806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Letter from the President – May 2018

So what are you doing on Tuesday evening? Join your neighbors on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30 pm at Calvary Church for the May meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council – and a very special presentation.

How ’bout a trip back in time?

As we near the end of our year-long 55th Anniversary celebration of the Civic Council’s founding in May 1962, we are pleased to offer the first-ever public viewing of a genuine community time capsule.

Allegheny West Springfest, ’79 is a twenty-minute video that was produced 39 years ago, during our neighborhood’s original House Tour/Street Festival/Music Extravaganza – one of the city’s biggest annual community events at that time.

It stars dozens of our former neighbors (and some current ones who haven’t aged a bit!) as they were transforming AW in the 70s, and includes a grand tour of the neighborhood as it looked “before” the last four decades of restoration. There’s also plenty of great live music, colorful commentary from the locals, and even Mayor Caliguiri almost sailing away in a hot air balloon!

Current AW folks will enjoy this blast from the past, and of course we’re inviting former neighbors to join us for a stroll down Memory Lane. So spread the word and don’t miss it! The video screening will begin promptly at 8:15 pm, with free movie snacks of course.

The regular May meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council will begin at 7:30 pm that evening, will recess for the Springfest ’79 video at 8:15 pm, and will then continue afterward.

Everyone is welcome – second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, in the Calvary Church social hall, at the corner of Beech and Allegheny Avenues (use the Beech Avenue entrance). 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 – May 8, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, May 8th 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: Preliminary 2019 Budget
  • Presentation of the 2018 Allegheny West Preservation Awards
  • 8:15 – Screening of SpringFest 1979 (20 minutes)
  • Membership
    • Volunteers for the Memorial Day 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 Commons Master Action Plan
    • Parking and Traffic
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • Western Avenue New Alcohol Outlets
    • Light of Life Ridge Avenue Project
    • Allegheny Commons Proposed Implementation Plan
    • Expansion of Historic District
    • Historic District Enforcement Issues (old cases)
    • Medical Marijuana Dispensary
    • Comprehensive Guidelines for New Construction on Vacant Sites
    • Airbnb Issues/Impacts on AW
    • Railroad Bridge Replacements
    • Allegheny Center Master Plan
    • North Shore Impacts
  • Nominating Committee
    • 2018 Neighbor of the Year
  • Northside Leadership Conference
    • Allegheny General Hospital Master Plan
  • Other Business (Old & New)

2018 Wine Tour and Tasting : A Toast to the Central Coast

The 2018 Tour and Tasting planning is well underway. As a reminder, the homes to be featured this year are:

Annettte Trunzo – 800 Beech Avenue
The Zoufaliks – 852 Beech Avenue
The Malakoffs – 913 Brighton Road
Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 851 Beech Avenue
Doug Debelak and Deb Kelly – 840 N Lincoln Avenue
Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Corner of W North and Allegheny Avenues

Thank you all for opening your homes and gardens!

The theme this year is Ground to Glass from the Central Coast. I’m excited to share with you that several Central Coast wineries (Paso Robles) are contributing to this event for the walking tour. In addition to the wineries, the food pairings are being primarily selected from a cookbook of a premier Paso catering company, Cahoots Catering. Cahoots is donating cookbooks and product for raffle to the event.

Here are the details:

Walking Tour ($75)

June 22 – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
June 23 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm / 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Showcase Event at Holmes Hall ($150)

June 23 – 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Contact Carol Gomrick if you have interest in volunteering in any other way:

A Big Thank You

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Ed Menzer at the Parador Inn, a B&B on Western Avenue, for his donation of (a lot of !) mulch that we used for the tree wells in the 900 block of Western. It looks great. Thanks, Ed!

We’d also like to thank Dr. Dan Strinkoski who continues to ensure that our neighborhood is clean and litter-free. It used to require about ten volunteers to do the work that Dr. Dan does each week with his leaf and litter blower. Thank you, Dr. Dan!

The volunteers who helped with our first clean up on Saturday, April 28th. Ann Gilligan, Tim Zinn, Mike Douglas, Tom Barbush and Tony and Diane Caruso joined Trish Burton in mulching Western Avenue tree wells, transplanting grasses to the parklet and weeding and sweeping the neighborhood and alleys! Let’s keep this up and keep Allegheny West looking lovely all summer long!

2018 Allegheny West Preservation Awards

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The Allegheny West Local Review Committee, along with the Allegheny West Civic Council, announces the 10th Annual Allegheny West Historic Preservation Awards. These awards are presented to property owners in Allegheny West who have completed exterior projects over the past year, retaining or restoring appropriate elements of historic character, and adhering to our neighborhood guidelines. The success of these projects was attained by doing research, creating well thought-out plans, following neighborhood guidelines, and working with the neighborhood LRC and the City HRC to seek advice on the application process and guidelines. The 2018 award recipients are:

831 Western Avenue

Susan and Frank Remcheck, owners

When Susan and Frank purchased 831 Western over a year ago they inherited a large project that was initiated by the previous property owner. The brick had already been stripped and cleaned, and new wood windows had been installed, but there was so much more to do. These new homeowners took over the renovation of the entire façade, paying close attention to historic detail and existing architectural elements. First floor window hoods were added, reflecting in scale and design those existing on the second floor. A wood hood, brackets, and decorative elements above the front door were made to match those on 833, next door. Other work included fencing, side entry steps, and a new door. This project reflects the significant research and planning that were done to complete it successfully.

840 N Lincoln Avenue

Debra Kelly and Douglas Debelak, owners

It’s evident that, if you walk the streets and allies of Allegheny West, lately there has been an interest in auxiliary structures, garages, carports, designated places to park our cars. This project is a garage construction. The original garage on this property was deemed unsalvageable due to structural deterioration, and so was demolished. The HRC determined that the new structure be moved to the other side of the property so that it would be aligned with the existing gate at the front of the house. It was also designed to be compatible with the house in scale, materials, architectural elements, and trim colors. This project demonstrates how a new auxiliary structure can be designed to be compatible with an historic building.

852 N Lincoln Avenue

Greg Kobulnicky, owner

Talk about research and planning! This project reflects both! Greg completed an entire façade restoration at 852, from removing the fake front, exposing the original brick, to installing new stone front steps to match the existing, and redesigning and rebuilding the dormers to match the original. All were done in accordance with the HRC Guidelines. Other projects include brick cleaning and pointing, installing new wood windows, replacing window and door surrounds and brackets, and even replacing chimney pots. This project sets the standard for restoration in our neighborhood.

852 Beech Avenue

Katie and Robin Zoufalik, owners

Here’s another example of an auxiliary structure that is a well-planned design with a gabled roof to match that of the adjoining property and a wood paneled garage door resembling stable doors. The paint colors selected add to the attractiveness of the carport and doors.

These four projects add to the historic ambience of our neighborhood streets and alleys, contribute to the economic development of our neighborhood, and enhance the quality of life in Allegheny West. To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, these awards will be presented at the May Membership Meeting of The Allegheny West Civic Council on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30 pm. Please attend and honor these neighbors.

Thank You to our Western Avenue Flower Basket Sponsors!

Many thanks to our 2018 sponsors of the lovely baskets that will beautify our neighborhood’s main commercial district from June to October. We’ll have 41 baskets—and Western PA Conservancy will be maintaining them, so we can just admire and enjoy them!

Any questions, please contact Trish Burton, (412) 523-9402 or

Flower Basket

New Sponsors

  • Eugene Beck Co. Heating-A/C & Plumbing
  • Giorgio’s Place
  • The Knaus Family
  • Pittsburgh Acupuncture & Massageworks
  • The Robert Family

Returning Sponsors

  • Allegheny Sandwich Shop
  • Annette Trunzo in memory of Olga & Paul Trunzo
  • Anonymous Neighbor
  • Daniel Strinkoski, DDS
  • Ethelyn Daniel
  • Gary Otto in memory of Donna Raye Otto
  • Gilligan Sorbet
  • Helmreich Family
  • Keane George
  • KFH & SCG
  • LeClaire, Griewahn & Scott, Attorneys
  • Modern Café
  • Parador Inn
  • Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Q Development
  • R. Ashley Webb Wealth Management Partners, LLC
  • SmartSolutions
  • Swazuk Family
  • AWCC
  • AWCC Board
  • Burton Family

Alleys, Axles & Ales

Allegheny West will hold the initial planning meeting of Alleys, Axles and Ales tour Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue.

R.S.V.P. to Cecile at if you plan to attend or to receive more agenda information.

Cecile Canales and Tom Barbush will co-chair this tour. If you are interested in having your garage on tour or would like to volunteer, please email Cecile at

Volunteers will be able to sign up at Please speak with garage/car owners before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29, 2018.

Meeting Agenda

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party

4th Annual Allegheny West Art Show

The 4th Annual Allegheny West Art Show is back! Showcasing work by artists living and/or working across the Northside, and their fellow artists. The opening will be Friday night, May 11th, starting at 6:30. Enjoy food and beverage courtesy of AWCC while browsing a great and diverse collection of art on display, at HIP’s wonderful space! (HIP at the Flashlight Factory, 831 W North Avenue) The show continues on Saturday, May 12th from noon to 5:00 pm.

Help Wanted: Gazette Delivery

The Allegheny West Gazette is in need of a new delivery person to take the 900 block of West North Avenue and all of Galveston Avenue. This is approximately 50 homes, and takes 15-20 minutes monthly. It’s a great way for neighbors – young or old – to volunteer. Please contact Karen at if you are able to help out!

Consider Donating Blood

It’s always a good season to donate blood, but summer is especially important due to regular donors often being on vacation. If you’re able, consider a donation at a convenient blood drive. One of our Allegheny West neighbors has needed fourteen units of blood and six of platelets over the past 6–8 weeks. Accident victims, surgery candidates and blood cancer patients will be very grateful for your generous donation.