend for free, there are families from six different school districts who pay tuition to receive a truly world-class education. Learn more <a href="http://discoverpps.org/school.php?id=469">here</a>.</li> <li>Residents from Carrick and Overbrook attended a public hearing in City Council to discuss Phillips Park and explore the potential to construct a dek hockey facility there. Residents can request public, televised hearings on a topic that interests them by starting a petition, collecting 25 signatures from City residents who are eligible voters, and working with the Council Clerks&rsquo; office to schedule the hearing.</li> <li>Light Up Night this year was hopping! There were so many people Downtown, and hearing music and laughter waft through our streets was enchanting.</li> <li>I had an opportunity to meet with a Women and Politics class at Chatham University in November. During my visit, I spoke about my experiences being a woman running for political office and a woman holding elected office. Thanks to Professor Jennie Sweet-Cushman and her students!</li> <li>And speaking of women running for political office and Chatham University&hellip; I also had a chance to attend a screening of a new documentary called <a href="http://raisingmspresident.com/"><em>Raising Ms. President</em></a>&nbsp;at Chatham University. Studies show that when more women have a hand in decision-making in government, our processes work more effectively and we achieve better results. The problem is that many women don&rsquo;t have an interest in running for office. This documentary explores the reasons behind this and profiles students, elected officials, and women working to bring more female voices into the halls of power.</li> <li>And speaking of documentary screenings&hellip; On November 18, I attended a screening of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich&rsquo;s new film<em> <a href="http://inequalityforall.com/">Inequality for All</a></em> at CMU. This documentary spells out the state of the nation&rsquo;s growing income inequality. As one review said, &quot;It will be hard for anyone who calls themselves middle class and squeezed by low wages, longer hours, and higher prices to not see themselves in his statistics--an average worker&#39;s income of $48,000 in 1978 dropped to only $33,000 in 2010, while income for those in the top 1% rose almost threefold.&quot;&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/MakeItOurUPMC/status/402603118724403201/photo/1/large">I took part in a panel discussion after the film</a> along with an employee of a local Walmart, an employee of UPMC, a janitor at CMU, and an adjunct professor working in several Pittsburgh universities. We on the panel were also joined by the janitor&#39;s young son--a reminder that, when our workers struggle, even local babysitters aren&#39;t getting business. Unfortunately, the richest 400 Americans own as much as wealth as 150 million of us: this is the largest income gap in almost a century. Consumer spending represents 70% of the U.S. economy and the middle class is the heart of it. <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/robert-reichs-inequality-for-all-takes-on-income-disparity-b99125369z1-229111681.html">There is no way to create and sustain a healthy economy without a healthy middle class</a>. I vow to keep fighting for you and our middle class families every day.</li> <li>On a recent Friday night, <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak/status/401498618504298496">I rode around with paramedic Jeff Tremel from EMS Medic 2</a>, which covers our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I was able to see first-hand the late nights and dedicated service that our public safety employees give every day, and I got to experience some interesting situations in our City&#39;s southern neighborhoods (and yes, folks, there was blood).</li> <li>When it rains in Pittsburgh, the sewer system can get so overwhelmed that raw sewage goes straight into our rivers. So over the next decade, ALCOSAN will be fixing our sewage system by undertaking the largest and most expensive public works project in the history of our City. Many came to Council this past month to point out that this presents us an opportunity for good jobs and long-lasting solutions to our constant flooding and public health problems. At the table participating in a Council discussion were representatives from PWSA, the URA, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the <a href="http://cleanriverscampaign.org/">Clean Rivers Campaign</a>, and more--even a guest expert from Washington D.C.&rsquo;s water authority! At the end of the day, if we&rsquo;re going to spend literally billions of dollars fixing what&rsquo;s broken, then we need to make sure that we do it right.</li> <li>The Hilltop Alliance&rsquo;s summit in Knoxville was fantastic--it brought together community organizations, friends, and neighbors from Allentown, Carrick, Beltzhoover, Mt. Oliver (the City neighborhood and the borough), St. Clair, Mt. Washington, and South Side Slopes. The amount of work that our volunteer community leaders are doing to revitalize South Pittsburgh is truly inspiring. For some unique ideas to borrow and implement in your neighborhood, or to see some of the startling positive changes happening in places like Allentown, check out the presentation <a href="http://pghhilltopalliance.org/images/2013HilltopSummitPresentationRed.pdf">here</a>.</li> <li>In September, Fairhaven Methodist Church received an official recognition of historic status! Last weekend, I had a blast at their annual gala, which featured an auction of goodie baskets. Here&rsquo;s to another 132 years!</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; Halloween costume contests in Carrick and Brookline&hellip; Economic Development South&rsquo;s bike/pedestrian committee&hellip; A meeting with BikePGH and City Planning to discuss improving the District&rsquo;s streetscapes... A meeting with EDS to discuss their ideas for a comprehensive analysis of the Saw Mill Run watershed--and a plan to approach the flooding problems collaboratively... The Mount Washington CDC&rsquo;s annual event&hellip; The Brashear Association&rsquo;s Bravo! annual event&hellip; Multiple tours with private developers who are showing an interest in South Pittsburgh projects&hellip; A meeting with Columbia Gas to discuss their upcoming district projects&hellip; Pitt&rsquo;s UCSUR department brought Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia, for a presentation on making city information accessible and open to everyone&hellip; Many 2014 budget sessions&hellip; and all our usual neighborhood block watches and community organization meetings!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="awaits">A new Pittsburgh awaits!</a></h3> <p>On November 5, thanks to the residents of District 4, I was honored to be reelected to a second term. Along with me, Theresa Kail-Smith and Daniel Lavelle were reelected, and Daniel Gilman and Deb Gross were elected to serve on Council for the first time. And, of course, Councilman Bill Peduto was elected Mayor.</p> <p>I supported Bill from the very beginning because, in working closely with him on Council, I saw what the voters would later see: he&rsquo;s a man of incredible integrity with respect for all of the City&rsquo;s neighborhoods and a vision for our future. While working to grow new businesses and attract new residents in his own district, he has made sure that the communities themselves are involved in decision-making every step of the way. Using the same models that Councilman Peduto and community groups used to bring life back to neighborhoods like East Liberty, Bloomfield, and Friendship, we look forward to strengthening and growing our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.</p> <p>Bill brings with him professionalism, competence, and transparency, and showing his commitment to the concept of the most qualified person getting the job, he and local foundations have worked together to open up hiring to anyone who&rsquo;s interested. To apply for a job with the new administration, visit <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.com</a>.</p> <p>When you partner active, enthusiastic residents with a City government that empowers communities, something amazing happens. Neighborhoods reemerge like flowers poking up in the beginning of spring. And the truth is that South Pittsburgh is back on a track to success. Though we&rsquo;re always battling against big problem trends--suburban big box stores sapping life away from our City neighborhoods, or income inequality weakening our middle class--we won&rsquo;t stop fighting to ensure our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods are walkable, family-friendly, and economically vibrant.</p> <h3><a name="plow">When it snows, they plow</a></h3> <p>A former Public Works employee passed along some information about snowplows--with the snowy winter months now upon us, I thought his insight into the work that snowplow drivers do, and what we can do to help them help us, was worthy of sharing:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Snow plows are unable to push snow straight ahead--the plow&rsquo;s blade has to be angled for the truck to be able to move. You still have the same amount of snow on your street after the plow comes through; it&#39;s just in a different plae on the street, and sometimes in front of driveways. Snow plows also can&#39;t push snow onto non-public property. So when we drive plows, we have to assume that every piece of property is owned by Edgar Snyder&#39;s most bloodthirsty litigator.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows ride on tires just like your vehicle, and they can spin and slide just like cars do. They also travel in the same traffic you do. If traffic is backed up, the plow is backed up too. Unfortunately, we have not yet invented a flight-capable snow plow.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows aren&#39;t equipped with a &#39;skinny&#39; button. If cars are parked two feet from the curb, the plow simply won&#39;t be able to get through, and your street won&#39;t get plowed.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Please do not shovel snow from your property into the street--this inconveniences everyone, including snow plow drivers. If they have to keep coming back to clear the street of shoveled snow, they may not be able to get to the street you will be driving on later.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Snow plows aren&#39;t precision instruments: they&#39;re big, blunt, heavy snow-pushing devices. They cannot skip over driveways and sidewalk entrances. Be kind to your snow plow drivers when they come through; they are doing the best they can maneuvering these massive machines.&quot;</li> </ul> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year when we as Americans get to be together with our family members, friends, and loved ones to celebrate what we have to be thankful for. But more and more, corporations are deciding that it&rsquo;s more important to have their employees work on holidays like Thanksgiving to squeeze more money out of consumers. Sadly, Black Friday is creeping into <strong>Thanksgiving</strong>--creating a new Black Thursday. Locally, workers at the <strong>Capital Grille</strong> restaurant Downtown, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. (an Orlando, Florida-based business that last year made almost $8 billion) are being forced to work on Thanksgiving Day without holiday pay. Some of the workers, and a representative from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ROCPITTSBURGH">Restaurant Opportunities Center</a>, came to us to explain their situation and ask for Council support. In response, I sponsored a Will of Council, which passed unanimously.</p> <p>Read the text <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1489298&amp;GUID=D174EC0B-AB3F-4FFC-9653-A4079E88F5E8">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>In early November, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history swept across the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan (called <strong>Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines</strong>) left incredible devastation in its wake. Tacloban, a city with more than 220,000 residents, was entirely flattened, and the survivors were left alone without aid for at least five days, struggling to pull themselves back together. Thousands have died and international aid is now streaming in to assist recovery efforts. In an attempt to raise awareness about this storm and the people of the Philippines, I sponsored a proclamation honoring the <strong>Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh</strong> for all the work they do. Find out how you can help the people of the Philippines by visiting <a href="http://www.thefaap.org/">their website</a>. Read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1522548&amp;GUID=919889EA-22A3-4D11-939C-35B61127145B">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>Our built environment affects us profoundly, whether or not we take the time to notice it. Think about how a room can make you feel cozy and warm or nervous and cold, inspired and playful or filled with reverence and awe. Recognizing the importance of architecture in our lives, I issued a proclamation for <strong>Rothschild Doyno Collaborative&rsquo;s 25th anniversary</strong>. A Strip District-based architecture firm, they had a role in the new Mazza Pavilion in Brookline, along with dozens of other local projects. Check them out on <a href="http://www.rdcollab.com/">their website</a>, and read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1522549&amp;GUID=310F3EF4-4E56-48BF-AB20-2C687CE282C4">here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>Congratulations to <strong>Angels&#39; Place</strong>--after volunteers and children at the Brookline location spent several weeks working to create a fantastic scarecrow for the <strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce&#39;s scarecrow contest</strong>, they were rewarded with a win! &quot;Sammy Jones,&quot; named by the children, took first prize.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">&diams;</div> <p>For Maria Vondas and her family in Brookline, every November is a chance to remember her son Christian Connelly who, after being diagnosed with cancer, was able to visit Disney World thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Christian passed away at the age of 9 in 2011, but after their family&rsquo;s experience at the Magic Kingdom, the family and community together created <strong>Christianpalooza</strong>, an annual event which raises money to help other kids battling life-threatening illnesses get a chance to have their wishes granted.</p> <p>This year, thanks to the community&rsquo;s generosity and kindness, Christianpalooza has raised over $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. On average, each wish costs about $3,800, which means that this year&rsquo;s Christianpalooza raised enough money for four local kids to have their wishes granted.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about Christianpalooza, or if you&rsquo;re interested in sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact Maria Vondas Connelly at&nbsp;<a href="http://mvondas@gmail.com">mvondas@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;or through their&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Christianpalooza">Facebook page</a>.</p> <h3><a name="crime">Carrick Community Council sets the record straight on crime</a></h3> <p>A report on a local television news station in November portrayed Carrick as a neighborhood struggling with extremely high levels of crime--the highest in the City when it comes to burglaries, the news segment said. The problem with this claim is that Carrick, with over 10,000 residents, is the sixth-largest City Planning-designated neighborhood in the City. When compared with much smaller neighborhoods, which may have populations of 4,000 or 1,500, for example, it&rsquo;s no surprise that incidents of criminal activity like burglaries will be higher. For the record, the number of burglaries in Carrick in 2012 was 122.</p> <p>The Carrick Community Council crunched the numbers and released a statement in response to the local television news segment. Below is a portion from their statement, which can be read in full at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrick-Community-Council/285371399447">their Facebook page</a>.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Carrick is one of the largest communities in Pittsburgh, with a population of 10,113 according to the most recent census data. If you compute the per capita crime statistics of many other neighborhoods with much smaller populations, one finds numbers quite similar to those of Carrick. This is why the preamble of the report is so important in explaining that crime counts alone don&rsquo;t tell the full story.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Consider the following statement found in <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/2012_Annual_Report_v2.pdf">the report</a>: &quot;Caution Against Comparisons: Some entities use reported crime figures to compare neighborhoods within the City. These neighborhood comparisons provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular area. Simplistic comparisons based only upon crimes that occur in an area do not take into account the fixed population, the transient population, the factors that lead to a particular crime (such as an area with a high density of parking lots may have more occurrences of thefts from vehicles), the geography and other factors that impact crime. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each neighborhood.&quot;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">We have prepared an Excel spreadsheet of 8 randomly selected neighborhoods, including Carrick, which we put together to show that Carrick&#39;s burglary and general crime statistics don&#39;t look all that bad when compared to other neighborhoods on a per capita basis. Of the 8 neighborhoods included, both Elliott and Central North Side have higher per capita burglary rates. Carrick has the 2nd lowest total of per capita Part I Offenses, with Central Lawrenceville being just .02 per capita lower. When looking at Part II Offenses, we see that Carrick is near the middle of the pack, and Carrick ranks 4th best out of 8 neighborhoods when looking at the total crimes occurring per 100 citizens. This clearly shows that the narrative we often hear about Carrick isn&#39;t 100% fair or accurate.</p> <h3><a name="redesign">Beechview Library invites you to weigh in on their redesign plans</a></h3> <p>In <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter.htm?id=2426#branch">September&rsquo;s newsletter</a> I mentioned that the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library is gearing up for renovations.</p> <p>On October 15, the conceptual design phase was completed, and the architect (GBBN Architects, formerly Edge Studio) provided three different options for the library to review. Come check out the concepts and timeline at a public community meeting on <strong>Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.</strong> This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out about the building&rsquo;s improvements. After this meeting, the library will select the most appropriate and affordable option to the architect can move onto the next development phase. After that, bids to complete the work will be solicited in early July of 2014.</p> <p>Registration isn&rsquo;t required, but if you have any questions, contact Audrey Iacone at 412.563.2900 or at <a href="mailto:beechview@carnegielibrary.org">beechview@carnegielibrary.org</a>.</p> <h3><a name="route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a></h3> <p>After years and years, this project is finally taking off! Around $15 million in cost, this long-awaited project will make the intersection safer in many respects: it will improve traffic flow (in one of the busiest intersections in the entire region!), make pedestrian access easier, and address constant flash flooding issues.</p> <p>Join us for a public meeting with PennDOT, Michael Baker Corporation (the construction engineers), and other officials on <strong>Monday, December 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.</strong> at St. Norbert&rsquo;s Church at 2413 St. Norberts Street. Come learn more about the scope of the project, phasing and timeline, and effects on local traffic, including detours.</p> <p>Until this public meeting, and throughout the course of the project, you can always contact the ACTA information hotline if you have questions or would like more information. The hotline phone number is 412.533.4606.</p> <h3><a name="collections">Thanksgiving to delay Thursday, Friday garbage collections by one day</a></h3> <p>The City&rsquo;s Environmental Service department has announced that there will be no refuse, bulk waste, or recycling collection on Thursday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. If your pick-up falls on Thursdays, it will instead take place on Friday, November 29; and if your pick-up falls on Fridays, it will instead take place on Saturday, November 30.</p> <h3><a name="schubert">Commander Schubert and the icy, freezing, not warm, very cold day</a></h3> <p>As part of a yearly tradition, Pittsburgh Police Commander Scott Schubert plunges into icy cold water. &nbsp;He&rsquo;s the director of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run, dedicating his free time to raising awareness and funds for athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. This December, he&rsquo;ll again be taking part in the annual <a href="http://www.specialolympicspa.org/polar-bear-plunge/pittsburgh-plunge-about">Polar Bear Plunge</a>!</p> <p>For 2013, he&rsquo;s agreed to raise a minimum of $3,500 by jumping into the December-cold rivers once an hour for 25 hours straight. Last year, Commander Schubert was able to raise a whopping $25,000 for the athletes--this year his goal is $30,000.</p> <p>To learn more about the plunge, and to donate to this effort, check out <a href="http://www.pittsburghplunge.org">pittsburghplunge.org</a>. To donate to this effort, click the &ldquo;Super Plunge&rdquo; tab and then Commander Scott Schubert&rsquo;s name. Alternatively, you can donate at the Polar Plunge <a href="http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1076144&amp;lis=1&amp;kntae1076144=AADC009FBF0F4C9FBDFB11AD0ECB7AB4&amp;supId=324048751">Kintera site</a>.</p> <h3><a name="merry">Wishing you a Merry Christmas</a></h3> <p>The Brookline Chamber of Commerce has planned a whole day of fun Christmas events on <strong>Saturday, November 30</strong> along Brookline Boulevard.</p> <p>From 2:00-4:00 p.m., head to the Carnegie Library branch (708 Brookline Blvd) for story time and arts &amp; crafts.</p> <p>At 5:00 p.m., Cannon Park will be the site of a live nativity and caroling.</p> <p>At 6:00 p.m., head to Cannon Coffee for a holiday social featuring drinks and treats.</p> <p>Meanwhile, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m., take a picture with Santa Claus in his studio at Melissa Distel Photography (800 Brookline Blvd).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">&diams;</span></p> <p><span style="text-align: center;">In Beechview, take part in the annual Christmas cookie sale and flea market at the United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave) on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, December 14&nbsp;</strong>from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The next day,&nbsp;<strong>Sunday, December 15</strong>, United Presbyterian is hosting the St. Paul&#39;s Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Donald Fellows, in a Christmas Concert at 5:00 p.m. Call 412.561.0882 for information about either day&#39;s activities.</span></p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p>At <strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong> on November 22, 5th graders demonstrated their dancing skills as part of the Dancing Classroom Program. Students showed off their rumba, foxtrot, and merengue skills. Also, the PTSA/Title 1/PTSA organizations would like to remind you of their meetings on the third Wednesdays of each month--parents and the greater community are a big part in moving the school forward.</p> <p>Second grader Owen Jones was proud to represent <strong>Roosevelt Elementary</strong> at the Future Champions Chess Tournament in Squirrel Hill on November 9. Competing in the Advanced Beginner category, he placed 4th--quite a feat considering there were about 30 competitors, including some in the 12th grade! In other news, Roosevelt students will be making holiday cards and, if they wish, writing letters to be sent to the troops overseas. The Art department is also requesting your donation of any old neckties--these will be turned into holiday ornaments, with this year&rsquo;s theme of &ldquo;The Ties That Bind&rdquo; exploring how students are tied to the community, families, and their friends.</p> <p><strong>Brookline PreK-8</strong> will be celebrating their quarterly Trifecta Award in the cafeteria at the end of November. Students who received outstanding grades, achieved perfect attendance, and demonstrated good citizenship are eligible for the Trifecta Award. In other news, the Saltworks Theater Company will be performing at the school to kick off a bullying prevention program titled &ldquo;Bobcats Against Bullying&rdquo; just before Thanksgiving break. To keep up to date with Brookline PreK-8 happenings, sign up for the monthly Bobcat Bulletin or their weekly email blast--just call the school at 412.571.7380 and request to be added to their lists.</p> <h3><a name="solid">Assistance for women seeking solid ground</a></h3> <p>In order to assist women who, for various reasons and at any stage in their lives, are in a state of transition, the Center for Women was established in 2012 by the National Council of Jewish Women. Women in transition refers to those who may find themselves needing assistance to achieve economic independence. Their services include:</p> <ul> <li>financial fitness classes and workshops</li> <li>returning to the workforce workshops</li> <li>mentoring, internships, and job shadow programs</li> <li>confidential legal consultations</li> <li>with the Women Helping Women Program, consultations with experts in legal, financial, insurance, or business fields</li> </ul> <p>The center is located at 1620 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. To learn more, visit the <a href="http://www.centerforwomenpgh.org/">Center for Women website</a> or call them at 412.421.4400.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="trade">Apply for an apprenticeship in a trade</a></h3> <p>Know someone interested in a career in construction, steamfitting, carpentry, or operation engineering? Training programs for various occupations are now accepting applications:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_TUVieEdDMEdJbTQ/edit?usp=sharing">Commercial carpenters&rsquo; training program&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_dVp1b19jYnZidEU/edit?usp=sharing">Laborers&rsquo; Building and Heavy/Highway Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eE1MamF0dUMxNDg/edit?usp=sharing">Operating Engineers&rsquo; Heavy Equipment Operators Program &amp; Mechanic Technicians Program</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw6IrYK7_aH_eVhCMnRhSXhZcTg/edit?usp=sharing">Steamfitters&rsquo; Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and his team have announced that they will be posting every open City position on the website <a href="http://talent-city.com/">talent-city.org</a>. In order to find the best and brightest, the Peduto team has partnered with the foundations community to create this website and shake up how hiring has traditionally been done. Check out current postings and keep an eye on the site as we go into the new year, as more positions will be posted.</p> <p>The current administration of the City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><strong>Beechview Merchants Association meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. at the BMA office (1553 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Hanukkah</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 27 - Thursday, December 5</p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving</strong><br /> Thursday, November 28</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Christmas Event</strong><br /> Saturday, November 30, 2:00-7:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Library renovations public meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at Beechview CLP (1910 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Senior Center Holiday open house &amp; bake sale</strong><br /> Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Beechview Senior Center (1555 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting&nbsp;</strong><br /> Monday, December 9, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Routes 51/88 renovation public meeting</strong><br /> Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. at St. Norbert Church (2413 St. Norberts St.)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview United Presbyterian Church annual Christmas cookie sale &amp; flea market</strong><br /> Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Beechview United Presbyterian Church St. Paul&#39;s Cathedral Choir</strong><br /> Sunday, December 15, 5:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brashear High open house</strong><br /> Monday, December 16, 5:30 p.m. at Brashear High School (590 Crane Ave)</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Women&#39;s Club of Overbrook meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><strong>Christmas</strong><br /> Wednesday, December 25</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:07:52 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | November 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2546 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#halloween">Halloween in South Pitts-boo!-urgh</a><br /> <a href="#overbrook">Overbrook Memorial Garden to get a facelift</a><br /> <a href="#big">Beechview Community Garden plans big project day</a><br /> <a href="#veterans">How many veterans are there in the Pittsburgh region?</a><br /> <a href="#affordable">Have questions about the Affordable Care Act?</a><br /> <a href="#route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a><br /> <a href="#ura">URA to begin demolition of 1602 Broadway Avenue</a><br /> <a href="#medication">What to do with expired or unwanted medication?</a><br /> <a href="#snap">Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#planning">City Planning announces website updates</a><br /> <a href="#lifespan">Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>UPMC is in the news a lot lately--and on TV commercials--but recently we heard about UPMC from the federal government! The National Labor Relations Board has charged UPMC with over 47 new violations of workers&rsquo; rights (after 80 in February), including illegally firing, intimidating, and retaliating against workers who simply wanted to explore the options of forming a union. Not only is UPMC acting unfairly, but many employees of UPMC are being paid unfairly. UPMC is the largest employer in the region, but a Pittsburgh UNITED report showed that the median hourly wage for service workers there is $12.18 an hour. Experts say that for workers to avoid relying on public assistance, they&rsquo;d need to make between $13.13 and $15.85 an hour. Simply put, when UPMC doesn&rsquo;t pay its fair share and hold up their end of the bargain, we, the rest of the taxpayers, have to pick up the tab. Here&rsquo;s the story as covered by <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/council-members-show-support-for-upmc-workers/">KDKA</a> and read my Will of Council, co-sponsored with Councilman Kraus and Council President Harris, <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1489298&amp;GUID=D174EC0B-AB3F-4FFC-9653-A4079E88F5E8">here</a>.</li> <li>In late September, I had a chance to speak to over 150 women professionals from Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario as they gathered for the Zonta International conference here in Pittsburgh. Zonta International is a nonpartisan international organization that works to advance the status of women through service and advocacy, and the local district&rsquo;s conference this year was titled Building Bridges in the City of Bridges. Afterwards, I learned of the Young <a href="http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/YoungWomeninPublicAffairsAwards.aspx">Women in Public Affairs Award Program</a>, which is a monetary award eligible for students aged 16-19 on April 1 each year who exhibit the following: <ul> <li>an active commitment to volunteerism</li> <li>experience in local or student government</li> <li>volunteer leadership achievements</li> <li>knowledge of Zonta International and its programs</li> <li>advocating in Zonta International&rsquo;s mission</li> </ul> </li> <li>At the Carnegie Library board meeting and retreat, I learned about their strategic plan and all the exciting things they have planned for our communities and their libraries. With six specific goals in mind, the CLP is shaping how they will improve user experience and how communities will benefit. Check out the <a href="http://carnegielibrary.org/about/strategicplan/updates/">Strategic Plan Update page</a> for more information.</li> <li>Council has been as busy as ever this month--in addition to our regular council sessions and standing committee meetings, we&rsquo;ve had public hearings and post agenda sessions about a variety of topics, including: <ul> <li>public funding for organizations, like Design Center and the Community Technical Assistance Center, that help community groups tackle internal issues and offer services to their community groups</li> <li>police minimum staffing policy and automatic promotion timelines</li> <li>changing the city zoning of approximately 26 acres of land along Broadhead Fording Road in Fairywood</li> <li>a resolution calling upon the Pittsburgh Public Schools to institute a moratorium on school closings</li> <li>a resolution allowing the City to create an authority board tasked with overseeing a City-wide transit plan, starting in East Liberty</li> <li>a resolution altering the borders of the South Side Works tax increment financing (TIF) district</li> </ul> </li> <li>There&rsquo;s been a steady stream of new interest in District 4--our restaurants, our people, and, more and more lately, our residential and commercial potential. I&rsquo;ve had meetings with Jason Kambitsis, the director of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, and with several private foundations and development companies based around the City. Our housing stock and business districts are solid and promising, and the word is getting out!</li> <li>A group of folks from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services came to brief council staffers about what work they do on a day-to-day basis and how we can connect the County and the City in helping constituents receive County services. Community relations manager Dan Barrett attended, so he&rsquo;s prepared to answer your questions when you call the office!</li> <li>Thanks again to the organizers of the Brookline Boulevard Bar Crawl--we celebrated the fourth one at several spots along the Boulevard. During this long reconstruction, it&rsquo;s been both important (and fun!) to frequent businesses that may be adversely affected by it. Keep shopping local!</li> <li>And speaking of the Brookline Boulevard construction project, we received word that the Brookline Chamber of Commerce continues to sell construction bucks, and they have spent $2,500 to support its members during the construction. For more information, contact A-Boss Opticians at 412.561.0811 or Cannon Coffee at 412.563.0202.</li> <li>On October 10, <i>Off the Record</i> #13 went off without a hitch. Thanks to those who came out to see our musical performance, featuring special guest Sophie Masloff.</li> <li>With a public hearing and a post agenda about Pittsburgh Public Schools potentially closing facilities around the Cit y, there&rsquo;s been a conversation about a moratorium on closing any future schools. Meanwhile, in Bon Air, we have a school facility that has already been closed down. On October 15, I convened a meeting with the Bon Air Civic Association and real estate professionals to take a community tour of the building on Fordyce Street. At the tour, members of the community got a chance to voice their wishes for the space--and something that serves all the community seems to be the consensus. We will make sure that whatever takes place at that property will fit the neighborhood&rsquo;s desires.</li> <li>And just recently, in the span of one week, I had two opportunities to learn from students with hearing challenges. On October 16, two awesome Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf students came to shadow my day on Council. Though our standing committees meeting wasn&rsquo;t the most captivating, they were thoroughly interested--plus they got an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at how our meetings are video-recorded and broadcast on television. Thanks to Jessica and Stacey for participating, and for the interpreters for helping us to communicate! And then less than a week later, I visited the Depaul School for Hearing and Speech. Though many students at DePaul are profoundly deaf, often from birth, they have cochlear implants or hearing aids that allow them to perceive sound. DePaul teaches students, ranging from Pre-K to middle school, to speak and hear so that they can be mainstreamed into their normal local schools. It&rsquo;s been a fascinating week!</li> <li>And all the rest&hellip; a breakfast with State Representatives Brian Sims and Erin Molchany&hellip; a regular check-in meeting about the Brookline Boulevard reconstruction project&hellip; a tour of Brookline&rsquo;s Angels&rsquo; Place facility&hellip; a meeting with our new neighborhood planner Josh Lippert&hellip; an education seminar at the Local Government Academy about dealing with dilapidated and abandoned properties&hellip; a meeting with Bike Pittsburgh and City officials to discuss the forthcoming bike share stations and improving infrastructure in D4&hellip; a meeting with the Design Center to discuss potential building improvement programs for Brookline&hellip; a meeting with GoBurgh to discuss bus rapid transit&hellip; a meeting with Saleem Ghubril, head of the Pittsburgh Promise&hellip; a meeting with the Young Elected Officials organization to discuss how I can leverage my position as state director to connect with other Pennsylvania elected officials&hellip; and all our usual neighborhood block watches and community organization meetings!</li> </ul> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>Issuing proclamations to people or organizations doing good work in the District and in the City is something that happens every Council meeting. In the past month, I&rsquo;ve had a chance to bring attention to a variety of Pittsburgh institutions:</p> <p>Taking an active role in all sorts of volunteer projects around South Pittsburgh--and beyond--the <strong>St. Basil Youth Ministry</strong>, based in St. Basil Catholic Parish in Carrick, provides a resource for youth from grade 8 to grade 12 to build leadership and community. The Youth Ministry lends their time and energy with local soup kitchens and food pantries, helping seniors with yard work and cleaning, visiting their elderly neighbors at senior residences, and more. And every year, they go on a mission trip to Kentucky, in the heart of Appalachia, where they do yard work and home repair, hold religious education sessions, and bring donated goods from Pittsburgh churches. Thanks for all you do, St. Basil Youth Ministry!</p> <p>After serving in the 4th division of the Public Works Department for over a decade, telecommunications inspector <strong>Jim Takacs</strong> is taking his retirement. Jim is a veteran of the war in Vietnam, and after release from active duty, he spent 8 years in the Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major. For his service, Jim received the Purple Heart, among many other awards. He spent 32 years with Bell Telephone Co. as a lineman, cable splicer, and construction supervisor. Most recently, he worked for the City&rsquo;s Public Works Department in the 4th division, which covers Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick, and Overbrook, in addition to other South Pittsburgh neighborhoods outside of District 4. Thanks to Councilman O&rsquo;Connor for recognizing Jim&rsquo;s service. Read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1485650&amp;GUID=57961E66-6F10-4725-959B-C03AB5BC7C42">here</a>.</p> <p>If you read the <em>Post-Gazette</em> you&rsquo;re probably familiar with <strong>Rob Rogers</strong>&rsquo; work--his weekly comic strip &ldquo;Brewed on Grant&rdquo; has for years playfully poked fun at the comings and goings in local government. But Rob has been an active editorial cartoonist for decades, and in 2009 his 25-year retrospective <em>No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers</em> was published. This past summer, his coverage of Mayor Ravenstahl was exhibited at the ToonSeum in a show titled <em>Juice Box Memories: The Best of Boy Mayor</em>. Rob&rsquo;s wit and artistic skill, along with his great love for Pittsburgh, shine through his work. I was happy to have him in Council to honor him with a proclamation--read it <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1489300&amp;GUID=ABE086EA-3BDF-4CE1-B1D0-61C1E867C2C7">here</a>.</p> <p>With a mission to create opportunity and build relationships for its members, <strong>ALPFA</strong> is a national Latino association for business professionals and students. On October 1, I recognized the Pittsburgh chapter on its fifth anniversary. Read the proclamation <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1485656&amp;GUID=EA6ADB7E-BB50-45AF-9F73-556FB14F6C05">here</a>.</p> <h3><a name="halloween">Halloween in South Pitts-boo!-urgh</a></h3> <p>Halloween is right around the corner, and there&rsquo;s lots going on in District 4. Visit the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween/">Halloween page</a> to learn more--you can even request a free activity book! If you have other parties or fun activities to share, Tweet at me&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarudiak">@nataliarudiak</a> or post on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/natalia.rudiak.54">my Facebook page</a>!</p> <p>The Carrick and Overbrook Community Councils are hosting their annual costume contest from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. This year the contest takes place in the Carrick High cafeteria and is intended for kids aged 12 and under. If you&rsquo;re interested in participating, you must register--just call 412.884.5509.</p> <p>The Brookline Halloween Parade is a wonderful yearly tradition, and this year it&rsquo;s meeting on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the cannon on Brookline Boulevard.</p> <p>The Beechview Senior Center is holding its Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.</p> <p>City-wide, trick or treating is taking place on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Be spooky--and be safe!</p> <h3><a name="overbrook">Overbrook Memorial Garden to get a facelift</a></h3> <p>Last year, the Firehouse Farms vegetable garden, which was tended by members of the Bhutanese community and teenage student volunteers, produced a great harvest, but for next year, a flower garden (a &ldquo;cutting garden&rdquo;) is being planned in its place.</p> <p>Thanks to a $2,000 gift from the City and the leadership of our new neighborhood planner Josh Lippert, an ambitious garden project will be taking root alongside the Accamando Center (the old Overbrook firehouse) on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.--and you&rsquo;re invited to lend a helping hand!</p> <p>Josh&rsquo;s plans include boxwoods around the war memorial next to the Accamando Center; a cutting garden featuring sunflowers, dahlias, daffodils, and the like, with a vine arbor entrance; fenced children garden with butterfly and bird-attracting flora; and a rock garden with a view to the Saw Mill Run creek. Some of the offerings include red twig dogwood, serviceberry, knock-out roses, and boxwood shrubs.</p> <p>Meet Josh and see the garden take shape, and get your hands in the dirt, by joining in this Saturday right before 10:00 a.m. Supplies will be provided.</p> <h3><a name="big">Beechview Community Garden plans big project day</a></h3> <p>Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is a huge day for the Beechview Community Garden. Volunteers will be completing the Love Your Block grant project/Edible Garden mini grant even along with an end-of-the-year garden work day. If you&#39;re interested in volunteering, the garden will need people of all ages to help out planting a hillside with perennials, replacing mulch around raised beds, weeding the butterfly garden, tending a pumpkin patch and rosebushes, and much more. The first 20 volunteers get a free t-shirt, and lunch will be provided through an Edible Garden mini grant. If you&#39;re interested in helping out, RSVP <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/595508093839138/">here</a> or by emailing <a href="mailto:beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com">beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com</a>.</p> <h3><a name="veterans">How many veterans are there in the Pittsburgh region?</a></h3> <p>Thanks to data compiled by the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), we can answer this question! The American Community Survey estimates that there are just over 190,000 veterans who live in the metropolitan area (including the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland). This number means that 10% of the metro area&rsquo;s population over 18 is a veteran!</p> <p>Learn more about our region&rsquo;s veteran population at <a href="http://www.ucsur.pitt.edu/peq.php">this Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly report</a>.</p> <p>And follow UCSUR <a href="https://twitter.com/UCSUR">on Twitter</a> for more interesting facts and reports on our local population.</p> <h3><a name="affordable">Have questions about the Affordable Care Act?</a></h3> <p>I&rsquo;m currently uninsured--what should I do? I own a small business, so am I required to offer coverage now? As a senior citizen, how will the ACA change my life? I already have insurance; do I need to do anything?</p> <p>The Affordable Care Act (or &ldquo;Obamacare&rdquo;) is changing the landscape of health insurance in this country, and it can be a bit confusing. Thankfully, State Rep. Erin Molchany is holding a session where you can learn about the new insurance market and have your questions answered. This seminar for community leaders is intended for people who may be fielding questions from the public--from your parish, from your patients, or from your community members. Join them at this free information session at Grandview Bakery at 255 Shiloh Street on Mt. Washington on <strong>Saturday, October 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.</strong> Please RSVP by calling Rep. Molchany&rsquo;s office at 412.343.2094.</p> <p>And if you need to sign up for health insurance or have questions about the new marketplace, attend one of their free events open to the public, where you can ask questions and work one-on-one to look at your insurance options:</p> <p>Monday, October 28, 4:00-7:00 p.m.<br /> Beechview Library, 1910 Broadway Ave</p> <p>Thursday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.<br /> Brookline Library, 708 Brookline Blvd</p> <p>Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br /> Whitehall Library, 100 Borough Park Dr</p> <p>Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-6:00 p.m.<br /> Mt. Washington Library, 315 Grandview Ave</p> <h3><a name="route">Route 51/88 construction project meeting planned for December</a></h3> <p>After years and years, this project is finally taking off! Around $15 million in cost, this long-awaited project will make the intersection safer in many respects: it will improve traffic flow (in one of the busiest intersections in the entire region!), make pedestrian access easier, and address constant flash flooding issues.</p> <p>Join us for a public meeting with PennDOT, Michael Baker Corporation (the construction engineers), and other officials on <strong>Monday, December 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.</strong> at St. Norbert&rsquo;s Church at 2413 St. Norberts Street. Come learn more about the scope of the project, phasing and timeline, and effects on local traffic, including detours.</p> <p>Until this public meeting, and throughout the course of the project, you can always contact the ACTA information hotline if you have questions or would like more information. The hotline phone number is 412.533.4606.</p> <h3><a name="ura">URA to begin demolition of 1602 Broadway Avenue</a></h3> <p>After the public weighed in at a community meeting in the basement of the Beechview Presbyterian Church last June, there was a unanimous vote to demolish 1602 Broadway Avenue (between 1600 Broadway Ave and the IGA) because the building is so far beyond repair. The URA is now moving forward with this plan, and demolition begins this week and will last for 10 days or so. The ultimate goal is to clear the way for either a patio for a potential restaurant at 1600, or a construction-ready site for a future development.</p> <p>Contractors will be roping off a few parking spots on Broadway Avenue to get their equipment in there. If you&rsquo;re experiencing any real problems with this (like extremely loud noise at weird hours, for example), contact my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="medication">What to do with expired or unwanted medication?</a></h3> <p>It&rsquo;s generally a good idea to get rid of unwanted medication--tens of thousands of children every year show up in emergency rooms because of unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. But don&rsquo;t flush &lsquo;em down the toilet! Did you know that wastewater treatment plants and septic systems aren&rsquo;t designed to treat medication waste? Recent U.S. Geological Survey studies have found traces of painkillers, estrogen, antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, and more in water samples from 30 states. These medications in our water lead to defects in fish, and when antibiotics are released into the environment like this, it can even help germs because drug-resistant!</p> <p>To give Pittsburghers an opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medicines, the City&rsquo;s police stations are holding a medication disposal event. On <strong>Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.</strong>, you can bring all of your unused or expired medications to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/zones.htm">any City of Pittsburgh police zone station</a>. In District 4, our police zones are Zone 6 and Zone 3:</p> <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/zone6.htm">Zone 6 station</a> is located in the West End at 312 S. Main Street.</p> <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/zone3.htm">Zone 3 station</a> is located in Allentown at 830 E. Warrington Avenue.</p> <p>If you have any questions, contact the City&rsquo;s Safety Manager David Reed at 412.255.2403.</p> <h3><a name="snap">Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits</a></h3> <p>Our City&rsquo;s farmers markets have long been a popular source of seasonal, locally produced, nutritious, affordable food. Vendors sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, coffee, and more--and with the new &ldquo;Fresh Access&rdquo; program enabled by Just Harvest, SNAP shoppers will be able to use their benefits at five of the Citiparks farmers markets, including in Carrick (the others are South Side, Bloomfield, East Liberty, and North Side). The Carrick Farmers Market runs until November 27 and is located at the Shopping Center on Brownsville Road at Parkfield Street.</p> <p>Shoppers wishing to pay with credit, debit, or food stamp cards should approach the Just Harvest tent at the market, where they&rsquo;ll be able to swipe their card to receive wooden tokens, which work like cash at the market. For more information about the Fresh Access program, check out <a href="http://www.justharvest.org">Just Harvest</a>.</p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Continuing our monthly updates from District 4 public schools:</p> <p>The <strong>Beechwood PreK-5</strong> Parent Faculty Association is having a Bake Sale and Barbecue Sandwiches event to benefit the students, which will take place on Election Day, November 5, at the Beechview firehouse (1428 Beechview Avenue). Beechwood PreK-5 will hold their &ldquo;mummy and son&rdquo; night on October 30 at 6:00 p.m., and the annual Halloween parade is at 1:15 p.m. on October 31.</p> <p><strong>Brookline Elementary</strong> welcomes John Vater as their new principal. He and the staff at Brookline Elementary want to welcome you to Coffee with the Administration, which will be held on the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. Also, the Parents School Community Council Meeting will be held at Cannon Coffee on November 12 at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Carmalt Academy</strong> is hosting special four-legged visitors every Wednesday: therapy dogs have been coming to listen to 1st graders read storybooks to them! Carmalt&rsquo;s book fair will be held from October 14 to the 18th. And the Carmalt PSCC/PTO/Title One meeting will be held on October 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. And in the middle school, everybody&rsquo;s looking forward to the Fall Fling dance at the end of the month!</p> <p><strong>Concord Elementary</strong> and <strong>Carrick High</strong> have been celebrating Spirit Week. &ldquo;The Future is Mine,&rdquo; a group at Carrick High organized by Lisa Mahla, partnered the two schools together to celebrate Twin Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, and Blue and Gold Thursday. As part of a contest to see which students have the most school spirit, some of the elementary kids even got a chance to visit the high school!</p> <p>There&rsquo;s something artistic in the water at <strong>Roosevelt Elementary</strong>&hellip; Students now have their own virtual art gallery: <a href="http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=83762">check it out here</a>! There are already over 100 pieces of art from Roosevelt students, and much more is to come! Students are event putting together a monthly art newsletter that features art happenings around the City.</p> <p><strong>South Hills 6-8</strong> will being holding after-school homework club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on October 22. And October 22 was Math Night at South Hills Middle, where parents visited to take a peek at the work their kids were doing and learn how they could help them with their math education.</p> <p><strong>West Liberty K-5</strong> has been active in the community lately. In the past few weeks, teachers have discovered DonorsChoose.org. On this site, teachers are able to list classroom projects that they&rsquo;d like to get started with students, and the community can help pitch in with small donations--even as little as $1. So far, two projects have been funded, and West Liberty is looking at three more. <a href="http://www.donorschoose.org/school/pittsburgh-west-liberty-elementary-school/88670/?teachers=true">Check out their site</a> to see how you can help.</p> <h3><a name="planning">City Planning announces website updates</a></h3> <p>The Department of City Planning has announced that they&rsquo;ve updated their websites, so that now you&rsquo;ll be able to look at scheduled meetings and presentations for the Planning Commission and Historic Review Commission.</p> <p>To look at Planning Commission information, go to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/boards/planning-commission">http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/boards/planning-commission</a>. On the lefthand side, you&rsquo;ll see a menu for Process, Schedule - 2013, and Archive. If you go to the Schedule page, you&rsquo;ll see links for each meeting&rsquo;s agenda, minutes, and any presentation files.</p> <p>Similarly, you can access the Historic Review Commission information at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/historic-review-commission">http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/historic-review-commission</a>. Click on the Schedule - 2013 link on the lefthand side to see meeting information for the Historic Review Commission.</p> <h3><a name="lifespan">Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan</a></h3> <p>This past summer, the Elder-ado senior centers merged withi LifeSpan, Inc. With assistance from foundations, Elder-ado conducted a search for an agency that would be able to continue to fund and support the services they provide to seniors in the Hilltop area. LifeSpan will continue to provide daily meals, recreational activities, and more at their centers:</p> <ul> <li>LifeSpan Carrick Resource Center, 2019 Brownsville Rd, 412.881.6800.</li> <li>LifeSpan McKinley Resource Center, 900 Delmont St., 412.481.2433.</li> <li>LifeSpan Knoxville Resource Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., 412.381.6900.</li> </ul> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/07/23/news/elder-ado-centers-merger-with-lifespan-complete-on-july-1/13703.html">the <i>South Pittsburgh Reporter</i>&rsquo;s article</a> to learn more.</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><strong>Affordable Care Act seminar for community leaders</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at Grandview Bakery (255 Shiloh St.)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Clean Up w/ Pitt Make a Difference Day</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Beechview Community Garden Fall Clean Up Day (with Love Your Block project)</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Accamando Center Clean Up and Garden Planting</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Unused/expired medicine collection event</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at any City police zone station</p> <p><strong>Carrick CC and Overbrook CC Halloween costume contest</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Carrick High cafeteria</p> <p><strong>Brookline Halloween Parade</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Rep. Molchany health insurance enrollment fair</strong><br /> Monday, October 28, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Beechview Library (1910 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Merchants Association meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. at the BMA office (1553 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Senior Center Halloween Party</strong><br /> Thursday, October 31, 11:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>City of Pittsburgh official trick-or-treating</strong><br /> Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Election Day</strong><br /> Tuesday, November 5</p> <p><strong>Rep. Molchany health insurance enrollment fair</strong><br /> Thursday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Brookline Library (708 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot at Broadway Ave and Beechview Ave</p> <p><strong>Carrick High Veteran&rsquo;s Remembrance event</strong><br /> Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. at the Carrick High veterans wall</p> <p><strong>Beechview Senior Center Veteran&rsquo;s Day Remembrance ceremony</strong><br /> Friday, November 8, 10:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Rep. Molchany health insurance enrollment fair</strong><br /> Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Whitehall Library (100 Borough Park Dr, Whitehall)</p> <p><strong>Veteran&rsquo;s Day</strong><br /> Monday, November 11</p> <p><strong>Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting</strong><br /> Monday, November 11, 5:45 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Rep. Molchany health insurance enrollment fair</strong><br /> Tuesday, November 12, 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Library (315 Grandview Ave)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Carrick Community Council public meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><strong>Fairhaven United Methodist Church gala</strong><br /> Saturday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. at Salvatore&rsquo;s Restaurant (5001 Curry Road)</p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview Merchants Association meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. at the BMA office (1553 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving</strong><br /> Thursday, November 28</p> <p><strong>Route 51/88 construction public meeting</strong><br /> Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. at St. Norbert&rsquo;s Church (2413 St. Norberts St)</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:21:53 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | October 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2503 <h3>In this issue...</h3> <h6><a href="#NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <p><a href="#working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a><br /> <a href="#upmc">UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#paving">What happened to paving Brownsville Road?</a><br /> <a href="#paved">Why hasn&#39;t my street been paved?</a><br /> <a href="#fairhaven">Congratulations to the historic Fairhaven Methodist Church</a><br /> <a href="#good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a><br /> <a href="#beechview">Beechview in the spotlight</a><br /> <a href="#gardens">Beechview gardens need your help</a><br /> <a href="#walking">Walking/cycling conference at Carnegie Mellon</a><br /> <a href="#record"><em>Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh&#39;s a Stage!</em></a><br /> <a href="#scarecrow">Spooky, silly, or just plain crafty: the second annual Brookline scarecrow competition</a><br /> <a href="#snap">Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits</a><br /> <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a><br /> <a href="#planning">City Planning announces website updates</a><br /> <a href="#lifespan">Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan</a><br /> <a href="#Watches">Block Watches work!</a></p> <h6><a href="#HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <p><a href="#resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a><br /> <a href="#assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a><br /> <a href="#tenders">Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!</a><br /> <a href="#Employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a><br /> <a href="#Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></p> <h6><a href="#EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <br /> <hr /> <h6><a name="NEWS">DISTRICT 4 NEWS</a></h6> <h3><a name="working">Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</a></h3> <ul> <li>Back to school season has come and gone, and the Pittsburgh Public Schools in District 4 have all held their annual open houses to help students and parents adjust, meet their teachers, and get started on the right foot. Read the <a href="#schools">Updates from our local public schools</a> piece below to learn more from some of our schools.</li> <li>Continuing our efforts to make sure we are coordinated at the state and city levels, my office organized an all-hands-on-deck meeting with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, State Rep. Erin Molchany, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, and the Beechview Merchants Association to nail down concrete plans for URA-owned buildings along Beechview&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue. The cost of renovation is still sky-high and cost-prohibitive for many. At the meeting we looked at each URA building, the remaining funding gaps to renovate each building, and plans for moving forward.</li> <li>Labor Day is a time to reflect on our shared labor history and to show that, by working together, we have the power to rebuild our middle class. Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second largest Labor Day parade in the country? Check out some photos from that day on the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/photos">District 4 photos page</a>.</li> <li>If you spend any time along Brownsville Road, you know that its trees are in need of some TLC. In early September I met with folks at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church to discuss replacing the trees along Brownsville Road. Thanks to Linda Donahue and Joe Krynock of the Carrick Tree Tenders, Lisa Ceoffe in City Forestry, Jeff Bergman of TreeVitalize, and Jake Milofsky of Tree Pittsburgh. We are also including other nearby municipalities, like Mount Oliver and Brentwood, in our plan to apply for a TreeVitalize grant. If you&rsquo;ve noticed the missing trees on Brownsville Road, or have noticed that some of the tree pits are overgrown and weedy, we could use your help. To join us, contact Linda Donahue at 412.901.6673 or Joe Krynock at <a href="mailto:grizzly_joe@verizon.net">grizzly_joe@verizon.net</a> or call my office at 412.255.2131.</li> <li>For years now, we&rsquo;ve been hearing from residents concerned about hunting in our greenways and City parks. In early September, community relations manager Dan met with city public safety director Mike Huss, Zone 3 police commander McNeilly and community relations officer Luffey, Kathryn from the Mount Washington CDC, Chuck O&rsquo;Neil from Public Works, and an officer from the PA Game Commission. We came to this meeting after hearing from residents who are afraid of crossbow and rifles being used near their homes. As of today, hunting in City parks and greenways is against the law where signage is posted. Public safety director Huss and PA Game Commissioner Gary Fujak brought to the table the issue of deer populations, mentioning that the overabundance of deer in our urban forests is causing problems like traffic accidents.This is an ongoing conversation that doesn&rsquo;t have an easy solution. What are your thoughts?</li> <li>I was invited to take part in West Liberty Elementary&rsquo;s 9/11 Patriot Day event. Joined by State Rep. Erin Molchany and State Sen. Wayne Fontana, the youngsters of Brookline and I paid our respects to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the heroic efforts of the service members and ordinary people who gave their all.</li> <li>The Carrick Community Council held their quarterly public meeting in September, where I gave updates on local developments, we discussed the positive feedback about recent block watches, and we heard from our new neighborhood planner Josh Lippert, Public Works supervisor John Radcliffe, and Aaron Sukenik, executive director of the Hilltop Alliance. If you don&rsquo;t already, be sure to follow <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrick-Community-Council/285371399447">the Carrick Community Council on Facebook for updates and event invitations</a>.</li> <li>The Brookline community has really turned out over the summer for a series of &ldquo;identity visioning&rdquo; meetings. Just like Bloomfield is known as our Little Italy, Brookline has a unique opportunity to brand itself. We all know what Brookline has going for it--and now it&rsquo;s time to communicate that to the rest of the City more professionally, through maps, brochures, and special events. Thanks to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrooklineSPDC">the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation</a> and <a href="http://www.evolveea.com/">EvolveEA</a> for pulling together a roadmap on taking Brookline to the next level.</li> <li>Thanks to the Polish Cultural Council for inviting me to their volunteer appreciation picnic at the Croatian Center--the pig roast was fabulous and it was an honor having Deborah Majka, the honorary consul for Poland in Philadelphia, here in Pittsburgh.</li> <li>And all the rest: I&rsquo;ve been negotiating with our public access channel and our cable bureau to ensure that they have the proper equipment to stay on the air&hellip; I met with a local developer to to learn how the Pittsburgh Public Schools are planning to readapt some of their closed school facilities... I attended a public budget hearing held in Beechview to advocate for capital budget projects in District 4&hellip; We stopped by the Beechview Senior Center for their annual picnic, the September Brookline Block Watch meeting, the Zone 3 public safety meeting, and the Overbrook Community Council meeting&hellip; I was honored to give a speech about leadership to over 60 people from the corporate world and from the non-profit sector <http: index.asp="" www.lpinc.org=""> and left them with this quote:&nbsp;</http:></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><http: index.asp="" www.lpinc.org=""></http:>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s do it together&rdquo; is so much powerful than &ldquo;I do it for you&rdquo; or &ldquo;you do it alone.&rdquo;</p> <h3><a name="upmc">UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>A number of employees of UPMC have been harassed, intimidated, and fired (one worker was even fired twice!) simply for joining together with their coworkers to talk about creating a union in order to provide health care and a decent salary to support their families--our families, our neighbors, our friends. We have a great tradition here in Pittsburgh of workers standing up to bullying tactics in order to secure a healthy middle class for all of us.</p> <p>On September 4, we on Council heard stories from current and former UPMC employees who have experienced this bullying firsthand, and I sponsored a proclamation on their behalf--<a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1473940&amp;GUID=01EE0259-41AB-4E5D-AF8F-CCAF9A1EB883">read it here</a><https: id="1473940&amp;GUID=01EE0259-41AB-4E5D-AF8F-CCAF9A1EB883" pittsburgh.legistar.com="">. And on Saturday, September 7, I rallied and marched with the workers, ministers, community leaders, and concerned residents of the City who joined together to stand up to UPMC&rsquo;s recent worker intimidation and bullying tactics<http: 07="" 09="" 2013="" hundreds-rally-against-upmc-call-for-change="" pittsburgh.cbslocal.com="">.</http:></https:></p> <p>Pittsburghers have a shared history of pride and resilience, and today we are rebuilding our neighborhoods, educating our children, and together making our City one of the most admired in the nation. As the region&rsquo;s largest employer--and recipient of tax exemptions footed by us, the taxpayers--UPMC has a duty to help us strengthen Pittsburgh and make it livable for everyone.</p> <h3><a name="paving">What happened to paving Brownsville Road?</a></h3> <p>Early in the season, we had requested the entirety of Brownsville Road be paved by Public Works. DPW reported to us that because of various utility work that will be taking place along Brownsville Road, the only portion they would be able to pave is from Calhount to Minooka, which is in progress. When utility companies plan for their linework, it can put a hold on paving for months, which oftentimes bumps it off that year&#39;s list. Otherwise, DPW would be laying fresh asphalt on a street that would just a few weeks later be torn up to repair a water main. Some examples of the work slated for Brownsville Road include Penn American Water doing work in the Amanda St./East Cherryhill area, PWSA doing sewer lining work from E. Meyers Ave. to Brownsville, and PWSA engineering work taking place on Brownsville Rd. between Overbrook Blvd. and Becks Run Rd. sometime between now and March of 2014. We will continue to push for more streets to be paved, and for the rest of Brownsville Road to be taken care of.</p> <h3><a name="paved">Why hasn&rsquo;t my street been paved?</a></h3> <p>As the 2013 paving season wraps up, we&rsquo;re happy to see that District 4 is seeing some paving taking place, but for every 1 mile that gets much-needed attention, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other miles that don&rsquo;t get touched. This can be really frustrating. Unfortunately, every year, the City&rsquo;s paving program has to deal with rising costs and a growing pool of need--and every year, it gets bigger and bigger.</p> <p>Pittsburgh has a lot of asphalt roads. Hundreds and hundreds of miles. Stretched end-to-end, they would reach from the Point all the way to Minneapolis! Because of weather and climate, weight and pressure, and various chemical exposures (like gasoline, oil, and salt), asphalt deterioration begins almost as soon as it&rsquo;s freshly laid down. An asphalt road is expected to last for a decade in Pittsburgh. Doing the math, that means we should pave about 86 miles of road every year so that no street is left unmaintained for more than ten years.</p> <p>But since at least 2004, the City hasn&rsquo;t been able to keep up with that measure, paving much fewer than 86 miles every year. Last year the City took out a bond for $80 million for the first time in over a decade, and one stated purpose for the money is necessary infrastructure projects, including resurfacing. For 2012 and 2013, approximately $10 million has been spent on paving, and last year we were able to pave a record 61 miles--which is still short of the necessary amount of 86 miles to keep our streets up to date.</p> <p>Add to this the fact that for every year that we pave fewer than 86 miles, we add streets to our paving deficit, meaning we start the next year already behind. For every street that enters its tenth year (meaning it&rsquo;s time to repave), there&rsquo;s a street entering its eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth...</p> <p>An audit by the Controller&rsquo;s office in 2009 found that a mile of paving costs approximately $315,000 (<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/paving">click here to read this audit and see our infographic</a>). As revenue from the federal government, local non-profits, and City property taxes has remained steady or declined--not to mention the rising costs of crude oil globally--paving is becoming a more expensive proposition every year. And unforeseen problems like landslides, erosion, and structural issues can compound the cost of a simple paving job.</p> <p>The total cost to repave all of the roads that are over a decade old would be approximately $103 million, roughly ten times the amount that we can afford to budget this year. The cost to repave all the roads would actually be nearly double our total capital budget this year (which would mean no pools, parks, senior centers, fire trucks, ballfield lights, or dozens of other programs for the next two years).</p> <p>Additionally, we&rsquo;ve been told by Public Works that even when we have the funding and manpower to pave a street, because of scheduled utility work, that street can be bumped off the list for next year, or for the year after that. When water or electricity utilities schedule to dig up a street for linework, that means the DPW decides not to pave the street--why spend the money and time laying down fresh asphalt if it&rsquo;s just going to be ripped up in a month? Though we think there can be a better way to coordinate all the different interests here, it is true that with our aging infrastructure, there&rsquo;s a lot of utility work that will need to continue to happen every year.</p> <p>Given all of these realities, we continue to listen to your suggestions, drive through the district to investigate, and submit our recommendations for street resurfacing to the Department of Public Works, which is tasked with making the final decision based on their own system. We do everything we can on our end to advocate for residents, including monitoring 311 requests, going out and taking pictures, submitting your letters and petitions, and working with you all to make your voices are heard in the process.</p> <p>Please continue to call my office, 311, or both to report potholes and other infrastructure issues that Public Works should look into.</p> <h3><a name="fairhaven">Congratulations to the historic Fairhaven Methodist Church</a></h3> <p>On September 17, City Council finally passed legislation that honors Fairhaven Methodist Church as a historic structure. As of right now, <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1450881&amp;GUID=A9D23A24-0CBA-47B2-B4E8-57C7E2A43120">it has been sent to the Mayor&rsquo;s office to be signed</a>! Congregants from the church had rented a van to come down to City Council to speak about how Fairhaven has shaped their lives and strengthened their communities. One after another, they stood up to share their stories for the public record. My colleagues on Council were thoroughly impressed--and I&rsquo;m proud of their dedication and effort!</p> <p>Read more about Fairhaven in <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/walkabout-overbrook-church-might-be-ordinary-but-historic-too-692113/">Diana Nelson Jones&rsquo; piece in the <i>Post-Gazette</i> from last June</a>.</p> <p>Join the congregation of Fairhaven Church at their gala on Saturday, November 23 at Salvatore&rsquo;s Restaurant at 5001 Curry Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m., with Scott Harbaugh from WPXI leading the auction. Contact the church at 412.882.2544 for more information.</p> <h3><a name="good">Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</a></h3> <p>My dad is the grandchild of Polish immigrants, and my mom herself emigrated from Poland. Where does your family trace its roots? On September 3, I honored Sister Janice Vanderneck of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden with <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1473919&amp;GUID=58FA8F35-7C49-40F1-A907-AD4A2921EE86">a proclamation in City Council</a>. Along with local organizations like the Jewish Family &amp; Children&rsquo;s Services, the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and the Latino Family Center, Sister Janice has worked to open Casa San Jose, a new community center devoted to assisting Latino families who have recently settled in the area. Casa San Jose operates out of St. Mark&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 933 Brookline Boulevard, providing a welcome place for Spanish-speaking Pittsburghers to connect with valuable resources like English classes. For more information or to volunteer your time and skills, contact Sister Janice at Casa San Jose at 412.343.3111.</p> <p>And in the same vein, on September 10, I was proud to sponsor <a href="https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1476312&amp;GUID=B4F00DFE-66AE-493B-BC2F-31CDCDA64D1C">a proclamation for the first annual Latino Day at Kennywood</a>. Like Polish Day, Italian Day, or Croatian Day, Latino Day aims to be one day a year where various Latin American cultures and traditions take center stage at Kennywood. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Mr. Alberto Benzaquen, Latino Day was a blast--especially with helpings of mole chicken, chorizo tacos, empanadas, and tres leches cake!</p> <h3><a name="beechview">Beechview in the spotlight</a></h3> <p>With mass transit access, great housing stock, and a devoted community, we in South Pittsburgh know Beechview&rsquo;s assets and terrific potential firsthand. But in the past few weeks, local media have perked their ears up even more. Check out these articles below:</p> <p><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/lifestyle/beechview-a-big-draw-for-pittsburghs-latino-residents-702400/">Beechview a big draw for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Latino residents</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/grocery-with-latin-touch-opens-in-beechview-703141/">Grocery with Latin touch opens in Beechview</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/letters/enjoying-beechview-703775/">Enjoying Beechview</a></p> <p>And in a sign of our growing and changing local economy, we recently learned that the IGA on Broadway Avenue has entered into a business relationship with the owners of Las Palmas LLC, the grocery and taqueria that has locations in Brookline, Oakland, and Washington PA, in addition to a space on Beechview Avenue. Las Palmas submitted a business plan, and a deal was struck between the owner of the IGA and Las Palmas to change management of the business itself, though the IGA is remaining as the leaseholder. On September 18, State Rep. Erin Molchany, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, and I sent out a letter to the Beechview community on this--<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/beechview_business_letter.pdf">read our letter here</a>.</p> <p>As a reminder, don&rsquo;t forget to check on our <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/in-the-news">District 4 in the News page</a>, where we collect the good stories, updates, and attention that&rsquo;s paid to South Pittsburgh.</p> <h3><a name="gardens">Beechview gardens need your help</a></h3> <p>Have a green thumb and want to help out in the community? On Sunday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m., come to the Wenzell Avenue garden at the corner of Wenzell and Broadway Avenue. Volunteers are needed to remove weeds, plastic, and annual plants as part of a fall pull-out. Gloves and supplies will be provided--just bring yourself!</p> <p>Ever participated in the Beechview Plant Swap? If not, now&rsquo;s your chance: on Sunday, October 6 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue, join others who love gardening and you may be able to trade something old for something new! Bring any of the following items:</p> <ul> <li>Rooted plants, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, cuttings, herbs, vegetables, trees, gardening tools/supplies, yard art, stepping stones, trellises, pots, gardening books/magazines, and empty pots to fill with your new plants!</li> </ul> <p>Any unswapped or donated plants will be planted in the Beechview Community Garden. For more information, contact <a href="mailto:beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com">beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com</a> or visit <a href="http://www.beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com">their blog</a>.</p> <p>And on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m., the Love Your Block grant project/Edible Garden mini grant event/End of the Garden Year grand work day will take place! The community is in need of donations of perennials (shade, part shade, and full sun) in order to complete this hillside project, and, of course, volunteers are needed as well. All supplies and gloves will be provided.</p> <p>Thanks for your help!</p> <h3><a name="walking">Walking/cycling conference at Carnegie Mellon</a></h3> <p>Last week, communications manager Adam attended the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference at Carnegie Mellon. Pittsburgh has been gaining a lot of attention lately for its efforts to make our streets safer for everyone--whether they&rsquo;re driving a car, riding a bike, or walking. We hope to use some of the ideas from the conference, working with Bike Pittsburgh, to slow down traffic across District 4, and we hope to work with the next administration to engineer our streets better. A couple interesting notes from the conference:</p> <ul> <li>The phrase &ldquo;complete streets&rdquo; is in fashion lately, but what does it actually mean? One good rule of thumb: would you feel comfortable with a young child cycling on the street? Do you feel that your elderly family members or neighbors are able to safely and confidently cross at intersections? If you said yes to both, that&rsquo;s a complete street--a place where all people can safely live and travel.</li> <li>Some say that our topography or our weather are hindrances--but San Francisco, despite being an extremely hilly place, <a href="http://thisbigcity.net/san-francisco-became-cycling-city-against-odds/">has been a leader in cycling in the country</a>, and Minneapolis, <a href="http://www.bicycling.com/news/featured-stories/1-bike-city-minneapolis">one of the most cyclist-friendly cities</a>, is certainly colder and snowier than Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <p>We continue to take part in EDS&#39; bike/ped committee, strategizing on how we can make our streets in South Pittsburgh safer. To learn how you can participate, contact our office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="record"><i>Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh&#39;s a Stage!</i></a></h3> <p>You&rsquo;d think that being on live television week to week in City Council Chambers is enough drama... but on October 10, I&rsquo;m taking it to the next level! Politics gets downright Shakespearean in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Off-The-Record-Pittsburgh/78567113700">this year&rsquo;s <i>Off the Record</i></a>, an annual musical satire of Pittsburgh news presented by both professional actors and members of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s media, and it&rsquo;s always a laugh.</p> <p>This is <em>Off the Record&rsquo;s</em> 13th year, organized by the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild/CWA and Pittsburgh SAG-AFTRA, and featuring KDKA&rsquo;s Ken Rice as emcee and Councilman Bill Peduto as the &ldquo;prebuttalist.&rdquo; As always, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and as of last year, donation totals reached $240,000!</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s performance will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 412.456.6666 or go to <a href="http://www.trustarts.org">www.trustarts.org</a>.</p> <h3><a name="scarecrow">Spooky, silly, or just plain crafty: the second annual Brookline scarecrow competition</a></h3> <p>It&rsquo;s autumn, and you know what that means: Brookline&rsquo;s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Competition! The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is asking for businesses, community organizations, schools, churches, senior centers, and residents of Brookline to participate by creating a themed scarecrow, with the grand prize set to $150 (and $50 prizes for 2nd and 3rd places). The key is to be creative and imaginative--and sorry, no commercial scarecrows are accepted; the rule is original and homemade only! Scarecrows must be between 3 and 4 feet tall and may not exceed a width of 3 feet. The scarecrow must be free-standing.</p> <p>Entries will be accepted by the Brookline Chamber between September 24 and 28, and a panel of judges will work between October 1 and 22, announcing the winners at the Halloween Parade on October 26.</p> <p>For more information about joining, contact A-Boss Opticians at 938 Brookline Blvd at 412.561.0811, or call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="snap">Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits</a></h3> <p>Our City&rsquo;s farmers markets have long been a popular source of seasonal, locally produced, nutritious, affordable food. Vendors sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, coffee, and more--and with the new &ldquo;Fresh Access&rdquo; program enabled by Just Harvest, SNAP shoppers will be able to use their benefits at five of the Citiparks farmers markets, including in Carrick (the others are South Side, Bloomfield, East Liberty, and North Side). The Carrick Farmers Market runs until November 27 and is located at the Shopping Center on Brownsville Road at Parkfield Street.</p> <p>Shoppers wishing to pay with credit, debit, or food stamp cards should approach the Just Harvest tent at the market, where they&rsquo;ll be able to swipe their card to receive wooden tokens, which work like cash at the market. For more information about the Fresh Access program, check out <a href="http://www.justharvest.org">Just Harvest</a>.</p> <h3><a name="schools">Updates from our local public schools</a></h3> <p>Great things are happening in our public schools, and here are some updates that have been shared with my office that I&rsquo;d like to share with you:</p> <ul> <li>At <strong>South Hills Middle School</strong>, four out of nine PTO/Title I and Parent School Community Council (PSCC) meetings will be held at various locations where students live. The next meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8 in Mt. Washington at the Urban Mountain Gathering Place at 213 Bailey Avenue.</li> <li><strong>Beechwood PreK-5</strong> will be holding their first PSCC meeting of the year on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m., where they will be discussing the school&rsquo;s instructional focus for the 2013-2014 school year and efforts to support their new attendance initiative &ldquo;Be There.&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology</strong> will have their first PSCC/Title 1/PTSA meeting on Wednesday, October 18th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come learn about their innovative efforts and their Title 1 program. And just recently, Carmalt had another exciting week of 5th graders learning how to do the rhumba with the Dancing Classroom program. Meanwhile, one of their middle school classes is participating in learning debate techniques.</li> <li>At <strong>Carrick High</strong>, Principal Chakey reports that there&rsquo;s plenty to be proud of, including: <ul> <li>Increase in State Assessment Scores in both English and Math</li> <li>Increased enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses</li> <li>Increase in students that qualify for incentives for excellent behavior!</li> <li>Reduction of student disciplinary infractions</li> <li>Increased parental participation at PSCC meetings</li> <li>Carpentry class is open this year within our Career and Technology Program</li> <li>Parent Computer Lab for parents to learn computer skills from CTE teacher Ms. Hill</li> <li>Renewed football program with new coach Craig Aguglia</li> <li>Also, mark your calendars to attend Carrick High School&rsquo;s open house on Monday, October 14--more detailed information will follow, so check <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">the District 4 public calendar</a><http: calendar="" district4="" pittsburghpa.gov="">. In addition, they will be holding monthly Parent School Community Council (PSCC) meetings. Please attend these meetings to help shape Carrick High&rsquo;s vision for upward success.</http:></li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Concord Elementary</strong> will be holding a clothing drive lasting through to November. They are looking for any items to be donated to help families in our communities. For more information, contact Melanie Tedesco at 412.207.2372</li> </ul> <h3><a name="planning">City Planning announces website updates</a></h3> <p>The Department of City Planning has announced that they&rsquo;ve updated their websites, so that now you&rsquo;ll be able to look at scheduled meetings and presentations for the Planning Commission and Historic Review Commission.</p> <p>To look at Planning Commission information, go to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/boards/planning-commission">this page</a>. On the lefthand side, you&rsquo;ll see a menu for Process, Schedule - 2013, and Archive. If you go to the Schedule page, you&rsquo;ll see links for each meeting&rsquo;s agenda, minutes, and any presentation files.</p> <p>Similarly, you can access the Historic Review Commission information <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/historic-review-commission">here</a>. Click on the Schedule - 2013 link on the lefthand side to see meeting information for the Historic Review Commission.</p> <h3><a name="lifespan">Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan</a></h3> <p>This past summer, the Elder-ado senior centers merged withi LifeSpan, Inc. With assistance from foundations, Elder-ado conducted a search for an agency that would be able to continue to fund and support the services they provide to seniors in the Hilltop area. LifeSpan will continue to provide daily meals, recreational activities, and more at their centers:</p> <ul> <li>LifeSpan Carrick Resource Center, 2019 Brownsville Rd, 412.881.6800.</li> <li>LifeSpan McKinley Resource Center, 900 Delmont St., 412.481.2433.</li> <li>LifeSpan Knoxville Resource Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., 412.381.6900.</li> </ul> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2013/07/23/news/elder-ado-centers-merger-with-lifespan-complete-on-july-1/13703.html">the <i>South Pittsburgh Reporter</i>&rsquo;s article</a> to learn more.</p> <h3><a name="Watches">Block Watches work!</a></h3> <p>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</strong><br /> Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong><br /> Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch</strong><br /> Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help?&nbsp;<a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf">Check out the user guide</a>.</p> <hr /> <h6><a name="HELP">HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER</a></h6> <h3><a name="resources">Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources</a></h3> <p>Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it&rsquo;s all free of charge. If you&rsquo;re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.</p> <h3><a name="assistance">More assistance for seniors aged 60+</a></h3> <p>The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area&rsquo;s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:</p> <ul> <li>Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness</li> <li>Grocery shopping</li> <li>Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services</li> <li>Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills</li> <li>Home safety assessments (see above!)</li> <li>Snow removal</li> </ul> <p>To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you&rsquo;re considering &nbsp;volunteering with this program to help others.</p> <h3><a name="tenders">Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!</a></h3> <p>The Carrick Tree Tenders are staying on top of their work and invite you to come out and join them for some sprucing. Jake, a representative from Tree Pittsburgh, will be assisting with Carrick&rsquo;s trees this year as well. The next date on the Tree Tenders&rsquo; schedule is:</p> <p>Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., meeting place TBA; <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">check the District 4 Public Calendar</a></p> <p>If you are interested in attending, and for information on where to meet up on any of the future scheduled dates, please contact Linda Donahue at 412.901.6673 or Joe Krynock at <a href="mailto:grizzly_joe@verizon.net">grizzly_joe@verizon.net</a> or call my office at 412.255.2131.</p> <h3><a name="Employment">Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</a></h3> <p>The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pghjobs.net/">www.pghjobs.net</a>. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don&rsquo;t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City&rsquo;s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.</p> <h3><a name="Meals">Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie</strong> <ul> <li><strong>​</strong>Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John&rsquo;s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h6><a name="EVENTS">EVENTS</a></h6> <p><strong>EDS&rsquo; bike/pedestrian committee meeting</strong><br /> Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. at EDS offices (4127 Brownsville Rd, Brentwood 15227)</p> <p><strong>Wenzell Avenue community garden fall pull-out day</strong><br /> Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. at Wenzell Ave at Broadway Ave</p> <p><strong>Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. at Wenzell Ave at Broadway Ave</strong><br /> Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot at Broadway Ave and Beechview Ave</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1418461538374792/">4th Brookline Bar Crawl</a></strong><br /> Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. along Brookline Blvd</p> <p><strong>Beechview Kids&rsquo; Fest</strong><br /> Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Broadway Ave parking lot</p> <p><strong>Beechview Plant Swap</strong><br /> Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Broadway Ave/Beechview Ave intersection</p> <p><strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</p> <p><strong>Brookline Block Watch meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong><i>Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh&rsquo;s a Stage!</i> performance</strong><br /> Thursday, October 10, 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater (101 6th St.)</p> <p><strong>Carrick High open house</strong><br /> Monday, October 14; more info TBD; check <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">the District 4 public calendar</a></p> <p><strong>Zone 3 Public Safety meeting</strong><br /> Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</p> <p><strong>Carrick Tree Tending</strong><br /> Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., location TBA</p> <p><strong>Mt. Washington Community Forum</strong><br /> Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</p> <p><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting</strong><br /> Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Overbrook Community Council meeting</strong><br /> Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)</p> <p><strong>Beechview end of the garden work year day</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.; check <a href="http://beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com">beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com</a> for info</p> <p><strong>Brookline Halloween Parade</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, more info TBA; check <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar">the District 4 public calendar</a></p> <p><strong>Carrick and Overbrook Community Councils&rsquo; Halloween Costume Contest</strong><br /> Saturday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. at the Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield St)</p> <p><strong>Fairhaven United Methodist Church gala</strong><br /> Saturday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. at Salvatore&#39;s Restaurant (5001 Curry Road)</p> <hr /> <p>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:15:35 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | May 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2478 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2011 Farmers&#39; Markets</div> <div> Summer Fun in the Sun!</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Summer Fun Guide Lists Activities for Kids</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t Hear in the News</div> <div> Light Rail Gets a Makeover in District 3- Draft Recommendations</div> <div> Help Us Identify Local Veteran-Owned Businesses!</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The More You Know: Parking on the Sidewalk</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meetings &amp; Events: mark your calendars!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2011 Farmers&#39; Markets</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You don&#39;t have to leave the city to buy farm-fresh veggies! Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets set up weekly at a variety of locations throughout the City. Farmers&#39; Markets accept Food Benefits, but only for unprocessed foods, such as tomatoes and corn (not jam or bread). Check out these locations in District 4! For more information, call 412-422-6547</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30 (opens 6/1)-- Carrick Shopping Center (Brownsville Rd. &amp; Parkfield)</div> <div> Thursdays, 3:30-7:30 (opens 6/9)-- Beechview (Beechview &amp; Broadway Avenues)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Seton Center in Brookline also hosts a Farm Stand every Wednesday (opens 6/15), 11 AM-6 PM. They accept cash, EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP Vouchers.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> FMNP (short for Farmer&#39;s Market Nutrition Program) Vouchers will be distributed on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Our Lady of Loreto School between 9 AM and 5 PM. The WIC FMNP is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC. The WIC program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk. Click the link for a fact sheet about this program: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/WIC-FMNP-Fact-Sheet.pdf</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Summer Fun in the Sun!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Are you ready for summer? If so, it&#39;s time to check out the Citiparks 2011 Summer Schedule! As usual, there are lots of fun, affordable activities to keep you and your family busy! For a complete listing, go to http://www.citiparks.net. If you would like a paper copy of the Citiparks Summer Magazine, we&#39;re happy to send one out to you. Simply call our office at 412-255-2131. Without further adieu, here are some handpicked District 4 resources and activities for your sunny summer enjoyment!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Swimming Pools and Spray Parks</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Daily Admission Fees are $3 for children ages 3-15 and $4 for people 16 and older. Beginning June 1, you can purchase pool tags for the entire season: $60 for a family of four; $10 each additional family member; $30 adult (16 years +); $15 youth (3-15 yrs); free (child 2 and under). Aquatics programs, like swim lessons and aerobics are available. Call 412-323-7928 or check citiparks.net for more info.</div> <div> Moore Park Pool-- 1801 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline-- 412-571-3223</div> <div> Phillips Park Pool-- 201 Parkfield Street in Carrick-- 412-885-7498</div> <div> Beechview Spray Park-- Orangewood Street in Beechview-- 412-323-7928</div> <div> Community Centers</div> <div> Brookline-- 1400 Oakridge Street-- 412-571-3222</div> <div> Phillips (Carrick)-- 201 Parkfield Street-- 412-885-7445</div> <div> Warrington (Beltzhoover)-- 329 E. Warrington Ave.-- 412-488-8369</div> <div> Senior Community Centers</div> <div> Beechview Senior Center-- 1555 Broadway Avenue-- 412-571-3224</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Movies in Brookline Memorial Park</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursdays (June 9-August 25) at dusk</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable, FREE evening of cinema under the stars! Inclement weather may cause cancellations-- listen to KDKA or check www.citiparks.net for cancellations. For more information, call 412-422-6426.</div> <div> June 9-- Legend of the Guardians (PG)</div> <div> June 16-- Letters to Juliet (PG)</div> <div> June 23-- Furry Vengeance (PG)</div> <div> June 30-- How to Train Your Dragon (PG)</div> <div> July 7-- &nbsp;Justin Bieber Never Say Never (G)</div> <div> July 14-- Despicable Me (PG)</div> <div> July 21-- The Karate Kid (PG)</div> <div> July 28-- Shrek Forever After (PG)</div> <div> August 4-- The Sorcerer&#39;s Apprentice (PG)</div> <div> August 11-- Disney Nature Presents &quot;Oceans&quot; (G)</div> <div> August 18-- Secretariat (PG)</div> <div> August 25-- Tangled (PG)</div> <div> Events</div> <div> June 22: Roving Art Cart-- ages 5-12 welcome-- Phillips Community Center, Carrick</div> <div> July 5: Roving Art Cart-- ages 5-12 welcome-- Beechview Spray Park, Beechview</div> <div> July 13: Roving Art Cart-- ages 5-12 welcome-- Moore Park, Brookline</div> <div> July 16-17: Beltzhoover Community Festival-- Upper McKinley Park- 12-7 PM</div> <div> August 4: Roving Art Cart-- ages 5-12 welcome-- Warrington Community Center, Beltzhoover</div> <div> August 12: Roving Art Cart-- ages 5-12 welcome-- Brookline Community Center, Brookline</div> <div> August 13: Brookline Breeze 5K-- 8:35 AM -- www.brooklinebreeze.com</div> <div> August 13: Brookline Community Day- after Brookline Breeze until 2 PM @ Brookline Community Center</div> <div> August 20: Carrick Community Cornfest-- noon to 6 PM @ Phillips Park</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Summer Fun Guide Lists Activities for Kids</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And if that isn&#39;t enough, parents looking for activities to keep their children busy this summer have another resource for recreation programs, this one specific to the South Pittsburgh area. The Summer Fun in the South 2011 Guide is a list of recreation programs, along with their locations, program descriptions, eligibility requirements, fees, contact information and more. Summer Fun in the South 2011 is available for download in electronic form at www.birminghamfoundation.org and www.sopghreporter.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t Hear in the News</div> <div> On May 11, 2011, Councilwoman Rudiak honored a group of fantastic students from Carrick High School and their amazing teacher, Diane Rutten. These students have built a community garden from scratch, and are using the harvest for the Culinary Arts classes and to help needy families. You can read more about one student&#39;s journey here: http://www.theconsortiumforpubliceducation.org/carricktfimmay2011.htm</div> <div> We have a historian among us! The Civil War-era collection of Carrick resident Mike Woshner is on display at the Stan Hywet Hall and Garden complex in Akron, OH. The seventh-largest historic estate in the United States was once home to the magnate of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Take a day trip and check it out: http://www.stanhywet.org/dynamic/promo2.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;Congratulations to the Throughline Theatre Company of Brookline, another recipient of a proclamation by City Council. The company, which performs at the Seton Center on Pioneer Avenue, as well as schools and libraries across the region, hosts compelling, provocative, and thoroughly entertaining performances. We thank them for their commitment to arts and creativity in our community. Their 2011 season starts June 9; for more information: http://www.throughlinetheatre.org</div> <div> Yes, Hines Ward won Dancing with the Stars. But do you know that we have dancing stars in our own neighborhoods? Tuesday May 23, 2011 was Dancing Classrooms Day in the City of Pittsburgh! Kids from public schools across the city, including Pittsburgh Carmalt and West Liberty, competed in ballroom dance finals, and members of the public were treated to a colorful performance of Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango and Swing! View our kids strut their stuff at the Dancing Classrooms Semi-finals here: (or just do a Youtube search for &quot;Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh&quot;)www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKHxLBHVyPA Parents tell us that the competition was a real tear-jerker, so you might want to get your Kleenex. It is a joy to see these kids get so excited about something so positive.</div> <div> Light Rail Gets a Makeover in District 4-- Draft Recommendations</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For the past year, community groups, public officials, the Port Authority and other stakeholders have been working on a plan to figure out how to use our wonderful light raile system in the best possible way to benefit our communities. It is called a TRID-- &quot;Transit Revitalization Investment District&quot; - Study. We have been working with a group called Interface Design and have had community meetings to come up with the coolest and most economically feasible ideas. You can see the links to the preliminary presentations at the links below - we look forward to seeing the final report in the coming weeks.</div> <div> South Hills Junction Public Meeting- 4-19-11 - Recommendations: www.interface-studio.com/isftp/PittTRID/RecommendationsPresentation_SHJ_NoAnim.pdf</div> <div> Beechview Public Meeting- 4-20-11 - Recommendations: www.interface-studio.com/isftp/PittTRID/RecommendationsPresentation_BV_NoAnim.pdf</div> <div> Help Us Identify Local Veteran-Owned Businesses!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In time for this Memorial Day weekend, the Office of Councilwoman Rudiak is trying to identify as many veteran-owned businesses in District 4 as possible. Profiles for businesses will be promoted in local media and listed on a dedicated webpage for veteran-owned businesses in Pittsburgh. If you know of anyone who has served in the military and now owns a business in South Pittsburgh, please pass along their contact information to our office or kate@victorymediainc.com</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The More You Know: Parking on the Sidewalk</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many of Pittsburgh&#39;s narrow streets are relics from a time when we didn&#39;t need two or more parking space per home...or even from times before cars! That&#39;s created a problem for many constituents, who oftentimes need two, three, or even four parking spaces for their families. The topography of District 4 is especially challenging, as many houses were built on hillsides, where a driveway or garage is simply impractical. These circumstances have led to many of us parking on the sidewalk, so that we can use both sides of the street for parking without blocking traffic and emergency vehicles. We&#39;ve heard from a lot of you on this issue, particularly since KDKA&#39;s story in April about a rash of tickets issued on E. Agnew Avenue in Carrick.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The issue certainly isn&#39;t one-sided. Let&#39;s look at the facts:</div> <div> Parking on the sidewalk in the City is currently illegal, and can be enforced by issuance of a ticket.</div> <div> Some streets allow parking on both sides, but are not wide enough to accommodate all four wheels on the street.</div> <div> Passable sidewalks are critical to maintain pedestrian safety</div> <div> Passable streets are critical to maintain access for emergency vehicles</div> <div> Maintenance of sidewalks is the property owner&#39;s responsibility, and parking on the sidewalks can cause damage.</div> <div> If a sidewalk is unsafe (cracked, offset, sunken, etc), Building Inspection can issue a citation to the property owner, and an order for the violation to be corrected.</div> <div> To fix an unsafe sidewalk, a property owner must apply for a sidewalk repair permit, and the work *must* be done according to City Code (concrete, not asphalt; level;etc).</div> <div> Cars are probably here to stay, so our office is looking at possible solutions, like improving parking code, sidewalk code, and other solutions, like co-op parking areas for neighbors. We are very much in the early stages of this discussion, and we welcome your comments on the issue.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the meantime, here are several resources to use if you are concerned about sidewalk parking!</div> <div> To report people parking on your sidewalk (to avoid damage and pedestrian hazards), call 9-1-1 and when an officer is available, they will ticket the car parked on the sidewalk in front of your property.</div> <div> To report a damaged sidewalk that causes a pedestrian hazard, use 311, and be sure to include the address. This will dispatch the complaint to the Bureau of Building Inspection. Dial 3-1-1 or use the online form: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/mayor/html/311_request_form.html</div> <div> To report a street that is not passable due to cars parked on both sides, dial 911.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Have Questions about Your City Government?</div> <div> Send us a web form, and we&#39;ll pick one question to answer per Newsletter! Web form: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/district4/html/district_4_feedback.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Town Hall Meeting with Councilwoman Rudiak</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, May 31st @ 6PM at Cannon Coffee in Brookline (802 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join us at cozy Cannon Coffee for a community conversation. Have questions for the Councilwoman? Bring &#39;em! This is a great opportunity to learn more about your City Councilor and engage her on issues that you care about the most. All are welcome! Thank you to local residents and Cannon Coffee for organizing and hosting this!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Jay Costa Town Hall Meeting about State Budget Cuts</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM @ Concord K-5 Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the coming weeks, PA lawmakers will make significant decisions in regards to the state budget for FY 2011-12. Those decisions will greatly impact our local schools, state universities and communities in the coming year. Governor Corbett has proposed slashing higher education by 50%, reducing basic education funding by $1.1 billion and lowering the funding to community colleges by 10%. At the same time, the governor&#39;s proposal will likely result in significant property tax increases and require many important community programs to be cut.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In order to hear your views, as well as the views of the public and other community leaders in the area, regarding these proposed cuts, the state budget priorities for the coming fiscal year and other state issues, state Senator Costa is hosting this meeting.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Butta Bing&quot; Community Meeting in Overbrook</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30 PM @ Fairhaven Church on Rt. 51</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The owners of the burnt-out former strip club have submitted an application to the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) to reconstruct the building and re-open the strip club. This is considered a &quot;non-conforming use&quot; and will need special permission from the ZBA to move forward. Councilwoman Rudiak and the Overbrook Community Council are hosting this meeting to hear residents&#39; concerns. The ZBA meeting to hear this application is at 9:00 AM on June 9, 2011 at 200 Ross Street, Third Floor, and residents are welcome to attend this as well.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens + Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, June 2, 7:00 PM @ the Beechview United Presbyterian Church hall (1621 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Beechview/</div> <div> http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=420</div> <div> NEW! Community Leaders United for Beechview has a NEW website: http://www.beechview.org</div> <div> First Time Homebuyer Workshop!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, June 2, 7:00 PM @ Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cannon Coffee is hosting a First Time Home Buyer Workshop! Get the facts- start the process- make connections. The host, Dana Scotti from Wells Fargo will bring in real-estate agents, brokers, insurance agents, and credit repair specialists to help you become a confident, educated home buyer.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This event will be a two-hour workshop where you can ask questions, no-obligation, and Cannon Coffee will be firing up the BBQ to ease the mood. This event is open to anyone from anywhere.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, June 14th, 7:00-9:00 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=423</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hear your Community Relations Officer Christine Luffey, and voice concerns you have in your neighborhood. Pittsburgh Police Zone 3 consists of Carrick, Overbrook, Bon Air, Mt. Washington, as well as the South Side Flats and Hilltop neighborhoods.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The next meeting is Wednesday, June 15th, 6:00-7:30 PM at the Bon Air School in Bon Air (252 Fordyce)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Thu, 26 May 2011 11:25:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | June 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2477 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Butta Bing Strip Club Applies to Re-Open in Overbrook</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Invited to Speak with President Obama</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See On the News!</div> <div> Our Library Our Future Voter Initiative</div> <div> Shop Local! 3/50 Project Encourages Shopping in Brookline &amp; Beechview</div> <div> &ldquo;Hard to Recycle&rdquo; Drop-Off Day at Brashear High School</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The More You Know: Councilwoman Rudiak Co-Sponsors Strip Club Legislation</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meetings &amp; Events: mark your calendars!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Butta Bing Strip Club Applies to Re-Open in Overbrook</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Those of you who frequently travel Rt. 51 are likely familiar with the burnt out, vacant structure at 1885 Saw Mill Run Blvd. in Overbrook&mdash;the former Butta Bing strip club. Since 2005, when a fire destroyed much of the structure, community groups and neighbors have been vocal about the need to tear down the building and repurpose the property. When Councilwoman Rudiak took office, she became an advocate for these groups, talking with City Planning, studying zoning code, and even allocating funding from the city budget to demolish the building. Unfortunately, it&rsquo;s not as simple as razing the building and starting over.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now, six years after the fire, the owner of the property, Mr. Daniel Smithbower is making moves to re-build and open another strip club on that site. Residents are up in arms, and rightfully so. Studies have shown that adult entertainment establishments foster criminal activities, such racketerring, arson, and prostitution, that extend beyond the walls of the club, into the surrounding neighborhoods. Considering that 1885 Saw Mill Run Blvd. directly borders a single-family zoned residential neighborhood, &ldquo;adult entertainment&rdquo; is an undesirable, inappropriate use. Moreover, Mr. Smithbower has a long history of code enforcement violations on the properties that he owns.</div> <div> We&rsquo;ve received dozens of letters and nearly 70 signatures from residents of Overbrook, voicing their opposition to the re-opening of the club, citing many of the reasons listed above. However, the fight we now face is a legal zoning issue, and the secondary effects of the club will not be considered. What is up for debate is the zoning designation for the property.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As it stands, the site is currently zoned &ldquo;Highway Commercial,&rdquo; under which &ldquo;Adult Entertainment&rdquo; is a &ldquo;non-conforming use.&rdquo; The best chance that we have to prevent this club from opening is to prove that the owner abandoned the &ldquo;Adult Entertainment&rdquo; use when the club closed due to the fire in 2005. To this end, the Overbrook Community Council has secured an attorney, and is organizing a community meeting prior to the next Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on July 21st (10:20 AM, 200 Ross Street, 1st Floor Hearing Room). The tentative date is July 13th. Please mark your calendars, and more details will be available in the coming days and weeks.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Here are a few ways for you to stay informed:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Listserv&mdash;Subscribe Here: http://groups.google.com/group/occ-pittsburgh-pa</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Listserv&mdash;Subscribe Here: http://www.carrickpa.com/Home/google-group</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you are unable to attend any of the meetings or the Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing on July 21st, you may submit your concerns or testimony by sending our office a letter by mail or e-mail. Please make sure we receive your comments by COB on July 20th, 2011, so that we can present them as evidence at the Hearing. If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering to work on this issue, please feel free to call our office and speak with Ashleigh, our Constituent Services Manager. 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Invited to Speak with President Obama</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wow! Our District 4 Councilwoman traveled to Washington, D.C. on Friday to meet with members of the Obama administration and attend an intimate reception with the President to discuss important issues facing states and cities across the country. &ldquo;The President has been a steadfast ally of cities in America, but our main streets need help and Republicans in Congress have done nothing but force cut after cut to cities like Pittsburgh,&rdquo; Natalia said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen cuts to programs that help Pittsburgh with our police protection, street paving, building demolition, youth job programs, economic development, and much more.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Unfortunately, the federal COPS program, a grant Pittsburgh receives that is designed to keep police on the streets, lost $296 million this year when Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the federal government unless a slew of cuts were made. &nbsp;In addition,the Community Development Block Grant program, was cut by more than $600 million this year, and is proposed to be cut by $300 million next year. Because of these dire cuts by Congress, Pittsburgh has been forced to cut back street paving, building demolition, summer youth jobs, and economic development initiatives. Councilwoman Rudiak has promised to fight for restoration of this funding.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak was part of great discussions with Administration Officials including Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Heather Zichal, Office of Energy and Climate Change, and Aneesh Chropra, Chief Technology Officer (of the Federal Government.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many lessons from the federal government could be applied to the City of Pittsburgh. Making information available to the public is a focus for the Obama administration. Sites like http:/www.data.gov make data accessible to the average citizen like nursing home ratings to how well our local hospitals treat kids with asthma. &nbsp;Also http://www.healthcare.gov has anyone who is looking for health care product tailored to themselves and their families. The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 will end lifetime limits on care, allow young adults 26 years or under to stay on their parents insurance, and will make insurance available to those who have previously been denied because of a pre-existing condition.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Upon returning home, Councilwoman Rudiak will explore ways to make City of Pittsburgh information, from street paving to crime statistics, more accessible by residents online.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See On the News!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Safe Cosmetics Week Proclamation
</div> <div> On Tuesday, June 7th, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a Proclamation to declare Safe Cosmetics Week to raise awareness of t the good work done locally by Women for a Healthy Environment. Cosmetics and other personal care products are not required to be inspected by the Federal Drug Administration, and they can contain harmful chemicals, such as leads, metals and potential neurotoxins that have been linked to cancer and other medical conditions. Women for a Healthy Environment is a local group, that helps women understand environmental risks so they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families. &nbsp;To learn more about what may be in your cosmetics and how it may be affecting you and your family, check out http://www.safecosmetics.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Concord Elementary First In Math Champions!</div> <div> Congratulations to Ms.. Cara Christian&rsquo;s Concord Elementary Third Grade Class for their excellent performance in the First in Math competition. First in Math is an online program that helps students develop their math skills, ranging from sing-step addition to complex algebra. Students are rewarded virtual &ldquo;stickers&rdquo; for every three math problems that are solved correctly.. Over 12,000 Pittsburgh Public School students, grades 1-8 participate in First in Math. Concord Elementary placed first in the school district, and Ms. Christian&rsquo;s class placed ninth overall in the United States! One student in the class, Joseph Johns, was the top player in the school, with 11,150 stickers. That means he answered 33,450 math questions this year! Thank you for representing South Pittsburgh so well!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Our Library Our Future Voter Initiative</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 

The Our Library, Our Future voter initiative will ask voters to put a referendum question on the November 2011 ballot for zero point two-five (0.25) mill special tax on all taxable real estate in the City of Pittsburgh to be allocated and used only for the operation and maintenance of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. This is the equivalent of $25 per year or $2.09 per month on $100,000 of assessed value. 

You can learn more, get involved and stay informed by visiting ourlibraryourfuture.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Shop Local! 3/50 Project Encourages Shopping in Brookline &amp; Beechview</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Shopping locally at independently-owned businesses is one of the best ways to see your money reinvested in your community&mdash; for every $100 spent locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend $100 in a national chain store, such as Wal-Mart or Target, only $43 stays in the community. Worse, if you spend your money online, none of it comes back to your community!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The 3/50 project challenges you to ask yourself, &ldquo;what three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?&rdquo; Further, what are you doing to keep them open? Stop in, say hi, and make their shops part of your shopping routine, spending $50 locally per month. If half the employed population spent $50 per month at locally owned independent businesses, it would generate $42.6 billion in revenues nationally! Keeping our business districts strong helps to maintain the charm and utility of our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and also has a positive impact on residential property values! While this campaign is focused on Brookline and Beechview, be sure that you can apply these same principles to our other District 4 communities.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This initiative is supported in the community by the Beechview Merchants Association, Brookline Area Concerned Citizens, Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Community Leaders United for Beechview and the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, you can contact Stephanie Miller at the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation: stephmiller.spdc@gmail.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Hard to Recycle&rdquo; Drop-Off Day at Brashear High School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On Saturday, July 16th, 10AM-2PM at Pittsburgh Brashear High School (590 Crane Avenue), the Pennsylvania Resources Council is sponsoring a collection of &ldquo;hard to recycle&rdquo; materials. Most items will be collected and recycled for free&mdash;including televisions, computers, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones, and ink/toner cartridges. Fees will be charged for more difficult items, like tires, batteries, and miscellaneous e-waste (printers, scanners, small appliances, etc). For a list of fees, check out the flyer on the Pennsylvania Resources Council Zero Waste Pittsburgh website: www.zerowastepgh.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These events also offer an opportunity to donate the following items for reuse by local non-profit organizations: medical equipment and supplies (such as crutches, nebulizers, wheelchairs, etc) for distribution through Global Links; usable building materials (like like fixtures, doors and windows) for resale by Construction Junction; and gently used furniture for distribution to those in need by Off the Floor Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sarah Alessio Shea of PRC at 412-488-7490 x 236 or saraha@ccicenter.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All e-waste will be recycled by eLoop, LLC&mdash; www.eloopllc.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The More You Know: Strip Club Legislation Introduced</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak is co-sponsoring legislation with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith that would reform how the city regulates Sexually Oriented Businesses and Adult Oriented Entertainment (like Butta Bing). The legislative package will balance the rights of business owners and their employees with those of city neighborhoods and struggling business districts.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At present, the City&rsquo;s Zoning Code fails to allow for Adult Entertainment uses within the City unless an applicant makes appeals before the City Planning Commission and City Council&mdash;a regulatory scheme which federal courts have viewed as too vague and arbitrary to pass Constitutional muster. To put it plainly, rejecting an adult entertainment application opens the City up to a lawsuit, since there is no other legal place in the city for the business to open. This occurrence is commonly known as &ldquo;zoning out.&rdquo; This very deficiency in our code has compelled the City to grant Adult Entertainment permits to the Hustler Club on the North Shore and another proposed club on the West End.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The proposed bill would eliminate the City&rsquo;s vulnerability, by allowing Adult Entertainment as an over-the-counter Permitted Use By Right in the General Industrial and Urban Industrial districts, thereby eliminating the &ldquo;zoning out&rdquo; argument, and keeping strip clubs and sexually oriented businesses out of our main streets and neighborhoods.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For additional insight, check out these two articles about the legislation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Post-Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11159/1152134-53.stm?cmpid=localstate.xml</div> <div> Tribune Review: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_740855.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call our office: 412-255-2131 or ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Day in Grandview Park</div> <div> Saturday, June 25th, Noon-4PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Friends of Grandview Park are having a Community Day in Grandview park on Saturday, June 25th, noon &ndash; 4PM. There will be Arts &amp; Crafts, Food, Local Businesses, Games for Children, and a Custom Car Show. Come out for the afternoon and meet some of your hilltop neighbors! 

Grandview Park- Mt. Washington/Allentown&mdash;499 Bailey Avenue, 15211</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh Public Schools Budget: A Community Discussion on Setting Priorities</div> <div> Monday, June 27th, 5:30-8PM @ the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (S. 19th Street, 15203)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Be Informed! Pittsburgh Public Schools is losing millions of dollars due to funding cuts. What are your budget priorities? Join us to find out what&rsquo;s at stake for PPS and weigh in on proposed cuts. Your opinion matters!

Call or Register Online to Attend: 412-697-1298 x105 or info@aplusschools.org
www.aplusschools.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour- Free to Active Duty Military and Veterans!</div> <div> August 20, September 17 and October 15, 2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in partnership with Blue Star Museums, National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,300 museums across America, is offering free admission to current and former members of the Armed Forces for the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat tour on the public tour dates listed above. Tickets for the tour, which are normally $25, will be free to all active duty and former military personnel and $12.50 each for up to five members of their immediate family, i.e. spouses, children, and parents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel with ID will also get free admission to The Bost Building Museum, which is normally $3 for adults and $1 for children under 14. Up to five immediate family members can get in for half price.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, call or e-mail: 412-464-4020 x 46; sdrane@riversofsteel.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Area Community Council
</div> <div> Monday, June 27th , 7:30-9:40 @ St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> http://www.brooklineconnection.com/history/Orgs/CCouncil.html
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council</div> <div> Tuesday, June 28th, 7:00-9:00 @ the Accamando Center (Overbrook Firehouse on Rt. 51)</div> <div> http://groups.google.com/group/occ-pittsburgh-pa, occ-pittsburgh-pa@googlegroups.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens + Beechview Blockwatch
</div> <div> Thursday, July 7th, 7:00 PM @ the Beechview United Presbyterian Church hall (1621 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div> http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Beechview/home
http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=420</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> NEW! Community Leaders United for Beechview has a NEW website: http://www.beechview.org
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, July 12th, 7:00-9:00 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> 
http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=423</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> *NEW* Carrick Block Watch Kick-Off</div> <div> 
July 18th at 6:30 PM @ the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mark your calendars!! On Monday July 18th, there will be a kickoff meeting for the new Carrick Blockwatch. Please come and find out how you can help take back the streets of this wonderful neighborhood block by block.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, contact Chuck Fallert: chucklespgh@yahoo.com or 412-956-4386</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:24:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | July 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2476 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 2011 Edition!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Serving Beechview, Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick, Mt. Washington and Overbrook</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is a monthly newsletter sent by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak to constituents and others who are interested in District 4 Neighborhoods. Together, we can make our neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. Staying informed is part of that process! Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to subscribe. Have questions that you&#39;d like to see addressed in an upcoming newsletter? Contact our Constituent Services Manager, Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us or 412-255-2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> How&#39;d They Do It? -- Taking our Neighborhoods to the Next Level</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t See On The News!</div> <div> BUTTA BING Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing</div> <div> Beechview Town Hall- Wednesday, July 27th</div> <div> Citizen&#39;s Police Academy</div> <div> A+ Schools Hosts Community Conversation Re: School Budget</div> <div> Don&#39;t be a burglary victim-- READ THIS!</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Passes Legislation to Streamline Dog Licensing</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meetings &amp; Events: mark your calendars!</div> <div> City Employment Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> How&#39;d They Do It?</div> <div> Taking Our South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods to the Next Level</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ever wonder how Lawrenceville went from shabby to chic? Or how Mt. Washington attracted small businesses and customers to Shiloh Street? Join us to find out! The Office of Councilwoman Rudiak is organizing a series of FREE events to help our District 4 community advocates (this means you) connect with similar organizations that have had great success in building and promoting their business districts, and attracting new residents. Take a field trip to their community for a presentation, a tour, and the opportunity to network with people who can provide inspiration and knowledge to take your community projects where you want them to go. Here are the events that we have planned so far, with more to come!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC)</div> <div> Thursday, July 28th, 2011 @ 6 PM- 301 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh PA 15211</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join us for a presentation by Chris Beichner at the MWCDC headquarters on Shiloh Street! You&#39;ll learn about how their organization increased their capacity, how they brought businesses to Shiloh Street, and how they developed the beautiful Emerald View Park. After the presentation, we&#39;ll take a stroll down Shiloh St. for a short walking tour of their work. The tour will end at the popular Redbeard&#39;s Bar &amp; Grill, where you&#39;ll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow District 4 neighbors, and exchange ideas.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mt. Washington CDC- http://www.mwcdc.org</div> <div> Redbeards Bar &amp; Grill- http://www.redbeardspgh.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> East Liberty Development Inc. (ELDI)</div> <div> Saturday, August 13th @ 11 AM- &nbsp;6101 Penn Avenue-- Park behind the new Target building on Penn Avenue!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Save the date for a presentation by Nathan Wildfire from East Liberty Development, Inc., the group that has helped attract new development and businesses to East Liberty. Learn how they incentivized the resurgence of this once thriving neighborhood, attracting community resources like Whole Foods, Target, a drug store, restaurants, and more. Space is limited for this one, so please RSVP to ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us or 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association</div> <div> Saturday, September 10th @ 11 AM- Location to Be Announced!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Save the date for a presentation by the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association! They&#39;ll show us how they&#39;ve maximized their organizational capacity, their work in public safety and neighborhood beautification, and their wildly popular Step Trek event! In the meantime, you can check out their most recent newsletter, here: http://www.southsideslopes.org/wp-content/files/spring_2011_newsletter.pdf</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association: http://www.southsideslopes.org/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t See On the News!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Inaugural Carrick Block Watch Meeting</div> <div> On Monday, July 18th, almost 100 people attended the inaugural Carrick Block Watch meeting! It was a hot and balmy night, so we are extra thrilled that so many Carrick citizens showed up, determined to work together to revitalize our neighborhood. Congratulations to Chuck Fallert and the Carrick Community Council, the organizers of the event! If you were not able to make it to the meeting, but would like to become a block captain, or otherwise get involved, please contact Community Council Board Member Chuck Fallert: chucklespgh@yahoo.com or check http://www.carrickpa.com for future meeting dates.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Rashid Day Proclamation</div> <div> On June 28th, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a proclamation to honor and celebrate the Rashid Family. The Rashid family first arrived in America around 1890, and as the Washington Post stated, &quot;They are of Lebanese descent and as American as the Kennedys.&quot; Today, there are more than 1,300 Rashid Families in 38 states and 10 countries! This year, the Pittsburgh-area Rashids hosted the family&#39;s 83rd annual reunion. The Rashid Reunion typically attracts anywhere from 250 to 500 attendees! We thank the Rashid family for their contributions to Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Student Conservation Association Proclamation</div> <div> Also on June 28, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a proclamation to honor this year&#39;s graduates of the Student Conservation Association LEAP program. That stands for &#39;Leadership in Environment and Advancement Program,&#39; and it provides opportunities for hands on service to the land, career readiness, exposure to green jobs and careers, community leadership and environmental education. Students from 14 Pittsburgh Public Schools participated in the program this year, including several from Brashear High School and Carrick High School. LEAP students volunteered at this year&#39;s Big Carrick Clean-up, helping to remove debris from the illegal dumpsites on Alries and Sprucewood Streets. The students also helped with several trail restoration projects in our nearby Grandview and Emerald View parks.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Town Hall</div> <div> Wednesday, July 27th at 6 PM at the Broadway Avenue United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join us for a Beechview Town Hall, hosted by our Councilwoman, Natalia Rudiak. Representatives from IGA, Brew on Broadway, and the Crested Duck Charcuterie will give updates on their progress, and their timelines for opening! This is also a great opportunity to learn more about what our office is doing for the community, to ask questions, and to meet your neighbors! We hope to see you there!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Citizen&#39;s Police Academy</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau. &nbsp;The Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy (CPA) brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to get more involved in their block watch!</div> <div> Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement. &nbsp;They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau. &nbsp;Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. &nbsp;They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them. &nbsp;All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers. &nbsp;Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community.</div> <div> This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The next session of the CPA will begin on Monday, September 12, 2011, at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church located at 801 Union Place, Room 120 (located behind 250 East Ohio Street on the North Side). The program will be held each Monday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for 15 weeks.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Class size is limited to 30 participants. &nbsp;All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. &nbsp;The CPA application can be found at http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen&rsquo;s Police Academy, please contact Lieutenant Jennifer Ford at:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> PittsburghPolice Training Academy</div> <div> 1395 Washington Boulevard</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp;15206</div> <div> (412)665-3600</div> <div> jennifer.ford@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;A+ Schools Hosts Community Conversation Re: School Budget</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On June 27th, over 150 people told city school leaders what type of education their children deserve over the next few years. &nbsp;Now, it&#39;s your time to speak up! A+ Schools, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, is bringing the conversation to your doorstep! Attend to find out more about how budget cuts will impact your children&rsquo;s school.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children</div> <div> Tuesday, July 26, 2011</div> <div> 6:00pm &ndash; 7:30pm</div> <div> Hilltop Children&rsquo;s Community Center</div> <div> 201 Orchard Place</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div> Contact: Michelle Figlar (412-421-3889 or mfiglar@pghaeyc.org)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Burglary Prevention Tips!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Over the last several months, our office has seen a number of burglary reports come across the wires. In NEARLY ALL of these cases, the crime could have been prevented simply by locking a car door, or home window. Please take care to secure your homes and cars, and keep an eye out for your neighbors. Here are a few other tips, passed along by Police Zone 6 Commander, Scott Schubert.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Always evaluate your property and look for security deficiencies (lighting, remoteness, shrubbery, items placed under windows that allow easy access, etc.). Try to think like the burglar.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Be aware of abandoned properties in your neighborhood!</div> <div> Call 911 and report any suspicious persons or activities!</div> <div> Join or form a Neighborhood Block Watch with your neighbors!</div> <div> Attend Community meetings in your neighborhood!</div> <div> Turn your lights on!</div> <div> Check Your Windows</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. These open unlocked windows are invitations to burglars.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp; Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices</div> <div> Block accessible windows open no more than 6 inches for ventilation</div> <div> Make sure someone cannot reach though an open window and unlock the door or remove the blocking device</div> <div> Modern windows come equipped with anti&iquest;lift devices to prevent them from being lifted</div> <div> Use crime prevention or alarm decals on ground accessible windows</div> <div> Check Your Doors</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> While we all like to feel that once we close and lock our doors, we&rsquo;re safe and secure, the truth of the matter is that a lock on a flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car door but leaving the window down with your wallet on the front seat!&nbsp;</div> <div> All outside doors should be metal or solid wood.</div> <div> Keep all doors locked at night and every time you leave your home.</div> <div> Install a peephole or wide angle viewer in all entry doors so that you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily and don&rsquo;t keep out intruders.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&#39;s Your Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Passes Legislation to Streamline Dog Licensing</div> <div> With a unanimous vote from all who attended Council on Tuesday, July 12, City Council passed Councilwoman Rudiak&#39;s bill to improve and streamline the City&#39;s dog licensing program. This bill was co-sponsored by Council President Harris. Councilwoman Rudiak introduced the bill in response to a constituent in Beechview, who requested longer-term licenses via Twitter, and cited the potential convenience of not having to renew her licenses every year.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The bill provides more choices for dog-owners living in the city, and streamlines the licensing process to reduce the program&#39;s administrative load on the City finance department. The fee schedule was also amended slightly to reflect inflation since the last changes to the fees in the early 1990s.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now, City residents have three licensing choices for their dogs! Depending on your dog, your circumstances, or your budget, you can choose from a 1-year license, a 3-year license, or a 12-year license. The new license fee schedule is as follows:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Spayed/Neutered</div> <div> 1-year: $10</div> <div> 3-year: $25</div> <div> 12-year: $75</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Unspayed/Unneutered</div> <div> 1-year: $20</div> <div> 3-year: $50</div> <div> 12-year: $175</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh City Council Passes Landmark Clean Air Legislation</div> <div> Pittsburgh City Council approved two pieces of legislation that will dramatically reduce harmful diesel emissions to improve air quality throughout the City. The first requires publicly subsidized developments to retrofit construction equipment with the best available technology to limit their impact on the City&#39;s air quality. The second puts in place a 10-year plan for the City to retrofit all of their diesel vehicles.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh ranks among the worst cities in the nation for short-term particulate matter and ozone pollution and for year-round particulate pollution. Clear linkages exist between these environmental pollutants and serious chronic health problems such as heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It is estimated that 25% of the City&#39;s diesel particulate pollution originates from diesel construction vehicles and the technology exists today to reduce this pollution by more than 85%.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Clean Air Act was supported by a strong coalition of labor unions, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, and community organizations. The coalition stood together on the principle that Pittsburgh cannot compete for jobs, residents, and businesses unless we commit to environmental quality and sustainability.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society Wins Historic Designation for Wigman House</div> <div> With the support of the home&#39;s owner, Grace McClory, Pittsburgh City Council approved the historic designation of Carrick&#39;s last remaining example of Queen Ann architecture at 1425 Brownsville Rd. The Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society nominated the home for historic designation last year, after rumors of a possible demolition. Eight residents spoke at the public hearing on this matter, all in favor of preservation. The story got good press for Carrick on local tv, print, and online media. The house is currently on the market and looking for tender lvoing care. For more information: http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/wignmanhouse062911.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events &amp; Meetings</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Giant Eagle Redevelopment Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, July 26, 6 PM @ Birmingham Church (25 Carrick Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join us to learn more about efforts to redevelop the Giant Eagle property into high quality senior residences. The Community Builders, Inc. will give an update on funding for the project and their progress. Attendees will be able to give input on what types of services they&rsquo;d like to see available for residents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Town Hall hosted by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</div> <div> Wednesday, July 27th, 6 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join us to learn more about what our office is working on, and to ask any questions you may have! Representatives from three soon-to-open Broadway Avenue businesses will also be there to give updates on their timelines and plans - IGA, Brew on Broadway, and the Crested Duck Charcuterie.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mt.Washington Wild Art Crawl</div> <div> Wednesday. Aug 3. 6:00-8:00 p.m.</div> <div> Starts at the MWCDC Office &nbsp;301 Shiloh St., 15211</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Take a stroll to see art &nbsp;created at the 2011 Wild Art Wild Trails festival. Drinks, appetizers, and sweet &nbsp;treats. To RSVP, contact &nbsp;khunninen@mwcdc.org or &nbsp;412-481-3220 x200.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> MWCDC Board of Directors meeting</div> <div> Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 PM at the Mount Washington Senior Center</div> <div> Board meetings, as well as &nbsp;MWCDC forum and committee meetings, are always free and open to the public. &nbsp;Agendas will be provided the night of the meeting.</div> <div> &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Community Council &amp; Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> Thursday, August 4th, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Beechview/home
http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=420</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.beechview.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BrooklineBlock Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, August 9th, 7:00-9:00 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=423</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BrooklineBreeze &amp; BreezeFest</div> <div> Saturday, August 13th @ Brookline Community Center</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> See website for more details! http://www.brooklinebreeze.com/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Community Cornfest</div> <div> Saturday, August 20, noon-6PM @ Phillips Park</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Music, art, food and activities for the whole family!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour- Free to Active Duty Military and Veterans!</div> <div> August 20, September 17 and October 15, 2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in partnership with Blue Star Museums, National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,300 museums across America, is offering free admission to current and former members of the Armed Forces for the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat tour on the public tour dates listed above. Tickets for the tour, which are normally $25, will be free to all active duty and former military personnel and $12.50 each for up to five members of their immediate family, i.e. spouses, children, and parents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel with ID will also get free admission to The Bost Building Museum, which is normally $3 for adults and $1 for children under 14. Up to five immediate family members can get in for half price.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, call or e-mail: 412-464-4020 x 46; sdrane@riversofsteel.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lastly, don&rsquo;t forget all the wonderful events hosted by PITTSBURGH CITIPARKS! &nbsp;Swimming pools, recreation facilities, spray parks, children&rsquo;s events, movies in the park and community classes are your tax dollars at work. For a full schedule of Citiparks events around the city and at our great recreation centers, check out: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/ &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment Opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh-- Check out: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/personnel/html/employment_info.html</div> <div> The Hilltop Alliance is looking for an experienced Community Organizer! See the description and details on how to apply, here: http://www.pghhilltopalliance.com/index.php/component/content/article/50-announcements/128-position-announcement</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> //</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hi All,</div> <div> Apologies for the second e-mail this week! We have some new and timely event updates to relay to you today. Also be sure to check out the news on the Butta Bing Strip Club, which I neglected to include in the Newsletter. Enjoy!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Best,</div> <div> Ashleigh</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TONIGHT-- CANCELLED: Presentation and Community Tour with Mount Washington CDC</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Due to low response, we have decided to postpone the Mount Washington Presentation and Tour until a later date. We will work to reschedule this for a time when we&#39;re all a little less busy, so more people are able to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity! Please pass word along, if you know anyone who is planning to attend.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> FRIDAY- Brookline Cultural Trust Goes LIVE!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out Club Cafe (56 South 12th Street--South Side) for an evening of music and poetry benefiting the Brookline Cultural Trust. Performers include Recycled Air, Costello And The Cool Minors, POETRY by Tera McIntosh, Johann, and special acoustic performances of Zack Hudson and Jan DeWitt.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Cannon Coffee, as well as online on ticketweb.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out Recycled Air at http://www.myspace.com/rec​ycledairmusic</div> <div> and Costello And The Cool Minors at www.wildkindness.com/coste​llo</div> <div> RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216787561693923</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Butta Bing Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As we mentioned in last month&rsquo;s newsletter, the owner of the burnt-out, condemned Butta Bing club on Rt. 51 is making moves to rebuild and reopen. The community is overwhelmingly against it, having voiced their concerns at the initial zoning hearing, and community meeting held in mid-July. Both the Overbrook Community Council and the owner had counsel at the table at the Zoning hearing last week, and each presented their case. Based on the evidence, the ZBA now has 45 days to decide whether the use of the land as an &quot;adult entertainment&quot; qualifies as a legal &quot;non-conforming use&rdquo; and whether the property has been &ldquo;abandoned&rdquo; according to criteria set out in the zoning code. &nbsp;The Overbrook Community Council is an all-volunteer organization and need more folks involved than ever, please consider attending future events to see how you can make Overbrook a better place to live and play. You can stay up-to-date on their meetings and events by subscribing to the Overbrook Community Council listserv, here: http://groups.google.com/group/occ-pittsburgh-pa?lnk=srg</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:24:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | August 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2475 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In This Issue...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>East Liberty Tour &amp; Community Development Presentation- Tomorrow, 8/13!</div> <div>BREW on Broadway Now Open in Beechview</div> <div>Scam Advisory! Beware &quot;Pinnacle Security Systems&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>JOIN US! East Liberty Tour + Community Development Presentation</div> <div>Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Join us this Saturday with our host East Liberty Development Inc. for a dynamic presentation and tour of their community! &nbsp;Learn how they employed transit oriented development to attract jobs and investment from companies like Whole Foods and Target. They will speak to the evolution of their organization - how they provided community groups with the resources needed to set their own goals and achieve success!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is an exciting opportunity, exclusively for Council District 4 leaders (THAT&#39;S YOU), to learn, ask questions, and network with the great people at ELDI. After the presentation, there will be a short walking tour of the East Liberty business district, &nbsp;EastSide, which will conclude at brgr&#39;s rooftop patio, where folks can kick back and get to know fellow community leaders.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Where: ELDI Headquarters- 6101 Penn Avenue (Park behind the new Target building on Penn Avenue)</div> <div>When: Saturday, August 13th @ 11 AM</div> <div>Who: Community Leaders, Aspiring Community Leaders...Anybody!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Feel free to invite friends who may be interested! &nbsp; Questions: Contact Ashleigh Deemer at 412-255-2131 or ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BREW on Broadway Open for Business in Beechview!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BREW on Broadway, Beechview&#39;s new non-profit coffeehouse, is now open for business! In addition to being a great place to hang out and get a cup of joe, BREW is a carefully planned community development tool, made possible by Kevin Acklin at RenewPittsburgh, Nathan Mallory of Cannon Coffee in Brookline, and a community advisory board made up of Beechview residents. Acklin and RenewPittsburgh raised $15,000 to completely renovate the space at 1557 Broadway Avenue, which has been both a butcher shop and a hair salon at different points in history. All of the labor for the renovation was donated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You might be asking yourself why a coffeeshop would be a non-profit. The idea is that BREW will be run by the community, and all profits from the coffeeshop will stay local, and possibly even help to develop new Beechview businesses. The space itself will also serve as an incubator of sorts. In addition to the normal coffeeshop layout and gathering space, phase 2 of the renovation will include a commercial kitchen, where locals can get baking or catering businesses off the ground!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BREW is just the first in a series of three new businesses opening on Broadway Avenue in the near future! The IGA and the Crested Duck Charcuterie have both been completely renovated, and plan to open within a month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Like&quot; BREW on Broadway on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002231916997</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Want to learn more about BREW? Check out these recent articles...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>BREW on Broadway community-owned coffee shop opens in Beechview: http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/brewonbroadway081011.aspx</div> <div>Walkabout: In Beechview, BREW is perking up Broadway Avenue: http://www.postgazette.com/pg/11214/1164516-294-0.stm#ixzz1UpPfnfjt</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scam Advisory! Beware &quot;Pinnacle Security Systems&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>Reprinted from the Polish Hill Civic Association&#39;s Polish Hill News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Residents in Carrick have also reported being approached by &quot;Pinnacle.&quot; Keep an eye out, and be sure to call 911 if they come to your door.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Our Zone 2 community liaison officer asked us to put the word out about aggressive salesmen and a possible scam. &nbsp;On August 5 two officers were called to an address on 39th street in Lawrenceville concerning a suspicious man selling security systems. This man stated that he was working for Pinnacle Security and became aggressive when the homeowner told him they were not interested. The salesman told the homeowner that he was close with Assistant Chief Patterson and that the Chief endorsed his product. When the man was told that Patterson had retired several years ago he left in a hurry. &nbsp;Responding officers later found the man in the area and asked him a series of questions such as what he was to do if a customer showed an interest in the product. &nbsp;He did not know if and when the equipment would be delivered/installed and he didn&rsquo;t know Pinnacle&rsquo;s corporate number. &nbsp;He showed them an order form which asked for credit card and social security numbers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The salespeople wear black polo shirts with the name &ldquo;Pinnacle&rdquo; on it and carry a folder marked &ldquo;Pinnacle Security&rdquo;. Zone 2 tells us &quot;this is a questionable company that has numerous complaints against them relating to scams and fraud, including excessive installation fees and charges running into the thousands of dollars.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Don&#39;t agree to anything, don&#39;t sign anything, and don&#39;t give out credit card or other personal information to a door-to-door salesman; get information and research the company first. &nbsp;Make sure your neighbors are aware, particularly those who are not online and might not have heard about this. &nbsp;Zone 2 says: &nbsp;Beware if they knock on your door, and call 911 if you&rsquo;re not sure.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | September 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2474 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> *NEW* IGA Grocery Store Opening on Broadway Avenue in Beechview</div> <div> JOIN US&mdash;Neighborhood Improvement TOUR in the South Side Slopes!</div> <div> Westmont Avenue Residents Form Block Watch!</div> <div> City-Wide Public Safety Meeting&mdash;Combating Graffiti and Hunting in City Greenways</div> <div> &ldquo;Internet Essentials&rdquo; Plan from Comcast</div> <div> Pittsburgh Carmalt Elementary PreK-8 Receives Creative Grant</div> <div> Angelea Taylor, winner of the 2011 Shyne Award in the Arts</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> Featured Events</div> <div> Mark Your Calendar!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> *NEW* IGA Grocery Store Opening on Broadway Avenue in Beechview</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On Wednesday, September 14th at 9am the completely remodeled former Foodland on Broadway Avenue will re-open as an IGA. We look forward to seeing you there!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Circulars for IGA&rsquo;s first week of business are available at BREW on Broadway (our NEW Beechview coffee shop at 1553 Broadway!), and should be hitting mailboxes soon. The store will feature a bakery, deli, hot prepared foods and other services, such as the PA Lottery, Bus Passes, EBT, Gift Cards and WIC. Hours will be Monday &ndash; Saturday 8am-9pm and Sunday 8am-6pm.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fa&ccedil;ade renovations to the building and parking lot will continue for the first several weeks of the store being open. Please stop in and welcome our new grocer to the neighborhood! Remember to support this and other new businesses on Broadway by buying locally. I know I will.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> JOIN US&mdash;Neighborhood Improvement TOUR in the South Side Slopes!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Whether you know it or not, you are a valued community advocate. &nbsp;To that end, we all need to get to know each other and share information, so we can be more powerful TOGETHER! &nbsp;Our office has been putting together fun and interesting tours with our neighboring communities to get a feel for what good ideas are out there, from reusing old buildings to improving our mainstreets.</div> <div> We welcome you to join us for a community tour with the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association THIS SATURDAY, September 17. The SSSNA is an all volunteer organization, and their leaders will take us on a walking tour of their successful business districts, Elm Street Projects, and talk about their wildly popular Step Trek Event! Afterwards, we will grab an informal bite to eat or local brew at the OTB Bicycle Caf&eacute; on Carson Street. It&rsquo;s a great time to step up (no pun intended) and have fun!</div> <div> Rain or Shine!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Saturday, September 17th @ 11 AM @ St. Paul of the Cross Monastery</div> <div> 148 Monastery Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15203</div> <div> *Please RSVP by September 15th at 412-255-2131 or Nicole.Kubiczki@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Through the Elm Street Program, the SSSNA coordinates volunteer support and leverages private dollars as part of a strategic plan to rehabilitate and reuse existing buildings and implement streetscape improvements. Our older South Pittsburgh neighborhoods are home to generations of memories, but with this proud history come practical problems such as physical decay and vacancy. This workshop will show you how the South Side Slopes has addressed these issues in their community, and connect you with people and resources for making similar improvements in District 4. Check out the SSSNA at http://www.southsideslopes.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Westmont Avenue Residents Form Block Watch!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Westmont Avenue residents recently raised concerns about criminal activity and intimidating behavior that has developed on their street over the last few years. In response to these concerns, Councilwoman Rudiak worked with Zone 3 Police Commander McNeilly and Community Relations Officer Luffey to gather a list of 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 calls related to Westmont in the last year. This case file laid the foundation for follow-up meeting at Zone 3 Police Headquarters in August that nearly 30 Westmont residents attended. There, residents were able to describe the problems on the street, and with the help of our Zone 3 Police, come up with a plan. The keystone of the plan was to coordinate a real block watch for Westmont Avenue&mdash;complete with a block captain, a communication plan, and a directive for everyone to keep their eyes peeled and call 9-1-1 for any type of illegal or intimidating behavior. The Bureau of Building Inspection, another valuable City department, was brought in to issue citations to property owners who had neglected their homes, or accumulated excessive debris. The results of these efforts are clear&mdash;evenings are quieter, properties are being cleaned up, and problem residents are being evicted. Though the work on Westmont is far from done, this block watch is a great example of how coming together with your neighbors and working closely with our Public Safety officials and City services yields visible results&hellip;and fast. We look forward to continued collaboration with the residents of Westmont. For more information on how YOU can organize a block watch, contact our office: 412-255-2131 or ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City-Wide Public Safety Meeting&mdash;Combating Graffiti and Hunting in City Greenways</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A City-Wide Public Safety Meeting was held at St. Pamphilus Church in Beechview on September 1. About 150 residents, public safety officials, and Council Members came out to hear presentations about combating graffiti and the hunting laws in the City.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In case you missed it, here are some handy facts!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Graffiti&mdash;The Pittsburgh Police Department has a 4-officer Graffiti Taskforce that focuses solely on tracking taggers, building cases, and sending graffiti &ldquo;artists&rdquo; to jail. They keep a database of photos, which helps them match taggers with tags and quantify damages. Your role in the fight against graffiti is just as important as the officers&rsquo;. All graffiti must be reported in a timely manner to your local police zone. After reporting the graffiti, make sure that you or an officer takes a photo of the tag before removing the graffiti. The graffiti should be removed as soon as possible after the pictures are taken. Assistance with graffiti removal is available through Graffiti Busters (412-255-2872). The Graffiti Task Force advises residents to keep dark areas lit, keep an eye out, and make sure to report any new graffiti tags as soon as possible. You can reach the Graffiti Task Force at 412-323-7818 or 412-323-7800.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Graffiti on mailboxes can only be removed by Postal Service maintenance people. Carrick&rsquo;s own Missy Rosenfeld, who heads up the organization Totally Against Graffiti (TAG), developed a partnership with Postmaster Rocco D&rsquo;Angelo to address this specific graffiti issue. If you see a mailbox that is tagged with graffiti, or in need of repair, call 412-359-7845</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hunting in City Greenways&mdash; Hunting on City-owned greenways is prohibited. If you notice anyone hunting in a greenway near your home, please call 9-1-1. The City regularly posts &ldquo;No Hunting&rdquo; signs on trees throughout the greenways, but the signs are often removed or shot down. Please call our office if you notice that the &ldquo;No Hunting&rdquo; signs in your greenway are missing. 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Internet Essentials&rdquo; Plan from Comcast</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The world has gone digital, and Internet service now plays an essential role in our everyday lives and education. Comcast now offers an Internet Essentials plan to households with children who receive free school lunches under the National School Lunch Program. Under this plan, customers receive affordable internet for $9.95 per month + tax. There are no price increases, no activation fees, and no equipment rental fees. Internet Essentials customers are also eligible for a low-cost computer, available for $149.99 and FREE internet training online, in print and in classroom. For more information, go to http://www.internetessentials.com. To sign up, call toll-free 1-855-8-INTERNET</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh Carmalt Elementary PreK-8 Receives Creative Grant</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Although Pittsburgh Carmalt is in our own backyard, it is a nationwide leader in arts education! The Crayola crayon company and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) selected 20 schools in the United States to receive Creatively Alive grants, to fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children&rsquo;s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out a video featuring Carmalt students and community members at http://Crayola.com/CreativelyAlive then &quot;video&quot; under Collaborative Training. &nbsp;You may see some familiar faces!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> No doubt that thanks to the effort of the enthusiastic principal Dr. Sandra Ochs, along with dedicated faculty, parents, students and community members, Pittsburgh Carmalt has gained the opportunity to shine on a national stage.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are meant to help educators explore new ways to nurture children&rsquo;s creativity and inspire other educators to do the same. Each school received a $2,500 monetary grant and $500 worth of Crayola products. The grant recipients are sharing outcomes in order to help other educators develop practices.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Crayola believes that for students today to reach their full potential and grow into self-motivated learners, their imagination must be nurtured. We believe these children are empowered by the educators who ignite their abilities to bring new ideas to life,&rdquo; said Mike Perry, Crayola president and chief executive officer.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The project at Pittsburgh Carmalt Science &amp; Tech Academy is called &ldquo;Art and Architecture Tell a Community&rsquo;s Story.&rdquo; Students have explored the role of immigration and community on architecture and arts throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods. They are designing their own community and creat 3-D replicas of buildings in their neighborhoods.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Congratulations to Angelea Taylor, winner of the 2011 Shyne Award in the Arts</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The prestigious SHYNE awards identify talented youth as &ldquo;Shyning&rdquo; examples for Pittsburgh and surrounding counties, and we congratulate Angelea on her award in the Arts category! &nbsp;Previously this year, this CAPA student and Brookline resident travelled to Los Angeles to perform and record with The 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble. Angelea performed with very talented 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble instrumentalists and vocalists on songs such as Jacket Town, Jazz Crimes, Splanky, Come Rain or Come Shine. &nbsp;A CD of this recording was released on iTunes, August 30, 2011. &nbsp; She is one of the featured soloists on the most popular song on this album which is an acapella piece entitled: &nbsp;Hush, Hush, Hush. This is a beautiful song written by Paula Cole and was performed by Paula and notable musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Annie Lennox. &nbsp;Paula wrote it about a friend who was dying from AIDS. The story behind this very moving song, describes the final encounter between a young man dying of AIDS and his father who is only just beginning to grasp and accept his son&rsquo;s fate. &nbsp;For your convenience the link to the 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble Album on iTunes is provided below:</div> <div> &nbsp;http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grammy-jazz-ensembles-2011/id462804454</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> School Works&mdash;An A+ Schools Opportunity Program</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s time to talk with teachers. Volunteer today and learn about our schools! A+ Schools needs 150 volunteers this fall to interview 100+ Pittsburgh public school teachers in middle and high schools. It&rsquo;s all part of their ongoing School Works program, mobilizing community volunteers like you to collect information on the inner workings of our schools. Help us find out what teachers believe they need to ensure student success. As a volunteer, you&rsquo;ll be part of a two- or three- person team conducting confidential teacher interviews. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. You can volunteer for just two hours&hellip;or more. To learn more and register as a volunteer, please visit www.aplusschools.org or call 412-697-1298.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Meals on Wheels</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many older members of our communities suffer from chronic physical disabilities or illnesses such as severe arthritis and heart disease, or simply from advancing age. Disabilities make it difficult, if not impossible, for these individuals to plan nutritious meals, shop for food, or to physically prepare their own meals. Additionally, economic factors can play a part in putting seniors and families nutritionally at risk. Lutheran Service Society&#39;s Meals On Wheels program addresses these needs in a positive way. The Beechview Meals on Wheels is headquartered at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Avenue). For more information on how to get involved, call: 412-343-5455</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Featured Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Fall Clean-Up</div> <div> Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am to 2:30pm @ Cannon Coffee</div> <div> For &nbsp;the past few years South Pittsburgh Development Corp. has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s &quot;Make a Difference Day&quot; to have Pitt students help in Brookline&#39;s Fall Clean-up. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This year the event will be Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am to 2:30pm. &nbsp;We will meet at Cannon Coffee, 802 Brookline Blvd at 10:00am. &nbsp;There will be complimentary coffee and snacks available for volunteers.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pennsylvania 2012 Project: Western Pennsylvania Inaugural Conference</div> <div> Friday, September 23, 2011 @ the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hosted by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University, this conference features a keynote address by former New Jersey Governor, Christine Todd Whitman.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In June, Councilwoman Rudiak attended the Young Elected Officials conference and met inspiring and energetic public servants from Montana to Maine. &nbsp;It was apparent, and frankly, embarrassing, to see how few women Pennsylvania has elected to office, in comparison with other states. In fact, Pennsylvania often ranks at the bottom of state-wide comparisons for women in government. Unfortunately, through the lack of visible female leadership in our region, we&rsquo;re missing out on half the talent, half the ideas, and half the creativity necessary to govern in our modern era, and we&rsquo;re sending that same message to all sectors of the economy. The Pennsylvania 2012 Project is a non-partisan program looking to foster talent and increase expectations for women and leadership across the state to this conference will discuss the upcoming redistricting in the state, as well as how to increase the number of women in elective office in Pennsylvania in the upcoming 2012 elections and beyond.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The conference starts at 8am with a continental breakfast, followed by a panel of experts at 9am, including Senator Jay Costa (D-43), Senator Jane Earll (R-49), Mary Hughes, The 2012 Project, and Barry Kauffmann, Common Cause PA Moderator: Deb Acklin, WQED. &nbsp;This is followed by a strategy discussion and the final keynote lunch with Governor Christine Todd Whitman starts at 11:30am. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Location: Omni William Penn Hotel</div> <div> We urge anyone with an opinion on the issue to attend the whole &ndash; or part of the event. For more information, please contact PCWP Program Coordinator Ashley Steckel:asteckel@chatham.edu or 412-365-1878.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> ALCOSAN Open House</div> <div> Saturday, September 17, 9am-4pm</div> <div> Ever wonder what happens when you push the handle? The mystery will be solved when you attend the ALCOSAN Open House on Saturday, September 17 &nbsp;9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Don&rsquo;t poo poo this event - You will be surprised and bewildered to learn about the inner workings of the largest waste water treatment plant in Western Pennsylvania. &nbsp;There will be fun, food and games for all ages. &nbsp;Plan on attending and bring friends, relatives or anyone who is interested in the environment. More info at www.alcosan.org.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> Thursday, October 6, 7 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Beechview/home
http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=420</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.beechview.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/WatchGroupDetail.aspx?groupID=423</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance Public Safety Action Team</div> <div> Thursday, September 15th from 6:30 - 8:30pm @ Hilltop Alliance (126 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> More Info: 412-586-5807</div> <div> patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com</div> <div> www.pghhilltopalliance.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Community Council General Membership Meeting</div> <div> Thursday, September 15th, 7-8 PM @ Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This meeting will be a display of all of the gardens entered for the 2011 Carrick Goes Gardening Showcase. Come celebrate the hard work that Carrick residents put into their yards in turn beautifying the neighborhood of Carrick.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More info: www.carrickpa.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hard to Recycle Collection Event</div> <div> Saturday, Sephtember 17th, 10am-2m @ the Galleria at Pittsburg Mills</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and its partners, through PRC&rdquo;s Zero Waste Pittsburgh project, will sponsor the final Hard to Recycle Collection of 2011 on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills.This event features additional items that will be collected for reuse, including used clothing and shoes and junk mail, newspapers, magazines and office paper.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Televisions, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers, cell phones and ink and toner cartridges will be collected at no charge and will be properly recycled by eLoop, llc. There will be a small fee for batteries and misc. e-waste.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information please visit the Zero Waste Pittsburgh website at: http://www.zerowastepgh.org/ZW-PRC-hardtorecycle.html or contact Sarah Alessio Shea at 412-488-7490 ext. 236 or saraha@ccicenter.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance Community Services Coordination Action Team</div> <div> Monday, September 19th from 5:30 - 7:30pm @ Hilltop Alliance (126 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> More Info: 412-586-5807</div> <div> patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com</div> <div> www.pghhilltopalliance.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corp (SPDC) Meeting</div> <div> Monday, September 19th 7-9 PM @ Brookline Presbyterian Church</div> <div> http://www.brookline-pgh.org/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance Repurposing Vacant Properties Action Team</div> <div> Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 - 8:30pm @ Hilltop Alliance (126 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> More Info: 412-586-5807</div> <div> patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com</div> <div> www.pghhilltopalliance.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> School District Realignment Plan Special Community Forum</div> <div> Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM @ Reizenstein Middle School (across from Bakery Square- Penn Avenue in East Liberty)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There will be a Special Community Forum on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Reizenstein to receive public comment on the District Realignment Plan. This is your chance to make your views known. If you want to speak at this hearing, you must register with the Office of Superintendent of Schools by calling 412.622.3600. You may also submit written testimony in lieu of appearing at the hearing via email to publichearing@pghboe.net &nbsp;or by fax to 412.622.3624.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm @ the Accamando Center (Overbrook Firehouse on Rt. 51)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://groups.google.com/group/occ-pittsburgh-pa?lnk=srg</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Preserve Pittsburgh Summit: Change and Continuity</div> <div> Friday, Sept. 30, 9am-2pm @ Heinz History Center (1212 Smallman St)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is a free, interactive, collaborative workshop on historic preservation for students, young professionals, and people of all ages. It features six different tours of the Strip District and Lawrenceville. But sign up soon! The tours are limited to 40 people each. To register, go to www.youngpreservationists.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:18:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | October 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2473 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Frank Mazza Pavilion Opening Waiting List October 26</div> <div> Shop at the new Beechview IGA Market on Broadway!</div> <div> Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Update</div> <div> Prescription Drug Collection&mdash;October 29</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See In the News!</div> <div> Pittsburgh Police Serving Thanksgiving Dinners for those in Need</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> Upcoming District 4 Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Frank Mazza Pavilion Opening Waiting List October 26</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> After years of waiting, the Frank Mazza Pavilion, a senior high rise in Brookline, will finally re-open this year. The building closed and residents were relocated in 2008 due to water and mold problems. In the time since, the building underwent a major $4.7 Million renovation&mdash;one of the many projects funded by $27 million in stimulus funds that went to the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. According to Ken Doyno, one of the architects on the project, the plans reconfigured the space to make the units 15-20 % larger. All units are now outfitted with new drywall, carpeting and fixtures. The outside of the building has also received a major facelift, as observed by all those who travel Brookline Blvd. Effectively, everything is brand new!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Former residents who were relocated for these renovations will have first dibs on the new units, and it is yet unclear how many apartments will be available for new applicants. You can apply to be on the waiting list beginning October 26th, 2011 at 8:00 AM. Applicants must be 62 years of age or older. For more information on how to apply, please contact our office, or Laverne Wagner in the Occupancy Department of the HACP at 412-456-5030 or Laverne.Wagner@hacp.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Shop @ the new Beechview IGA Market on Broadway!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> After over a year without a grocery store, Beechview now has the new IGA Market on Broadway! A Foodland previously at this location closed in early summer of 2010, due to loss of business to larger grocers, like Kuhn&rsquo;s on Banksville Rd. Declining profits slowly lead to a decline in product quality and upkeep.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The new owners of the IGA completely gutted and renovated the store, which now sports a level floor (your shopping cart will not roll away from you!) a higher ceiling, and a brighter lighting scheme. Upgrades to the outside of the store are yet to come, including a big bright &ldquo;IGA Market on Broadway&rdquo; lighted sign, which promises to brighten up Broadway Avenue after dark.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The owners are committed to providing fresh food to our Beechview community. After soft opening in mid-September, management has brought in over 250 new products requested by shoppers. Don&rsquo;t see something you need? Just ask! After shopping there myself, I can tell you, they are a full service, destination grocery store&mdash; the kind of place where you can do your weekly shopping.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Shopping at local businesses is the essential key to keeping them robustly stocked and open. More than that, the new IGA is an anchor on the Broadway Avenue business district. Along with the other two new businesses, Brew on Broadway (delicious coffee) and the Crested Duck Charcuterie (fancy meats and dry goods), the IGA is a sign of progress, and may well provide other investors with confidence in the market potential of Beechview.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview, Brookline and Dormont residents will see ads for the store in the mail starting at the end of October. Be sure to stop by and support your new local grocer!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction on Track for Summer of 2013 Finish</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There have been a lot of rumors flying around in the last month or so about the Brookline Boulevard reconstruction, so let me take a minute to help explain what is happening with the project. &nbsp;First, the reconstruction is still happening and is still slated for a summer of 2013 finish, just as it has been for the last few years. Second, the budget has not changed for the project and there have been no changes to the recent plans that have been showed to the community over the last year or so.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The start date for the reconstruction has, however, been pushed back to early spring of 2013 instead of mid-to-late summer of 2012 as had previously been planned. &nbsp;This happened because PennDOT took an extended period of time to issue a decision related to the planned right-of-way changes for the Boulevard. &nbsp;They have since made their decision on this critical part of the project, however the extra time that they took forced the City to push the start date back.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> But there is a silver lining to this change. &nbsp;While before the reconstruction would have spread into two construction seasons&mdash;summer of 2012 and spring/summer of 2013&mdash;now it will only effect one construction season&mdash;summer of 2013&mdash;thus disrupting businesses on the boulevard for a much shorter period of time. &nbsp;This should make the project a much easier burden to bear for our great neighborhood businesses and for the community as a whole.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At this point there are only a few approvals needed before the project gets the final OK from the state. First, the City must approve the traffic signalization plans. &nbsp;Second, PennDOT will have to approve some changes being made to the Brookline Boulevard/Pioneer Avenue intersection. &nbsp;Third, and finally, the final design plan will have to get one last sign off from PennDOT. &nbsp;Once these three items are approved, the reconstruction will officially begin!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have any questions about this or any other issue, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact our office at (412) 255-2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Have extra Prescription Drugs? Don&rsquo;t flush &lsquo;em!</div> <div> From Zero Waste Pittsburgh, a project of the PA Resources Council</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are numerous reasons why prescription and over-the counter pharmaceuticals become unwanted or unneeded. Many people stop taking drugs due to side-effects, their lack of effectiveness, or quicker recovery periods than anticipated.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> But people are buying more drugs, per person, than ever before. On a national level, estimates point to upwards of 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste being generated each year. Unfortunately, when we flush these pharmaceuticals, they are showing up in our rivers and streams, the very sources from which we take our drinking water.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> But if we don&rsquo;t flush them, what can we do? &nbsp;Prescription drugs are a growing trend among recreational drug users and addicts. Each year, tens of thousands of children and adults die or become critically ill from overdoses and/or accidental ingestion of prescription medications. Safe disposal of these extra drugs is essential.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That&rsquo;s why Zero Waste Pittsburgh is partnering with the Allegheny County Health Department and Greenstar Recycling, and holding a collection for leftover pharmaceuticals.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Date: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Saturday, October 29, 2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Locations: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Green Tree Borough Building (10 Manilla Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mall at Robinson &nbsp;(parking lot near Sears and Golden Corral)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Borough of Munhall (1900 West Street)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See in the News!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Compiling List of Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> With all of our active community organizations, churches, and youth, there are many opportunities in our District 4 neighborhoods to get involved and volunteer our time. Our office is now working to put together a list of these ongoing activities, so that constituents can easily find opportunities that interest them! If you know of a volunteer opportunity that should be included on this list, please send an e-mail to Ashleigh.deemer@city.pittsburgh.pa.us or call 412-255-2131 with the following information:</div> <div> Name of Organization</div> <div> Volunteer Activity</div> <div> Contact Information&mdash;how to get involved</div> <div> Proclamation for Project 2012 and Women In Government</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Having diversity in government is critical if we want our governments to be reflective of society at large. Diverse representation results in stronger public policies that are the foundation of strong, safe and healthy communities. Women comprise 52% of the electorate in Pennsylvania, yet hold very few elected positions in local, state and our national government. Women hold only 17.4% of the seats in our PA state assembly. This is a trend nationwide, but Pennsylvania has one of the lowest percentages of seats held by women, coming in behind 40 other states. It&rsquo;s important to understand why this phenomenon exists. It isn&rsquo;t that people don&rsquo;t vote for women, but rather, that women are not running for political office.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That&rsquo;s where the 2012 Project comes in. The 2012 Project is a national non-partisan campaign to get more women in elected positions, by way of engaging, training, and mentoring women, and encouraging them to run for office. Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a Proclamation of Council in support of this effort, and generally, gender equality in government. Council passed the proclamation unanimously on Tuesday, September 27th, which was declared to be Women in Government Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Proclamation in Honor of Brandon O&rsquo;Toole earning his Eagle Scout Award</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. To earn an Eagle Scout Award, one must earn at least twenty-one merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit through service and leadership. Brandon King O&rsquo;Toole of Brookline Troop 6 earned his Eagle Scout Award last month on September 25, 2011. Over his Scouting career, Brandon has held the Scouting positions of Den Chief, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. For his Eagle Scout Award, Brandon organized renovations at the Brookline Regional Catholic School. Brandon himself repaired phone and data lines, and created a new conference room for staff. He also organized many volunteers and the renovation of the library.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition to his work as a Scout, Brandon was academically successful and active at Seton-La Salle High School, where he was involved with the Audio Visual Department, stage crew and the soccer team. Councilwoman Rudiak commends Brandon for his success and work in the community, and wishes him the best for an equally bright future!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Thanksgiving Dinners for those in Need</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We are pleased to announce that officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will again be delivering hot meals on Thanksgiving Day to those who need them. &nbsp;The food will be prepared and cooked at Penny&#39;s Diner located on the South Side. &nbsp;Pittsburgh Police Officers will deliver the delicious meals in the morning and early afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you, or someone you know, is in need of the meals, please contact Officer Christine Luffey at (412) 488-8425.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Officer Luffey will be taking food orders to service the following communities: &nbsp;Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, Oakwood, Overbrook, Ridgemont, Sheraden, South Side, West End, Westwood, and Windgap.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed. For an application, call the kitchen at 412-881-0990 between 8:00 AM and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 AM to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Community Council Board Nominations Notice:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Community Council (CCC) is accepting nominations for our 2012 Board Membership. Please contact the CCC nominating committee at CCCnominations@gmail.com by October 31st, 2011 if you would like to place your name on the ballot. Qualifications for board membership are as follows:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Must be dues paid member for 2012</div> <div> Must be 18 or older</div> <div> The nomination meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Pittsburgh Concord Pre-K-5 &nbsp;(2350 Brownsville Rd) at 7 PM. &nbsp;There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments will be served. They will also be providing community reports such as Blockwatch updates.&nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Upcoming District 4 Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Boulevard URA Community Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ St. Mark&rsquo;s Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This meeting is to get community and business leaders together to cultivate ideas for the future of the Brookline Blvd. business district.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wed., October 19 @ 6:00 PM at South Side Brashear Association (2005 Sarah Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Navigating Senior Health Care</div> <div> Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 11:30-1:00 PM at Panera Bread on McKnight Rd</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Offered by American HealthCare Group. Erin Hart and Jeff Weinberg, M.ED, M.PH, NHA will be moderating. Erin assists people on Medicare to understand their benefit options. Jeff provides advocacy, care management and corporate Eldercare programs</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance-- Financial Management and Budgeting for Nonprofit Organizations</div> <div> Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 5-8 PM @ the Hilltop Alliance offices (126 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You worked hard to raise money to fund your activities/projects and operate your programs. This workshop is for board members, treasurers, staff and volunteers who want to ensure that monies coming into and being spent by their organization are properly accounted for and managed. This training is FREE and will be led by Cynthia L. Haines, a field operations specialist in Field Policy and Management. &nbsp;Space is limited. To register, contact Pat Murphy at the Hilltop Alliance, either by e-mail or phone: patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com or 412-586-5807</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Eating Seasonally &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> Friday, October 21, 2011, 11:30-1:00 PM @ Pgh Public Market (Smallman &amp; 17th in the Strip)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Farm to Table is offering an &ldquo;Eating Local&rdquo; Lunch &amp; Learn. The program will include handouts, a cooking demonstration and lunch. Learn about local resources including farms, retail sites, CSAs and more. Integrate these community resources into your Wellness Program. There will also be a cooking demonstration and free lunch!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Contact Erin Hart at the American HealthCare Group to Register: 412-563-7807</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline&rsquo;s Fall Clean-up!</div> <div> Saturday, October 22, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM</div> <div> Meet at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd) at 10:00 AM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Clean-Up!</div> <div> Saturday, October 22 , 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM&mdash;meet behind the old Overbrook Fire Station (on Rt. 51 across from Maytide Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Garbage bags and gloves will be provided! Volunteers will fan out to clean up garbage and dumped items throughout Overbrook. For more information, contact Rosemary or Larry Kenny at 412-882-0467.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pitt Make a Difference Day with Pretty Up Beechview</div> <div> Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am - 2:30pm &ndash; meet at one of two locations:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 1) Broadway Gardens (beneath the billboards on Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> 2) Beechview Community Garden (on Rockland, the old pool site)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As many as 42 Pitt student volunteers will be bused to Beechview to help PUB clean out the gardens and prep them for next season. &nbsp;Of course this is a perfect opportunity for you to come out, meet some Beechview residents and make a difference in your own neighborhood. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Gloves, tools and refreshments will be provided. &nbsp;We&#39;d love to see you there!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Area Community Council</div> <div> Monday, October 24, 2011, 7:30-9:30 PM @ St. Mark&rsquo;s Church (933 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Meeting Re: Matthews Street in Bon Air</div> <div> Tuesday, October 25, 2011 , 7:00 PM @ Knoxville United Presbyterian Church (148 Jacunda St)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This meeting is in response to the recent designation of Matthews Street in Bon Air as a one-way street. Constituents will be able to express concerns about new traffic patterns to Councilman Bruce Kraus, Public Works Director, Rob Kaczorowski, and District 4 Chief of Staff, John Fournier.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Public Schools&rsquo; Budget: What You Can Do</div> <div> Tuesday, October 25th, 5:30 PM @ Pittsburgh CAPA (111 Ninth Street, Dowtown)</div> <div> &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> Please join A+ Schools, PPS, and their partners at this community meeting to hear the District&#39;s response to the community&#39;s request for additional information on courses and programs. Come and find out what you can do to support an equitable budget.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Light Dinner and Free Childcare Provided</div> <div> Free Parking Available in Ninth &amp; Penn Garage</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> URA Mainstreet Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-9:00 PM @ Brashear High School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority to discuss the future of South Pittsburgh&rsquo;s business districts.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Applications Being Accepted for Mazza Pavilion in Brookline</div> <div> Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 8:00 AM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Applications accepted at the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) offices at 100 Ross Street, Suite 420, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Downtown). For more information, contact the Lavern Wagner with the HACP Occupancy Department&mdash;412-465-5030 or Laverne.Wagner@hacp.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Halloween Costume Constest!</div> <div> Saturday, October 29th at 5:30 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> At Phillips Park Recreation Center (201 Parkfield Street). Contestants must be 12 years of age or younger. Pre-registration is required for costume contestants by 10/21/11. Register by calling 412-881-7965 and providing the name of the child, age &amp; phone number. &nbsp;Stick around afterwards for the annual Phillips Park Haunted Park 7:30-9:30. General admission for the Haunted Park is $2. These events are sponsored by the Carrick Community Council, the Overbrook Community Council and the Phillips Park Advisory Council.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Halloween Festivities</div> <div> Saturday, October 29th</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 1-5 PM&mdash;Bobbing for apples and spooky story time at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> 2:00 PM&mdash;Halloween Parade begins in front of the Cannon! There will be prizes for the best costumes in the following categories: funniest, group, scariest, prettiest and best original costume</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leftover Pharmaceutical Collections</div> <div> Saturday, October 29, 2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Locations: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Green Tree Borough Building (10 Manilla Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mall at Robinson &nbsp;(parking lot near Sears and Golden Corral)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Borough of Munhall (1900 West Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Giant Eagle Redevelopment Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, November 1, 6-7:30 PM @ Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (Stewart Ave &amp; Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join Councilwoman Rudiak and the Community Builders to review and give feedback on the newest designs and program ideas for the redevelopment of the vacant Giant Eagle property on Brownsville Rd. The Community Builders are in the midst of securing federal funding to demolish the Giant Eagle, and build a brand new, mixed income senior high rise called the Hillcrest Senior Residences.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Blockwatch</div> <div> Tuesday, November 1, 7-9 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Concord Elementary School Dedication</div> <div> Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 PM @ Concord Elementary School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join school leaders for the rededication of the school. Take self-guided tours of the new addition.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and the Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, November 3, 7-10 PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave) http://www.beechview.org/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Election Day!</div> <div> Tuesday, November 8 in Election Day! Be sure to get out and vote.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Community Council Board Nomination Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 7 PM at Concord Elementary School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Community Council (CCC) is accepting nominations for our 2012 Board Membership. Please contact the CCC nominating committee at CCCnominations@gmail.com by October 31st, 2011 if you would like to place your name on the ballot. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments will be served. They will also be providing community reports such as Blockwatch updates.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation 3rd Annual Dinner</div> <div> Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 5:30 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Limited Seats Available</div> <div> Before October 21: $60/person &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;$420/8 person table &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;$520/10 person table</div> <div> October 21 or Later: $75/person &nbsp; &nbsp;$525/ 8 person table &nbsp; &nbsp; $675/10 person table</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please contact Chris Beichner for details: 412-481-322 x205</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:17:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | November 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2472 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Blockwatch Meeting TONIGHT</div> <div> Butta Bing Strip Club Denied Zoning Approval in Overbrook</div> <div> Becks Run Road Traffic Restrictions To Be Lifted November 18th</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t See On The News</div> <div> PennStateLandscape Architecture Students in Carrick</div> <div> FREE Classes for Parents &amp; Community @ Carrick High School</div> <div> Reminder: Pittsburgh Police Offering Free Thanksgiving Dinners to those in need</div> <div> Looking for a Job? Find one via Social Networking!</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Blockwatch Meeting TONIGHT-- Tuesday, November 15, 2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Block Watch is holding a meeting TONIGHT at the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church at 7 PM. Many of you attended the initial block watch meeting in August. This gathering is the second of this program, and we will be sharing tools from other communities &amp; neighborhoods on how they have organized successful blockwatches. You&#39;ll leave with a concrete list of ways that you can begin to organize against crime on your block.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A note: this meeting will not be used as a forum to address specific concerns about specific streets. But, the information and tools you take away from this meeting will help us all build the groundwork to solve our public safety issues in Carrick in a wholesome, organized and respectful way.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Questions? Contact our Office: 412-255-2131 or ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov</div> <div> &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> Butta Bing Strip Club Denied Zoning Approval</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We originally told you about the potential re-opening of the Butta Bing Strip Club back in the June edition of this newsletter.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As many of you know, the building that housed the Butta Bing on Rt. 51 has sat vacant since even before 2005, when a fire destroyed much of the structure. The building was condemned, and the owner, Mr. Daniel Smithbower, took no action to maintain, repair, or clean the property. Repeated complaints from neighbors resulted in multiple citations issued by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection. Still, Mr. Smithbower was unresponsive and nothing was done to remediate the burnt property.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Naturally, neighbors were vocal about the need to clean-up and repurpose this blighted, seemingly abandoned property. When Councilwoman Rudiak came into office, she became an advocate for these groups, talking with City Planning, studying zoning code, and even allocating funding from the city budget to demolish the building. But, like most things, it wasn&#39;t that simple.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This summer, more than six years after the fire, Mr. Smithbower returned to the City with new investors and a plan to reconstruct and open a brand new strip club. His first step, according to City Zoning Code, was to apply for a &quot;Special Exception&rdquo; to allow Adult Entertainment on the site.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Overbrook Community Council and many residents came out against this development, citing research showing that adult entertainment establishments foster criminal activities that extend beyond the walls of the club, and that the club had been abandoned. Our office and the Zoning Board of Adjustment received dozens of letters and nearly 70 petition signatures in opposition of Mr. Smithbower&#39;s proposal. After an initial Zoning Board hearing in July, it became clear that the Overbrook Community Council needed legal representation. The Zoning Board granted their request for a continuance, on the condition that they return with an attorney.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The law firm of Ira Weiss agreed to provide pro-bono legal counsel for the Overbrook Community Counsel, and returned to the Zoning Board in August to argue the community&#39;s case. After several months of deliberation, the Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to deny Mr. Smithbower his Special Exception.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> According to news reports, Mr. Smithbower is expected to appeal this decision to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County within thirty days of November 8. We will provide an update on this appeal as soon as we have it!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This case is an extraordinary example of local citizens working hand-in-hand with the private sector and local government to fight for the public interest. To get involved with the Overbrook Community Council, attend the next meeting @ the Overbrook Firehouse (Rt. 51 across from Maytide) on Tuesday, November 22 at 7PM or contact Carol Anthony, president of the Overbrook Community Council at occbee@aol.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Need Volunteers? Send us your info!&nbsp;</div> <div> With all of our active community organizations, churches, and youth, there are many opportunities in our District 4 neighborhoods to get involved and volunteer our time. Our office is now working to put together a list of these ongoing activities, so that constituents can easily find opportunities that interest them! If you know of a volunteer opportunity that should be included on this list, please send an e-mail to ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-2131 with the following information:</div> <div> Name of Organization</div> <div> Volunteer Activity</div> <div> Contact Information&mdash;how to get involved</div> <div> Becks Run Road Traffic Restrictions Lifted on November 18th</div> <div> From Pennsylvania American Water:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pennsylvania American Water announced that traffic restrictions for Becks Run Road, between Carson Street and Wagner Avenue, will be lifted, weather permitting, on November 18th, for evening rush hour. Traffic has been restricted to one southbound lane for the past several months to accommodate the installation of a new 42-inch water main as part of Pennsylvania American Water&rsquo;s $101 million Becks Run Pumping Station and Hays Mine improvement project.</div> <div> &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div> The continued traffic restrictions are necessary to complete the repaving of Becks Run Road, along with repairs to concrete curb and sidewalks and landscaping. The paving restoration follows the installation of approximately 2,900 feet main along Becks Run as part of Pennsylvania American Water&rsquo;s improvement projects, which will improve water treatment processes and ensure that the company&rsquo;s drinking water continues to comply with all U.S Environmental Protection Agency standards.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t See On The News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Proclamation for Carmalt&#39;s Creatively Alive Grant from Crayola</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Crayola partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principles to grant twenty schools with funding for innovative programs aimed at fostering children&#39;s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. The grant program, entitled &quot;Champion Creatively Alive Children&quot; asked educators to nurture their students&#39; imaginations by creating unconventional programs inspired by the question, &quot;what if?&quot;. Sandra Och, principal at Pgh Carmalt Science &amp; Tech Academy was inspired! Carmalt is Pittsburgh&#39;s most-bussed magnet school, with over 600 kids hailing from 30 different neighborhoods. &quot;What if&quot; they had community day, every day? Principle Och designed a program for students to explore the role of immigration and community on the arts and architecture in our diverse, unique Pittsburgh neighborhoods. After research and sharing about their neighborhoods, students designed their own, ideal communities. Carnegie Mellon Architecture students aided the kids in building three-dimensional replicas of buildings, and Carmalt students created video commercials to promote their neighborhood designs. The videos were then used to share their projects with other schools via distance learning. In their honor, Council declared October 25, 2011 to be Pittsburgh Carmalt Science &amp; Tech Academy Day in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Happy 100th Birthday to Mrs. Madeline Amman of Overbrook!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Madeline Suzanne Amman was born on November 21, 1911 in the scenic lakeside town of Neuchatel, Switzerland, which overlooks the Swiss Alps. When Madeline was 9, her family immigrated to the United States, seeking a better life. After coming through Ellis Island, her family came to Pittsburgh and settled in our South neighborhoods of Carrick and Beechview. Later in life, she and her husband Charlie made their home in Overbrook, where they raised two daughters, Jackie and Audrey. Mrs. Amman will celebrate her 100th birthday on November 21, 2011. Friends say she has been blessed with good health, and she continues to enjoy living independently in Overbrook. Council declared November 21, 2011 to be Madeline Suzanne Amman Day in the City of Pittsburgh. She will be presented with an official copy of her proclamation at her birthday party.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Honoring Young Actors Teaching Through Theater at CAPA</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pittsburgh CAPA and the Children&#39;s Museum have partnered to create an experiential learning program called Young Actors Teaching Through Theatre. The partnership calls upon middle school CAPA theatre students to create unique, interactive programming for Museum visitors, while learning the art of teaching. Students develop exhibits and lesson plans in the classroom and visit the museum bi-monthly to implement their programming. In addition to teaching students how to teach, this program further prepares students for employment by holding them to the same standards as Children&#39;s Museum staff. Council voted unanimously to declare November 1, 2011 to be Young Actors Teaching Through Theatre Day in the City of Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Proclamation for David Motak</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Szopka is the traditional Polish folk art tradition of creating whimsical and ornate architectural constructions of wood, cardboard, ribbon and foil paper. Pittsburgh graphic designer and artist, David Motak, launched the Pittsburgh-based National Szopka Project as a historical and educational initiative in 2003. Since then, Mr. Motak has taught Szopka-making to over 800 adults and children across the country and his art has been widely shown across the country. This year, the American Council for Polish Culture presented Mr. Motak with the organization&rsquo;s 2011 Cultural Achievement Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the promotion of Polish culture throughout the United States. In light of his achievements, Council unanimously declared Thursday, November 10, 2011 to be David Motak Day in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Penn State Landscape Architecture Students Present Designs for Carrick</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This Fall, Penn State Landscape Architecture students descended upon Carrick to create professional-quality designs for three areas of the community:</div> <div> PhillipsPark</div> <div> portions of Brownsville Road</div> <div> our vast Greenways.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The students began their project by learning about the rich cultural history of the area, and then talking with local residents. Some of you may have even run into them on Brownsville Road, surveying passersby. Their goal was to take community history and perception into consideration when creating their designs. This way, the designs reflect the wants and needs of the community, and will serve as inspiration for the evolution of Carrick.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&#39;d like to know more about their designs, be sure to attend their Public Presentation &amp; Open House on Wednesday, November 16th, 6-8 PM at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd). Refreshments &amp; snacks will be provided!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Community &amp; Parent Classes at Carrick High School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School teachers have created a FREE series of workshops for parents and community members. To sign up for any of these, RSVP to Amberleigh Miller at 412-885-7710 or amiller3@pghboe.net. Hurry, because seating is limited!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ring Making-- I&#39;ll bet you didn&#39;t know we make jewelry here! Why not try making a ring of your own? We&#39;ll provide the silver and you provide the vision. Make your dream ring (without the diamonds, of course) a reality. Limited to 23 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Adolescent Psychology-- 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&#39;s several identity crises (Erickson)? Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Make a Pot-- our cermaics department is inviting you to throw some pots. Not at each other! Learn how to use a potters wheel and create a masterpiece of your own. Limited to 12 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, February 13, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Creative Writing-- Just in time for Valentine&#39;s Day. Try expressing some of that creative energy in a new way. Who knows? Maybe you&#39;ll leave with the perfect handwritten gift for that someone special. Limited to 25 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Learn Spanish-- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, March 12, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fun with Physics-- Have you ever asked the question, What about scary music disturbs us or why do we see red instead of blue? Come to Physics fun day at Carrick to explore the science behind sound/light and the deep magic behind how we hear and see. You can also explore motion and forces using sonic motion detectors, precision photo gates and force sensors. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Learn Spanish-- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, April 16, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Steel Drums-- come try your hand at playing the steel drums and transport yourself to the islands by creating authentic Caribbean sounds. You&#39;ll learn a short tune or two that will have you thinking of palm trees and pink umbrellas in coconut drinks to tide you over until the summer months. Limited to 15 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Thanksgiving Dinners for those in Need</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We are pleased to announce that officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will again be delivering hot meals on Thanksgiving Day to those who need them. &nbsp;The food will be prepared and cooked at Penny&#39;s Diner located on the South Side. &nbsp;Pittsburgh Police Officers will deliver the delicious meals in the morning and early afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you, or someone you know, is in need of the meals, please contact Officer Christine Luffey at (412) 488-8425.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Officer Luffey will be taking food orders to service the following communities: &nbsp;Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, Oakwood, Overbrook, Ridgemont, Sheraden, South Side, West End, Westwood, and Windgap.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Looking for a Job? Find one via Social Networking!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Our office recently became aware of a new and innovative way to find jobs on the Internet. A fellow elected official from Florida told us about TweetMyJobs.com, a site that enables you to find jobs through your own social networks. &nbsp;You can search the site by location, and by the type of job, with search terms like Title, Skills, or Company. The website then searches your Twitter connections for a link between you and the company, and facilitates introductions and recommendations. According to the website, recruiters are 20 times more likely to hire someone with an introduction/referral than without. A variety of companies, like Sony, Merck, Motorola, Starbucks, and many others use this service, so if you&#39;re looking for a job, you might consider this as part of your strategy. Did we mention, it&#39;s free?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out www.tweetmyjobs.com for more information!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed. For an application, call the kitchen at 412-881-0990 between 8:00 AM and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 AM to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Coming Up</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, November 15th, 7PM @ Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance Repurposing Vacant Properties Action Team</div> <div> Tuesday, November 15th, 6 PM @ Hilltop Alliance Offices (126 Brownsville Road, 15210)</div> <div> On the agenda: 1) Project Updates - Mountain/Wagner Beautification, Beltzhoover Community Garden, Vacant Properties Contract Work Scope; 2) New Initiatives - Hilltop Mural Project; Green Toolbox Assessment; 3) Planning for 2012 - Action Team and Hilltop Quality of Life Planning</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please RSVP to Pat Murphy:&nbsp;</div> <div> 412-586-5807</div> <div> patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> ALCOSAN Public Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, November 15, 10 AM-4 PM, @ Heinz History Center</div> <div> ALCOSAN will host a series of informational Town Hall meetings to provide updates on basin planning activities, including their plan to remediate combined sewer overflow issues across the County.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information and for a list of all the upcoming Town Hall Meetings, please go to www.alcosan.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, November 16th, 6 PM @ the St. Clair AA building in Arlington (2400 Spring Street, 15210)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Post Office Meeting</div> <div> Thursday, November 17th, 6 PM, @ Moore Park Recreation Center (1800 Pioneer Avenue)</div> <div> This meeting is regarding the potential closing of the Brookline Post Office. There will be a presentation of findings, and a discussion to address community concerns.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> PittsburghLight Up Night!</div> <div> Come Downtown to see the lighting of the tree, Macy&#39;s windows and more. For details, go to: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/light-up-night-2011</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC)</div> <div> Monday, November 21, 7 PM, @ Brookline United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information: http://www.brookline-pgh.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council</div> <div> Tuesday, November 22, 7 PM, @ the Overbrook Firehouse (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Area Community Council</div> <div> Monday, November 28, 7:30 PM @ St. Mark&#39;s Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> Thursday, December 1, 7PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> From 7-8 PM, the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meet and from 8-9 PM, the Beechview Block Watch meets. Both meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. For more information about Beechview, go to www.beechview.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information: http://www.beechview.org/bcc</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City Wide Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, December 7, 6 PM @ Teamster&#39;s Hall in Lawrenceville (4701 Butler Street, 15201)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Members of the Zone 5 Public Safety Council will host the meeting. All are invited to attend.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mazza Pavilion Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting</div> <div> Tuesday, December 13, 10:30 AM @ Mazza Pavilion (920 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, December 13, 7 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:16:00 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | December 2011 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2471 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hi, my name is Natalia Rudiak and I am the Pittsburgh City Council representative for District 4, which includes Beechview, Brookline, Bon Air, Carrick, Mt. Washington and Overbrook. I send this newsletter out once a month to constituents and others who are interested in our District 4 communities. Together, we can make our neighborhoods better places to live, work and play. Staying informed is part of that process! Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to subscribe.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a happy and safe New Years! May your holiday season be filled with reflection, relaxation, family and friends. I look forward to 2012, and welcome your input for another productive year serving our District 4 communities.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Have questions that you would like to see addressed in an upcoming newsletter? Contact our Constituent Services Manager, Ashleigh Deemer: ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2131.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In this issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hires New Director</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch Updates &amp; Crime Prevention Tips</div> <div> Calling all Tree Lovers! Join the Street Team for Tree Pittsburgh</div> <div> IGA Market on Broadway is OPEN during exterior renovations</div> <div> Get Fit While Helping Brookline Shine!</div> <div> FYI- Changes to your PA American Water drinking water treatment</div> <div> Free Recycling &amp; Pick-up for old refrigerators &amp; freezers&hellip;+ $35!</div> <div> Need Volunteers? Send us your info!</div> <div> Free (and fun!) Community &amp; Parent Classes at Carrick High School</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See On The News!</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> Career Opportunities</div> <div> Mark your calendars! Upcoming community meetings &amp; events</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Hires New Director</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I would like to take a moment to welcome the new director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Mary Frances Cooper. I served on the Director Search Committee, and am proud that we have chosen a librarian to take the helm. In her previous position as Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library, Ms. Cooper was integral to help keeping our libraries open. I have every confidence that she will work to continue that conversation in her new position.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I would also like to thank the public for voting for the library referendum, which will provide necessary funding to strengthen our library system. Look out for more information about the growth of our South Pittsburgh libraries in future editions of this newsletter.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out these news stories for more information about the new library director, Mary Frances Cooper.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2011-12-14/new-library-director-optimistic-about-future-finances-9685</div> <div> http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11347/1196564-100.stm</div> <div> http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_771851.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch is a Big Hit!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On November 15th, about 75 residents of Carrick and Overbrook convened at the Stewart Avenue Lutheran church to learn more about organizing a block watch. Carol Anthony, a longtime resident and community leader from Overbrook, talked about her experiences with her own block group, and gave handy pointers on how to get your own group started.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition to practical tips about how to spot and report crime, Carol stressed the importance of getting to know your neighbors. Sharing information can help you develop your intuition about what&rsquo;s happening in the community, and help you recognize when something isn&rsquo;t quite right. Here are some practical crime prevention tips that were distributed at the meeting.</div> <div> Be sure your house numbers are easily readable from the street so that police, fire, or paramedics can easily find your home in an emergency.</div> <div> Install good exterior lighting.</div> <div> Trim back shrubs around doors and windows of your home. Don&rsquo;t give burglars sheltered areas in which to hide as they work.</div> <div> Carefully store ladders. Padlock them to fixed objects.</div> <div> Use a large mailbox, so that your mail is not visible.</div> <div> Leave outside lights on during the night.</div> <div> Frost or cover your garage door windows, so that no one can see when your car is gone.</div> <div> Don&rsquo;t leave your garage door opener in open view in your car.</div> <div> Don&rsquo;t hide spare house keys outside your house.</div> <div> Install dead bolt locks on your entry doors.</div> <div> Never allow strangers to enter your home. Verify unexpected workmen by calling the organization they represent.</div> <div> Provide no personal information to strangers at your door or on the phone</div> <div> Be suspicious of strangers and unfamiliar vehicles in your neighborhood. Note license plate numbers if you suspect a crime is in progress.</div> <div> If you are going to be away, ask a neighbor to park in your driveway, keep some lights on in the house or on timers, give your home a lived in appearance, and stop the mail or have someone pick it up for you.</div> <div> Consider having an alarm system installed in your home.</div> <div> Most importantly, if you have an emergency or see a crime in progress, CALL 9-1-1 immediately. Don&rsquo;t feel shy about calling if you see suspicious activity or persons. &nbsp;This is the only way that our Police can stop crimes in progress and track ongoing issues at a specific address or street.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;If you&rsquo;re interested in getting involved in the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, and would like to attend the next meeting when scheduled, get in touch: 412-255-2131 or Ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Calling all Tree Lovers!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tree Pittsburgh and their partners have launched a campaign to develop Pittsburgh&#39;s tree story, and we need your help! During the month of January, they will collect info from Pittsburghers about why they love trees, their favorite tree memories and what trees mean to our great City.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re a Tree Tender, or you&rsquo;re just plain crazy about trees, consider joining Tree Pittsburgh&rsquo;s street team! To learn more, attend one of four open house events across the city. Or get in touch via their website, here: http://www.treepittsburgh.org/&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> WEST &gt;Tuesday, January 3, 2012</div> <div> Village Tavern</div> <div> 425 South Main Street</div> <div> 5:30-7:30pm</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> EAST &gt;Wednesday, January 4, 2012</div> <div> Tree Pittsburgh</div> <div> 5427 Penn Avenue</div> <div> 5:30-7:30pm</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> SOUTH &gt;Thursday, January 5, 2012</div> <div> The Brew House</div> <div> 2100 Mary Street</div> <div> 5:30-7:30pm</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> NORTH &gt;Friday, January 6, 2012</div> <div> AlleghenyUnitarian Universalist Church</div> <div> 416 West North Avenue</div> <div> 5:30-7:30pm</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> IGA Market on Broadway is OPEN During Fa&ccedil;ade Renovations</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You may have noticed that the IGA Market on Broadway grocery store is undergoing some exterior renovations. But don&rsquo;t let the outside fool you&mdash;they are open for business, and the inside is bright, well-stocked, and they have excellent prices!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> When the renovation is complete, the Market on Broadway will be a beautiful addition to the main street in our Beechview neighborhood. Features will include a refurbished parking lot, new landscaping, new windows, outdoor lighting and a brightly lit &ldquo;Market on Broadway&rdquo; sign.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the meantime, we encourage you to support your local grocer!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Store Hours: Monday &ndash; Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Check out their website for great deals, and sign up to create online shopping lists: http://www.marketbroadway.iga.com/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Get Fit While Helping Brookline Shine!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Don&rsquo;t stay on the sidelines. Take a hike &ndash; and help clean up the neighborhood at the same time! From our friends in Brookline: &ldquo;Want to take a walk with us? We will meet every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd. 15226) . Everyone should bring work gloves. If you have a grabber, bring that too. Depending on the number of participants, we will walk the Boulevard or venture onto the side streets. For an hour or so we will walk, talk and pick up trash. After our trash walk, we will return to Cannon Coffee for a bit of socializing. There are benefits galore in this weekly event. First, we will be removing litter from our community. Then there&#39;s the walking, bending and stretching exercise. You can meet new people, and just getting out of the house can improve your mood. Bundle up. Come on out. Walk with us. Then, join us for hot coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa, or have you tried Cannon Coffee&#39;s S&#39;more Mocha?&quot;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pennsylvania American Water Customers&mdash;Changes in your Water Treatment!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In response to new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, Pennsylvania American water will be changing the way they treat drinking water for customers in Allegheny County, starting the week of March 19, 2012. At that time, they will transition from using chlorine, to chloramine, a more chemically stable alternative. The switch will extend the additive&rsquo;s disinfection power through the pipelines that distribute water to customers&rsquo; homes and businesses. While this process is new in Pennsylvania, it has been in use for more than 90 years as a safe, effective disinfectant by municipally-run and privately-owned water systems across the United States and Canada.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> While most customers will not notice any change in their water, some might notice that the taste and odor of chlorine is reduced.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Questions? Please contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). You can also find more information, here: http://www.amwater.com/paaw/ensuring-water-quality/pa-chloramine-facts/index.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Recycling and Pickup + $35 for that old refrigerator/freezer</div> <div> A Message from Construction Junction</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Do you have an old refrigerator cooling a few items in your basement or garage? Did you know that it may be using up to four times the electricity of a new model? With all that leftover energy, you could save up to $150 a year on your electric bill!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Duquesne Light&rsquo;s Watt Choices program will pay you $35 to recycle that old, energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer and will haul it away at no charge. You&rsquo;ll receive your rebate check within six weeks of pickup. JACO Environmental will break down your old refrigerator and 95% of the components will be recycled. Reducing your energy use also reduces the need for more power plants as well as the environmental impact of energy generation.</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div> To schedule a pick-up date and time, Call 1-877-270-3521 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Or schedule online!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition to your $35 recycling incentive, if you have purchased a new refrigerator or freezer after 11/30/2009, you can obtain an appliance rebate application for your new purchase.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Need Volunteers? Send us your info!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> With all of our active community organizations, churches, and youth, there are many opportunities in our District 4 neighborhoods to get involved and volunteer our time. Our office is now working to put together a list of these ongoing activities, so that constituents can easily find opportunities that interest them! If you know of a volunteer opportunity that should be included on this list, please send an e-mail to ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-2131 with the following information:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Name of Organization</div> <div> Volunteer Activity</div> <div> Contact Information&mdash;how to get involved</div> <div> Free Community &amp; Parent Classes at Carrick High School</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School teachers have created a FREE series of workshops for parents and community members. To sign up for any of these, RSVP to Amberleigh Miller at 412-885-7710 or amiller3@pghboe.net. Hurry, because seating is limited!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ring Making-- I&#39;ll bet you didn&#39;t know we make jewelry here! Why not try making a ring of your own? We&#39;ll provide the silver and you provide the vision. Make your dream ring (without the diamonds, of course) a reality. Limited to 23 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Adolescent Psychology-- 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&#39;s several identity crises (Erickson)? Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Make a Pot-- our cermaics department is inviting you to throw some pots. Not at each other! Learn how to use a potters wheel and create a masterpiece of your own. Limited to 12 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, February 13, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Creative Writing-- Just in time for Valentine&#39;s Day. Try expressing some of that creative energy in a new way. Who knows? Maybe you&#39;ll leave with the perfect handwritten gift for that someone special. Limited to 25 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Learn Spanish-- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, March 12, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fun with Physics-- Have you ever asked the question, What about scary music disturbs us or why do we see red instead of blue? Come to Physics fun day at Carrick to explore the science behind sound/light and the deep magic behind how we hear and see. You can also explore motion and forces using sonic motion detectors, precision photo gates and force sensors. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Learn Spanish-- Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monday, April 16, 2012, 5-7 PM</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Steel Drums-- come try your hand at playing the steel drums and transport yourself to the islands by creating authentic Caribbean sounds. You&#39;ll learn a short tune or two that will have you thinking of palm trees and pink umbrellas in coconut drinks to tide you over until the summer months. Limited to 15 seats.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See On The News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> FairhavenUnited Methodist Churchin Overbrook is 130 years old!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many thousands of you likely pass by this pretty little white building on Rt. 51 every day. Little did you know that it&rsquo;s an institution that has been in our community for 130 years! The congregation began in 1881, when the founder of the church, Richard Perry, organized a Sunday School in an old school building at the bottom of Maytide Street. Back then, Overbrook was called Fairhaven. The church that stands today was built in 1907, on land donated by the Horning Family, who also donated money for the church bell and stained glass windows. Today, the church is an important institution in our community, gathering neighbors together, and providing space for important community meetings and activities of the Overbrook Community Council. Pittsburgh City Council passed a proclamation honoring the Fairhaven Church on November 14th.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In recognition of Fairhaven&#39;s birthday, Rich Cummings has written a book with almost 400 photos and 137 pages of text documenting the history of the church. &nbsp;The book has been a big hit with the church congregation and there are still some left. For only $20 plus $3 for postage one can be yours. &nbsp;You can contact Mr. Cummings via e-mail at richcummings1958@gmail.com.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed. For an application, call the kitchen at 412-881-0990 between 8:00 AM and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 AM to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Career Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carpenters Apprenticeship</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Greater Pennsylvania Heavy Highway and Railroad Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for Carpenter Apprentices in their 2012 Apprenticeship Program.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Applications will be available every Wednesday, 8 AM to 3:30 PM from December 7, 2011 through March 28, 2012 at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Rd., Pittsburgh 15205.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information is available on their website: http://www.greaterpacarpenters.org/ct5.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Job Postings:https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobListings.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Allegheny County Job Postings:&nbsp;</div> <div> http://www.alleghenycounty.us/jobs/index.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Dewey and Kaye Jobswatch (nonprofit careers)</div> <div> http://www.deweykaye.com/jobswatch/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Coming Up</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC)</div> <div> Monday, December 19, 7 PM, @ Brookline United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information: http://www.brookline-pgh.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Alliance Repurposing Vacant Properties Action Team</div> <div> Tuesday, December 20th, 6 PM @ Hilltop Alliance Offices (126 Brownsville Road, 15210)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please RSVP to Pat Murphy:&nbsp;</div> <div> 412-586-5807</div> <div> patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Blood Pressure Screening</div> <div> December 27, 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. @ Beechview Senior Center</div> <div> 1555 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Greeting the Planets Holiday Art Show</div> <div> Sat. Dec. 31st &ndash; 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. @ Art/Ink (1609 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div> Come experience a colorful mixed media installation by local renowned fiber artist, Angela Pasquale with Greeting the Planets, an art installation that celebrates Joy to the World with the birth of The Prince of Peace.The installation will be hosted at Art/Ink, 1609 Broadway Avenue. There will also be a fun hands-on art station for kids!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> New Year&rsquo;s Eve Dance and Buffet</div> <div> Sat., Dec. 31st &ndash; 8:00 p.m. &ndash; 1:00 a.m. (1915 Broadway Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join St. Catherine of Siena Parish Beechview as they ring in the New Year. There will be food, refreshments, dancing, and lots of fun for the entire family. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.</div> <div> Adults: $10; Children: $3. BYOB.</div> <div> For more info &ndash; 412-531-2135</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> New Year&rsquo;s Eve Dinner @ The Crested Duck Charcuterie</div> <div> Sat., Dec. 31st &ndash; 5:00 p.m. &amp; 7:30 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Crested Duck is holding a New Year&rsquo;s Eve dinner, one of the first special events in their new storefront: dinner for two will include crispy duck with kumquat marmalade, potato potage, spicy greens with pear and toma celena, fig-stuffed roast pork loin and gingerbread with eggnog cream. Two seatings: 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. $72.50 per person; BYOB; www.crestedduck.com, 412-322-2670.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> Thursday, January 5, 7PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> From 7-8 PM, the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens meet and from 8-9 PM, the Beechview Block Watch meets. Both meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. For more information about Beechview, go to www.beechview.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information: http://www.beechview.org/bcc</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, January 10, 7 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:15:00 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | January/February 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2470 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Happy New Year! &nbsp;I&rsquo;d like to use this month&rsquo;s Newsletter as an opportunity to update you on some of the work we&rsquo;ve been doing in council over the past few months, including good government legislation and Route 51 development. &nbsp;We are always incredibly busy here in the office &ndash; both addressing your neighborhood concerns and working on special projects. We could write a book on all the things we have cooking &ndash; but we&rsquo;re trying to write a newsletter here &ndash; so here&rsquo;s a preview of topics we will be talking about in future 2012 District 4 newsletters:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Landlord, tenant and neighborhood relations</div> <div> Partnerships with our suburban neighbors</div> <div> Better lighting in our business districts</div> <div> District-wide dumps-site clean-ups</div> <div> Increasing neighborhood volunteer efforts</div> <div> Exciting business development</div> <div> Public projects in South Pittsburgh</div> <div> Community development workshops</div> <div> And more!</div> <div> I welcome you to read on and contact my office if you have any questions or comments on these issues. You can call 412-255-2131 or e-mail Ashleigh at ashleigh.deemer@pittsburghpa.gov.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Projects in our Communities</div> <div> Rt. 51 Study &amp; Recommendations for Improvement</div> <div> Funding for Upgrades to Overbrook&rsquo;s Accamando Center</div> <div> Issues in Council</div> <div> Good Government Legislation- Speaking Limits and Franking</div> <div> Debt Management Policy &amp; Budget Transparency</div> <div> Neighborhood News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Property Tax Assessment Info</div> <div> Tree Survey</div> <div> &nbsp;Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> Career/Education Opportunities</div> <div> Events and Community Meetings</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Projects in our Communities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Rt. 51 Study and Recommendations for Improvement</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many of you likely travel Route 51 or Saw Mill Run Blvd on a daily basis. If you do, or even if you simply listen to a traffic report, you know that traffic is a problem. Demand has far outgrown Rt. 51&rsquo;s aging infrastructure, and longtime disinvestment along the corridor has resulted in an area that doesn&rsquo;t adequately reflect the beauty of adjacent neighborhoods like Overbrook, Bon Air, and Brookline. In hopes of solving these (very big) issues, I participate in a Rt. 51 Steering Committee, which is a cooperative effort of seven municipalities, the county, and several state and economic development agencies. &nbsp;Many of us may cynically remember Route 51 committees going all the way back to the 1960s, but this effort is very different. &nbsp;Now we have a full-time staff person dedicated to overseeing our work on &nbsp;traffic congestion and disinvestment-- as well as public transportation &amp; pedestrian needs, flooding, and sewer overflows along a 13 mile stretch of Rt. 51, including the portion in District 4. The Steering Committee produced a concrete set of recommendations, which will serve as a vision for future projects and investment. You can find the full report here: http://www.economicdevelopmentsouth.org/AIA%20Plan%20-%2051%20Corridor.pdf</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Among the many worthy ideas in this report, I am most interested in working to develop a park &amp; ride station somewhere along the corridor. Personally, it drives me nuts that I live within a half mile of the light rail and bus line, but I can&rsquo;t park anywhere to use it; I know many of you feel the same way. A convenient park &amp; ride station can take many drivers off the road and alleviate traffic. More than that, a good transportation station can attract new private investment, like the construction of new retail and residential along the corridor. I have had several meetings with local agencies to talk about potential funding sources and how this would fit into other plans that the Port Authority, City, and PennDOT may have for the area. Just last week I took a tour of Rt. 51 with the Port Authority, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and Economic Development South. I have a lot of hope for this project, and will pass along details to you as they become available.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improvements to the Accammando Center in Overbrook</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you drive Rt. 51, you may pass by Overbrook&rsquo;s Accammando Center without even noticing. The Accammando Center is the community&rsquo;s old brick fire station, at the intersection of Rt. 51 and Maytide Street. The fire station relocated and the building has since been repurposed into a much-needed community space, used by the Carrick Boxing Academy, the Overbrook Community Council, and the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society. It&rsquo;s a wonderful resource for youth involved in the boxing program, and folks who want to become civically engaged...or are just interested in the history of our community! The building has been in need of some basic maintenance and improvements for a number of years-- things like paint and roof repairs, that if left unchecked can cost more to repair in the long run. I put money in the Capital Budget to make those improvements, so that our community groups have a better place to do business, and commuters take notice of this beautiful, historic structure.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> But this is not all - there are other South Pittsburgh projects in the 2012 Capital Budget and I look forward to discussing them in future newsletters!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Important Issues in Council</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good Government Legislation- Speaking Limits and Franking</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As an elected government body, it is oh so important that City Council remain accessible and accountable to the residents of Pittsburgh. That is why, this past Fall, I introduced two pieces of Good Government legislation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The first piece, known as the Speaking Limits Bill, sought to bring order to our Council meetings, and respect the time of residents, experts, and city leaders who observe and participate in them. With debate left unchecked, our meetings often stretch to six hours and beyond, making it difficult for people to schedule time to be engaged, as well as limiting the time of councilmembers themselves to address neighborhood-specific issues. It is difficult to think of any other profession where a continuous 7 hour meeting is considered effective and efficient. In researching this issue, my staff found that many government bodies at the City, State or Federal levels have implemented limits on the amount of time any one member is able to speak on any one issue. In fact, it is common everywhere across the country &hellip; except in Pittsburgh. &nbsp;My bill, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Kraus, Peduto, and Smith, would have amended the rules of Council to limit each member to three rounds of speaking per agenda item, with five to two minutes on each round. The bill was passed by Council on December 30th, 2011, but the mayor did not sign the legislation, and it was never made official. &nbsp;It is unfortunate that this bill is not on our books &hellip; but here&rsquo;s to hoping that 2012 will bring civility to our meetings and more time for me to meet with and address the concerns of residents, business owners, and civic leaders in South Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Another important tenet of good government is the responsible use of public money. In this world of e-mail and social networking, paper snail mail is still a considerable expenditure in our Council offices. It remains the best way to get in touch with many constituents who may not have access to or interest in digital communication. However, I soon realized that our offices were not held to any specific budget, or limit in the amount that we could spend on such mailings. This is an oversight that could lead to abuse and overspending. Mass mailings costing tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars could be used in the final days leading up to important elections, blurring clear legal lines that prohibit the use of public money or resources for political campaigns. &nbsp;I introduced a bill modeled upon federal code that would define mailing budgets for each office and restrict members from sending mass mailings within 60 days prior to any election. This measure was co-sponsored by Councilmen Peduto and Shields, and was passed by Council. Unfortunately, Mayor Ravenstahl vetoed the legislation soon after its passage.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Debt Management Policy &amp; Budget Transparency</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fiscal transparency doesn&rsquo;t just apply to Council mail. This past December, I partnered with Councilman Peduto in support of a city-wide Debt Management Policy. The goal of this legislation was to put in place some common-sense guidelines for managing our City&rsquo;s current and future debt. It was a policy that created flexibility to borrow, so that we could fulfill our capital needs, like paving and building improvements, while putting limits on the amount of debt the City can take on at any one time. The policy also outlined a preference for only taking on predictable, fixed-rate debt, rather than risky variable rates. Fortunately, Council and the Mayor agreed. The measure was passed by Council and was signed by the Mayor in December.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition to this specific legislation, I worked for better transparency throughout the Capital Budget process. The Capital Budget is a spending plan for fixed things like purchasing equipment, or upgrades to buildings or parks that go beyond routine maintenance. It is complimentary to the Operating Budget, which pays for things like fuel for vehicles and routine maintenance of buildings, vehicles and parks. Each year, the Mayor&rsquo;s administration submits a Capital Budget to Council, and members have the opportunity to propose changes (amendments) and vote to pass or reject the budget. Typically, as was the case this year, the budget speaks in broad terms, such as &ldquo;park improvements,&rdquo; and does not go into details of projects and project locations. Without those details, it&rsquo;s difficult to hold the administration accountable to spending funds across the City. Having lived in Carrick all my life, I know how important it is to ensure that South Pittsburgh gets our fair share. To that end, in 2010, I partnered with Councilman Burgess on a piece of legislation that required more specificity from the administration in the budget process. The measure passed and was not vetoed, but it was not implemented by the Mayor&rsquo;s administration. However, I was able to persuade a majority of Council that projects in District 4 are important to the City as a whole, and Council voted to include budget items specific to our communities. We will continue to work throughout the year for equitable capital investment in District 4.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Property Tax Assessment Info</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On January 12, 2012, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald released a statement regarding the 2012 property tax reassessments. That day, Judge Wettick permitted the Pittsburgh School District, the City of Pittsburgh, and Mt. Oliver Borough to use the 2011 assessment values for the purpose of setting their budgets and levying taxes in 2012. The new 2012 values that you received in the mail are to be used in the 2013 tax year. What this means for you: if you are not satisfied with your 2012 reassessment values, you should move forward with the appeal process. The form to request a formal appeal is due on February 10, 2012.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can download and print the form here: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/opa/2012NewAppealForm_Pgh_MtOliver11.pdf</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> After submitting that form, you can learn more about what it takes for a successful appeal by attending this informative session:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mr. Kenneth Behrend, senior partner at Behrend &amp; Ernsberger, P.C will discuss and review the steps required for a successful appeal of real estate assessments. This presentation will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 612 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 on Thursday, February 23 at 12:15 pm.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have any questions about your reassessment appeal, feel free to call my office: 412-255-2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tree Survey
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tree Pittsburgh is leading an effort to create Pittsburgh&#39;s very-first Urban Forest Master Plan to give recommendations to manage our trees and wooded areas. One of the most important components of an Urban Forest Master plan is public involvement and input. They need to hear from as many people as possible (including you and your friends and neighbors and relatives and coworkers) to protect and maintain our trees for generations to come.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PITTSBURGH&rsquo;S TREES?</div> <div> Be a part of the plan &ndash; tell them what you like and what you don&rsquo;t like about trees in this short survey and be entered to win Giant Eagle gift cards</div> <div> http://www.surveybuilder.com/s/LaaSCle5oAA?source_id=3&amp;source_type=web</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Neighborhood Resources / Coming Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you! If you have questions about any of these opportunities and events, feel free to give our office a call: 412-255-2131</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Volunteer Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick and Beechview Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412-881-0990 between 8:00 AM and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 AM to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Avenue, 15216). To get involved, call 412-343-5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Citizens Public Safety Training</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community violence is not acceptable in Pittsburgh! &nbsp;Community members must be educated about violence issues and speak out to avoid further violence. If you&#39;ve ever wanted to know more about policing in general and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in particular, this is your chance!! The Citizens Police Academy is a 15 week, 45 hour tour of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau. You will learn about many of the responsibilities and specialties of our police.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You will be stunned by what you don&rsquo;t know about the job of a police officer and better ways to interact with police. &nbsp;We recommend the Citizens Police Academy to anyone with an interest in community safety &ndash; perfect for block watch members. &nbsp;CPA participants meet and talk with many street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.</div> <div> Enrollment is limited, so don&#39;t delay. The deadline is January 30. Click here for more details:

 http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/CPA_information_for_CBD-general.pdf</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Does your Community Group Need Speakers?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412-255-2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Career / Education Opportunities</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Stream of Learning&rdquo; Scholarship Program</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pennsylvania American Water is accepting applications for its 2012 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide college scholarship assistance to students who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry. The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water&rsquo;s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science, which are crucial to the water and wastewater business. 

