May 2008 Community Update


Carrick People for Action
…are cleaning up Carrick. This informal group of active citizens is working with the City and private property owners to make Carrick sparkle. Its working with Lamar advertising to install a fence around the property where a couple billboards are located to prevent litter and damage to the area. CPA has also worked with the City’s Redd Up crew to clean up Athena Way, the Valera city steps and a vacant lot in the neighborhood.

Earth Day Clean Up
The April 19th clean up brough out over 50 participants in Carrick. The neighborhood has a new clean up steward; she has started a litter listserve and is trying to get Girl Scouts to be tree tenders.

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

05/14/08 – Carrick Community Council @ Concord Elementary Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road (7:00 p.m.) Guest: Danielle Crumrine, of Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, will discuss street trees.

05/15/08 – Sprout Fund Mural exhibition @ Concept Art Gallery, 1031 South Braddock Avenue (TBA)

05/17/08 – Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carrick Branch, 1811 Brownsville Road (~11:00 a.m.) This event is weekly.


Cleaning Up Brookline
Brookline had a great turnout for it’s Earth Day clean-up on April 19th. In all, 100 bags of litter, 14 large bags of recyclables, 20 tires and a large pile of junk was collected. 53 kids participated and 15 adults.

Continued Progress
The efforts toward a South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and Brookline Chamber of Commerce merger continue and a complete union is expected this year. SPDC is also planning to take on producing a neighborhood newsletter.

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

05/12/08 – Chamber of Commerce @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard  (6:00 p.m.)

05/13/08 – Block Watch @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

05/26/08 – Brookline Area Community Council @ St. Mark’s Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.) Topic: “What’s available for summer – A community update”

06/02/08 – South Pittsburgh Development Corporation @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)


Neighborhood Mural
Beechview’s Port Authority T overpass at Wenzell and Broadway Avenue will become the home of a new mural from the MLK Community Mural Project. Both sides of the underpass will be painted as well as the triangular wall on Broadway as you approach Wenzell from the North. The mural development process will include community input on content and neighborhood youth will be hired to help in the painting.

The Planning Continues
Beechview’s community planning process has continued to move ahead. The third community meeting was held on Saturday, May 10th and many neighborhood residents turned out to discuss which projects proposed for the plan should take priority. Final recommendations will be developed in the next few weeks and then presented to the community at a final meeting on May 31st. Participants hope to develop committees of CLUB around five focus areas of the plan that will help to implement recommendations in those areas going forward.

Upcoming Events in Beechview:

05/17/08 – Spring Flea Market @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

05/17/08 – Friends of the Beechview Library Book Sale @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Donations of “gently used” books are being accepted now.

05/18/08 – Flower planting @ Beechview Monument Parklet, Broadway Avenue at Shiras Avenue (1:00 p.m.)

05/24/08 – Annual Memorial Day Service @ Beechview Monument Parklet, Broadway Avenue at Shiras Avenue (10:00 a.m.)

05/31/08 – Beechview Community Plan Meeting @ McCann Hall, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (1:00 – 2:30 p.m.)

06/05/08 – Block Watch/Beechview Area Concerned Citizens @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

06/22/08 – Community Clean-up @ Broadway Avenue + Wenzell Avenue (10:00 a.m.)

07/19/08 – Community Clean-up @ Foodland, 1604 Broadway Avenue (10:00 a.m.)

All South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Upcoming Events:

05/15/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

06/05/08 – South Pittsburgh Historians Group @ Overbrook Firehouse, 2406 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.) 



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