806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Letter from the President – September 2019

As summer comes to an end the days might be getting shorter but the Allegheny West Civic Council agenda is getting longer. Below is a summary of some of the items on the agenda for the September 10th Membership meeting:

  • The National Aviary is planning to convert their current tent to a permanent structure to hold events. The architects and project team representatives will be joining us to share plans and hear feedback. 
  • City of Play is planning the inaugural Pittsburgh FireWalk – a series of two Saturday evening, public celebrations in Allegheny Commons. An array of fires will be carefully tended with talented performers, local storytellers, and street vendors of food, drink, and art. 
  • A $13,000 Block Grant was recently awarded to Allegheny West. Diane Caruso, Friends of Allegheny West Committee Chair, is coordinating the effort to identify projects to fund through this grant.
  • Victorian Christmas Tour Planning is underway. The tour will be held December 13th and 14th.  Volunteer opportunities are numerous and varied. 
  • The Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District project has been on-going for over 10 years and we have not seen significant progress in some time. A revised plan to run electrical lines behind the properties in the 800 block of Western Avenue has been drafted and property owners are being contacted to approve the new plan. An update on the status and next steps will be provided.  
  • Historic District Expansion discussions have been occurring at the Housing and Planning Committee meetings and an informational meeting is being organized for neighbors affected by the proposed expansion.  
  • An Allegheny West Civic Council By-Laws Committee is being formed to review and offer revisions to the current by laws. 

As you can see from this list there is a lot of activity for our small neighborhood.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend the General Membership meetings as well as the committee meetings taking place throughout each month.

Ann Giligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – September 10, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – August Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 7:35 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilwoman Harris’ Office
    • Ms. Sacoyia Reed, Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    • National Aviary (converting their tent into a permanent structure)
    • Greg Manley, Pittsburgh Firewalk (series of fire-lit storytelling carnivals in Allegheny Commons)
  • 8:10 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – Ways and Means Update
    • Christmas Tour Update
  • 8:30 – Housing & Planning
    • WANID Update
    • Historic District Expansion
    • CCAC New Workforce Building
  • 9:00 – New Business
    • By-laws Committee
    • Block Grant
    • Membership Dues and November Elections
  • 9:15 – Adjournment

Support New (and Old) Local Businesses

Just a reminder to all residents of Allegheny West to get out and support the new local businesses that have opened over the past few months. In addition to new spots for libations, such as the 412 Brewery, Refucilo, and Leo. a public house, we also welcomed the new women’s apparel and accessory boutique, Lynn & Barrett at 903 Western Avenue.

Opening soon are the Mezza Luna Cafe and the Mana Board Game Tavern. Keep an eye out for these new spots, and please get out and support our neighborhood businesses.

Christmas Tour 2019

“The sun is shining, the grass is green” … and you’re now humming “White Christmas,” right?! It’s the perfect time to begin planning to welcome revelers to our neighborhood to kick off the holiday season!

The dates are set: Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. The planning process has begun. Much of the tour will remain as is past years, with Calvary UMC as the starting point (with an antique and vendor show!) and concluding at Holmes Hall with the Train Tour available to guests.

The tour committee is actively seeking houses to be on tour. If you would like to offer your home, or to get more information about what is involved in being on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick or Annette Trunzo.

Please continue to check the weekly eNewsletters and the monthly Gazette for updates, committee meetings and volunteer opportunities.

Carol Gomrick:
Annette Trunzo:

AWCC Membership Dues

Just a reminder that Allegheny West Civic Council dues must be paid by October in order to vote (for the new board) in November. Annual dues are only $3 (yes, you read that right) and a lifetime membership is only $45 (and then you never have to bother to read about dues again). You can drop an envelope with your check or cash – include your name – through the door of the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue.

Electronics & Hazardous Waste Recycling Drop-off and Curbside Pick-up

In an effort to keep our local environment safe and clean, the City of Pittsburgh is offering drop-off and pick-up recycling services for residents. This assures that your hard-to-recycle materials – as well as your unwanted or broken items such as TVs, computer monitors, paint, light bulbs, batteries, A/C units, microwaves and more – never end up in a landfill!

Residents can bring these items to the Pittsburgh Recycling Center in the Strip District, 3001 Railroad Street, every Wednesday from 3:00-8:00 pm and every Sunday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Residents are required to SCHEDULE a DROP-OFF TIME. Fees will apply to most items. If you prefer Curbside Pick-up Service, registration and prepayment are required.

Go to for general information, including a list of accepted items and fees, or to schedule a drop-off appointment or curbside pick-up online or phone (814) 425-7773.

Teapots Needed

Knead Community Cafe, a non-profit pay-what-you-can cafe, is looking for donations of teapots, cups and saucers, and cream-and-sugar sets for some “tea parties” that will be held to raise funds to support the Cafe’s mission of helping all to eat, regardless of means. So, keep an eye out for these items as you go to flea markets and estate sales, or are cleaning your basements! Please contact Trish Burton,, for more information, or for pick-up!

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