806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Mark Your Calendars: Neighborhood Mixer

Allegheny West Neighborhood Mixer

Friday, December 19 @ 6:00 PM

Join your friends and neighbors as we support our local businesses!  We’ll be at Modern Cafe, 602 Western Avenue.  Stop by and join in some holiday season merriment!

December 18, 2014

Reminder: Street Sweeping and Closures

Street Sweeping Friday Morning

The City street sweeper will be around Friday morning. Please move cars so he can do his job.

Street Closings on Friday and Saturday

We will have over 1600 visitors in Allegheny West for The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. Our visitors will be walking the streets and alleys of our neighborhood. For the safety of everyone, the following streets will be closed to traffic and parking from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday, 12/12, and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday, 12/13:

  • Beech Avenue, from Allegheny to Brighton Road
  • North Lincoln Avenue, from Galveston to Brighton Road
  • Galveston Avenue, from Buttercup Way to Dounton Way
  • Rope Way, from Buttercup Way to Chapel Way

Off-street parking will be available in The Babb Co. lot on the corner of Galveston and North Lincoln Avenue (enter from Chapel Way), the CCAC lot on Ridge Avenue (across from the ramp to the Fort Duquesne Bridge), and the Smart Solutions lot (on the north side of the 800 block of West North Avenue)

Your cooperation is appreciated. Please move your car off the street during this event.

December 11, 2014

Letter from the President – December 2014

 Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. 

– William Wordsworth

This is my final President’s Message to you, as my term ends this month. The Allegheny West Civic Council has accomplished a great deal in the last two years, largely due to the folks who sit on its executive committee. Among other things, we’ve completed the sale of the McIntosh Row properties, fought a few battles in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, helped beautify the neighborhood, and provided several social activities for our members. I want to thank everyone who has lent a hand during the past two years, from those who volunteer on the house tours to those who bring potluck dishes to the summer block parties. But, my special thanks go to the people who have stepped up to the plate and helped out on AWCC committee work. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

I now leave you in the very capable hands of Cathy Serventi. Cathy has already done a great deal for the Civic Council, from her hard work modernizing the production of both the Christmas and summer house tours, to serving as AWCC treasurer for the past two years. She brings intelligence, humor, energy, and a fresh perspective to the position, and the neighborhood will be all the better for it. Good luck, Cathy!

I’ll see you all around the neighborhood. Have a great holiday season, everyone.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

December 8, 2014

An Old Allegheny Christmas

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The 33rd Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour will be held on Friday, December 12 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Tickets are selling very quickly. Dinner, Brunch and Lunch Tour tickets are sold out. Regular Tour tickets are still available after 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to purchase theirs today!

The Tours

As always, the tour will feature 6 homes on the regular tour, plus 4 homeowners hosting Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.

Homes open for the regular tour are:

  • 950 Beech Avenue – Carrie Doyle
  • 926 Beech Avenue – Trish and John Burton and family (This home will be decorated with the help of The Urban Gardener, our North Side garden center.)
  • 834 Beech Avenue – Jessica and Bill Murphy
  • 913 Brighton Road – Carole and Bob Malakoff
  • 849 North Lincoln Avenue – Hal Dixler and Nick Duerlinger
  • 719 Brighton Road – John DeSantis (Also, the Toy Train Museum will be open here. Tickets to view it may be purchased on-line in advance or at the door for $12.)

Hosts for the Dinner, Brunch, and Lunch tours are:

  • 929 Beech Avenue – Linda and Joe Iannotta (Linda will be preparing all of the food for the brunches, lunch and dinner.)
  • 844 North Lincoln Avenue – Cecile and Carl Canales
  • 1021 Galveston Avenue – Debra and John Lantz
  • 913 Beech Avenue – Shirley Mehring and Howard Brokenbek

These homeowners need your help. Offer them a helping hand to decorate, welcome guests, or serve food.

Toy Train Museum

Something new this year at The Toy Train Museum at Holmes Hall … available for sale, the newly released book, Greenberg’s Guide to Lionel Standard & 2-7/8 Gauges, 1901-1940. This is a 432 page edition with 1,364 illustrations, many of them from the John DeSantis collection. The perfect holiday gift for the toy train enthusiast.

Signed copies are $100.

Committee members and homeowners have been working since September to put this event together. Now there are several things you can do:

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour guides are still needed – contact Doug Sprague,
Housesitters are also needed – contact Carole Malakoff,


Fill a trash bag with leaves and other “stuff“ from your curb and street. Sweep leaves out to the street. City street sweepers will be around the neighborhood on Wednesday and Thursday before the tour. Please move cars from the street so they can do their job.

Street Closings

Beech Avenue (both blocks), Galveston (from Dounton Way to Buttercup Way), the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Rope Way (from Buttercup Way to North Lincoln Avenue) and the 800 block of Buttercup Way will be closed to traffic from 4:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday.

Off-street parking is available at:

  • the CCAC lot on Ridge Avenue, just across from the Fort Duquesne on-ramp
  • the Babb Inc. lot on the corner of North Lincoln and Galveston Avenues
  • the Smart Solutions lot on the north side of the 800 block of West North Avenue

Volunteer Party

All volunteers are invited to help celebrate another successful tour in Allegheny West, on Saturday evening, December 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 pm at the Smart Solutions facilities on the 800 block of West North Avenue. Our tours have been so successful over the years because of the effort and spirit that you, the volunteers, have put forth. Let’s do it again this year!

December 8, 2014

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Translations



Part of the CSA Performance Series
December 12 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to Jennifer Myers’ TRANSLATIONS at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

From Bridges and Parks to the Stage

A one-hour performance in six acts that translates performances from Pittsburgh Performance Actions for the stage at the New Hazlett Theater, as part of their 2014-2015 CSA Performance Series.

The cast includes: Mimi Jong as The Musician; Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction; Joanna Reed as The Slow Activist; Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing; Christina Lee as The Artist; Tessa Barber as The Singer; Oreen Cohen as Witness #1; Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2; Scott Andrew as The Unreliable Narrator and Translator; Ji young Nam as The Last One Standing; Kylan Bjornson as The Child; Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weather.

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 December 12
December 8, 2014

Free Tickets for Northsiders: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Presented by barebones productions

November 23 | 2PM + December 2 | 10AM

Northsiders, you are invited to barebones productions latest performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

The Tennessee Williams Classic

After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella’s (Blanche’s sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. Blanche’s efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. As rumors of Blanche’s past begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable.

Starring: Tami Dixon, Jenna C. Johnson, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Jaime Slavinski, Ben Mayer, Dante Poloni, Christopher Josephs, Cindy Jackson, Siovhan Christensen, and Ryan Borgo.

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November 23   December 2

November 20, 2014