The company will award scholarships of $2,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program&rsquo;s application process. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
</div> <div> Students must currently live in one of Pennsylvania American Water&rsquo;s service areas. (Students can attend college outside of the company&rsquo;s service territory.)</div> <div> Students must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school.</div> <div> Students must plan to study environmental science, environmental engineering, biology or chemistry.</div> <div> Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive their awards in May. Family members of Pennsylvania American Water employees are not eligible.

Applications can be downloaded from the company&rsquo;s Web site at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com and must be postmarked by February 29, 2012.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carpenters Apprenticeship</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Greater Pennsylvania Heavy Highway and Railroad Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for Carpenter Apprentices in their 2012 Apprenticeship Program.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Applications will be available every Wednesday, 8 AM to 3:30 PM from December 7, 2011 through March 28, 2012 at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Rd., Pittsburgh 15205.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information is available on their website: http://www.greaterpacarpenters.org/ct5.html</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Job Postings: https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobListings.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Allegheny County Job Postings: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/jobs/index.aspx</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Dewey and Kaye Jobswatch (nonprofit careers): http://www.deweykaye.com/jobswatch/</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events &amp; Community Meetings</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Volleyball- &nbsp;Every Sunday evening beginning January 15th, 7-9 PM @ Birmingham United Church of Christ (25 Carrick ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It will be held in the basement fellowship hall. &nbsp;All ages and abilities are welcome. &nbsp;Please come join your friends and neighbors and make some new friends on Sunday evenings. &nbsp;Please park in the parking lot and enter through the lower door directly into the basement. &nbsp;For questions please call Deacon Rich at 412-881-6282.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council</div> <div> Tuesday, January 24th , 7 PM at the Accamando Center (fire house at Rt. 51 and Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, January 30th, 7 PM at Concord Elementary School (2350 Brownsville Road)</div> <div> Come and learn about issues in the neighborhoods and how important it is to be involved.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Blockwatch</div> <div> Thursday, February 2, 7PM @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Red Hot Valentine&rdquo; Pepper Party
</div> <div> Saturday, February 11th &ndash; 11a.m. &ndash; 2 p.m.
IGA Market on Broadway, 1616 Broadway Avenue | Beechview</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 

Looking for a spicy Valentine&rsquo;s Day event? Stop by on Saturday,
 February 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the newly opened IGA Market on
Broadway to experience a selection of hot pepper products, test your
taste buds with a hot pepper tasting, and more. Are you known for a
delicious hot pepper dish? &nbsp;Bring the prepared version of your
specialty along with a printed recipe to enter IGA&rsquo;s Hot Pepper Recipe
Challenge.
Event will also include hot pepper recipes, hints and preparation
tips, and a selection of cookbooks from local libraries. &nbsp;For more
information on this event, please visit IGA&rsquo;s website at
http://www.marketbroadway.iga.com/ or call 412-388-5018. &nbsp;This event
is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Beechview Library.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, February 13th, 5:45 PM @ the Brookline branch of the Carnegie Library</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Anyone interested in protecting, fostering and developing the business area are welcomed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School Community Workshops-- for adults!</div> <div> Monday, February 13th, 5 &ndash; 7pm at Pittsburgh Carrick High School.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Seating is limited, so RSVP quickly! You may RSVP by mailing to Amberleigh Miller 125 Parkfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15210, calling 412-885-7710, or emailing</div> <div> amiller3@pghboe.net. When you RSVP, please include name(s) of attendee(s), the title of the workshop(s) and a phone number.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> * Creative Writing &ndash; Just in time for Valentine&rsquo;s Day. Try expressing some of that</div> <div> creative energy in a new way. Who know? Maybe you&rsquo;ll leave with the perfect</div> <div> handwritten gift for that someone special. Limited to 25 seats</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> * Learn Spanish &ndash; Habla Espanol? No worries. Learn common phrases in Spanish and</div> <div> show off your language skills to your friends. This is also a great way to help your child</div> <div> as they venture into learning new languages. Limited to 20 seats</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, February 14th, 7 PM @ Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, February 15th, 6 PM @ the Zone 3 Police Station (830 East Warrington Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC)</div> <div> Monday, February 20th, 7 PM, @ Brookline United Presbyterian Church</div> <div> More information: http://www.brookline-pgh.org</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:14:00 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | March 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2469 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In This Issue...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community Resources</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Events</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>New streetlights installed along main streets in Carrick, Beechview, Brookline</div> <div>Carrick, Beechview, and Brookline seem brighter these days, thanks, in part, to the new LED streetlights that were recently installed along our main streets. Our southern neighborhoods were among the first in the City&rsquo;s LED conversion plan, which will produce $110,000 in energy and maintenance savings per year. In addition to energy savings, the brighter and more directional light that these lamps produce has tremendous public safety benefits. Bright light deters criminal activity and enhances our police officers&rsquo; ability to see what&rsquo;s happening as they drive through the community. Better lighting can also increase the effectiveness of security cameras at night.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This initiative was driven by my colleague Councilman Bill Peduto. A few years ago, six LED street lights were donated and installed on Walnut Street, as a pilot project. The installation demonstrated the cost savings of LED and jumpstarted a public conversation about the various types of LED light. The end result is a plan to retrofit all 40,000 city streetlights with LED. Phase I of the plan will outfit 31 Pittsburgh business districts with brighter, longer-lasting, more efficient lights that produce truer color than our old high pressure sodium lights. With cost-savings AND public safety enhancements, these lights are a win-win!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Boulevard reconstruction plan available online</div> <div>The long-awaited Brookline Boulevard reconstruction project is slated to begin in spring of 2013, and on March 8th, City traffic engineers presented the plan at a public meeting at St. Mark&#39;s Church in Brookline. Well over 100 residents attended! Large-scale prints of the traffic and landscaping designs were on hand for perusal, but if you were unable to attend the event, you can check out the entire presentation online at http://www.pittsburghfederalprojects.com/pdf_1/Brooklineboulevard.pdf. Note that &quot;Location Map,&quot; &quot;Photos,&quot; and &quot;Design Conceptuals&quot; are links that will take you further into the multi-page design plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community meeting on property assessment appeals</div> <div>City Controller Michael Lamb will be holding a community meeting to reach out to our district&#39;s homeowners about the Property Reassessment Appeals program before the filing deadline on April 2nd. Please join if you are needing assistance in this process. The meeting will take place at Carmalt Elementary School on Breining Street on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Resources for Renters meetings</div> <div>After over two years of officially serving the community, and several years prior working with community groups across the district, I came to realize that our communities have a great number of people living in rental apartments and houses, but that most of those people are not invited to be actively engaged in the community. Moreover, renters are not typically plugged in to many resources that the City and community have to offer. To address this disconnect, my office is planning Resources for Renters meetings. There, we will hear presentations from various agencies and community organizations. Topics will include how to report bad property maintenance or health and safety concerns, how to negotiate with a landlord and interpret a lease, assistance available for purchasing a home, and much more. Choose one of two meetings, whichever fits your schedule:</div> <div>Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Library (400 Brownsville Rd.), main floor.</div> <div>Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (corner of Brownsville Rd. and Stewart Ave.), basement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Light refreshments will be served. Both locations are accessible by bus and ADA accessible. For more information, please contact our office at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anti-texting law now in effect</div> <div>Pennsylvania&rsquo;s new anti-texting law took effect on March 8th, stipulating that it is now prohibited for any driver to use an &ldquo;Interactive Wireless Communication Device&rdquo; (i.e. a cellphone, smart phone, or other portable computer device) to send, read, or write a text-based communication while the vehicle is in motion. The fine has been set at $50. This law does not include the use of a GPS device or any electronic device that is integrated into the vehicle. In 2010, there were 13,790 crashes in the state of Pennsylvania in which distracted driving played a role&mdash;this new law will help to ensure that drivers are giving their full attention to operating their motor vehicle. For more information, contact Police Zone 6 Commander Scott Schubert at 412.937.3051.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Congratulations! Two District 4 churches receive religious properties grants</div> <div>We congratulate Zion Christian Church and Birmingham United Church of Christ, both in Carrick, for receiving grants from the Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The PHLF&rsquo;s Historic Religious Properties Committee has generously donated 11 matching grants in all, for a total of $77,180, to churches throughout Allegheny County. These grants will enable religious congregations to maintain and preserve their historic buildings&mdash;roof and gutter work, stained glass window restoration, and brick and stone work. These buildings are not only places of worship but also centers of life in their communities, housing social service agencies such as food pantries, clothes closets, child care facilities, and meeting places for youth and adult groups.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friends of the Beechview Library</div> <div>Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Market on Broadway IGA Super Sale</div> <div>A three-day supersale will take place Thursday, March 15th through Saturday, March 17th at Market on Broadway IGA. Discounts include Starkist tuna and 28 oz. IGA tomato sauce both at two for $0.98, and a 24-pack of IGA bottled water and 5 lb. of IGA sugar at $1.98 each. See the detailed flyer available in-store for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community garden plots available in Beechview</div> <div>It may still technically be winter, but the past weeks have been unseasonably warm, and if you&rsquo;re like us, you&rsquo;re dreaming of spring! If you&rsquo;re perusing seed catalogs, but don&rsquo;t have anywhere to plant, consider renting a community garden plot. The Beechview Community Garden, founded by Pretty Up Beechview, is located directly across from Beechwood Elementary School at 810 Rockland Avenue. There are 18 10&rsquo;x4&rsquo; raised garden beds with the capacity to build more. You can rent one of these beds for $30 for the entire growing season. You can learn more about the gardens here: http://www.prettyupbeechview.com. For more information on renting a plot, e-mail prettyupbeechview@gmail.com. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City Council District 4 office welcomes new staff</div> <div>Former chief of staff John Fournier is halfway around the world&mdash;in Vanuatu, a south Pacific island, to be exact, where his wife Chelsea is conducting an anthropological field study on nutrition in the island community. In the wake of his departure, we&rsquo;ve welcomed a new change and some new faces in our office. Ashleigh Deemer has been named chief of staff, and Adam Shuck has been brought on as office manager and Alex Pazuchanics as policy analyst. Please congratulate them when you see them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community Resources</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Career/Education Opportunities</div> <div>I recently had the opportunity to tour local job training facilities and I was impressed with the quality of building trade opportunities in our area. The trades offer excellent opportunities and benefits, and our region is fortunate to have such a high dedication to skills, quality, and quality of life that our skilled trades offer. While deadlines for apprenticeship programs with the Plumbers and Operating Engineers have passed, there are many more opportunities available:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Iron Workers Apprenticeship</div> <div>Earn a living while learning an important and demanding trade&mdash;applications due by April 14th, 2012. Get more information here: http://iwlocal3.com/apprentices/.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carpenters Apprenticeship</div> <div>The Greater Pennsylvania Heavy Highway and Railroad Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for Carpenter Apprentices in their 2012 Apprenticeship Program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Applications will be available every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from December 7th, 2011 through March 28th, 2012 at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh 15205. More information is available on their website: http://www.greaterpacarpenters.org/ct5.html.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Electrical Workers Job Postings:</div> <div>http://www.ibewlocal5jatc.org/article.php?id=8</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City of Pittsburgh Job Postings:</div> <div>https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobListings.aspx</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allegheny County Job Postings:</div> <div>http://www.alleghenycounty.us/jobs/index.aspx</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dewey and Kaye Jobswatch (nonprofit careers):</div> <div>http://www.deweykaye.com/jobswatch/</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div>City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div>Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div>The Carrick and Beechview Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Events</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Resources for Renters Meeting</div> <div>Tuesday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Library, main floor.</div> <div>Thursday, March 15th, 7:00 p.m. at the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church (2810 Brownsville Rd.), basement.</div> <div>Brookline Block Watch</div> <div>Tuesday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Community Council Meeting</div> <div>Wednesday, March 14th, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Market on Broadway IGA Supersale</div> <div>Thursday, March 15th &ndash; Saturday, March 17th</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div>Monday, March 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting (Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook)</div> <div>Wednesday, March 21st, 6:00 p.m. at the Caligiuri Senior Building in Arlington (2400 Spring St.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A+ School Research Results Presentation</div> <div>A+ Schools and their cosponsors are set to release the results of their School Works action research findings from 161 anonymous interviews with Pittsburgh Public School teachers and students about their experiences. The presentation will include a chance for discussion about our schools.</div> <div>Saturday, March 24th, 8:30 a.m. &ndash; 1:30 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (250 North Highland Ave., East Liberty)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SNAP 4th Annual Anniversary Event</div> <div>SNAP, run by Holy Family Social Services in McKees Rocks, is a free program which assists families with children between the ages of 6 and 11 who experience minor behavioral difficulties at home and at school, will be recognizing their community partners, leaders-in-training, and group training participants.</div> <div>Monday, March 26th, 4:30-6:30 p.m., dinner provided, at Holy Family Social Services, 19 May Ave., McKees Rocks, PA. Please RSVP by March 16th</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Property Assessment Appeals Community Meeting</div> <div>Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at Carmalt Elementary</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div>Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Free Hilltop Home-Buying Workshop &ndash; Hilltop Alliance and Dollar Bank</div> <div>Monday, April 2nd, 6:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Elder-Ado (320 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div>April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div>Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Route 51 Corridor Committee</div> <div>Friday, April 13th, 11:00 a.m., Century III Mall community room adjacent to Center Court</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:13:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | April 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2468 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Resources</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak Appointed to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald&#39;s Transit Visioning Team</div> <div> As part of a broad plan to bring together the many voices of our region, newly elected County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has organized a series of 2012 Vision Committees. I am honored to have been asked by Mr. Fitzgerald to serve on the Transportation Committee, which is charged with reviewing and making recommendations as to how transportation service delivery exists in the County and how best these efforts can be coordinated and improved. We all know that this is a very critical time for transit in our area, and I look forward to representing the interests of South Pittsburgh in addition to the City as a whole in taking part in Fitzgerald&rsquo;s Committee. Please check out County Executive Fitzgerald&rsquo;s web site for more information and submit your thoughts.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Don&#39;t Hear on the News</div> <div> This past month, I&rsquo;ve had the chance to honor a number of organizations and residents in District 4 and in the City at large who are doing inspiring things, who have achieved great accomplishments, and who serve as models in our communities. Among the honored are:</div> <div> Brookline native Anne Feeney, dubbed &ldquo;the best labor singer in America,&rdquo; and the first and only female president of the Pittsburgh Musicians&rsquo; Union, was recently engaged in a battle with cancer (but has been in the clear for several months!), and I was happy to serve as the Master of Ceremony for a benefit event to raise money for her medical bills. In March I honored Anne&rsquo;s achievements with a Proclamation of Council.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Also in March, I toured Colteryahn Dairy in Carrick, the only existing dairy within the city; I was surprised to learn that Colteryahn received the national 2012 All-Star Dairy award for small dairy! We honored them in Council and look forward to working with the Colteryahn family to strengthen their market share and presence in our community.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I also had the honor of hosting and congratulating two Brookline residents, Nicholas Sywyj and William David Allen Jr., in Council for their recent achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. We appreciate their service and are glad to have such great role models in the community!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick Tree Tenders received a proclamation of Council for their work to make Carrick more vibrant, beautiful, and safe through the planting and maintaining of the trees along Brownsville Road. The Tree Tenders are a volunteer organization and welcome any new additions to their group! I myself am a registered Tree Tender and pitch in whenever I can.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> My office worked to call attention to National Crime Victims&rsquo; Rights Week through the work of Western Pennsylvania&rsquo;s MADD chapter, whose advocacy for victims of drunk and drugged driving ensures that victims of crime get the legal justice they deserve. Tara Pennington of MADD, who appeared in Council, is a fellow Carrick High School graduate, and her work as a victims rights&rsquo; advocate now spreads across twenty counties.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> March In Review</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On a recent Friday night, I rode along with a Zone 6 police officer on his evening beat, learning a lot about the work of our public safety officers, including specifically some recent drug arrests in Beechview.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;My staff met with concerned members of the community, Zone 3 police, and representatives from Brentwood, including the Chief of Police, the Brentwood mayor, and the president of their Borough Council, to develop a strategy to address crime in and around the 2600 block of Brownsville Road. This is the first multi-municipal meeting of its kind, and we very much look forward to working with Brentwood on this issue! We also went door-to-door with a concerned constituent on Spencer Avenue, inviting people to get involved with his new block watch group.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;My office co-hosted a meeting with the Department of Public Works to unveil the final design of the Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Project. Over 100 Brookline residents attended! Great job to the community for coming out and learning more about this important and long-awaited neighborhood improvement project.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Our work continues with Economic Development South to advance our proposal for the development of a multi-modal transit Park &amp; Ride along Route 51 in Overbrook.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Through my participation in Leadership Pittsburgh this year, I set up a Carrick tour for eight prominent leaders in Pittsburgh who represent a diverse set of businesses and organizations, from U.S. Steel to the Mario Lemieux Foundation. After the tour, they joined Carrick community leaders and Economic Development South at the Carrick Community Boxing Academy to learn more about the exciting things happening in the redevelopment of our neighborhood. As part of this Leadership Pittsburgh program, I attended this event to learn more about development initiatives in Mt. Washington and took away a number of ideas that could translate to our District 4 neighborhoods.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;There are a number of very reputable, good developers to whom I&rsquo;ve reached out who are looking to refurbish and develop multi-unit buildings in the district. If you know of buildings like this that are for sale and need some expert love and care, please let us know!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> First Annual Taste of Brookline Set to Impress</div> <div> Do you love the pizza at Antonio&rsquo;s? The hummus at Pitaland? Vinnie&rsquo;s pretzels? Be sure to check out the first annual Taste of Brookline for an evening of local food, drink, music, and community. Proceeds from the event will benefit South Pittsburgh Development Corporation&rsquo;s community revitalization efforts, so invite your suburban in-laws, your East End friends, your South Pittsburgh neighbors, and everyone in between to show off Brookline! Tickets are $25, and the event will take place at the Ritz Banquet Hall at 736 Brookline Boulevard, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday April 29. For more information, check out tasteofbrookline.com or their Facebook event.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block Watches Work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> May 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> May 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> May 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> The next Pittsburgh Policy Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting (which covers Bon Air, Carrick, and Overbrook) will take place on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Allentown at Caligiuri Plaza at 803 East Warrington Avenue.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fair Housing Survey</div> <div> Have you ever had a bank not loan to you because of where you live? Have you ever been turned away from a landlord for being pregnant or for having children? Have you ever felt steered to a certain neighborhood because of the color of your skin? These are all examples of housing discrimination, and it&rsquo;s against the law. Each year, the City of Pittsburgh completes an analysis of impediments to fair housing. Take part in this year&rsquo;s community conversation by adding about housing challenges in the City, and find out about housing</div> <div> and legal services that are free. The session will take place on Friday, April 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church&rsquo;s Cathedral of Hope, 116 South Highland Avenue. Several community meetings are to be held in addition to this session:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., West End Senior Center, 80 Wabash Street</div> <div> Tuesday, May 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Northside Senior Center, 1 East Allegheny Square</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you require accommodations to attend, please contact the Commission on Human Relations office at 412.255.2600. Visit chr.pittsburghpa.gov for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Urban Hiking Kicks Off the 2012 Season in Beechview</div> <div> You don&#39;t have to drive off to the countryside to take a hike--especially with South Pittsburgh&#39;s own terrain. Urban Hike is openings its 2012 season with a trip to Beechview to experience its peaks and valleys firsthand. The hike will cover about four miles, rain or shine, and will cross some of the steepest streets in the City! If interested, the group will gather at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at BREW cafe at 1557 Broadway Ave. Visit urbanhike.org for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Earth Day Weekend Redd-Ups</div> <div> With the tulips sprouting, trees blooming, and birds chirping, you know it&rsquo;s time for Spring Cleaning! Join in on any of the following redd-up events taking place in our communities:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview</div> <div> Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22</div> <div> For specific information, check cleanupbeechview.blogspot.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline</div> <div> Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd.), with the free seminar &quot;Gardening with Shade-Loving Plants&quot; with a Phipps Conservatory master gardener to follow at 2:00 p.m. Contact Keith at 412.561.4482 for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick</div> <div> Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. at Volunteers Field (on Riota Way)</div> <div> Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. behind Carrick Shopping Center (2134 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook</div> <div> Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. at Accamando Center (formerly the Overbrook Community Center/Firehouse, Saw Mill Run Blvd. at Maytide St.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arbor Day Paper Shred</div> <div> Arbor Day is Friday, April 27 this year, and what better way to celebrate than to take part in a &ldquo;shred day,&rdquo; organized by the Pittsburgh Chapter of ARMA International and The Paper Exchange, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Resources Council. Bring old documents to be securely and economically disposed of&mdash;a shred truck will be on-site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Market Square, and for $5, all material dropped off will be confidentially shredded. A full 100% of all paper collected will be recycled. For more information, visit PRC&rsquo;s Zero Waste Pittsburgh site at zerowastepgh.org/shred/, or contact Kyle Winkler at 412.773.7159.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City Street Sweeping Back Into Gear on April 2</div> <div> Get in the ring this spring! Two local boxing establishments in South Pittsburgh are itching for you to come out swinging.</div> <div> Boxing Clubs Offer Chance to Spring Punches</div> <div> Carrick</div> <div> The Carrick Community Boxing Academy at 2700 Brownsville Road welcomes anyone interested in the sport between the ages of 8 and 80. The gym is open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is free, with equipment provided. For more information, call Scott at 412.670.8927.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Boxing Club meets at the Accamando Community Center (formerly the Overbrook Community Center/Firehouse, Saw Mill Run Blvd. at Maytide St.), with an annual membership fee of $53. The gym opens weeknights at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Ted at 412.491.7193.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School&rsquo;s Free Workshops</div> <div> On Monday, April 16, Carrick High will be featuring three distinct free workshops from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The first is steel drums--try your hand at playing the drums and transport yourself to the islands by creating authentic Caribbean sounds. The second is ring making--silver is provided, vision required. And the third is stress management--join up for some quick and easy ways to manage the everyday stressors in your life. Spaces are limited, so RSVP quickly be calling 412.885.7710 or emailing amiller3@pghboe.net.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Kindergarten!&hellip; Here I Come!</div> <div> The Children&#39;s Museum of Pittsburgh is celebrating its eighth annual Kindergarten!... Here I Come! free event of activities that prepare and excite young children for this significant milestone of transitioning from pre-school to Kindergarten. It will be taking place on Friday, April 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Storytellers will be on hand, receive valuable information about children&#39;s health and development, meet Ready Freddy, the school readiness mascot, explore a real school bus, receive a free vision screening, and get a free book and t-shirt while supplies last. This event requires no registration and is free to all children entering Kindergarten this fall and one accompanying adult. For more information, visit kindergartenhereicome.org or call 412.322.5058 x213.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Friends of the Beechview Library</div> <div> Be sure to attend the Gently Used Book Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please consider donating any hardcover and paperback books beginning April 14, keeping in mind that no textbooks, encyclopedias, or any books without covers can be accepted. If you&#39;re interested in helping with the sale, contact Sue Pfeuffer at 412.341.8768 or the Library at 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&#39;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Resources</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Stamp Out Mailbox Graffiti</div> <div> Frustrated by mailbox vandalism? Pittsburgh Postmaster Joseph Meimann urges citizens to be proactive and call the Postal Service directly at 412.359.7845 to report mailbox tagging or boxes in need of repair. Help the Postal Service by giving them specific information of locations and cross streets.</div> <div> Community garden plots available in Beechview</div> <div> If you&#39;re perusing seed catalogs but don&#39;t have anywhere to plant, consider renting a community garden plot. The Beechview Community Garden, founded by Pretty Up Beechview, is located directly across from Beechwood Elementary School at 810 Rockland Avenue. There are 18 10&#39;x4&#39; raised garden beds with the capacity to build more. You can rent one of these beds for $30 for the entire growing season. You can learn more about the gardens here. For more information on renting a plot, e-mail prettyupbeechview@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> If your communtiy organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board, created by voter referendum, that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> The Carrick and Beechview Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fair Housing Survey</div> <div> Friday, April 13th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Cathedral of Hope, East Liberty Presbyterian Church (116 S. Highland Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Clean Up at Volunteers Field, Carrick</div> <div> Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 a.m. at Volunteers Field</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School Free Workshops&mdash;Steel Drums, Ring Making, Stress Management</div> <div> Monday, April 17th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Carrick High School (125 Parkfield St.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fair Housing Community Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, April 17th, 6:00-7:30 p.m., West End Senior Center, 80 Wabash St.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting (Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook)</div> <div> Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00 p.m. at the Caligiuri Senior Building in Allentown (803 E. Warrington Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Kindergarten!&hellip; Here I Come!</div> <div> Friday, April 20th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Children&rsquo;s Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children&rsquo;s Way)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 8th Annual Brookline Earth Day Clean Up</div> <div> Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 a.m. at Cannon Coffee (802 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Clean Up</div> <div> Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. behind Carrick Shopping Center (2134 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Clean Up</div> <div> Saturday, April 21st , 10:00 a.m. at Accamando Center (formerly the Overbrook Community Center/Firehouse, Saw Mill Run Blvd. at Maytide St.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arbor Day Paper Shred</div> <div> Friday, April 27th, 10:00 a.m. at Market Square</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Urban Hike &ndash; Beechview</div> <div> Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. at BREW (1557 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Taste of Brookline</div> <div> Sunday, April 29th, 6:00 p.m. at Ritz Banquet Hall (736 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Town Hall</div> <div> Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30 p.m. at Oasis Coffee (1912 Brownsville Road)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, May 7th, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, May 8th, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&rsquo;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fair Housing Community Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, May 15th, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Northside Senior Center (1 East Allegheny Square)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Library Used Book Sale</div> <div> Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. at Beechview Library (1621 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:12:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | May 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2467 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Spring has fully arrived in the City, and we&rsquo;ve welcomed many activities with our local elementary schools, gardening and other beautifying projects, and increasing energies in revitalizing our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. But spring also means warmer and wetter weather, which means weeds shoot up with incredible speed and rodent families reproduce at alarming rates. If you&rsquo;re experiencing problems like these in your area, please call our office at 412.255.2131. We will be sure to connect you to 311 or the County Health Department, depending on your specific issue. You can also dial 311 directly, or call the County Health Department at 412.687.2243.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Resources</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Calendar Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Things I Did in April and May!</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On April 18 the Post-Gazette ran an op-ed piece I had written (read it here!) about the state of public transit in our City.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;As part of my Leadership Pittsburgh membership, I, along with Councilman Bruce Kraus, went to Harrisburg on April 30 and May 1. During my time there I lobbied lawmakers regarding public transit and human services funding. Unfortunately, I have to report that prospects are bleak. Governor Corbett&rsquo;s and other state legislators&rsquo; stubbornness is leading the Pittsburgh Public Schools to cut about 400 staff members and the Port Authority to cut transit service and raise rates. Neighborhoods like Mt. Washington will soon not have any bus service at all, and our District 4 neighborhoods will see fewer trips. In some cases, weekend service will be eliminated. The situation is dire. Though councilmembers and other local leaders are continuing to work behind the scenes on this issue, we can&rsquo;t do it all without you&mdash;please, please call Governor Corbett at 717.787.2500 and tell his office why public transit (and public education!) is important to you and to our City. You can learn more about PAT service cuts here.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On April 12, Citiparks unveiled new design plans for a restoration of McKinley Park, to break ground later this year. Thanks to those who attended our public meeting last year. Your opinions and insights were accounted for in the design, and we look forward to the groundbreaking!</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I supported Councilman Bruce Kraus&rsquo; will of council on May 8 urging President Obama to investigate banks associated with the mortgage crisis. This unanimous action by Council was sent to President Obama&rsquo;s office.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;We&rsquo;ve been fortunate to receive elementary school visitors from West Liberty, Beechwood, and Roosevelt in Council Chambers. My office and I have had a blast speaking with these bright and passionate kids, giving them insight into how our local government works and fielding concerns and requests for their neighborhoods&mdash;including calls for more museums and parks and garages for every house so that cars can be protected from the influence of birds.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On April 25 I gave a proclamation in honor of Martin Delany, whose history in Pittsburgh is fascinating. He was a publisher of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s pre-Civil War black newspaper The Mystery and was accepted into Harvard Medical School in 1850&mdash;but was promptly expelled for being black. After returning to Pittsburgh, he helped save the city from a cholera epidemic and was honored by City Council. He submitted a patent application for a locomotive device in 1852 but was denied because as a black man he was ineligible to hold a patent. He is also credited with helping to convince President Lincoln to utilize black troops in the Union war effort. After the war, he served a term as lieutenant governor of South Carolina and died in Ohio in 1885. His extraordinary life was featured in the play Martin R. Delany Lives, which was written by&mdash;and starred&mdash;Pittsburgher Wali Jamal and ran for several days at the August Wilson Center. Proud to have him, and the spirit of Martin Delany, in Council!</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The first annual Taste of Brookline on April 29 was an amazing success! Thanks to everyone involved, from beginning to end, and I can&rsquo;t wait for next year&rsquo;s event.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;May 4 was Bird Day at Concord Elementary, where we made bird houses and continued a long-lasting tradition. Read more about Bird Day here.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On May 8 I hosted a town hall meeting at Oasis Coffee Center in Carrick. I presented work that my office and I are doing on public safety, revitalization of the Brownsville Road and Route 51 business corridors, and other updates in the neighborhood. It was very positive and we heard a lot of good ideas from members of the community. My staff or I are at most community meetings, so please come out, meet your neighbors, and talk with us. We&rsquo;re here to listen! And, as always, you can call our office at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; I celebrated IGA Market&rsquo;s grand opening in Beechview with State Senator Fontana at a &ldquo;shopping spree&rdquo; on May 5.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On May 5 I stopped by the Beechview Library for Library Advocay Day to show my support for our local libraries and my opposition to state budget cuts.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I&rsquo;ve met with a number of developers who are interested in bringing growth to our neighborhoods, introducing them to investment opportunities that can benefit everyone involved.</div> <div> &middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Along with Councilman Kraus and Councilman Bill Peduto, I voted against a piece of legislation that will channel parking tax revenue that comes from parking lots located on the land where the Civic Arena once stood into city agencies to use for projects in the Hill District. The reason I did so is because this legislation circumvented the capital budget process that exists to set aside money for brick and mortar projects. In 2010 I sponsored legislation to make the capital budget process far more transparent, and it was updated this year&mdash;but none of these protocols were followed. I support smart development in the Hill District, a City neighborhood that has seen decades of economic pain, and I will continue to work to achieve this goal, but it is important to do it in a way that is transparent to the public and that follows our City&rsquo;s budgeting process.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join Us for the Brookline Memorial Day Parade</div> <div> Come out to Brookline Boulevard on Monday, May 28 to join in the Memorial Day festivities! We&rsquo;ll be in the parade again this year and look forward to seeing you all there. The parade will line up on Brookline Boulevard at Flatbush Avenue and will begin at 10:00 a.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wenzell Avenue Public Meeting</div> <div> In April we received word that the Wenzell Avenue reconstruction project would see a change in scope due to a reduction of the project budget. On behalf of residents in Beechview, we contacted Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski to learn why the project has changed, where the money went, and how the new scope will be different from what was originally promised to residents. This past week, we received notice that there will be a community meeting about this on May 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Banksville Park pool building on Crane Avenue. Construction of this project is slated to begin in 2013 or late 2014, so come out to this communtiy meeting to learn more about the details and to discuss improvement needs and options. Questions? Contact our office at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City&rsquo;s Bi-Yearly Yard Debris Pick-Up this Saturday</div> <div> On Saturday, May 19, be sure to have any yard debris you&rsquo;ve accumulated set out for City pick-up. Debris must be loose (in the case of large branches and the like) or in paper bags&mdash;no plastic bags will be accepted. Materials that can be accepted are leaves, grass, plants, tree trimmings, branches, and shrubs. For this special Saturday pick-up, the City will not accept stones, rocks, dirt, manure, garbage, lumber, or food waste. Remember to set these items out no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening before (Friday, May 18) and no later than 6:00 a.m. the morning of Saturday, May 19.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Stamp Out Mailbox Graffiti &ndash; Beechview to be a Focus</div> <div> Have you seen mailboxes in Beechview with graffiti? Totally Against Graffiti (TAG), an organization that works with law enforcement to remove graffiti in our neighborhoods, is targeting Beechview for a special mailbox blitz. Working with the U.S. Postal Service, TAG is going to be removing vandalism from mailboxes over the course of the summer. If you see tagged boxes in Beechview, please call our office at 412.255.2131 or email adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Additionally, Pittsburgh Postmaster Joseph Meimann urges citizens to be proactive and call the Postal Service directly at 412.359.7845 to report mailbox tagging or boxes in need of repair. Help the postal service by giving them specific information of locations and cross streets.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> First Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival</div> <div> On the heels of Brookline&rsquo;s successful food festival, Beechview is launching its very first! Featuring produce, food, and beverages from Crested Duck Charcuterie, BREW Coffee House, IGA Market, Casa Rasta, Slice on Broadway, Lunardi&rsquo;s, Yo Rita, Meat and Potatoes, Tupelo Honey Teas, North Woods Ranch, Chef Adam Manculich, Green Circle Farm, Churchview Farm, Farmer&rsquo;s Wife Farm, and the Who Cooks for You Farm, the first annual Taste of Beechview will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Hampshire Avenue and is free to attend. Keep abreast of updates at their Facebook event page. Live music, free food and drink, and community&mdash;see you there!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block Watches Work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Hilltop Alliance Public Safety Action Team is organizing an information session on building new&mdash;and strengthening existing&mdash;Hilltop public safety initiatives. It will take place at St. John Vianney Church at 823 Climax Street in Allentown on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, and to RSVP (by June 5 please!), contact Pat Murphy at 412.586.5807 or by email at patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com, including any childcare or special dietary needs information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> June 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> June 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> June 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website (communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov) is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) at http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Summertime Youth Safety</div> <div> The Zone 2 and Zone 5 Citizens Public Safety Councils, with the support of the Zone 4 command, have announced a City-wide public safety meeting for Pittsburgh residents about safety precautions for youth during the summer. The meeting will cover various City programs and policies to keep safe and out of trouble, as well as general updates from our Public Safety divisons. Special presentations will include &ldquo;Blockwatch in a Box,&rdquo; police camps and programs for youth, Citiparks&rsquo; youth summer programming, new required clearances for sports league coaches, and playground and sports field injury prevention. Please RSVP to melanieb.1@verizon.net.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, May 17, 2012</div> <div> Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville</div> <div> 6:00 &ndash; refreshments and information tables</div> <div> 6:30 &ndash; presentations begin</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Citiparks 60+ Summer Games</div> <div> This year&rsquo;s Summer Games for those 60 and over, kicks off on June 3 and lasts until the end of the month, with a banquet on June 29. A variety of activities, ranging from archery and golf to bocce and Wii bowling, will take place throughout the month. Applications to participate are due May 18. Call Citiparks at 412.422.6405 for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Clean Rivers Campaign Workshop</div> <div> Did you know that every time it rains, raw sewage goes into our rivers, making them unsafe? Did you know that 90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers? Our sewers are old and broken, and right now authorities are undertaking a massive (and expensive) plan to rebuild them. This plan could employ thousands of local workers and change the way we all do business. We are working with local groups to make sure that any plan to fix our sewers will be one that creates the most jobs and does the most for our communities. Find out more on how we can make this huge project work for all of us on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven United Methodist Church at 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard. For more information, contact Tom Hoffman, Western PA Director of Clean Water Action, at 412.765.3053 x202. Check out their web site at http://cleanriverscampaign.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Emerald View Park Events planned</div> <div> Created in 2005, Emerald View Park is the City&rsquo;s newest regional park. Overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, it is located in the neighborhoods of Duquesne Heights, Mount Washington, and Allentown, and its 257 acres offer a mix of playing fields, playgrounds, lawns, views, and trails. The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation is hosting a series of events this summer that will take place in Emerald View Park. On Sunday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., take part in a free 9-mile trail tour. Contact info@mwcdc.orgor call 412.481.3220 for more information. On Tuesday, June 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., check out their Urban EcoSteward Tree &amp; Shrub ID Workshop, taking place at the Grandview Park entrance at 499 Bailey Avenue. To register, go to pittsburghparks.org/uestrainings. And on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., take part in the Grandview Park Community Day&mdash;take in the arts and crafts, food, music, children&rsquo;s activities, and more, also at the Grandview Park entrance.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Goes Gardening Showcase 2012</div> <div> Join your friends and neighbors in the Carrick community in celebrating our gardens and gardeners with this year&rsquo;s Carrick Goes Gardening showcase. Photos will be taken between June 15 and July 15 for use in the showcase, which takes place in September. For more information, and to participate, contact the Carrick Community Council at carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.comor at 412.884.5080.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Tree Tenders</div> <div> The Carrick Tree Tenders are scheduled to be out in the district Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., meeting at Long John Silver&rsquo;s at 2417 Brownsville Road. Feel free to join them if interested, or contact our office at 412.255.2131 for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> MovePGH&rsquo;s Transportation Workshops</div> <div> As many of you know and experience on a daily basis, transit plays a critical role in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. MovePGH, a project of Pittsburgh City Planning, aims to collect information from people like you so that they can create a comprehensive plan for transit service in our region. The MovePGH workshops are an opportunity for you to talk with designers and technical experts to make sure your neighborhood&rsquo;s priorities are included in the plan. Their second workshop&mdash;focusing on Downtown, Uptown, the South Side Flats, and the Second Avenue corridor&mdash;kicked off on Monday, May 14, but three open houses will take place on Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 17.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Workshop #2 Open House &ndash; all events take place at IBEW Local #5, 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203</div> <div> Tuesday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m.</div> <div> Wednesday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m.</div> <div> Thursday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 3:00 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The next workshop series will take place at Carrick High School and St. Mark&rsquo;s in Brookline and focus on South and West Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Stay tuned!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Friends of the Beechview Library</div> <div> Be sure to attend the Gently Used Book Sale on Saturday May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please consider donating any hardcover and paperback books beginning April 14, keeping in mind that no textbooks, encyclopedias, or any books without covers can be accepted. If you&rsquo;re interested in helping with the sale, contact Sue Pfeuffer at 412.341.8768 or the Library at 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Library Book Sale</div> <div> The Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; Carrick is holding a week-long used book sale from Monday 21 through Saturday May 26. It&rsquo;ll take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call the library, located at 1811 Brownsville Road, at 412.882.3897 for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A Message from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh</div> <div> We had a very good turnout at our recent stakeholder and community workshops, and we are excited to have your input as we plan for the library&rsquo;s future. Thank you to all who were able to attend! If you were not able to attend the workshops&mdash;or if you have more feedback about Part Two of the planning process&mdash;we still want to hear from you.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Your ideas, input, and enthusiasm are all essential as we plan for the future. Please take a moment to fill out our online discussion guide or plan to attend one of our upcoming community meetings. For more information and updates, or to print a paper copy of our discussion guide, visit our website.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting Schedule</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, May 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Downtown</div> <div> Wednesday, May 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Homewood</div> <div> Thursday, May 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Knoxville</div> <div> Monday, May 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Squirrel Hill</div> <div> Tuesday, May 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP West End</div> <div> Thursday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Woods Run</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 14th Annual &quot;Take a Father to School&quot; Day</div> <div> Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other adult males who have made an impact in the life of a child are welcome and encouraged to spend time with him or her at school on Friday, May 18. Please contact your respective school to find out the different activities and events that are planned for you. New or used prescription glasses, in addition to any non-perishable food items, are welcomed for donation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Community Resources</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment Opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Help a Teen Get a Summer Job</div> <div> The City&rsquo;s Summer Youth Employment Program is currently accepting applications for youth summer jobs. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the YouthLink Eastside Neighborhood Center at 5321 Penn Avenue or at www.pittsburghpartnership.org. For more information, contact the Employment Center at 412.362.8580.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help Feed Hungry Kids this Summer</div> <div> The Summer Food Service Program, a federal summer nutrition program offered at local neighborhood sites, is slated to be up and running this season. Meals can include cold cereal, milk, fruit juice, hot dogs, hot subs, and pizza, but they may vary by site. Call 211 (a new human services phone number, not to be confused with 311) to look into which of the proposed sites will indeed be offering this program. In District 4, the proposed site is Phillips Rec. Center at 201 Parkfield Street in Carrick, which would provide lunches and afternoon snacks. For more information, and for a complete list of proposed sites, call 211.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To volunteer with this program, contact Chris West, regional coordinator at Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership, at 412.466.7711.</div> <div> Community garden plots available in Beechview</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re perusing seed catalogs, but don&rsquo;t have anywhere to plant or don&rsquo;t know where to start, consider renting a community garden plot. The Beechview Community Garden, founded by Pretty Up Beechview, is located directly across from Beechwood Elementary School at 810 Rockland Avenue. There are 18 10&rsquo;x4&rsquo; raised garden beds with the capacity to build more. You can rent one of these beds for $30 for the entire growing season and benefit from the camaraderie and conversation. You can learn more about the gardens here: http://www.prettyupbeechview.com. For more information on renting a plot, e-mail prettyupbeechview@gmail.com. &nbsp;http://sites.google.com/site/prettyupbeechview/PrettyUpBeechview/community-garden. For more information on renting a plot, e-mail prettyupbeechview@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board, created by voter referendum, that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick High School offering tours for incoming students and families</div> <div> Contact Terry Cowden, guidance counselor at Carrick High, to schedule a tour for incoming students and their families. Contact 412.885.7700.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Seton Center Day Care Workers Needed</div> <div> If you know of anyone who loves working with children, please contact Amy at the Seton Center&rsquo;s front desk for an application for day care workers. The Seton Center is located at 1900 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline; please call them at 412.561.8400.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Food Bank Needs Assistance</div> <div> The Carrick Food Bank is running low on food and grocery bags. They&rsquo;re open on the third Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m., but anyone interested in donating food or plastic bags can drop off items on Fridays. Monetary donations can be sent to:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zion Christian Church</div> <div> 2019 Brownsville Road</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div> * Please indicate &ldquo;Food Bank&rdquo; on checks</div> <div> 412.886.1864</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> or</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Linda Warble</div> <div> 127 The Blvd</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div> 412.882.8955</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information can be found here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Small Business Works Seminar</div> <div> The second annual Small Business Works seminars&mdash;aimed at empowering and educating small business owners&mdash;will kick off at 9:00 a.m. on May 21, 2012 at the Kingsley Association at 6435 Frankstown Avenue. At the seminar, find out about the steps to obtain capital and apply successfully for a business loan. For more information and to register, go to www.buildingbridgesforbusiness.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Calendar Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, May 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Homewood</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Nationality Night at Beechwood Elementary School</div> <div> Thursday, May 17, 5:30 pm. at Pittsburgh Beechwood (810 Rockland Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting</div> <div> Thursday, May 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Knoxville</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 14th Annual &ldquo;Take a Father to School&rdquo; Day</div> <div> Friday, May 18</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Library Used Book Sale</div> <div> Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. at Beechview Library (1621 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Tree Tending</div> <div> Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. at Long John Silver&rsquo;s (2417 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cruising on Broadway &ndash; Classic, antique car showcase</div> <div> Saturday, May 19, 1:00 p.m. &ndash; 6:00 p.m. on Broadway Ave.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Yard Debris Bulk Pick-Up&nbsp;</div> <div> Saturday, May 19</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting</div> <div> Monday, May 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Squirrel Hill</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carrick Book Sale</div> <div> Monday, May 21 &ndash; Saturday, May 26, CLP Carrick (1811 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wenzell Avenue reconstruction public meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. at the Banksvile Park pool building on Crane Ave.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, May 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP West End</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Elder-ado 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition</div> <div> Thursday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Elder-ado Center, 320 Brownsville Rd.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Community Meeting</div> <div> Thursday, May 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m., CLP Woods Run</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brew on Broadway Coffee House Trivia Night</div> <div> Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. at Brew on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Memorial Day Parade</div> <div> Monday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. at Flatbush Ave. and Brookline Blvd.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Concord Elementary PSCC</div> <div> Wednesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arthritis Foundation&rsquo;s &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Move&rdquo;</div> <div> Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. at the Southside Works</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Wild Urban Adventure Hike &ndash; Free 9-mile trail tour of Emerald View Park</div> <div> Sunday, June 3, 9:00 a.m. &ndash; 4:00 p.m., Emerald View Park</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> First Annual Beechview Local Food Festival</div> <div> Saturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. &ndash; 1:00 p.m. at Broadway Ave. and Hampshire Ave.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</div> <div> Monday, June 11, 5:45 p.m. at the Brookline Library (708-710 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Urban EcoSteward Tree &amp; Shrub ID Workshop</div> <div> Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Emerald View Park (Grandview Park entrance, 499 Bailey Ave.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Renters&rsquo; Meeting, sponsored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak</div> <div> Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., details to be announced</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 15 May 2012 11:11:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | June 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2466 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In This Issue...</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community Resources</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Events</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>District 4 News</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Summer&rsquo;s here&mdash;spray parks and pools are buzzing with activity, farmers&rsquo; markets are bringing fresh produce to our neighborhoods, the Fourth of July is on the horizon. But unfortunately that also means grass and weeds and wild critters are thriving. Please continue to contact 311 and my office at 412.255.2131 to report any summertime problems. Due to a mild winter and early summer, we have received a record number of calls this year. We share your concerns and frustrations about the impact that blight and lack of property maintenance have on our communities, and we continue to coordinate with Public Works, Building Inspection, and other City entities to address the sheer volume of problems. We also continue the fight for better code enforcement systems in our neighborhoods and throughout the City. Be well, stay safe, and enjoy this warm weather!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Things I Did in late May and early June!</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On May 22, Public Works held a community meeting in at Banksville Park to explain changes that had been made in the Wenzell Avenue reconstruction project. I&rsquo;ll be meeting with Public Works again to gather more information, and we&rsquo;ll keep you updated as we learn more.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I attended a luncheon in support of Parents for the Pittsburgh Promise on May 23. As a Pittsburgh Public School graduate, I support the Pittsburgh Promise, a program that is key to growing our neighborhoods by keeping young families in the City.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I attended, along with Councilmen Bruce Kraus and Bill Peduto, Elder-ado&rsquo;s volunteer recognition on 5/24, where senior citizens in Carrick and the Hilltop neighborhoods were recognized for their service to their communities.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I was proud to honor our veterans, both those with us and those who have passed, at Beechview&rsquo;s Memorial Day service on May 26 and at the Memorial Day parade on Brookline Boulevard on May 28. It was a hot day for a parade, but we all had a blast!</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On May 31 I took a trip out to two District 4 institutions: Dean Institute of Technology on West Liberty Avenue and Brookline&rsquo;s Angels&rsquo; Place. Dean Tech offers degrees in Electrical Tech and HVAC, with diplomas available in welding, HVAC, and building maintenance. Check out deantech.edu for more information, or call 412.531.4433. Angels&rsquo; Place on Fordham Avenue in Brookline is a non-profit agency that offers a full range of educational and holistic support services to support parents of young children. Angels&rsquo; Place hosts informal workshops on parenting, nutrition, and other life skills, as well as offering childcare and assistance with acquiring food, clothing, and other basic necessities for families in distress. Visit their site at angelsplacepgh.org or call 412.531.6667.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I was proud to march in this year&rsquo;s Pride Parade and to speak at PrideFest, both on June 10. As part of our recognition of our LGBT friends, neighbors, and family, we will be receiving Brashear High School&rsquo;s Gay-Straight Alliance student club for a proclamation on June 26.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Overbrook&rsquo;s Accamando Center is in desperate need of renovations, and on June 12 I met with members of the community and Director Rob Kaczorowski to discuss future plans for improving this historic structure, including fixing the clockface that looks up toward Maytide Street from Route 51. Also on the agenda was the possibility of a community garden and the improving of a veterans memorial that had been damaged in a car accident.</div> <div>&middot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;My chief of staff Ashleigh and I took a trip around Police Zone 3 with two officers on June 15. Zone 3 includes Overbrook, Carrick, Bon Air, and all of the Hilltop neighborhoods down to the South Side. This was a nice complement to my ride-along with Zone 6 (including Brookline and Beechview) several months back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Farmers&#39; Markets in Full Swing</div> <div>The City&#39;s Citiparks farmers&#39; markets are open for business! District 4 markets are every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Carrick at the shopping center at Brownsville Road and Parkville Street, or every Thursday in Beechview at Beechview and Broadway Avenues from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The complete list of all seven Citiparks markets can be found at http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/farmers_market.htm.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, there are a number of other farmers&#39; markets all over the city. The Post-Gazette put together a great interactive map, which you can find at http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/farmersmarkets/. The third farmers&#39; market that takes place in District 4 is the Seton Brookline Farm Stand, which takes place Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Seton Center at 1900 Pioneer Avenue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ever year, Pennsylvania gives out vouchers to senior citizens in the amount of $20 for use at farmers&#39; markets. They are offered one per individual on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, the vouchers will be available on June 26 at a number of locations. Below is a list of locations convenient to District 4:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Healthy Active Living, Beechview Center</div> <div>1555 Broadway Avenue</div> <div>9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Elizabeth Seton Center</div> <div>1900 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline</div> <div>9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Elder-ado, Knoxville Center</div> <div>320 Brownsville Road</div> <div>9:00 - 11:00 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Elder-ado, Carrick Center</div> <div>2019 Brownsville Road</div> <div>8:30 - 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Elder-ado, McKinley Park Center</div> <div>900 Delmont Street</div> <div>12:00 - 2:00 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Moore Park Pool Opening Delayed until July</div> <div>Due to extensive concrete repairs, the Moore Park swimming pool will open in early July instead of in June as originally planned. The pool&#39;s shell is undergoing an upgrade, being lined with a PVC liner that serves as a water-saving device, preserving the concrete and improving aesthetics. This work, which is basically a laminating of the pool&#39;s shell, has been done to other pools throughout the City. To learn more, or to check in on when the pool will re-open, call my office at 412.255.2131 or Citiparks Swimming at 412.323.7928.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Butta Bing Strip Club Appeal Denied</div> <div>We began reporting to you on the potential re-opening of the Butta Bing Strip Club over a year ago. As many of you know, the building that housed the Butta Bing on Rt. 51 has sat vacant since even before 2005, when a fire destroyed much of the structure. The building was condemned, and the owner, Mr. Daniel Smithbower, took no action to maintain, repair, or clean the property. Neighbors were vocal about the need to clean up and repurpose this blighted, seemingly abandoned property. When I came into office, I became an advocate for these groups, talking with City Planning, studying zoning code, and even allocating funding from the city budget to demolish the building. However, in 2011, Smithbower returned to the property with new investors and a plan to reconstruct and open a brand new strip club. When his proposal was taken to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for approval, the board was met with opposition organized by the Overbrook Community Council in the form of dozens of letters, nearly 70 petition signatures, and dozens of people ready to testify against the project. After several months of deliberation, the Zoning Board of Adjustment denied Mr. Smithbower permission to move forward with his plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the months following, Mr. Smithbower appealed the Zoning Board&rsquo;s decision to the Court of Common Pleas. A pro bono attorney, Mr. Max Junker from the firm of Ira Weiss, argued on behalf of the Overbrook Community Council, against the appeal. In late May, Judge James upheld the Zoning Board&rsquo;s decision, and credited the citizens who testified for making the case. Mr. Smithbower has 30 days to appeal this decision to the Commonwealth Court. We&#39;ll be sure to update you as this case moves forward, in future editions of the newsletter.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Adopt a Road--Redd it Up!</div> <div>If you&rsquo;re like me, you notice litter along the roadways, and wonder what can be done to keep our community clean. I pick up litter along the sidewalks around my home nearly every day. You can make an even bigger difference by adopting a roadway! &nbsp;The City will provide signage and trash removal, gloves and bags, and all sorts of cleaning tools, and your job would be to hold at least four cleanups a year for two years. Interested? Call us at 412.255.2131 to speak with Adam and be put in touch with the coordinators of this program!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Clean Rivers Campaign to Kick Off June 28</div> <div>Did you know that every time it rains, raw sewage goes into our rivers, making them unsafe? Did you know that 90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers? Our sewers are old and broken, and right now authorities are undertaking a massive (and expensive) plan to rebuild them. Clean Rivers is interested in pushing to make sure any plan that is released will create good jobs, rebuild our neighborhoods, and use green solutions, for the benefit of everyone. The campaign kicks off on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 95 at 300 Saline Street. Guest speakers, snacks, and celebration are promised! For more information, contact Tom Hoffman, Western PA Director of Clean Water Action, at 412.765.3053 x202, and check out their web site at http://cleanriverscampaign.org.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stamp Out Mailbox Graffiti -- Beechview to be a Focus</div> <div>Have you seen mailboxes in Beechview with graffiti? Totally Against Graffiti (TAG), an organization that works with law enforcement to remove graffiti in our neighborhoods, is targeting Beechview for a special mailbox blitz. Working with the U.S. Postal Service, TAG is going to be removing vandalism from mailboxes over the course of the summer. If you see tagged boxes in Beechview, please call our office at 412.255.2131 or email adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div>&nbsp;Additionally, Pittsburgh Postmaster Joseph Meimann urges citizens to be proactive and call the Postal Service directly at 412.359.7845 to report mailbox tagging or boxes in need of repair across the entire City of Pittsburgh. Help the postal service by giving them specific information of locations and cross streets</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Tree Tending Needs You</div> <div>Want to help our trees? Join the Carrick Tree Tenders and Tree Pittsburgh as they care for newly planted trees along Brownsville Road. Tenders will be meeting at the corner of Sankey and Brownsville Roads on Saturday June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If interested, visit http://treepittsburgh.org/events/tree-care-carrick-open-registration to register.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick-Overbrook Community Gardening Initiative</div> <div>Carrick-Overbrook is getting a community garden adjacent to the Accamando Center on Route 51! The Food City Fellows Community Garden Initiative is a program hosted by Women for a Healthy Environment, and they are working closely with local community members to create a summer work-study program to design, create, and maintain a community garden. What&rsquo;s particularly special about this is that participating teens will be getting paid minimum wage to make our neighborhoods a little bit better&mdash;and some parents may luck out with delicious vegetables in the process!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This program lasts Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from June 25 until August 6 (except July 4). If you&rsquo;re interested in applying to work for this program, or know any youths who would be, contact Women for a Healthy Environment&rsquo;s Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis at 412.420.2290. Visit http://www.womenforahealthyenvironment.org/ for more information.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Block Watches Work!</div> <div>If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div>July 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div>July 2, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Block Watch</div> <div>July 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>(monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pittsburgh Community Safety website (communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov) is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) at: http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/CommunitySafetyHelp.pdf.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Goes Gardening Showcase 2012</div> <div>Join your friends and neighbors in the Carrick community in celebrating our gardens and gardeners with this year&rsquo;s Carrick Goes Gardening showcase. Photos will be taken between June 15 and July 15 for use in the showcase, which takes place in September. For more information, and to participate, contact the Carrick Community Council at carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com or at 412.884.5080.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview Sidewalk Sale</div> <div>On Saturday, July 14, Beechview Area Concerned Citizens will be hosting a sidewalk sale. At the moment they are looking for interested vendors. Contact 412.341.8768 for more information or to sign up to sell!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick High Alumni Association</div> <div>Carrick High&rsquo;s Alumni Association&rsquo;s Veterans Wall and Alumni Walk are proud tributes to the history of the neighborhood. With over 2,500 names on engraved bricks on the wall of the high school along Parkfield Street, the Veterans Wall is a permanent fixture for Carrick High. Every year, new bricks for graduates who have served in the military are placed, if at least 100 have sold. All other alumni are invited to place a brick on the Carrick High Alumni Walk, located alongside the Veterans Wall. For information on how to place a brick and the costs, email Carrickalm@aol.com or call Paul Harrison, Alumni Association Director, at 412.366.3331.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>How Do You Get From Here to There? MovePGH Wants to Know</div> <div>Are you noticing speeding vehicles flying down Broadway Avenue? Stuck on traffic too long on Route 51? Is the 51C passing you by? Do you feel unsafe riding your bike in South Pittsburgh? Does the T pass you by? As many of you know and experience on a daily basis, transit plays a critical role in our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. MovePGH, a project of Pittsburgh City Planning, aims to collect information from people like you so that they can create a comprehensive plan for transit service in our region.&nbsp;</div> <div>The MovePGH workshops are an opportunity for you to talk with designers and technical experts to make sure your neighborhood&rsquo;s priorities are included in the plan.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their third workshop, including all of our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods, kicks off on Tuesday, June 19.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Workshop #3 Open House &ndash; all events take place at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 933 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15226.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m.</div> <div>Wednesday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m.</div> <div>Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 3:00 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The wrap-up event, including a team progress report, will be held at Carrick High School, 125 Parkfield Street, on Thursday, June 21, 6:00 p.m. &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>See the flyer for these sessions here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/MOVE_Meeting_Flyer_(Workshop_3).pdf.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Residential Parking Permit Informational Meeting in Carrick</div> <div>On Wednesday June 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Recreation Center in Carrick, the City will host an informational session on the residential parking permit program. Come with any questions or concerns you have about residential parking permits!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lend a Hand to the Library -- Become a Friend of the Beechview Library</div> <div>Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Good News You Won&#39;t Hear on the News</div> <div>Did you know the ingredient &ldquo;fragrance&rdquo; is on thousands of consumer products&rsquo; ingredients lists, but because of a loophole in government regulations, companies don&rsquo;t have to identify what exact chemicals they&rsquo;ve used? On May 22 I issued a proclamation to Women for a Healthy Environment in honor of their Fragrance-Free Day, which was organized to raise awareness of these chemicals, which hurt indoor air quality and can damage one&rsquo;s health. To find out more, visit http://www.womenforahealthyenvironment.org/, or download the attachment at http://goo.gl/QKAJG to read the proclamation itself!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First Annual Taste of Beechview Food Festival was a Hit!</div> <div>Beechview&rsquo;s first annual food festival, hosted by Crested Duck Charcuterie, was a terrific success. Hundreds of Beechviewers, and many others, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, State Senator Wayne Fontana, City Controller Michael Lamb, and City Councilman Bill Peduto came by to sample delicious prepared foods by Crested Duck, Slice, Casa Rasta, Lunardi&rsquo;s, BREW, Yo Rita, Pittsburgh Taco Truck; and to shop at a number of farmers&rsquo; stands. The vibrancy along Broadway Avenue that day was inspiring, and we are always pushing forward on bringing more development to Beechview.</div> <div>News from the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation</div> <div>On June 21, Thursday, at 7:00 p.m., the Mount Washington Senior Center at 122 Virginia Avenue will be hosting Nancy Barylak, manager of public relations for ALCOSAN, to present their draft Wet Weather Plan. Also, the owner of new business Adrenaline Barre Fitness will be on hand to discuss their new services offered. This is all part of their monthly Community Forum, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month, and is always free.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Community Resources</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Catholic Charities&rsquo; free Health Care Center</div> <div>Located at 212 9th Street, in the Cultural District, Catholic Charities is an appointment-only health care office available for the uninsured. I recently took a tour of the facility, and have gotten to know Executive Director Susan Rauscher through my membership in Leadership Pittsburgh. It is actually the only health care facility of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, providing medical and dental care to people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, who can&rsquo;t afford private insurance, or who don&rsquo;t qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance. For more information, call 412.456.6911 or visit freecarepgh.com.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Employment Opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div>The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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>Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div>If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board, created by voter referendum, that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Food Bank Needs Assistance</div> <div>The Carrick Food Bank is running low on food and grocery bags. They&rsquo;re open on the third Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m., but anyone interested in donating food or plastic bags can drop off items on Fridays. Monetary donations can be sent to:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Zion Christian Church</div> <div>2019 Brownsville Road</div> <div>Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div>* Please indicate &ldquo;Food Bank&rdquo; on checks</div> <div>412.886.1864</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>or</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Linda Warble</div> <div>127 The Blvd</div> <div>Pittsburgh, PA 15210</div> <div>412.882.8955</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/carrickcommunitycouncil/Home/Blog/carrickfoodbankneedsourhelp</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div>The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Events</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div>Monday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MovePGH Workshop #3</div> <div>Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church, 933 Brookline Blvd.</div> <div>Wednesday, &nbsp;June 20, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 7:00 p.m., same location</div> <div>Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 3:00 p.m., same location</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MovePGH Wrap-up progress report</div> <div>Thursday, June 21, 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Carrick High (125 Parkfield St.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mount Washington CDC Community Forum</div> <div>Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brew on Broadway Coffee House Quiz Night</div> <div>Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brew on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Tree Tending</div> <div>Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. at Sankey at Brownsville Rd.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Senior Citizen Farmers&rsquo; Market Vouchers Available</div> <div>Tuesday, June 26, many locations and times (see article above)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div>Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick Residential Parking Permit Information Session</div> <div>Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Rec Center</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Clean Rivers Campaign Kick-Off</div> <div>Thursday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 95 (300 Saline Street)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div>Monday, July 2, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div>Thursday, July 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</div> <div>Monday, July 9, 5:45 p.m. at the Brookline Library (708-710 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brookline Block Watch</div> <div>Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div>(monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Beechview Sidewalk Sale</div> <div>Saturday, July 14, more information TBA</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>//</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <p style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18px; line-height: 18px;">Corrections</span></strong><br /> <br /> There are several edits to meetings that we had listed in our previous mailing:</p> <ul style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;"> <li>The&nbsp;<strong>Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</strong>&nbsp;meeting will be taking place on&nbsp;<strong>July 9</strong>, not July 2. The date was changed to accommodate those who may be out of town or otherwise busy for the Fourth of July holiday. The meeting will take place at&nbsp;<strong>Oasis Coffee Center</strong>&nbsp;at 1912 Brownsville Road at&nbsp;<strong>7:00 p.m.</strong></li> <li>The&nbsp;<strong>Overbrook Community Council</strong>&nbsp;has adjourned until the fall, and so the dates listed for June, July, and August will not be taking place. The next meeting will be held at the&nbsp;<strong>Accamando Center</strong>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<strong>September 25</strong>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<strong>7:00 p.m.</strong></li> <li>The&nbsp;<strong>Police Zone 3 Public Safety</strong>&nbsp;meeting was temporarily on hold, but it will indeed take place this evening,&nbsp;<strong>June 20</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>6:00 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;at the Zone 3 Police Station at<strong>830 East Warrington Avenue</strong>.</li> </ul> <span style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">In addition, there&#39;s a bit of news about Carrick&#39;s&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Phillips Park Rec Center</strong><span style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">! On&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">July 12</strong><span style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">, we will be holding an official ribbon cutting for the fantastic new renovations that have taken place. These renovations include the addition of a new fitness center, the addition of a second game room (this one intended for younger children), air conditioning in the exercise room and fitness center, all new flooring in the gymnasium, new paint jobs, and overall cleaning. Come out at&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">1:00 p.m.</strong><span style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;at the Phillips Park Rec Center on July 12 to join us in celebrating our new facilities!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:10:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | July 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2465 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TOMORROW: Phillips Park Rec Center renovations and more &ndash; we need your input!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Forget buying a gym membership&mdash;your tax dollars go toward the maintenance of some great gym facilities, including one in our backyard of Phillips Park in Carrick! Come out at 1:00 p.m. to the Phillips Park Rec Center tomorrow, July 12, to join us in celebrating our new facilities which include the addition of:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; a new fitness center</div> <div> &bull; second game room (for younger children)</div> <div> &bull; air conditioning in fitness rooms</div> <div> &bull; all new flooring in the gymnasium</div> <div> &bull; new paint jobs and an overall cleaning.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free parking will be provided at Carrick High School. The Rec Center is open Monday through Saturday&ndash;visit their website for more information. Brookline Memorial Recreation Center also has great fitness facilities, and we are still working hard on a deal to bring community amenities to Beechview. Stay tuned!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Additionally, we recognize that Phillips Park still has a long way to go on the outside. &nbsp;So our office has asked the Penn State Center and various City Departments to make the Park more safe, welcoming, and better maintained. We are starting on the entryway to the Rec Center which right now is blocked with a metal gate, a gravelly parking lot, and unkempt foliage. &nbsp;Please join my office and our community partners at 6:00 p.m. at the Rec Center on Monday July 16 to hear about some exciting proposals and give your input. If you aren&rsquo;t able to make it, please feel free to send us your thoughts&mdash;email my office manager Adam at adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; On a fair Friday night in June, my chief of staff Ashleigh Deemer and I rode separately with Zone 3 officers around Bon Air, Carrick, Overbrook, and other Hilltop neighborhoods to understand a regular Friday night for our local officers. We found ourselves chatting with neighbors and kids along Spokane Avenue, Brownsville Road, Phillips Park, and Leolyn Park among other spots to learn more about public safety concerns. I am happy to announce that, in working with Zone 3 Commander McNeilly and Lt. Scirotto, and the dedicated leaders of the Carrick-Overbrook block watch, we have introduced quality of life beat patrols in hotspots in the neighborhood. If you continue to see issues on your block, please consider attending the block watch meetings (details further down in the newsletter). Your voice is the most important to keeping our neighborhoods safe and friendly for everyone.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Did you know your Councilwoman is a bookworm? I was happy to meet with Josh Raulerson at Essential Public Radio for their Speaking Volumes program to talk about my favorite summer reading selections! Listen to the program here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Councilman Bruce Kraus and I met with District Attorney Stephen Zappala on June 19 to discuss certain public safety issues in the district. Protecting our neighborhoods from crime is a strong focus of my term, and I&rsquo;m meeting with everybody possible in the fight to take back our neighborhoods.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Did you know that over 1/3 of property in Pittsburgh is tax-exempt, and that number keeps growing? &nbsp;City residents are paying taxes which go to provide services used by students, patients, visitors, and employees of our non-profits. Our public safety officers are busy responding to calls at non-tax paying institutions; city EMS crews take people to non-profit hospitals; and our visitors use city roads and bridges. On June 26, I hosted a post-agenda hearing on the role of non-profits in our city, with a focus on UPMC, which owns over $8.6 billion of tax-exempt property in the city and made $445 million excess revenue last year. We had speakers from both city and county government on hand, along with academics and employees of UPMC. Watch the entire session here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Parking is at a premium in a lot of our neighborhoods&mdash;especially near the T or on major roads. One neighborhood group in Carrick met with City Planner Ashley Holloway and my chief of staff Ashleigh Deemer on June 27 to learn about a neighborhood parking permit program. Their streets are packed with parked cars from people who drive in to take the T, so they were interested in what a parking permit program would mean for them. The first step in the process involves a petition in which 70% of households affected would have to sign on. If that is reached, then the process continues. If you&rsquo;re interested in finding out more about this for your neighborhood, give my office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; On a very hot Friday in June, I met with a Brookline resident and several City officials at Brookline Memorial Park to discuss the possibilities of developing a dog park. It can be a long process, with a lot of considerations to weigh, but this is the first step in possibly bringing this amenity to Brookline!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; If you&rsquo;re noticing some new faces, cultures, and languages in our neighborhoods lately, they could very well be refugees from another country. Pittsburgh is a prime destination for many people who have fled their homelands because of a dangerous situation in their home country, and Carrick has been one neighborhood where many of these newcomers are settling. Refugees are legal residents of the United States, and these families have been screened before they come to the states. Their stories are fascinating, and in order to shine a light on these families who live side by side with us, I held a post-agenda session to learn more about them. Watch the hearing here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Response to Beechview Transit Concerns</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Because of the lack of a statewide solution to our transit funding crisis, we are facing numerous challenges all over the Port Authority&#39;s service area. &nbsp;The recent decision to close T stops in Beechview has been frustrating, and I lobbied hard for the County Executive and Port Authority to reconsider. &nbsp;Unfortunately, we are all in a very difficult position of fighting tooth and nail for the entire Port Authority system, which is under significant pressure from the state to become more efficient&mdash;and Beechview is just one of the areas under the knife.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> County Executive Fitzgerald and I have had many conversations over the past few months about this crisis in our neighborhoods, and I have worked to make sure that residents have been able to meet with the Port Authority to discuss their concerns. In addition to the transit stop crisis one issue in particular that has come up is the Fallowfield station&rsquo;s personnel situation. As he mentions in his letter linked below, uncertainty about the future of the system is leading some employees to retire early, and this staffing issue is causing the lack of a fare-taker at the Fallowfield stop.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Here you can find a letter County Executive Fitzgerald sent to me in regards to our conversations regarding the closures at Coast, Traymore, Boustead, and Neeld here, as well as the personnel issues at the Fallowfield stop.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I am doing everything possible to press for a sustainable solution to our transit crisis. &nbsp;You may have send my opinion piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past April, which outlines some transit facts&mdash;and fiction. Currently, one of our office interns is working solely on transit, connecting grassroots organizations with the data they need to lobby our state government (particularly officials outside of our metro area) for a solution. If you would like to be connected to grassroots organizations to help lobby Harrisburg for a positive outcome for all residents, businesses, and communities, please e-mail Adam at adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I also want to ensure Beechview residents that there is so much to be excited about regarding Beechview and transit. &nbsp;Last year my office, along with City Planning, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, our state legislators, and community organizations, completed a study to create a Transit Revitalization District to better connect transit to our business district. Find the plan here. This provides a blueprint for all public and private organizations as we re-build our business district.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> New Borders for City Council Districts</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every ten years, after each census, we are required to redraw our City Council&rsquo;s districts&rsquo; borders in a process called reapportionment. Each councilmember appoints one representative to a committee that is tasked with this lengthy process that attempts to make each of the nine council districts roughly equal in population. As of today, this committee has presented a recommended map that can be found at this link. If you&rsquo;re interested in giving feedback on this plan, please consider attending a public hearing at any of the following sessions:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday July 17, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Bistro Soul Restaurant, 415 East Ohio Street</div> <div> Wednesday July 18, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Knoxville Library, 400 Brownsville Road</div> <div> Tuesday July 24, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Kingsley Center, 6435 Frankstown Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you can&rsquo;t make it to any of these hearings but would like to pass along your opinions, you can send a letter to the Reapportionment Advisory Committee through our office, and we will pass it on to them. Send them to my office&mdash;the address is at the bottom of this newsletter email.</div> <div> Meet the brand new Firehouse Farm in Overbrook</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Summertime can mean downtime for high school students, and sometimes that can lead to trouble. But our partnership with an organization called Women for a Healthy Environment has given summer employment to some students in a program that&rsquo;s doing something really cool for a surprisingly idyllic plot of grass on Saw Mill Run Boulevard.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We are proud to introduce the Firehouse Farm project at the Accamando Center (formerly the Overbrook Community Center) at Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Maytide. Six high school students are spending their summer working in the garden. Through the Food City Fellows program, these students are becoming community ambassadors while also learning about nutrition and social issues like violence prevention, community rebuilding, and job readiness.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested in helping out, the Firehouse Farm is looking for extra vegetable plants&mdash;if you have anything you&rsquo;d like to donate, please contact my office at 412.255.2131 and we will put you in touch with them. And any other donations are welcome&mdash;nothing rejected!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Firehouse Farm is a collaborative effort among the Overbrook Community Council, Columbia Gas, Women for a Healthy Environment, the Carrick Community Council, Penn State University Cooperative, Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church, and my Council office.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Farmers&rsquo; Markets in Full Swing</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The City&rsquo;s Citiparks farmers&rsquo; markets are open for business! District 4 markets are every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Carrick at the shopping center at Brownsville Road and Parkville Street, or every Thursday in Beechview at Beechview and Broadway Avenues from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for a complete list of all seven Citiparks markets.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In addition, there are a number of other farmers&rsquo; markets all over the city. The Post-Gazette put together a great interactive map, which you can find here. The third farmers&rsquo; market that takes place in District 4 is the Seton Brookline Farm Stand, which takes place Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Seton Center at 1900 Pioneer Avenue.</div> <div> Adopt a Road&mdash;Redd it Up!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re like me, you notice litter along the roadways and wonder what can be done to keep our community clean. I pick up litter along the sidewalks around my home nearly every day. You can make an even bigger difference by adopting a roadway! &nbsp;The City will provide signage and trash removal, gloves and bags, and all sorts of cleaning tools, and your job would be to hold at least four cleanups a year for two years. Interested? Call us at 412.255.2131 to speak with Adam and be put in touch with the coordinators of this program!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Tree Tenders</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;ve never gotten involved with the Tree Tenders before, now&rsquo;s your chance! The Carrick Tree Tenders will be gathering at the Bai Ling Restaurant at 2614 Brownsville Road on July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Sidewalk Sale</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On Saturday, July 14, Beechview Area Concerned Citizens will be hosting a sidewalk sale from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Broadway and Beechview Avenue. At the moment they are looking for interested vendors, with spaces at $15 each. Invited are vendors selling new, collectible, or antique merchandise. Contact Sue at 412.341.8768 for more information or to sign up to sell!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Flea Market/Craft Show</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Also on Saturday, July 14, Brookline Park at 1400 Oakridge Street in front of the driveway green space, will be hosting a flea market and craft show from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring your own table and enjoy the day. For more information, call 412.571.3222.</div> <div> Brookline Roving Art Cart</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The roving art cart will be at Brookline Recreation Center on July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12, this Citiparks program features painting, sculpting, beading, and more. Call 412.665.3665 for more information.</div> <div> National Night Out Against Crime</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, August 7 is National Night Out Against Crime, and many neighborhoods around the City will be participating. The event is meant to bring communities together, reclaiming the streets on a summer night.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In Beechview, the party sponsored by Beechview Area Concerned Citizens will kick off at 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot at Broadway and Beechview Ave, lasting until 9:00 p.m. on August 7.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In Bon Air, events will take place at the Bon Air Parklet on the corner of Calle and Conniston Avenues from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In Carrick, the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch is planning an event that will take place sooner on the calendar: Wednesday July 25 from the 2600 to the 2900 blocks of Brownsville Road, starting at 6:00 p.m. Residents in the area along Brownsville Road from Churchview Avenue to Owendale Avenue are invited to participate, both by coming down to Brownsville for food and information, and by also simply taking part in the evening by turning on a porch light and being outside together as a community. If you&rsquo;re interested in learning more about how you can participate by setting up a vendor table or anything else, please contact my office at 412.255.2131 and we will put you in touch with the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch.</div> <div> New Director of the Carnegie Library Praised by National Magazine</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As many folks know, I serve on the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, and I am proud of the effort that our communities have put into saving our libraries; I am also proud to be a part of the Personnel Committee to have selected our new Library President, librarian Mary Frances Cooper. &nbsp;In a wonderful article in Library Journal magazine, editor-at-large John Berry III praises Mary Frances Cooper, writing that &ldquo;library service is being reborn in the Iron City, a place that deserves that emblematic library, so important to Pittsburgh and such a crucial symbol to the American public library movement.&rdquo; Mentioned in the article is the fact that, due to expanded sources of funding, our city has gained 119 hours a week of library service&mdash;that&rsquo;s more time not just for people to check out books, but hours for us to study, socialize, job-hunt, or take part in the dozens of great programs our libraries offer. &nbsp;Congratulations, Pittsburgh&mdash;you&rsquo;re making library national news!</div> <div> Block Watches Work!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> These meetings are on break for the summer, with the next one resuming on</div> <div> Thursday, September 6, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> This meeting will next resume</div> <div> Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> August 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website (communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov) is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t Hear on the News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Proclamations I&rsquo;ve presented this past month:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> June 19. Pretty Up Beechview is a volunteer organization founded by nine residents in 2008 dedicated to the beautification of Beechview. They sponsor a dozen clean-ups every year, and their members are tree tenders and block adopters.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> June 19. Jacqueline Capatolla of Jacqueline&rsquo;s House of Beauty on Brookline Boulevard. The Best Businesswoman in Pittsburgh? She&rsquo;s one of us! Since 1994, Jacqueline Capatolla&rsquo;s House of Beauty has been a part of the Boulevard, and she has recently opened a second location on Grant Street downtown. This year, the Women&rsquo;s Small Business Association awarded her the Best Businesswoman in Pittsburgh award!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> June 26. Phil Solomon is a native of Guyana (although Beechview claims him as their own!) and has been living in Pittsburgh since 1984. He is a manufacturer and expert player of the steelpan (steel drum), an instrument crafted from crude oil drums that was invented in the early 20th century and has come to symbolize Caribbean cultures. He brought a steelpan with him to Chambers and brought the house down!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> June 26. Brashear High School&rsquo;s Gay-Straight Alliance, which was formed during the 2011-2012 school year, organized more than 250 students, faculty members, and staff to participate in the April 20 Day of Silence, which draws attention to thousands of students nationwide who are bullied, killed, or driven to take their own lives because of hostilities toward their sexual orientation or gender identity. &nbsp;We are proud of the students for speaking out and giving support for their classmates and all youth affected by this crisis.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Catholic Charities&rsquo; free Health Care Center</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Located at 212 9th Street, in the Cultural District, Catholic Charities is an appointment-only health care office available for the uninsured. I recently took a tour of the facility, and have gotten to know Executive Director Susan Rauscher through my membership in Leadership Pittsburgh. It is actually the only health care facility of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, providing medical and dental care to people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, who can&rsquo;t afford private insurance, or who don&rsquo;t qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance. For more information, call 412.456.6911 or visit freecarepgh.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment Opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board created by voter referendum that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers and Kitchen Help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Angels&rsquo; Place</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Angels&rsquo; Place, a non-profit agency that offers a full range of educational and support services to parents of young children, including childcare and providing families in distress with basic necessities, is requesting the following goods, should you wish to donate:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apples, apricots, etc.)</div> <div> 100% juice</div> <div> Goldfish/crackers/cookies (peanut-free)</div> <div> Gardening tools large and small</div> <div> Diapers of all size</div> <div> Baby wipes</div> <div> Clorox wipes</div> <div> Toilet paper</div> <div> Kleenex tissues</div> <div> Paper towels</div> <div> Garbage and kitchen bags</div> <div> Freezer bags, all sizes</div> <div> Bleach</div> <div> Hand soap, large refill containers, non-antibacterial</div> <div> Dishwaser detergent (Cascade), liquid or powder</div> <div> Large clear plastic storage bins</div> <div> AM/FM radio</div> <div> Thank-you notes</div> <div> Lightbulbs</div> <div> Batteries</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Angels&rsquo; Place is located at 600 Fordham Avenue and can be reached at 412.531.6667.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lend a Hand to the Library&mdash;Become a Friend of the Beechview Library</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now &ndash; it&rsquo;s your turn to shine: Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Phillips Park Rec Center renovations Ribbon Cutting</div> <div> Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City Council Redistricting Public Hearings</div> <div> Tuesday July 17, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Bistro Soul Restaurant, 415 East Ohio Street</div> <div> Wednesday July 18, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Knoxville Library, 400 Brownsville Road</div> <div> Tuesday July 24, 7:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Kingsley Center, 6435 Frankstown Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Sidewalk Sale</div> <div> Saturday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. &ndash; 3:00 p.m., Broadway at Beechview Avenue&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Phillips Park Rec Center entryway design presentation</div> <div> Monday, July 16, 6:00 &ndash; 7:00 p.m., Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Renters Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1516 Beechview Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Tree Tending</div> <div> Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 12:00 p.m., Bai Ling Restaurant (2614 Brownsville Road)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Roving Art Cart at Brookline Park</div> <div> Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. &ndash; 1:00 p.m., Brookline Community Center</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Communities Against Crime Night</div> <div> Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m., 2600-2900 blocks of Brownsville Road</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bon Air Night Out Against Crime</div> <div> Tuesday, August 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Bon Air Parklet (corner of Calle Ave and Conniston Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Night Out Against Crime</div> <div> Tuesday, August 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Broadway at Beechview Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting</div> <div> Monday, August 13, 5:45 p.m. at the Brookline Library (708-710 Brookline Blvd.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> On break until:</div> <div> September 6, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> On break until:</div> <div> Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> On break until:</div> <div> Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:09:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | August 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2464 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TONIGHT! Help us redesign the Phillips Park Community Center entrance!</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> Update on Moore Park conditions in Brookline</div> <div> District-wide dump site clean-up day scheduled for October</div> <div> Preventing water pollution and flooding in the district</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Community Cornfest!</div> <div> &quot;Because You&#39;re Mine, I Shop the Line&quot; brings a promising shop local program to Brookline</div> <div> Beechview&#39;s BREW on Broadway celebrates its first birthday, announces photography show</div> <div> Economic Development South announces new grant</div> <div> Dollar Bank&#39;s Cinema in the Park continues</div> <div> Events planned for Mt. Washington&#39;s Grandview Park</div> <div> Could your historic place of worship use a little repair?</div> <div> Care for our streets--adopt one today!</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Need to toss out paint, fertilizer, or other chemicals?</div> <div> Police alert about door-to-door solicitation</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> Good news you won&#39;t hear on the news (Proclamations)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 opportunities</div> <div> Catholic Charities&#39; free health care center</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> Request a home energy audit, and you may win a $1,000 gift card!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> TONIGHT! Help us redesign the Phillips Park Community Center entrance!</div> <div> When I first took office, I was determined to build partnerships to improve our neighborhoods, and I am happy that the good folks at the Penn State Center have been steadfast partners in these efforts!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To continue our work in improving the condition of Phillips Park in Carrick, my office has been coordinating with the Penn State Center, City Departments, and the Carrick Community Council to make the Park more safe, welcoming, and better maintained. Please join my office and our partners at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on Monday August 13, today, to hear about some exciting proposals and give your input. If you aren&rsquo;t able to make it, please feel free to send us your thoughts&mdash;email my office manager Adam at adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And don&rsquo;t forget to visit the new and improved Community Center facilities, including:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; a new fitness center</div> <div> &bull; second game room (for younger children)</div> <div> &bull; air conditioning in fitness rooms</div> <div> &bull; all new flooring in the gymnasium</div> <div> &bull; new paint jobs and an overall cleaning</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Phillips Park Community Center is open Monday through Saturday&ndash;visit their website for more information. Brookline Memorial Recreation Center also has great fitness facilities, and we are still working hard on a deal to bring community amenities to Beechview. Stay tuned!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> &bull; In early July, I continued to meet with solid, reputable real estate developers interested in renovating properties in South Pittsburgh. I also hosted an information session in Beechview open to renters across the area. Topics included tenants&rsquo; rights and responsibilities, landlord issues, property maintenance, lease tips, how to buy a property, and more.</div> <div> &bull; Councilman Bruce Kraus and I met with Steve Hutter from Elder-Ado to talk about senior programs at the Carrick and Hilltop Centers. With funding cuts at the federal and state levels, we here on the local level need to be more inventive and creative so that we can continue to provide these important programs!</div> <div> &bull; In late July I took a tour of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and met folks from the district, many of whom are working toward getting their GEDs or are refugees who have literally just arrived in this country and are working hard to learn our language and culture through ESL classes. The GPLC is doing great work making sure that our newest Pittsburghers feel at home here, and we welcome these families to the district!</div> <div> &bull; Over 40,000 commuters travel through the Route 51/88 intersection in Overbrook every day, and it is often the first and only impression that travelers have of our neighborhoods. In 2013, PennDOT will reconstruct this intersection to improve safety and traffic flow, and on July 25, I attended their open house at St. Norbert&rsquo;s Church to review the final designs. Good news--Route 51 will remain open in both directions for the entirety of the project and PennDOT has incorporated resident feedback into their final design. If you were unable to attend, you can view the full presentation online.</div> <div> &bull; Over the last few years, residents and businesses in Carrick have expressed to me their concern about public safety along the 2600-2900 block of Brownsville Road. We have made this area a focal point of police enforcement by our Zone 3 and even Brentwood Police, as well as efforts to rebuild the Carrick business district. The National Night Out celebration here on July 25th was a milestone--bringing residents and business owners out into the street to share food and helpful information--and deter crime. There was a wonderful energy on Brownsville Road that night, and I would like to thank the Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch for organizing this event!&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; The German Club of Overbrook has been a neighborhood institution for decades. The planned reconstruction work at the Rt. 51/88 intersection will displace their current location, but I have met with the German Club and their developer to rezone a nearby piece of property just a few hundred feet away to become their new home. This zoning change will help preserve this institution for years to come.</div> <div> &bull; As you may have seen in the news, Pittsburgh lost a visionary developer, Mark Schneider, to a bicycle accident in late July. &nbsp;Mark played an important role in creating Pittsburgh&rsquo;s current landscape--he was a key figure in the development of Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. I joined thousands of others for his memorial, to celebrate his life and vast achievements.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; I also attended National Night Out block parties in Bon Air and Beechview! I had a great time catching up with folks, hearing their concerns, and talking to new residents about how to get more civically involved with their community organizations. I saw people enjoying their parks and public spaces, sharing food, and getting to know their neighbors better--all the things that make our Pittsburgh communities special! Many thanks to the Bon Air Civic Association and Beechview Merchants Association / Beechview Area Concerned Citizens for organizing these fantastic events!</div> <div> &bull; This past Saturday I had a blast at the 31st Annual Brookline Breeze--literally, as I got to shoot the starting gun to set off the race! Walking up and down along the Boulevard, I was reminded of the great vibrancy and diversity of the businesses, organizations, and residents of Brookline. And now, with the community-dedicated &quot;I Shop the Line program&quot; explained further below in the newsletter, we have even more to be proud and excited about on the Boulevard. Check out some pictures from the Breeze here at the Brookline Connection website and here at the Brookline Breeze Facebook page.</div> <div> Update on Moore Park conditions in Brookline</div> <div> We&rsquo;ve been waiting patiently for much-needed improvements at Moore Park--and according to Public Works, we won&rsquo;t have to wait too much longer! Team Rudiak toured Moore Park last month and though the playground has a few missing pieces, the parts have been ordered and the contractor assigned to the job should be able to start working on the improvements any day now--with completion slated for sometime within this month of August. As for the tennis court, the surface is to be completely replaced, but first Public Works has to install underground conduits for new lighting. This work is to be done in late October, with the surface completed in spring of 2013.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District-wide dump site clean-up day scheduled for October</div> <div> The hills and wooded areas of South Pittsburgh are beautiful and relaxing--it&rsquo;s part of what makes District 4 such a hidden gem! Unfortunately, these hills and trees also offer cover and therefore opportunity for illegal dumping. We&rsquo;ve all seen it...hillsides littered with tires, building materials, and yard waste, dumped there by mechanics, contractors, landscapers or even our own neighbors who don&rsquo;t want to pay for proper disposal.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That&rsquo;s why our office is planning a big District 4 Fall Clean-Up for Saturday, October 20th, 2012--rain or shine. We are currently working to identify the biggest dump sites, and we will announce specific locations as we draw nearer to October 20th.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All you have to do is show up! Mark your calendars today, and please fill out the registration form below if you plan to attend!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You should wear...</div> <div> -sturdy boots or shoes</div> <div> -layered clothing</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We will provide...</div> <div> -clean-up supplies like gloves, trash bags, and first aid</div> <div> -coffee, light breakfast, lunch, bottled water</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You should bring...</div> <div> -friends, family, neighbors who care!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please let us know if you can participate by filling out this registration form. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll need all participants to sign up in advance so we can plan for enough supplies and food!&nbsp;</div> <div> Preventing water pollution and flooding in the district</div> <div> Did you know when it rains just a little bit in Pittsburgh, the sewer system is overwhelmed so raw sewage goes straight into our rivers? This happens nearly half of the days in our boating season, and on those days, the water is not safe to touch.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s an unsavory topic, but stick with us: the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities including the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;And over the next decade, ALCOSAN will be fixing our sewage problem by undertaking the largest and most expensive public works project in the history of our City. This project will offer a truly unprecedented opportunity for good jobs and long-lasting solutions to our constant flooding and public health problems. If we are going to spend literally billions of dollars fixing what&rsquo;s broken, then we need to make sure that we do it right!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That is why I was proud to represent District 4 at a campaign kick-off in July 2012 for the Clean Rivers Campaign, a coalition of elected officials, community organizations, and environmental groups with the intent to push for effective green solutions to our wet weather and sewer problems--solutions that revitalize neighborhoods, improve our quality of life, and provide good jobs. Read more information about the Clean Rivers Campaign at their website.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> ALCOSAN will be having a series of public meetings about their wet weather plan, and I encourage you to come learn about their plan and push for long-lasting solutions!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To pass comment on to ALCOSAN, please visit this webpage or attend their final public meetings, with the final one taking place at ALCOSAN headquarters on October 19. The schedule of public meetings is below:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thursday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sheraton Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Dr</div> <div> Thursday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the West View Fire Dept. Banquet Hall, 398 Perry Hwy</div> <div> Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Hilltop Hall, Harper Drive, Turtle Creek, PA</div> <div> Monday, September 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Crafton Municipal Bldg, 100 Stotz Ave</div> <div> Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza South Hotel, 146 Fort Couch Rd</div> <div> Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the IBEW Circuit Centre, 5 Hot Metal St</div> <div> Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Borough Social Hall, 1611 Main St</div> <div> Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Blvd</div> <div> Thursday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Gateway Clipper &ldquo;Princess,&rdquo; 350 W. Station Square Dr.</div> <div> Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA</div> <div> Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the North Fayette Fire Hall, 7678 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA</div> <div> Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Dr.</div> <div> Friday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at ALCOSAN, 3300 Preble Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Community Cornfest!</div> <div> It&rsquo;s August again, and so it&rsquo;s time for a late summer day of great local music, excellent homemade food, and relaxation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This year&rsquo;s Carrick-Overbrook Community Cornfest will be taking place Saturday, August 25 from noon to 6:00 p.m. This year&#39;s food offerings include corn (of course!), but also hot sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, pierogies, walking tacos and--for the first time--Bhutanese food from our new neighbors! Not to mention, smoothies, iced coffees, water and more!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Cornfest is a long-standing Carrick tradition--check out video from last year&rsquo;s event. This event is sponsored by Hilltop Alliance, PNC Bank Carrick Branch, Shop &#39;n Save Carrick, Representative Harry Readshaw, and this office! Non-profit organizations are invited to set up information and literature booths. Should you have any questions, or would like more information, contact the Carrick Community Council at carrickcommunitycouncil@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Come for the food for sure, but stay for the music! Below is the entertainment schedule for the day. Click on the links for a preview of their music:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 12:00 p.m. -- Carrick High School Band&nbsp;</div> <div> 12:15 p.m. -- Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance</div> <div> 1:00 p.m. -- Bhutanese dancers</div> <div> 1:20 p.m. -- Pastor Dan&nbsp;</div> <div> 1:50 p.m. -- Angel Jackson</div> <div> 2:00 p.m. -- The Seams</div> <div> 3:00 p.m. -- Cathasaigh</div> <div> 4:30 p.m. -- Jimmy Adler&#39;s three student bands</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We&rsquo;ll see you there! And if you&rsquo;re on Facebook, check out the event page!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Because You&#39;re Mine, I Shop the Line&quot; brings a promising shop local program to Brookline</div> <div> On Wednesday, August 1, Brookline Boulevard was hopping with activity--or buzzing, as it were--for the announcement of the neighborhood&rsquo;s new &ldquo;shop local&rdquo; program, funded by the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority&rsquo;s &ldquo;Biz Buzz&rdquo; program. The program, named &ldquo;Because You&rsquo;re Mine, I Shop the Line,&rdquo; with nods toward both Johnny Cash&rsquo;s song and the Boulevard itself, is an incentive program meant to attract residents to spend their money locally, in Brookline--and with a wide variety of food, beverage, and all sorts of retail options, it&rsquo;s a promising step for the neighborhood. Under the program, for every $50 that a customer spends at Boulevard businesses, he or she would receive $5 free, to be spent on the Boulevard.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The grant was accepted by Nathan Mallory, proprietor and barista at Cannon Coffee and a vice president at the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Watch him accept the funds, and stand proud for Brookline&rsquo;s vibrant business district, at this video, courtesy of the Dormont-Brookline Patch.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Boulevard Bucks program officially began on Saturday, August 11 at the Brookline Breeze, where customers were able to sign up for the program. Check the Because You&rsquo;re Mine, I Shop the Line Facebook page to learn more and stay up to date!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview&#39;s BREW on Broadway celebrates its first birthday, announces photography show</div> <div> On Saturday August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the BREW on Broadway coffee shop will be celebrating its one year anniversary! They will be raffling off a street cruiser bicycle, and in addition to frosty (or hot), caffeinated (or not) drinks and local goodies, there will be live music. If you are, or know of any, local musicians interested in performing at the birthday bash, get in touch with Sam at the cafe at 412.563.6456. This event is sponsored in part by Friends of the Beechview Library.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And on Saturday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m., BREW will be hosting its very first art show, featuring photography by students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Photography Club. Stay tuned for more details at BREW&rsquo;s Facebook page, or call 412.563.6456 to speak to a barista in person. If you&rsquo;re interested in the possibility of organizing a future art show at BREW, feel free to contact Sam at the phone number above.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Economic Development South announces new grant</div> <div> As many of you know, I worked hard to bring Economic Development South (EDS), an organization that works to bring investment and redevelopment to communities, to our City neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook. Since then, Carrick and Overbrook have been included in strategic planning and other development opportunities for the Route 51 and Brownsville Road corridors that also run through the suburban municipalities of Brentwood, Baldwin, and Whitehall. The idea is that in this time of state and federal cutbacks, this type of teamwork and collaboration makes grant applications all the more attractive to funders--and it appears that the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) agrees! Just this week PPND awarded a large grant to EDS for a study that will identify investment and improvement opportunities along the Brownsville Road corridor. This is great news, and we look forward to working with EDS and the community on this first step to strengthening our Carrick main street.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Dollar Bank&#39;s Cinema in the Park continues</div> <div> What could be greater than a free outdoor movie screening? Brookline Memorial Park is continuing this summer&rsquo;s Cinema in the Park program with the following films:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Happy Feet 2 [PG], August 16</div> <div> The Smurfs [PG], August 23</div> <div> The Adventures of Tintin [PG], August 30</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Movies begin at dusk. For a complete listing of City-wide Cinema in the Park venues and schedules, visit Citiparks.net or call 412.422.6426. To contact the Brookline Memorial Park, call 412.571.3222.</div> <div> Events planned for Mt. Washington&#39;s Grandview Park</div> <div> A couple exciting events are planned for Grandivew Park in Mt. Washington at 499 Bailey Avenue. On Sunday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m., the Grandview Park Farm Dinner will take place, presented by the Friends of Grandview Park. The event begins with a cocktail hour and includes a family-style, five-course meal prepared by Chef Justin Severino of nationally-lauded Cure Restaurant. Tickets are $85. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jessica Smith at 724.272.2968 or Diane Delmer at 412.431.2650.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And on Sunday, August 26, the Steel City Sunset Party invites you to a day full of yoga, music, art and food. It runs from noon to 8:00 p.m., with yoga starting at 2:00 p.m. Food trucks and other food vendors will be on hand! For more information, email steelcitysunset@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Could your historic place of worship use a little repair?</div> <div> The Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation is offering its historic religious properties matching grant program again this fall! This grant program enables religious congregations to maintain and preserve their historic structures--roof and gutter work, stained glass window restoration, brick and stone work, etc. These buildings are not just places of worship, but also centers of life in their communities, housing social service agencies such as food pantries, clothing closets, child care facilities, and meeting places for youth and adult groups.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Most recently, two churches in the district received generous matching grants for restoration work--Zion Christian Church and Birmingham United Church of Christ, both in Carrick.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In preparation for this year&rsquo;s application season, the PHLF has set up a Technical Assistance Workshop to take place on Friday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. This workshop will be focused on helping congregation leaders, representatives, and guardians of historic structures with information about contractors, undertaking critical exterior restoration work, and raising matching funding. This event is free and boxed lunches will be provided--but registration before September 5 is required.By attending this workshop, one will be able to complete 75% of the 2013 application for the PHLF Historic Religious Properties matching grant!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested and want more information, please contact my office at 412.255.2131 or speak with the PHLF grant coordinator Carole Malakoff at 412.471.5808 or 412.321.3712, or by email at hrp@phlf.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Care for our streets--adopt one today!</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re like me, you notice litter along the roadways and wonder what can be done to keep our community clean. I pick up litter along the sidewalks around my home nearly every day. You can make an even bigger difference by adopting a roadway! &nbsp;The City will provide signage and trash removal, gloves and bags, and all sorts of cleaning tools, and your job would be to hold at least four cleanups a year for two years. Interested? Call us at 412.255.2131 to speak with Adam and be put in touch with the coordinators of this program!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Thousands of cats and dogs come through our City&rsquo;s animal shelters every year, and only a fraction are eventually adopted by families who can give them a home. The most effective way to work toward all animals having a forever home is to stop adult animals in the wild from giving birth to more youngsters. This is why the City released a spay and neuter program that provides this service for free for City residents. Read more about the program here and download the application here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Need to toss out paint, fertilizer, or other chemicals?</div> <div> The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and partners will host the second Allegheny County Household Chemical Collection of 2012 on Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Park Wave Pool parking lot.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fee: $2.00 per gallon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Individuals can drop off paint, rust preservatives, water sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers, rodent killers, insecticides, mothballs, fertilizer, weed killers, pool chemicals, ammonia, drain openers, oven cleaners, gasoline and kerosene, motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and more! &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information including a detailed list of acceptable and unacceptable items please visit PRC&rsquo;s Zero Waste Pittsburgh website or contact Michael Stepaniak of PRC at 412-488-7452.</div> <div> Police alert about door-to-door solicitation</div> <div> On July 31, Pittsburgh Police issued an alert about a group called &ldquo;Just Energy&rdquo; going door-to-door asking Duquesne Light customers to switch electricity providers per Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Electric Choice Program. If you are uncomfortable with door-to-door solicitation, please remember:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> - Do not open your door for unsolicited services</div> <div> - Ask for identification, and their permit to go door-to-door in Pittsburgh</div> <div> - Do not allow solicitors into your home without proper justification</div> <div> - Should you have any concerns, call 911</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you talk to First Energy salespeople, and you are unhappy with your experience, you can contact First Energy&rsquo;s compliance specialist to file an official complaint. We have been informed that they do thorough investigations of all complaints and salespeople may be suspended or terminated as a result of a validated complaint.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Contact Lissette Kam:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tel: 1-713-850-6790 ext. 78422</div> <div> Toll Free: 1-866-359-6067 ext. 78422</div> <div> E-mail: PA_customerfeedback@justenergy.com</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> These meetings are on break for the summer, with the next one resuming on</div> <div> September 6, 2012, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> This meeting will next resume</div> <div> Monday, September 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at a location to be determined. Call my office at 412.255.2131 to check in!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> One issue that is repeatedly aired at community safety meetings are thefts from unlocked vehicles--a reminder in these warm summer months to roll up your windows and lock your car doors!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good news you won&#39;t hear on the news</div> <div> I&rsquo;ve had the honor and enjoyment of presenting the following City Council Proclamations this past month:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 10. Bricolage, a theater company based on Liberty Avenue downtown, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. &nbsp;Click here to read the proclamation and click here to watch the video (click on the label &ldquo;2012-0596 Councilwoman Rudiak - Bricolage&rdquo; at 18:32),</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 17. Jimmy Adler, a resident of Bon Air, taught at Carrick High School for eight years, and most recently has been teaching at CAPA downtown, but he&rsquo;s maybe most well known in Pittsburgh as a talented blues singer. In fact, he will be representing our region next year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. I was excited to present him with a proclamation, and in turn he brought along his acoustic guitar to play a little bit for us. Click here to read the proclamation and click here to watch the video (click on the label &ldquo;Councilwoman Rudiak - Jimmy Adler day&rdquo; at 28:45).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 17. The Polish Falcons of America are celebrating several anniversaries this year--it is their 125th year in the United States, their 100th year based in Pittsburgh, and in July they celebrated their 40th Quadrennial Convention. I was happy to personally present the organization with this proclamation honoring their time and service at their convention downtown. Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 17. Equity in Athletics.</div> <div> When girls play organized sports in school, they are less likely to be depressed, abuse drugs and alcohol, smoke, become obese, and experience an unwanted pregnancy. They&rsquo;re also more likely to have higher grades, graduate on time, receive scholarships for college, and get a good job. Studies bear these facts out. And better performing young women means better communities. Title IX, passed by Congress in 1972, assures that girls get equal attention in sports programming in public schools. &nbsp;And on June 30 of this year, Pennsylvania&rsquo;s General Assembly (thanks to State Senator Mary Jo White, State Representative Tim Briggs, Women&rsquo;s Law Project, Women &amp; Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania, the American Association of University Women, the Business &amp; Professional Women of PA, and the Girl Scouts) passed a landmark measure called the Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Bill that requires all state secondary schools to give annual reports on athletic opportunities provided to students. Click here to read the proclamation and click here to watch the video (click on the label &ldquo;Athletic Equity Day&rdquo; at 17:59).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> July 31. Caruso&rsquo;s Music. After 33 years on Brownsville Road in Carrick, Henry and Christine Caruso closed up Caruso&rsquo;s Music Store &amp; Education Center, which by then had assuredly become a neighborhood anchor. Though they remain dedicated to the community through their involvement outside of their business, the effect that Caruso&rsquo;s Music had on Carrick and South Pittsburgh won&rsquo;t be forgotten anytime soon. Click here to read the proclamation and click here to watch the video (click on the label &ldquo;Caruso&rsquo;s Music day&rdquo; at 24:36).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 opportunities</div> <div> The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 PA Joint Apprentice &amp; Training Committee is accepting applications for the following trades: bricklayer, cement mason, pointer-cleaner-caulker, stone mason, tile layer, and terrazzo workers. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate and be 18 (or 17 with parent signature). There&rsquo;s a non-refundable processing fee of $25 along with the application. Applicants must be willing to attend an out-of-state school for 8 weeks and must be within the jurisdiction of B.A.C. Local 9 PA.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To apply, fill out an application at http://www.local9pa.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Or pick up a paper application in person at:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bricklayers &amp; Allied Craftworkers Local 9 PA</div> <div> 100 Kingston Drive</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA 15235</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Catholic Charities&#39; free health care center</div> <div> Located at 212 9th Street, in the Cultural District, Catholic Charities is an appointment-only health care office available for the uninsured. I recently took a tour of the facility, and have gotten to know Executive Director Susan Rauscher through my membership in Leadership Pittsburgh. It is actually the only health care facility of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, providing medical and dental care to people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, who can&rsquo;t afford private insurance, or who don&rsquo;t qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance. For more information, call 412.456.6911 or visit freecarepgh.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board created by voter referendum that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> A resident of South Pittsburgh who works at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side is requesting any dog food (canned and dry) that can be donated--they are in dire need. Please consider dropping off these donations at 1101 Western Avenue to help keep their dogs alive and healthy until they can find a forever home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> Now it&rsquo;s your turn to shine: Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Request a home energy audit, and you may win a $1,000 gift card!</div> <div> Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania customers can request a WarmWise home energy audit for free on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of this audit program, there is the chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. To find out more information about your income-based qualifications to enter into this contest, call 1.866.956.0308. This contest ends on August 31.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, August 13, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Phillips Park Rec Center entryway design presentation #2</div> <div> Monday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield Street)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Police Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BREW on Broadway&rsquo;s First Birthday Bash</div> <div> Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Grandview Park Farm Dinner</div> <div> Sunday, August 19, 5:00 p.m. at Grandview Park (499 Bailey Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Steel City Sunset Party</div> <div> Sunday, August 19, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Grandview Park (499 Bailey Avenue)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, August 20, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Community Cornfest</div> <div> Saturday, August 25, 12:00-6:00 p.m. at Phillips Park</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BREW on Broadway&#39;s First Art Show opening, featuring Art Institute of Pittsburgh photography</div> <div> Saturday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, September 10, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> On break until:</div> <div> Monday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. at at a location to be determined. Call my office at 412.255.2131 to confirm!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Household Chemical Collection</div> <div> Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Park wave pool parking lot</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> On break until:</div> <div> Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 Dump Site Clean-Up</div> <div> Saturday, October 20, More details to come!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:08:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | September 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2463 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> My billboard tax legislation</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> New State Law Impacts All Voters! &nbsp;Will you be able to vote in November?</div> <div> Is speeding a problem on your street?</div> <div> Thieves in Brookline caught thanks to Zone 6 Police, Brookline residents</div> <div> DE-DUMP D4! District-wide dump site clean-up day scheduled for October</div> <div> Veterans parade to take place in November</div> <div> Vietnam Veterans Inc. hosting POW/MIA vigil</div> <div> &quot;Park Bark&quot; planned for Mt. Washington&#39;s Grandview Park</div> <div> Beechview Harvest Festival to take place October 6</div> <div> Free Hilltop Home Buying Workshop</div> <div> Could your historic church use a little repair?</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> Preventing water pollution and flooding in the district</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program</div> <div> Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 opportunities</div> <div> Catholic Charities&#39; free health care center</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> St. John Vianney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> My billboard tax legislation</div> <div> Last week, Council President Harris and I introduced a tax on outdoor advertising transactions in the city of Pittsburgh. Without taxpayer-maintained roads and streets, billboard companies cannot profit, yet they contribute little compared to tax paying residents and local businesses that own property. Massive billboards such as the one at the intersection of Rt 51 &amp; 88 pay only $40 a year annually in city and school property taxes, while the rest of us pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars! &nbsp;We will be holding informational and public hearing throughout this legislative process. Stay tuned for additional information, and feel free to call my office with questions.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> &bull; Teenagers tend to get a bad rap these days, but the truth is that our high schools are full of great kids who are looking for ways to succeed. As a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools, I am committed to working with students and teachers to make our City a better place. In late August I met with teachers from Brashear and Carrick High Schools at the Overbrook Accamando Center to discuss how students can get involved in our local neighborhoods and prepare to be upstanding citizens. If you or your organization is interested in getting to know some of our local amazing teenagers to have them work on a project or participate in community service, call our office at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &bull; Phillips Park in Carrick played host &nbsp;to another Carrick-Overbrook Cornfest! On August 25, hundreds of our neighbors turned out for good food, good music, and good company. Thanks to those of you who stopped by our booth to learn more about upcoming improvements to Phillips Park and initiatives to improve our public safety. I really enjoyed talking with you!</div> <div> &bull; I called an all-hands meeting of our Department of Public Works, Citiparks and the Beechview Athletic Association to move forward on the construction of the Alton Field Concession Stand. This is a project that has been on the books for nearly a decade, and we are happy to work with everyone to finally get the design and engineering work started. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward!</div> <div> &bull; I was proud to march with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers at the Labor Day parade downtown on Monday, September 3. With over 60,000 participants, it again marks one of the biggest parades in the country and makes me proud to represent our amazing City.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; On September 6, my chief of staff Ashleigh Deemer attended a meeting with Gateway Engineers and Economic Development South to get started on the design plan for a park &amp; ride on Rt. 51 in Overbrook. This project would provide parking and access to both the busway and the T. The space also affords the opportunity for private developers to build new retail and business space. I am very passionate about bringing this development to fruition, and will keep you up to date on our progress!</div> <div> &bull; Finally putting to use the lessons learned Carrick High School drama class, I will be performing in Off the Record, the annual musical satire of Pittsburgh news presented by the actors and media of Pittsburgh, with special appearances by Jon Delano and Ken Rice (AND his eyebrows in full glory)! The show is going to be absolutely hilarious, and proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Get your tickets before they sell out... and they do sell out! &nbsp;The performance will be at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 at the Byham Theater--go here or call 412.456.6666 for tickets!&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Just last week I held an important hearing about the Pennsylvania &ldquo;Voter ID&rdquo; law--you may have seen us in the news! See below for more details.</div> <div> New State Law Impacts All Voters! &nbsp;Will you be able to vote in November?</div> <div> In March, the state legislature passed a law that required very specific forms of ID required to vote at the polls in November. &nbsp;The law has sparked controversy, and created a lot of confusion, and for that reason I called for a Council hearing which took place on September 12.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Putting partisan arguments aside, the truth is that voters of all types will be affected by this bill--be they Republican or Democrat, young or old, urban or rural.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Not only are there worries about the logistics of providing identification to an estimated 750,000 registered voters who do not have a state-issued ID, but one major concern is cost. In a time of devastating cuts to education, according to county officials, it will cost $11 million to implement this law. &nbsp;This is during a time where I have personally heard from a number of middle class families in our district who, due to state cuts, must now pay for pre-school in our public schools because, as Governor Corbett said, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re out of money.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s true that our voting system needs improvement, from our antiquated registration system to the confusions that inevitably occur at polling stations. But the way forward is not by adding another layer of bureaucracy to an already broken system. The state itself conceded in court last month that in-person voter fraud simply has never been investigated or prosecuted in Pennsylvania.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about the status of your registration, or the new law, visit this website, and go to this page if you are a senior resident. Please also call my office at 412.255.2131 should you have any other questions or concerns.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please talk to your senior neighbors: Medicare IDs, Veteran IDs, Social Security cards, certain student IDs, and any ID that does not have an expiration date and a photo will NOT be accepted. Additionally, poll workers who do not check IDs are subject to criminal prosecution under the law--even those of their own family members who may have voted in the same place for decades but who do not have a photo ID this year.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can watch the recording of the post-agenda at the Council Clerk&rsquo;s website here.</div> <div> Is speeding a problem on your street?</div> <div> Speed bumps, police traps, stop signs, mirrors... We get requests for these speed-reducing fixtures every day, and I&rsquo;ve been concerned about the inconsistency of the response to these requests. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve called for a special hearing on how we can all work together to formalize our response to calm traffic and make our streets safe in our neighborhoods.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Our public streets belong to all of us--whether we walk, cycle, or drive. &nbsp;And let&rsquo;s face it...most of our roads are smaller, residential streets that connect larger roads like 51 or West Liberty Avenue--and many have become high-speed short cuts from one highway to another. These are complex problems that require all hands on deck to solve.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This informational hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. &nbsp;We have invited officials from the Department of Public Works, Public Safety &nbsp;and experts from across the City. &nbsp;Stay tuned to my Twitter or call my office for more information.</div> <div> Thieves in Brookline caught thanks to Zone 6 Police, Brookline residents</div> <div> After about a month of reported thefts from automobiles across Brookline, diligent work by the detectives of the Zone 6 Police--plus the attention of Brookline residents themselves--led to two arrests. During the course of the investigation, detectives also seized illegal drugs and paraphernalia along with a large amount of stolen items, including jewelry, clothing, electronic devices, sunglasses, wallets, purses, and the like. Detectives are in the process of cataloguing the evidence in order to identify ownership of the property that remains unclaimed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thanks to all the watchful citizens of Brookline. You are the eyes and the ears on the ground, and due to your work, the police were successful in catching the perpetrators. One tip from the Zone 6 police is, in addition to locking your car doors and rolling up your windows, be sure to lock your windows at home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Follow the link to the Zone 6 crime alert for more information about the case. If you believe you were a victim of these thefts from automobiles in Brookline over the past month, contact Zone 6 detectives at 412.937.3051.</div> <div> DE-DUMP D4! District-wide dump site clean-up day scheduled for October</div> <div> The hills and wooded areas of South Pittsburgh are beautiful and relaxing--it&rsquo;s part of what makes District 4 such a hidden gem! Unfortunately, these hills and trees also offer cover and therefore opportunity for illegal dumping. We&rsquo;ve all seen it...hillsides littered with tires, building materials, and yard waste, dumped there by mechanics, contractors, landscapers or even our own neighbors who don&rsquo;t want to pay for proper disposal.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That&rsquo;s why our office is planning a big District 4 Fall Clean-Up for Saturday, October 20th, 2012--rain or shine. We are currently working to identify the biggest dump sites, and we will announce specific locations as we draw nearer to October 20th.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All you have to do is show up! Mark your calendars today, and please fill out this registration form if you plan to attend!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You should wear...</div> <div> -sturdy boots or shoes</div> <div> -layered clothing</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We will provide...</div> <div> - clean-up supplies like gloves, trash bags, and first aid</div> <div> - coffee, light breakfast, lunch, bottled water</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You should bring...</div> <div> -friends, family, neighbors who care!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Did we mention you should register? Tell your friends to register. Please register here: Please let us know if you can participate by filling out this registration form. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll need all participants to sign up in advance so we can plan for enough supplies and food!&nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans parade to take place in November</div> <div> The Federation of War Veterans&rsquo; Societies of Allegheny County will be coordinating a Veterans Day parade to take place on November 10 at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Pittsburgh to honor post-9/11 war veterans. If you are interested in being a part of this event, call 412.565.7577.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Vietnam Veterans Inc. hosting POW/MIA vigil</div> <div> Our veterans put everything on the line for our country, and Vietnam Veterans Inc. are recognizing the ones who gave everything at a vigil for POW/MIA soldiers from 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 22 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23 at Soldiers and Sailor Hall in Oakland. A candlelight vigil will take place on Saturday night at 7:00 or 7:30 p.m., and the holding of the flag will change every fifteen minutes. For more information, contact Butch Burke at 412.885.1924.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Park Bark&quot; planned for Mt. Washington&#39;s Grandview Park</div> <div> The Grandview Park Bark is a fun event for dogs--and their human companions. Including a hike, exhibits, speakers, treats, and a blessing of the animals, check out the Grandview Park Bark on Saturday, October 13 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Grandview Park is located at 499 Bailey Avenue on Mt. Washington. For more information, email grandviewparkfriends@gmail.com or call 412.589.9586.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Harvest Festival to take place October 6</div> <div> This past June&rsquo;s Food Festival in Beechview was a great success, and we&rsquo;re all excited for the Beechview Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Broadway Avenue around the Hampshire T stop. Join in to celebrate Beechview&rsquo;s restaurants, artists, and the community at large! Follow their Facebook event page for more information.</div> <div> Free Hilltop Home Buying Workshop</div> <div> &nbsp;Have you dreamed about buying your own home but don&rsquo;t know where to start? The Hilltop Alliance, in partnership with Dollar Bank, invites you to a free home buying workshop, open to all Hilltop residents and those interested in living in the Hilltop. The workshop will be held on Monday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Knoxville branch of the Carnegie Library at 400 Brownsville Road. Come and hear how you can own a home--Dollar Bank counselors will be on hand to show you how. At the workshop you&rsquo;ll learn about</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Grant money for closing costs</div> <div> Affordable mortgage and down payment options</div> <div> Programs to help public housing residents, federal subsidy recipients, and renters</div> <div> Counseling programs to strengthen and restore credit</div> <div> A free credit report, including an evaluation (certain restrictions apply)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Space at the workshop is limited, so register today. Also, a dinner will be provided. For more information and to register, please call the Hilltop Alliance at 412.586.5807, or email Pat at patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Could your historic church use a little repair?</div> <div> The Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation is offering its historic religious properties matching grant program again this fall! This grant program enables congregations to maintain and preserve their buildings--roof and gutter work, stained glass window restoration, brick and stone work, etc.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Most recently, two churches in the district received generous matching grants for restoration work--Zion Christian Church and Birmingham United Church of Christ, both in Carrick.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In preparation for this year&rsquo;s application season, the PHLF has set up a Technical Assistance Workshop to take place on Friday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. This free workshop will be focus on helping church leaders figure out how to apply for the program. &nbsp;Lunch will be provided. This will be taking place this Friday, so please contact Carole Malakoff, phone number below, in the next day or two!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested and want more information, please contact my office at 412.255.2131 or speak with the PHLF grant coordinator Carole Malakoff at 412.471.5808 or 412.321.3612, or by email at hrp@phlf.org.</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking veterans and their families who could benefit from outdoor maintenance and exterior home repairs. If you need back yard debris removal, tree and bush trimming, yard landscaping, gutter and roof cleaning, lawn mowing, or paint touch ups and you own your home, have homeowner&rsquo;s insurance, fit Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s income guideline, and are able to make a small monthly payment, which may be subsidized, you may apply! Contact Jeremy Martin at jmartin@pittsburghhabitat.org or at 412.351.0512 ext. 11 to get more information about Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s Veteran Housing Initiative, where they&rsquo;re serving those who&rsquo;ve served our country.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Thousands of cats and dogs come through our City&rsquo;s animal shelters every year, and only a fraction are eventually adopted by families who can give them a home. The most effective way to work toward all animals having a forever home is to stop adult animals in the wild from giving birth to more youngsters. This is why the City released a spay and neuter program that provides this service for free for City residents. Read more about the program here and download the application here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, October 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> Preventing water pollution and flooding in the district</div> <div> Did you know when it rains just a little bit in Pittsburgh, the sewer system is overwhelmed so raw sewage goes straight into our rivers? This happens nearly half of the days in our boating season, and on those days, the water is not safe to touch.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s an unsavory topic, but stick with us: the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities including the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;And over the next decade, ALCOSAN will be fixing our sewage problem by undertaking the largest and most expensive public works project in the history of our City. This project will offer a truly unprecedented opportunity for good jobs and long-lasting solutions to our constant flooding and public health problems. If we are going to spend literally billions of dollars fixing what&rsquo;s broken, then we need to make sure that we do it right!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That is why I was proud to represent District 4 at a campaign kick-off in July 2012 for the Clean Rivers Campaign, a coalition of elected officials, community organizations, and environmental groups with the intent to push for effective green solutions to our wet weather and sewer problems--solutions that revitalize neighborhoods, improve our quality of life, and provide good jobs. Read more information about the Clean Rivers Campaign at their website.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> ALCOSAN will be having a series of public meetings about their wet weather plan, and I encourage you to come learn about their plan and push for long-lasting solutions!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To pass comment on to ALCOSAN, please visit this webpage or attend their final public meetings, with the final one taking place at ALCOSAN headquarters on October 19. The schedule of public meetings is below:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the IBEW Circuit Centre, 5 Hot Metal St</div> <div> Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Borough Social Hall, 1611 Main St</div> <div> Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Blvd</div> <div> Thursday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Gateway Clipper &ldquo;Princess,&rdquo; 350 W. Station Square Dr.</div> <div> Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA</div> <div> Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the North Fayette Fire Hall, 7678 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA</div> <div> Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Dr.</div> <div> Friday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at ALCOSAN, 3300 Preble Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program</div> <div> The FTI of Western Pennsylvania District Council #57 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for apprenticeship in the Painters/Glaziers/Drywall Finishers program for the 2012 year. Applications are accepted year-round, but they will be accepting in-person applications at the District Council #57 office at 101 Ewing Road in Carnegie:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tuesday, September 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.</div> <div> Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. unil 3:00 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, call 412.276.6061.</div> <div> Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 opportunities</div> <div> The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 PA Joint Apprentice &amp; Training Committee is accepting applications for the following trades: bricklayer, cement mason, pointer-cleaner-caulker, stone mason, tile layer, and terrazzo workers. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate and be 18 (or 17 with parent signature). There&rsquo;s a non-refundable processing fee of $25 along with the application. Applicants must be willing to attend an out-of-state school for 8 weeks and must be within the jurisdiction of B.A.C. Local 9 PA.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To apply, fill out an application at http://www.local9pa.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Or pick up a paper application in person at:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Bricklayers &amp; Allied Craftworkers Local 9 PA</div> <div> 100 Kingston Drive</div> <div> Pittsburgh, PA 15235</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Catholic Charities&#39; free health care center</div> <div> Located at 212 9th Street, in the Cultural District, Catholic Charities is an appointment-only health care office available for the uninsured. I recently took a tour of the facility, and have gotten to know Executive Director Susan Rauscher through my membership in Leadership Pittsburgh. It is actually the only health care facility of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, providing medical and dental care to people who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, who can&rsquo;t afford private insurance, or who don&rsquo;t qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance. For more information, call 412.456.6911 or visit freecarepgh.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board created by voter referendum that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> A resident of South Pittsburgh who works at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side is requesting any dog food (canned and dry) that can be donated--they are in dire need. Please consider dropping off these donations at 1101 Western Avenue to help keep their dogs alive and healthy until they can find a forever home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> St. John Vianney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested in helping out the St. John Vianney food bank, or are interested in making donations or volunteering, please contact the St. John Vianney Ladies of Charity at ladiesofcharity@sjvpgh.org or 412.381.8300. St. John Vianney Parish Center is located at 823 Climax Street.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> Now it&rsquo;s your turn to shine: Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Zone 3 Police Public Safety Meeting</div> <div> Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BREW on Broadway&rsquo;s Quiz Night</div> <div> Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mount Washington CDC Community Forum</div> <div> Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Senior Center 3rd Annual Big Flea Market</div> <div> Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along Broadway Ave</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Vigil</div> <div> Saturday, September 22, 12:00 noon to Sunday, September 23, 2:00 p.m. at Soldiers &amp; Sailors Hall (4141 5th Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Evangelical Lutheran Church&#39;s Oktoberfest</div> <div> Saturday, September 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1628 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Welcome Autumn Ice Cream Party</div> <div> Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Beechview Senior Center (1555 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop Home Buying Workshop</div> <div> Monday, October 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, October 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Councilwoman Rudiak&rsquo;s Hearing on Safe Streets</div> <div> Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at City-County Building (414 Grant St)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Off the Record XII: Reassess This! performance</div> <div> Thursday, October 4, 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater (101 6th St)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Harvest Festival</div> <div> Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. at Broadway Ave at Hampshire Ave</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, October 8, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Last day to register to vote in the General Election!</div> <div> Tuesday, October 9</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Pretty Up Beechview Clean-Up</div> <div> Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. at the driveway of Brashear High (590 Crane Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> De-Dump D4 Clean-Up Day</div> <div> Saturday, October 20, More details to come!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans Day Parade - Federation of War Veterans&rsquo; Societies of Allegheny County</div> <div> Monday, November 10, 10:30 a.m., downtown Pittsburgh</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:07:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | October 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2462 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Billboard companies need to pay their fair share</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news (Proclamations)</div> <div> You do not need a photo ID to vote this November! Voter ID law blocked by judge</div> <div> District-wide clean-up day scheduled for October 20</div> <div> Beechview Community Garden is winterizing</div> <div> Yard debris pick-up set for November 10</div> <div> South Hills Judo Club in Carrick offering free open house</div> <div> Happy Halloween!</div> <div> Free legal services for seniors</div> <div> Free fresh produce for eligible households</div> <div> &quot;Get Stuffed with Love&quot; offers free Thanksgiving meals to those in need</div> <div> Veterans parade to take place in November</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Block Watches work!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Looking for a job? I&#39;ve got two resources for you</div> <div> Construction industry pre-apprenticeship program</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> St. John Vianney food bank needs donations</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Billboard companies need to pay their fair share</div> <div> Which property owners in District 4 have the special privilege of paying less than $40 a year on property taxes? &nbsp;</div> <div> a) You</div> <div> b) Senior Citizens</div> <div> c) Disabled Veterans</div> <div> d) The multi-million dollar billboard industry &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you answered &ldquo;D&rdquo;, you are correct! The billboard at the corner of Edgebrook and Rt. 51, the one with my photo on it, was sold for OVER 5 MILLION DOLLARS in 1997 yet pays less than $40 in city and school taxes. I would bet that you pay much more than $40 in property taxes on your home! To top it off, billboards are estimated to reduce their surrounding property values by as much as 30%.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Given today&rsquo;s hard economic times, it is vital that we close tax privilege loopholes that let corporations off the hook. We all have the responsibility to protect our neighborhoods from crime and neglect. That&rsquo;s why Council President Darlene Harris and I are fighting to make sure that everyone pay their fair share. We have introduced legislation to hold multi-million dollar billboard companies accountable for the city services that enable their profits. This much needed revenue will pay for City of Pittsburgh police cars, which need to be replaced regularly at a cost of $2-3 million per year.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Stand up to the bullying billboard industry and hold the line on our property taxes! Join our public hearing on October 30th at 1:00 PM and tell City Council to pass this legislation to ensure that middle class taxpayers don&rsquo;t subsidize corporate tax privileges! Registered speakers are given 3 minutes each--if you would like to take part and make a comment, please call 412-255-2138. Questions about the bill? Feel free to call our office at 412-255-2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> Fall is always a busy time, and this past month has been no exception! I had the pleasure of spending many of my days and evenings out in the neighborhoods, talking to you or your neighbors at various meetings, events, and celebrations! I found some wonderful treasures and delicious food at the Beechview Big Flea, and my staff and I returned to Beechview again to attend the First Annual Harvest Festival. I want to give a big thanks to the Crested Duck Charcuterie for organizing that event, and BREW on Broadway for welcoming my staff and I for the day. We also had a lovely time celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Brookline Block Watch, where we were also joined by Councilmen Bill Peduto and Bruce Kraus. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re making waves in South Pittsburgh!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Colteryahn Dairy in Carrick is the only functioning dairy remaining within the City limits. It&rsquo;s been a community anchor and landmark along Brownsville Road for generations. That&rsquo;s why &nbsp;I&rsquo;m excited to announce my partnership with the Colteryahn Dairy, the Carrick Community Council, Economic Development South, and the Office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to redesign the surrounding business district on Brownsville Road around East Meyers Avenue. We will soon contract with an architect to create a new vision for that area, including everything from storefronts to street infrastructure, like sidewalks and landscaping. This is yet another important step toward the revitalization of our great Carrick neighborhood!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; I spoke at the Overbrook Community Council (OCC) meeting in late September about other great projects:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Design work is now underway on a major park &amp; ride development on Rt. 51. This work will serve to attract public and private money to build new infrastructure. I carved out the funding for this important design in the 2012 Capital Budget.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You may have seen a new look for the Accamando Center of Overbrook (the old Fire Station). We&rsquo;ve been working with the OCC and Department of Public Works to repair the clock, paint the woodwork, and make other exterior renovations to restore this community gem! &nbsp;Currently it is a meeting space for many community organizations and home of the Pittsburgh Boxing Club.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City Council recently approved zoning changes for the new location of the German Club of Overbrook, which is moving because of the Route 51/88 reconstruction. &nbsp;The old building is being demolished and a brand new building and parking lot are being built nearby on Underwood Street, which will allow the Club to remain in our neighborhood for years to come.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; I hosted a group of young women from the Ellis School and Chatham University who are learning about political involvement and social change, spoke to the esteemed members of Zonta International, a group that provides scholarships to Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates, and gave a keynote speech about civic leadership to more than 60 incoming members of &nbsp;Leadership Pittsburgh.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; I&rsquo;ve heard from many of you who have concerns about the safety of our streets and intersections. We work hard and collaborate with other city departments to find solutions to these concerns--like street signage and speed enforcement. Sometimes, though, the best solution isn&rsquo;t entirely clear or easy. For that reason, I hosted a hearing about safe streets in our neighborhoods. We had a full panel of experts join us, including a school crossing guard, traffic police, members of the Public Works Department, and cycling advocates, to talk about their experience enforcing the laws and designing safe streets. We learned about interesting traffic design and mitigation initiatives proposed by Traffic21 at Carnegie Mellon University. Several members of council joined us and shared my concerns for our streets, and the city&rsquo;s process for evaluating concerns. It was an excellent start, but there are many more questions left to be answered. I will continue to push for these answers, so that we have a straightforward way to improve our streets. For more information, you can watch the entire hearing online.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; I was thrilled to again perform in Off the Record, a musical satire of Pittsburgh politics, which over the past 12 years has raised over $330,000 for the food bank. Jon Delano, Ken Rice, and David Johnson, among others, showed their funny sides, and I hope those of you who were able to attend had as much fun watching it as I did behind the curtains!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Other meetings that I had in the past month... Met with non-profit and business owners concerning the Carnegie Library&rsquo;s strategic plan... Sat down with &nbsp;representatives from PNC Bank to discuss investing in South Pittsburgh... Learned about Rebuilding Pittsburgh Together, a group that provides no-cost home repairs to senior citizens who can&rsquo;t afford the costs on their own--if you&rsquo;re interested in receiving services or volunteering, call them at 412.922.0953... Was inspired by members of the Bhutanese refugee community living in South Pittsburgh... &nbsp;Attended the Amen Corner Law Enforcement Awards luncheon that honored Western PA&rsquo;s bravest police officers, honoring a total of 29 officers as well as recognizing the induction of fallen officers Derek Kotecki and John Dryer into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. South Pittsburgh Zone 3 police officers who were recognized for their service include Officer Lawrence M. Connolly and Officer Brendan J. Nee who received the &ldquo;Starsky and Hutch&rdquo; award for their fast action to save the life of a man who jumped from the Birmingham Bridge, and Officer Matthew Smith and Officer Angie Lane who received the &ldquo;To Protect and Serve&rdquo; award for responding to a call for a domestic assault and murder that led to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.