District 7 Newsletter http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/newsletter City Council District 7 (c) 2017 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Most recent newsletters (November 20114 onward) can be found here http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3983 <p>To access newsletters published after November of 2014 click <a href="http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=602f53494c816285fe55a68a9&amp;id=563a41feba">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:30:46 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - October 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3612 <h1><span style="color:#6699ff;">In this Issue</span></h1> <p><a href="#News ">News &amp; Updates</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Office News">Office News</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood News">Neighborhood News</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Guest Article">Resident Article</a></p> <p><a href="#Overheard It">Overheard It</a></p> <p><a href="#Did you know">Did you Know?</a></p> <p><a href="#Thoughts">Thoughts from the Office</a></p> <p><a href="#Events">Upcoming Community Events</a></p> <p><a href="#Meetings">Upcoming Community Meetings</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#6699ff;"><a name="News "></a>News &amp; Updates</span></h1> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Office News">Councilwoman Gross&#39;s Office News</a></h2> <h4>Legislation Aimed to Accommodate Pregnant Employees</h4> <p>In September Councilwoman Gross and Councilman Gilman introduced legislation requiring the City of Pittsburgh and certain city contractors to provide reasonable accommodations for employees during pregnancy.&nbsp; The bill is a localized version of legislation currently stuck in the Pennsylvania Senate and includes safeguards and provisions such as providing chairs, assisting with heavy lifting, and maintaining access to drinking water for employees during pregnancy.&nbsp; Last week, city council voted with unanimous support passing the legislation.&nbsp; Read more about the bill <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-considers-bill-protect-pregnant-workers">here</a> and <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/10/01/city-council-unanimously-approves-accommodations.html">here.</a></p> <h4>Negotiations with Two for the Produce Terminal</h4> <p>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ura.org/">Urban Redevelopment Authority</a> in early September elected to take a compromised approach to the redevelopment of the Produce Terminal.&nbsp; Instead of entering into negotiations with one of the potential developers they have decided to engage with both McCaffery, Inc and Michael Rubino.&nbsp; Ideally, the end result will incorporate aspects from both proposals including space for housing, retail, and office as well as an area for a marketplace.&nbsp; Negotiations could last up to 90 days.&nbsp; Find more information relative to the project <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/09/11/ura-to-go-into-talks-with-mccaffery-rubino.html">here.</a></p> <h4>Councilwoman Gross and the Women of City Council</h4> <p>On October 22<sup>nd</sup> Councilwoman Gross will be joined by her colleagues Councilwoman Rudiak, Councilwoman Harris, and Councilwoman Kail-Smith as Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Center for Women in Politics presents <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/centers/pcwp/newsevents/details.cfm?eventID=12836">&ldquo;A Night Out with the Women of City Council.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; The event will feature a wine and cheese networking reception as well as an opportunity for the council members to share their experiences in Pennsylvania politics.&nbsp; It evening begins at 6:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room at Chatham University.&nbsp; Register to attend <a href="https://www.chatham.edu/centers/pcwp/register/index.cfm?Title=A%20Night%20Out%20with%20the%20Women%20of%20City%20Council&amp;Date=October%2022%20at%20Mellon%20Board%20Room,%20Chatham%20University,%20Shadyside%20Campus&amp;ShortDate=October%2022&amp;Time=6:00pm%20to%208:00pm&amp;Location=Mellon%20Board%20Room,%20Chatham%20University,%20Shadyside%20Campus&amp;Cost=$12%20Per%20Person&amp;NumericCost=12.00&amp;EventID=12836">here.</a></p> <h4>Special Edition of Coffee with Council this Month</h4> <p>Councilwoman Gross&#39;s staff will be out in the district twice this month meeting with residents.&nbsp; A special edition of <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a> has been added to the usual date in October.&nbsp; Staff will be available to meet and discuss issues on Monday, October 22<sup>nd</sup> between 10am and 12pm at the Morningside Senior Center (6944 Presidents Way) and Wednesday, October 24<sup>th</sup> between 3:30pm and 7:30 pm at the <a href="http://www.crazymocha.com/">Crazy Mocha</a> on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. &nbsp;Please do not hesitate to stop by on either date and share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas.&nbsp; &nbsp;If it is important to you it is important to us!</p> <h4>Public Hearing on the Capital Budget</h4> <p>On Wednesday, October 29<sup>th</sup> at 6:00 pm the city is holding a hearing to allow public comment regarding the allocation of capital budget spending.&nbsp; It is an opportunity to voice your opinion on where and how the money should be spent.&nbsp; The capital budget is used to build, maintain, and renovate city assets such as roads, bridges, and buildings.&nbsp; Feel free to contact the office if you would like assistance in crafting the message you would like to present.&nbsp; The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm at the Morningside Senior Center, 6944 Presidents Way.&nbsp; Register to speak ahead of time by contacting Jennifer Sample Presutti at 412-255-2640 or jennifer.sample@pittsburghpa.gov.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Neighborhood News">News from the Neighborhoods</a></h2> <h4>University of Pittsburgh Pitches In to Help Out</h4> <p>Each year the University of Pittsburgh pitches in and provides the city with 3,000 student volunteers!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/pittserves">Pitt Make a Difference Day</a> is in its 7<sup>th</sup> year and will be occurring on October 18<sup>th</sup> between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.&nbsp; Last year over 65 communities were reached by student-volunteers as they assisted with park clean-ups, neighborhood re-painting, and more! Keep an eye out for volunteer projects occurring throughout the district as Pitt students work side by side with community organizations and residents.</p> <h4>STEAM Voted for Woolslair</h4> <p>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s smallest city school, Woolslair, is scheduled to be repurposed into a partial magnet school for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.&nbsp; The Pittsburgh Board of Public Education voted 8-1 for its approval earlier this month.&nbsp; The exciting news is the result of countless hours spent researching and advocating by school parents, teachers, and community members over the last year.&nbsp; Councilwoman Gross and other public education advocates feel optimistic and hopeful for the school and the potential stemming from this possibility.&nbsp; Find more information <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/09/23/City-schools-STEAM-plan-could-save-Woolslair-1/stories/201409230234">here.</a></p> <h4>Help in Creating More Livable Streets in Bloomfield&nbsp;</h4> <p>The Bloomfield Livable Streets committee held its inaugural meeting this September.&nbsp; The group is designed to allow Bloomfield residents to organize and advocate for safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.&nbsp; Potential projects are still being discussed and all are welcome to join in on the conversation.&nbsp; The meetings are held every month on the fourth Tuesday with next one scheduled for October 28<sup>th</sup> at 6:00 pm at the <a href="http://www.eastendbookexchange.com/shop/eastend/splash.html">East End Book Exchange.</a></p> <h4>Upgrade for Lawrenceville Parks</h4> <p>Improvement and upgrade plans are coming to Arsenal and Leslie Parks in Lawrenceville.&nbsp; The initial proposal was designed for Arsenal Park, but through a collaborated effort between the <a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/">Pittsburgh Park Conservancy</a>, <a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville United</a>, <a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Lawrenceville Corporation</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ArsenalParkPGH">, Friends of Arsenal Park</a>, and the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/LESLIE-Park-Collective/203140839710085"> Leslie Park Collective</a> the new plan will incorporate both parks with hopes of producing the greatest benefit while utilizing the neighborhood&rsquo;s limited green space.&nbsp; Read more about it <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/29/New-funds-provide-for-expansion-of-Lawrenceville-parks-improvements/stories/201409290011">here.</a></p> <h4>District 7 Farmer&rsquo;s Market Updates</h4> <p><a href="http://www.bloomfieldsaturdaymarket.org/bloomfield-saturday-market.html">Bloomfield&rsquo;s Saturday Market</a> is now able to accept SNAP benefits!&nbsp; Besides offering access for EBT users the market can now handle credit and debit cards, too.&nbsp; Visit the red information tent when you arrive at the market for more information.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/LawrencevillePGHFarmersMarket">The Lawrenceville Farmer&rsquo;s Market</a> has moved locations!&nbsp; For the rest of the season between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm shop for local and fresh produce at the Allegheny Valley Bank parking lot on Butler Street. Continue to enjoy all the great festivities and vendors!</p> <h4>Celebrate Halloween with the Pooch!</h4> <p>The 3<sup>rd</sup> Annual <a href="http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com/barktoberfest_poster_2014.jpg">BARKtoberfest</a> is scheduled for October 11<sup>th</sup> between 11 am and 3 pm.&nbsp; Enjoy live entertainment, a dog costume contest, professional pet photography, and dog yoga.&nbsp; The event will be held at 24<sup>th</sup> Street and Penn Avenue.&nbsp; Proceeds benefit the <a href="http://www.animalrescue.org/">Animal Rescue League</a> and <a href="http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com/">Neighbors in the Strip</a>.</p> <h4>Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association Happy Hour!</h4> <p>Beginning this week the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will be holding a monthly happy hour to help connect neighbors to each other and provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to discuss ideas and thoughts about the neighborhood.&nbsp; Enjoy the opportunity to have a drink, connect with neighbors, and discuss the future of Stanton Heights at the Bulldog Pub, 1818 Morningside Avenue, starting at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 9<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; For more info visit the <a href="http://stantonheights.org/">Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association.</a></p> <h4>Enjoy National Pierogi Day and support the PHCA!</h4> <p><a href="http://www.rockbottom.com/locations/pittsburgh?action=view">Rock Bottom Brewery</a> will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pierogi, sauerkraut, and kielbasa buffet between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on October 8<sup>th</sup> in honor of National Pierogi Day.&nbsp; Proceeds from the dinner will go towards the <a href="http://phcapgh.org/">Polish Hill Civic Association</a>.&nbsp; Celebrate the day and support a great community organization!</p> <h4>Celebrate Community with Police Zone 5</h4> <p>On October 11<sup>th</sup> join residents of Police Zone 5 for a day dedicated to rejoicing in community!&nbsp; Enjoy live entertainment and food while celebrating life, unity, and togetherness.&nbsp; The event will be held between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the corner of Bennett and Conemaugh Street (across from Crescent School).&nbsp;</p> <h4>ACHD&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Health, Our Voice&rdquo;</h4> <p>The Allegheny County Health Department has been having community meetings over the last month to assist in spreading information regarding the health of our communities.&nbsp; Thirteen meetings in total will occur corresponding with each of the 13 county council districts.&nbsp; The meetings will be used to help the ACHD develop a county-wide community health improvement plan.&nbsp; More information and the data being presented at these meetings can be found <a href="http://www.achd.net/~communitymeeting/index.html">here.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Guest Article"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Resident Article</span></a></h1> <h4>Record Turnout for Morningside Mile!</h4> <p>--Alana Rykala Delaney of Morningside</p> <p>Morningside hosted the 4th Annual Morningside Mile on September 13, 2014. This year the race had close to 200 participants register for the event - the biggest turnout to date! And every year, the race honors one individual from the Morningside area who has bravely and unselfishly served our country and/or its citizens. This year, the tribute was given to Frances Colletto. Morningside thanked Mrs. Colletto and her family for their sacrifices for our country and our city. Mrs. Colletto&rsquo;s only son, Albert V. Colletto, Jr., was killed in action August 12, 1969. When she learned her son was killed in Vietnam, Mrs. Colletto started volunteering with the American Gold Star Mothers, a nonprofit service and support group for mothers of children who died in the military, and even became the president of the Allegheny County Chapter.&nbsp; The oldest registered Gold Star Mother in Pennsylvania and perhaps the nation, Frances DeCiancio Colletto died on Thursday, January 2, 2014. She was 99.</p> <p>The committee will be presenting a check to the Gold Star Mothers - Allegheny County Chapter on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00PM at the Morningside VFW (1820 Morningside Ave). Everyone is welcome to attend; please plan on stopping by!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Overheard It"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Overheard It</span></a></h1> <p><em style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoItalic; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;Sentiment, feelings, and thoughts overheard by Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s staff during the last month while out and about in District 7.</em></p> <p><strong>&quot;Our health is more than just statistics. &nbsp;How do we use this knowledge to improve our communities? &nbsp;Everything is connected and we need to be addressing these issues as residents, communities, and organizations.&quot;</strong></p> <p>--ACHD &quot;Our Voice, Our Health&quot; Community Meeting</p> <p><strong>&quot;We need to be developing better ways to engage our youth. &nbsp;We can not rely solely on the police to help with crime.&quot;</strong></p> <p>--Public Safety Council Zone 5</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Did you know"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Did you Know?</span></a></h1> <p>The first drive in filling station was established in Pittsburgh. &nbsp;Choosing this location was a well-calculated move as Baum Boulevard at the time was known as &quot;automobile row.&quot; Find more information about it <a href="http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-112">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Thoughts"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Thoughts from the Office</span></a></h1> <p><strong><u>Assist in Advocating for 2015 Street Paving</u></strong></p> <p>Since taking office in December of last year, I&rsquo;ve heard countless requests from constituents for an increase in paving activities throughout District 7, as well as questions from residents and community groups about how streets are selected to be repaved, and, unfortunately, feelings of frustration about vital streets that have gone unpaved and under-maintained for far too long.</p> <p>Pittsburgh has nearly 900 miles of streets, of which over 500 miles are in dire need of repair. The Department of Public Works has a scale that measures, from 0-100, the &ldquo;health&rdquo; of each of our streets, allowing DPW to prioritize its paving activity. Many may find it unsurprising that, according to data compiled by DPW, 56% of City streets are scored &ldquo;0&rdquo; on that scale, with three quarters of all City roads classified as &ldquo;very poor&rdquo; marked by a rating under 24 on the 100 point scale.</p> <p><em>This means that over 50% of our city streets receive a failing grade on our own rating scale. Unfortunately, only 37 miles of streets were paved this year. </em></p> <p>This neglect is due in part to cuts made to the City&rsquo;s capital budget - the budget that the City uses for to plan and fund paving, building maintenance, and other general infrastructure maintenance.&nbsp; When the City entered Act 47 status in 2004, measures were taken to drastically limit City services.&nbsp; With our City currently well on the road to financial recovery, <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2014/07/17/Council-advances-55-million-bond-package/stories/201407170156">my colleagues on City Council and I voted to pass a $55 million bond in July of this year</a> - <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/06/23/City-to-spend-120M-on-capital-projects/stories/201406230049">the first city borrowing in 15 years</a> - to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements.</p> <p>This bond package <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/06/25/City-Council-Approves-Act-47-Plan/stories/201406240198">will fund seriously needed capital improvements</a>, especially paving our roads. This funding will also improve bridges and public buildings that haven&rsquo;t had the needed maintenance in over a decade.</p> <p>In conjunction with these infrastructure efforts, my aim is to work from the ground up, connecting residents in our neighborhoods to city processes.</p> <p>With that in mind, I&rsquo;ve been working to gather input from District 7 constituents about what roads they believe are the worst-of-the-worst, requiring immediate attention. These conversations have happened in VFW&rsquo;s, church basements, block parties, and on the commercial avenues of District 7 neighborhoods. In addition, my office tracks your calls, emails, and requests on all issues, including paving requests and potholes, allowing me to provide records of your requests to DPW and the Mayor&rsquo;s Office and advocate clearly on your behalf.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there is still opportunity for you to provide input.&nbsp; Please call the office at (412-255-2140) or e-mail us (district7@pittsburghpa.gov) to voice your opinions, thoughts, and tell us about that street on your commute to work or on the way to the kids&rsquo; school that still hasn&rsquo;t been paved and needs attention next summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>I cannot promise that all of our streets in need will be repaved, but I promise to advocate on your behalf.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Deb</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Events"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Community Events</span></a></h1> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.thedogstop.net/community/barktoberfest-strip">BARKtoberfest</a></p> <p align="center">October 11<sup>th</sup></p> <p align="center">Columbus Day Parade in Bloomfield</p> <p align="center">October 11<sup>th</sup></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/PittServes/PMADD">Pitt Make a Difference Day</a></p> <p align="center">October 18<sup>th</sup></p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Children&rsquo;s Halloween Party</a></p> <p align="center">October 25<sup>th</sup></p> <p align="center">Halloween Parade in Bloomfield</p> <p align="center">October 30th&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">Find a complete list of events in the district <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">here.</a></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Meetings"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Community Meetings</span></a></h1> <p align="center"><a href="http://phcapgh.org/">Polish Hill Civic Association</a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 7<sup>th</sup>; 6:30 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: People&rsquo;s (41<sup>st</sup>-49<sup>th</sup> Street)</a></p> <p align="center">Wednesday, October 8<sup>th</sup>; 6:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.bloomfieldlive.com/">Bloomfield Citizens Council</a></p> <p align="center">Wednesday, October 8<sup>th</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 10<sup>th</sup> Ward</a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 14<sup>th</sup>; 6:30 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/publicsafety">Public Safety Council Zone 5</a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 14<sup>th</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://hpccpgh.org/">Highland Park Community Council</a></p> <p align="center">Thursday, October 16<sup>th</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a></p> <p align="center">Monday, October 20<sup>th</sup>; 10 am &ndash; 12 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/baumcentre">Baum Centre Initiative</a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 21<sup>st</sup>; 6:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 9<sup>th</sup> Ward Happenings</a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 21<sup>st</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a></p> <p align="center">Wednesday, October 22<sup>nd</sup>; 3:30 pm &ndash; 7:30 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 6<sup>th</sup> Ward</a></p> <p align="center">Monday, October 27<sup>th</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: Main/Fisk/40<sup>th</sup></a></p> <p align="center">Tuesday, October 28<sup>th</sup>; 7:00 pm</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3520">Public Hearing on the Capital Budget</a></p> <p align="center">Wednesday, October 29<sup>th</sup>; 6:00 pm</p> <p align="center">Find the complete list of community meetings <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:34:07 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - September 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3476 <h1><span style="color:#6699ff;">In this Issue</span></h1> <p><a href="#Office News">News &amp; Updates</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Office News">Office News</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood News">Neighborhood News</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Overheard It">Overheard It</a></p> <p><a href="#Did you Know">Did you Know?</a></p> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events">Upcoming Festivals and Special Events</a></p> <p><a href="#Upcoming Meetings">Upcoming Community Meetings</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="News "><span style="color:#6699ff;">News &amp; Updates</span></a></h1> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Office News">Councilwoman Gross&#39;s Office News</a></h2> <h4>RFP Released for Former Morningside Elementary School</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Councilwoman Gross is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of the former Morningside Elementary School.&nbsp; She shares in the sentiment outlined in the RFP that the redevelopment of the site should effectively link the residential and business components of the Morningside neighborhood, incorporate public and community space, and serve as a destination for both residents and visitors alike.&nbsp; The RFP was officially released on August 4<sup>th</sup> and can be found <a href="http://mail-dog.com/page.html?p=0000015Fu8vt2cBzgq11wwgo/kLxCX+apcXGh5WuAj5tK4&amp;email=lmoses@ura.org">here.</a></p> <h4>District 7 Celebrates Community and Safety</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Residents across the city celebrated <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">National Night Out</a> on August 5<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The event was designed to promote community and camaraderie among residents and to highlight the power of working together to make our communities stronger and safer.&nbsp; Councilwoman Gross and Chief of Staff, Nate Hanson, joined in and enjoyed festivities in both Lawrenceville and Morningside alongside other elected officials, city officials, community leaders, and residents.</p> <h4>Three Firms Hope to Redevelop the Produce Terminal</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Councilwoman Gross and staff joined over 100 people to listen and learn about the potential project designs for the produce terminal on August 6<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The meeting held at the Heinz History Center provided the <a href="http://www.ura.org/">Urban Redevelopment Authority</a> an opportunity to explain the process as well as serving to give the three potential developers a chance to show their vision to the community.&nbsp; Read more about the projects and the meeting <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6563367-74/produce-space-terminal#axzz39i0zPNgz">here.</a></p> <h4>Parking Permit Meeting in Lower Lawrenceville</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On September 4<sup>th</sup>, there will be an informational meeting regarding the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/rppp">Residential Parking Permit Program</a> for a section of Lower Lawrenceville.&nbsp; The affected area can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/Residential_Parking_Affected_Area.pdf">here.</a>&nbsp; This is the first step in the lengthy resident-driven process.&nbsp; It will not be determining the final outcome, but is designed to provide information to residents regarding the program.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Community Development Block Grant Help</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Urban Redevelopment Authority and City Planning are offering an informational session on September 19<sup>th</sup> to help those organizations that have recently been granted Community Development Block Grants.&nbsp; The meeting is designed to answer questions regarding contract requirements, budget preparation, requisition documentation, reporting requirements, and other basic aspects of the CDBG program and process.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is also helpful for any group that just wants a refresher on the process.&nbsp; We encourage any group in our District to attend!&nbsp; For more information contact Jerry Cafardi at 412-255-2162.</p> <h4>Cookies with the Commander</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On August 20<sup>th</sup>, Community Relations Coordinator, Brent Weinert and other residents in <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/zone2">Police Zone 2</a> joined Commander Holmes and his squad to mark his 2<sup>nd</sup> year on the job.&nbsp; Those who attended were given the opportunity to speak one on one with the Commander as well as learn about and see specialty unit vehicles with individual officers from the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/specialty-units#bomb">bomb squad</a> and <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/specialty-units#dog">K9 units.</a>&nbsp; Commander Holmes promised a more transparent police force and continues to follow through by holding events such as this and by attending public forums and block watches.</p> <h4>Voice Your Opinion on the Capital Budget!</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The City of Pittsburgh announced two public hearings designed to give residents the opportunity to voice their opinion about the 2015 Capital Budget.&nbsp; &nbsp;The first hearing will occur at 6:00 pm on September 19<sup>th</sup> at the Ammon Recreation Center, 2217 Bedford Avenue.&nbsp; The second hearing is scheduled for 6:00 pm on October 29<sup>th</sup> at the Morningside Senior Center, 6944 President Way.&nbsp; City assets such as bridges, roads, parks, and buildings are built and renovated through funding provided by the Capital Budget.&nbsp; It also supports long-lasting programs to strengthen neighborhoods and improve resident quality of life.&nbsp; If you would like to give testimony at either of the meetings you can register ahead of time with Jennifer Sample Presutti at 412-255-2640 and <a href="mailto:jennifersample@pittsburghpa.gov">jennifersample@pittsburghpa.gov</a>, but registration at the meetings is also acceptable. &nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Neighborhood News">News from the Neighborhoods</a></h2> <h4>Race for Veterans in Morningside</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The 4<sup>th</sup> Annual <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/run">Morningside Mile</a> will be taking place on September 13<sup>th</sup>!&nbsp; The one-mile walk/run was created to honor individuals serving in the Armed Forces.&nbsp; Each year the race honors an individual from the Morningside area that has bravely served our country and citizens.&nbsp; Register and find more information about this year&rsquo;s honoree <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/run">here. </a></p> <h4>Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Spend a day this fall reimagining urban space in the City of Pittsburgh!&nbsp; The 7<sup>th</sup> Annual <a href="http://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/">Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day</a> is happening on September 19<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Each year individuals, community groups, organizations, and businesses set up displays in designated parking spots to showcase the power of &ldquo;green&rdquo; in otherwise &ldquo;gray&rdquo; areas.&nbsp; The goal is to showcase the possibilities for reducing pollution and highlight how land development is impacted by automobile use. Read about last year&rsquo;s event <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/parkingday091813.aspx">here.</a> A map of locations will be coming soon and can be accessed <a href="http://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/">here.</a></p> <h4>LIVE! in Lawrenceville</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The annual benefit for Lawrenceville United<a href="http://www.lunited.org/2014-live-in-lawrenceville/">, Live! In Lawrenceville</a>, is just around the corner!&nbsp; Enjoy live music, an auction, interactive games, dancing, and food from Butcher on Butler, Dive Bar &amp; Grill, Hambones, and other <a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/Work">Lawrenceville businesses</a>.&nbsp; The event on September 20<sup>th</sup> is your chance to celebrate and learn about the programs offered by <a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville United</a>.&nbsp; Purchase your ticket today!</p> <h4>Mark Your Calendar for the Friendship House Tour</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Explore the homes and neighborhood of Friendship!&nbsp; The <a href="http://friendship-pgh.org/housetour2014/">Friendship House Tour</a> is taking place on Sunday, September 28<sup>th</sup> between 11 am and 5 pm.&nbsp; Tickets can be purchased at the <a href="https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/">Pittsburgh Glass Center</a> the day of the event.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Ground Breaking at Three Crossings Coming Soon</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;One of the major redevelopment efforts slotted for the Strip District should begin in September.&nbsp; Three Crossings is designed to include a 299-unit apartment building with 250,000 square feet of office space next to a multimodal garage with 700 parking spaces.&nbsp; The project is envisioned as helping connect downtown to Lawrenceville.&nbsp; Read more about it <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/the-next-move/2014/08/oxford-planning-to-break-ground-on-three-crossings.html">here.</a></p> <h4>Sip and Support the Pittsburgh Zoo</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Tickets are already sold out, but this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/Event.aspx?id=301&amp;sd=8/26/2014&amp;ed=8/26/2016&amp;tp=&amp;loc=&amp;kw=">Zoo Brew</a> is scheduled for September 12<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The annual fundraiser allows patrons to sip on craft brews, enjoy a few sections of the <a href="http://www.pittsburghzoo.com/">Highland Park Zoo and Aquarium</a>, and raise funds for the upcoming season.&nbsp; As a reminder, the zoo is open year round, but will begin closing at 5pm as part of the fall schedule.&nbsp;</p> <h4>ReLeaf Lawrenceville!</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Join <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/lawrenceville">Tree Pittsburgh</a> to learn about Pittsburgh&rsquo;s first neighborhood level urban forest master plan.&nbsp; On September 17<sup>th</sup> at St. Augustine&rsquo;s, 225 37<sup>th</sup> Street, between 6:30 and 8:00pm the organization will be unveiling the plan and discussing next steps.&nbsp; Enjoy light refreshments and participate in the effort to re-leafing Lawrenceville!</p> <h4>Polish Hill Market is Back in Business!</h4> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Alfred&rsquo;s Deli &amp; Market equipped with new sign, fresh paint, and polished hardwood floors has re-opened in Polish Hill on Brereton Street.&nbsp; The redesigned market will carry the basics (milk, butter, eggs, etc.), but also be full of local produce, organic and gluten-free items, Polish favorites, and household items.&nbsp; The store hopes to continue to carry on the tradition of being a small, local grocery store built to serve the neighborhood and be part of the community.&nbsp;&nbsp; Read more about it <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2014/08/19/Diana-Nelson-Jones-Walkabout-Polish-Hill-market-gives-itself-new-look-like-neighborhood/stories/201408190021">here.&nbsp;</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Overheard It"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Overheard It</span></a></h1> <p><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sentiment, feelings, and thoughts overheard by Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s staff during the last month while out and about in District 7.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;We are excited about the interest in the Strip District, but we also need to remain mindful of what makes the Strip District great&hellip;&rdquo;</strong> &ndash; URA Meeting about the Produce Terminal</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;Signage just like everything else is important.&nbsp; Our neighborhoods have character and everything about a new business reflects the character of our corridor&hellip;&rdquo; </strong>&ndash;Baum Centre Initiative Meeting</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Preserving authenticity is equally as important as ensuring quality of new housing stock&hellip;&rdquo;</strong> &ndash;Highland Park Community Council</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Did you Know"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Did you Know?</span></a></h1> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Besides holding public hearings regarding the capital budget as mentioned above, the City of Pittsburgh also holds public hearings concerning Community Development Block Grant allotment.&nbsp; These meetings offer citizens the opportunity to express thoughts and voice opinions to help guide local spending and the implementation of projects.&nbsp; These meetings are part of the Citizen Participation Plan used by the Department of City Planning to ensure citizens are offered the opportunity to participate in the process.&nbsp; The CPP can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/Citizen_Participation_Plan.pdf">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Upcoming Events"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Festivals and Special Events</span></a></h1> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/">Pro Bike Pro Bike Pro Place Conference</a> September 8<sup>th</sup>-11<sup>th</sup></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://morningside-pa.org/run">Morningside Mile</a> September 13<sup>th</sup></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://thrivalfestival.com/">Thrival: Innovation and Music Festival</a> September 13<sup>th</sup>-14<sup>th</sup></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/">Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day</a> September 19<sup>th</sup></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">LIVE! in Lawrenceville</a> September 20<sup>th</sup></h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://friendship-pgh.org/housetour2014/">Friendship House Tour</a> September 28<sup>th</sup></h5> <p style="text-align: center;">Find a complete list of upcoming events on our <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">calendar.</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Upcoming Meetings"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Community Meetings</span></a></h1> <p style="text-align: center;">Find more information about the following meetings by visiting our <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">calendar.</a></p> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://phcapgh.org/">Polish Hill Civic Association</a>, September 2<sup>nd</sup>, 6:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://morningside-pa.org/">Morningside Area Community Council</a>, September 3<sup>rd</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/rppp">Informational Parking Meeting for Lower Lawrenceville</a>; September 4<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Upper Lawrenceville: Riverfront Group</a>, September 8<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 10<sup>th</sup> Ward</a>, September 9<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/publicsafety">Public Safety Council Zone 5</a>, September 9<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: People&rsquo;s (41<sup>st</sup>-49<sup>th</sup> below Butler)</a>, September 10<sup>th</sup>, 6:00 pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.bloomfieldlive.com/bcc.html">Bloomfield Citizens Council</a>, September 10<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Upper Lawrenceville: Housing Group</a>, September 11<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/baumcentre">Baum Center Initiative</a>, September 16<sup>th</sup>, 6:00 pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 9<sup>th</sup> Ward</a>, September 16<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://stantonheights.org/">Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association</a>, September 17<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/lawrenceville">ReLeaf Lawrenceville Meeting</a>, September 17<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://hpccpgh.org/">Highland Park Community Council</a>, September 18<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/">Public Hearing on the Capital Budget</a>, September 19<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: Main/Fisk/40<sup>th</sup></a>, September 23<sup>rd</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.achd.net/survey.html">Allegheny County Health Department Community Health Assessment Meeting</a>, September 23<sup>rd</sup>, 6:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a>, September 24<sup>th</sup>, 3:30 &ndash; 7:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/publicsafety">Public Safety Council Zone 2</a>, September 25<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Upper Lawrenceville: Green Group</a>, September 25<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Watch: 6<sup>th</sup> Ward</a>, September 29<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm</h5> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>In between newsletters follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PghDistrict7">twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pittsburgh.Council.District7">facebook</a>&nbsp;for the latest news and information from District 7!</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:00:35 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - August 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3380 <h1><span style="color:#6699ff;">In this Issue</span></h1> <p><a href="#News &amp; Events">News &amp; Updates</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Office News">Office News</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood News">Neighborhood News</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Overheard It">Overheard It</a></p> <p><a href="#Thoughts from the Office">Thoughts from the Office</a></p> <p><a href="#Did you Know">Did you Know?</a></p> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events">Upcoming Festivals and Special Events</a></p> <p><a href="#Upcoming Community">Upcoming Community Meetings</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="News &amp; Events"><span style="color:#6699ff;">News &amp; Updates</span></a></h1> <h2 align="center"><a name="Office News">Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s Office News</a></h2> <h4>Plans for Heth&rsquo;s Run Continue Forward</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s been a long time coming, but big changes are planned for Heth&rsquo;s Run! It has received the initial approval of City Council to begin the revitalization and redevelopment process.&nbsp; The area described by Councilwoman Gross as &ldquo;completely underutilized&rdquo; will be getting revamped through a planning process involving community meetings to ensure resident input is heard.&nbsp; Read more <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/26/Planners-want-park-to-replace-part-of-Pittsburgh-Zoo-PPG-Aquariums-parking-lot/stories/201407260045">here</a> and <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/09/City-council-OKs-Heth-s-Run-work/stories/201407090171">here. </a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>City Council Confirms Public Safety and Management &amp; Budget Directors</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On July 29<sup>th</sup> City Council unanimously confirmed Stephen Bucar as the Director of Public Safety and Sam Ashbaugh as Director of Management and Budget.&nbsp; The two were determined to be exceptionally competent and capable individuals who will work hard for the city of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/29/City-Council-confirms-Bucar-Ashbaugh-as-department-heads/stories/201407290200">here</a> for more information.</p> <h4>Road Trip Helps Explain the Potential of the Pittsburgh Land Bank</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Councilwoman Gross partnered with <a href="http://www.northsidetenants.org/">Northside Coalition for Fair Housing</a> Executive Director, Ronnel Guy to highlight the potential power of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s new Land Bank.&nbsp; The two guided a <a href="http://wesa.fm/">WESA</a> reporter around the city earlier this month discussing the purpose and goals of the recently passed legislation.&nbsp; Councilwoman Gross introduced the bill in January and it was passed and signed by Mayor Peduto in April. Read the complete article <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-land-bank-brings-new-tools-citys-blight-problem">here.</a></p> <h4>Concerns Heard Over Coffee</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The inaugural <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a> was a great success!&nbsp; Thanks to Constellation Coffee for hosting us and a special thanks to those who came out for a face to face meeting.&nbsp; We greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to help us better understand your concerns about the district.&nbsp; Coffee with Council is a monthly initiative and the next session will be occurring at <a href="http://www.tazzadoro.net/">Tazza D&rsquo;Oro</a>, 1125 North Highland on Wednesday, August 20<sup>th</sup> between 3:30pm and 7:00pm.&nbsp; Hope to see you there!</p> <h4>Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s Staff is Now Making &ldquo;House-Calls&rdquo;</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fridays are now dedicated to you!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/atyourdoorstep">District 7 at your Doorstep</a> is a new initiative from Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s office to help connect with constituents and better understand their concerns.&nbsp; Friday afternoons will be spent visiting residents of the district to witness first hand areas of concern.&nbsp;&nbsp; Appointments can be used to illustrate a particularly dangerous intersection, highlight a building inspection issue, or add emphasis to a recently discussed problem.&nbsp; To schedule an appointment contact the Community Relations Coordinator, Brenton Weinert by phone: 412-255-2140 or e-mail at <a href="mailto:brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov">brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Neighborhood News">News from the Neighborhoods</a></h2> <h4>Goats Chew Their Way through Pittsburgh</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A hillside in Polish Hill was visited by a herd of goats!&nbsp; On July 9<sup>th</sup> Councilwoman Gross, <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/">Tree Pittsburgh</a>, and interested onlookers welcomed thirty goats to Pittsburgh.&nbsp; The demonstration displayed an alternative eco-friendly method to clear hard to reach areas of invasive plant species and weeds.&nbsp; Learn more about the event <a href="http://www.wtae.com/news/goats-used-for-weed-control/26849078#!bjSSrX">here.</a></p> <h4>Busy Beaver Moving into Former Giant Eagle Site</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.busybeaver.com/">Busy Beaver</a>, a Pennsylvania-based hardware and home improvement company, will be opening its newest location in Lawrenceville.&nbsp; The store will be revamping the long-time vacant Giant Eagle on Plummer Street.&nbsp; The company has been working with community and neighborhood groups to help fill the shelves with items residents have requested.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;They look forward to being a part of the District 7 community.&nbsp; More information about the new store can be found <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/the-next-move/2014/05/busy-beaver-store-coming-to-former-giant-eagle.html?page=all">here.</a></p> <h4>Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces New Program&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.bbbspgh.org/site/c.ahKLIYMIImI2E/b.8123819/k.F03D/Home_Page.htm">Big Brothers Big Sisters</a> is beginning a new program aimed at increasing the number of Pittsburghers attending college.&nbsp; The program is entitled mentor2.0 and will be pairing 9<sup>th</sup> grade students with college-educated volunteers.&nbsp; The pairs will exchange weekly e-mails and meet in person once a month.&nbsp; Find out more about the initiative <a href="http://www.bbbspgh.org/site/c.ahKLIYMIImI2E/b.9145659/k.C695/mentor20.htm">here.</a></p> <h4>Celebrate Your Community during Pittsburgh&rsquo;s National Night Out</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuesday, August 5<sup>th</sup> the City of Pittsburgh will be celebrating <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">National Night Out!</a> Between 5pm and 8pm local neighborhoods will be hosting events to promote and celebrate community life as well as raise awareness and strengthen the relationship between residents and public safety personnel.&nbsp; Find the full list of events and participating neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville and Morningside <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/events">here.</a></p> <h4>Time for the Highland Park Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Come out and listen to jazz every Sunday in August!&nbsp; Relax on the Highland Park lawn and enjoy jazz performed by some of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best musicians for free.&nbsp; Find the complete schedule <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/reservoir-jazz">here.</a></p> <h4>Polish Hill Arts Festival Breaks Attendance Record!</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This year&rsquo;s Arts Festival, brought to you by the <a href="http://phcapgh.org/">Polish Hill Civic Association</a>, was its biggest yet!&nbsp; The annual event hosted over 40 artists and craft vendors, food stands, arts and crafts, and a full day of live music.&nbsp; Read more about and see pictures of the event <a href="http://phcapgh.org/events/a-sunny-day-and-record-attendance-at-the-polish-hill-arts-festival/">here.</a></p> <h4>Hidden Harvest: Area Nonprofit is Putting Waste to Good Use</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.hiddenharvestpgh.org/">Hidden Harvest</a>, a new nonprofit in Pittsburgh, is hoping to put the City&rsquo;s waste to good use.&nbsp; The organization rescues food from backyards, alleyways, and public spaces to provide fresh food options to local food agencies.&nbsp; Read more about the process <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/hidden-harvest-nonprofit-will-put-citys-wasted-produce-to-good-use/Content?oid=1763880">here.</a></p> <h4>Highland Park Couple Launches Houseboat B&amp;B</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A new bed and breakfast in Highland Park will be floating your way soon.&nbsp; The B&amp;B will be docked on the Allegheny River instead of a neighborhood street.&nbsp; Find out more about the exciting new place to stay in Pittsburgh <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/07/08/pittsburgh-couple-launches-houseboat-b-b-on.html">here.</a></p> <h4>Enjoy the 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Stanton Heights Community Festival!</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a href="http://stantonheights.org/">Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association</a> is excited to announce its 2<sup>nd</sup> annual Community Festival!&nbsp; The event will take place between 10:30am and 4:00pm on Saturday, August 23<sup>rd</sup> in the parking lot of Sunnyside Elementary School.&nbsp; Expect a bounce house, clowns, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/roving-art-cart">CitiPark&rsquo;s Roving Art Cart</a>, face painters, food, and more!&nbsp; For more information or to volunteer to help call 412-805-4822.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h4>BikeFest Turns 10 This Year!</h4> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Be sure to enjoy and partake in BikeFest!&nbsp; The event is turning 10 this year and will be celebrating by offering over 100 activities spanning the course of 17 days.&nbsp; The Kick-Off party is August 8<sup>th</sup> at the Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District.&nbsp; Find more information about it and the rest of BikeFest <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/events/2014-bikefest-pittsburgh/">here.</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Overheard It"><span style="color:#6699ff;">&nbsp;Overheard It</span></a></h1> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sentiment, feelings, and thoughts overheard by Councilwoman Gross&rsquo;s staff during the last month while out and about in District 7.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong>&ldquo;The increasing number of bike riders is great for the city, but we need to be sure it is accompanied by the proper safety precautions...&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Concerned Resident, Lawrenceville Community Meeting&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Restoring the trust between residents and the police force is the number one priority.&nbsp; We [community members] work hard to do this, but what will the new police chief do to meet us half way?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Concerned Citizen, Public Safety Council Meeting for Public Input on the New Police Chief</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;People here care and respect where they live.&nbsp; They help to fight and mitigate crime block by block through volunteer efforts.&nbsp; How will public safety departments integrate open data to help residents continue to improve their neighborhoods?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Councilwoman Gross during the Questioning of Public Safety Director Bucar&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Thoughts from the Office"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Thoughts from the Office</span></a></h1> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; From my role as the Chair of City Council&rsquo;s Land Use and Economic Development Committee, to my standing meetings with the Director of City Planning and regular involvement in countless new construction <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/inthenews">projects throughout District 7</a>, economic development and construction is a common theme in the work that my staff and I tackle in the neighborhoods that we serve.&nbsp; As excited and proud as I am to represent the City Council District most representative of the countless new development projects driving our city&rsquo;s reimagining, &nbsp;I am also acutely aware of the difficulties and day-to-day inconveniences that often accompany development efforts.&nbsp; Recently, we have had more construction activity in our neighborhoods than we have seen in many decades, and we have to work <em>together</em> to manage development and instil the need for developers to act as good neighbors in our communities.&nbsp; With this in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to devote my office e-newsletter&rsquo;s inaugural &ldquo;Thoughts from the Office&rdquo; column to touching on how my staff and I focus on tracking development and our work to both facilitate continued economic development and maintain a strong quality of life in District 7.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Development projects certainly signify the strength of our neighborhoods, highlighting and augmenting our communities. However, it has been one of my primary focus areas to ensure that this stream of progress does not occur at the expense of those who live in these areas. In my office, we are dedicated to serving our constituents during the construction and development process in any way that we can, and we are well aware of the inherent impact of the new construction projects occurring nearby. That said, the effects of this impact should never verge on the unbearable for residents and neighbors within the vicinity of such projects.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; My office is here to communicate with you throughout the process of a nearby project and to connect you with the number of resources that are available to assist you from communicating to community groups about a project&rsquo;s first <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/zoning/">zoning variance</a> request through the last days of a neighboring completed project&rsquo;s finishing touches.&nbsp; &nbsp;We are able to help connect District 7 residents to the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form">311</a> line to help constituents file formal complaints regarding development concerns including instances in which construction activities begin before 7:00 am, failure to post building permits, check on unauthorized street closures, and to report construction sites that are not properly maintained to the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/bbi/">Bureau of Building Inspection</a>. My staff is also able to follow up on these concerns within the City bureaucracy on your behalf, navigating red tape for D7 residents, helping to ensure a healthy balance between progress, development, and the continuation and support of our livable, wonderful neighborhoods.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Living with construction can be trying, but through patience, understanding, and cooperation we can emerge from the process as a more vibrant District 7. My staff and I are here to help, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/contact">so, please, give us a call</a>!</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Councilwoman Deb Gross</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Did you Know"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Did you Know?</span></a></h1> <p>The ferris wheel was invented and designed by Pittsburgh bridge-builder, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. in 1893. &nbsp;The 71-ton, 45.5 foot axle used on the original ferris wheel was manufactured right here in Pittsburgh and weighed nearly 90,000 pounds. &nbsp;Forty chairs on thirty-six cars allowed it to hold 2,160 people at a time. &nbsp;The original ferris wheel took nearly twenty minutes to complete two rotations and carried on average 38,000 people a day!</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Upcoming Events"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Festivals and Special Events</span></a></h1> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">National Night Out</a>&nbsp;August 5<sup>th </sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://bikepgh.org/campaigns/bikefest/">BikeFest</a>&nbsp;August 8<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://morningside-pa.org/category/community-events">St. Raphael&rsquo;s Bazaar</a>&nbsp;August 7<sup>th</sup> &ndash; 10<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville Block Party</a>&nbsp;August 16<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.rantlawrenceville.com/">Lawrenceville Rock All Night Tour</a>&nbsp;August 16<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/coffeewithcouncil">Coffee with Council</a>&nbsp;August 20<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://littleitalydays.com/">Little Italy Days</a>&nbsp;August 21<sup>st</sup>-24<sup>th</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://stantonheights.org/">Stanton Heights Community Festival</a>&nbsp;August 23<sup>rd</sup></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/reservoir-jazz">Highland Park Reservoir of Jazz Series</a>&nbsp;August 3<sup>rd</sup>, 10<sup>th</sup>,17<sup>th</sup>,24<sup>th</sup>,and 31<sup>st</sup></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">A complete list can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">here.</a></p> <h1 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a name="Upcoming Community"><span style="color:#6699ff;">Upcoming Community Meetings</span></a></h1> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/the-next-move/2014/07/ura-schedules-public-meeting-over-strip-district.html">Public Forum about the Strip District Produce Terminal</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, August 6th, 5:45pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Upper Lawrenceville: Riverfront</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Monday, August 11th, 6pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Ice House Studios, 100 43rd Street</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Police Zone 5 Public Safety Council</h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Tuesday, August 12th, 7:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.bbbspgh.org/site/c.ahKLIYMIImI2E/b.8123819/k.F03D/Home_Page.htm">Big Brothers Big Sisters Information Session</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Wednesday, August 13th, 6:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Big Brothers Big Sisters Office, 5989 Centre Avenue</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com/">Upper Lawrenceville: Housing</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Thursday, August 14th, 6pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Ice House Studios, 100 43rd Street</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Baum Center Initiative</h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Tuesday, August 19th, 6:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">First United Methodist Church, 5401 Centre Avenue</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://hpccpgh.org/">Highland Park Community Council</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Thursday, August 21st, 7:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">St. Andrew&#39;s Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton Street</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 6th Ward</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Monday, August 25th, 7:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Pastitsio&#39;s, 3716 Butler Street</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Police Zone 2 Public Safety Council</h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Thursday, August 28th, 6:00pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Avenue</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.lvpgh.com">Upper Lawrenceville: Greening</a></h4> <p style="text-align: center;">Thursday, August 28<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm</p> <p style="text-align: center;">52<sup>nd</sup> Street Market, 601 52<sup>nd</sup> Street</p> <p style="text-align: center;">For a complete calendar click <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:28:03 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - July 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3247 <div> <h2>NEWS &amp; UPDATES</h2> <h3>Councilwoman Gross Stands with Residents at the Zoning Board</h3> <p>On June 12<sup>th</sup>, Councilwoman Gross took a stand with Bloomfield residents with concerns about UPMC&rsquo;s expansion in the area.&nbsp; She expressed concern alongside other community leaders, residents, and business owners at the Zoning Appeal Board hearing regarding UPMC&rsquo;s development plans in the neighborhood.&nbsp; The full story can be found <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/06/12/bloomfield-residents-object-to-upmc-transformer-in-their-neighborhood/">here.</a></p> <h3>Act 47 Plan</h3> <p>On Tuesday, June 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;City Council approved a five year financial plan for city with a vote of 7-2.&nbsp; The plan was designed by state-appointed financial overseers as part of Act 47.&nbsp; Learn more about the plan&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/06/24/pittsburgh-council-passes-act-47-plan.html">here.</a></p> <h3>D7 Office Heads to Hershey, PA!</h3> <p>On June 9<sup>th</sup> the District 7 office traveled to Hersey, PA for the 2<sup>nd</sup> annual <a href="http://www.housingalliancepa.org/node/1774">Pennsylvania Land Bank Summit</a>.&nbsp; The vision of this year&rsquo;s summit was to bring together those who have already adopted legislation, those in the process and planning stages, and those just curious about the potentials to discuss, inspire, and inform each other about the process.&nbsp; The District 7 office was given the opportunity to present on the lessons learned during the formation of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s land bank as a panelist during the &ldquo;First Four: Lessons Learned from the First Pennsylvania Land Banks and Charting the Path Forward&rdquo; session.&nbsp; We also had the chance to listen to others discuss and debate the policy considerations needed to develop the best strategy and process for disposing of land for the greatest community and neighborhood benefit.</p> <h3>Coffee with Council</h3> <p>Councilwoman Gross&#39;s staff are breaking free from the Downtown office!&nbsp;<em>Coffee with Council</em>&nbsp;is the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Councilwoman&#39;s staff members at local coffee shops inside the district. The event will happen once a month, and the location will change in order to be present in all of District 7&rsquo;s wonderful neighborhoods! &nbsp;Keep a lookout in our newsletter, website, and social media pages for the monthly location. The purpose of <em>Coffee with Council</em> is for constituents to express their concerns, thoughts, and ideas on issues relevant to their community, neighborhood, and district with local government staff. The staff look forward to fostering relationships and open dialogue. The first <em>Coffee with Council </em>will be July 15<sup>th</sup> between 2:00pm and 6:00pm at <a href="http://www.constellationcoffeepgh.com/">Constellation Coffee</a>, 4059 Penn Avenue.&nbsp; Hope to see you there!&nbsp; E-mail <a href="mailto:brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov">brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov</a> if you have questions.</p> <h3>Mayor&rsquo;s Search for New Police Chief</h3> <p>The search for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s new police chief continues.&nbsp; Mayor Peduto has recently announced plans inviting the public to weigh in and help decide.&nbsp; In collaboration with the public safety councils in each of the city&rsquo;s six neighborhood police stations, a series of public forums will be held to provide residents the opportunity to express the qualities they would like to see in the new police chief.&nbsp; Mayor Peduto and Public Safety Director Bucar plan on being in attendance.&nbsp; Read more about the meetings&nbsp;<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/06/11/Peduto-announces-major-public-input-for-police-chief-search/stories/201406110147">here.</a></p> <h3>Pride at Arsenal Park</h3> <p>Through <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock">a Love Your Block grant</a>, the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s ServePGH initiative, 170 students from Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 and Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 worked to beautify Arsenal Park on May 29<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Students planted flowers with the Friends of Arsenal Park, performed a trash pick-up with Lawrenceville United, participated in a tree identification scavenger hunt with Tree Pittsburgh, learned about the environment and history of the park with the Lawrenceville Historical Society, created birdfeeders with MGR Youth Empowerment, and designed models of the park with MKSK.&nbsp; The terrific event was made possible by the hard work of Arsenal parents, members of Public Allies, and Lawrenceville United&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lunited.org/programs/pep-rally/">PEP Rally program</a>.&nbsp; You can read more about the event <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/05/30/Arsenal-pride-takes-root/">here</a>.</p> <h3>SNAP Benefits at Farmer&rsquo;s Markets</h3> <p><a href="http://www.justharvest.org/get-help/fresh-access/">Just Harvest&rsquo;s Fresh Access</a> program is expanding into District 7!&nbsp; The program is designed to expand SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps) to include fresh foods at participating Farmer&rsquo;s Markets.&nbsp; In collaboration with neighborhood organizations such as the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation SNAP benefits will be accepted via the Just Harvest&rsquo;s Fresh Access kiosk at the <a href="http://www.bloomfieldnow.com/bloomfield-saturday-market.html">Bloomfield Saturday Market</a> (5050 Liberty Avenue, Saturdays, 9am &ndash; 1pm) and the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LawrencevillePGHFarmersMarket">Lawrenceville Farmer&rsquo;s Market</a> (Goodwill Parking Lot, 118 52<sup>nd</sup> Street, Saturdays 12:30pm &ndash; 4pm).</p> <h3>Bottom Dollar Opens in Bloomfield/Garfield!</h3> <p>The first grocery store in Garfield since 1987 opened its doors on June 5<sup>th</sup>!&nbsp; Bottom Dollar is now officially open on Penn Avenue.&nbsp; The store estimates it will provide the area with 50 local jobs and is conveniently located just half a block from the bus line at 5200 Penn.&nbsp; You can read more about it <a href="http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2013/07/12/bottom-dollar-to-open-in-bloomfield-in-old-giant-eagle-building/">here.</a></p> <h3>Arsenal Park Wants to Hear Your Thoughts!</h3> <p>The Arsenal Park Project Team has opened up an online forum to hear residents&rsquo; thoughts and ideas about the park.&nbsp; Join in on the discussion about this historic park&rsquo;s future <a href="http://arsenalpark.mindmixer.com/">here.</a></p> <h3>HAVE YOU HERD? Goats Are Invading Pittsburgh&hellip;</h3> <p>On July 8<sup>th</sup>, Tree Pittsburgh will be hosting a learning session on Eco-Goats!&nbsp; Join Councilwoman Gross to learn the potential of goats as an ideal alternative to machines and herbicides for clearing unwanted vegetation.&nbsp; The workshop is from 10am &ndash; 12pm.&nbsp; Register for the event <a href="https://treepittsburgh.secure.force.com/events/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a1Ed00000043Yyt">here.</a></p> <h3>Photographers Wanted!</h3> <p>The District 7 office wants to display more of the wonderfulness of the communities and neighborhoods making up the district.&nbsp; In an effort to do so we will be changing our Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to reflect the splendor of our neighborhoods and showcase the great people living and working in them.&nbsp; Landscape, architecture, celebrations, community meetings&hellip;anything!&nbsp; We want to share images representing the district and will be changing the pictures on a bi-weekly basis.