Community Updates

Brookline:

  • South Pittsburgh Development Corporation has started a monthly newsletter, The Brookline. The newsletter is available in email form, from SPDC’s website, or it can be picked up in most businesses on Brookline Boulevard
  • The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is hard at work fundraising for new Christmas lights
  • Brookline Area Community Council will host “Education in Pittsburgh Public Schools” on March 30th, 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Church
  • Brookline Area Community Council will host a Candidates Forum on April 27th, 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Church
  • The Annual Brookline Spring Fling will be March 21st, 11am-2pm at District Magistrate Charlie McLaughlin’s Office. Cookies, water, coffee, and flower seeds will be provided.

Beechview:

  • Beechview Area Concerned Citizens will host Stan Pittman, Executive Director of the Sarah Heinz House, a Boys and Girls Club site. mr. Pittman will speak about the Boys and Girls Club and how it could be benefit Beechview.  The meeting will be March 5th, 7pm, at the United Presbyterian Church across from Foodland
  • Beechview Area Concerned Citizens will host a Candidates Forum for candidates for City Council and District Justice. The Forum will be March 26th, 7pm at St. Catherine’s McCann Hall
  • The Friends of the Library (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Beechveiw) will hold their annual Flower and Book Sale on May 16th. Pre-orders for flowers are due by April 6th
  • The Annual Monument Service will take place May 24th, 10am at Monument Parklet
  • The Beechview Spray Park is still on track to be open for the summer of 2009!

Carrick

  • Alice Vaday, a community leader, has been working with the Mayor’s office to replace trees on Brownsville Road. Carrick will recive a total of 60 trees, 26 of those trees have already been planted and 10 more will be planted in the Spring. Carrick has 14 certified Tree Tenders who have been caring for the trees, even in these cold winter months!
  • Carrick Community Council has elected a new board and they have been working had to update their mission statement and by-laws to become an even better organization
  • PNC Bank has agreed to remain at their location in the Carrick Shopping Center. PNC is working with the Carrick Communtiy Council to discuss ways that PNC can contribute more to the community
  • Carrick has received 12 new trash cans from the Mayor’s Office
  • Carrick Community Council will soon have 3 designs for street banners that they will choose from for Carrick

Overbrook:

  • Overbrook Community Council will meet on March 24th
  • The Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society plans to apply for historical markers. Additionally, they have been contacted by members of the famous Phillips family from across the country.

October 2008 Community Update

Carrick

Elections for the Carrick Community Council Board will be held at the November 12th Meeting. 4 Officers- President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer- and 7 additional “at large” Board Members will be elected. Interested Persons should contact the Nominations Committee: Kate (kt.thomes@verizon.net), Brandon (brandondilla@gmail.com), or T.J. (nuvoyinzer1@verizon.net) to give their name or suggest another candidate.

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

10/20/08 – Carrick Tree Tenders @ Brownsville Road (5:00 p.m. to dusk) (exact details TBA)

10/27/08 – Carrick Tree Tenders @ Brownsville Road (5:00 p.m. to dusk) (exact details TBA)

10/29/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee @ Carrick High School Library, 125 Parkfield Street (7:00 p.m.)

11/12/08 – Carrick Community Council @ Concord Elementary Auditorium, 2350 Brownsville Road (7:00 p.m.)

11/22/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee Holiday Party @ Saint Pius X Church, 2336 Brownsville Road (time TBA)

Brookline

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Halloween Parade for the children of Brookline on Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cannon. Costume prizes, treats, and balloons will follow a street parade. Some adults dress up too!

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

10/14/08 – Block Watch @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

10/25/08 – Halloween Parade @ Cannon (2:00 p.m.)

10/27/08 – Brookline Area Community Council @ St. Mark’s Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

11/10/08 – Chamber of Commerce @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard  (6:00 p.m.)

11/10/08 – South Pittsburgh Development Corporation @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

Beechview

The Beechview mural is almost done! Check out photos of the progress here.

Upcoming Events in Beechview:

10/18/08 – Pretty Up Beechview Plant Swap and Greenway Clean-up @ Alton Playground and Vanucci Field (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

10/24/08 – Halloween Bingo @ Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

10/25/08 – Pretty Up Beechview Planting @ Beechview Library, 1910 Broadway Avenue (10:00 a.m.)

10/31/08 – Halloween Parade @ Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (8:00 p.m.)

11/01/08 – Friends of the Library Book Sale @ Beechview Library, 1910 Broadway Avenue

September 2008 Community Update

Beechview

  • Clean up Beechview is evolving into Pretty Up Beechview
  • CLUB sent a proposal to the URA for the 4 Katz properties
  • The Pashek Study (community strategic plan) has been published
  • Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation has shown interest in studying the neighborhood
  • Paving sidewalks continues down the hill to Brashear High School

Brookline

In the future, The South Pittsburgh Development Corporation will do business as the Brookline Development Corporation to avoid confusion regarding its jurisdiction.

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

09/19/08 – Car Cruise @ Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Brookline Boulevard (5:00 p.m. until dark)

09/29/08 – Brookline Area Community Council @ St. Mark’s Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.) Topic: mortgages, Guest: ACORN

10/13/08 – Chamber of Commerce @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard  (6:00 p.m.)

10/13/08 – South Pittsburgh Development Corporation @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

10/14/08 – Block Watch @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

Carrick

Graduated Tree Tenders in Carick!
Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forested hosted Tree Tender classes in Carrick in August.  13 Carrick residents participated in the classes and will help tend to the city trees in Carrick along with 2 residents who previously graduated. The participants learned how to properly trim trees, watering needs of newly planted trees and how to identify illnesses in trees.

The purpose of the classes was to not only take care of existing trees in the neighborhood but also to help tend to the trees that the Mayor is giving Carrick as part of the StreetScape program.  Carrick will recieve up to 60 trees to be planted on Brownsville Rd. The first planting is due in November with additional plantings next spring and fall.  For the initial planting 26 request were filled out from residents and business owners along Brownsville Rd.  Requests are still available.  Alice Vaday will continue to reach out to the business/property owners on Brownsville Rd. to help fill out the forms.  Anyone interested in a shade tree can also contact Alice at 412.885.3293.

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

09/21/08 – Mural Dedication Event @ Parking Lot of Vern’s Electric, 1907-1917 Brownsville Road (12:30 p.m.)

10/01/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee @ Carrick High School Library, 125 Parkfield Street (7:00 p.m.)

10/29/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee @ Carrick High School Library, 125 Parkfield Street (7:00 p.m.)

11/22/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee Holiday Party @ Saint Pius X Church, 2336 Brownsville Road (time TBA)

July 2008 Community Update

Beechview

Splish Splash!
Beechview is getting a splash park. The City has offered $250,000 for the construction of a playground with features that spray water for children to play in. This will be an additional recreational amenity to add to the quality of life for families in the neighborhood. Community Leaders United for Beechview is holding a meeting to present two options for the location of the splash park to the community on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in McCann Hall at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Councilman Jim Motznik and Representative Chelsa Wagner have been active in discussion about the park and are helping to promote the meeting.

Community Mural
The Beechview Mural Project began with an introductory meeting on Saturday, June 21st. Interested neighborhood residents listened to several experienced muralists explain the process. Attendees signed up to participate in the Beechview Mural Steering Committee. The first meeting of that Committee will be on Saturday, July 19th (time and location TBD).

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.

Upcoming Events in Beechview:

07/13/08 – Fall Soccer Sign-ups @ Jim Rawe/Alton Field (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

07/17/08 – Fall Soccer Sign-ups @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

07/17/08 – Splash Park Community Meeting @ McCann Hall, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

07/19/08 – Your Block Clean Up @ Foodland, 1604 Broadway Avenue (9:00 a.m.); Refreshments for Block Clean Up @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (12:30 p.m.)

07/19/08 – Beechview Mural Steering Committee @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (11:00 a.m.)

07/27-31/08 – Children’s Activity Program @ Beechview Community of Christ, Tonapah and Realty (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

08/05/08 – National Night Out @ Parking Lot, Broadway Avenue at Beechview Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

08/07/08 – Beechview Area Concerned Citizens/Beechview Block Watch @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue (7:00 p.m./8:00 p.m.)

08/07-09/08 – Summer Festival @ St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue

08/11-15/08 – Vacation Bible School @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (6:30 p.m.)

08/24/08 – Feed the Multitude Community Picnic @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (1:00 p.m.)

09/11/08 – Community Patriot Day Service @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

Brookline

Renew Brookline
Renew Pittsburgh is a new “all-volunteer, non-partisan organization to promote renewing Pittsburgh from within.” It came to Brookline on June 28th for a day of service.

Renew Pittsburgh Director, Kevin Acklin had the following to say about it:
“We held our first event last Saturday in Brookline, a great Pittsburgh neighborhood. Joined by several volunteers from Brookline and from around the City, we cleaned up Brookline Park, picked up garbage along Brookline Boulevard, handled several home projects for several elderly neighbors around Brookline, and repainted the benches and iron fence surrounding the historic cannon war memorial on Brookline Boulevard. I want to thank the good people of Brookline for their hospitality and for helping our efforts to volunteer in such a great Pittsburgh neighborhood!”

Neighborhood folks reported that a lot of work got done that day. Thanks to Renew Pittsburgh for the help.

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

07/08/08 – Block Watch @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

08/12/08 – Block Watch @ Charles McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

Carrick

Tree-Lined Streets
The Mayor is giving Carrick 60 trees as a result of a questionaire relative to his Streetscape initative. Also involved are The Pittsburgh Urban Forest, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest and TreeVitalize.  The focus is on the Brownsville Road business district and the trees will be planted this fall, next spring and next fall.  Property/business owners must request the tree and commit to help maintain it with the help of local tree tenders. The goal is approx. 20 trees to be planted for each planting. 

Tree Tender classes in Carrick:  Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest are conducting classes in Carrick for residents who want to be Tree Tenders.  The classes will be held Tuesday evenings beginning July 29th, August 5th and end August 12th. The location is the Concord Presbyterian Church at 1907 Brownsville Road. Participants will recieve course material, dinner each evening, a certificate, Tree Tender shirt and hand pruners. A donation of $40 is requested (multiple members from a household will have a discount).  For more information contact Caitlin Lenahan at Caitlin@pittsburghforest.org or 412-362-6360. Alice Vaday can also be contacted at 412-885-3293 and she will drop a registration form off to be filled out and sent to Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest.

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.

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

08/23/08 – Corn Fest @ Carrick High School field, 125 Parkfield Street (noon – dark)

All South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Upcoming Events in South Pittsburgh:

07/17/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

08/21/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

June 2008 Community Update

Beechview

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.

Murals

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)

 Brookline

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.

 Carrick

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.)

 

May 2008 Community Update

Carrick

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.

Brookline

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.)

Beechview

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.) 

 

April 2008 Community Update

Beechview

Community Plan
A second community meeting was held in Beechview on Saturday, March 29th, as part of the development of the Beechview Strategic Community Plan. Once again, many residents, business owners and other stakeholders from the neighborhood turnout to give their input on what the future of Beechview should be. Participants broke out into groups based on personal interest: residential, commercial, parks and recreation, public works and public safety. These groups developed more specific ideas about what is needed in their neighborhood. The planning consultant, Pashek Associates, will process this information and come back to the community with preliminary recommendations in about a month.

Business District Buildings
Several buildings in the Beechview Business District are currently in foreclosure. The community is trying to work with the foreclosing entities (S+T Bank and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh) to get those properties eventually turned over to responsible property owners willing to invest in the neighborhood. There is developer interest in some of the properties but the risk is still perceived as high. The community is talking with all parties involved to find the right scenario to kick-start redevelopment in Beechview’s business district.

Beechview Family Clean Up
There is a new blog in Beechview and it’s devoted to making the neighborhood cleaner. This blog is featured on the Citizens Against Litter website:

“Beechview residents Max and Bethany Hurwitz have started a new blog, Beechview Family Clean Up. Feeling that ‘a few things need to change’ before they can love their neighborhood, they have decided to ‘get involved in creating the neighborhood that [they] envision.’

As a start, three cleanup events in Beechview have been scheduled: May 10, June 22, and July 19. These are, of course, in addition to the April 19 event, which is happening as a part of the larger Spring Clean Up.

With events like these, litter in Beechview doesn’t stand a chance.”

Other Community News
1. Community leaders are working to get a police substation with bicycle cops and/or a beat cop back in the neighborhood.
2. Community Leaders United for Beechview (CLUB) is getting a boost from community service volunteers.
3. The neighborhood is banking on a splash park to be built there, as promised by the City.

Upcoming Events in Beechview:

04/19/08 – Community Clean-up @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) For more information, see the Beechview Family Clean Up blog or the Citizens Against Litter website.

05/01/08 – Nationality Night @ Beechwood Elementary School, 810 Rockland Avenue (6:00 p.m.)

05/10/08 – Community Clean-up @ Vanucci Field, Orangewood Avenue and Andick Way (10:00 a.m.)

05/17/08 – Spring Flower and Book Sale @ Beechview Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1910 Broadway Avenue (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) For more library events, visit the South Pittsburgh Google Calendar.

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.)

Brookline

Businesses on the Move
Some businesses in Brookline are on the move and some new businesses are moving into Brookline. Rumor has it that ALDI’s is looking at purchasing the former Foodland building on McNeilly Road in order to tear it down and build a new facility in that location. The medical office located next to Foodland is to move across the street to the plaza where Amel’s is located. A hardware store could be moving to the former pharmacy on Brookline Boulevard. The small storefront next to the Wine and Spirits store is expected to house a wife and husband team who produce ceramics and false teeth. The previous location of Antonio’s pizza will be home to a husband and wife who will offer photography services and oriental rugs.

One Community
Brookline is home to several community-based organizations but recent activity is bringing it closer to having one voice. The South Pittsburgh Development Corporation and Brookline Chamber of Commerce have been working toward a merger of the two organizations. Both organization’s Boards have approved the concept of merger and now the memberships of the groups must approve the terms of the proposal.

Spring Fling Rings
South Pittsburgh Development Corporation’s “Spring Fling” was held on Saturday, March 29th:

South Pittsburgh Development Corporation’s “Spring Fling” event went very well!  We had great day for it and lots of people stopped in for free flower seeds, coffee, “Redd-Up” Cookies, information about SPDC’s projects and some new members signed up!”

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

04/08/08 – Block Watch @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

04/14/08 – Chamber of Commerce @ McLaughlin’s Office (6:00 p.m.)

04/19/08 – Community Clean-up @ United Presbyterian Church (side door), 1036 Brookline Boulevard (9:00 a.m.)

04/28/08 – Brookline Area Community Council @ St. Mark’s Church, 933 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.) April’s BACC meeting will feature guests Jim Motznik, City Councilor, and representatives from City Departments.

05/05/08 – South Pittsburgh Development Corporation @ McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)

Carrick

Cleaning Up Carrick
A group of concerned residents in Carrick, known as Carrick People for Action!, has initatied an effort to clean up Brownsville Road. They are tracking offenses and reporting them to the proper City departments. Thanks to its persistence, the group was recently visited by City Councilor Jim Motznik as well as representatives from Lamar Advertising, the Redd-Up Crew and the Department of Environmental Services. Building relationships with these entities will be important for the success of the group’s clean-up effort. For starters, Lamar has agreed to beautify the ground around some of its billboards.

Neighbors, History and the History of Neighborhoods
Thanks to the Carrick Google Group, neighbors in Carrick and Overbook who share a love of history have come together to form the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society (featured in a South Pittsburgh Reporter article). The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has dedicated the “Carrick Room” in its facility, where historic photos and artifacts will be framed and on display.

Other Community News
1. Turn the Page Books is a new business in Carrick that is bringing back not only the independent bookstore but also the book club and storytime. The store is located at 2611 Brownsville Road.
2. A Sprout Fund mural application was submitted for the side of the Vern’s Electric building.
3. Neighbors are working to get trees planted on Brownsville Road.
4. Nominations are being accepted for the Carrick High Sports Hall of Fame: http://groups.google.com/group/carrickPA/browse_thread/thread/a57983d88587e5a0

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

04/08/08 – 29th Ward Democratic Committee @ Carrick High School Library, 125 Parkfield Street (7:00 p.m.) Wendy Urbanic from the City’s 3-1-1 Response Line will be a guest.

04/12/08 – Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society @ Carrick Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1811 Brownsville Road (~11:00 a.m.) The meeting time is flexible and the group gathers weekly.

Overbrook

Neighbors, History and the History of Neighborhoods (Part 2)
In addition to the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society, South Pittsburgh is also home to the Three Rivers Postcard Club and the South Pittsburgh Historians Group. The latter two organizations have just produced their first, joint newsletter.

Upcoming Events in Overbrook:

04/17/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

05/01/08 – South Pittsburgh Historians Group @ Overbrook Firehouse, 2406 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

All South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

In the News
The South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods blog was recently featured in an article in the South Pittsburgh Reporter. We’re glad to be noticed!

A Cleaner, Greener City
On April 19th, neighborhood clean-ups will be happenning across the City of Pittsburgh. For more information about how to get involved in your neighborhood, visit the Citizens Against Litter website.