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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Chachacha


Part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series
October 15 | 8PM

Chachacha are songs of freedom and redemption, originally sung by freedom fighters to express the oppression of the colonial system in 1960s Zambia. Mathew Tembo infuses the traditional songs with pop sensibilities, creating a unique African style featuring the kalimba and silimba, traditional Zambian instruments.

Mathew’s band, the Afro Routes, includes Gordon Nunn, Hugh Watkins, Ben Barson, Nathan Frink and Colter Harper. They premiere Chachacha on October 15th as part of the New Hazlett Theater CSA Performance Series.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents and workers are invited to attend this performance for free. A limited number of tickets are available online, so reserve your seat today.

 September 15 at 8:00 pm
October 11, 2015

Letter from the President – October 2015

So, once again, I’m expecting people to start pretending that they didn’t see me and walking quickly down the street when I wave at them at the Modern. It’s that time year again…

The Nominating Committee is on the prowl for next year’s Board members.

Ha. I bet you were expecting me to say something about the Christmas tour, because, yes, it’s that time again, too. I’m not the one you have to run from for the House tour. I know that Doug (Guides), Cecile (Trains), and Brandon (Greeters) are armed with their links to the volunteer spreadsheets. If you have your heart set on a specific time or task, you can send a quick note to and we’ll get you hooked up with the right person. Also keep an eye out for Trish (Ways & Means Chair) who has long checklists of tasks and endless details that she really could use a hand with. (Seriously, be nice to Trish, this time in the Tour planning is crazy making. I hear she likes lemon flavored things.) Speaking of…does anyone have a truck we could borrow?

OK, back to Nominating Committee. Joking aside, a lot of time and thought by the Nominating Committee goes into matching people’s skills, interests, and available time to the various Board positions. We need a mix of new folks for their valuable fresh perspectives and people who have served previously so that we can maintain institutional memory (because, honestly you only go back and read previous years’ minutes when you really, really have to…). These positions have important responsibilities attached to them, that can potentially affect the quality of life of everyone in the neighborhood so we’re not just looking for a warm body. If you think that any of the Board positions sound interesting, I encourage you to talk with me, or even better, the chair of the committee you’re interested in. One of the main jobs of every Board member is recruiting their replacement, so I’m sure they’d be happy to chat. At this point we’re already planning for the 2017 Board, so you have plenty of time, to sample some of the different positions but helping out on various projects. OK, maybe folks are totally justified avoiding me at parties.

Quick Buhl grant update: We had an awesome turnout for the first session during the last membership
meeting (and I got my hands on one of the giant maps.) Martha has submitted the grant application and
we’re waiting for feedback. If you’re interested in reading the application including a summary of the ideas discussed, let me know and I’ll send it to you. As soon as the tour stuff calms down, I’m going to ask Nick, our webmaster, to help me get some of the various materials up on the website, accessible for anyone who is interested.

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – October 13, 2015

Calvary United Methodist Church
971 Beech Avenue

Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:30pm

  • Guest TBD
  • New Neighbors
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Nominating Committee 2016 Board Nominations
  • House and Planning Updates
    • W North Lighting
    • LOL
    • Traffic throughout on W. North
    • PWSA
  • AWDC Updates
    • Stables
    • 928 – 930 Western
  • Ways & Means: House Tour Update
  • Halloween Street Closure
  • Neighborhood Cleanup – 10/31
  • Upcoming Membership Events
    • Allegheny Cemetery
    • October Mixer
  • 50th Anniversary Update
  • Property: 806 Repairs
  • Grant Updates
    • Council CDFG: Trash Can Update
    • Buhl One Northside Community Update
  • Committee Q&A
October 10, 2015

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to, or give Cathy a call at (412) 418-2027 and we’ll make sure they’re recognized in the Gazette.

Lots of folks to thank this month, so in no particular order, and inevitably incomplete – I KNOW I’m forgetting someone…

Gloria – for driving all over town so that the two of us and a Notary could be in the same room at the same time. Kevin – for doing the paperwork to close off Beech Avenue on Halloween so it’s safe for the munchkins. Michael – for negotiating with a ton of people so that the movie folks could make the Stables building “look awesome”. Ethan – (from Showclix) who helped set up the Tour ticket sales so that people can tell how many tickets are available for each time. Fran – who magically got PWSA to stop billing us for a waterline that is apparently in the middle of Allegheny Commons (I can’t tell you how impressed by this I am – we even have a credit.) Gloria – (again!) for lugging all the picnic stuff downstairs and reorganizing the office basement and backroom. Mary – for making amazing warm cinnamon bread for the monthly clean-up (I’m not sure I want any more people showing up for the clean-up – BEST SNACKS EVER – and I got to take some home. Yeah – that was a joke – come to the clean ups. The next one is 10/31 so we can clean stuff up for the Trick-or-Treaters). Anne and Jon, and our long suffering insurance inspector – for making sure our AWCC/AWDC properties are inspected and therefore insured. John and Bob – for walking me through the apparently endless and endlessly conflicting zoning codes. And for all the folks who stepped up and pitched in setting up and breaking down the summer picnics. I really need to keep better notes…I KNOW I’m forgetting lots of folks and it’s driving me crazy.

October 10, 2015

The 2016 AWCC Executive Committee

2016 AWCC Executive Committee as proposed by the nominating committee. Nominating Committee is elected November 2014, immediately following the Board election.

President: Cathy Serventi
Vice President: Timothy Zinn
Secretary: Trish Burton
Treasurer: Bob Griewahn
Ways & Means: Carrie Doyle
Membership: Scott Mosser
Housing & Planning: Gloria Rayman
Property: Ann Gilligan
Friends of Allegheny West/Public Space: Michael Shealey
Sgt. at Arms: John DeSantis

Nominations will be open at the October meeting.

October 10, 2015

Roll for a Reason 2015

Our neighbor, Carol Gomrick, who lives on W North Avenue, is asking for our support by attending, donating or sponsoring her foundation’s event, “Roll for a Reason” on November 6th at J. Verno’s Studio in the Southside. This is a casino night gala event with proceeds to support Clear Thoughts Foundation (CTF), a local non-profit dedicated to raising money to fund the research to cure dementia. CTF is unique as the majority of research is towards drugs for dementia management not to cure this disease. CTF is a local Pittsburgh organization started in 2010, born from first-hand experience of watching our loved ones suffer and finally succumbing from the disease’s debilitating effects. As a CTF Board member, Carol will also be asking local businesses for donations to build an “Allegheny West” gift basket for the gala’s silent auction.

Details about to the 2015 event are below:

When: Friday, November 6, 2015 (Doors open at 6:30 pm, Gaming starts at 8:30 pm)
Where: J. Verno’s Studio, Southside

  • Poker, Black Jack, Craps & Roulette
  • Celebrity Dealers
  • Live & Silent Auction
  • Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
  • Open Bar
  • Complimentary valet parking

Cost: $150

To purchase tickets or donate to CTF please visit:

To learn more about gala sponsorship opportunities please email Carol:

Your generosity really does make a difference. An example of this is the money raised from the 2014 CTF gala event which featured a performance from Mike Super who appeared and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. CTF was able to raise and award a grant of over $65,000 to a local researcher in the field of dementia research. Visit the CTF website to ready about the published research resulting from this grant.

Thank you for your support in CTF’s efforts.

October 10, 2015

Road Closures for 3rd Annual Pittsburgh 10 Miler

More than 4,000 participants from 29 states are expected to toe the starting line of the 3rd annual EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2015. This race is a part of the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit, a prestigious national series that offers world-class competition in events shorter than the marathon distance, with more than $400,000 in prize money.

Beginning at 7:15 am and 10:00 am parts of Ridge Avenue, Brighton Road and Western Avenue will be closed for this race. The streets will reopen on a rolling basis as the runners have passed, trash has been removed and the police have deemed them cleared for reopening.

Our goal is to make the road closure process as easy as possible for those leaving the city and those attending the event. Please visit for more information. If you have any questions regarding the event or road closures, please contact Dennis DiRaimondo at (412) 586-7785 x 116.

October 10, 2015

Trick or Treating: Halloween Street Closures

Submitted by Dr. Stacy Lane 

My husband, Kevin Luffy, got a permit to close Galveston from Daunton Way to Buttercup Way, and the 800 and 900 blocks of Beech Avenue for Halloween again this year. As parents, with how crazy “Trick or Treat” is on our blocks, we feel it’s the safest thing to do to avoid a tragedy.

We are hoping that by alerting the neighborhood of the “Trick or Treat” street closing neighbors can prepare and be respectful.

“Trick or Treat” in Allegheny West draws a nice crowd of kids every year – a little over 200 kids to my house last year. I think it’s important to support the tradition that in many areas of the city has fallen to the way side due to poverty and lack of interest in family and such traditions.

It would be nice to see participation from all of our neighbors, and hopefully continue to make Allegheny West one of the best ”Trick or Treat” spots in the city! For few dollars in candy, you can put a smile on a hundred little faces. Grab a bottle of wine, sit on the stoop and enjoy!

As an aside, my policy is “no costume, no candy” and anyone over the age of 18 gets a number 2 pencil! I encourage everyone to adopt the same!

October 10, 2015

October Membership Event

Submitted by Mary Callison 

A different and appropriate event is planned for October’s get together. On Saturday morning, October 24th we will meet in the Allegheny Cemetery on the porch outside the office door. Over the last couple few months I have gathered names and information about many of the families who were early residents of our neighborhood and are buried in the Allegheny Cemetery. We will gather on the porch at 10:00 am and have a simple brunch and outline the tour. The cost of the brunch will be $6 per person. By Wednesday the 21st I will need to know if you plan to attend, so I can order the food by the 22nd. The tour will take place rain or shine. Get an early start on your Halloween festivities and come on a cemetery crawl.

To reserve a place call me at (412) 321-5951, or email me at


October 10, 2015