&nbsp; If interested in seeing your picture displayed send them to <a href="mailto:brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov">brenton.weinert@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <h2>OVERHEARD IN THE DISTRICT</h2> <p>Friends of Arsenal Park and the 52<sup>nd</sup> Street Market were honored for their continued efforts toward improving the social fabric of Lawrenceville at the Lawrenceville Corporation&rsquo;s Community Catalyst Celebration on June 19<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Congratulations!</p> <h3>Keep up to date with the office through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pittsburgh.Council.District7">Facebook</a> and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/PghDistrict7">@PghDistrict7</a></h3> <h2>DID YOU KNOW?</h2> <p>The Pittsburgh area hosts over 135 farmer&rsquo;s markets during the summer months! These markets provide a variety of goods including fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and other offerings such as flowers and small gifts.&nbsp; The markets in District 7 are listed below or find the one nearest you <a href="http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/farmersmarkets2014">here.</a></p> <p><u>District 7 Farmers Markets:</u></p> <p><strong>Bloomfield</strong>; St. Maria Goretti School, Cedarville Street &amp; Friendship Avenue</p> <p>Thursdays, 3:30pm &ndash; 7:30pm</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield</strong>; 5050 Liberty Avenue, Between South Winebiddle Street &amp; Gross Street</p> <p>Saturdays, 9am &ndash; 1pm</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville</strong>; Goodwill Parking Lot, 118 52<sup>nd</sup> Street</p> <p>Saturdays, 12:30pm &ndash; 4pm</p> <p><strong>Strip District</strong>; Farmers @ Firehouse, 2216 Penn Avenue</p> <p>Saturdays, 9am &ndash; 1pm</p> <p><strong>Strip District</strong>; 2401 Penn Avenue</p> <p>Wednesday-Fridays, 10am &ndash; 4pm; Saturdays, 9am &ndash; 5pm; Sundays, 10am &ndash; 4pm</p> </div> <div> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS</h2> </div> <div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Morningside Area Community Council</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>July 2<sup>nd</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 9:00pm</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>VFW in Morningside,&nbsp;</em><em>1820 Morningside Avenue</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 10<sup>th</sup> Ward</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 8<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm &ndash; 8:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Door of Hope Community Church,&nbsp;</em><em>5225 Holmes Street</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation Public Safety Task Force</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 9<sup>th</sup>, 4:00pm &ndash; 5:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>BGC Community Activity Center,&nbsp;</em><em>113 N. Pacific Avenue</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Bloomfield Citizens Council</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 9<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Immaculate Conception Social Hall,&nbsp;</em><em>300 Edmond Street</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Baum Center Initiative</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 15<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm &ndash; 7:30pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>First United Methodist Church,&nbsp;</em><em>5401 Centre Avenue</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 9<sup>th</sup> Ward</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 15<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:30pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>St. Mary&rsquo;s Lyceum,&nbsp;</em><em>330 45<sup>th</sup> Street</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Highland Park Community Council</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 17<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>St. Andrew&rsquo;s Episcopal Church,&nbsp;</em><em>5801 Hampton Street</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: Main/Fisk/40<sup>th</sup></strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 22<sup>nd</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Stephen Foster Community Center,&nbsp;</em><em>286 Main Street</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 6<sup>th</sup> Ward</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 28<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm &ndash; 8:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Pastitsio&#39;s,&nbsp;</em><em>3716 Butler Street</em></p> </div> <div> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <h2 align="center">COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SPECIAL MEETINGS</h2> </div> <div> <p align="center"><strong>Independence Day Celebration</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 5<sup>th</sup>, 11:00am &ndash; 10:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Arsenal Park</em></p> <p align="center">A day full of fun outdoor activities for all-ages.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.lunited.org/programs/community-engagement-restoration/lawrenceville-united-seasonal-events/">celebration</a> ends with a fireworks display!</p> <p align="center"><strong>Zone 5 Public Safety Council</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 8<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>The Kingsley Association</em></p> <p align="center"><em>6435 Frankstown Avenue</em></p> <p align="center">Public outreach meeting to discuss what neighborhoods and communities would like to see in the new police chief for the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Mayor Peduto and newly appointed Public Safety Director, Stephen Bucar plan on being in attendance.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Highland Park Public Art Tour &amp; Picnic</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 11<sup>th</sup>, 7pm &ndash; 8:30pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Highland Park Entrance</em></p> <p align="center">Learn about the Guiseppe Moretti sculptures that flank the entrances to Highland Park. Then picnic with the Office of Public Art! Bring your picnic snacks. We will provide the dessert.&nbsp; Reserve your spot <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/events-and-workshops-etc/gpacevents/event/189">here.</a></p> <p align="center"><strong>Doo Dah Days</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 12<sup>th</sup>, 11:00am &ndash; 4:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Allegheny Cemetery</em></p> <p align="center">The 2014 <a href="http://doodahdays.com/">Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival</a> will have performances by folk bands, educational tours of the cemetery, costumed re-enactments, food vendors, and other outdoor activities.&nbsp; The event celebrates the life and music of one of America&rsquo;s most influential songwriters.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Coffee with Council</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 15<sup>th</sup>, 2:00pm &ndash; 6:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Constellation Coffee, 4059 Penn Avenue</em></p> <p align="center">Councilwoman Gross&#39;s staff are breaking free from the Downtown office!&nbsp;Come express your concerns, thoughts, and ideas about your community, neighborhood, and district.&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 19<sup>th</sup>, 12:00pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Immaculate Heart of Mary Church</em></p> <p align="center"><em>3058 Bereton Street</em></p> <p align="center">A neighborhood tradition for more than 80 years!&nbsp; The day begins with a polka mass and then heads into the streets for a day of festivities.&nbsp; Find more info <a href="http://phcapgh.org/events/">here.</a></p> <p align="center"><strong>The Polish Hill Arts Festival</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>July 20<sup>th</sup>, 12pm &ndash; 9pm</em></p> <p align="center"><em>Intersection of Bereton and Dobson Streets</em></p> <p align="center">The 8<sup>th</sup> annual celebration of arts, music, and food is the biggest civic event in the neighborhood and attracts local residents as well as those from across the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Find more info here.</p> </div> <div> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:14:18 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - May 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=3077 <div> <h2>News and Updates</h2> <h3>Changes to Parking Area A in Lawrenceville/Bloomfield</h3> <p>On Tuesday, May 6th City Council passed the split of RPPP Area A in Lawrenceville into three smaller, more easily enforced areas.&nbsp;Maps of the new parking areas can be viewed on our website here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/parkingmaps">http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/parkingmaps</a><br /> <br /> Because of concerns about enforcement hours, Councilwoman Gross has requested that the Department of City Planning facilitate another vote among residents to determine final enforcement hours of each new area. In the interim, enforcement hours for all three sub-areas will remain the same as the former Area A.&nbsp;</p> <p>For news and updates on changes to Area A, stay tuned to the monthly D7 e-newsletter</p> <h3>Land Bank Legislation Passes!</h3> <p>We&rsquo;re thrilled to announce that Monday, April 14th, 2014 marked the passage of the much awaited Land Bank bill! Pittsburgh City Council passed necessary legislation to create the Pittsburgh Land Bank Board, taking a huge step forward towards addressing the problem of blight throughout our city.</p> <p>The bill received overwhelming support with eight of the nine council members voting in support. Your diligence through weeks of discussion, negotiation and compromise is greatly appreciated, and we could not have succeeded without your commitment towards positive change in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>As the bill moves towards Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s desk, stay tuned for updates and further information! There&rsquo;s still a long road ahead of us but with your support and dedication, we&rsquo;re determined to create a Land Bank that will fully serve your best interests.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;For more information you can go to the City&rsquo;s Land Banking website here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking/</a></p> <h3>Lawrenceville WORKS!</h3> <p>Lawrenceville WORKS aims to reduce unemployment in the Lawrenceville area by linking residents to job-training and employment services. Programs and services available include:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free job search help</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free GED preparation</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Adult Literacy Instruction</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; English as a Second Language</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Drivers Education</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Youth Mentoring Program</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.goodwillswpa.org/lawrenceville-works">http://www.goodwillswpa.org/lawrenceville-works</a> or contact</p> <p>Ashley Brandolph at 412-632-1797</p> </div> <div> <h2>Community Meetings</h2> <p><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch:</strong> 9th Ward (42nd &ndash; 46th above Butler)</p> <p>Where: St. Mary&rsquo;s Lyceum 330 45th Street</p> <p>When: 7:00pm on Tuesday May 20th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stanton Heights Neighborhood Meeting</strong></p> <p>Where: Sunnyside Elementary School</p> <p>When: 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 21</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 2 Public Safety Meeting</strong></p> <p>Where: Bedford Hope Center</p> <p>When: 6:00pm on Thursday, May 22nd</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 6th Ward </strong></p> <p>Where: Pastitsio&rsquo;s on 3716 Butler St</p> <p>When: 7:00pm on Monday, May 26th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: Main, Fisk, and 40th</strong></p> <p>Where: Stephen Foster Community Center 286 Main St</p> <p>When: 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 27th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill Civic Association Meeting </strong></p> <p>Where: West Penn Rec Center</p> <p>When: 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 3rd</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Morningside Area Community Council Meeting</strong></p> <p>Where: Morningside VFW</p> <p>When: 7:00pm Wednesday, June 4th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Baum Centre Initiative Annual Meeting</strong></p> <p>Where: Sam Caf&eacute; 5242 Baum Boulevard</p> <p>When: 6:00pm &ndash; 7:00pm Tuesday, June 10th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 10th Ward </strong></p> <p>Where: Door of Hope Community Church</p> <p>When: 6:30pm Tuesday, June 10th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zone 5 Public Safety Meeting </strong></p> <p>Where: Union Project</p> <p>When: 7:00pm Tuesday, June 10th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield-Garfield Public Safety Task Force</strong></p> <p>Where: BGC Community Activity Center 113 N. Pacific Ave</p> <p>When: 4:00pm Wednesday, June 11th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville United Block Watch: 41st -49th below Butler </strong></p> <p>Where: Estelle S. Campbell Boys &amp; Girls Club 4600 Butler St</p> <p>When: 6:00pm Wednesday, June 11th</p> </div> <p>Community Events</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade </strong></p> <p>10:00am May 26th</p> <p>The Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade will start at 40th and Butler Streets at 10am, lining up at 9 am. The parade will last approximately 1 hour. The parade route will go down Bulter St.&nbsp; to the entrance to the Allegheny Cemetery for a ceremony and wreath laying. Councilwoman Deborah Gross will be at the parade, come say hello!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Morningside Community Yard Sale </strong></p> <p>9:00AM &ndash; 3:00PM Saturday May 31st through Sunday June 1st</p> <p>Come shop and browse throughout the Morningside neighborhood during the Morningside Community Yard Sale! More information can be found here: <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/morningside-yard-sale-2014">http://morningside-pa.org/morningside-yard-sale-2014</a></p> <h2>Did you know?</h2> <p>The City of Pittsburgh is home to 29,641 publicly managed street trees, including over 130 distinct species! To learn more about our urban trees visit the Office of Sustainability&rsquo;s website here: <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/green/trees.htm">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/green/trees.htm</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:58:55 -0400 District 7 Newsletter January Corrections http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2644 <h3>Corrections regarding the January Highland Park Community Council meeting:</h3> <p>Apologies, but we would like to correct two mistakes made in the blurb advertising Deb&#39;s appearance at the January Highland Park Community Council meeting:</p> <ul> <li>The meeting will be held at the Union Project at 801 N. Negley Avenue (NOT St. Andrews Church)</li> <li>The meeting will be held on&nbsp;<strong>January&nbsp;</strong>16th</li> </ul> <p>We can&#39;t wait to see you there!&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:57:06 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - January 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2643 <h3>News and updates</h3> <h4>Newly-elected District 7 Councilwoman Deb Gross officially takes office</h4> <p>It&rsquo;s official! District 7 finally has a new City Council representative &ndash; Councilwoman Deb Gross. Councilwoman Gross was elected by District 7 voters to fulfill the rest of former-Councilman Patrick Dowd&rsquo;s term, which will run through 2015. Deb has a long history of community involvement, specifically with regards to her work with local non-profits and the arts.</p> <p>For Deb&rsquo;s full biography, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/aboutdeb">take a look at her bio page </a>on the new District 7 website.</p> <p>We are also proud to announce the new installment of the D7 team, which consists of two familiar faces in newly expanded roles. <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/d7team">Take a look at our meet the team page,</a> and be sure to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/contact">stay in touch</a>!</p> <h4><strong>Deb Gross hits ground running, gives D7 residents a voice in future of Strip District Produce Terminal building</strong></h4> <p>The Produce Terminal is one of the Strip District&rsquo;s architectural and historic keystones, and is at the center of one of the most integral sites to be developed under the comprehensive Allegheny River Green Boulevard plan. The Green Boulevard plan, perhaps the most comprehensive plan for development in Pittsburgh, will set the tone for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s future, with its most dramatic impact occurring in District 7.</p> <p>Since being elected to serve the residents of District 7, Deb has been a vocal advocate for a delay in the sale of the Produce Terminal building, and has been outspoken in her stance that any proposed alterations of the building should occur under the careful oversight of City Council. Stay tuned to the District 7 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pittsburgh.Council.District7">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/PghDistrict7">Twitter </a>pages for real-time updates on the fate of the Produce Terminal and how Councilwoman Gross is leading the charge to ensure that this essential piece of the Strip&rsquo;s past is best utilized in comprehensive developments that will shape the neighborhood&rsquo;s future.</p> <h4>Do you have a great idea for Deb and the new D7 office? Let us know!</h4> <p>With a new City Council representative and an updated staff, the District 7 office is excited to hear your suggestions about what changes or initiatives you&rsquo;d like to see in your neighborhood. Hitting the ground running to serve D7 neighbors is Deb&rsquo;s highest priority during the transition.</p> <p><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/feedback">Please use the feedback form on the District 7 webpage</a> to let us know what you&rsquo;d like to see our office do to help your neighborhood. From bike infrastructure to zoning issues to economic development and public safety, Councilwoman Gross is excited to hear what you think!</p> <h3>Upcoming events and meetings &nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Listen to District 7 Councilwoman Deb Gross talk with Highland Park neighbors at the January meeting of the Highland Park Community Council, which will be held on Thursday, December 16<sup>th</sup> at St. Andrews Church beginning at 7 pm. Deb will discuss her progress representing District 7 since her swearing-in in early December, as well as talk with Highland Park residents and stakeholders about their ideas and requests for the district.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There will be a public presentation regarding a proposed residential development in Polish Hill at the January meeting of the Polish Hill Civic Association, which will be held on Tuesday, January 7<sup>th</sup> in the basement of the West Penn Recreation Center at 6:30 pm.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Would you like to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect you? Join your neighbors at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for an ACA information session and enrollment assistance seminar on Saturday, January 18 at 10 am. At the information session, you will be able to learn more about how health insurance works and what programs you and your family may be eligible for.</li> </ul> <h4>Did you know?</h4> <p>Did you know that Pittsburgh City Council elects the CIty Council President immediately following the swearing-in of newly elected and re-elected members? This year&rsquo;s vote for Council President will occur on January 6<sup>th</sup>, immediately following the swearing-in ceremony for the new Council. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:36:19 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - November 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2577 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4>Election Day in District 7</h4> <p>It&rsquo;s that civic duty time of year, which means that Election Day is right around the corner.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 5<sup>th</sup>, and will include the opportunity for District 7 residents to vote for a representative to fill the currently vacant City Council District 7 seat. For information about Election Day, residents are encouraged to take a look at <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/elect/index.aspx">the Allegheny County Elections Division&rsquo;s webpage</a>, where information about registration, absentee ballots, and clarification regarding voter identification is available.</p> <p>Need to find your polling place? <a href="https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx">Visit the Pennsylvania Voter Services website</a>, where registered voters can enter address information to find their designated polling location.</p> <h4>Fall cleanup: how to dispose of leaves and other yard debris</h4> <p>While watching the leaves change is one of our favorite things about the fall months, cleaning up and properly disposing of leaves is an important basic quality of life issues in our neighborhoods during the fall season. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To better serve District 7 constituents, we&rsquo;ve put together this blurb about special DPW fall yard debris pickup dates, yard debris drop-off center locations and requirements.</p> <p><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/yarddebris">Follow this link to access the leaf and yard debris disposal article hosted on the District 7 website.&nbsp;</a></p> <h4>Allegheny CleanWays to clear illegal dump site at Butler St. border of Stanton Heights, Morningside</h4> <p>The Office of City Council District 7 is excited to announce that Allegheny CleanWays&#39; Dumpbusters will be clearing one of the illegal dump sites in the Allegheny River Greenway* which we reported to them this summer. &nbsp;</p> <p>Dumpbusters&#39; experienced volunteers are preparing the site for clean-up now and are looking for additional neighborhood volunteers to join them in a major effort on Saturday, November 9th.&nbsp; This is a steep site, so volunteers should be sure-footed, adventurous and at least 16 years of age (those under 18 must bring the attached waiver signed by a parent.)&nbsp;</p> <p>The clean up will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 9:30am to 1:00pm.&nbsp; This includes a training at the start and pizza at the end.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=229">For more information and to register with Allegheny CleanWays, visit this link.</a></p> <p>For questions, contact Leah Thill at 412-381-1301 or email <a href="mailto:leah.thill@alleghenycleanways.org">leah.thill@alleghenycleanways.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>*The Allegheny River Greenway is the preserved green space on the edge of Stanton Heights and Morningside near Butler Street.</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Community Events</strong></h4> <ul> <li>The 9<sup>th</sup> annual Lawrenceville Artist&rsquo;s Studio Tour will be held on Saturday, November 2<sup>nd</sup> from 10 AM until 6 PM. This year&rsquo;s self-guided tour is the largest ever, and includes 17 studios and 42 artists. For a list of studios and a tour map, take a look at the Lawrenceville Artist&rsquo;s Studio Tour 2013 Facebook page, or call 412-683-6488.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Zone 5 Public Safety Council will hold its November meeting on Tuesday, November 12<sup>th</sup> at 7 PM at the Union Project at 801 N. Negley Avenue. A special guest speaker from the of City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Safety &nbsp;will be on hand to talk about a plan to increase the number of cameras used to improve public safety in Zone 5.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>On the evening of Thursday November 21<sup>st</sup> State Senator Jim Ferlo, Highmark officials, and West Penn Hospital staff will host a Town Hall Meeting at the Teamsters Temple (4701 Butler Street) from 6-8 PM. During the meeting, Highmark and West Penn officials will report on their progress in promoting health and sustaining vital medical services to insure the success of West Penn Hospital. The meeting is free and open to the public.</li> </ul> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>Because the November 5<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;election to fill the vacant District 7 City Council seat is a special election, its winner coould be sworn in once the election results are officially certified by the Allegheny County Elections Division. This process generally takes about two weeks after Election Day results are collected.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:29:34 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - October 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2512 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4>Happy Halloween from the District 7 office</h4> <p>Get ready for another spooky Halloween season in Pittsburgh! The official trick-or-treat hours in the City of Pittsburgh will be held on Thursday, October 31<sup>st</sup> from 5:30-7:30 PM.</p> <p>Is your neighborhood or community group hosting a Halloween or trick-or-treat party this year? If so, spread the word to your neighbors by submitting your Halloween event to the Department of Public Safety on the<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween/"> City&rsquo;s official Halloween information page </a>.</p> <h4>Planning Commission to review Produce Terminal historic desgination nomination</h4> <p>On October 15, 2013, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission will hear and review the Historic Review Commission&rsquo;s briefing on the Produce Terminal&rsquo;s nomination to be designated an historic structure by the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>There will also be an opportunity during the meeting for public comment. The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 2 PM on the first floor of the Robin Civic Building located at 200 Ross Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Take a look at the<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/boards/planning-commission"> Planning Commission&#39;s website</a> for more information about the Commission and its responsibilities.&nbsp;</p> <h4>City of Pittsburgh fall seasonal yard debris collection day</h4> <p>Clean up your yard and garden this fall by taking advantage of the Department of Public Works&rsquo; Environmental Services Division&rsquo;s <strong>fall 2013 yard debris collection day </strong>to be held on <strong>Saturday, November 9<sup>th</sup></strong>.</p> <p><strong>Please note the following guidelines for debris collection:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Bag Leaves for Collection</strong>: Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site. Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds.</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted. Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at local hardware or department stores.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Tree Branches and Bushes</strong>: Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding 5 ft. in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four (4) inches.</li> </ul> <p>Please note that City crews will <strong>NOT</strong> collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by city crews.</p> <p><strong>Yard debris not meeting the collection guidelines will not be collected by city crews.</strong></p> <p>If you have any questions please contact Environmental Services at (412)-255-2631 or (412)-255-2773.</p> <h4>City Council District 7 &ldquo;Name That Street&rdquo; contest results</h4> <p>The results are in!</p> <p>After considering a number of online submissions of possible street names from District 7 residents, members of the District 7 team and Lawrenceville United staff have selected &ldquo;<strong>McKeever</strong><strong> Way&rdquo;</strong> as the official nomination to name <a href="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zO_DpvTsQZ20.k1phljx0_r-Q">this stretch of road </a>between Denny Street and Liberty Avenue in Lawrenceville. &nbsp;</p> <p>McKeever Way&rsquo;s namesake, Father Edward M. McKeever, was the founding parish priest of Lawrenceville&rsquo;s St. John the Baptist Church. <a href="http://www.churchbrew.com/">Church Brew Works</a> currently occupies the building that housed Father McKeever&rsquo;s parish through most of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. Sean Casey, the owner and founder of Church Brew Works, submitted the winning nomination to the contest.</p> <p><a href="http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njm1/stmyn.htm">According to online burial records</a>, Father McKeever, who was born in 1848, was ordained as a priest on December 21, 1871, and died in 1923. Father McKeever is buried in St. Mary&rsquo;s Cemetery along 45<sup>th</sup> Street and Penn Avenue.</p> <p>The nomination will be forwarded to the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Address Committee for official review.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Celebrate &ldquo;Fall-o-ween&rdquo; in Morningside</h4> <p>Celebrate the fall season with your neighbors at the Morningside Area Community Council (MACC)&rsquo;s Fall-o-ween festival, where there will be live music, food trucks, and trick and treats for kids of all ages. Fall-o-ween festivities will be held on October 19<sup>th</sup> from 12:00-4:00 PM at the corner of Chislett and Greenwood Streets in Morningside.</p> <p>For more information, take a look at the MACC<a href="http://morningside-pa.org/fall-o-ween-2"> Fall-o-ween information page </a>on the MACC website.</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4>Council to Go</h4> <p>Join District 7 staff for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, City Council District 7&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to city government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill &ndash; </strong>Wednesday, October 9<sup>th</sup>, 7pm-8pm, Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h4>Community Events</h4> <ul> <li>There will be a public meeting regarding the liquor license application of a proposed business, Beer on Butler, to be located at 4811 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The owners of the proposed business will be on hand to speak with the community about any questions or concerns related to the business or its liquor license application on Thursday, October 10<sup>th</sup> at the Boys and Girls Club (4600 Butler Street) at 6:00 PM.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Residential Permit Parking Program (RPPP) Area A residents will have an opportunity to discuss plans to split RPPP Area A into three smaller parking enforcement areas in a series of public meetings to be held through October. Residents will also be able to revisit Area A enforcement times, as well as discuss the RPPP program with City Planning Ashley Holloway from the Department of City Planning.</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The dates and times of the meeting are:</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Proposed Area GG (39<sup>th</sup> Street and the area closest to Butler Street) &ndash; Thursday, October 10<sup>th</sup> at the Stephen Foster Center (286 Main Street) beginning at 6:00 PM.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Proposed Area A (Lawrenceville streets closest to Children&rsquo;s Hospital) &ndash; Tuesday, October 15<sup>th</sup> at the Stephen Foster Center beginning at 6:00 PM.</p> <p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Proposed Area JJ (the portion of current Area A located in Bloomfield) &ndash; Monday, October 21<sup>st</sup> at the Stephen Foster Center beginning at 6:00 PM.</p> <ul> <li>It&rsquo;s almost time for the Polish Hill Civic Associations&rsquo; fall yard sale, which will be held on Saturday, October 12<sup>th</sup> from 10:30 AM to 6 PM.</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Yard sale donations will be accepted from Monday, October 7<sup>th</sup> through Friday, October 11<sup>th</sup>. The PHCA is looking for useful things, odd things, and old things; household items, tools, books, records, toys, art and craft materials, and more. Appliances must work, and furniture must be in good shape. The PHCA cannot accept clothing, shoes, or upholstered furniture.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">For more information, call the PHCA at 412-681-1950, or email <a href="mailto:phca@phca.org">phca@phca.org</a>.</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>The voter registration deadline to vote in the upcoming municipal election (which includes the race to fill the current City Council District 7 vacancy) is Monday, October 7<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Individuals needing to register to vote may apply in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM at the Office of the Registration Commission in Room 609 of the County Office Building located at 542 Forbes Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Elections Division will remain open until 5:00 PM on October 7<sup>th</sup> to accept hand-delivered voter registration forms. For more information&nbsp; about registering to vote, take a look at the <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/elect/index.aspx">Allegheny County Elections Division&rsquo;s website</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:45:32 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - September 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2450 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4>City Council returns from summer recess, begins regular meeting schedule</h4> <p>It&rsquo;s been a relaxing summer break, but Pittsburgh City Council will end its summer recess and resume its regular meeting schedule with back-to-back regular and standing committee meetings on <strong>Wednesday, September 4th</strong>.</p> <p>City Council meetings can be watched live on the City Channel or on the Pittsburgh City Clerk&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburgh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx">Legislative Information Center.</a> Subsequent regular meetings of Council will be held on Tuesdays at 10 AM, with standing committee meetings held on Wednesdays at 10 AM.</p> <h4>District 7 staff organizes neighborhood walkthrough with Highland Park neighbors, City of Pittsburgh public safety officials</h4> <p>On a beautiful August day, community stakeholders met with City officials for a walk-through an area of Highland Park currently going through a substantial transition. Known as the Southwest Quadrant, the focus area of the walk was contained within the 800 and 900 blocks of Portland, Mellon, North St. Clair, and North Euclid, as well as the 5600-5800 blocks of Wellesley and Jackson streets. Representatives from Pittsburgh Police, the Bureau of Building Inspection (BBI), Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&rsquo;s office, and the City Council District 7 office staff joined resident representatives from Highland Park Community Development Corporation (HPCDC) and Highland Park Community Council (HPCC).</p> <p>Participants followed a pre-determined route through the Southwest Quadrant. Focusing mainly on property condition and maintenance issues, City representatives listened to comments and answered questions from residents regarding neglected properties and hot-spots for criminal activity. Specifically, Pittsburgh Police Zone 5 Commander Timothy O&rsquo;Connor noted a large number of arrests made in the 900 block of a particular street this year.</p> <p>One primary goal of the tour was to open dialogue regarding this transitional area of Highland Park between representatives from the City of Pittsburgh and neighborhood residents. Many participants agreed that the walk was a success, noting that the tour brought varied stakeholders together to work toward improving the quality of life for residents of the area. The District 7 office looks forward to witnessing the further growth and transformation of this beautiful and historic section of Highland Park.</p> <h4>Third annual Morningside Mile raises money for wounded veterans</h4> <p>Honor those who have served in our nation&rsquo;s armed forces by participating in the third-annual Morningside Mile, a one-mile race through the streets of Morningside. The race is family friendly, and provides a great opportunity for Morningside neighbors and residents of surrounding neighborhoods to rally together for a good cause.</p> <p>Proceeds from the race will benefit the <a href="http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/">Wounded Warrior Project</a> and the <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/">Morningside Area Community Council</a>.</p> <p>More information, including registration details, is available on the Morningside Area Community Council&rsquo;s<a href="http://morningside-pa.org/run"> Morningside Mile information page</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4>Council to Go</h4> <p>Join District 7 staff for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, City Council District 7&rsquo;s mobile constituent services office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to city government and services.</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield/Lawrenceville </strong>&ndash; Thursday, September 5th, 6pm-7pm, Caffe Mona, 4200 Penn Ave</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill</strong> &ndash; Wednesday, October 9th, 7pm-8pm, Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Community Events</h4> <ul> <li>Talk with neighbors, concerned residents, and Zone 5 public safety officials at the September meeting of the <strong>Zone 5 Public Safety Council</strong>, to be held on T<strong>uesday, September 10th</strong> at<strong> 7 PM</strong> at the <strong>Union Project</strong> located at 801 N. Negley Avenue. Public Safety Council meetings are a great opportunity to stay informed on public safety issues in your neighborhood and to talk with the public safety professionals that keep our communities safe.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Lawrenceville United is bringing back their annual fundraiser with a newly revised and revamped event called LIVE! in Lawrenceville. LIVE! in Lawrenceville is the recurring annual fundraiser for Lawrenceville United. Tickets are $25.00 in advance ($30.00 at the door), 2 for $40.00 ($50.00 at the door), and $15.00 for LU&rsquo;s Senior AdvantAGE members.&nbsp; Please call LU for tickets by calling (412)-802-7220, or purchase online at&nbsp;<a href="http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&amp;id=ba791584a8&amp;e=7c6f89c064">www.lunited.org</a>.&nbsp;Each ticket includes 2 drink tickets and the following: &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tastings from local restaurants</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beverages from local businesses</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Entertainment</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One-of-a-kind artwork of Lawrenceville for sale</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An auction</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Living Collage: &nbsp;A collection of photo from residents or anyone who appreciates and loves Lawrenceville. &nbsp;Photos will be collected before and during the event, producing a projection that rotates all evening long.&nbsp; If you have pictures of Lawrenceville to share, please call 412.802.7220; digital pictures can be emailed to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:memories@lunited.org">memories@lunited.org</a>.</p> <p>LIVE! in Lawrenceville will take place on&nbsp;Saturday, September 14th from 7 PM &ndash; 11 PM at the Teamsters Temple&nbsp;(<a href="http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&amp;id=292cacedd0&amp;e=7c6f89c064">4701 Butler Street</a>). &nbsp;</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>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;This program, called the <strong>Citizens Police Academy</strong> (CPA), brings the police and the community closer together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.&nbsp;Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied&nbsp;functions of law enforcement, including the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, the processing of crime scenes, and the operations of many of the Pittsburgh Police&rsquo;s specialized enforcement units.</p> <p>The next session of the CPA will begin on&nbsp;<strong>Tuesday, September 3, 2013</strong>, at the<strong> South Hills Retirement Residence</strong> (old South Hills High School), at 125 Ruth Street,&nbsp;Pittsburgh, PA, 15211.&nbsp; The program will be held <strong>each</strong> <strong>Tuesday</strong>&nbsp;<strong>evening</strong>, from&nbsp;<strong>6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m</strong>.&nbsp;for 15 weeks.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm">here for a link to the CPA application</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:49:13 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - August 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2386 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4>D7 Team to continue Council to Go</h4> <p>The District 7 team is happy to announce that the office will continue hosting Council to Go meetings throughout District 7 to hear the concerns of residents and answer questions relating to city government. Council to Go meetings have proven to be one of the most useful tools in helping to serve the needs of the communities that our office serves, and we are excited to continue hosting the monthly meetings until a new representative is sworn in to fill the District 7 City Council seat. For more information about Council to Go, including dates and locations of upcoming Council to Go meetings in your neighborhood, take a look at the<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg"> Council to Go page </a>of the District 7 website.&nbsp;</p> <h4>211</h4> <p>Are you or is someone you know in need of connecting with community, health, or disaster services? The United Way&rsquo;s 211-line is a free resource and information hub that connects people in need with vital services and support through a free 24/7 confidential phone service and<a href="http://www.pa211.org/"> website</a>. 211 provides access to housing, utility issues, food, and more. To learn more about 211, visit the 211 website or contact the United Way.</p> <h4>City Council District 7 special election timeline, documents on D7 website</h4> <p>With the special election to fill Patrick&rsquo;s seat as the District 7 City Council representative in full swing, our office is committed informing District 7 residents about the special election process. Our team has posted an easily accessible election timeline on our website.<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/specialelection"> Take a look at the documents by following this link.</a></p> <h4>City Council District 7 &ldquo;Name that street&rdquo; contest</h4> <p>Pittsburgh City Council District 7 is asking for input to help name a street between Denny Street and Liberty Avenue in Lawrenceville! While the street was never officially named, over the years it has been referred to as Ohara Place and Saint Johns Street.</p> <p>Submissions will be judged based on their originality, creativity, and background story. The deadline for submissions is August 23, 2013.&nbsp; Please call the District 7 office at 412-255-2140 with any questions or to submit your suggestion by phone.&nbsp; The winning response will be submitted to the Addressing Review Committee for approval.</p> <p><em>All names must comply with the city&#39;s street naming standards (listed below):</em></p> <ul> <li>The spelling and pronunciation of the name must be unique to the City of Pittsburgh and not similar to any other existing streets (Example: Rodger, Roger).</li> <li>The street name must be unique to the city, regardless of the suffix (Example: Penn Street would not be acceptable because Penn Avenue already exists in the city).</li> <li>The name cannot contain any directional markers such as north, east, south, or west.</li> <li>The street should not be named after a living city resident.</li> <li>To submit your suggestions, follow this<a href="http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HyNcnjCVYcGNsuoXcYMJaTNJiX1jFtwvuD_29CprOAs/viewform"> l</a><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HyNcnjCVYcGNsuoXcYMJaTNJiX1jFtwvuD_29CprOAs/viewform">ink to our street naming submission form</a><a href="http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HyNcnjCVYcGNsuoXcYMJaTNJiX1jFtwvuD_29CprOAs/viewform">.</a></li> </ul> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4>Council to Go</h4> <p>Join District 7 staff for Council to Go, City Council District 7&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to city government and services.</p> <p><strong>Union Project &ndash; </strong>Thursday, August 1<sup>st</sup>, 7pm-8pm, 801 N. Negley Avenue</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield/Lawrenceville </strong>&ndash; Thursday, September 5<sup>th</sup>, 6pm-7pm, Caffe Mona, 4200 Penn Ave</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill &ndash; </strong>Wednesday, October 9<sup>th</sup>, 7pm-8pm, Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Community Events</h4> <p><strong>The East Liberty Valley Historical Society</strong> will conduct a major exhibition during the last two weeks of August.&nbsp; Located at the <strong>Royal York Auction Gallery</strong>, 5925 Baum Blvd, the exhibition will include rare portraits of prominent East Liberty residents of the past, antique autos, first editions of books by East Liberty authors, and many other unique artifacts.&nbsp; <strong>Suggested donation will be $5 for adults</strong>.&nbsp; The exhibition will open on Friday <strong>August 16, from 6 to 9 pm</strong>.&nbsp; A detailed schedule will be issued later.&nbsp; Save the dates!&nbsp; For more information, contact Al Mann, 412-661-5947, alfred.mann@verizon.net.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>State Representative Dom Costa,&nbsp;</strong>whose district includes city neighborhoods of Stanton Heights, &nbsp;Morningside, and Bloomfield, will be holding a <strong>Children&rsquo;s Safety Event</strong> at the <strong>Dougherty Veteran&rsquo;s Baseball Field</strong> in Etna, PA on <strong>Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.</strong> There will be fun activities and safety information including emergency service vehicles, fingerprinting, bike safety, car seat safety, and much, much more. Hotdogs and beverages will be provided. For more information, please contact Representative Costa&rsquo;s office at 412-361-2040.</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>Did you know that 11% of properties in District 7 are vacant? There are 20,257 total parcels in D7, and 2,248 of them are vacant according to <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/snap/">PGHSNAP, a mapping tool created by City Planning</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:56:14 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - July 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2334 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4>A letter from Patrick</h4> <p>Dear Neighbors,</p> <p>A few weeks ago, I announced that I would be leaving Pittsburgh City Council to lead Allies for Children, a start-up nonprofit dedicated to working with partners to build a bold and powerful voice for the children and youth of our region.</p> <p>This has been a difficult decision to make, because leaving means that I won&#39;t be able to work as closely with all of you. We have worked hard to improve our neighborhoods and our City, stood up for what we believe in, and shared our collective hopes and dreams for our future. I will always value the work that we have done together.</p> <p>On July 10<sup>th</sup>, I will submit my letter of resignation to the President of City Council, thereby triggering a series of steps that will lead to a special election to coincide with the general election to be held on November 5<sup>th</sup>, 2013. A special election held on that date will not cost any additional public money, and will give residents the best opportunity to decide who they would like to represent them for the remainder of the current term.</p> <p>Luckily, on July 10th, we have a Council-to-Go meeting scheduled in Polish Hill. As my letter to the Council President will indicate, I will resign effective the end of that meeting, a fitting close to my tenure on council. If you can make it, please join us.</p> <p>Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in elected office for nearly ten years. I am proud of all we accomplished together. While I am leaving elected office, I am glad to know that we will still have the opportunity to work together in my new capacity of serving the children and youth of our region.</p> <p>I can be reached via email at dowdps@gmail.com or by phone at 412-680-8007.</p> <p>Stay tuned, and please keep in touch.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Patrick</p> <h4>Happy 4<sup>th</sup> of July from District 7</h4> <p>District 7 would like to wish all residents a happy and safe <strong>4<sup>th</sup> of July</strong> and remind them that the District 7 office, as well as all City of Pittsburgh offices, will be closed on the 4<sup>th</sup>. Garbage pickup &nbsp;will be delayed by one day following the holiday.</p> <h4>Special PWSA Council to Go a success</h4> <p>Last week, Patrick and PWSA hosted a special Council to Go meeting at the East End Book Exchange in Bloomfield. Attendees from across the District participated in a Council to Go-style forum with PWSA Community Outreach Manager Brendan Schubert, who was on-hand to provide answers to PWSA-related questions from District 7 residents. Schubert also provided a brief overview of PWSA and its role in supplying area customers with water and sewer services throughout Pittsburgh.</p> <p>A special thanks goes out to the folks at the East End Book Exchange for hosting the event and to PWSA for attending.</p> <p>If you have a PWSA-related question or concern, feel free to contact Brendan Schubert by email at <a href="mailto:BSchubert@pgh2o.com">BSchubert@pgh2o.com</a>.</p> <h4>Help Stop Mosquito Breeding in Yards and Neighborhoods</h4> <p>While late June and early July usually signal warm weather and outdoor fun, the summer season is also the highpoint for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases, one of the most serious of which is the West Nile virus. In light of this, the Allegheny County Health Department offers these tips to curb mosquito-breeding and fend off mosquitoes:</p> <p>●&nbsp; Get rid of items that hold water -- tires, buckets, flowerpots, junk piles and cans.</p> <p>●&nbsp; Clean out roof gutters and storm drains.</p> <p>●&nbsp; Fill in depressions on your lawn to prevent accumulation of water.</p> <p>●&nbsp; Repair leaky outdoor faucets that can create a pool of stagnant water.</p> <p>More prevention tips can be found at the Allegheny County Health Department website.</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4>Council to Go</h4> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for Council to Go, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><strong>Patrick&rsquo;s last Council to Go - Polish Hill</strong> &ndash; Wednesday, July 10<sup>th</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Community Events</h4> <ul> <li>The <strong>69th Annual Independence Day Celebration</strong> will take place at <strong>Arsenal</strong><strong> Park</strong> on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Independence Day Celebration draws the heart of the community together to celebrate not only a national holiday, but also to honor the heritage and strength of our local community.&nbsp; There are lots of festivities for area families to enjoy.&nbsp; Planned for this year are the children&rsquo;s races and the City&rsquo;s Art Cart, Little League Baseball, Girls Softball, wrestling, pony rides, a petting zoo, music and entertainment, refreshments, and, of course, world class Zambelli fireworks.</li> </ul> <p>The schedule for the day is as follows:</p> <p>11:00a&nbsp; Food Booths Open</p> <p>11:00a DJ plays</p> <p>11:15a&nbsp; 9th Ward Girls&rsquo; Slow Pitch Softball - {All Star Game}</p> <p>12:00 noon Children Races</p> <p>12:30 &ndash; 3:30p&nbsp;&nbsp; Petting Zoo</p> <p>1:15p&nbsp;&nbsp; Boys&rsquo; Little League All Star Games - {9th Ward vs. Bloomfield}</p> <p>1:00 &ndash; 4:00p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Train Rides</p> <p>1:30 &ndash; 3:30p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pony Rides</p> <p>2:00 &ndash; 4:00p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fire Truck/ Ambulance Display</p> <p>4:00 &ndash; 6:00p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; K.W.S.A Wrestling Show</p> <p>4:30 &ndash; 6:00p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Spuds</p> <p>6:00 &ndash; 6:45p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Exotic Animal Show</p> <p>7:00p&nbsp;&nbsp; Official Ceremony: National Anthem &ndash; Leonard Garlicki</p> <p>7:30 &ndash; 9:30p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Bad Habits</p> <p>7:45 &ndash; 8:45p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Puppet Show</p> <p>9:30p&nbsp;&nbsp; FIREWORKS!</p> <p>If you have any further questions, please contact Becky Thatcher at Lawrenceville United: <a href="mailto:becky@lunited.org">becky@lunited.org</a> &ndash; 412.802.7220.</p> <ul> <li>Do you have hazardous materials, such as paints, pesticides, and household cleaners that you would like to dispose of? <strong>Zero Waste Pittsburgh</strong> will be collecting these and other items on <strong>Saturday, July 27<sup>th</sup> in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Avenue Plaza parking lot</strong> located underneath the 10<sup>th</sup> Street Bridge in Downtown. Collections will be held from <strong>9am to 1pm</strong>. There will be a $2 cash-only charge per gallon of chemicals collected. For more information about materials that will be accepted, take a look at this flier for the event or call 412-488-7452.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>It&#39;s that time of year again! Clean out your basement, garage, and closets and sign up for the annual<strong> Stanton Heights Neighborhood Yard Sales</strong>. Houses across Stanton Heights will participate on <strong>July 27th from 9:00 am &ndash; 3:00 pm.</strong> There will be a small fee to participate, which helps to defray the cost of advertisements, materials for directional signs, and the sale maps. The fee is $5 ($2 for Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association members).Volunteers are needed to help with getting the word out to our neighbors about the sale, and activities on the day of the sale to include hanging directional signs, and passing out maps of sale locations.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Please email stantonheightspgh@gmail.com or call 412-973-9802 to sign up!</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the newly independent United States, according to the U.S. Censure Bureau. In 2011, 311.7 million Americans will celebrate Independence Day.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:53:21 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - June 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2264 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4><strong>Cinema in the Park Dates Announced for Highland and Arsenal Parks this summer</strong></h4> <p>Grab a lawn chair and join your neighbors for a free family film under the stars. Cinema in the Park will be returning to District 7&rsquo;s Highland and Arsenal Parks, and other parks throughout the City. Films start at dusk through June, July, and August. In Highland Park, films will be shown on the hill behind the reservoir at the north end of Reservoir Drive. In Arsenal Park, films will be shown near the park&rsquo;s entrance at 39<sup>th</sup> and Butler Street.</p> <p>Visit the Citiparks <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/cinema-in-park">Cinema in the Park </a>webpage for the complete schedule, an interactive map and more details.</p> <p><strong>Highland Park:</strong></p> <p>June 17&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Hook (PG)</p> <p>July 15&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rise of the Guardians (PG)</p> <p>August 19&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Arsenal Park:</strong></p> <p>June 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Madagascar 3: Europe&#39;s Most Wanted (PG)</p> <p>June 21&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hook (PG)</p> <p>June 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thunderstruck (PG)</p> <p>July 5&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hotel Transylvania (PG)</p> <p>July 12 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Goonies (PG)</p> <p>July 19 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rise of the Guardians (PG)</p> <p>July 26 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Finding Nemo (G)</p> <p>August 2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ParaNorman (PG)</p> <p>August 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Seuss&#39; The Lorax (PG)</p> <p>August 16&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jumanji (PG)</p> <p>August 23&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13)</p> <p>August 30&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chimpanzee (G)<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>Heth&rsquo;s Bridge reconstruction to begin after Labor Day</strong></h4> <p>Built in 1914, Heth&rsquo;s Bridge stands near the entrance of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Butler Street in Highland Park. After nearly 100 years of use, the bridge will be given a total makeover to allow for an even more welcoming entrance into Highland Park and the Pittsburgh Zoo. The reconstructed bridge will also provide for greater riverfront visibility along the Allegheny River. Construction of a by-pass road and the new bridge will begin after Labor Day 2013, and will last roughly one year, resulting in one of the region&rsquo;s finest bridges right here in District 7. The District 7 office will host a community meeting to inform residents and commuters as to the timeline of the project in August.</p> <p>For more information about the Heth&rsquo;s Bridge construction project, take a look at this story from the <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/3868340-74/bridge-park-highland#axzz2VB14Ebxq">Tribune-Review</a>. &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>ReEnergize Pittsburgh &ldquo;Blitzes&rdquo; Bloomfield</strong></h4> <p>The folks from GTECH&rsquo;s ReEnergize Pittsburgh want to spread the word about ways that you can lower your home energy usage, saving you money while also helping the environment. On Saturday, June 8<sup>th</sup> ReEnergize Pittsburgh will be &ldquo;blitzing&rdquo; Bloomfield with volunteers, going door-to-door to help get the word out to residents about the importance of sustainable energy usage.</p> <p>For more information about ReEnergize Pittsburgh, <a href="http://www.reenergizepgh.org/Bloomfield">take a look at the ReEnergize Pittsburgh website</a>, and be sure to take the ReEnergize Pittsburgh energy survey while you&rsquo;re there.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>City of Pittsburgh releases 2013 paving plan</strong></h4> <p>The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has released its 2013 street paving plan. You can view the entire collection of street improvements set to be made throughout the City <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/2013PavingPlan.pdf">following this link</a>.</p> <h4><strong>City Farmers&rsquo; Markets</strong></h4> <p>Get ready for fresh vegetables and locally sourced food options! Farmers&rsquo; Markets are now open for the season throughout the city, allowing you to pick up fresh food in a neighborhood near you. To view a list of markets facilitated by Citiparks, take a look at the Citiparks farmers&rsquo; markets page on<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/farmers-market"> the Citiparks website.</a></p> <p>Also, be sure to visit the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LawrencevillePGHFarmersMarket">Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market,</a> which is facilitated through <a href="http://www.lunited.org/">Lawrenceville United</a> and is supported by Goodwill and the District 7 office. The Lawrenceville Farmers&#39; Market has kicked off its third season serving the Lawrenceville community this Saturday. The Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market is also happy to announce that it will soon accept debit, credit, and EBT SNAP benefits. The market will take place every Saturday from June 1 through October 25, from 12:30p &ndash; 4p in the parking lot of the Goodwill Employment and Training Center (118 52nd Street).<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</strong></h3> <p><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></p> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for Council to Go, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville/Bloomfield</strong> &ndash; Thursday, June 6<sup>th</sup>, 6-7pm &ndash; Caffe Mona, 4200 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill</strong> &ndash; Wednesday, July 10<sup>th</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <h4><strong>Community Events</strong></h4> <p>The Lawrenceville Hospitality Association will again host the annual<strong> Lawrenceville Garden Tour</strong> on <strong>Saturday, June 22, 2013</strong> from <strong>11:00 AM to 3:00 PM</strong>.&nbsp; The event is free to the public and any resident of Lawrenceville who has a garden of any type is welcome to submit their garden as part of the tour.&nbsp; This includes traditional gardens, seasonal gardens, herb gardens and container gardens.&nbsp; No garden is considered too big or two small.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you are interested in having your garden included in the tour please access this<a href="http://goo.gl/6LFsy"> online link</a> and submit per instructions.</p> <p>On <strong>June 27<sup>th</sup></strong>, <strong>from 6-8pm</strong> at <strong>the Saint Maria Goretti Activity Building</strong> located at the corner of N. Atlantic and Broad Streets there will be a<strong> final public meeting to discuss Phase I of the Penn Avenue repaving project</strong> that will be kicking off this summer. Phase I will focus on considerable improvements along Penn Avenue through Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship. The project team will be on hand at the meeting to give details about the project schedule, as well as to answer questions. For more information about the meeting, contact Pat Hassett, Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Pittsburgh by calling 412-255-2883.</p> <p>Do you have hazardous materials, such as paints, pesticides, and household cleaners that you would like to dispose of? <strong>Zero Waste Pittsburgh</strong> will be collecting these and other items on <strong>Saturday, July 27<sup>th</sup> in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Avenue Plaza parking lot</strong> located underneath the 10<sup>th</sup> Street Bridge in Downtown. Collections will be held from <strong>9am to 1pm</strong>. There will be a $2 cash-only charge per gallon of chemicals collected. For more information about materials that will be accepted, call 412-488-7452.</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>June is often known for the large number of marriages that occur over the course of the month. According to one etymology, June is named after the Roman god Juno. Juno was the goddess of marriage and a married couple&#39;s household, so some consider it good luck to be married in this month.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:59:08 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - May 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2203 <h3>News and Updates</h3> <h4><strong>District 7 to incorporate online survey&rsquo;s on District 7 webpage</strong></h4> <p>A penny for your thoughts? Well, we can&rsquo;t really promise that, but we at the District 7 office are excited to announce that we will be testing out a new public survey feature on the D7 website.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/survey?m=25">Take a look at our first public survey</a>, which looks to help us better understand how our office can keep residents informed about &nbsp;and let us know what you think about our communications efforts. Stay posted for new survey topics, which will give you yet another outlet to make your voice heard on city issues to Patrick and the District 7 team.</span></p> <p>Do you have suggestions about potential District 7 survey topics? Let us know! Submit your suggested topics to <a href="mailto:nathaniel.hanson@pittsburghpa.gov">nathaniel.hanson@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market kicks off 2013 season</strong></h4> <p>Get ready for another season of fresh, locally sourced food from the Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market, which will be kicking off its 2013 season on June 1<sup>st</sup>. The Market, which hosts local farmers from throughout the region, is held every Saturday from 12:30-4pm through October. For more information about the Market, including updates on vendors, take a look at the <a href="http://www.lunited.org/programs/community-planning-development/lawrenceville-farmers-market/">Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market page</a> on the<a href="http://www.lunited.org/"> Lawrenceville United </a>website or keep up to date with the Lawrenceville Farmers&rsquo; Market by liking the Market&rsquo;s<a href="https://www.facebook.com/LawrencevillePGHFarmersMarket?fref=ts"> Facebook page</a>.</p> <h4><strong style="font-size: 12px;">Pittsburgh</strong><strong style="font-size: 12px;"> races into spring</strong></h4> <p>Spring is blooming in District 7, bringing with it warmer weather, longer nights, and a reminder that summer is right around the corner. Kick-off the spring season by registering for one of the City&rsquo;s community footraces, held in a number of neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Parks department has included information about a number of community footraces on its webpage, where information about each race&rsquo;s length and location are available. To learn more about these community footraces, follow this link to the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/community-footraces">Parks department&rsquo;s footraces webpage</a>.</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings&nbsp;&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Council to Go</strong></h4> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg"> Council to G</a>o, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p>Upcoming Council to Go&rsquo;s include:</p> <p><strong>Union Project </strong>&ndash; Thursday, May 2<sup>nd</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; 801 N. Negley Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville/Bloomfield</strong> &ndash; Thursday, June 6<sup>th</sup>, 6-7pm &ndash; Caffe Mona 4200 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15224<span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <h4><strong>Community Events</strong></h4> <p>Join <strong>Representative Dom Costa</strong>&rsquo;s office for its <strong>Shredding and E-Waste Recycling Event</strong> on <strong>Saturday, May 11th from 9am &ndash; 12pm</strong> in the <strong>St. Raphael School Parking Lot</strong> at1154 Chislett St. For more information, <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/dcosta/contact.asp">contact Representative Costa&rsquo;s office.</a></p> <p>The&nbsp;<strong>Friendship Flower and Folk Festival&nbsp;</strong>is a laid-back, family-friendly event full of fun with folk music, fresh flowers, raffles, demonstrations and good times! You&rsquo;ll find locally grown flowers, vegetables, herbs and perennials for sale &ndash; the proceeds of which support the maintenance of Baum Grove, Friendship&rsquo;s own greenspace. There will also be yummy food tables, raffle tickets, children&rsquo;s items, a book sale and more. Proceeds support Friendship Preservation Group&rsquo;s efforts to enhance the quality of life for all Friendship residents. The festival will be held on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, May 11th</strong>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<strong>11am-4pm</strong>. For additional information, please visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://friendship-pgh.org/category/events/">Friendship&rsquo;s Development Associates website</a>.</p> <p>Get rid of your old stuff for a good cause by donating unwated items to the Polish Hill Civic Association for use in their annual PHCA Neighborhood Yardsale. The PHCA will be accepting item donations in the PHCA office at 3060 Brereton Street from May 28th-May 31st during the regular PHCA office hours (10am-6pm). <a href="http://www.phcapgh.org/contact-phca.html">Contact the PHCA</a> for more information.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mark your calendars for <strong>June 2<sup>nd</sup></strong>, the date of the <strong>Great Highland Park Yard Sale &amp; Bryant Street Festival</strong>. The Yard Sale begins at 9am with over 100 homes expected to participate, and the Bryant Street Festival runs from 12 &ndash; 5:00pm with live musical performances, delicious foods from local businesses and neighbors, and artists selling their jewelry, ceramics, stationery and much more. There will be activities for kids including a moonwalk, face painting, and Union Project will be spinning their clay wheel! All are invited to these free events.</p> <h3>Did you know?</h3> <p>The origin of Mother&#39;s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans, where festivals honoring mothers had roots in the ancient religions of the day. The roots of Mother&#39;s Day as we know it today, however, can also be traced to the United Kingdom where a holiday known as &ldquo;Mothering Sunday&rdquo; has been celebrated going back to the 16<sup>th</sup> Century. This year, Mother&rsquo;s Day falls on Sunday, May 12<sup>th</sup> - don&rsquo;t forget to buy mom a card!&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 09:31:35 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - April 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2145 <p><strong>In this month&#39;s issue:</strong></p> <p><a href="#News and Updates">News and Updates</a></p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="#Patrick introduces updated cell phone antenna zoning, incentivizes camouflaged tower construction">Patrick introduces updated cell phone antenna zoning, incentivizes camouflaged tower construction</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="#OpenSpacePGH comes to Bloomfield" style="font-size: 12px;">OpenSpacePGH comes to Bloomfield</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="#Citywide Public Safety Meeting" style="font-size: 12px;">Citywide Public Safety Meeting</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="#District 7 team continues fighting blight" style="font-size: 12px;">District 7 team continues fighting blight</a></p> </li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings ">Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go">Council to Go</a></li> <li><a href="#Community Events">Community Events</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Did you know?">Did you know?</a></p> <h2><a name="News and Updates"><span style="font-size: 12.222222328186035px;">News and Updates</span></a></h2> <h3><a name="Patrick introduces updated cell phone antenna zoning, incentivizes camouflaged tower construction"><strong>Patrick introduces updated cell phone antenna zoning, incentivizes camouflaged tower construction</strong></a></h3> <p>On Friday, March 25, 2013, Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd <a href="http://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1324662&amp;GUID=87A24C67-7C9D-437A-8B0B-6CFEB99F629D&amp;Options=ID|Text|&amp;Search=tower">submitted legislation</a> that will create updated regulations for the new construction of communication antennas, towers and facilities in Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Among the updates contained in the legislation are incentives for new towers, antennas and facilities to incorporate new c<a href="https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=camouflaged+towers+cell&amp;hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=jUBbUevNOePRyAHf14H4BA&amp;ved=0CDkQsAQ&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=677#hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=1&amp;q=camouflaged+cell+phone+towers&amp;oq=camouflaged+cell&amp;gs_l=img.3.0.0l2.14586.14586.0.15989.;bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&amp;bvm=bv.44697112,d.aWc&amp;fp=f859587b62e1f3f6&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=677">oncealment and camouflage</a> options that will allow newly built towers and facilities to better blend in with surroundings. Examples of concealed towers include the construction of antennas located inside of structures such as church steeples and bell towers, as well as antennas disguised as flagpoles, chimneys, and camouflaged similarly to other features consistent with the surroundings of the proposed construction area.</p> <p>Visit the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/lic/">legislation information page</a> to read the legislation and keep up with its progress through the legislative process.</p> <h3><a name="OpenSpacePGH comes to Bloomfield"><strong>OpenSpacePGH comes to Bloomfield</strong></a></h3> <p>Did you know that open spaces comprise 18.7% of the land in Pittsburgh? The Pittsburgh Department of City Planning is working to improve the open space is utilized, with the intent of making Pittsburgh&rsquo;s parks, greenspaces, and other public areas the best public assets they can be. City Planning is visiting different neighborhoods throughout the City to provide an overview of its OpenSpacePGH&nbsp; plan to residents, as well as inform them about how they can get involved as the plan is implemented. OpenSpacePGH will be coming to Bloomfield on April 16<sup>th</sup> for a presentation at the West Penn Hospital Burstin Room beginning at 6:30 pm.</p> <h3><a name="Citywide Public Safety Meeting"><strong>Citywide Public Safety Meeting</strong></a></h3> <p>Join concerned residents, public officials, as well as public safety experts and activists on Tuesday, April 23<sup>rd</sup><sup> </sup>at for a citywide public safety meeting. The meeting, titled <em>Keeping our Youth on the Right Track</em>, will feature guest speakers Thera Greene of the Community Intensive Supervision Program and William Simmons of the Allegheny County Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. Both speakers will be presenting on topics related to juvenile development and resources for troubled youth in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Please RSVP to Melanie Brown by emailing <a href="mailto:melanieb.1@verizon.net">melanieb.1@verizon.net</a> or call 412-281-8199.</p> <p>Doors for the event will open at 6:00 pm, with the first speaker beginning at 6:30 pm. This citywide event will be hosted by the Public Safety Councils of Zones 2, 4, and 5. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="District 7 team continues fighting blight"><strong>District 7 team continues fighting blight</strong></a></h3> <p>As always, our office is committed to blight mitigation and beautification issues in District 7. We work with community groups, residents, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection to ensure that problem property owners are held accountable. Blight mitigation is more than just keeping up appearances- it&#39;s about improving the quality of life in our communities.</p> <p>We want to hear from you about problem properties in your neighborhood! <strong>Contact <a href="mailto:moira.egler@pittsburghpa.gov">moira.egler@pittsburghpa.gov</a> with information regarding blight in your neighborhood.</strong></p> <h2><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings ">Upcoming Events and Meetings&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></h2> <h3><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h3> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill</strong> &ndash; Wednesday, April 10<sup>th</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p><strong>Union Project </strong>&ndash; Thursday, May 2<sup>nd</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; 801 N. Negley Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206<span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <h3><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h3> <p>There will be a public community meeting to discuss proposed zoning variances for the <strong>expansion of the Thunderbird Caf&eacute;</strong> - located at 4023 Butler Street - on <strong>Wednesday, April 3, 2013 </strong>at<strong> 6:00 pm</strong> in the <strong>Arsenal Middle School Auditorium</strong> located at 220 40th Street. Lawrenceville Holdings VI LP, the owners of Thunderbird Caf&eacute; and other adjacent properties have filed for zoning approvals relative to these new development plans. Zoning approvals are being sought to expand the current Thunderbird Caf&eacute;, to develop a new restaurant at the corner of 41st and Butler, and to redevelop residential apartment units.</p> <p>Get hungry for a good cause and attend an upcoming <strong>spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Sarah Johnston, former manager of the Morningside Senior Center, </strong>on<strong> Saturday, April 6<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm</strong>. The fundraiser, which will be held at <strong>the Lawrenceville Senior Center, at 4600 Butler Street,</strong> will benefit Sarah and her family, who lost their Brighton Heights home in a fire in December 2012. Proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of the Johnston&rsquo;s home.</p> <p>The Highland Park Community Council and Highland Park tree tenders will be planting 59 trees on Farragut St. and Sheridan Ave. Planting Day will be <strong>April 27</strong> at <strong>8:45 am</strong> - rain or shine or snow! To volunteer to help plant the trees, <a href="http://www.paconserve.org/300/form-test">click here</a> and enter your name and contact information. Volunteers will meet at the Farmhouse, located on the corner of Heberton and Grafton in Highland Park. Contact Nancy Levine, Highland Park Tree Tender, at 412-439-5172 or <a href="http://nlevinearnold@gmail.com">nlevinearnold@gmail.com</a> for additional information.</p> <p>Join <strong>Representative Dom Costa</strong>&rsquo;s office for its <strong>Shredding and E-Waste Recycling Event</strong> on <strong>Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m. &ndash; 12p.m</strong>. at <strong>St. Raphael School Parking Lot</strong> at1154 Chislett St. For more information, contact<a href="http://www.pahouse.com/dcosta/contact.asp"> Representative Costa</a>&rsquo;s office.</p> <h2><a name="Did you know?">Did you know?</a></h2> <p>In the spirit of this year&#39;s Major League Baseball opening day, April 1st, &nbsp;this month&rsquo;s <em>Did you know </em>focuses on the famous historic baseball players buried in District 7&rsquo;s own Allegheny Cemetery. Among the historic baseball figures buried in Allegheny Cemetery are legendary Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords catcher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Gibson">Josh Gibson</a>, Crawfords owner, business man, and philanthropist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Greenlee">Gus Greenlee</a>, and late 1800&rsquo;s Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Baldwin_(baseball)">Mark Baldwin</a>.</p> <p>Follow this link for a list complete list of historic figures interned in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegheny_Cemetery">Lawrenceville&rsquo;s Allegheny Cemetery</a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:53:22 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - March 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2079 <h3><strong style="font-size: 12px;">News and Updates</strong></h3> <h4><strong>Patrick fights for better staffing, more immediate supervision in Zone 5</strong></h4> <p>While there have been a number of questions about management in the Pittsburgh Police Department recently, Councilman Dowd has emphasized that the primary issue for the Pittsburgh Police is protecting our neighborhoods through patrol. Too much attention and energy has been directed to Secondary Details, which, in turn affects the Bureau&#39;s ability to patrol and protect. Patrick recently released the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/">invoices for all Secondary Detail work from 2009 to 2012</a> in an effort to encourage community discourse.</p> <p><a>&quot;Across the City, and in Zone 5 particularly, we need more sergeants to provide direct management support, coaching, and training to the younger, less experienced patrol officers keeping our streets safe,&quot; Councilman Dowd said.</a>&nbsp;Over the past 2 months, Councilman Dowd has advocated for an increased number of police sergeants in Zone 5 and other police divisions throughout the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Patrick appeared on 90.5 WESA&rsquo;s program Essential Pittsburgh to discuss the need for better staffing and management in the Bureau of Police. You can listen to Patrick&rsquo;s interview with Essential Pittsburgh by <a href="http://goo.gl/HsAeP">following this link.</a> More information about police management and staffing can be found by keeping up with the District 7 office on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Pittsburgh.Council.District7">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/PghDistrict7">Twitter</a>.</p> <h4><strong>City income tax forms hit mailboxes</strong></h4> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again &ndash; tax season. City of Pittsburgh income tax forms were mailed out by Jordan Tax Service to residents throughout the City. Residents who did not receive forms in the mail can find them posted online on <a href="http://www.jordantax.com/Act32/EmployerForms.html">Jordan Tax Service&rsquo;s webpage.</a> As always, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/feedback">contact the District 7 office team </a>with any questions about how to&nbsp;file your City income taxes.</p> <h4><strong>District 7 Home Improvement Workshop a huge success</strong></h4> <p>Patrick and the team would like to thank everyone that made it out to the February Home Improvement Workshop at West Penn Hospital. The workshop turned out to be an incredible success! Special thanks go out to the Design Center, who hosted a number of mini-consults that received great feedback from workshop attendees. If you missed the workshop but would still like to meet with a volunteer design professional , visit the<a href="http://www.designcenterpgh.org/"> Design Center&rsquo;s website </a>to learn about the Design Consults program or contact the Center at 412-391-4144 to discuss your project.</p> <h4><strong>Equitable Gas to begin work in Bloomfield, Friendship</strong></h4> <p>Starting this month, Equitable Gas will be replacing pipes in five locations in District 7 and a nearby street in District 9:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S. Atlantic Ave between Liberty Ave and Harriet St</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S. Evaline St between Harriet St. and Friendship Ave</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S. Winebiddle St between Liberty Ave and Friendship Ave</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Amboy Way between Harriet St and Liberty Ave</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S Aiken Ave between Liberty Ave and Friendship Ave</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; S Graham St between Friendship Ave and Penn Ave (District 9)</p> <p>Residents in these areas may be without gas for a small period of time that will be scheduled with the customer by Equitable Gas. The work will take place between 7am and 5pm on weekdays, and will impact on-street parking minimally. For more information on the work, please feel free to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/feedback">contact the District 7 office</a>. &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong><em>Council to Go</em> visits the Strip District</strong></h4> <p>Patrick and his team had a great time visiting the Strip District for a special introductory Strip District Council to Go. Residents and business owners from throughout the neighborhood turned out to talk with Patrick about their questions and concerns related to City government and services. Conversation for the evening ranged from discussion about pedestrian safety and parking in the Strip to the redevelopment of the Allegheny Riverfront. For a full list of upcoming Council to Go sessions, take a look at the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go section</a> of our webpage.</p> <h3>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Council to Go</strong></h4> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for Council to Go, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville/Bloomfield</strong> &ndash; Thursday, March 7<sup>th</sup>, 6-7pm &ndash; Caffe Mona, 4200 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224<span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <h4><strong>Community Events</strong></h4> <p>Looking for a job? Representative Dom Costa will be hosting a Job Fair at the Ross Township Municipal Building, located at 1000 Ross Municipal Drive (Behind the Big Lots on McKnight Rd), on March 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Rep Costa&rsquo;s office at 412-361-2040.</p> <p>Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce Benefit: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force&rsquo;s 27th Annual Benefit will take place at the Pittsburgh Opera at 6 p.m. A cocktail reception is followed by award-winning Varla Jean Merman (Jeffery Roberson) performing her new one-woman show, &ldquo;The Book of Merman.&rdquo; Tickets can be purchased at www.patf.org. For more information, call 412-345-0593.</p> <p>Join the Lawrenceville Farmers Market and Pittsburgh Party for a Purpose for a special fundraiser to benefit the Lawrenceville Famers Market. The benefit will be held on Friday, March 22<sup>nd</sup> from 9 p.m. at Remedy Restaurant and Lounge, located at 5121 Butler Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lawrenceville Historical Society will host Barbara McGlynn as part of its public lecture series.&nbsp; Speaking on &ldquo;Charles Dickens&rsquo; Trip to America,&rdquo; McGlynn will address the Pennsylvania leg of the famous writer&rsquo;s tour of the United States.&nbsp; Lecture takes place in the McVey Auditorium of Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk Street, on Thursday, March 21st at 7 p.m.&nbsp; Event is free and open to the public.&nbsp; No reservations needed.</p> <h3><strong>Did you know?</strong></h3> <p>Tax season can be one of the year&rsquo;s most stressful periods, particularly for many low income individuals and households. The Money in your Pocket Coalition facilitated by the United Way and partnering non-profit organizations, provides free tax filing assistance for qualifying low income individuals and households. Organizations partnering with the United Way can provide assistance with federal, state, and city taxes. A list of <a href="http://www.pghfreetaxes.org/docs/apps/MIYP_Partner_Site_List_11_28_12.pdf">tax preparation sites</a> and <a href="http://www.pghfreetaxes.org/">registration information</a> can be found on the<a href="http://www.pghfreetaxes.org/"> Money in Your Pocket section </a>of the United Way website. Tax assistance programs will be held throughout tax season</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:34:21 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - February 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=2010 <h3>In this month&#39;s issue:</h3> <p><a href="#News and Updates">News and updates</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#District 7 to host Home Improvement Workshop">District 7 Home Improvement Workshop</a></li> <li><a href="#Property Tax update">Property tax update</a></li> <li><a href="#District 7 Annual Report out now!">District 7 Annual Report</a></li> <li><a href="#Councilman Patrick Dowd continues to fight to keep public assets public">Patrick continues to fight for public assets</a></li> <li><a href="#Residential Permit Parking in Lawrenceville has been expanded">Lawrenceville Residential Permit Parking Expansion</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings ">Upcoming Events and Meetings</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go">Council to Go at the Union Project</a></li> <li><a href="#Community Events">Community Events</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Did you know?">Did you know?&nbsp;</a></p> <h3><a name="News and Updates"><strong style="font-size: 12px;">News and Updates</strong></a></h3> <h4><a name="District 7 to host Home Improvement Workshop"><strong>District 7 to host Home Improvement Workshop</strong></a></h4> <p>Do you want to add value to your home or storefront, but don&rsquo;t know where to start? The District 7 office will be hosting its second <strong>Home Improvement Workshop</strong>, where residents can learn about property design, property renovation, City of Pittsburgh services, local neighborhood groups, and other resources for making lasting improvements to their home or storefront.</p> <p>The workshop, which will be held on <strong>Saturday, February 23<sup>rd</sup></strong> from <strong>10 a.m. until 1 p.m</strong>. in the <strong>West</strong><strong> Penn Hospital</strong><strong> Winter Garden room</strong>, will feature presentations and information tables on a wide range of topics. Volunteer architects, landscape architects, and interior design consultants will be available for brief one-on-one renovation consultations facilitated through the Design Center. To register for a one-on-one consultation, please RSVP with the District 7 office by <strong>February 19<sup>th</sup></strong> by calling 412-255-2140 or by emailing <a href="mailto:district7@pittsburghpa.gov">district7@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <h4><a name="Property Tax update"><strong>Property tax update</strong></a></h4> <p>Do you have questions about your property taxes? Take a look at the City&rsquo;s<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/property-tax-worksheet/"> property tax calculato</a>r, where you can input your property&rsquo;s assessed value to determine your City, school district, and Allegheny County property tax amounts. You can also find information about applying for Homestead and Senior Citizen tax relief options.</p> <p>For more questions about your property taxes, remember that you can always contact the District 7 office. We are always ready and willing to help!</p> <h4><a name="District 7 Annual Report out now!"><strong>District 7 Annual Report out now</strong></a></h4> <p>Take a look at what Patrick and the office team have been up to over the past year by reading the <strong>2012 District 7 Annual Report</strong>. The report, which will be mailed to all residences throughout District 7, will be hitting mailboxes in early February. An <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/2012_Annual_Report_Working_Draft_from_Template_revised_x2.pdf">electronic version of the report</a> can be found on the District 7 website&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/publications">publications section</a>. Topics covered include riverfront development in the Strip District, PWSA updates, neighborhood and community news, and updates on Patrick&rsquo;s recent legislation.</p> <h4><a name="Councilman Patrick Dowd continues to fight to keep public assets public"><strong>Councilman Patrick Dowd continues to fight to keep public assets public</strong></a></h4> <p>On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Patrick hosted a post agenda to discuss the possible sale of the <strong>John P. Robin Civic Building at 200 Ross Street</strong>. The building houses a number of important customer service functions related to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, City Planning Department and Zoning Counter, and the Bureau of Building Inspection. The building is slated to be sold to a private Philadelphia developer with plans to convert the 106 year old building into 100 apartments.</p> <p>The Urban Redevelopment Authority is currently in talks with a number of landlords, including the Buncher Company, to make arrangements for the future location of URA offices.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Councilman Dowd insists that customer service improvements through building convenience should be the driving force behind these discussions. For more information, take a look at<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/dowd-questions-sale-of-john-p-robin-civic-building-672602/"> this story from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.</a></span></p> <h4><a name="Residential Permit Parking in Lawrenceville has been expanded"><strong>Residential Permit Parking in Lawrenceville has been expanded</strong></a></h4> <p>The Residential Permit Parking Area A expansion legislation will be up for final Council approval on Tuesday, February 5<sup>th</sup>. The following streets are to be included in the expansion:</p> <p>* 42nd Street from Butler Street to Penn Avenue</p> <p>* 43rd from Butler to Davison</p> <p>* 45th Street from Butler to Cessna Way</p> <p>* 46th Street from Lawrence Street to Bancroft Street</p> <p>* Arsenal Place from Fisk Street to its terminus</p> <p>* Carlton Street from 46th Street to its terminus</p> <p>Once the legislation is signed, the Parking Authority will send letters to residentsinforming them that they will now be able to purchase Area A passes.&nbsp; The Department of Public Works is in the process of submitting a work order to have signs put up. Feel free to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/feedback">contact the District 7</a> office with any questions about permit parking.</p> <h3><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings "><strong>Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</strong></a></h3> <h5><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h5> <p>Join Patrick and his staff for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.unionproject.org/"><strong>Union Project</strong></a> &ndash; Thursday, February 7<sup>th</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue</p> <h4><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h4> <p>Would you like to learn about the process of becoming a homeowner? Consider attending <strong>Huntington Bank&rsquo;s </strong>no cost<strong>&nbsp;Homebuyers&rsquo; Workshop</strong> on February 9, 2013 at NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center located at 710 Fifth Avenue, Suite 100 Pittsburgh, PA 15219. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jonathan Weaver by phone at 412-323-0274 or by emailing <a href="mailto:jonathan.weaver@huntington.com">jonathan.weaver@huntington.com</a>.</p> <p>We all know that February brings cold and snow, but the start of February also means the beginning of fish fry season! Join the residents of<strong> Stanton Heights for their First Annual Fish Fry</strong> on <strong>February 13<sup>th</sup></strong> from 11 a.m. until 7 p .m. at the <strong>Stanton Heights Methodist Church located at 4721 Stanton Avenue</strong>. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/REVISED%20FISH%20FRY%20FLYER%202%20(1).pdf">See this flyer </a>for more details!</p> <h3><a name="Did you know?">Did you know?</a></h3> <p>Do you know someone struggling to heat their home during the cold winter months? The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) has a number of resources for elderly and low income households struggling to balance household finances, utility costs, and dropping temperatures. Visit the <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/utility.aspx">ACDHS utility assistance resources page</a>&nbsp;for a complete list of public and private options to help keep warm through the winter.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:28:43 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - January 2013 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1941 <h3>In this month&#39;s issue:</h3> <p><a href="#News and Updates">News and Updates</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Councilman Dowd votes no on Ravenstahl’s 2013 budget">Councilman Dowd votes no on Ravenstahl&#39;s 2013 budget</a></li> <li><a href="#City no longer accepting certain electronic devices for waste collection">City no long accepting certain electronic items for garbage pickup</a></li> <li><a href="#2013 Council to Go schedule brings new locations">2013 Council to Go schedule brings new locations</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Community Events">Upcoming Events and Meetings&nbsp;</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go">Council to Go&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="#Community Events">Community Events and Happenings</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Did you know?">Did you know?&nbsp;</a></p> <h3><a name="News and Updates">News and Update</a></h3> <h4>District 7 Videocast: Patrick talks redistricting</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4h8dZkUMD0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <h4><a name="Councilman Dowd votes no on Ravenstahl’s 2013 budget"><strong>Councilman Dowd votes no on Mayor&#39;s 2013 budget</strong></a></h4> <p>Councilman Dowd voted against Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s 2013 Operating Budget because it significantly underestimates the real cost of running City government, especially policing Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Today, there are 870 sworn officers serving Pittsburgh. Of that number, 165 are in Major Crimes investigations, 120 are in command and supervisory positions and 125 officers out because of leave, disability or similar matters.&nbsp;</p> <p>That leaves approximately only 460 officers left to patrol all 90 neighborhoods in&nbsp;Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Take Zone 5, which covers from North Oakland to East Hills, Shadyside to Morningside and everything in between. It is geographically large and each year records more homicides and violent crimes than all or almost all of the other zones. There are approximately 90 officers assigned to the zone. However, on any given day Zone 5 is required to send officers out of the zone to work at major events like football games. If we were to subtract the number of officers charged to work on major events, while also taking the number of supervisors and specialty units excluded from patrol work, we would find that the remaining number of officers patrolling Zone 5 each day is far too small. The officers actually patrolling your streets must therefore work cover three shifts, seven days a week, seriously overextending our public safety resources. &nbsp;</p> <p>You can find a link to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/claims">Patrick&#39;s statement </a>on the 2013 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/claims">budget resources page</a> on the District 7 website.&nbsp;For more information about budgeting, please stay tuned to the Distct 7 webpage for upcoming resources related to the allocation of City resources.&nbsp;</p> <h4><a name="City no longer accepting certain electronic devices for waste collection"><strong>City no longer accepting certain electronic devices for waste collection</strong></a></h4> <p>Beginning January 1, 2013, the City of Pittsburgh will no longer be able to accept the following items for garbage collection: all televisions, desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, printers, and other external input/output computer device. These changes in collection are a result of the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), PA Act 108 of 2010.</p> <p>Covered devices can be disposed of by returning the unwanted device to the device&rsquo;s manufacturer or an electronic retail store. Retail stores must have programs to accept items for recycling at no cost to the consumer, allowing each person to do their part in helping to safely dispose of old electronic devices.</p> <p>For more information on collection changes, please visit the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/">City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s website</a>, or visit the Households section of the Community Portal on the<a href="http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/dep_home/5968"> Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection&rsquo;s website</a>.</p> <h4><a name="2013 Council to Go schedule brings new locations"><strong>2013 Council to Go schedule brings new locations</strong></a></h4> <p>With the start of a new year, Councilman Dowd is pleased to announce the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">2013 Council to Go schedule</a>!</p> <p>Council to Go will meet regularly at the Union Project, Polish Hill Civic Association, and Cats and Dogs Coffee. In addition to these regular meeting locations, meetings at special satellite locations will be announced throughout the upcoming year.</p> <p>Council to Go serves as Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office and meets regularly in locations throughout District 7. Each Council to go gives District 7 residents a chance to voice their questions and concerns related to City government and services with Councilman Dowd in a community setting. Visit the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a> section of the District 7 webpage for more information.</p> <h3><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings ">Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;</a></h3> <h4><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h4> <p>Join Councilman Dowd and his staff for Council to Go, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, where residents are encouraged to voice their concerns, ideas, and questions related to City government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill</strong> &ndash; Wednesday, January 9<sup>th</sup>, 7-8pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street</p> <h4><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h4> <p>The <strong>Lawrenceville Historical Society</strong> will kick off the first of the <strong>2013 public lecture series</strong> with James Wudarczyk speaking on the topic of Salmon P. Chase: Financier of Mr. Lincoln&rsquo;s War. The talk deals with the confrontations between Lincoln and his Secretary of the Treasury and will take place on <strong>January 17<sup>th</sup> in the McVey Auditorium of Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk Street at 7 p.m</strong>. This event is <strong>free</strong> and open to the public; no reservations are needed.</p> <p>The <strong>Art All Night planning committee</strong> is looking for new team members to help plan the 16<sup>th</sup> installment of one of Pittsburgh most-loved free art events. <strong>The planning committee will have its first meeting of the year on January 23<sup>rd</sup> at 7 p.m. at the Stephen Foster Community Center located at 286 Main Street</strong>. For more information, visit Art All Night&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.artallnight.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/artallnight">Facebook</a>, or <a href="https://twitter.com/artallnight">Twitter </a>pages.</p> <p>Join State Representative Dom Costa&rsquo;s office for its <strong>Financial Aid Night</strong> at <strong>Fugh Hall</strong>, located at 27 Crescent Ave, Etna, PA 15223, on <strong>Thursday, January 10th</strong>, 2013 at <strong>6:30 pm</strong>. High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative session to get a better understanding of the student aid process and how best to begin planning to fund their higher education. A student aid expert from PHEAA will be available to provide information and answer questions. Registration for this event <strong>must</strong> occur by January 7th, 2013. For more information, or to register, please call 412-361-2040.