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Letter from the President – July 2019

“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs.
To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.” ― August Wilson

Allegheny West Civic Council business typically slows down dramatically during July and August, with the Council often not holding General Membership meetings during these high summer months. Because we do have to vote on the budget, we will hold the July meeting as scheduled on Tuesday, July 9th. However, our regular meeting space at Calvary Methodist is not available so we will relocate the meeting for July. The alternate location is not yet confirmed, information will be provided via email blast so please be on the lookout for that update. The July meeting will also be somewhat abbreviated as we’ll have time constraints – the Treasurer’s report and budget will have top billing, followed by Ways and Means and Housing and Planning updates.

We head into the slower summer months on the heels of a very busy spring. There are some people who deserve a special mention for their efforts on recent neighborhood events:

Carol Gomrick – Chair of the Tour and Tasting event which was a big success in large part due to Carol’s hard work. So many people volunteered their gardens, time, talents, etc. and Carol coordinated all that work! It was an impressive team effort and we’re lucky to have Carol leading the way!

Greg Coll – and his team pulled off a lovely Memorial Day picnic even going so far as to arranging perfect weather.

Diane Caruso and Trish Burton – are responsible for the new brick pathway and beautiful look of the parklet at Western Avenue and Brighton Road. They corralled resources to finish this garden upgrade before the tour and it looks great.

Of course there are many others volunteering their time towards Allegheny West projects and events, we are very lucky to have many neighbors who give their time so generously.

And speaking of August Wilson, the cast and crew of the movie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be around the neighborhood, particularly on the 800 block of W North Avenue filming in the next couple of weeks. Look for flyers with details on road closings and contact info to be distributed to affected homes.

The July 4th neighborhood picnic will highlight love, laughter and a rib cook off. Hope to see you there!

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – July 9, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – June Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:40 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:10 – Ways & Means Update
    • Tour & Tasting Recap
  • 8:15 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
  • 8:30 – Adjournment

Seeking Members for the Ways and Means Committee!

Attention Neighbors: We need people who are interested in fundraising activities to join the Ways and Means Committee. We put together the various tours, raffles and special events for the neighborhood. Please consider becoming involved in the planning of upcoming events.  Committee meetings are on the second Monday of each month at the AWCC office (806 Western Avenue) at 7:30 pm. For the July 10th meeting, there will be  a debrief from the Wine Tasting Tour and discussion of preliminary plans for the Victorian House Tour. Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Annette at act1@pitt.edu.

Fourth of July Parade

Young and old are encouraged to festively and patriotically decorate their bikes, trikes, baby strollers, wagons and any other vehicle to participate in the Allegheny West 4th of July Parade! The parade route begins on 800 N Lincoln Avenue at 4:00 pm sharp.  Put out your lawn chairs early to get prime viewing of the parade.  Winners will be chosen from the following categories: Most Entertaining, Most Patriotic, Best Design and  Craftsmanship and Best of Parade.

Filming in Allegheny West

The Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on a play by August Wilson and starring Viola Davis, is set to be filmed in Allegheny West. The film, which takes place in 1920s Chicago, will include exterior scenes of buildings in the neighborhood.

  • The filming is expected to occur between July 8th and 12th during daylight hours. The 800 block of W North Avenue is anticipated to be closed to traffic for approximately two days so that exterior scenes of the street and buildings can be filmed.
  • A set depicting Chicago in 1927 is to be constructed in the lot between the Stables Building and Q Development in the 800 block of W North Avenue. Construction of this set will begin around June 20th but should not affect traffic on W North Avenue.
  • Exterior filming in the 700 block of Brighton Road is expected to last approximately 2 hours.
  • Interior filming of a home in the 900 block of North Lincoln Avenue is expected to last approximately 6 hours.

If you have questions regarding the filming please reach out to the location manager Jim Mahathey at (412) 841-2340 or email via jamfilm@gmail.com.

Letter from the President – June 2019

Every year the Northside Leadership Conference hosts a Scholarship and Awards Dinner to celebrate students, neighborhoods and lifetime volunteers. Each Northside neighborhood selects a “Neighbor of the Year” and this year’s Allegheny West Neighbor of the Year is Holly Pultz. There is an article in this issue of the Gazette that highlights the many reasons Holly is receiving the award and when you read it, I think you’ll agree that it is much deserved.

Holly joins an impressive group of Allegheny West Neighbors of the Year, many who continue to contribute their time and talents. Last years honorees, Greg Coll and Doris Short, had a busy May with the opening of the Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition, as well as Greg’s efforts as the Membership Committee Chairperson in pulling off another stellar Memorial Day Picnic. Dr. Daniel Strinkowski, 2017 Neighbor of the Year, still works relentlessly to keep litter off the streets of Allegheny West. Another Neighbor of the Year alum, Trish Burton, serves as Communications Chairperson and volunteers her time to make sure we’re all informed of community activities and announcements.

The journey to becoming a future Neighbor of the Year starts with a single step. I encourage everyone reading this to join one of the committees that do the legwork for Allegheny West Civic Council business. Below are some very active committees always looking for new members. Chairperson contact information is included. If you need some help finding the right volunteer opportunity, please reach out to me at President@AlleghenyWest.org.

  • Housing and Planning Committee works on matters related to the physical planning and housing conditions in Allegheny West. Some topics on the H&P agenda are: Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District, Allegheny West Historic District expansion, Norfolk Southern Railroad double stacked train project and Code Enforcement concerns. The committee meets every 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 pm at 806 Western Avenue. All are welcome to attend.
    Chairperson: Ashley Webb (housing-planning@alleghenywest.org)
  • Ways and Means Committee is responsible for all fundraising activities of the Council. Upcoming tours are Wine and Garden Tour (June 21st-22nd), Alleys, Axles and Ales (Date TBD) and the Victorian Christmas Tour (December 6th-7th).
    Chairperson: Annette Trunzo (ways-means@alleghenywest.org)
  • Finance Committee works with the Treasurer to manage the Allegheny West Civic Council Budget – including managing assets, liabilities, revenues, and debts. The Finance Committee is looking for new members with accounting and/or financial management experience.
    Treasurer: Cathy Serventi (treasurer@alleghenywest.org)

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – June 11, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:50 – May Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – House & Planning Committee Report
    • Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District (WANID)
    • Historic District Expansion
    • Norfolk Southern Double-Stacked Trains
  • 8:45 – Committee Announcements
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:10 – Adjournment

Allegheny West 2019 Neighbor of the Year

Holly Pultz, Allegheny West’s Neighbor of the Year 2019, moved from the country to Beech Avenue thirty-two years ago with Dan, her husband, and their daughters, and that’s when the neighborhood beautification project began. At that time, Irish, a lady of the streets, yelled at Holly for weeding and cleaning up the streets, but that didn’t stop her. She loved the diversity of the neighborhood. An award-winning artist, Holly quickly put her creativity to good use in Allegheny West, designing and painting the facades used for the AW miniatures, sold at early Christmas house tours. She also has led art classes & programs for children and several Paint Monkey-type events to raise money for a neighborhood church choir to sing at Carnegie Hall.

If you’re driving past the Triangle garden at North & Brighton at 7L00 am, you might catch a glimpse of Holly pulling weeds and tidying the garden. It is just one of the many quiet acts of service that Holly provides and that has led to Holly’s nomination as Allegheny West Neighbor of the Year. Holly’s fierce determination has meant that beautification projects aren’t just discussed, but are realized, thanks to Holly’s researching and then cajoling local suppliers, leading fundraising efforts and, finally, literally getting her hands dirty as tree wells and empty lots are weeded, planted, mulched and maintained.

There are many other activities that Holly has cheerfully helped with over the past thirty years, such as block parties, pancake suppers, monthly clean-ups and flower baskets. She always appears with a smile on her face and a great attitude. No one can resist her laugh. But perhaps most impressive is that Holly shares her many gifts and talents, her time and energy, with graceful, elegant humility.

Holly will be honored at the Northside Leadership Conference dinner on Thursday, June 13th, at the Priory Grand Hall.
Congratulations, Holly!!

Get Ready for 2019 Tour and Tasting, featuring the Northside!

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

I’m thrilled to share that all of the homes are secured for the 2019 Wine Tour. Thank you to the following homeowners for opening up your homes.

2019 Homes

Holmes Hall (719 Brighton Road)
Scott Keeney (905 Beech Avenue)
Carol & Brett (940 W North Avenue)
CCAC West Hall (Ridge Avenue)
Emmanuel Church (957 W North Avenue)
Dennis & Doug (808 Galveston Avenue)

PLEASE NOTE! We are very excited that we are looking to have on the tour West Hall part of CCAC. This stop is added so guests will be able to view the incredible exhibit sharing a 50-year history retrospective of Allegheny West. An incredible story, beautifully woven together by Doris Short and Greg Coll. Doris and Greg will be on hand to walk guest through the exhibit. We would be remiss if we did not thank CCAC for generously opening the hall for the tour and allowing the exhibit to be extended for the guests.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Dr Quintin Bullock, CCAC President, Dr Evon W. Walters, Campus President and Mary Henderson with Facilities who all have supported the efforts to open these historic buildings for our tours. Please look in the near future on the Allegheny West website and in the program for upcoming wine tasting classes being offered at the CCAC Allegheny Campus.

Volunteers Needed

The tour committee is actively looking for volunteers to help during the tour – please see the list below of opportunities available. There are limited slots so they will fill up on a first response method: Contact Annette Trunzo or Carol Gomrick to sign up (tours@alleghenywest.org). In the next email blast, a link to a Google Docs sign up sheet will be available.

Volunteer Responsibilities | 1 per Homeowner / per Tour

Homeowners will be seeking wine pourers/food servers and greeters.

House Lead

Point of contact for the homeowner (House lead will need to be available during the entire shift)

  • Makes sure all issues are addressed / e.g. extra plates/napkins etc.
  • Coordinate with Annette Trunzo for additional supplies as needed
  • Coordinate on Saturday to tear down service at tour house and coordinate remaining food/wine delivered to after party. 1 per household / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9 (Holmes Hall is filled.)

Food Runner

  • Point of contact for the homeowner
  • Requirements will vary based upon the restaurant assigned to the house
  • Pick up food from local restaurant and deliver to the home | may require multiple trips during the tour. Restaurants: Bier’s Pub, Lola Bistro, Brugge on North, Bistro 2 Go
  • Deliver dessert to the homes for the last tour of the evening

Tour Runners

  • Point of contact for Annette Trunzo to set up/tear down tour; address any issues during the tour
  • Make sure parking signage from AWCC office is set up/returned for the tour
  • Set up/tear down tables for Byers Hall and return tables to their owners (Doris/Greg and Carol/Brett)
  • 3 per tour / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9

After Party

  • Help setup/tear down after party at Carole and Bob Malakoff’s house – 9:00 pm start
  • Need to deliver food/drinks / help set up Saturday night after the tours
  • Clean up after the festivities

Tour Guides

Thank you all for your support of the 2019 tour. Pray for great weather! Cheers!

Thank You: Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

Submitted by Doris Short

AWCC Exhibition

What an evening! What a fantastic crowd!

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, May 17th. We are extremely grateful to have so many wonderful neighbors and friends. A big thank you again to our generous sponsors, donations, supporters and volunteers.

The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition will be on display till June 20th.

Opening Hours (May): Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Opening Hours (June): Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm