June 2008 Community Update


Community Plan

Beechview wrapped up its community plan with a final neighborhood-wide meeting on Saturday, May 31st. The final document will be available at the end of June. Paper copies will be available in some public places, such as the library.

Urban Gardening in Beechview

The parks and recreation committee, a group formed as part of the community planning process that may become a standing committee in CLUB in the future, would like to begin plans to host a community festival.  In order to prepare for this event, the group would like to form an urban gardening initiative to beautify Beechview.  If you are interested in this initiative, please respond with a blog post.

Sherriff’s Sale

Nearly all of the S & T Bank owned properties in foreclosure were put on Sherriff’s sale last week.  The majority of the properties were bought back by S & T Bank and the community is looking forward to the properties seeing the properties transferred into responsible hands. 

Streetface Program

The City of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has money dedicated to Beechview for commercial business owners and tenants to improve their storefronts through the Streetface program.  URA staff attended the Beechview Merchants Association meeting to explain the program to local businesses and to invite them to submit applications. If you are a Beechview business owner interested in taking advantage of this program, please contact Quianna Wasler, Mainstreet Development Specialist at 412-255-6550 or qwasler@ura.org.


Beechview will soon be home to yet another mural project! The MLK Mural Project will paint a mural this summer on the underpass at Broadway and Wenzell Avenues. We want to keep the momentum going by adding more murals to the neighborhood. There will be a meeting on 6/21/08 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Library in Beechview to begin the planning process for this mural.  This project is sponsored by Community Leaders United for Beechview with financial support from State Representative Chelsa Wagner. 

Upcoming events in Beechview

June 9 to August 12- Sign up for summer reading at the library @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue

June 11 Last day of school for students, Fifth Grade Graduation @ Beechwood Elementary, 810 Rockland Ave. (9:00 a.m.)

June 14- Songwriter and performer Karen Jordan presents: A Silly Bug Sing Along @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (1:00 p.m.)

June 16-Family storytimes resume @ Carnegie Library, Beechview Branch, Mondays (11:30 a.m.)

June 22-Clean up day @ Broadway and Wenzell (1:00 p.m.)

June 26-28-Summer Festival @ St. Pamphilus, 1000 Tropical Avenue (all day)


Merger Proceeds

The merger of South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce continues to move forward.  Both groups approved the concept of a merger and the organizations are working together to determine next steps in the merger process. 

Upcoming Events in Brookline

06/09/08 – Chamber of Commerce @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard (6:00 p.m.)

06/10/08 – Block Watch @ Charles McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

There will be no June meeting of the Brookline Area Community Council.

The Block watch meeting will be the only meeting held in July and August.


Sprout Fund Mural

Carrick is gearing up for the Sprout Fund mural project!  The community is working through the design selection process; keep your eye out for a kick-off event to be scheduled in early July!

Carrick-Overbook Historical Society

Help spread the word and educate the community about local history to increase the pride, awareness, and respect of the neighborhood.  Meet at the Carrick Library every Saturday morning-call before attending the meeting.  Activities include scanning photos and artifacts, interviewing local historians, and creating educational materials.  Contact John at jrudiak@yahoo.com or 412-885-2548.

Carrick Litter Patrol

Would you like to help promote, inspire, and coordinate anti-litter events?  Contact Dawn Harder, the Clean Pittsburgh Steward, at 412-819-0889 or visit http://www.carricklitterpatrol.com.

Carrick Website/Email List

The new Carrick web site is looking for volunteers with technical, design, and web skills to help put content online. Contact T.J. Harris at nuvoyinzer1@verizon.net, 412-819-0889 http://www.carrickcommunity.com

Interested in staying informed about news and events in your community? Join the Carrick E-mail list. See http://groups.google.com/group/carrickPA.

Carrick goes Gardening!

We need volunteers for various gardening projects around Carrick!  Also, submit your beautiful gardens for the “Carrick goes Gardening” contest—applications available at Hess Floral, Rep. Harry Readshaw’s office, and the Carrick Library.  Submit address and photos by June 28, 2008. For questions call 412-884-3834 or email mwoshner1@verizon.net.

Green-Up Program

Carrick is currently working with the City to find a suitable lot for the Green-Up program, a program that renovates vacant lots by planting native, low maintenance plants and shrubbery. 

Tree Tending Program

Pittsburgh Friends of the Urban Forest (PFUF) is a city-wide non-profit program that helps neighborhoods come up with an approach to tree care. Carrick will be working with PFUF to train “tree tenders” to maintain trees on Brownsville Road and work with the City to take down dead or damaged trees. 

Carrick Corn Fest

Non-profit organizations are needed for the Carrick Corn Fest.  The Corn Fest is a community non-profit festival focusing on family and children. Any non-profit in Carrick can take part.  Contact Mary Angela Ogg and Jean Fink for more info.

Upcoming Events in Carrick

8/23/08 Carrick Corn Fest @ Carrick High School Field, 125 Parkfield Street (12:00 p.m.-dark).

 All South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Schenley Sportsplex Track & Field Classic

Schenley Park will be hosting an extraordinary day of track and field competition on 6/28/08 where experienced athletes will be able to compete in USATF-sanctioned events while other boys and girls desiring to become involved in track and field will take part in exhibition competitions throughout the day.  No experience is necessary but advanced registration is required.  Boys and girls age 6-18 can compete in a variety of events including the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, relay, long jump, and turbo javelin.  To register please call Citiparks at 412-422-6542.

Citiparks Summer Guide Available Online

Looking for something to do this summer? The Citiparks Summer Guide is available online and has information about movies in the park, concerts, and other activities. Visit www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/assets/08_summermag.pdf.

Upcoming Events

6/10/08 South Neighborhoods Community Roundtable with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl @ Mt. Washington Senior Center, 122 Virginia Avenue (6:00-8:00 p.m.) Please RSVP to Jennifer.watson@city.pittsburgh.pa.us.

 6/28/08 Schenley Sportsplex Track and Field Classic, Schenley Oval Sportsplex @ Overlook Drive, Schenley Park (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)



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