</p> <h3><a name="Did you know?"><strong><em>Did you know?</em></strong></a></h3> <p>The City of Pittsburgh offers assistance to those unable to shovel their sidewalks in the cold winter months. The Snow Angels program connects volunteers from the Pittsburgh community to City residents in need of snow removal assistance, particularly the elderly and physically disabled. To volunteer to be a snow angles, or to request one, visit the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/snowangels/">Snow Angels page</a> on the City of Pittsburgh website.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:18:07 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - December 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1888 <h3>In this month&#39;s issue:</h3> <div><a href="#News and Updates">News and Updates</a></div> <ul> <li><a href="#Council districts redrawn, District 7 welcomes new portions of Strip District, Bloomfield">Council districts redrawn, District 7 welcomes new portions of Strip District, Bloomfield</a></li> <li><a href="#Happy Holidays from Councilman Dowd and the D7 Team!">Happy Holidays from Councilman Dowd and the District 7 Team!</a></li> <li><a href="#Annual Report Preview">Annual Report Preview</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings">Upcoming Events and Meetings</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go">Council to Go</a></li> <li><a href="#Community Events and Happenings">Community Events and Happenings&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Did you know?">Did you know?&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="News and Updates">News and Updates</a></h3> <h4><a name="Council districts redrawn, District 7 welcomes new portions of Strip District, Bloomfield"><strong>Council districts redrawn, District 7 welcomes new portions of Strip District, Bloomfield</strong></a></h4> <p>City Council districts are getting a new look thanks to information gathered in the 2010 census. Every ten years the boundaries of each City Council district are redrawn based upon the US Census to allow for the most accurate representation of City residents in Council. The new City Council district boundaries are determined and approved by City Council, with guided input from the Council-appointed<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/council/redistricting/"> Reapportionment Advisory Committee.</a></p> <p>Under the proposed plan, District 7 will no longer include a large portion of Stanton Heights (near Allegheny Cemetery) and will also say goodbye to portions of the neighborhood of East Liberty. The sections of Stanton Heights and East Liberty that will no longer be included in District 7 will be reapportioned to City Council District 9, represented by Reverend Ricky Burgess. To learn more about the District 9 office, including contact information, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district9/">visit the District 9 website</a>.</p> <p>Our office is excited to extend its services to our new constituents, the Strip District Bloomfield, and Friendship, and hopes to continue to deliver the best municipal representation to our already-served areas. For more information about the reapportionment process, or to ask a question about redistricting, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/contact">contact the District 7 office</a>.</p> <h4><a name="Happy Holidays from Councilman Dowd and the D7 Team!"><strong>Happy Holidays from Councilman Dowd and the D7 Team!</strong></a></h4> <p>Councilman Dowd and the District 7 Team would like to wish all District 7 residents and stakeholders a very happy and safe holiday season. Councilman Dowd and the District 7 office have enjoyed serving the District 7 community over the past year, and working with residents and stakeholders to make District 7 a great place to live and work. &nbsp;</p> <p>The District 7 office and other non-emergency City offices will be closed on December 25<sup>th</sup> and January 1<sup>st</sup>.</p> <p>We look forward to the start of another year of working with our partners in the community!</p> <h4><a name="Annual Report Preview"><strong>Annual Report Preview</strong></a></h4> <p>Would you like to get an update on what issues Councilman Dowd and his staff have focused on in the past year? Look no further than the District 7 Annual Report, which will be hitting mailboxes in January 2013.</p> <p>The Annual Report will provide information about Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s key initiatives and accomplishments over the past year, in addition to updates relating to upcoming issues and projects. The Annual Report will also be accessible on the District 7 website&rsquo;s<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/newsletter"> Press Room section</a>, where <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/publications">copies of reports from previous years</a> are also available.</p> <h3><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings">Upcoming Events and Meetings</a></h3> <h4><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h4> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p>There will not be a Council to Go meeting for the month of December, but be sure to join us again for Council to Go in 2013:</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill </strong>&ndash; Wednesday, January 9, 7:00PM-8:00PM &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <h3><a name="Community Events and Happenings"><strong>Community Events and Happenings </strong></a></h3> <p>Are you, &nbsp;or are you considering, &nbsp;being a landlord in Lawrenceville? If so, join <a href="http://www.lunited.org/"><strong>Lawrenceville United</strong></a> for its first ever <a href="http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&amp;id=755b40a94b"><strong>Landlord Assistance Program</strong></a>, to be held on <strong>Saturday, December 8<sup>th</sup> from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania located at 118 52<sup>nd</sup> Street</strong> in Lawrenceville. Speakers at the workshop will include representatives from the Bureau of Building Inspection, Pittsburgh Police, Department of Human Services, Housing Authority, and local elected officials, including Councilman Dowd. The workshop is free, and will cover topics such as screening rental applicants, rental agreements, legal problem solving, nuisance violations and code enforcements issues, and will also include a panel discussion with local law-makers. RSVP by calling Lawrenceville United at (412) 802-7220 or email <a href="mailto:info@lunited.org">info@lunited.org</a>.</p> <p>Get ready to light up Polish Hill! Join the <strong>Polish Hill Civic Association</strong> at the <strong>intersection of Brereton and Dobson streets</strong> and at the <strong>PHCA offices</strong> for<strong> Light up the Street Night </strong>on<strong> December 7<sup>th</sup> at 6:30pm</strong>. PHCA will light the tree at the monument near the intersection of Brereton and Dobson streets and welcome the holiday season.&nbsp; The PHCA will also have a holiday open house to celebrate, with homemade cookies, a holiday photobooth, and music.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for the perfect way to spend time celebrating this holiday season, look no further than the <strong><a href="http://morningside-pa.org/">Morningside Area Community Council </a>(MACC)&rsquo;s Merry Morningside</strong> festivities on December 9<sup>th</sup> beginning at 5pm, which will include caroling, a holiday party, and even a holiday decorating competition. For complete information regarding dates, times, and locations for Merry Morningside events, take a look at the <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/merry-morningside">Merry Morningside page </a>on the MACC website.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="Did you know?">Did you know?</a></h3> <p>Did you know that the custom of making New Year&rsquo;s resolutions dates back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians? The most common resolution in ancient Babylon was a resolution to return borrowed farm equipment, something not all together different from today&rsquo;s common resolution to return that stack of borrowed dishes after those large holiday dinners!</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:28:59 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - November 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1823 <p><strong><em>In this month&#39;s issue:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="#News and Updates"><strong><em>News and Update</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#News and Updates"><strong><em>What the Homestead Act can do for you</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Remember: Get out and vote on November 6th "><strong><em>Get out and vote on November 6th</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Remember: Get out and vote on November 6th "><b><i>Councilman Dowd joins coalition in rally, march asking Highmark, West Penn to resume affiliation</i></b></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Remember: Get out and vote on November 6th "><b><i>October Proclamations</i></b></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Homeless Children’s Education Fund"><b><i>Homeless Children&#39;s Education Fund</i></b></a></li> <li><a href="#Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40"><b><i>Pittsburgh&#39;s 40 under 40&nbsp;</i></b></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings"><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meeting</em></strong></a></p> <p><a href="#Council to Go"><strong><em>Council to Go</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Polish Hill"><strong><em>Polish Hill</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Highland Park"><strong><em>Highland Park&nbsp;</em></strong></a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><a href="#Community Events and Happenings"><strong>Community Events and Happenings</strong></a></h3> <p><strong><em><a href="#Did you know?">Did you know?&nbsp;</a></em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><a name="News and Updates">News and Updates</a></h2> <h3><a name="News and Updates"><strong>What the Homestead Act Can Do For You</strong></a></h3> <p>Do you own the home that you live in?&nbsp;</p> <p>If so, you may want to consider applying for a tax exemption allowed under the Homestead Act. Also known as Act 50, the Homestead Act is an exemption that enables those living in homes that they own to <strong>receive&nbsp;tax relief for&nbsp;their property via a $15,000 in County and $10,000 in City exemption in the assessed value &nbsp; property value of their residences</strong>, <strong>lessening the property taxes homeowners must pay on owner occupied units.</strong></p> <p>Applications for properties to receive the Homestead Act exclusion are due by <strong>March 1<sup>st</sup></strong> of each year. Properties approved to receive the Homestead exclusion will receive Allegheny County tax benefits for as long as the property is owned and occupied by the homeowner who filed for the exclusion. For a copy of the application to receive a Homestead Act exclusion,<a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/opa/frmins50.pdf"> click here</a>. More information about the Homestead Act, as well as answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/opa/act50frm.aspx">Allegheny County website</a>.</p> <p>Think you might already receive the Homestead tax exemption? Use the <a href="http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/realestate/Search.aspx">Allegheny County real estate search page</a> to find out!</p> <h3><a name="Remember: Get out and vote on November 6th "><strong>Remember: Get out and vote on November 6<sup>th</sup></strong></a></h3> <p>It&rsquo;s November, which means that Election Day is right around the corner! <strong>On Tuesday, November 6<sup>th</sup></strong>, make sure to get to the polls to make your voice heard. <strong>Polls will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm</strong> throughout Allegheny County. For more information about your polling place, or to find out how to volunteer at your local polling place on Election Day, take a look at the <a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/elect/index.aspx">Allegheny County Elections Division main page</a>.</p> <h3><a name="Councilman Dowd joins coalition in rally, march asking Highmark, West Penn to resume affiliation"><strong>Councilman Patrick Dowd joins diverse coalition of community leaders, labor leaders, concerned residents, and other elected officials in rally and march asking Highmark, West Penn to resume negotiations</strong></a></h3> <p>On Wednesday, October 24<sup>th</sup>, Councilman Dowd joined community leaders, labor leaders, and concerned residents, and other elected officials to voice a clear message to West Penn Allegheny Health System and Highmark: &ldquo;get back to the table!&rdquo;</p> <p>The group, which calls itself the <strong>Community Collaborative Stakeholders</strong>, has formed a coalition of community interests to lobby Highmark and West Penn to resume negotiations that would lead to a long-term partnership between the healthcare provider and insurance company. A video of the march and rally can be found on the<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/"> District 7 website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Guided by the belief that <strong>West Penn Allegheny Health System is an integral part of Pittsburgh</strong>, the group has united a wide range of interests from throughout the community. The Community Collaborative Stakeholders have been working to encourage West Penn and Highmark to complete their affiliation, which, in addition to preserving existing healthcare jobs in District 7 and city-wide, has the potential to <strong>further ignite long-term job growth in the region</strong>.</p> <p>The Stakeholders believe that the affiliation between West Penn and Highmark will provide a <strong>viable alternative</strong> for healthcare consumers in the region, allowing for healthy competition between healthcare systems resulting in a better likelihood of quality care.</p> <p>The affiliation agreement between Highmark and West Penn has been in jeopardy since September, when Highmark demanded that the financially troubled West Penn go through bankruptcy to help alleviate the provider&rsquo;s nearly $1 billion in debt obligations. <strong>While the Stakeholders are committed to brining West Penn and Highmark back to the table, they do not, however, wish to endorse either side or influence the deal between the provider and insurer.</strong></p> <p>For more information about the Community Collaborative Stakeholders contact the office of State Senator Jim Ferlo by email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:412-621-3006?subject=Regarding%20Community%20Collaborative%20Stakeholders">jferlo@pasenate.com</a> or by phone at&nbsp;412-621-3006.&nbsp;</p> <h3><a name="October Proclamations">October Proclamations</a></h3> <p>During the month of October, Councilman Dowd sponsored the following proclamations before Council:</p> <p><a name="Homeless Children’s Education Fund"><strong>Homeless Children&rsquo;s Education Fund</strong></a> - declaring the week of October 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; October 19<sup>th</sup> &ldquo;Homeless Children&rsquo;s Awareness Week&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p><a name="Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40"><strong>Pittsburgh</strong></a><strong><a name="Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40">&rsquo;s 40 under 40</a> - </strong>presented to Pittsburgh Magazine, the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, and the Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 honorees.</p> <h2><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings">Upcoming Events and Meetings</a></h2> <h4><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h4> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><a name="Polish Hill"><strong>Polish Hill </strong></a>&ndash; Wednesday, November 14, 7:00PM-8:00PM &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p><a name="Highland Park"><strong>Highland Park</strong></a> &ndash; Thursday, November 29, 7:00PM-8:00PM &ndash; Enrico&rsquo;s Tazza D&rsquo;Oro, 1125 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206</p> <h3><a name="Community Events and Happenings"><strong>Community Events and Happenings </strong></a></h3> <ul> <li>The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works&rsquo; Bureau of Environmental Services&nbsp;will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special collection on the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s<strong> Yard Debris Special Collection Day </strong>on<strong> Saturday, November 10<sup>th</sup></strong>. Please note that City crews will <strong>not </strong>collect dirt, rocks, stones, or cement. Residents must bag leaves in <strong>paper bags</strong>, with bags not exceeding thirty-five pounds.&nbsp; Tree branches should be cut, bundled and tied in lengths not exceeding five feet. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>If you find yourself craving traditional German food while also wanting to help a good cause, look no further than the <strong>Lawrenceville United German Sauerkraut Supper</strong>. The Supper will be held on <strong>Saturday, November 10<sup>th</sup></strong> from <strong>4:00-6:00PM</strong> at <strong>Zion</strong><strong> Lutheran Church</strong><strong> located at 237 37<sup>th</sup> Street</strong>. Menu items include roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked beans, sauerkraut, applesauce, red beets, and dessert all for only $8. All proceeds will benefit the <strong>Lawrenceville United Summer Youth Programs</strong>. For ticket information, call Lawrenceville United at 412-621-2720.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Join <strong>MOVEPGH</strong> for one of its <strong>Prioritization Workshops</strong>, where the MOVEPGH team will present its prioritized list of transportation projects for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s future. The list, compiled from the input of residents and stakeholders, is based on the community barnstorming sessions held in the summer of 2012. Take a look at this <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/MovePGH_Meeting_Flyer_(November_2012).pdf">MOVEPGH flyer</a> for a full list of meeting dates, times, and locations.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Do you live in Morningside, Highland Park, Stanton Heights, or Bloomfield? Consider attending the <strong>Zone 5 Citizen&rsquo;s Public Safety Council&rsquo;s November meeting</strong> to speak with representatives from the Pittsburgh Police Department, as well as other concerned citizen&rsquo;s from neighboring Zone 5 communities. The Zone 5 Citizen&rsquo;s Public Safety Council will meet at the <strong>Union Project</strong> on <strong>Tuesday, November 13<sup>th</sup> from 7:00PM-8:00PM</strong>.</li> </ul> <h2><a name="Did you know?"><strong>Did you know?</strong></a></h2> <p>According to a study done by the National Turkey Association, Americans eat roughly 690 million pounds of turkey during Thanksgiving. That is equal to the weight of the entire population of Singapore. Now that&rsquo;s a lot of turkey!</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:03:48 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - October 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1753 <p><strong><em>In this month&rsquo;s issue:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="#News and Updates "><strong><em>News and Updates:</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Councilman Patrick Dowd introduces mineral extraction district zoning legislation"><strong>Councilman Patrick Dowd introduces Mineral Extraction District zoning legislation</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Archiving legislation passes!"><strong>City of Pittsburgh archiving legislation passes!</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Project aims to bring improvements to Natoli Field and Heth’s Playground"><strong>Morningside Fields Master Plan aims to bring improvements to Natoli Field and Heth&#39;s Playground&nbsp;</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Where to find your polling place on Election Day"><strong>Where to find your polling place on Election Day</strong></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings "><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meetings</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go"><strong><em>Council to Go</em></strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="#Lawrenceville"><strong><em>Lawrenceville</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Union Project"><strong><em>Union Project</em></strong></a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><a href="#Community Events"><strong><em>Community Events</em></strong></a></p> <p><a href="#Did you know?"><strong><em>Did You Know?</em></strong></a></p> <hr /> <h3><a name="News and Updates ">News and Updates</a></h3> <h4><a name="Councilman Patrick Dowd introduces mineral extraction district zoning legislation"><strong>Councilman Patrick Dowd introduces mineral extraction district zoning legislation</strong></a></h4> <p>On September 24, 2012, Councilman Patrick Dowd introduced <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/mineralzoning">four pieces of legislation</a> that would create a procedure for the creation of Mineral Extraction Districts (MEDs) in the City of Pittsburgh. The zoning legislation combines to present extensive zoning and master planning protocols for mineral extraction activities, including natural gas extraction, within City limits.</p> <p>The proposed legislation will set parameters for the creation of MEDs within City limits. To be eligible, a proposed MED must be at least 40 acres in size and must complete a Mineral Extraction Master Plan which calls for significant public input. This master planning process will require baseline water and soil studies, as well as post-extraction sample studies to ensure compliance with the legislation&rsquo;s emphasis on minimal environmental and quality of life impact for City residents. The proposed legislation also includes provision for site restoration once extraction activities have been completed in the MED, including clean-up and land repair requirements, among other protections.</p> <p>For an overview of the legislation, or to watch Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s press conference outing the specifics of the legislation, be sure to take a look at the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/mineralzoning">District 7 Mineral Extraction Resources Page</a>.</p> <h4><a name="Archiving legislation passes!"><strong>Archiving legislation passes!</strong></a></h4> <p>City Council voted unanimously during its September 24<sup>th</sup> meeting to pass <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/archivinglegislation">legislation sponsored by Councilman Patrick Dowd</a> that will create a Commission on City Archives. The Commission on City Archives will be chaired by the City Clerk and composed of City department heads and leaders from the Pittsburgh archiving community, allowing for a broad range of public and academic input to steer the process of creating and implementing a City-wide archiving plan. These procedures, which will vary between City departments to account for each department&rsquo;s specific needs, will protect City records that have historic and functional reference value. For more information about the Commission on City Archives, take a look at the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/archivinglegislation">Archiving Legislation Resources Page </a>on our website. The page includes an electronic copy of Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s legislation, as well as the official District 7 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/article.htm?id=1713">press release</a> announcing the introduction of the legislation.</p> <h4><a name="Project aims to bring improvements to Natoli Field and Heth’s Playground"><strong>Project aims to bring improvements to Natoli Field and Heth&rsquo;s Playground</strong></a></h4> <p>The <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/">Morningside Area Community Council (MACC)</a> will be hosting meetings to hear public feedback on potential plans for future improvements to Natoli Field and Heth&rsquo;s Playground. The public meetings will allow residents from Morningside and the surrounding communities to voice opinions, ideas, and concerns about the fields, which are home to a number of youth sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer, and softball.</p> <p>The development and improvement process began two years ago, with resident calls to the office of Councilman Patrick Dowd emphasizing a need for better field maintenance, increased parking availability, additional storage space, and other improvements to park amenities.</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://morningside-pa.org/contact-us">Contact the MACC </a>for more information about the dates and times of the meetings and more information about the Morningside Fields Master Plan.&nbsp;</p> <h4><a name="Where to find your polling place on Election Day"><strong>How to cast an absentee ballot and where to find your polling place on Election Day&nbsp;</strong></a></h4> <p>With November quickly approaching, be sure to remember to double check where your voting precinct polling place is located!</p> <p>The Allegheny County Elections Division has a very useful <a href="http://apps.county.allegheny.pa.us/VoteDistricts/Lookup.aspx">Polling Place Locator</a> on their website, where residents can enter their municipality, street name, and house number to locate where to find their polling place. Don&#39;t forget to check back before the election, as last minute changes are occasionally made due to unforseen circumstances. Remember that voters will be asked to <a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/elect/PhotoID.aspx">provide valid photo ID</a> to vote in the coming election! Remember that absentee ballots must be received by the Allegheny County Office of Elections by Tuesday, October 30<sup>th</sup> at 5:00PM.<a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/elect/absentee.aspx"> Information about obtaining and submitting an absentee ballot can be found here.</a></p> <p>More information about the 2012 election is available at the <a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/elect/index.aspx">Allegheny County Elections Division main webpage</a>.</p> <h3><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings ">Upcoming Events and Meetings &nbsp;&nbsp;</a></h3> <h4><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h4> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff for<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg"> Council to Go</a>, Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.&nbsp;</p> <p><a name="Lawrenceville"><strong>Lawrenceville </strong></a>&ndash; Friday, October 19, 7:30AM-9:00AM &ndash; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Perk-Me-Up-Coffeehouse/173479586515">Perk Me Up Coffee</a>, <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=perk+me+up+coffee&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;ei=OvppUMGLAaeP0QH25oGQDQ&amp;ved=0CAsQ_AUoAg">4407 Butler Street</a></p> <p><a name="Union Project"><strong>Union Project </strong></a>&ndash; Thursday, October 25, 7:00PM-8:00PM &ndash;<a href="http://www.unionproject.org/"> the Union Project</a>, <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=801+North+Negley+Avenue&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8834f27bc00bc483:0xa6b8479d0af8a063,801+N+Negley+Ave,+Pittsburgh,+PA+15206&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=kvppUIv6FtDU0gGn_YD4Cw&amp;ved=0CCEQ8gEwAA">801 North Negley Avenue</a></p> <h4><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h4> <ul> <li>Check out the <strong>Ceramic Pumpkin Carving Mini Workshop at the<a href="http://www.unionproject.org/"> Union Projec</a>t (801 North Negley Avenue) </strong>on<strong> the Saturdays of October 6<sup>th</sup> and the 13<sup>th</sup> from 11:30 am-3:30pm</strong>. You may choose from small or large hollow ceramic pumpkin forms, each individually hand-made by a member of the Union Project Ceramics Coop. After being carved, the pumpkin will be dried and fired in a kiln. When you pick it up a week later, it will be a permanent jack-o-lantern, safe for inside and outside use. Costs for each pumpkin range from $25 for a large pumpkin or $15 for a small pumpkin.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Join Morningside residents of all ages for the Morningside Area Community Council&rsquo;s (MACC) 2012 <strong>Fall-O-Ween Festival </strong>on<strong> Saturday, October 20<sup>th</sup> from 12:00pm-4:00pm</strong> at the intersection of Chislett and Greenwood streets. The theme of this year&rsquo;s Falloween will be a Pop Up Market, where the MACC, with funding from Awesome Pittsburgh, will host an open air market in the heart of Morningside&rsquo;s business district. The market will include local food vendors and purveyors from throughout the Pittsburgh region. Be sure to take a look at the <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/fall-o-ween-festival">MACC&rsquo;s Fall-O-Ween information page </a>for more details!</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.standrewspgh.org/site/Welcome.html">St. Andrew&#39;s Episcopal Church</a>, 5801 Hampton Street, Highland Park<strong>,</strong> is pleased to present its annual<strong> St. Andrew&#39;s Lecture </strong>on<strong> Friday, October 26, at 8:00pm.&nbsp;</strong>Award-winning poet and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Carlow University, Jan Beatty will be speaking on the present state of the literary scene in our region. The lecture is free and open to the public with a reception following afterwards. For more information contact St. Andrew&rsquo;s Church by calling (412) 661-1245.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><a name="Did you know?">Did you know?</a></h3> <p>If you have an automobile that you are looking to get rid of, consider donating it to a good cause! <a href="http://www.goodwillswpa.org/">Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania</a> accepts used automobiles as donations to allow the public the opportunity to purchase affordable transportation. For donation information or questions call 1-888-304-0227 or refer to <a href="http://www.goodwillswpa.org/auto-auction">Goodwill&rsquo;s automobile donation page</a>.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:08:43 -0400 Dates Changed for City Council Post Agenda and Public Hearing Regarding Strip District Specially Planned District http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1728 <p>The dates of City Council&#39;s Post Agenda and Public Hearing to discuss legislation containing a Preliminary Land Development Plan to create a Specially Planned District in the Strip District have changed!&nbsp;</p> <p>See below for the rescheduled dates and times of both meetings, which will be open to the public as well as televised on&nbsp;City Channel Pittsburgh found on Comcast Channel 13 and Verizon FiOS Channel 44. A Live Cable Channel Web Feed is also available&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Monday, September 24th at 1:00pm - Post Agenda discussing the Riverfront Landing zoning change to the creation of a Specially Planned District</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tuesday, September 25th at 1:00pm - Public Hearing to provide the opportunity for public comment relating to the proposed Specially Planned District in the Strip District</li> </ul> <p>To register to speak during the public hearing, contact the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/contact">City Clerk&#39;s office</a>.</p> <p>See <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/buncher">District 7&#39;s Strip District Resources Page </a>For more information about proposed redevelopment in the Strip.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:17:44 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - September 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1704 <p><strong><em>In This Month&rsquo;s Issue:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="#News and Updates"><strong><em>News and Updates:</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#City Council Returns From Summer Recess, Resumes Regular Meeting Schedule"><strong><em>City Council Returns From Summer Recess, Resumes Regular Meeting Schedule </em></strong></a></li> <li><strong><a href="#City Council to Host Post Agenda and Public Hearing on Proposed Strip District Redevelopment">City Council to Host Post Agenda and Public Hearing on Legislation Creating Specially Planned District</a>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li><a href="#District 7 Property Transfer Database Now Online!"><strong>District 7 Property Transfer Database Now Online!</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#District 7 Welcomes New Zone 2 Police Commander!"><strong>District 7 Welcomes New Zone 2 Police Commander!</strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library to Receive “Spruce Up”"><strong>Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library to Receive &ldquo;Spruce Up&rdquo;</strong></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings"><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meetings</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go"><strong><em>Council to Go</em></strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="#Polish Hill"><strong><em>Polish Hill</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Highland Park"><strong><em>Highland Park</em></strong></a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><a href="#Community Events"><strong><em>Community Events</em></strong></a></p> <p><a href="#Did You Know?"><strong><em>Did You Know?</em></strong></a></p> <hr /> <h3><a name="News and Updates"><strong><em>News and Updates</em></strong></a></h3> <h4><a name="City Council Returns From Summer Recess, Resumes Regular Meeting Schedule"><strong>City Council Returns From Summer Recess, Resumes Regular Meeting Schedule</strong></a></h4> <p>City Council has <strong>returned from its summer recess and has now resumed its regular meeting schedule. </strong>Regular Council meetings are held on Tuesdays beginning at 10:00am, with Standing Committee meetings held on Wednesdays at 10:00am. Take a look at the<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/calendar"> District 7 calendar</a> for more information about dates and times of Council meetings and other important community events.