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Letter from the President – October 2017

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 pm, at Calvary Church for the monthly meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council.

Each month, this is where and when 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 while we’re at it!

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

We hope to see you on Tuesday evening!

Josh DeSantis
President, AWCC

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AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – October 10, 2017

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee Progress Report
  • Membership
    • October Mixer
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Results of Alleys, Axles & Ales Tour
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary (decision to join ZBA appeal)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • AirBnB Issues/Impacts
  • Northside Leadership Conference
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan
  • Other Business (Old & New)

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

On September 28th, the Christmas tour Kick Off meeting was held. Thank you to all who attended. Below is a summary of where we are at with the planning of the 2017 tour:

Houses

Currently we have 3 homes on the tour. We need 3 more. Please contact Carol Gomrick (carolgomrick@gmail.com) if you are interested in putting your house on the tour.

Tour Volunteers-lead Needed

Our fearless leader, Doug Sprague, will not be able to coordinate volunteers this year. We all wish him well on his new adventure! With Doug’s absence, we need a volunteer to help coordinate the docents and other ancillary volunteer openings. Please contact Carol if you’re willing to help, or if you know someone who is. We will be sending out a spreadsheet for signups.

Flyer Mailings

Trish Burton has offered to coordinate the flyer mailing activities. Tentative meeting to
address and send these out is Monday, November 6th. More details to come. Greg Coll will do the graphics and printing of the flyer. Thank you for your efforts, Greg and Trish!

Tickets, Emails and Website Updates

Cathy Serventi will get the website updated and the emails out to announce the event. I’m getting a lot of requests to purchase tickets already, so I’m sure we’ll have another great turnout this year. Thanks for all of your help, Cathy!

After Party

Tom Cihil and and John Engle are the organizers of this year’s after party. Thank you both for stepping up to do this. We now just need an after party venue!

Greens

We’re tentatively scheduling a ‘swag’ party at Cathy Serventi’s porch on Saturday, November 2nd. Tom Cihil and and John Engle will lead efforts to get these on the lamp posts. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with this, please let Carol know.

Administration (Permits, Etc)

Carol with work with Cathy to get these permits in place for the tour. There will be new banners for the tour homes this year.

Train Tours

Cecile Canales will be the contact person for the train tour volunteers.

AWCC Executive Board for 2018

Below are the names for the 2018 AWCC Executive Board slate.

Staying on for 2018

Executives

President: John DeSantis
Vice President: Ann Gilligan
Treasurer: Dan Adam
Secretary: Michael Shealey

Committee Chairs

Housing and Planning: Tim Zinn
Way & Means: Carol Gomrick
Property: Elaine Stone
Friends of Allegheny West: Trish Burton
Sergeant of Arms: Fran Barbush

Nominees for Open Positions

Membership: Greg Coll
Communications: Open

Allegheny West Businesses: Sign Up for Small Business Saturday

The Northside Chronicle and Northside Chamber of Commerce invites Allegheny West businesses to join the second annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th for Northside Shop Small. Visit bit.ly/northsideshopsmall now to register to receive additional details on the #shopsmall campaign, free in-store and social media marketing materials, plus opportunities and suggestions for the event.

Questions? Send emails to northsideshopsmall@gmail.com or text 412-339-0712.

Letter from the President – September 2017

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening?

Following our two month Summer break without General Membership meetings, you should be well rested and ready to join your neighbors as we direct Allegheny West along the exciting course that we have now sailed together for more than 55 years.

A big THANK YOU to the many AW folks (you know who you are!) who continued to attend all of those OTHER meetings all Summer: Executive, Housing & Planning, Ways & Means and Membership Committees — and meetings for the Northside Leadership Conference, Allegheny Commons Initiative and others—as well as those who volunteered for clean-ups and for our Allegheny West Summer community picnics on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

We will all be getting together again on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church to find out what’s going on. This is where you get the straight story and ask questions, where you can bring your local issues or problems and, most importantly, where you and your neighbors decide what we’re going to do about them.

This monthly meeting is where and when 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 while we’re at it!

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

John DeSantis
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – September 12, 2017

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

  • Visitors
    • Councilwoman Harris’s Office
    • Mayor Peduto’s Office
    • Zone One Police
    • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • New Neighbors & Guests
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee Progress Report
  • Membership
    • September Mixer
  • Ways and Means
    • Update on Five Year Plan with Calvary
    • Debriefing 2017 Wine Tour
    • Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 23rd)
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 8th and 9th)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Green Space
  • Property
  • Housing and Planning
    • Parking and Traffic
    • MCC: Blocks bounded by Western, Allegheny, Ridge, Bridge
    • Western Avenue Revitalization
    • Light of Life: Ridge Avenue Project
    • Revised AW Film Guidelines
    • Allegheny Commons Update of 2002 Master Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District (LRC Report)
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary (decision to join ZBA appeal)
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Other Business (Old & New)
    • AirBnB Issues/Impacts in AW
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan

Neighborhood Clean Up

A special thanks to Dr. Dan, Eleanor Coleman and Ann Gilligan – and any anonymous workers – for weeding and picking up litter throughout the neighborhood. This has made all of our jobs easier.

In anticipation of the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour on September 23rd, we’re asking that EVERYONE help to rid the alleys behind their properties of weeds and litter – most are in terrible need of attention right now!

Anyone needing trash bags and gloves (can be delivered to your front door) should email Trish at tdburton3@gmail.com. Thanks for your continuing help in beautifying Allegheny West!

Attention Allegheny West Business Owners: Sign Up for Small Business Saturday

The Northside Chronicle and Northside Chamber of Commerce invite Allegheny West businesses to join the Second Annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th for Northside Shop Small. The Western Avenue business district will be the focal point to welcome residents and visitors this year for this national event.

Giveaways, raffles and more await shoppers. We’re asking those interested to sign-up for inclusion in our free promotions for #shopsmall this holiday season.

Visit bit.ly/northsideshopsmall now to register to receive additional details on the #shopsmall campaign, free in-store and social media marketing materials, plus opportunities and suggestions for the event.

Questions? Send emails to northsideshopsmall@gmail.com or text 412-339-0712.

Special Thank You

Submitted by Linda Ianotta

Thank you to all neighbors who so generously supported the Leukemia Society Neighborhood Campaign. Your generosity is overwhelming. My sincerest thanks to everyone for your donations.