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Letter from the President – July 2018

There will be NO AWCC MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TUESDAY JULY 10. In the summer – and if there are no pressing business matters to discuss – we sometimes opt to take the second Tuesday of the month off. And that’s just what we’ve done this month – a little break while things are slow and the weather’s nice. The various AWCC Committees will continue to meet on their regular schedules, only the monthly Membership Meeting will be absent from the calendar. So instead of getting together with your neighbors for a Civic Council meeting on Tuesday evening, perhaps you can consider another form of traditional Allegheny West socializing: the friendly neighborhood stroll!

For those who are new to this, a brief primer:

Whether it’s for a few minutes or a few hours, get out of the house and see what the rest of your neighbors are up to. For a while, you may choose to sit on your stoop or porch with a cool drink, chatting with the folks who pass by. And for a while, you can become one of the passersby as you explore your own street as well as those that you visit less frequently. The most important part of all this strolling begins with a single word: “Hello.”

To long-time friends and complete strangers, whether spoken from the porch to a stroller passing by, or from the sidewalk to a stoop-sitter … don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation. In fact, the less that you know the person you’re speaking with, the more rewarding this evening journey will become.

Tuesday will be the perfect evening to get out, have some fun and meet more of your neighbors. It’s so much easier than in mid-January!

John DeSantis
President, AWCC

Tour and Tasting 2018: THANK YOU!

Thank you to all neighbors who volunteered to make this year’s wine tour possible. And a special thank you to Carol Gomrick for once again organizing, such an amazing and successful tour!!

Fight Litter on the Northside

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is partnering with local community groups to fight litter after the Deutschtown Music Festival. Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the two-day, free music festival, which can equate to quite a lot of litter! Join PRC for a litter clean-up to protect our environment, as well as the community members who call the North Side home. PRC will provide pastries for breakfast as well as gloves, vests, bags and litter pickers for volunteers.

Deutschtown Music Festival Litter Clean Up: Sunday, July 15th 9:00 – 11:00 am

Meeting at the Public Parking Lot next to Allegheny City Brewing. Email for more info.

PechaKucha Night, Volume 30

PechaKucha Night, Volume 30, will be held on Tuesday, July 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings held in more than 900 cities world-wide, where creative people share their ideas, works and thoughts in a 20×20 format; a presentation style with 20 images that advance automatically for 20 seconds each, as the presenter talks along with the images.

Presenters for Vol 30 include Felicia Cooper, Christopher Edington, Beth Hackney, Sarah Kate Beaumont, Larkin Werner, Mister Panda, Ray Bowman, Gwyn Cready & Mark Zingarelli, Glenn Olcerst, and Sydney Olberg. PKN is celebrating 10 years in Pittsburgh. Allegheny West neighbor, Greg Coll has been co-organizing PKN Pittsburgh since 2010. Register at Admission is free, courtesy of City of Asylum.

Presented by: AIA Pittsburgh, AIGA Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Learn more at, or “like” PechaKucha Pittsburgh on Facebook.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

There will be a meeting of the Alleys, Axles and Ales tour committee on Monday, July 9th at 7:00 – 9:00 pm (844 N Lincoln Avenue). Refreshments will be served. All Allegheny West neighbors are welcome to attend. Finishing details will be discussed, with emphasis on advertising and getting the word out. Posters will be on hand to distribute to local businesses, beer distributors and car dealerships. Allegheny West neighbors are encouraged to sell tickets to the Alleys, Axles and Ales tour to friends and coworkers. Every five tickets sold will be entered in a neighborhood raffle for a chance to receive a ticket to the Ground-to-Glass Wines Showcase event (see below).

New Date for Ground-to-Glass Showcase Event

Join us for an intimate event in the grand Holmes Hall Ballroom to learn more about Pittsburgh-area native Gary Eberle, the “Pioneer of Paso Robles Wines,” while enjoying an exclusive tasting of four Eberle wines with catered pairings. This event will be hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wines, imparting the influences from the ground to your glass. It is a total wine experience in an exceptional home.

NEW DATE: Saturday, September 15th @ 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Holmes Hall | $120 ($200 per couple)

Letter from the President – June 2018

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the June meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council. Each month this is where we make decisions about our neighborhood – decisions that in ways both small and large will affect you. And we always have a good time socializing and enjoying refreshments.

Everyone is welcome – second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p, in the Calvary Church social hall, corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues (use the Beech Avenue entrance). The meeting is usually over by 9:00 p,. It’s also a great way for newer folks to meet your neighbors and get involved! We hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – June 12, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Representative Wheatley’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership
    • Volunteers for 4th of July Picnic
  • Ways and Means
    • 2018 Wine & Garden Tour (June 22 and 23, Signature Event)
    • 2018 Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 29)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Clean Up
    • Flower Baskets
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Allegheny Center Master Action Plan
    • Parking and Traffic
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • Western Avenue Proposals: former Shamrock letter of support
    • Light of Life Ridge Avenue Project
    • Expansion of Historic District
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements, Double Stack Train Impacts
    • Allegheny Center Master Plan
    • North Shore Impacts
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New)

Mark Your Calendars

Please save the date: June 26th 5:00 – 8:00 pm (location TBD) for the first public information sharing session about the North Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Allegheny Commons Pedestrian Bridge work. This meeting will be hosted by Norfolk Southern Railroad and the City of Pittsburgh. More details to come. Follow up at For the time being save the date and share with your neighbors!

Fourth Annual Allegheny West Art Show

Art Show + SaleSubmitted by Dennis Bergevin

The 4th annual Allegheny West Art Show and Sale was a resounding success thanks to all the artists, neighbors and friends who attended. A whopping $1,800+ was raised through generous donations and raffle ticket sales of donated artwork benefitting the Allegheny YMCA children’s Summer Day Camp program. Over 200 folks packed the art-filled space of the former Hipwell Flashlight Factory, graciously hosted again this year by owners Elaine Stone and Mitchell Schwartz.

Music, magnanimously mastered by DJ Dan Adam, delightfully accented the Friday evening opening party. Generous funds provided by Joe and Linda Iannotta, Holly Van Dine, and the AWCC, along with delicious food donated by the Allegheny Sandwich Shop – as well as neighbors and friends – helped make it a true community event.

Much gratitude goes to F. L. Haus Co. for donating the printing of the posters designed by the talented duo, Greg Coll and Doris Short. Many thanks to all who gave their time and expertise including Sara Beck Sweeney, Holly Pultz, Chris Siewers, Jonathan Steinhauser, Nicki Perfetti, Ritsu Shimizu, Barb Magee, Doug Schreck, Glenn Olcerst, Eleanor Coleman, Hillary Moser, and Ann Gilligan.