</p> <h4><a name="City Council to Host Post Agenda and Public Hearing on Proposed Strip District Redevelopment"><strong>City Council to Host Post Agenda and Public Hearing on Proposed Strip District Specially Planned District</strong></a></h4> <p>Are you interested in better understanding the possible effects of the City of Pittsburgh creating a &ldquo;Specially Planned District&rdquo; along the Allegheny River in the Strip District?&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>On Tuesday, September 18<sup>th</sup> at 1:00pm City Council will be hosting a Post Agenda on <a href="http://pittsburgh.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1153705&amp;GUID=9074BEA6-B7A8-45BC-9AD6-11BC98BCB871&amp;Options=ID|Text|&amp;Search=0606">legislation creating a Specially Planned District&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;on property in the Strip District that includes the Buncher Company&#39;s Strip District property and the Produce Terminal</strong></h4> <p>A Post Agenda, defined as a meeting held after Council sessions where members of Council investigate or discuss a particular topic or piece of legislation, is a resource that allows Council Members and Pittsburgh residents to better understand broad topics, as well as specific pieces of legislation and the potential effects related to the City of Pittsburgh and its residents. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the Post Agenda. The City also broadcasts City Channel Pittsburgh on Comcast Channel 13 and Verizon FiOS Channel 44. A Live Cable Channel Web Feed is also available <a href="http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2">here</a>.</p> <p>Council will also be hosting a <strong>Public Hearing on the proposed Specially Planned District on Tuesday, September 25<sup>th</sup> at 1:00pm</strong>. For more information about arranging a speaking time to voice your concerns, contact the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/cityclerk/contact">City Clerk&rsquo;s office.</a></p> <h4><a name="District 7 Property Transfer Database Now Online!"><strong>District 7 Property Transfer Database Now Online!</strong></a></h4> <p>Since taking office in 2008, Councilman Patrick Dowd and the District 7 team have compiled and tracked information relating to property transaction in District 7, which ended up being very valuable to residents questioning their 2013 property reassessments. <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/transfers">This information can now be found at the District 7 website</a>, where the database is available for download in excel form. Information is organized by zip code, and will be updated regularly by the District 7 Team.</p> <h4><a name="Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library to Receive “Spruce Up”"><strong>Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library to Receive &ldquo;Spruce Up&rdquo;</strong></a></h4> <p>The Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library is getting a new look thanks to last year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/about/olof/"><em>Our Library, Our Future</em> </a>voter initiative.</p> <p>The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is set to spruce up its Lawrenceville branch! In addition to receiving a &ldquo;freshening up&rdquo; with new paint, new furniture, and replaced upholstery, the Lawrenceville branch will also receive a new slate roof, refurbishment of the existing wood windows, and the replacement of the library&rsquo;s antiquated heating system. To allow patrons to beat the heat during the summer months, the library will also receive central air conditioning that will cool throughout the Lawrenceville facility.</p> <p>The<em> Our Library, Our Future </em>voter initiative was one element of a five-part plan to establish sustainable funding for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The initiative, which Councilman Dowd helped champion in District 7 and across the City of Pittsburgh, passed overwhelmingly, and will generate approximately $3 million annually. This summer, the Carnegie Library board took the initial steps required to launch an endowment campaign, the next step in building sustainable funding the for the Library&rsquo;s future.</p> <p>More information about the history of the <em>Our Library, Our Future</em> voter initiative, as well as an outline of Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s involvement, is available on the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/inthenews">&ldquo;In the News&rdquo; section of the District 7 webpage.</a></p> <h4><a name="District 7 Welcomes New Zone 2 Police Commander!"><strong>District 7 Welcomes New Zone 2 Police Commander!</strong></a></h4> <p>Councilman Patrick Dowd and the District 7 team would like to congratulate Pittsburgh Police Commander Eric Holmes on his recent promotion to the title of Commander of the Zone 2 precinct. The <a href="http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/images/201208/20120822police_zone2_537.png">Zone 2 precinct </a>covers the District 7 neighborhoods of Polish Hill, the Strip District, and Lawrenceville, in addition to the Hill District and Downtown. &nbsp;Commander Holmes will replace former Zone 2 commander George Trosky, who has been promoted to Assistant Chief of Investigations. Contact information for the Zone 2 precinct can be found on the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/police/zone2">Zone 2 website</a>. For more information about Commander Holmes, be sure to read this <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/new-zone-2-commander-has-sharp-organized-mind-649966/">recent profile</a> of the Commander published in the Post Gazette.</p> <h3><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings"><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meetings</em></strong></a></h3> <h4><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h4> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go,</a> his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong><a name="Polish Hill">Polish Hill</a> &ndash; </strong>Wednesday, September 12, 7:00pm-8:00pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street</p> <p><a name="Highland Park"><strong>Highland Park</strong></a> &ndash; Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Enrico&#39;s Tazza D&#39;Oro, 1125 N. Highland Avenue</p> <h4><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h4> <p>September 8<sup>th</sup>, 8:30am-9:30am, Beginning at Jancey Street between Greenwood and Baker Streets &ndash; The District 7 neighborhood of Morningside will host the 2<sup>nd</sup> annual <strong>Morningside Mile</strong>. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Morningside Area Community Council. More information, including registration details, is available on the <a href="http://morningside-pa.org/run">Morningside Area Community Council&rsquo;s Morningside Mile information page.</a></p> <p>September 10<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Former Iron City Brewery Site &ndash; Building O, 3340 Liberty Avenue &ndash; Join other community members and make your voice heard in the future development of the site of the former Iron City Brewery by attending the first <strong>Public Engagement Session for the Iron City Brewery Master Planning Process</strong>. Councilman Patrick Dowd will join community leaders from Lawrenceville United and the Lawrenceville Corporation, as well as representatives of the site&rsquo;s new owner, Collier Development. More information is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152049584870029&amp;set=a.10150209484675029.441050.231127495028&amp;type=1&amp;theater">available here.</a></p> <p>September 15<sup>th</sup>, 10:00am-12:00pm, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh &ndash; East Liberty Branch, 30 S. Whitfield St &ndash; The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be hosting its &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>5-year Plan Review</strong> to discuss the community vision for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh over the next five years. More information about the 5-year planning process is available on the <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/about/strategicplan/">Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s website.</a></p> <p>September 28<sup>th</sup>, 29<sup>th</sup>, and 30<sup>th</sup>, Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield &ndash; Join the neighborhood of Bloomfield for the <strong>11<sup>th</sup> Annual Little Italy Days</strong>, where you will find food vendors, live music, free giveaways, a bocce tournament, and more! More information about Little Italy Days, including festivity times, is available at the <a href="http://www.littleitalydays.com/">Little Italy Days website. </a></p> <h3><a name="Did You Know?"><strong><em>Did You Know?</em></strong></a></h3> <p>The neighborhoods of District 7 each have their own rich architectural traditions, from the Victorian store fronts of Lawrenceville to the beautiful standalone homes of Highland Park and East Liberty. One way to make the most of the architectural benefits of your District 7 home or business is to utilize the services offered by the Design Center. The Design Center facilitates programs for businesses and homeowners to connect with experienced architects and design professionals, allowing home and business owners to make the most of their piece of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s unique and captivating architecture. For more information about the Design Center, or to find out more about their program offerings, visit the DEsign Center website, or contact <a href="mailto: clrassman@designcenterpgh.org?subject=Design%20Consult">Cate Rassman</a> to schedule a Design Consults consultation.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:42:52 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - August 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1617 <p><strong><em>In This Month&rsquo;s Issue:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="#News and Updates"><strong><em>News and Updates</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Veolia Water Begins Term "><strong><em>Veolia Water Begins 12 Month Term Overseeing, Analyzing PWSA</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Vacant or Neglected Properties "><strong><em>Let Us Know About Vacant Properties in Your Neighborhood!</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Stanton Heights Greenspace"><strong><em>Stanton</em></strong><strong><em> Heights</em></strong><strong><em> Neighborhood Association Votes to Approve Developing Greenspace at Stanton &amp; Woodbine</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Council Summer Recess "><strong><em>City Council Summer Recess</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#July Proclamations "><strong><em>July Proclamations</em></strong></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Upcoming Events and Meetings "><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meetings</em></strong></a></p> <ul> <li><a href="#Council to Go"><strong><em>Council to Go</em></strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="#Morningside"><strong><em>Morningside</em></strong></a></li> <li><a href="#Lawrenceville "><strong><em>Lawrenceville</em></strong></a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="#Community Events"><strong><em>Community Events</em></strong></a></li> </ul> <p><a href="#Did You Know? "><strong><em>Did You Know?</em></strong></a></p> <h2><a name="News and Updates"><strong><em>News and Updates</em></strong></a></h2> <h3><a name="Veolia Water Begins Term "><strong>Veolia Water Begins 12 Month Term Overseeing, Analyzing PWSA</strong></a></h3> <p>This month the Board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority gave final approval for Veolia Water North America to provide interim executive management services to the Authority for 12 months, set to begin immediately. <a href="http://www.veoliawaterna.com/media/bios/#c4254LgMA1">Veolia Senior Executive Jim Good </a>has begun serving as PWSA&rsquo;s Executive Director, filling a 20-month vacancy of PWSA&rsquo;s Executive Director position.</p> <p>During its 12-month term, Veolia will provide management services to the Authority while also analyzing PWSA&rsquo;s daily operations. Once Veolia gathers information about PWSA&rsquo;s day-to-day operations, it will provide a plan to elevate the Authority to best-in-class standards. Particular attention will be paid to improving customer service, management practices, financial stability, and general operations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/article.htm?id=1548">Read the official press release</a> on the District 7 website for more information!</p> <h3><a name="Vacant or Neglected Properties "><strong>Vacant or Neglected Properties in Your Neighborhood? Let Councilman Dowd and the District 7 Team Know!</strong></a></h3> <p>The District 7 office is currently compiling a list of vacant, neglected, or problem properties across the District in hopes to improve the quality of life for all District 7 residents. Working to improve the conditions of blighted properties throughout District 7 is one of Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s highest priorities, whether it is by contacting absentee property owners and landlords, or by working closely with Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works to adequately maintain publicly owned land throughout the District.</p> <p>Do <em>you</em> know of a vacant, neglected, or problem property on your street? Contact Moira Egler, the District 7 Constituent Services Assistant, at <a href="mailto:moira.egler@pittsburghpa.gov">moira.egler@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or by phone at 412-255-2140, or feel free to use the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/feedback">District 7 feedback form on our website.</a></p> <h3><a name="Stanton Heights Greenspace"><strong>Stanton</strong><strong> Heights</strong><strong> Neighborhood Association Approves Proposal to Develop Greenspace at Corner of Stanton &amp; Woodbine</strong></a></h3> <p>In its most recent meeting, the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association voted to approve the next step in creating a parklet at the corner of Stanton &amp; Woodbine. The planning effort began more than a year ago, after a Stanton Heights resident first approached Comcast about turning its lot at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Woodbine Street into a public greenspace. Comcast offered to dedicate a portion of the lot to become a community-planned healing garden, recognizing the tragic 2009 killing of three police officers in the neighborhood. Read more about the history of the park on page five of the <a href="http://bloomfield-garfield.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/June-2012-Bulletin.pdf">June 2012 issue of <em>The Bulletin</em>.</a></p> <p>A copy of the approved conceptual plan for the greenspace is available on the <a href="http://stantonheights.wordpress.com/">Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association&rsquo;s blog</a> or by clicking this <a href="http://stantonheights.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/park-plan1comprehensive1.pdf">direct link.</a> Email <a href="mailto:stantonheights@gmail.com">stantonheights@gmail.com</a> with questions about how to get involved or about the park itself.</p> <h3><a name="Council Summer Recess "><strong>Council Summer Recess</strong></a></h3> <p>Please note that City Council will be on summer recess from August 7<sup>th</sup> through August 30<sup>th</sup>. Council will resume its regular meeting schedule on Tuesday, September 4<sup>th</sup>.</p> <h2><a name="July Proclamations "><strong><em>July Proclamations</em></strong></a></h2> <p>During the month of July, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamation to City Council for approval:</p> <p><strong>Dr. Linda Lane and Pittsburgh Public Schools</strong> to honor the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as Dr. Linda Lane for her successful and effective leadership in her role as Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent. <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/article.htm?id=1543">Read the District 7 office&rsquo;s press release</a>.</p> <h2><a name="Upcoming Events and Meetings "><strong><em>Upcoming Events and Meetings</em></strong></a></h2> <h3><a name="Council to Go"><strong>Council to Go</strong></a></h3> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/ctg">Council to Go</a>, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong><a name="Morningside">Morningside</a> with Rep. Dom Costa &ndash; </strong>Thursday, August 23, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - 6808 Greenwood Street Suite 2 Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <p><strong><a name="Lawrenceville ">Lawrenceville </a>&ndash; </strong>Friday, August 31, 7:30am to 9:00am - Perk Me Up, 4407 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201</p> <h3><a name="Community Events"><strong>Community Events</strong></a></h3> <ul> <li>August 2<sup>nd</sup>, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s East Liberty Branch at 130 S. Whitfield Street &ndash; Join others in envisioning an East Liberty where all types of people move around the community safely using any mode of transportation by attending the <a href="http://eastlibertypost.com/post/east-liberty-circulation-and-mobility-vision"><strong>East Liberty Circulation and Mobility Vision Public Creative Brainstorming Session</strong></a>. Childcare and dinner will be provided. To RSVP, contact Loralyn Fabian at 412-361-8061 ext 28 or email at <a href="mailto:loralyn.fabian@eastliberty.org">loralyn.fabian@eastliberty.org</a>. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>August 28<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Lawrenceville Branch at 279 Fisk Street. Join Amanda West, founder of Pittsburgh Seed &amp; Story Library, for <strong><a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/events/programs/gardeningthyme/">Gardening Thyme</a>. </strong>The class will cover two methods of saving tomatoes seeds, talk about the importance of seed saving and prepare you to do your own seed saving at home. You&rsquo;ll go home with the tomato seeds you prepared and information for further learning on the topic.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Every Sunday in August (5<sup>th</sup>, 12<sup>th</sup>, 19<sup>th</sup>, 26<sup>th</sup>), 5pm-7pm, Highland Park Lawn &ndash; Relax and enjoy free Jazz in the park every Sunday in August with <strong>Reservoir of Jazz</strong> presented by Citiparks and the Highland Park Community Council. For a complete lineup of artists and more information, call 412-255-2493 or visit the <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/reservoir_of_jazz.htm">Reservoir of Jazz website</a>.</li> </ul> <h2><a name="Did You Know? "><strong><em>Did You Know?</em></strong></a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.natw.org/nno/">National Night Out</a> is an event that aims to strengthen community-police relations while also bringing awareness to local crime. During the event, communities engage in block parties, festivals, and other outdoor activities after dark, bringing awareness to anti-crime efforts in their neighborhoods. National Night Out is held throughout the country on the first Tuesday of August. Read more about National Night Out and find out more about National Night Out in your neighborhood on the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s National Night Out 2012 information page </a>or check out the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/events.htm">interactive map </a>to find a celebration near you!</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:01:13 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - July 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1517 <h2>News and Updates</h2> <h3>Happy 4<sup>th</sup> of July from District 7</h3> <p>District 7 would like to wish all residents a happy and safe <strong>4<sup>th</sup> of July</strong> and remind them that the District 7 office, as well as all City of Pittsburgh offices, will be closed on the 4<sup>th</sup>.</p> <h3>Buncher Development, The Lower Strip, and District 7</h3> <p>As the Chairperson for City Council&rsquo;s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Councilman Dowd has held legislation that would approve the largest Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s history. The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority and the project developer, the Buncher Company, must provide a complete plan for how public funds will be spent.</p> <p>The TIF plan, which would help fund a proposed massive redevelopment in the Lower Strip District, is worth $50 million in public financing. As of yet, only $9.5 million of spending has been specified in the project&rsquo;s final plan proposed for Council discussion. The District 7 office has compiled a number of media stories covering Councilman Dowd&rsquo;s holding of the legislation. District 7 has also collected official documents from Buncher and the URA that Councilman Dowd has sought for public release, as well as two letters written by Councilman Dowd. Both letters outline the Councilman&rsquo;s concerns over the lack of guidelines and terms of the current TIF proposal as well as their impact on already heavy industrial truck traffic in Lawrenceville. All items can be found on the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district7/content?i=452">District 7 webpage</a>.</p> <h3>Help Stop Mosquito Breeding in Yards and Neighborhoods</h3> <p>While late June and early July usually signal warm weather and outdoor fun, the summer season is also the highpoint for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases, one of the most serious of which is the West Nile virus. In light of this, the Allegheny County Health Department offers these tips to curb mosquito-breeding and fend off mosquitoes:</p> <ul> <li>Get rid of items that hold water -- tires, buckets, flowerpots, junk piles and cans.</li> <li>Clean out roof gutters and storm drains.</li> <li>Fill in depressions on your lawn to prevent accumulation of water.</li> <li>Repair leaky outdoor faucets that can create a pool of stagnant water.</li> </ul> <p>More prevention tips can be found at the <a href="http://www.achd.net">Allegheny County Health Department website</a>.</p> <h2>June Proclamations</h2> <p>During the month of June, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamations to City Council for approval:</p> <p><strong>Sharon Needles</strong>, of Bloomfield, for her victory on the nationally syndicated television show <em>RuPaul&rsquo;s Drag Race</em>, as well as her commitment to being an outspoken anti-bullying advocate for LGBT youth.</p> <p><strong>Malika Fields</strong>, of Stanton Heights, for being crowned Miss Ebony Teenage Queen. &nbsp;Miss Fields is a student at Pittsburgh&rsquo;s CAPA high school and is interested in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.</p> <h2>Upcoming Events and Meetings</h2> <h3>Council to Go</h3> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill &ndash; </strong>Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield </strong>&ndash; Tuesday, July 17<sup>th</sup>, 7:00pm-8:00pm - The Big Idea Bookstore, 4812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> <p><strong>Highland Park</strong><strong> &ndash; </strong>Thursday, July 26, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Enrico&#39;s Tazza D&#39;Oro, 1125 N. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <h3>Community Events</h3> <p>June 30<sup>th</sup>, 11:00am-10:00pm, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville &ndash; Come out and enjoy the fun with the <strong>68<sup>th</sup> Annual Forth of July Celebration presented by the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee</strong>. This all day event promises to be fun for the whole family, including train rides, little league baseball, and an exotic animal show. End the night right by staying for fireworks, set to begin at 9:30pm.</p> <p>July 7<sup>th</sup>, 1:00pm &ndash; 11:00 pm &ndash; Looking for something new to do? Look no further than the <strong>Immaculate</strong> <strong>Heart of Mary Church Parish Festival</strong> where there will be food, games, raffles, polka mass, polka dancing with Ray Jay and the Carousels.&nbsp; The festival will be held at the intersection of Brereton and Dobson streets in Polish Hill.</p> <p>July 8<sup>th</sup>, 12:00pm-9:00pm - <strong>The Polish Hill Arts Festival</strong> will host 30 artists and craft vendors with hands-on art activities for all ages. Festivities will be complete with live music throughout the day. Festival admission is free and food vendors will be on hand serving Polish, Thai, veggie and vegan food, as well as ice cream.&nbsp; More information and a list of performances is available on the <a href="http://blogski.phcapgh.org/polishhillartsfestival/">festival information page</a>.</p> <h2>Did You Know?</h2> <p>The origin of the term &ldquo;Uncle Sam&rdquo; can be traced back to 1812, when Samuel Wilson, a meat packer, shipped meat to U.S. soldiers during the War of 1812. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, <strong>U.S</strong>. for &ldquo;United States.&rdquo; Soldiers joked that the initials stood for &ldquo;Uncle Sam,&rdquo; referring to the grub as &quot;Uncle Sam&#39;s.&quot; Local newspapers picked up the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as a nickname for the U.S. government still used today!</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:32:03 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - June 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1467 <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; ">News and Updates</span></h2> <h3><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Councilman Patrick Dowd Appointed to the Carnegie Library of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:place></st1:city> Executive Board</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial; "><o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) Board of Trustees has appointed City Council District 7 representative, Councilman Patrick Dowd, to serve as a Public Representative on the Executive Committee of the CLP&rsquo;s Board of Trustees. In the Carnegie Library&rsquo;s May 14, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting the Board entertained candidates for election to the CLP Executive Committee, which acts as the primary steering committee for the CLP Board of Trustees.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Movies in the Park Comes to <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Highland Park</st1:place></st1:city></span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial; "><o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Thanks to a <st1:city w:st="on">Highland Park</st1:city> constituent request, Councilman Dowd and the District 7 office worked with Pittsburgh Citiparks to bring Pittsburgh Citiparks &ldquo;Cinema in the Park&rdquo; series to <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Reservoir Drive</st1:address></st1:street> in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Highland Park</st1:place></st1:city>. The popular summer series will also be returning to Lawrenceville&#39;s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Arsenal</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Park</st1:placetype></st1:place>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm">Click here<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></a>to find the lineup of family-friendly popular films to be shown free of charge in two of District 7&rsquo;s best summer venues.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><span style="font-family: Arial; ">PRESERVEPGH Holding Public Forum<o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Join&nbsp;<strong><span style="font-weight: normal; ">PRESERVEPGH</span></strong><strong> </strong><strong><span style="font-weight: normal; ">on</span></strong><strong> </strong>June 13<sup>th</sup> from 6:00pm-8:00pm at <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Bakery Square</st1:address></st1:street>, <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">6425 Penn Avenue</st1:address></st1:street><strong>&nbsp;</strong>for a public forum and voice your opinions about the program and its goals. PRESERVEPGH is a program run through the City of Pittsburgh Planning Department focusing on putting together a master plan for the City while also preserving important pieces of historical architecture. More information about PRESERVEPGH is available at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planpgh.com/preservepgh" target="_blank">www.planpgh.com/preservepgh</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; ">District 7 Welcomes New Staff!</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial; "><o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">District 7 is very excited to welcome Nathaniel Hanson as the District 7 team&rsquo;s new Communications and Administration Manager. Nate, a District 7 resident, lives in Lawrenceville and already loves working in the District 7 office.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><span style="font-family: Arial; ">May Proclamations<o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">During the month of May, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamation to City Council for approval:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Mrs. Karen Barry</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><b><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;</span></b></span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">for dedicating over 40 years of her life to positively impacting students from Bloomfield and the surrounding neighborhoods as a kindergarten teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Bloomfield. Mrs. Barry was nominated to receive City recognition by Immaculate Conception School 8<sup>th</sup><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>grade student, Rebecca Pietropaolo.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Upcoming Events and Meetings<o:p></o:p></span></h2> <h3><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Council to Go</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial; "><o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Morningside</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">&ndash; Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm-8:00pm &ndash; Meet at the Intersection of Greenwood and Chislett Streets and join Councilman Dowd and his staff on a walk through Morningside.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Lawrenceville &ndash;</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><b><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;</span></b></span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">Friday, June 15, 7:30am-9:00am &ndash; Perk Me Up, <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">4407 Butler Street</st1:address></st1:street><o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Community Events<o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">June 6<sup>th</sup>-9<sup>th</sup>, 321 <st1:city w:st="on">Edmond</st1:city> Street &ndash; Join Immaculate Conception and <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">St. Joseph</st1:place></st1:city>&rsquo;s for their<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>Parish Festival</strong><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>from 6 to 10:30 pm for games, rides, and food . Dinner will be served from 4-7pm. Call 412-621-5199 with any questions.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">June 12<sup>th</sup>, 6:30pm, Lawrenceville Goodwill, <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">118 52<sup>nd</sup><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Street</st1:address></st1:street> &ndash;<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>Lawrenceville United</strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><b>&nbsp;</b></span>will be holding its<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><strong>General Membership Meeting</strong>, where Lawrenceville residents will be able to renew their LU memberships and find out about happenings throughout Lawrenceville.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">June 16<sup>th</sup>,&nbsp;11:00am-4:00pm -&nbsp;Join fellow garden lovers for the<span class="apple-converted-space"><b>&nbsp;</b></span><strong>Lawrenceville Garden Tour</strong>. The tour is free of charge and open to the public, providing a fun filled afternoon beginning at the <st1:placename w:st="on">Lawrenceville</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">Organic</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">Community</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Garden</st1:placetype>, located in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Allegheny</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Cemetery</st1:placetype></st1:place> near the <st1:street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Butler Street</st1:address></st1:street> entrance.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h3><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Pittsburgh</span></st1:place></st1:city><span style="font-family: Arial; "> Public Pools<o:p></o:p></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">City public pools are set to open on June 14<sup>th</sup>. Daily admission cost is $3 for children ages 3-15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older. Season passes are also available for children, adults, and families. Pools are open Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-7:45pm and Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, 1:00pm-5:45pm. Public pools in District 7 are the Bloomfield Pool, Highland Park Pool, and West Penn Pool (in Polish Hill). More information about pool hours and season passes is available<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming.htm#facilities">here</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h2><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Did You Know?<o:p></o:p></span></h2> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">The average person in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United States</st1:place></st1:country-region> uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. <st1:place w:st="on">Flushing</st1:place> the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water. Conserving water in the hot summer months goes a long way towards environmental health, while also helping to cut everyday costs. By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily indoor per capita water use by about 35% to about 45.2 gallons per day.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Arial; ">In <st1:city w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:city>, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority compiles a report detailing the quality of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:place></st1:city>&#39;s drinking water. The report outlines where drinking water comes from and how it is treated. Read the report<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.pgh2o.com/docs/2011_Water_Quality_Report.pdf">here</a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>to better stay informed about each and every drop of<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><em>your</em><span class="apple-converted-space"><i>&nbsp;</i></span>80-100 gallons.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:43:59 -0400 District 7 Newsletter- May 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1419 <h1><strong>News and Updates</strong></h1> <h3><span style="color: #008000"><strong>2012 Paving Season Begins!</strong></span></h3> <p>The Department of Public Works has begun the 2012 paving season. This year&rsquo;s $11.3 million budget will allow the City to pave about 60 miles of City streets. Based on environmental conditions, the street paving work season is performed between April 15 and November 20.&nbsp; To find out&nbsp;which streets in&nbsp;District 7 are being resurfaced this season and how streets are prioritized, visit the City&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1384"> PAVEMENT PLAN </a>. You can also follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/CityPGH_DPW">&ldquo;@CityPGH_DPW&rdquo;</a> on Twitter, or call the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 response line for more details.</p> <h3><span style="color: #008000"><strong>April Proclamations</strong></span></h3> <p>During the month of April, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamation to City Council for approval:</p> <p><strong>Comcast </strong>for their 11<sup>th</sup> annual Comcast Cares Day which included a clean-up project in Stanton Heights to make way for a proposed community green space, as well as other important projects in the West End and the North Side.</p> <h3><span style="color: #008000"><strong>District 7 office bids farewell to Jen, Hello to new staff!</strong></span></h3> <p>This month brings change to the District 7 office as our Director of Communications and Administration, <strong>Jennifer Thoma</strong>, leaves to fill a position at Chatham University. We will miss Jen dearly and thank her for all her hard work and dedication to District 7! Also, the District 7 office welcomes <strong>Moira Egler</strong> to the team as Constituent Services Assistant. Stay tuned for an update on our new Communications and Administration Manager!</p> <h1>Upcoming Events and Meetings</h1> <h3><span style="color: #008000"><strong>Council to Go</strong></span></h3> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill &ndash; </strong>Wednesday, May 9, 7:00pm-8:00pm &ndash; Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street</p> <p><strong>Highland Park &ndash; </strong>Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm-8:00pm -- Enrico&#39;s Tazza D&#39;Oro, 1125 N. Highland Ave</p> <h3><span style="color: #008000"><strong>Community Events</strong></span></h3> <p><strong>May 12<sup>th</sup>&amp; 13<sup>th</sup>,&nbsp; Butler Street, </strong>Staring at 10am and continuing throughout the day, take a stroll down Butler Street during the <strong>2012 Lawrenceville Blossom Tour: </strong>A Celebration of Spring and Lawrenceville&rsquo;s dedication to local goods and services! For a list of participating businesses and more information, please visit <a href="http://blossomtour.wordpress.com/">http://blossomtour.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p><strong>Saturday, May 12<sup>th</sup>, 11:00am-4:30pm, Baum Grove, </strong>-- At the intersection of Harriet, Fairmount, and Roup Streets in Friendship will be the <strong>Friendship Flower and Folk Festival </strong>for music, fresh flowers, food, raffles, and demonstrations. Locally grown flowers, vegetables, and perennials will be for sale to support the mainternance of Baum Grove. There will also be demonstrations on sustainable practices, gardening, and fitness.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, May 17<sup>th</sup>, 6:00pm, Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street -- </strong>The Zone 2 and Zone 5 Citizens Public Safety Councils, with the support of the Zone 4 command, are excited to announce a <strong>city-wide public safety meeting </strong>for Pittsburgh residents&nbsp;on &quot;Summertime Safety for Youth&quot;. &nbsp;This meeting will cover various city programs and policies to keep our youth safe and out of trouble in the summer, as well as general updates from our Public Safety divisions and a special presentation from the Mayor&#39;s Office.&nbsp; Your RSVP by Thursday, May 10th would be appreciated for food orders. Questions and RSVPs can be sent to Melanie Brown at&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:melanieb.1@verizon.net" target="_blank">melanieb.1@verizon.net</a>. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <h3><strong><span style="color: #008000">Summer Farmer&#39;s Markets</span></strong></h3> <p><strong><span style="color: #008000">Citiparks</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Mondays 3:30-7:30pm, East Liberty, </strong>Penn Circle West&nbsp;(Opening May 14th)</p> <p><strong>Thursdays 3:30-7:30pm, Bloomfield, </strong>Immaculate Conception School Parking Lot, Cedarville St &amp; Friendship Ave.&nbsp;(Opening May 17th)</p> <p><strong><span style="color: #008000">Lawrenceville United &amp; District 7 Office</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Saturdays 12:30-4:00pm, Lawrenceville, </strong>118 52nd St (Opening June 2nd)</p> <h1>Did You Know?</h1> <p>Each Department&nbsp;of the&nbsp;City of Pittsburgh&nbsp;is responsible for archiving their own historic documents, whether they are old maps from City Planning, past Council archives and legislation in the City Clerk&rsquo;s Office, or essential documents from the City Controller&rsquo;s Office. The Pennsylvania State Code requires all municipalities and counties that are NOT first and second class cities care for their historic documents in an archive maintained by the governing body. Municipalities or counties that are not able to adequately care for their documents are required to hand them over to the state&rsquo;s Historical and Museum Commission.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:26:18 -0400 REVISED District 7 Newsletter - April 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1356 <h1><strong>NEWS AND UPDATES</strong></h1> <h3><span style="color:#006400;">SOUNDWAVES Applications Due April 2</span></h3> <p>The Union Project, in partnership with the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, is now accepting applications for SOUNDWAVES, a new steelband ensemble for teens. Participation is free, but registration and an audition are required. Students who are 13-18 that&nbsp;have a passion for playing music are encouraged to apply. A small instrumental rental fee will be charged. The six-week program will culminate in a public performance at the theater, while rehearsals will be held at Union Project in Highland Park. Applications are due on Monday, April 2. View the <a href="http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org/_uploads/files/SOUNDWAVES_application_2012.pdf">application&nbsp;here</a>&nbsp;or learn more about <a href="http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org/calendar/event/soundwaves-2012/">SOUNDWAVES here</a>.</p> <h3><span style="color:#006400;">Clean Up Scheduled on Earth Day in Stanton Heights</span></h3> <p>The propsed Stanton Heights parklet will be one of the sites of a Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Allegheny Cleanways and Comcast Cares are partnering to clean up the site at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Woodbine Street in preparation for consideration of developing a passive park on this property in Stanton Heights. The proposed park&nbsp;will incorporate a short walking trail, native plantings, local art and historic interpretation. For more information on the park or Comcast Cares Day please contact <a href="mailto:jennifer.thoma@pittsburghpa.gov">jennifer.thoma@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#006400;">Polish Hill Loves its Blocks</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Polish Hill Civic Association is the recipient of one of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&#39;s Love Your Block grant awards.&nbsp;Love Your Block is an innovative partnership between the City of Pittsburgh, The Home Depot Foundation and local residents that works to revitalize Pittsburgh neighborhoods &ndash; block by block. &nbsp;Polish Hill will use their $500 award to purchase supplies and equipment to beautify two vacant lots by planting gardens and improving the surrounding area.</p> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">February Proclamations</span></h3> <p>During the month of March, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamations to City Council for approval:</p> <p><strong>Forbes Hospice and all of their social workers</strong> for their compassionate and dedicated service; in recognition of National Social Work Month.</p> <p><strong>Pat Bigley, Thomas Donnelly, Dennis Gillenberger, Mitchell Hovanec and Chuck Zezza </strong>for preventing a potential tragedy stemming from a significant gasleak near Peabody High School through their leadership, resourcefulness and initiative.</p> <h2><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS</strong></h2> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Council to Go</span></h3> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; Friday, April 20, 7:30am-9am &mdash; Perk Me Up, 4407 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Morningside</b>&nbsp;&mdash; Thursday, April 26, 7pm-8pm &mdash; St. Raphael&#39;s Multi-purpose Room, 1118 Chilett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.</p> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Community Events</span></h3> <p><strong>Saturday April 7, 9:30am-8pm</strong> -- The Union Project will be hosting a <strong>Monster Open House</strong>; a full day of family freindly, monster-themed activities featuring artmaking, collaboration,learning opportunities and an evening dance aprty.<a href="http://unionproject.org">Visit unionproject.org</a> for more information.</p> <p><strong>Friday, April 20, 10am-1pm -- Job Fair -&nbsp;</strong>Ross Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, Pittsburgh, 15237.&nbsp;Come meet with local, state, and federal employers who are currently hiring. Applications will be accepted on site. Those attending are encouraged to bring&nbsp;several copies of their resume.&nbsp;Free and open to the public. Organized by Representative Dom Costa. 412-361-2040 for more information.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, April 28, 9am-12noon</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; Representative Dom Costa will be holding a <strong>Shredding and eWaste Recycling</strong> event at St. Raphael&#39;s parking Lot at 1154 Chislett Street. Bring All documents you no longer need that contain personal information, including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank&nbsp;account numbers, etc.. Accepted eWaste includes desktop and laptop computers, computer accessories,&nbsp;TV&rsquo;s, VCR&rsquo;s, Cell Phones, etc. Free and open to the public.&nbsp;412-361-2040 for more information.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, April 28 &amp; 29 - 15th Annual Art All Night at&nbsp;</strong>Willow Development, 4001 Willow Street in Lawrenceville.&nbsp;Art All Night is a grassroots event staged by an all-volunteer crew. A celebration of the arts and community, the show grows in popularity each year, bringing thousands of people from all over the region into Lawrenceville. In 2011 Art All Night Lawrenceville featured work by 1280 artists and was attended by over 12,000 guests. Free and open to the public. For more info, please contact info@artallnight.org.</p> <p>If you know of any community-oriented events in your District 7 neighborhood that we should publicize through our monthly newsletter and District 7 website, please email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jennifer.thoma@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Community%20Event%20Recommendation">Jennifer Thoma</a>&nbsp;by the 1st of each month.</p> <h2>DID YOU KNOW?</h2> <p>As Sping has sprung, we thought we&#39;d remind you that no matter what direction you drive from Pittsburgh, you can get away to any of these state parks in close proximity to the City. They offer visitors swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, nature programs, and hiking and biking trails. Take some short trips this year to renew, refresh and re-engage your spirit. A few ideas:</p> <div id="l1"> <h4><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/princegallitzin.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">Prince Gallitzin State Park</a></h4> <div>Prince Gallitzin State Park, located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh, features 1600-acre Glendale Lake, a large campground, and plenty of trails, scenic vistas and other recreational opportunities.</div> </div> <div id="l2"> <h4><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/moraine.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">McConnells Mill State Park</a></h4> <div>McConnells Mill State Park, located in Butler County, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh, features the 3225-acre Lake Arthur for fishing, sailing, swimming and boating, plus hiking and bicycling trails, picnic areas and hunting.</div> </div> <p><strong><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/moraine.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">Moraine State Park &amp; Lake Arthur</a></strong></p> <div id="l3"> <div>Moraine State Park, located in Butler County, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh, features the 3225-acre Lake Arthur for fishing, sailing, swimming and boating, plus hiking and bicycling trails, picnic areas and hunting.</div> </div> <div id="l4"> <h4><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/ohiopyle.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">Ohiopyle State Park</a></h4> <div>Ohiopyle State Park is arguably one of the most scenic state parks in the state of Pennsylvania. Learn about its many attractions, including whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, camping and waterfalls, and get the information you need to plan your Ohiopyle visit.</div> </div> <div id="l5"> <h4><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/point.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">Point State Park</a></h4> <div>Point State Park, located at the point where three rivers meet in downtown Pittsburgh, provides a nice oasis for downtown workers and visitors. Learn about the interesting attractions of this tiny city park.</div> </div> <div id="l6"> <h4><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/p/raccoon_creek.htm" zt="18/1R4/Wa">Raccoon Creek State Park</a></h4> <div>Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania, and features the 101-acre Raccoon Lake. Learn about its many attractions, including boating, fishing, hiking, biking and camping, and get the information you need to plan your visit to Raccoon Creek State Park.</div> </div> <div id="l7"> <h4><a href="http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/hillman.aspx" target="_blank" zt="-o1/XJ">Hillman State Park</a></h4> <div>Hillman State Park, located in Washington County, is primarily maintained for hunting, and also offers hiking trails.</div> </div> <div id="l8"> <h4><a href="http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/jennings.aspx" target="_blank" zt="-o1/XJ">Jennings Environmental Education Center</a></h4> <div>This wonderful education center in Butler County covers approximately 300 acres and offers hiking and other nature related programs, including a relict prarie.</div> </div> <div id="l9"> <h4><a href="http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ryersonstation.aspx" target="_blank" zt="-o1/XJ">Ryerson Station State Park</a></h4> <div>Located in Greene County, southwest of Pittsburgh, Ryerson Station encompasses over 1,000 acres near the West Virginia border. The park offers camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.</div> </div> <p><em>Resource: </em><a href="http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/state_parks/State_Parks_Near_Pittsburgh.htm">About Pittsburgh</a></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:53:30 -0400 District 7 Newsletter - March 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1312 <h2><strong>NEWS AND UPDATES</strong></h2> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">PWSA release RFP for Management Consulting</span></h3> <p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) issued a Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (&quot;RFQ/RFP&quot;), for the provision of&nbsp;Interim Executive Management Services. The contractor will provide Interim Executive Management Services to PWSA and will essentially serve as Executive Director for one year. As such, the contractor will oversee day to day operations as well as provide strategic vision and direction required for effective, timely, and transparent management of the PWSA.</p> <p>The scope of services for the contract includes: the provision of Interim Executive Management Services; general administration and management consulting; financial analysis; infrastructure maintenance and replacement consulting; operating and capital budget development; and miscellaneous responsibilities. The term of the contract is for 12 months, not to exceed 18 months. Follow the link to view <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/content?i=286">&nbsp;<strong>official RFQ/RFP </strong></a>. The Authority hopes to have the chosen firm on board by July 1, 2012.</p> <h3><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Summer Camp Returns for Youth in Lawrenceville</span></strong></h3> <p>Lawrenceville United will once again host a free summer camp (Summer Celebration) with new and exciting environmental activities for Lawrenceville youth thanks to new and generous support from the Verizon Foundation and continued partnerships with the City of Pittsburgh, Arsenal Middle School, and local private and public youth service and program providers. For more information, please go to <strong><a href="http://www.lunited.org/SummerCelebration.html">Lawrenceville United Summer Celebration Day Camp.</a></strong></p> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">TreeVitalize Deadline Approaching</span></h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.paconserve.org/218">TreeVitalize</a></strong> supports street tree, park and riverfront trail plantings in the region.&nbsp;The application&nbsp;process for Fall 2012 TreeVitalize plantings is now open for communities in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.&nbsp; All applications are due by 4pm on Friday, March 23, 2012.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/assets/forestry/08_tree_planting_request_form.pdf">City of Pittsburgh Tree Request Forms&nbsp;</a></strong>are required.&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">February Proclamations</span></h3> <p>During the month of February, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamations to City Council for approval:</p> <p><strong>Carnegie Library Customer Appreciation Week</strong> - to&nbsp;celebrate the restoration of hours and all that the Library has to offer, several Friends of the Library groups hosted Customer Appreciation Open Houses at their respective neighborhood libraries during the week of February 20.</p> <p><strong>Center for Victims of Violent Crime</strong> <strong>Peace It Together Day - </strong>City Council named Wednesday, February 22 after this event which recognizes&nbsp;awardees and their commitment to resolve conflict, restore relationships and build peaceful communities. 2012 Peace Partner Award honorees include: Dr. Mary Carrasco, Matthew Fidel, Fred Rogers (posthumously) and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, PA.</p> <p><strong>Mike and Robert Perry-Nichols Day -&nbsp;</strong>2012 marks the twentieth year that Mike Nichols has served the youngest learners in the Pittsburgh Public School system through his community self-designed reading program and the first anniversary of his son Robert surviving a double-lung transplant--the first ever done in Pittsburgh on a sickle cell patient.</p> <h2><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS</strong></h2> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Council to Go</span></h3> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong>Polish Hill</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; Wednesday, March 14, 7pm-8pm &mdash; PHCA Office, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Special Guest: Gerald Akrie, Supervisor of Animal Care and Control.</p> <p><b>Highland Park</b> &mdash; Thursday, March 29, 7pm-8pm &mdash; Enrico&#39;s Tazza D&#39;oro, 1125 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.</p> <h3><span style="color:#006400;">Community Events</span></h3> <p><strong>Wednesday, March 14, 1pm-3pm</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh&nbsp;&mdash; <strong>Cablecast Post Agenda</strong> regarding the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into negotiations for an agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority granting the Authority the rights and responsibility relative to stormwater management in the City of Pittsburgh. Free and open to the public.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, March 15, 6pm&ndash;8pm</strong>&nbsp;&mdash; Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler Street, Lawrenceville &mdash; <strong>Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Plan Community Meeting</strong>.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Free and open to the public.</span></p> <p><strong>Thursday, March 15, 7pm&ndash;8pm</strong>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Canterbury Place&rsquo;s McVey Auditorium, 310 Fisk Street, Lawrenceville&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Lawrenceville Historical Society will host Sandra Baker, of the Senator John Heinz History Center, who will speak on the topic: <strong>Taming the Tomato, The History of the H. J. Heinz Company</strong>. Free and open to the public.</p> <p><strong>Thursday, March 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm</strong> &mdash; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Lecture Hall, Oakland&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<strong>Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Annual Meeting</strong>. Free and open to the public.</p> <p>If you know of any community-oriented events in your District 7 neighborhood that we should publicize through our monthly newsletter and District 7 website, please email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jennifer.thoma@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Community%20Event%20Recommendation">Jennifer Thoma</a>&nbsp;by the 1st of each month.</p> <h2>DID YOU KNOW?</h2> <h3><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Attention: Port Authority Comment Deadline Approaching</span></h3> <p>If you are unhappy about proposed transit cuts in the&nbsp;East End and throughout the city, &nbsp;now is the time&nbsp;to let the Port Authority know. The Port Authority Board will&nbsp;vote on the cuts on April 27, but the public&nbsp;comment period ends March 9. To make your voice&nbsp;heard, send written comments to Port Authority,&nbsp;Fare &amp; Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345,&nbsp;Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527.&nbsp;You can also visit their&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/BudgetFinances/PublicComments.aspx">online comment page</a></strong>.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>To learn more about their current funding crisis, please go to <strong><a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/BudgetFinances/ServiceReductions.aspx">2012 Proposed Service Reduction Information.</a></strong></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:25:48 -0500 District 7 Newsletter - February 2012 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/district7/letter?id=1271 <h3>NEWS AND UPDATES</h3> <h4><span style="color: rgb(0, 100, 0); ">Announcing the New District 7 Website</span></h4> <p>With the assistance of our City&rsquo;s excellent webmaster David P., District 7 has just completed the content of their new <a href="http://district7.pittsburghpa.gov">website</a> which was launched January 31, 2012. Within it you will find up-to-date stories and links to media articles about the District and initiatives promoted by Councilman Dowd. You can also find media releases, upcoming events, District 7 projects, contacts for community groups and city offices, and reports that impact our neighborhoods.</p> <p>Please take the time to peruse the new site, which is part of an ongoing effort to update all of the City&rsquo;s web pages. Our new address is <a href="http://district7.pittsburghpa.gov">district7.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p>We have also taken this opportunity to feature photos unique to our neighborhoods and submitted to us from around the District. If you are a shutterbug and would like to see your work online, please submit your own photos for posting to <a href="http://district7@pittsburghpa.gov">district7@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp; All photos will be credited to the photographer.</p> <h4><span style="color:#006400;">2012 and 2013 County Property Reassessments - Update</span></h4> <p>An improved website for 2013 court-ordered reassessment values for the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver is now available. The site includes full information on each property, including general information, building information, images of the property, and comparables used to set the value. It is accessible from <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/">Allegheny County&rsquo;s website</a>.</p> <p>A court order handed down on January 12, 2012, ensures that your current base-year value will be used to calculate your county, municipal and school district real estate taxes for 2012. It is the value listed under &ldquo;CURRENT&rdquo; on the notice you received in the mail. You may also view this value by searching for your property on the<a href="http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Default.aspx"> Allegheny County Real Estate website</a>. The new assessment values will not be used until 2013.</p> <p>Should you have any further questions regarding your 2012 or 2013 assessment, please go to the County&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/reassessFAQ.aspx#Q1">FAQ</a>. There you will find answers to many common questions as well as how and why to schedule informal or formal reviews of your case if you disagree with either assessment value.</p> <h4><span style="color:#006400;">Fundraising for Bernard Dog Run in Full Swing with Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner</span></h4> <p>The <a href="http://www.bernarddogrun.org/spaghetti-dinner/">Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner</a>, founded by the Boys of Lawrenceville in 2004, marks its return on <strong>Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Teamster&rsquo;s Temple in Lawrenceville</strong>. This event will benefit the <a href="http://www.bernarddogrun.org/">Bernard Dog Run</a> community initiative, aimed at building an off-leash dog park for the residents of Lawrenceville.</p> <p>The Bernard Dog Run initiative started in 2008 with the mission of establishing a community-based, off-leash dog park that is well-maintained, safe and enjoyable for the dogs and dog owners of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The initiative, supported by Lawrenceville United, District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd and the City of Pittsburgh, is continuing its momentum as all clearances and approvals have been secured; now, raising funds to cover construction and maintenance costs remains as the final step in launching this much-needed community asset.</p> <p>The off-leash exercise area will be named in honor of the late Jay Bernard, a Lawrenceville resident, businessman and abandoned dog advocate. Mr. Bernard pioneered neighborhood involvement in Lawrenceville, serving as a catalyst for community activities including Art All Night, the Joy of Cookies Tour and the Lawrenceville House Tour. He founded The Boys of Lawrenceville, a benevolent organization of gay men in Lawrenceville, and created its Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser to benefit local families and organizations.</p> <h4><span style="color:#006400;">February 20th-25th Marks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Customer Appreciation Days</span></h4> <p>Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh customers will now have greater access to programs, materials and facilities. Beginning Monday, February 20, most Pittsburgh library locations will have expanded hours, opening more evenings, after school and weekends for customer use. In total, library customers will gain an additional 119 hours per week, with all neighborhood libraries open for service Mondays and Fridays. Hours at CLP &ndash; Main in Oakland, CLP &ndash; Downtown &amp; Business and the Library for the Blind &amp; Physically Handicapped will remain unchanged.&nbsp; The new hours are in direct response to feedback from customers who were previously affected by cuts in library service due to budget constraints and shortfalls.</p> <p>To celebrate the restoration of hours, several Friends of the Library groups will host Customer Appreciation Open Houses at their respective neighborhood libraries during the week of February 20.&nbsp; For event details and to locate hours of operation for all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations please visit <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/">carnegielibrary.org</a>.Council members Patrick Dowd, Bruce Kraus and Natalia Rudiak will soon sponsor a proclamation in honor of the restoration of services at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.</p> <h3>UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS</h3> <h4><span style="color:#006400;">Council to Go</span></h4> <p>Join Councilman Patrick Dowd at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.</p> <p><strong>Lawrenceville</strong> &mdash; Friday, February 17, 7:30am-9am &mdash; Perk Me Up, 4407 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201</p> <p><strong>Bloomfield</strong> &mdash; Tuesday, February 21, 7pm-8pm &mdash; Big Idea Bookstore, 4812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> <p><strong>Morningside</strong> &mdash; Thursday, February 23, 7pm-8pm &mdash; St. Raphael&rsquo;s Multi-Purpose Room, 1118 Chislett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <h4>Community Events</h4> <p><strong>Friday, February 3</strong> &ndash; Penn Avenue Arts Initiative Unblurred &ndash; 4800-5500 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 6pm-11pm. Walkable gallery and venue tour featuring artists and performers along the way. FREE to the public.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, February 4</strong> &ndash; Night at the Races &ndash; St. Mary&rsquo;s Lyceum, 330 45th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, Lawrenceville. 7pm-10:30pm. $10 entry fee benefits Lawrenceville&rsquo;s 68th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, February 14</strong> &ndash; 100.7 STAR and the City of Pittsburgh present Valentines on Ice &ndash; Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Drive. 7pm&ndash;10pm. $4 per couple includes:</p> <ul> <li>a rose to the first 200 couples compliments of Alex&#39;s Flowers in Oakland</li> <li>assorted chocolates to first 200 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates</li> <li>mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill</li> <li>free dance lessons courtesy of Jeff &amp; Colleen Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh</li> <li>chance to compete in &quot;Go for the Heart&quot; puck shooting contest</li> <li>free slice of pizza compliments of Lucci&#39;s Pizza in Squirrel Hill</li> <li>keepsake photo with your sweetheart</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tuesday, February 14</strong> &ndash; Zone 5 Citizen&rsquo;s Public Safety Council &ndash; Union Project, Stanton and Negley Avenues, Pittsburgh, PA&nbsp; 15206 (please use side entrance on Stanton). 7pm. The primary purpose of the Zone 5 Public Safety Council is to enhance the quality of life within the geographic area covered by the Zone 5 Bureau of Police and associated public safety personnel.</p> <p><strong>February 20-25 </strong>&ndash; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Customer Appreciation Days &ndash; Check out their website for specific events at the libraries in East Liberty and Lawrenceville.</p> <p><strong>Friday, March 2</strong> &ndash; Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner &ndash; Teamster&rsquo;s Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. 4:30pm-9:30pm. $11 advance ticket price; $13 at the door. Children under 10 FREE. To benefit Lawrenceville&rsquo;s Bernard Dog Run.</p> <p>If you know of any community-oriented events in your District 7 neighborhood that we should publicize through our monthly newsletter and District 7 website, please email <a href="mailto:jennifer.thoma@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Community%20Event%20Recommendation">Jennifer Thoma</a> by the 1st of each month.</p> <h3>DID YOU KNOW?</h3> <h4><span style="color:#006400;">Attention: Women of District 7</span></h4> <p>During February, many of us celebrate romantic affairs of the heart&mdash; with our spouse, partner, children, family and friends. But this February, District 7 asks that you also love yourself by considering the <em>physica</em>l affairs of your heart. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. This means women &mdash; mothers, sisters and friends &mdash; are dying at the rate of one per minute. Unfortunately, this killer isn&rsquo;t easy to see. Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.</p> <p>But you can do something to make a difference.</p> <p>February 3 marks <a href="http://goredforwomen.org/wearredday/">National Wear Red Day</a> sponsored by the American Heart Association in partnership with Macy&rsquo;s and Merck. This event is part of the Go Red for Women Campaign, a social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. For every free Valentine heart sent from Macy&#39;s Facebook page through Feb. 14, Macy&#39;s will donate $2 - up to $250,000 - to help fight heart disease in women.</p> <p>Know the risks for heart disease and take action to reduce personal risk by visiting your doctor regularly and by learning more at the <a href="http://www.heart.org">American Heart Association</a> website.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:59:39 -0500