In this issue...
Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day
Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!
Thursday, May 9 was Transit Day across the country, and in Pittsburgh, PCRG’s project GoBurgh held a Transit Day rally in Market Square to highlight the need for a robust transportation network. Thanks to Eat ‘n’ Park, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, and the Pittsburgh Foundation for their support. Read the proclamation here.
National Healthy Schools Day on April 30 was initiated to raise awareness about the conditions of our schools and to work toward new or renovated healthy and high performance schools that are designed to improve indoor air and environmental quality. I invited Andrew Ellsworth and Jenna Cramer to Council to represent their pilot project Healthy Schools Collaboration. Read the proclamation here.
Congratulations to the St. Basil C.Y.M. Junior Varsity basketball team, who last season racked up 19 wins to only 3 losses, becoming South Section champions for the third year in a row--and Catholic Diocesan champions for the fourth time in the team’s history, on March 3 of this year. I honored the St. Basil’s team with a proclamation in April--read it here.
Brookline’s South Pittsburgh Development Corporation took a creative approach to the problem of litter in their neighborhood by hosting the first-of-its-kind anti-litter poster contest! Over 400 students from local schools submitted their artistic concepts for discouraging litter and promoting clean neighborhoods. Congratulations to our winners: Carmen, Paige, Savannah, Melina, and Nicole! Read the proclamation here.
One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to meet with students from the district. In addition to Carrick High’s Career Day, I got to host groups of elementary school students to Council Chambers as part of their Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation tours! Thanks to the kids at Beechwood Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and West Liberty Elementary. Your questions were on-point, and your excitement and curiosity are inspiring!
Though we don’t yet have a timeline from the Department of Public Works as far as work on our streets in District 4, we were given a list of streets that are slated to be repaved this season. The condition of our streets is a perennial problem, and so my office put together this graphic explanation of the City’s paving program.
After being given the list of our streets that will be paved, my office also put together this map showing the streets chosen this year. We will also be updating that page with schedule dates for milling and paving of the streets that DPW chose to take on this season.
Of course, there are still many more streets and alleys in District 4 that need attention, including potholes or windrows or other surface work. Please continue to pass these to my office by calling 412.255.2131, and we will deliver the requests to Public Works.
The long-awaited reconstruction of the intersection of Route 51 and Route 88--which many Pittsburghers count among the worst intersections in the City--is finally here!
On May 15, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rejected Butta Bing owner Daniel Smithbower's zoning appeal to open a new strip club at the site of the former Butta Bing club on Route 51 in overbrook.
The new pay-by-license parking meters have rolled out city-wide, and because we sometimes take questions from constituents about them, I wanted to address some of them in the newsletter this month. Below are some common questions we hear. For more information on the new meters, more FAQs, and for a how-to video, visit the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s Meter Policies website.
Farmers Markets are starting up in June. Below are several markets in and around District 4. For a complete resource of Citiparks markets, click here. For an interactive map of markets both in the City and in the surrounding suburbs, click here. And for other markets in Dormont, Whitehall, Carnegie, and other surrounding suburbs, check here.
On May 25, join with your neighbors and the folks at South Pittsburgh Development Corporation for a Memorial Day clean-up! Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Cannon Coffee at 802 Brookline Boulevard (psst--free coffee for volunteers) to help clean up litter and debris around Brookline. Click here for the flyer.
Overbrook’s Fairhaven United Methodist Church recently celebrated their 130th anniversary, with the current structure at 2415 Saw Mill Run Bouelvard being constructed in 1907. And now they have one more historical recognition to celebrate--the Historical Commission of the City of Pittsburgh has given its unanimous preliminary approval for Fairhaven Church’s historical status! The next steps in the process are for the Planning Commission and City Council to approve it. Thanks to the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society and the Overbrook and Carrick Community Councils for their work!
Established in 1951, the Women’s Club of Overbrook develops the educational, civic, and social interest of its members and to advance the welfare of the community. Though based in Overbrook, the club is made up of women from surrounding communities like the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Brookline and Carrick and the communities of Baldwin, Dormont, Castle Shannon, Brentwood, Pleasant Hills, Whitehall.
Are you getting that spring cleaning feeling? In addition to all the dusting, vacuuming, and scrubbing, many of us will be getting rid of old belongings, including broken TVs, computer screens, and other electronics. These are all considered “e-waste,” and due to a state e-waste law that took effect on January 1 of this year, the City is no longer able to collect these types of items with curbside trash pickup. If you place these items on the curb, they will not be picked up and you may receive a citation. The good news is that residents and small businesses (50 or fewer employees) can recycle these items at no charge. In addition to computers and TVs, this e-waste law includes computer peripherals like printers and keyboards.
Why this new law? Electronics in our landfills can be a health hazard. E-waste can contain harmful chemicals and other substances that, if put in a landfill, seep into our water supply, harming us for generations to come. Every year, America throws away three to four million electronics, and only 20% of that is recycled. E-waste totals 2% of what’s in a landfill but represents 70% overall of all toxic waste.
These items need to be taken to an electronics retail store or collection location for recycling purposes. The closest locations to Brookline to recycle e-waste are the Goodwill locations in Brentwood and Banksville. Visit Goodwill's website to look up locations that accept e-waste. You can also call them at (412) 481-9005 for more information.
You can also take your electronic recycling to Staples locations, including the store on Banksville Road. The store can accept most computers and computer-related recycling. Staples cannot take televisions, appliances, or large rechargeable batteries. Call ahead at (412) 571-9150 for more information.
And last but not least, you can recycle up to three (3) items per household per day at any Best Buy location, no matter where you bought them from. Visit Best Buy's site to find the location nearest to you.
On two dates this summer, you can finally get rid of those aerosol cans, paint cans, printer cartridges, and TV and computer equipment!
You may not realize it, but many people who live in South Pittsburgh commute downtown via bicycle! Economic Development South is interested in working to make our area better for cyclists--and, by extension, pedestrians, because streets that are safe for bikes are safe for pedestrians (and drivers too!). So EDS is inviting those who are interested to join their Bike/Pedestrian Committee, which will look into ways to make improvements. If you’re interested, contact Stephanie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you get a chance to stop by the Taste of Beechview food festival last year? It was awesome! On June 22, Beechview will be host to the second annual Taste of Beechview, an outdoor community event that highlights our businesses and celebrates local, seasonal food from the region. It’s free to attend, with live music, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from multiple vendors. So far, participating businesses are:
Though women make up only 3% of American CEOs, we women do make great leaders, whether in community service, politics, academia, or business. Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is hosting a Women Business Leaders breakfast series this year that ends in June. This last session will take place on Friday, June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., featuring Rachel Blaufeld, freelance lifestyle writer, blogger, and social media navigator, and Deborah Gilboa M.D., international parenting speaker and writer, titled “Mompreneurs: Changing the Way Business is Done Using Social Media.” The session costs $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid ID), and you can register online here.
The Southwestern Pennsylavania Commission is putting together a 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program, and they need your input! This plan will identify our region's priority transportation projects, and it's a joint effort of federal, state, and local voices--including yours. To submit your ideas, visit this website. Tell the SPC what you see are the biggest transportation issues, or opportunities, in your area: this includes highways and bridges, public transit, traffic signals, bikeways and pedestrian paths, traffic congestion, or anything else.
If you are concerned about crime in your neighborhood, we encourage you to attend your neighborhood block watch meeting. There, you can learn how to organize your closest neighbors and meet people who may have dealt with similar issues elsewhere in the community. This is a chance to meet local officers, officials, and your own neighbors, and to speak up about problems you see and experience every day.
The Carrick Tree Tenders have put some spring dates on the calendar and invite you to come out and join them for some pruning and sprucing. Jake, a representative from Tree Pittsburgh, will be assisting with Carrick’s trees this year as well. The next dates on the Tree Tenders’ schedule are:
Thursday, May 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meeting at the 2300 block of Brownsville Road
If you are interested in attending, and for information on where to meet up on any of the future scheduled dates, please contact Joe Krynock at email@example.com or call my office at 412.255.2131.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program at Carnegie Mellon where people who are interested in extending their education into their senior years can gather. Osher holds classes in a pleasant atmosphere on CMU’s campus, and any adult in the Pittsburgh area is able to join. Most classes are held during the day, and to sign up, see this website. Courses cover subjects like philosophy, astronomy, architecture, politics, geography, theater, cooking, and Tai Chi.
The Citiparks Aquatics Division is looking for lifeguards for this year’s summer season. If you know someone who is certified, or interested in obtaining certification, to work for Citiparks, contact the Aquatics Division Office at 412.323.7928.
The summer baseball/softball season will soon be upon us, and Citiparks is looking for seasonal employees for May-August! Applicants must live in the City, have a driver’s license, be available on weekends and evenings (30-40 hours a week), and receive their child abuse and criminal clearances. The positions are for monitors, whose tasks will be to keep score, interpret the rules as situations arise, do daily field preparations, and some light office work. If interested, call the BIG League office at 412.488.8585 or send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Pittsburgh invites all individuals seeking employment to apply online using their website at www.pghjobs.net. Click on the Online Employment Center button to view current job openings and register in the online employment system. If you don’t have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, visit the City’s Online Employment Center at 414 Grant Street, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, or call for Employment Application information at 412.255.2710.
Our Meals on Wheels programs are in need of volunteer drivers, visitors and kitchen help Monday through Friday. Volunteering requires a one and a half hour commitment for drivers and visitors and a three hour commitment for kitchen helpers once a week or as needed.
Hilltop/Mt. Washington/Bon Air/Carrick/Overbrook/Brentwood: Call the kitchen at 412.881.0990 between 8:00 a.m. and noon or stop by the kitchen at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (601 Brownsville Rd.) from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Beechview/Brookline/Carnegie: Call 412.307.1640 or the kitchen at 412.279.5670. The kitchen is located at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.
South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting
Primary Election Day
Beechview Senior Center Picnic
Carrick Tree Tending
Brookline Clean-Up Day
South Hills Memorial Day Parade
Brookline Area Community Council
Beechview Senior Center Blood Pressure Screening
Beechview Merchants Association Meeting
Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch
Carrick Tree Tending
Beechview Area Concerned Citizens & Beechview Block Watch
Brookline Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Brookline Block Watch
Pittsburgh Pride March and Fest
South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) Meeting
Zone 3 Public Safety Meeting
Mount Washington Community Forum
2nd Annual Taste of Beechview
Mt. Washington Community Festival
Brookline Day at Kennywood
Carrick Tree Tending
Carrick’s Second Annual Communities Against Crime Block Party
Carrick Tree Tending
Improving our neighborhoods and keeping them great is a process that requires involvement from people like you. Be active, and join us at any of the following events or meetings. We can't do it without you! If you have questions about any of these events, feel free to give our office a call at 412.255.2131.