</div> <div> Good news you don&#39;t hear on the news</div> <div> As a way to throw a spotlight on the awesome things that are happening in District 4, I sponsor proclamations that are presented on our Tuesday morning meetings. Below are proclamations I sponsored in the past month:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> October 2. Brookline&rsquo;s Little League teams have been active for decades--generations, even--but this year, the Rita&rsquo;s Italian Ice Pinto League softball team shattered those records, completing their second undefeated season. Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> October 2. This is the twelfth year that Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild and Pittsburgh Screen Actors Guild have joined forces to put on their Off the Record live performance that pokes fun at the past year&rsquo;s Pittsburgh events and prominent figures, all while benefitting the food bank. Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> October 9. The Brookline Block Watch celebrated its twentieth anniversary and continues to go strong, providing an opportunity for conversation between residents, law enforcement, and elected officials. Who knows neighborhoods better than those of us who live in them? Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> October 16. The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and as the keystone of their anniversary, they are dedicating a new urban trail that will enhance the education and quality of life for their students. The trail includes an outdoor pavilion, a swing set that can be used by children in wheelchairs, and a simulated crosswalk that can help teach children how to cross the street safely. Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> October 16. Spencer United Methodist Church in Carrick is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Their history is rich and fascinating, and their anniversary theme of &ldquo;Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors&rdquo; has held true since way back when the neighborhood was called Spiketown! Click here to read the proclamation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You do not need a photo ID to vote this November! Voter ID law blocked by judge</div> <div> In March, the state legislature passed a law that required very specific forms of ID required to vote at the polls in November. &nbsp;The law sparked controversy and created a lot of confusion, and for that reason I called for a Council hearing which took place on September 12. You can watch that hearing here [http://pittsburgh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx].</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> But now, due to an injunction issued by Judge Robert Simpson on October 2, the Voter ID legislation is on hold until after this November&rsquo;s election. Based on that decision, you may be asked for photo ID, but you do not have to show ID to vote as normal. Also, if you do not show ID, you are not required to vote using a provisional ballot. If this happens to you, or if you&rsquo;re told that you can&rsquo;t vote at all without a photo ID, call 866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re voting at a polling place for the first time, though, you will have to show some form of ID (but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be a photo ID). If you use an ID that doesn&rsquo;t have a photo on it, it must list your name and current address. The types of ID that you can use are:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> PA driver&rsquo;s license or other ID issued by PennDOT</div> <div> ID issued by a PA or U.S. agency</div> <div> U.S. passport</div> <div> Military ID</div> <div> Student ID</div> <div> Employee ID</div> <div> Voter registration card</div> <div> Gun permit</div> <div> Recent utility bill</div> <div> Recent bank statement</div> <div> Recent paycheck</div> <div> Recent government check</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have any questions or concerns about voting this year, please give my office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> District-wide clean-up day scheduled for October 20</div> <div> Cold weather is right around the corner. Unfortunately, when the leaves fall off the trees and our green hills turn bare, we are often left with piles of unsightly trash and dump sites.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We know our neighborhoods are better than this. It doesn&rsquo;t have to be this way!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is why I&rsquo;m inviting you join me and hundreds of our neighbors for one of the biggest neighborhood clean-ups we&rsquo;ve ever seen--this Saturday, October 20, 2012. Neighborhood volunteers will be joined by University of Pittsburgh students and will descend upon three locations in South Pittsburgh--Rt. 51 in Overbrook, Duffland Street in Carrick, and Broadway Avenue in Beechview--to clean up litter and illegal dumping.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> So join us, on Saturday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. if you&rsquo;d like to take part!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To volunteer, please RSVP at this link or by calling my office. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Gloves, garbage bags, and safety vests will also be provided. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and long pants.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All you have to do is show up! Mark your calendars today, and please fill out this registration form if you plan to attend! Volunteers should meet at one of these three spots at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Clean-Up</div> <div> Where: Accamando Center of Overbrook (former Firehouse) at 2410 Saw Mill Run Boulevard, on Rt. 51 at Maytide (parking in rear of building)</div> <div> What: Picking up litter and dumped materials along Route 51</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Clean-Up</div> <div> Where: Corner of Duffland Street and Nuzum Avenue (street parking)</div> <div> What: Cleaning illegally dumped materials from the woods</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Clean-Up</div> <div> Where: Brew on Broadway at 1557 Broadway Avenue, 15216 (street parking and metered parking lot)</div> <div> What: Picking up litter along Broadway Avenue, Wenzell Avenue, and Crane Avenue</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Did we mention you should register? Tell your friends to register. Please let us know if you can participate by filling out this registration form. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll need all participants to sign up in advance so we can plan for enough supplies and food. See you on Saturday!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Community Garden is winterizing</div> <div> Also on October 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the folks at the Beechview Community Garden (across from 810 Rockland Avenue) &nbsp;will be spending their final workday of the season preparing the gardens for winter. There&rsquo;s lots of work to do, and they would appreciate anyone interested in helping out. All tools will be supplied, along with water and snacks. For more information, email beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Yard debris pick-up set for November 10</div> <div> It&rsquo;s that time when the trees all over the district are shaking loose of their leaves. After you finish raking them, are you buried up to your neck in them? Environmental Services will be picking up leaf and yard debris from all City residents on a special collection on Saturday, November 10. Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site. Bags should not exceed 35 pounds, and leaves should not be placed in plastic bags. If you have tree branches and bushes, cut, bundle, and tie them in lengths not exceeding five feet. Tree branches should not exceed four inches in diameter. Please note that City crew will not collect dirt, rocks, stones, cement, manure, lumber, or food waste, and yard debris not meeting the above guidelines will not be collected by City crews.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Hills Judo Club in Carrick offering free open house</div> <div> The martial arts instill discipline and offer an opportunity for intense physical activity. Have you ever considered learning judo? Carrick&rsquo;s own South Hills Judo Club is holding a free open house on Monday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for World Judo Day. Come learn about judo, participate in (or watch!) a free class, and enter a raffle to win one month of free tuition! If you&rsquo;d like to participate in the free class on October 29, please come wearing comfortable sweatpants and a t-shirt.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Founded by the Father of Pittsburgh Judo Nick Zaffuto, the South Hills Judo Club is one of the oldest clubs in Pittsburgh and has produced many talented players, including several national international elite players like 1996 Olympian Dr. Marisa Pedulla. Call 412.882.3600 or 412.689.6337 for more details, or visit their Facebook page.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Happy Halloween!</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s official trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Check out this link for some fun kids&rsquo; activity guides and safety information. Have fun and be safe!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview is celebrating Halloween this year with a parade that begins at 8:00 p.m. on Halloween night, October 31, at Belasco Avenue at Broadway Avenue. The parade will head down to the parking lot at Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue, where a costume contest will be judged. Thanks to the Beechview Community Council for organizing and supporting!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline&rsquo;s Annual Halloween Parade is taking place on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cannon on the Boulevard. The parade will follow a route along the Boulevard and then lead to Mazza Pavilion, where the costume contest judging will take place. Thanks to the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, Patty Ruby, and the Community Bank for co-sponsoring and organizing this year&rsquo;s parade--and if you have any donations for the goodie bags, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 412.563.0759.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick&rsquo;s Phillips Park Rec Center is haunted! Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October, visit the Phillips Park Rec Center Haunted House from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission is $2 for kids and $3 for adults. Boo! Also, the Carrick-Overbrook Halloween Costume Contest will take place at the Rec Center at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. &nbsp;Children 12 or younger are eligible to participate. Please register for the contest by calling 412.884.5509 and provide the name of your child, his or her age, and a contact phone number. The costume contest is sponsored by the Carrick Community Council, Overbrook Community Council, Phillips Park Advisory Council, Hilltop Alliance, Colteryahn Dairy, State Senator Jay Costa, and me!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free legal services for seniors</div> <div> Need legal assistance? Free service is available for seniors at the Elder-Ado at 320 Brownsville Road, but appointments are necessary. Three dates are available: October 24, November 28, and December 27, all from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call Janet Kirik at 412.381.6900 for more information.</div> <div> Free fresh produce for eligible households</div> <div> Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop are bringing fresh produce to households in the 15203, 15210, and 15211 zip codes! Eligible households are those with household income 150% below the poverty level. To find out more information about the program, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to get more details about picking up fresh produce, contact the Hilltop Alliance at 412.586.5807 or Pat at patmurphy.hilltopalliance@gmail.com.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Get Stuffed with Love&quot; offers free Thanksgiving meals to those in need</div> <div> Thanksgiving is about sharing food with family and friends, including the less fortunate among us. To that end, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s South Side Rotary Club, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, South Side Sokol Club, and Giant Eagle will partner to cook, assemble, and deliver Thanksgiving Day meals to those who need them on Thanksgiving Day. Over the past 10 years, this event has gone from feeding 250 people who are homeless, shut-in, disabled, and in need to over 1,500 people--and the numbers keep growing.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> How can you help? If you know someone in need of a Thanksgiving Day meal, please contact Officer Christine Luffey at 412.488.8425. To make a donation, please make checks payable to &ldquo;District 7300 Foundation Corporation,&rdquo; write &ldquo;Get Stuffed With Love&rdquo; in the memo, and mail them to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s South Side Rotary Club at 1812 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Please remember that there is no income requirement to receive a meal. And note that all meal requests must be made by Monday, November 19, 2012.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans parade to take place in November</div> <div> The Federation of War Veterans&rsquo; Societies of Allegheny County will be coordinating a Veterans Day parade to take place on November 10 at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Pittsburgh to honor post-9/11 war veterans. If you are interested in being a part of this event, call 412.565.7577.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking veterans and their families who could benefit from outdoor maintenance and exterior home repairs. If you need back yard debris removal, tree and bush trimming, yard landscaping, gutter and roof cleaning, lawn mowing, or paint touch ups and you own your home, have homeowner&rsquo;s insurance, fit Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s income guideline, and are able to make a small monthly payment, which may be subsidized, you may apply! Contact Jeremy Martin at jmartin@pittsburghhabitat.org or at 412.351.0512 ext. 11 to get more information about Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s Veteran Housing Initiative, where they&rsquo;re serving those who&rsquo;ve served our country.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Thousands of cats and dogs come through our City&rsquo;s animal shelters every year, and only a fraction are eventually adopted by families who can give them a home. The most effective way to work toward all animals having a forever home is to stop adult animals in the wild from giving birth to more youngsters. This is why the City released a spay and neuter program that provides this service for free for City residents. Read more about the program here and download the application here.</div> <div> Block Watches work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Looking for a job? I&#39;ve got two resources for you</div> <div> If you are 17-21 years old, a high school graduate or G.E.D., and a resident of the City of Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Group and partners are offering assistance with temporary job placement, assistance getting a permanent job, resume assistance, career guidance, interview skills, bus passes, and volunteer opportunities. Fore more information, call 412.204.7164 and leave your name and phone number.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And if you&rsquo;re looking for work in hotels and banquet halls, a temp agency named LGC Associates is looking for workers to hire as room attendants, food service workers, and more, starting full-time, part-time, and weekends. They will be holding a recruitment session at the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center at 5321 Penn Avenue on Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. Call 412.362.8580 to register for this free recruitment session.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Construction industry pre-apprenticeship program</div> <div> Dan Fisher from the Tri-Green pre-apprenticeship program and Jason Fink from the Builders Guild are holding a workshop on Thursday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grey Box Theater at 3595 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The workshop will:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Introduce you to the construction industry as a whole</div> <div> Facilitate hands-on experience in painting, drywall finishing, glazing, and weatherization</div> <div> Provide training and testing for three industry-recognized certifications</div> <div> Includes math skills, interview coaching, and test preparation</div> <div> Extends college credit</div> <div> Supports seamless transition to Finishing Trades Institute Apprenticeships</div> <div> State of the art virtual spray painters and welders</div> <div> First Aid and CPR</div> <div> Give overview of apprenticeship opportunities in the building trades: carpenters, iron workers, painters, laborers, sheet metal workers</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The event is sponsored by the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, Lawrenceville United, the PIttsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and Pittsburgh Connects.. To register, call 412.362.8580.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program</div> <div> The FTI of Western Pennsylvania District Council #57 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for apprenticeship in the Painters/Glaziers/Drywall Finishers program for the 2012 year. Applications are accepted year-round.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, call 412.276.6061.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> A resident of South Pittsburgh who works at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side is requesting any dog food (canned and dry) that can be donated--they are in dire need. Please consider dropping off these donations at 1101 Western Avenue to help keep their dogs alive and healthy until they can find a forever home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> St. John Vianney food bank needs donations</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested in helping out the St. John Vianney food bank, or are interested in making donations or volunteering, please contact the St. John Vianney Ladies of Charity at ladiesofcharity@sjvpgh.org or 412.381.8300. St. John Vianney Parish Center is located at 823 Climax Street.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> Now it&rsquo;s your turn to shine: Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BREW on Broadway&rsquo;s Quiz Night</div> <div> Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mount Washington CDC Community Forum</div> <div> Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick Tree Tenders Mulch Madness--help take care of the trees on Brownsville Road</div> <div> Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. at the Shop &lsquo;n Save (1119 Brownsville Road)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 Clean-Up, with Pretty Up Beechview and Pitt Make a Difference Day</div> <div> Saturday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline&rsquo;s Annual Halloween Parade</div> <div> Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. at the Cannon on Brookline Boulevard.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Hills Judo Club Free Open House</div> <div> Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at the South Hills Judo Club (2620 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Area Community Council</div> <div> Monday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark&rsquo;s Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Halloween</div> <div> Wednesday, October 31</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Halloween Parade &amp; Costume Contest</div> <div> Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 p.m. at Belasco Ave at Broadway Ave</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Election Day</div> <div> Tuesday, November 6, 2012</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans Day Parade - Federation of War Veterans&rsquo; Societies of Allegheny County</div> <div> Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m., downtown Pittsburgh</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Yard debris pick-up day</div> <div> Saturday, November 10</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, November 12, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:06:00 -0400 District 4 Newsletter | December 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2461 <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Billboard Legislation Passed!&nbsp;</div> <div> Blight Fighting Code Red Legislation Passed!</div> <div> Update on Council District Reapportionment</div> <div> Updates on Exciting Projects in the District</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Blvd Reconstruction</div> <div> Beechview Senior Center</div> <div> Brownsville Road Dairy District</div> <div> Hillcrest Senior Residences</div> <div> Overbrook School Redevelopment</div> <div> Park &amp; Ride on Rt. 51</div> <div> Good News You Won&#39;t See On The News</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Concord Elementary School Library Needs New Books!</div> <div> Free Legal Services for Seniors</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> Looking for a job?</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program
</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh
</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations
</div> <div> St. John Vianney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Needs Volunteers</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library
</div> <div> Join the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society!
</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Billboard Legislation Passed!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In previous editions of the newsletter, we&rsquo;ve told you about an important Billboard Tax that I co-sponsored with Councilwoman Darlene Harris. The legislation will close a corporate tax loophole, and will make billboard companies pay their fair share for billboards located within the City. Billboard companies are making millions by posting advertisements along our busiest roads, and yet they pay very little in combined city, county and school district property taxes. Some pay as little as $11 per year! In contrast, most homeowners pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The City has been mandated by the state to find new sources of revenue to strengthen our budget and pension. Closing this corporate tax loophole holds the line on residents&rsquo; property taxes, while raising $2-4 million in additional revenue to restore and improve city services.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Council unanimously agreed and passed the bill on Tuesday, November 27th. The new law will take effect beginning in 2013.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Blight Fighting Code Red Legislation Passed!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On Tuesday, December 11, Council passed another important piece of legislation that I proposed, this time with Councilman Bill Peduto. This bill is designed to fight blight by shaming slum landlords who refuse to respond to notices, citations and legal action by the Bureau of Building Inspection. The legislation directs the Chief of the Bureau to post signs in front of the ten worst properties across the city-- properties that have been continually cited, without any action taken by the owner to correct the problems. If the owner lives in the City, the sign may also be posted in front of his or her primary residence. The signs will list the name of the property owner, their publicly available address and phone number. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, and we know that similar programs have successfully pressured property owners to correct issues in other cities, cross the country, including Boston, Milwaukee, and Allentown, PA. The legislation also provides residents the opportunity to petition the Bureau of Building inspection to consider a specific property in their neighborhood.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This legislation is not the silver bullet that will clean up all blight, but it is another tool in the toolbox for keeping our neighborhoods clean! You can read the full text of the legislation here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Update on Council District Reapportionment</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Over time, &nbsp;neighborhood populations change-- some neighborhoods lose people, while others grow! Because of this, the federal Voting Rights Act requires the City to redraw our City Council District lines to ensure that each district is approximately equal in population. Equal populations ensure the equality of the individual&rsquo;s vote-- a comparatively large district would make one person&rsquo;s vote count for less (a smaller proportion of the total population), &nbsp;and a very small district would make a person&rsquo;s vote count more.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To make these adjustments, Council appointed a 9 member Reapportionment Advisory Committee which worked for a year to evaluate changes in population and propose adjustments to the map. The Reapportionment Committee was obliged to meet two legal requirements of reapportionment-- council districts must be contiguous and compact. The Committee also set out to keep neighborhoods together where possible-- in other words, to not split a neighborhood between two Council districts. Over the summer, the Committee unanimously voted to approve a set of recommendations and a map. You can view their recommendations here.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Council reviewed their recommendations and made some changes to the plan. In Beechview, we heard concerns from residents in voting districts that were recommended to move to District 2, currently represented by Theresa Kail-Smith. Residents expressed their wishes to stay in District 4, in the same council district as Beechview&rsquo;s Broadway Avenue business district. Our office worked with other Councilmembers on an amendment to keep those Beechview precincts in District 4.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The new District 4 map will also unite Carrick! Carrick precincts North of The Boulevard, previously represented by District 3 (Bruce Kraus) will now be in District 4. A final map was approved by Council on Tuesday December 11.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Updates on Exciting Projects in the District</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Brookline Blvd Reconstruction-- After a dozen years or more of waiting, the time has finally come for the Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Project! On November 26th, the Department of Public Works issued a bid advertisement, calling for construction bids for the project. Construction costs are expected to total approximately $6,600,000. Contractors are slated to break ground this coming spring. For more information on design elements and timing of the project, take a look at this presentation on our website.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Beechview Senior Center-- We did it again-- we moved forward on another project that&rsquo;s been stuck for over a decade! City and State officials have been working with neighborhood advocates for a *very* long time to find or build a better space for the Beechview Senior Center, which has been housed in a basement for generations. State Representatives Michael Diven and Chelsa Wagner appropriated a combined $1.5 million in state funds toward the project, but previous attempts to acquire a space and gather the necessary matching funds have failed. Our office has worked for the past three years to appropriate additional funds and secure commitments from the Mayor to move forward before the state funds expire in 2014. Council has now unanimously approved legislation to authorize the City to purchase 1553 Broadway Avenue (the current site of the Senior Center). This is the first major step in a complete top-to-bottom renovation, which will reclaim two storefronts and a number of upper floor apartments to create three floors of dedicated senior space, as well as flexible community space. There will be a lounge and dining areas, a kitchen, meeting rooms and fitness space that will accommodate a wide range of programming for seniors today and into the future. In addition to interior renovations, this project will restore the historic facade of the building, making it a feature on our growing Broadway Avenue business district. Brew on Broadway is expected to remain in the building. Community meetings will be held in the new year to get input on the final architectural design-- check back to our online calendar for details: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/calendar</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Brownsville Road Dairy District-- Colteryahn Dairy on Brownsville Road is the only operational dairy in the City of Pittsburgh! Thousands of commuters and Carrick residents pass by this impressive facility on a daily basis, with little notice. Last year, I met with Carl Colteryahn, Economic Development South and the office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to tour the dairy and talk more about how we can highlight this wonderful community asset. We came up with the idea of creating a &ldquo;Dairy District&rdquo; that could include a Colteryahn store, revitalization of storefronts, new restaurants, and a redesign of public spaces. To make this a reality, the Carrick Community Council and I worked to allocate $25,000 for an architectural design study of the area. Economic Development South was also awarded a $50,000 Neighborhood Renaissance Fund grant from the Design Center for this purpose.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Hillcrest Senior Residences-- If you live in Carrick or travel Brownsville Road, you know that the vacant Giant Eagle next to the Burger King has detracted from the Brownsville Road business district for many years. We&rsquo;ve worked with a group called the Community Builders for the last few years on the concept of building a new apartment building on that site exclusively for seniors. A market study of the area showed there is a great need for this type of housing in Carrick. People want to remain independent, but can no longer care for or afford a family home. Providing an option in Carrick means that our seniors can downsize without giving up their other familiar daily routines and proximity to friends and family. Last month, the Community Builders officially purchased the property from Giant Eagle! They are now waiting to hear the results of an application for federal tax credits to subsidize the construction of the new building and parking area. We should hear back from them in the Spring with an update on the timeline of this project!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Overbrook School Redevelopment-- The need for local senior residences is just as great in Overbrook. In the last year, a plan has come together to renovate the old Overbrook School building and build an additional apartment building on the site to create a comprehensive senior living campus with assisted and independent living, as well as care and therapy services. Valcott Industries, a local group owned by a Carrick resident, will manage the property and the services. However, they do not have expertise in development and construction, so we introduced them to the NRP group, a nationally respected development company that will execute the renovations and new construction. This will be NRP&rsquo;s first development in Pittsburgh. We expect the development to also include parking and access to the T station, to ensure that seniors are able to maintain their independence for as long as possible. One of the tremendous benefits of a campus like this is that people can live independently for as long as possible, and if needed, transition to assisted living without leaving friends or a familiar environment. This project is also in the running for federal tax credit assistance, and we should know more about the timeline in the spring.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Park &amp; Ride on Rt. 51-- As the City&rsquo;s representative of Overbrook, I participate in the Rt. 51 Corridor Committee, a group of elected officials and administrators from municipalities along Rt. 51 from the Liberty Tunnel to the Elizabeth Bridge. The goal of the committee is to work strategically together to advocate for marketing and capital improvement projects that benefit all of these communities. In 2011, I contributed to an American Institute of Architects study that identified improvements to the Rt. 51 roadway, the streetscape, flood prevention and more. One of the recommendations of this plan is to build a park and ride facility that connects commuters with both the busway and the trolley. It has been my goal to make this particular recommendation a reality. I allocated $40,000 in the 2012 capital budget for a design study to identify available space for park and ride facilities, as well as adjacent retail and residential development. Economic Development South and Gateway Engineers have been key to this development, facilitating conversations with potential developers and stakeholders. The study is nearly complete, and we expect to identify next steps and a timeline in the coming months.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Good News You Won&rsquo;t See In the News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Council meetings are televised, but most of my work is done behind the scenes! When I&rsquo;m not debating legislation with my fellow councilors, I&rsquo;m meeting with organizations and individuals who can bring services or investment to our South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Here is just a sampling of what I&rsquo;ve been up to in the last month!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Provided support to the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation on an application for a Design Center grant for a marketing plan to help get the word out about Brookline being a great place to live, shop and do business. The group was awarded $25,000!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Provided support to Economic Development South for an application for a Design Center grant for an architectural design for the revitalization of the &ldquo;Dairy District&rdquo; section of Brownsville Road, surrounding the Colteryahn Dairy. Economic Development South was awarded $50,000.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Supported our veterans at the Veterans Day Parade and met with local leader Doug Brendel to discuss a new monument to remember fallen veterans in Brookline.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Met with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Councilman Bruce Kraus to discuss next steps in the effort to build a new $4-7 million Carrick-Knoxville Library.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Met with the mayor&rsquo;s administration about conducting a master planning process for Brookline Memorial Park.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Attended community meetings of the Overbrook Community Council, Carrick Community Council, Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch, Beechview Area Concerned Citizens and Beechview Block Watch, South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, and Brookline Block Watch&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Presented a proclamation of council to honor local heroes who saved the life of a Brookline Breeze runner who suffered a heart attack during the race.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;Successfully advocated for the inclusion of funds in the 2013 Capital Budget for streetscape improvements on Broadway Avenue in Beechview, the paving of Brownsville Road in 2013, and park improvements at Bon Air Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Phillips Park, Leolyn Parklet (Carrick) and a new concession stand and restrooms at Alton Field in Beechview.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Concord Elementary School Library Needs New Books!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Melissa Dwyer, the librarian at Concord Elementary School, has put out a request for donations of new books for the library. As a graduate of Concord Elementary, I plan to donate at least one! Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested in giving. You can check out their Amazon wishlist online, here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3V1U06WETH5NT/ref=topnav_lists_1</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Free Legal Services for Seniors</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Need legal assistance? Free service is available for seniors at the Elder-Ado at 320 Brownsville Road, but appointments are necessary. Three dates are available: October 24, November 28, and December 27, all from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call Janet Kirik at 412.381.6900 for more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or maintenance?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking veterans and their families who could benefit from outdoor maintenance and exterior home repairs. If you need back yard debris removal, tree and bush trimming, yard landscaping, gutter and roof cleaning, lawn mowing, or paint touch ups and you own your home, have homeowner&rsquo;s insurance, fit Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s income guideline, and are able to make a small monthly payment, which may be subsidized, you may apply! Contact Jeremy Martin at jmartin@pittsburghhabitat.org or at 412.351.0512 ext. 11 to get more information about Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s Veteran Housing Initiative, where they&rsquo;re serving those who&rsquo;ve served our country.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A reminder about the City&#39;s spay and neuter program</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Thousands of cats and dogs come through our City&rsquo;s animal shelters every year, and only a fraction are eventually adopted by families who can give them a home. The most effective way to work toward all animals having a forever home is to stop adult animals in the wild from giving birth to more youngsters. This is why the City released a spay and neuter program that provides this service for free for City residents. Read more about the program here and download the application here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block watches work!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, January 3, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, January 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Looking for a job?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 
If you are 17-21 years old, a high school graduate or G.E.D., and a resident of the City of Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Group and partners are offering assistance with temporary job placement, assistance getting a permanent job, resume assistance, career guidance, interview skills, bus passes, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, call 412.204.7164 and leave your name and phone number.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Finishing Trades Institute of Western Pennsylvania offers joint apprenticeship program
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The FTI of Western Pennsylvania District Council #57 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be accepting applications for apprenticeship in the Painters/Glaziers/Drywall Finishers program for the 2012 year. Applications are accepted year-round.

For more information, call 412.276.6061.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A resident of South Pittsburgh who works at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side is requesting any dog food (canned and dry) that can be donated--they are in dire need. Please consider dropping off these donations at 1101 Western Avenue to help keep their dogs alive and healthy until they can find a forever home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> St. John Vianney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 
If you&rsquo;re interested in helping out the St. John Vianney food bank, or are interested in making donations or volunteering, please contact the St. John Vianney Ladies of Charity at ladiesofcharity@sjvpgh.org or 412.381.8300. St. John Vianney Parish Center is located at 823 Climax Street.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Needs Volunteers</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 
The OCC is seeking community members who are willing to help clean and organize the Fran Accamando Center (the old Firehouse on Rt. 51 at Maytide). For more information, e-mail&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 
The Carrick, Beechview, Hilltop/Mt. Washington, and Arlington Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 

Carrick: For an application, call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and Noon or stop by the kitchen at Concord Presbyterian Church (1907 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview: The Beechview Meals on Wheels kitchen is at St. Pamphilus Church (1000 Tropical Ave., 15216). To get involved, call 412.343.5455.

</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Hilltop/Mt. Washington: Including Allentown and Beltzhoover, the Hilltop/Mt. Washington Meals on Wheels kitchen is located at 631 E. Warrington Ave. Please call 412.481.1434.

</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Arlington: Serving the communities of Arlington, Mt. Oliver, Bon Air, and the Southside Slopes. Located at the Henry Kaufman Center at 2201 Salisbury Street. Please call 412.381.7727.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Lend a hand to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Now it&rsquo;s your turn to shine: Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Beechview Library, a community organization focused on supporting the efforts of the Beechview Library. In the past, they&rsquo;ve organized flower and book sales, held an antique appraisal fair, and threw raffles, all dedicated to funding library programming for children and teens. To learn more about becoming a member, call 412.563.2900.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Join the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society!
</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society is selling calendars featuring historical photos of Carrick and Overbrook for $8.50. Along with the beautiful calendar, you get membership the Carrick-Overbrook Historical society and a free Heinz History Center membership which gains you and three others free access to the Center.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> BREW on Broadway&rsquo;s Quiz Night</div> <div> Thursday, December 20th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BREW on Broadway (1557 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Overbrook Community Council Meeting</div> <div> Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Overbrook Firehouse/Accamando Center (Rt. 51 across from Maytide)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Area Community Council</div> <div> Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark&rsquo;s Evangelical Lutheran Church (933 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, January 3, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, January 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Chamber of Commerce</div> <div> Monday, January 14, 5:45 p.m. at CLP Brookline (708 Brookline Boulevard)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> (monthly on the second Tuesday)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Pittsburgh Development Corporation Monthly Meeting</div> <div> Monday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can&#39;t do it without you!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:05:00 -0500 District 4 Newsletter | January 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletter?id=2460 <div> In This Issue...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> How to Appeal Your Assessment: a presentation</div> <div> Need help preparing your taxes this year?</div> <div> City releases 2013 refuse pick-up information</div> <div> Citizen Police Review Board public meeting</div> <div> Ready for the 2013 Citiparks 60+ Winter Games?</div> <div> City Police&#39;s statement on financial crimes</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or help with maintenance?</div> <div> Carrick Athletic Association registration for baseball and softball</div> <div> South Hills Middle School looking for volunteers</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> Computer classes at Carrick High School</div> <div> Heating assistance for low-income homes</div> <div> A dispatch from the Citizens Against Litter January newslitter</div> <div> Block Watches work!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A+ Schools needs volunteers</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Laborers&#39; joint apprenticeship and training program</div> <div> Citiparks recruiting lifeguards for summer 2013</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> St. John VIanney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help</div> <div> Lend a help to the library--become a friend of the Beechview library</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Events</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> District 4 News</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day</div> <div> Happy 2013! It&#39;s going to be an exciting year, and, of course, January is just the beginning! In last month&#39;s newsletter, I discussed some exciting projects both underway and in the pipeline, including:</div> <div> &bull; The billboard tax legislation I introduced with Councilwoman Harris and that Council passed.</div> <div> &bull; The blight-fighting Code Red legislation I introduced with Councilman Peduto passed.</div> <div> &bull; Brookline Boulevard&#39;s long-awaited updates will be getting underway in 2013. Stay up to date with what&#39;s happening by checking our website.</div> <div> &bull; The Beechview Senior Center has secured funding.</div> <div> &bull; Carrick&#39;s Dairy District, centered around Colteryahn Dairy (the only operating dairy in the City!) is one step closer to reality after receiving a large grant.</div> <div> &bull; The former Giant Eagle on Brownsville Road is slated to become the Hillcrest Senior Residences.</div> <div> &bull; Redevelopment of the old Overbrook School may be on the horizon.</div> <div> &bull; A Park &amp; Ride on Route 51 is being studied, with a timeline to be put together in the coming months.</div> <div> How to Appeal Your Assessment: a presentation</div> <div> Kenneth Behrend, former member of the Allegheny County Board of Assessment and Appeals, and Barbara Ernsberger, former commissioner in the City of Pittsburgh Department of Planning, will be hosting a presentation titled &ldquo;How to Appeal Your Assessment&quot; on Thursday, February 14 at 12:15 p.m. at the Carnegie Library at 612 Smithfield Street. Attendees will be provided a free property assessment booklet. Come with your questions!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Need help preparing your taxes this year?</div> <div> Federal, state, and local income taxes are due on April 17 this year, and if you qualify for a refund, the sooner you get your tax documents in the mail, the sooner you could receive it! For those who may not be able to do their taxes on their own, the City of Pittsburgh and local partners are providing a free resource to help with tax preparation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, an IRS program offered to the elderly, disabled individuals, or low and moderate income households (those earning less than $49,000 a year) to offer free tax preparation services for federal and state taxes, as well as rent and property rebates. VITA services will be offered downtown on the second floor of the City County Building between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday beginning on February 4th. VITA will only help prepare one tax return per person, and when you come in for help you must bring a social security card for every person listed on the tax return. Walk-ins are welcome for this service. For more information on this program, call my office at (412) 255-2131.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can also make arrangements for free tax preparation through the United Way&rsquo;s Money In Your Pocket Coalition. If you are an individual who makes up to $20,000, or a household that makes up to $40,000, you can make an appointment for free assistance with your tax preparation. Last year, the United Way and its partner organizations, including Just Harvest, YMCA, Allegheny County, and others, helped to prepare more than 6,000 tax returns, delivering $10.6 million in tax refunds to Allegheny County residents. To make an appointment at one of their locations, or to learn more, call (412) 255-1155 or 2-1-1. There are locations downtown and across the city, including the Federal Building, Downtown YMCA, or the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There is a lot of additional information about tax assistance at the Carnegie Library website. &nbsp;As always, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact my office about this or any other issue at (412) 255-2131.&nbsp;</div> <div> City releases 2013 refuse pick-up information</div> <div> The City&rsquo;s Environmental Services department mailed out the 2013 Refuse/Bulk and Recycling Pick-up Schedule. For maps and schedules for the entire city, visit this page.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Due to a state law, the City will no longer be collecting electronic waste. Electronic waste are considered things like computers and televisions. Instead, these items must be taken to an electronics retail store or to a drop-off location, including Construction Junction, all Goodwill locations, or retail locations like Best Buy. Read more about the Covered Device Recycling Act on this page.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Citizen Police Review Board public meeting</div> <div> There will be a public meeting of the Citizen Police Review Board on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. There will be opportunity for public comment; please contact Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023 if you have any questions or would like more information.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ready for the 2013 Citiparks 60+ Winter Games?</div> <div> This year&rsquo;s Citiparks Winter Games will take place January 22-31, with competitions in archery, shuffleboard, basketball, hockey shoot-out, darts, table tennis, pool, Wii bowling, and kooshball. You must be at least 60 years of age and live in Allegheny County to participate. It costs $2 to register, plus an application and release and indemnity forms. The events take place in such diverse locations as Dormont, Greenfield, Lawrenceville, Whitehall, Schenley Park, Oakwood, South Park, and more. Lunch will be provided, and transportation will be arranged from City senior centers. For more information about the games, call 412.422.6405. May the games begin!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City Police release statement on financial crimes</div> <div> Counterfeit checks, internet fraud, identity theft... These are financial crimes that can be devastating. To combat this, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Task Force created the Financial Crimes Task Force in 1995, which helps federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies address this growing problem. To learn more, visit their newly updated website.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Like in life in general, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some tips:</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Order a copy of your credit report annually</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Don&rsquo;t carry a copy of your social security card in your purse or wallet</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Promptly remove mail from your mailbox</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Pay attention to your credit card billing cycles</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Keep an eye on your credit cards</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Purchase a shredder</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp;Be cautious of requests for information via telephone or internet</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, contact Pittsburgh Police Zone 6 Commander Scott Schubert at 412.937.3051.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Veterans: do you need exterior house repair or help with maintenance?</div> <div> Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking veterans and their families who could benefit from outdoor maintenance and exterior home repairs. If you need back yard debris removal, tree and bush trimming, yard landscaping, gutter and roof cleaning, lawn mowing, or paint touch ups and you own your home, have homeowner&rsquo;s insurance, fit Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s income guideline, and are able to make a small monthly payment, which may be subsidized, you may apply! Contact Jeremy Martin at jmartin@pittsburghhabitat.org or at 412.351.0512 ext. 11 to get more information about Habitat for Humanity&rsquo;s Veteran Housing Initiative, where they&rsquo;re serving those who&rsquo;ve served our country.</div> <div> Carrick Athletic Association registration for baseball and softball</div> <div> The 2013 baseball and softball season is coming up soon--registration for boys and girls ages 4-19 is at the Phillips Park Rec Center in Carrick on these dates:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Saturday, February 9th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.</div> <div> Saturday, February 23rd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.</div> <div> Saturday, March 9th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.</div> <div> Saturday, March 23rd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> South Hills Middle School looking for volunteers</div> <div> South Hills Middle School is interested in having community members come to the school, located at 595 Crane Avenue, to assist with hall monitoring, cafeteria duty, students in the classroom, and clerical duties on a volunteer basis. Those interested in volunteering for work directly with children will have to acquire clearances, which will be paid for through the PTO. For more information, contact Carol Senft at csenft1@pghboe.net.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Does your community group need speakers?</div> <div> If your community organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Police Review Board meeting or would like a speaker from the CPRB to hold a presentation, contact Ms. Carolyn Gaskin at 412.765.8023. The CPRB is an independent review board created by voter referendum that investigates citizen complaints about improper police conduct. The CPRB is made up of seven unpaid members who are appointed by City Council and the Mayor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> City of Pittsburgh Department of Animal Control has graciously offered their staff as a resource for community organizations in our area who would like to learn more about the Animal Control program. To invite a staffer to speak at your meeting, contact Supervisor Gerald Akrie at 412.255.2036.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Computer classes at Carrick High School</div> <div> Looking for something to do on Saturday afternoons? Need help with anything computer related? Call and reserve your spot! 412-885-7700.</div> <div> Heating assistance for low-income households</div> <div> Do you or someone in your neighborhood need help with your heating bills this winter? The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families pay their heating bills. It offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company. Here&rsquo;s their brochure for more information. You can apply online here, or contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1.866.857.7095 (or 1.800.451.5886).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A dispatch from the Citizens Against Litter January newslitter</div> <div> The Brookline Sunday Trash Walkers have a few things to say:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Perhaps our experience on the Sunday Trash Walk in early November had to do with the unusually balmy weather. In addition to the usual walkers and motorists who stopped to thank us, we had two incidents that stood out that day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;First we digress to inform the man who thought we were doing &#39;community service&#39; for a crime. &#39;What did you do? Drive drunk? Parking tickets?&#39; No and no. We did not commit a crime. We choose to pick up this litter. So yes, it is community service, but the crime was committed by those who can&#39;t walk a few more feet to the trash can.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;That brings us to incident one. We were bending down to pick up litter in the vicinity of the library when we heard the following exchange:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Don&#39;t do that. It&#39;s littering,&quot; a female voice said.</div> <div> &quot;It&#39;s okay. They&#39;ll pick it up,&quot; a male voice replied.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;NO IT IS NOT OKAY! It is not okay that you have no respect for our community and its residents. It is not okay that you think your trash is someone else&#39;s responsibility. In retrospect we were glad we didn&#39;t see them. Now they are just disembodied voices. If we had a face to go with the voices, it would color any future interaction we might have.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Incident two turned into a teachable moment. A couple of young teenagers came by with questions. &#39;Do you get paid for this?&#39; No. &#39;Do you want to do this?&#39; Not really, but if I don&#39;t, who will? I live here and someone is trashing my community. I don&#39;t like looking at it.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;They pondered this while we continued on. We encountered them on theother side of the Boulevard where one of the teens threw a $5.00 bill to the ground and said, &#39;Here, pick up that trash.&#39; I ignored him and walked on. He called after me. &#39;Hey do you want this for cleaning up?&#39; And I seized the moment. I walked back and told him to keep his $5.00, but I wanted him and his friend to do something else. Just keep the street in front of your house clean. They thought maybe they could do that. And, maybe they will.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;If everyone just cleaned the street in front of their house or business, we wouldn&#39;t have to do the Sunday Trash Walk. We could read a book, watch a movie or take a nap. That Sunday we collected 12 grocery-size plastic bags of trash from Cannon Park to Pioneer Avenue.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;We try to go out every Sunday except the first Sunday of each month. The first Saturday of the month St. Mark&#39;s Prayer Walk cleans the trash, and we use the first Sunday to clean our street.&quot;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you&rsquo;d like to subscribe to the Citizens Against Litter newslitter, send an email to info@citizensagainstlitter.org.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Block Watches work!</div> <div> If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</div> <div> Monday, February 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Beechview Area Concerned Citizens &amp; Beechview Block Watch</div> <div> Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. &amp; 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brookline Block Watch</div> <div> Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik&#39;s Office (736 Brookline Blvd)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide (pdf) here.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;Help, Work, Donate, Volunteer</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A+ Schools needs volunteers</div> <div> A+ Schools will be interviewing every principal in the Pittsburgh Public School system as part of their School Works Program. To do this, some volunteers are needed! Visit their website at www.aplusschools.org or call 412.697.1298 to learn more and to sign up to volunteer.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Western Pennsylvania Laborers&#39; joint apprenticeship and training program</div> <div> The Western Pennsylvania Laborers&rsquo; Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications on a continuous basis for its Building and Heavy/Highway Program. Applications must be returned to the Western Pennsylvania Laborers&rsquo; Education and Training fund at 317 Deer Creek Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, call 1.800.442.8868.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Citiparks recruiting lifeguards for summer 2013</div> <div> The Citiparks Aquatics Division is looking for lifeguards for this year&rsquo;s summer season. If you know someone who is certified, or interested in obtaining certification, to work for Citiparks, contact the Aquatics Division Office at 412.323.7928.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh</div> <div> The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. 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> Western Pennsylvania Humane Society seeks donations</div> <div> A resident of South Pittsburgh who works at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on the North Side is requesting any dog food (canned and dry) that can be donated--they are in dire need. Please consider dropping off these donations at 1101 Western Avenue to help keep their dogs alive and healthy until they can find a forever home.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> St. John Vianney Food Bank needs donations</div> <div> If you&rsquo;re interested in helping out