City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
District 4 Newsletter | October 2013
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." -- L.M. Montgomery

In this issue...

DISTRICT 4 NEWS

Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day
UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh
What happened to paving Brownsville Road?
Why hasn't my street been paved?
Congratulations to the historic Fairhaven Methodist Church
Good news you don't hear on the news
Beechview in the spotlight
Beechview gardens need your help
Walking/cycling conference at Carnegie Mellon
Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh's a Stage!
Spooky, silly, or just plain crafty: the second annual Brookline scarecrow competition
Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits
Updates from our local public schools
City Planning announces website updates
Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan
Block Watches work!

HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER

Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources
More assistance for seniors aged 60+
Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!
Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh
Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help

EVENTS


DISTRICT 4 NEWS

Working to make South Pittsburgh a better place, every day

  • Back to school season has come and gone, and the Pittsburgh Public Schools in District 4 have all held their annual open houses to help students and parents adjust, meet their teachers, and get started on the right foot. Read the Updates from our local public schools piece below to learn more from some of our schools.
  • Continuing our efforts to make sure we are coordinated at the state and city levels, my office organized an all-hands-on-deck meeting with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, State Rep. Erin Molchany, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, and the Beechview Merchants Association to nail down concrete plans for URA-owned buildings along Beechview’s Broadway Avenue. The cost of renovation is still sky-high and cost-prohibitive for many. At the meeting we looked at each URA building, the remaining funding gaps to renovate each building, and plans for moving forward.
  • Labor Day is a time to reflect on our shared labor history and to show that, by working together, we have the power to rebuild our middle class. Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second largest Labor Day parade in the country? Check out some photos from that day on the District 4 photos page.
  • If you spend any time along Brownsville Road, you know that its trees are in need of some TLC. In early September I met with folks at Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church to discuss replacing the trees along Brownsville Road. Thanks to Linda Donahue and Joe Krynock of the Carrick Tree Tenders, Lisa Ceoffe in City Forestry, Jeff Bergman of TreeVitalize, and Jake Milofsky of Tree Pittsburgh. We are also including other nearby municipalities, like Mount Oliver and Brentwood, in our plan to apply for a TreeVitalize grant. If you’ve noticed the missing trees on Brownsville Road, or have noticed that some of the tree pits are overgrown and weedy, we could use your help. To join us, contact Linda Donahue at 412.901.6673 or Joe Krynock at grizzly_joe@verizon.net or call my office at 412.255.2131.
  • For years now, we’ve been hearing from residents concerned about hunting in our greenways and City parks. In early September, community relations manager Dan met with city public safety director Mike Huss, Zone 3 police commander McNeilly and community relations officer Luffey, Kathryn from the Mount Washington CDC, Chuck O’Neil from Public Works, and an officer from the PA Game Commission. We came to this meeting after hearing from residents who are afraid of crossbow and rifles being used near their homes. As of today, hunting in City parks and greenways is against the law where signage is posted. Public safety director Huss and PA Game Commissioner Gary Fujak brought to the table the issue of deer populations, mentioning that the overabundance of deer in our urban forests is causing problems like traffic accidents.This is an ongoing conversation that doesn’t have an easy solution. What are your thoughts?
  • I was invited to take part in West Liberty Elementary’s 9/11 Patriot Day event. Joined by State Rep. Erin Molchany and State Sen. Wayne Fontana, the youngsters of Brookline and I paid our respects to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the heroic efforts of the service members and ordinary people who gave their all.
  • The Carrick Community Council held their quarterly public meeting in September, where I gave updates on local developments, we discussed the positive feedback about recent block watches, and we heard from our new neighborhood planner Josh Lippert, Public Works supervisor John Radcliffe, and Aaron Sukenik, executive director of the Hilltop Alliance. If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Carrick Community Council on Facebook for updates and event invitations.
  • The Brookline community has really turned out over the summer for a series of “identity visioning” meetings. Just like Bloomfield is known as our Little Italy, Brookline has a unique opportunity to brand itself. We all know what Brookline has going for it--and now it’s time to communicate that to the rest of the City more professionally, through maps, brochures, and special events. Thanks to the South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and EvolveEA for pulling together a roadmap on taking Brookline to the next level.
  • Thanks to the Polish Cultural Council for inviting me to their volunteer appreciation picnic at the Croatian Center--the pig roast was fabulous and it was an honor having Deborah Majka, the honorary consul for Poland in Philadelphia, here in Pittsburgh.
  • And all the rest: I’ve been negotiating with our public access channel and our cable bureau to ensure that they have the proper equipment to stay on the air… I met with a local developer to to learn how the Pittsburgh Public Schools are planning to readapt some of their closed school facilities... I attended a public budget hearing held in Beechview to advocate for capital budget projects in District 4… We stopped by the Beechview Senior Center for their annual picnic, the September Brookline Block Watch meeting, the Zone 3 public safety meeting, and the Overbrook Community Council meeting… I was honored to give a speech about leadership to over 60 people from the corporate world and from the non-profit sector and left them with this quote: 

“Let’s do it together” is so much powerful than “I do it for you” or “you do it alone.”

UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh

A number of employees of UPMC have been harassed, intimidated, and fired (one worker was even fired twice!) simply for joining together with their coworkers to talk about creating a union in order to provide health care and a decent salary to support their families--our families, our neighbors, our friends. We have a great tradition here in Pittsburgh of workers standing up to bullying tactics in order to secure a healthy middle class for all of us.

On September 4, we on Council heard stories from current and former UPMC employees who have experienced this bullying firsthand, and I sponsored a proclamation on their behalf--read it here. And on Saturday, September 7, I rallied and marched with the workers, ministers, community leaders, and concerned residents of the City who joined together to stand up to UPMC’s recent worker intimidation and bullying tactics.

Pittsburghers have a shared history of pride and resilience, and today we are rebuilding our neighborhoods, educating our children, and together making our City one of the most admired in the nation. As the region’s largest employer--and recipient of tax exemptions footed by us, the taxpayers--UPMC has a duty to help us strengthen Pittsburgh and make it livable for everyone.

What happened to paving Brownsville Road?

Early in the season, we had requested the entirety of Brownsville Road be paved by Public Works. DPW reported to us that because of various utility work that will be taking place along Brownsville Road, the only portion they would be able to pave is from Calhount to Minooka, which is in progress. When utility companies plan for their linework, it can put a hold on paving for months, which oftentimes bumps it off that year's list. Otherwise, DPW would be laying fresh asphalt on a street that would just a few weeks later be torn up to repair a water main. Some examples of the work slated for Brownsville Road include Penn American Water doing work in the Amanda St./East Cherryhill area, PWSA doing sewer lining work from E. Meyers Ave. to Brownsville, and PWSA engineering work taking place on Brownsville Rd. between Overbrook Blvd. and Becks Run Rd. sometime between now and March of 2014. We will continue to push for more streets to be paved, and for the rest of Brownsville Road to be taken care of.

Why hasn’t my street been paved?

As the 2013 paving season wraps up, we’re happy to see that District 4 is seeing some paving taking place, but for every 1 mile that gets much-needed attention, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other miles that don’t get touched. This can be really frustrating. Unfortunately, every year, the City’s paving program has to deal with rising costs and a growing pool of need--and every year, it gets bigger and bigger.

Pittsburgh has a lot of asphalt roads. Hundreds and hundreds of miles. Stretched end-to-end, they would reach from the Point all the way to Minneapolis! Because of weather and climate, weight and pressure, and various chemical exposures (like gasoline, oil, and salt), asphalt deterioration begins almost as soon as it’s freshly laid down. An asphalt road is expected to last for a decade in Pittsburgh. Doing the math, that means we should pave about 86 miles of road every year so that no street is left unmaintained for more than ten years.

But since at least 2004, the City hasn’t been able to keep up with that measure, paving much fewer than 86 miles every year. Last year the City took out a bond for $80 million for the first time in over a decade, and one stated purpose for the money is necessary infrastructure projects, including resurfacing. For 2012 and 2013, approximately $10 million has been spent on paving, and last year we were able to pave a record 61 miles--which is still short of the necessary amount of 86 miles to keep our streets up to date.

Add to this the fact that for every year that we pave fewer than 86 miles, we add streets to our paving deficit, meaning we start the next year already behind. For every street that enters its tenth year (meaning it’s time to repave), there’s a street entering its eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth...

An audit by the Controller’s office in 2009 found that a mile of paving costs approximately $315,000 (click here to read this audit and see our infographic). As revenue from the federal government, local non-profits, and City property taxes has remained steady or declined--not to mention the rising costs of crude oil globally--paving is becoming a more expensive proposition every year. And unforeseen problems like landslides, erosion, and structural issues can compound the cost of a simple paving job.

The total cost to repave all of the roads that are over a decade old would be approximately $103 million, roughly ten times the amount that we can afford to budget this year. The cost to repave all the roads would actually be nearly double our total capital budget this year (which would mean no pools, parks, senior centers, fire trucks, ballfield lights, or dozens of other programs for the next two years).

Additionally, we’ve been told by Public Works that even when we have the funding and manpower to pave a street, because of scheduled utility work, that street can be bumped off the list for next year, or for the year after that. When water or electricity utilities schedule to dig up a street for linework, that means the DPW decides not to pave the street--why spend the money and time laying down fresh asphalt if it’s just going to be ripped up in a month? Though we think there can be a better way to coordinate all the different interests here, it is true that with our aging infrastructure, there’s a lot of utility work that will need to continue to happen every year.

Given all of these realities, we continue to listen to your suggestions, drive through the district to investigate, and submit our recommendations for street resurfacing to the Department of Public Works, which is tasked with making the final decision based on their own system. We do everything we can on our end to advocate for residents, including monitoring 311 requests, going out and taking pictures, submitting your letters and petitions, and working with you all to make your voices are heard in the process.

Please continue to call my office, 311, or both to report potholes and other infrastructure issues that Public Works should look into.

Congratulations to the historic Fairhaven Methodist Church

On September 17, City Council finally passed legislation that honors Fairhaven Methodist Church as a historic structure. As of right now, it has been sent to the Mayor’s office to be signed! Congregants from the church had rented a van to come down to City Council to speak about how Fairhaven has shaped their lives and strengthened their communities. One after another, they stood up to share their stories for the public record. My colleagues on Council were thoroughly impressed--and I’m proud of their dedication and effort!

Read more about Fairhaven in Diana Nelson Jones’ piece in the Post-Gazette from last June.

Join the congregation of Fairhaven Church at their gala on Saturday, November 23 at Salvatore’s Restaurant at 5001 Curry Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m., with Scott Harbaugh from WPXI leading the auction. Contact the church at 412.882.2544 for more information.

Good news you don't hear on the news

My dad is the grandchild of Polish immigrants, and my mom herself emigrated from Poland. Where does your family trace its roots? On September 3, I honored Sister Janice Vanderneck of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden with a proclamation in City Council. Along with local organizations like the Jewish Family & Children’s Services, the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and the Latino Family Center, Sister Janice has worked to open Casa San Jose, a new community center devoted to assisting Latino families who have recently settled in the area. Casa San Jose operates out of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 933 Brookline Boulevard, providing a welcome place for Spanish-speaking Pittsburghers to connect with valuable resources like English classes. For more information or to volunteer your time and skills, contact Sister Janice at Casa San Jose at 412.343.3111.

And in the same vein, on September 10, I was proud to sponsor a proclamation for the first annual Latino Day at Kennywood. Like Polish Day, Italian Day, or Croatian Day, Latino Day aims to be one day a year where various Latin American cultures and traditions take center stage at Kennywood. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Mr. Alberto Benzaquen, Latino Day was a blast--especially with helpings of mole chicken, chorizo tacos, empanadas, and tres leches cake!

Beechview in the spotlight

With mass transit access, great housing stock, and a devoted community, we in South Pittsburgh know Beechview’s assets and terrific potential firsthand. But in the past few weeks, local media have perked their ears up even more. Check out these articles below:

Beechview a big draw for Pittsburgh’s Latino residents

Grocery with Latin touch opens in Beechview

Enjoying Beechview

And in a sign of our growing and changing local economy, we recently learned that the IGA on Broadway Avenue has entered into a business relationship with the owners of Las Palmas LLC, the grocery and taqueria that has locations in Brookline, Oakland, and Washington PA, in addition to a space on Beechview Avenue. Las Palmas submitted a business plan, and a deal was struck between the owner of the IGA and Las Palmas to change management of the business itself, though the IGA is remaining as the leaseholder. On September 18, State Rep. Erin Molchany, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, and I sent out a letter to the Beechview community on this--read our letter here.

As a reminder, don’t forget to check on our District 4 in the News page, where we collect the good stories, updates, and attention that’s paid to South Pittsburgh.

Beechview gardens need your help

Have a green thumb and want to help out in the community? On Sunday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m., come to the Wenzell Avenue garden at the corner of Wenzell and Broadway Avenue. Volunteers are needed to remove weeds, plastic, and annual plants as part of a fall pull-out. Gloves and supplies will be provided--just bring yourself!

Ever participated in the Beechview Plant Swap? If not, now’s your chance: on Sunday, October 6 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue, join others who love gardening and you may be able to trade something old for something new! Bring any of the following items:

  • Rooted plants, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, cuttings, herbs, vegetables, trees, gardening tools/supplies, yard art, stepping stones, trellises, pots, gardening books/magazines, and empty pots to fill with your new plants!

Any unswapped or donated plants will be planted in the Beechview Community Garden. For more information, contact beechviewcommunitygarden@gmail.com or visit their blog.

And on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m., the Love Your Block grant project/Edible Garden mini grant event/End of the Garden Year grand work day will take place! The community is in need of donations of perennials (shade, part shade, and full sun) in order to complete this hillside project, and, of course, volunteers are needed as well. All supplies and gloves will be provided.

Thanks for your help!

Walking/cycling conference at Carnegie Mellon

Last week, communications manager Adam attended the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference at Carnegie Mellon. Pittsburgh has been gaining a lot of attention lately for its efforts to make our streets safer for everyone--whether they’re driving a car, riding a bike, or walking. We hope to use some of the ideas from the conference, working with Bike Pittsburgh, to slow down traffic across District 4, and we hope to work with the next administration to engineer our streets better. A couple interesting notes from the conference:

  • The phrase “complete streets” is in fashion lately, but what does it actually mean? One good rule of thumb: would you feel comfortable with a young child cycling on the street? Do you feel that your elderly family members or neighbors are able to safely and confidently cross at intersections? If you said yes to both, that’s a complete street--a place where all people can safely live and travel.
  • Some say that our topography or our weather are hindrances--but San Francisco, despite being an extremely hilly place, has been a leader in cycling in the country, and Minneapolis, one of the most cyclist-friendly cities, is certainly colder and snowier than Pittsburgh.

We continue to take part in EDS' bike/ped committee, strategizing on how we can make our streets in South Pittsburgh safer. To learn how you can participate, contact our office at 412.255.2131.

Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh's a Stage!

You’d think that being on live television week to week in City Council Chambers is enough drama... but on October 10, I’m taking it to the next level! Politics gets downright Shakespearean in this year’s Off the Record, an annual musical satire of Pittsburgh news presented by both professional actors and members of Pittsburgh’s media, and it’s always a laugh.

This is Off the Record’s 13th year, organized by the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild/CWA and Pittsburgh SAG-AFTRA, and featuring KDKA’s Ken Rice as emcee and Councilman Bill Peduto as the “prebuttalist.” As always, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and as of last year, donation totals reached $240,000!

This year’s performance will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 412.456.6666 or go to www.trustarts.org.

Spooky, silly, or just plain crafty: the second annual Brookline scarecrow competition

It’s autumn, and you know what that means: Brookline’s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Competition! The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is asking for businesses, community organizations, schools, churches, senior centers, and residents of Brookline to participate by creating a themed scarecrow, with the grand prize set to $150 (and $50 prizes for 2nd and 3rd places). The key is to be creative and imaginative--and sorry, no commercial scarecrows are accepted; the rule is original and homemade only! Scarecrows must be between 3 and 4 feet tall and may not exceed a width of 3 feet. The scarecrow must be free-standing.

Entries will be accepted by the Brookline Chamber between September 24 and 28, and a panel of judges will work between October 1 and 22, announcing the winners at the Halloween Parade on October 26.

For more information about joining, contact A-Boss Opticians at 938 Brookline Blvd at 412.561.0811, or call my office at 412.255.2131.

Carrick Farmers Market now accepting SNAP benefits

Our City’s farmers markets have long been a popular source of seasonal, locally produced, nutritious, affordable food. Vendors sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, coffee, and more--and with the new “Fresh Access” program enabled by Just Harvest, SNAP shoppers will be able to use their benefits at five of the Citiparks farmers markets, including in Carrick (the others are South Side, Bloomfield, East Liberty, and North Side). The Carrick Farmers Market runs until November 27 and is located at the Shopping Center on Brownsville Road at Parkfield Street.

Shoppers wishing to pay with credit, debit, or food stamp cards should approach the Just Harvest tent at the market, where they’ll be able to swipe their card to receive wooden tokens, which work like cash at the market. For more information about the Fresh Access program, check out Just Harvest.

Updates from our local public schools

Great things are happening in our public schools, and here are some updates that have been shared with my office that I’d like to share with you:

  • At South Hills Middle School, four out of nine PTO/Title I and Parent School Community Council (PSCC) meetings will be held at various locations where students live. The next meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8 in Mt. Washington at the Urban Mountain Gathering Place at 213 Bailey Avenue.
  • Beechwood PreK-5 will be holding their first PSCC meeting of the year on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m., where they will be discussing the school’s instructional focus for the 2013-2014 school year and efforts to support their new attendance initiative “Be There.”
  • Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology will have their first PSCC/Title 1/PTSA meeting on Wednesday, October 18th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come learn about their innovative efforts and their Title 1 program. And just recently, Carmalt had another exciting week of 5th graders learning how to do the rhumba with the Dancing Classroom program. Meanwhile, one of their middle school classes is participating in learning debate techniques.
  • At Carrick High, Principal Chakey reports that there’s plenty to be proud of, including:
    • Increase in State Assessment Scores in both English and Math
    • Increased enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses
    • Increase in students that qualify for incentives for excellent behavior!
    • Reduction of student disciplinary infractions
    • Increased parental participation at PSCC meetings
    • Carpentry class is open this year within our Career and Technology Program
    • Parent Computer Lab for parents to learn computer skills from CTE teacher Ms. Hill
    • Renewed football program with new coach Craig Aguglia
    • Also, mark your calendars to attend Carrick High School’s open house on Monday, October 14--more detailed information will follow, so check the District 4 public calendar. In addition, they will be holding monthly Parent School Community Council (PSCC) meetings. Please attend these meetings to help shape Carrick High’s vision for upward success.
  • Concord Elementary will be holding a clothing drive lasting through to November. They are looking for any items to be donated to help families in our communities. For more information, contact Melanie Tedesco at 412.207.2372

City Planning announces website updates

The Department of City Planning has announced that they’ve updated their websites, so that now you’ll be able to look at scheduled meetings and presentations for the Planning Commission and Historic Review Commission.

To look at Planning Commission information, go to this page. On the lefthand side, you’ll see a menu for Process, Schedule - 2013, and Archive. If you go to the Schedule page, you’ll see links for each meeting’s agenda, minutes, and any presentation files.

Similarly, you can access the Historic Review Commission information here. Click on the Schedule - 2013 link on the lefthand side to see meeting information for the Historic Review Commission.

Continuing senior services in South Pittsburgh: Elder-ado becomes LifeSpan

This past summer, the Elder-ado senior centers merged withi LifeSpan, Inc. With assistance from foundations, Elder-ado conducted a search for an agency that would be able to continue to fund and support the services they provide to seniors in the Hilltop area. LifeSpan will continue to provide daily meals, recreational activities, and more at their centers:

  • LifeSpan Carrick Resource Center, 2019 Brownsville Rd, 412.881.6800.
  • LifeSpan McKinley Resource Center, 900 Delmont St., 412.481.2433.
  • LifeSpan Knoxville Resource Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., 412.381.6900.

Check out the South Pittsburgh Reporter’s article to learn more.

Block Watches work!

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.

Beechview Area Concerned Citizens & Beechview Block Watch
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. at Beechview United Presbyterian Church (1621 Broadway Ave)

Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch
Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Zion Christian Church (2019 Brownsville Rd)

Brookline Block Watch
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik's Office (736 Brookline Blvd)

The Pittsburgh Community Safety website is another fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your community. Sign up to receive public safety alerts in your police zone, and check out the virtual blotter. Need help? Check out the user guide.


HELP, WORK, DONATE, VOLUNTEER

Seniors aged 60+ can receive free home safety resources

Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania’s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it’s all free of charge. If you’re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.

More assistance for seniors aged 60+

The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area’s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:

  • Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness
  • Grocery shopping
  • Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services
  • Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills
  • Home safety assessments (see above!)
  • Snow removal

To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you’re considering  volunteering with this program to help others.

Carrick Tree Tenders welcome you to come out for some fresh air!

The Carrick Tree Tenders are staying on top of their work and invite you to come out and join them for some sprucing. Jake, a representative from Tree Pittsburgh, will be assisting with Carrick’s trees this year as well. The next date on the Tree Tenders’ schedule is:

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., meeting place TBA; check the District 4 Public Calendar

If you are interested in attending, and for information on where to meet up on any of the future scheduled dates, please contact Linda Donahue at 412.901.6673 or Joe Krynock at grizzly_joe@verizon.net or call my office at 412.255.2131.

Employment opportunities with the City of Pittsburgh

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.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers and kitchen help

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.

EVENTS

EDS’ bike/pedestrian committee meeting
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. at EDS offices (4127 Brownsville Rd, Brentwood 15227)

Wenzell Avenue community garden fall pull-out day
Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. at Wenzell Ave at Broadway Ave

Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. at Wenzell Ave at Broadway Ave
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot at Broadway Ave and Beechview Ave

4th Brookline Bar Crawl
Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. along Brookline Blvd

Beechview Kids’ Fest
Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Broadway Ave parking lot

Beechview Plant Swap
Sunday, October 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Broadway Ave/Beechview Ave intersection

Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch meeting
Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Concord Elementary (2350 Brownsville Rd)

Brookline Block Watch meeting
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. at Judge Jim Motznik's office (736 Brookline Blvd)

Off the Record XIII: All the Burgh’s a Stage! performance
Thursday, October 10, 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater (101 6th St.)

Carrick High open house
Monday, October 14; more info TBD; check the District 4 public calendar

Zone 3 Public Safety meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. at Zone 3 Police Station (830 E. Warrington Ave)

Carrick Tree Tending
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., location TBA

Mt. Washington Community Forum
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Washington Senior Center (122 Virginia Ave)

South Pittsburgh Development Corporation monthly meeting
Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Presbyterian Church (1036 Brookline Blvd)

Overbrook Community Council meeting
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Accamando Center (2410 Saw Mill Run Blvd)

Beechview end of the garden work year day
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.; check beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com for info

Brookline Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 26, more info TBA; check the District 4 public calendar

Carrick and Overbrook Community Councils’ Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. at the Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield St)

Fairhaven United Methodist Church gala
Saturday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. at Salvatore's Restaurant (5001 Curry Road)


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.

Published:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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