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Letter from the President – September 2018

The summer of 2018 has been even more eventful than usual here in Allegheny West. As we approach autumn, here’s at least a bit of what’s happening…

A special thanks goes out to the AW Party Team (yes, there really is such a thing), and “Partier-in-Chief” Greg Coll, who pulled together and treated all of us to three GREAT Summer street picnics – on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. This neighborhood tradition goes back into the 1970s, and couldn’t have been in better hands this season! And, although the Party Team now gets a well-earned rest, they’re always looking for more volunteers to help out when those picnics roll around next year!

The Housing & Planning Committee under Tim Zinn has been working diligently through the Summer as they process the many upcoming developments, impacts and issues for our neighborhood. At the September 11th Membership meeting, you’ll hear reports of positive progress on subjects as diverse as the railroad through the park and the overpass bridges, the scrap yard on Behan Street, guidelines for new construction on vacant sites and the growing issue city-wide of AirBnBs.

More Special Thanks – this time to Trish Burton’s Friends of Allegheny West, whose monthly neighborhood clean-ups make a world of difference for all of us. And when you’re strolling Western Avenue and enjoying the dozens of colorful hanging flower baskets, it’s Friends that make all of that happen too. Next year they’ll be tackling all of those empty tree planting beds along Western as well!

Our Ways & Means Committee is headed by Carol Gomrick, and has a distinction unmatched by any other community organization in the county: Mounting four different major fundraising events within six months. Did we mention that these folks are ALL volunteers?! With the very successful Wine & Garden Tour completed in June, Ways & Means now moves into its wildest part of the calendar – with the new Premier Wine Event on September 15, the very popular Alleys, Axles, & Ales car show just two weeks later (Thanks Cecile Canales and Tom Barbush), and then the region’s biggest annual house tour: our Allegheny West Victorian Christmas Tour in December. Of course, volunteers are needed for ALL of these!


Nearly a decade after it was initially proposed, we are finally moving forward with our Western Avenue Gateway project, which will expand the AW Parklet at the corner of Western and Brighton to include several community garden plots, an appropriate encircling iron fence and prominent signage welcoming passersby to our community. Not a bad Summer for the City’s smallest neighborhood!

See you at Tuesday’s meeting for details on all of these – and lots more.

John DeSantis
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meetings – September 18, 2018

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, September 18th 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
    • Thanks to Party Team for Summer Picnics
  • Ways and Means
    • Showcase Wine Event (September 15)
    • 2018 Alleys, Axles & Ales (September 29)
    • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (December 7-8)
  • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Clean Up
  • Property
    • Gateway Project in Allegheny West Parklet
  • Housing and Planning
    • Allegheny Commons Proposed Implementation Plan
    • CCAC New Building: Ridge at Brighton
    • North Avenue Lighting
    • Western Avenue Revitalization, Electric
    • 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
  • Northside Leadership Conference
  • Nominating Committee
    • Annual November Election
  • Other Business (Old & New)
    • Ratify Actions of Executive Committee
    • State of Pennsylvania Parklet Grant
    • New Construction Guidelines to CCAC

Ground to Glass Showcase Event: September 15, 2018

Please join us for an intimate event – Ground to Glass. This is a Showcase Event at Holmes Hall, featuring wines from Eberle Winery. Tickets are still available at The event is being hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wines and catering by Executive Chef Bob Sendall of All In Good Taste Productions.


Ground to Glass : A Showcase Event | Holmes Hall
September 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm

The Gardens of Holmes Hall

Passed Hors d ‘Oeuvres
Citrus Mascarpone and Piave Cheese, Caramelized
Sauerkraut, Pancetta, Capers and Chives

The Grand Ballroom of Holmes Hall

Plates and Pairings

Course One

Herbed Goat Cheese Ravioli, Bechamel, Shaved
Pecorino, Toasted Pine Nuts, Sprouts

Eberle | 2016 Estate Chardonnay

Course Two

Warm Rice Cake, Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
Terrine, Kimchi Slaw, Wasabi Sprouts

Eberle | 2017 Viognier

Course Three

Roasted Herb Crusted Baby Lamb Chops,
Demi-Glace Sautéed Quinoa, Lentils, Brown Rice, Leeks
Gorgonzola Cheese Pudding
Petite Lavosh Triangle

Eberle | 2015 Estate Cabernet

Course Four

Smoked, Braised Short Ribs, Demi-Glace
Cheesy Polenta, Roasted Tomato

Eberle | 2016 Syrah


Trio of Sorbet – Gilligan’s Sorbet

Allegheny West Christmas Tour Kickoff Meeting

There will be a meeting to start planning the annual Christmas tour on September 20th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Carol and Brett’s house at 940 W North Avenue. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend. Homeowners interested in having their house on the tour should e-mail Carol at

Art Show at HIP at The Flashlight Factory

New work by neighborhood artists Dennis Bergevin and Sara Beck Sweeney will be on view, and for sale, at the HIP space, at 831 W North Ave. The opening reception (to which you are all invited) is Friday September 14th from 7:00-10:00 pm.

The show will be open to the public on Sunday September 16th as well, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The art will be displayed until September 26th, and can be viewed by appointment during the week.

Contact Dennis at or Sara at for more information. We hope to see you there!

“People need art in their houses. They don’t need Bed Bath and Beyond dentist-office art. They need weird stuff.” — Ezra Croft

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).