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YMCA Twelfth Annual Reds, Whites & Brews

Red, Whites & Brews

You are cordially invited to the Allegheny Y’s 12th Annual Reds, Whites & Brews on Friday, April 12th, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm held at Rivers Casino Ballroom. All proceeds benefit financial assistance in Programs, Services and Membership.

The evening is filled with a variety of red and white wine as well as craft beers and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be live entertainment, beautiful baskets for raffle and a variety of art and sports memorabilia for silent auction. This is truly a wonderful evening out in support of a great cause.

To RSVP, visit: pittsburghymca.org/events/12th-annual-allegheny-reds-whites-brews

Calvary United Methodist Women’s Group Plant Sale

The Calvary United Methodist women’s group is holding its third annual plant sale. A wide variety of perennials, peppers, herbs and accents are available. Order forms and information are available for pick-up at the church (971 Beech Avenue) or e-mail gazette@alleghenywest.org, and I will forward you an electronic copy of the leaflet and the order form. Orders will be due before April 21, 2019. Pick up is on May 4th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Thank you in advance for your support!

Letter from the President – March 2019

Results of an informal survey conducted over the past week show that by a margin of 3:1 local residents believe spring will arrive at some point in 2019. Let’s hope it’s soon and sustained, springtime in Allegheny West is so beautiful we quickly forget these cold, snowy days.

Last month’s hot topics were railroads and parks and they will continue to be high priority topics in our membership meetings. There was some recent news regarding the proposed double-stacked trains running through the Northside when the City of Pittsburgh officially joined us in the fight. The City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure filed legal paperwork to participate in the state Public Utility Commission’s review of Norfolk Southern’s plans. The challenge from the city will likely delay Norfolk Southern’s planned bridge work, slated to start later this year. This is certainly good news but does not put the issue to bed. We need to remain vigilant and continue to let our elected officials know our concerns. I’ve heard from a few neighbors who have contacted their state and local legislators – that’s awesome and hopefully inspiration to the rest of us!

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Listening Tour made a stop at the AWCC Membership Meeting in February. They shared a lot of information about the process the Conservancy will follow to allocate funds to improve city parks. As part of the process they requested residents complete a survey to weigh in on what we love about our parks. If you haven’t yet taken the survey you can find it on their website: pittsburghparks.org

Specifically related to our park, the Park Conservancy folks agreed to join us at another membership meeting to talk about plans for Allegheny Commons and feedback from Allegheny West. Details will be communicated when the schedule is confirmed. (One sign of the Conservancy’s commitment to Allegheny Commons Park – this year’s Spring Hat Luncheon will be held there this May 4th.)

I mentioned previously in this column that one of the priorities of the Housing and Planning Committee, under the direction of Chairman Ashley Webb, is a renewed focus on neighborhood rejuvenation. In 2015-2016, AWCC received a grant and engaged a landscape architecture firm to conduct a study, based on input from neighbors, on areas of improvement that should be addressed in Allegheny West. There were a lot of meetings and discussions at the time and ultimately the Civic Council membership decided to focus on four areas of improvement: street trees and sidewalks, lighting, traffic calming on W North Avenue and Brighton Road and the Mary Cassatt Garden (the garden area in the on-ramp to the Fort Duquesne Bridge). We have a lot of work to do on this initiative, and the first step is getting everyone who wants to participate engaged. Neighborhood Rejuvenation will be on the March 12th AWCC Membership meeting agenda and more information will available over the next few weeks. If you’re ready to sign up now to help, contact me at president@alleghenywest.org and/or Ashley at housing-planning@alleghenywest.org.

Enjoy these waning days of winter and I look forward to seeing everyone emerge from hibernation!

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meetings – March 12, 2019

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

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 8:00 – Reading and Approval of February’s Minutes
  • 8:05 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – Committee Reports
  • 9:15 – New Business
  • 9:30 – Adjournment

2019 Tour and Tasting

Submitted by Annette Trunzo, Ways and Means Chair

The 2019 Tour and Tasting will be held on Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The Committee is excited to share that we have several houses, but we still need a few more. If you are interested in putting your home and garden on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick: carolgomrick@gmail.com.

The theme of the tour will be a vastly different from previous tours. To highlight the incredible restaurant scene in Pittsburgh, the committee is reaching out to local restaurants to provide the food “tastings” and appropriate wine pairings. Guests will not only have the opportunity to try a variety of wines, but also learn more about what is making Pittsburgh such a foodie destination! Your house could be the backdrop to this fabulous experience!

Starting in April, the committee will be asking for help to promote the tour through social media and will share available volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check the Gazette and weekly email blast for updates and information. Looking forward to another successful event!

Graffiti Busters!

Graffiti Busters is funded and run by the City of Pittsburgh. If graffiti is reported, Graffiti Busters will remove it from commercial and residential properties at no cost to the property owner. They can be reached at (412) 665-3609 (Mark Brentley).

Neighborhood Mixer: Mix@6

Start St. Patrick’s Day weekend with your friends and neighbors as the AW Mixer returns to Peppi’s! Don your favorite St. Paddy’s apparel while you enjoy a BYOB happy hour along with a famous sub or salad. Advance thanks to host Jeff Trebec and the staff at Peppi’s!

In Memoriam

With sorrow and regret, we report the passing of Nancyjane Vaughn, friend of the neighborhood and mother of longtime neighbor Nonie Knauss. If you wish to show support to Nonie and her family, kindly consider a donation to:

Tov Church
1597 Washington Pike
Suite A38 #129
Bridgeville, PA 15017

Sponsor a Western Avenue Flower Basket

We’re delighted to announce that Western Avenue in Allegheny West will once again be beautified by hanging flower baskets provided by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC).

The WPC will provide the baskets, flowers, installation, watering and maintenance, “take down” and storage of the baskets. We had 41 baskets sponsored in 2018, but with 32 double poles, there is plenty of room for others to help in this worthy endeavor! We want to ensure that all who would like to participate be given the chance to do so. Please respond by March 31st to be included for 2019.

In 2019, WPC is providing a discounted rate of $355/basket — including the sign! — for the initial year, which includes purchase of the basket, as well as plants, hanging, maintenance, take-down and storage. Sponsors will be subsequently reassessed at a $275/basket rate thereafter for plants, hanging and take-down, maintenance and storage.

Please go to alleghenywest.org/about to sponsor a basket or to make a donation. Contact Trish Burton (412) 523-9402 or tdburton3@gmail.com to discuss.

Letter from the President – February 2019

As Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local”. Whether he was referring to trains and parks is disputable but those are topics at the forefront of the Allegheny West political scene.

On Monday, February 4th , more than 40 neighbors attended a meeting to learn more about Norfolk Southern Railroad’s plans to run double stack trains through Pittsburgh’s Northside. The presentation focused on the potential negative impacts, and it was alarming. From derailments and explosions to degradation of air quality – this is a serious situation and we need to be engaged to advocate for our community. We’re lucky to have John DeSantis and Ashley Webb serving on the Northside Leadership Conference Bridge Committee, but please consider what you can do to help, too. Local and state elected officials are working with the Bridge Committee and your input, via in-person conversations, phone calls and emails, will encourage them to keep this issue front and center. Right now there is a call for volunteers to install equipment to help monitor changes in air quality, to monitor and report idling trains and to assist in developing a website to centrally disseminate updates.
Specific details on how to volunteer will be posted on the Allegheny West website and e-Newsletter in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy listening tour comes to Allegheny West. The majority of the February AWCC Membership meeting agenda that night will be devoted to the Parks team. (The meeting is held at 7:30 pm at the Calvary United Methodist Church, at 971 Beech Avenue.) During this community meeting, the Parks Conservancy will be gathering feedback on what neighbors love about their parks, and what they would love to improve – please join the conversation and make your voice heard.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC