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PHLF: Abandoned America. States of Disrepair.

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Location: Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Avenue
Date: Thursday, June 25th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 ext. 527

Abandoned America

Join author and photographer Matthew Christopher for an exploration of ruins across our cities and countryside, as he shares a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the abandoned America around us. From steel mills and industrial sites to schools, churches, prisons, homes and more, Matthew’s work provides a glimpse into lost worlds that few get to visit firsthand.

With his travels broadening to ancient sites in Romania, Greece and India, we’ll learn more about the phenomenon of abandoned sites across the globe and discuss why preservation of our heritage is a concern everywhere, not just in our own communities.

About the Presenter: Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His two books, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream and Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences and his website, also titled Abandoned America, have chronicled the stories of modern ruins across the United States and gained international attention. He recently expanded his scope to document abandoned locations across the globe. Matthew has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught photography at a college level and now teaches photography workshops.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: marylu@phlf.org or (412) 471-5808 x 527.

Celebrate a Jazzy Pre-Independence Day with Yoko Suzuki

City of Asylum (2018)

Yoko Suzuki Trio

Wednesday, July 3rd
7:00 pm

What better way to kick off the July 4th holiday than with crowd favorite Yoko Suzuki Trio?

Yoko Suzuki Trio

A musician known both locally and nationally, and an ethnomusicologist, Yoko’s playing is deeply informed by jazz across the globe, especially Japan where she trained. Yoko’s concerts are not only a musical treat but also deeply informed by her rich historical knowledge.

Featured Musicians

Yoko Suzuki: Alto saxophone
Cliff Barnes: Organ/piano
James Johnson III: Drums

Reserve Your Free Tickets

Free Water Pitcher + Filter Event

Free Water Filter Flyer

Priority given to: expecting families, families with young children, and households inside and outside the PWSA service area with children who have elevated blood lead levels

Letter from the President – June 2019

Every year the Northside Leadership Conference hosts a Scholarship and Awards Dinner to celebrate students, neighborhoods and lifetime volunteers. Each Northside neighborhood selects a “Neighbor of the Year” and this year’s Allegheny West Neighbor of the Year is Holly Pultz. There is an article in this issue of the Gazette that highlights the many reasons Holly is receiving the award and when you read it, I think you’ll agree that it is much deserved.

Holly joins an impressive group of Allegheny West Neighbors of the Year, many who continue to contribute their time and talents. Last years honorees, Greg Coll and Doris Short, had a busy May with the opening of the Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition, as well as Greg’s efforts as the Membership Committee Chairperson in pulling off another stellar Memorial Day Picnic. Dr. Daniel Strinkowski, 2017 Neighbor of the Year, still works relentlessly to keep litter off the streets of Allegheny West. Another Neighbor of the Year alum, Trish Burton, serves as Communications Chairperson and volunteers her time to make sure we’re all informed of community activities and announcements.

The journey to becoming a future Neighbor of the Year starts with a single step. I encourage everyone reading this to join one of the committees that do the legwork for Allegheny West Civic Council business. Below are some very active committees always looking for new members. Chairperson contact information is included. If you need some help finding the right volunteer opportunity, please reach out to me at President@AlleghenyWest.org.

  • Housing and Planning Committee works on matters related to the physical planning and housing conditions in Allegheny West. Some topics on the H&P agenda are: Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District, Allegheny West Historic District expansion, Norfolk Southern Railroad double stacked train project and Code Enforcement concerns. The committee meets every 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 pm at 806 Western Avenue. All are welcome to attend.
    Chairperson: Ashley Webb (housing-planning@alleghenywest.org)
  • Ways and Means Committee is responsible for all fundraising activities of the Council. Upcoming tours are Wine and Garden Tour (June 21st-22nd), Alleys, Axles and Ales (Date TBD) and the Victorian Christmas Tour (December 6th-7th).
    Chairperson: Annette Trunzo (ways-means@alleghenywest.org)
  • Finance Committee works with the Treasurer to manage the Allegheny West Civic Council Budget – including managing assets, liabilities, revenues, and debts. The Finance Committee is looking for new members with accounting and/or financial management experience.
    Treasurer: Cathy Serventi (treasurer@alleghenywest.org)

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – June 11, 2019

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
  • 7:50 – May Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:20 – House & Planning Committee Report
    • Western Avenue Neighborhood Improvement District (WANID)
    • Historic District Expansion
    • Norfolk Southern Double-Stacked Trains
  • 8:45 – Committee Announcements
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:10 – Adjournment

Allegheny West 2019 Neighbor of the Year

Holly Pultz, Allegheny West’s Neighbor of the Year 2019, moved from the country to Beech Avenue thirty-two years ago with Dan, her husband, and their daughters, and that’s when the neighborhood beautification project began. At that time, Irish, a lady of the streets, yelled at Holly for weeding and cleaning up the streets, but that didn’t stop her. She loved the diversity of the neighborhood. An award-winning artist, Holly quickly put her creativity to good use in Allegheny West, designing and painting the facades used for the AW miniatures, sold at early Christmas house tours. She also has led art classes & programs for children and several Paint Monkey-type events to raise money for a neighborhood church choir to sing at Carnegie Hall.

If you’re driving past the Triangle garden at North & Brighton at 7L00 am, you might catch a glimpse of Holly pulling weeds and tidying the garden. It is just one of the many quiet acts of service that Holly provides and that has led to Holly’s nomination as Allegheny West Neighbor of the Year. Holly’s fierce determination has meant that beautification projects aren’t just discussed, but are realized, thanks to Holly’s researching and then cajoling local suppliers, leading fundraising efforts and, finally, literally getting her hands dirty as tree wells and empty lots are weeded, planted, mulched and maintained.

There are many other activities that Holly has cheerfully helped with over the past thirty years, such as block parties, pancake suppers, monthly clean-ups and flower baskets. She always appears with a smile on her face and a great attitude. No one can resist her laugh. But perhaps most impressive is that Holly shares her many gifts and talents, her time and energy, with graceful, elegant humility.

Holly will be honored at the Northside Leadership Conference dinner on Thursday, June 13th, at the Priory Grand Hall.
Congratulations, Holly!!

Get Ready for 2019 Tour and Tasting, featuring the Northside!

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

I’m thrilled to share that all of the homes are secured for the 2019 Wine Tour. Thank you to the following homeowners for opening up your homes.

2019 Homes

Holmes Hall (719 Brighton Road)
Scott Keeney (905 Beech Avenue)
Carol & Brett (940 W North Avenue)
CCAC West Hall (Ridge Avenue)
Emmanuel Church (957 W North Avenue)
Dennis & Doug (808 Galveston Avenue)

PLEASE NOTE! We are very excited that we are looking to have on the tour West Hall part of CCAC. This stop is added so guests will be able to view the incredible exhibit sharing a 50-year history retrospective of Allegheny West. An incredible story, beautifully woven together by Doris Short and Greg Coll. Doris and Greg will be on hand to walk guest through the exhibit. We would be remiss if we did not thank CCAC for generously opening the hall for the tour and allowing the exhibit to be extended for the guests.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Dr Quintin Bullock, CCAC President, Dr Evon W. Walters, Campus President and Mary Henderson with Facilities who all have supported the efforts to open these historic buildings for our tours. Please look in the near future on the Allegheny West website and in the program for upcoming wine tasting classes being offered at the CCAC Allegheny Campus.

Volunteers Needed

The tour committee is actively looking for volunteers to help during the tour – please see the list below of opportunities available. There are limited slots so they will fill up on a first response method: Contact Annette Trunzo or Carol Gomrick to sign up (tours@alleghenywest.org). In the next email blast, a link to a Google Docs sign up sheet will be available.

Volunteer Responsibilities | 1 per Homeowner / per Tour

Homeowners will be seeking wine pourers/food servers and greeters.

House Lead

Point of contact for the homeowner (House lead will need to be available during the entire shift)

  • Makes sure all issues are addressed / e.g. extra plates/napkins etc.
  • Coordinate with Annette Trunzo for additional supplies as needed
  • Coordinate on Saturday to tear down service at tour house and coordinate remaining food/wine delivered to after party. 1 per household / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9 (Holmes Hall is filled.)

Food Runner

  • Point of contact for the homeowner
  • Requirements will vary based upon the restaurant assigned to the house
  • Pick up food from local restaurant and deliver to the home | may require multiple trips during the tour. Restaurants: Bier’s Pub, Lola Bistro, Brugge on North, Bistro 2 Go
  • Deliver dessert to the homes for the last tour of the evening

Tour Runners

  • Point of contact for Annette Trunzo to set up/tear down tour; address any issues during the tour
  • Make sure parking signage from AWCC office is set up/returned for the tour
  • Set up/tear down tables for Byers Hall and return tables to their owners (Doris/Greg and Carol/Brett)
  • 3 per tour / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9

After Party

  • Help setup/tear down after party at Carole and Bob Malakoff’s house – 9:00 pm start
  • Need to deliver food/drinks / help set up Saturday night after the tours
  • Clean up after the festivities

Tour Guides

Thank you all for your support of the 2019 tour. Pray for great weather! Cheers!

Thank You: Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

Submitted by Doris Short

AWCC Exhibition

What an evening! What a fantastic crowd!

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, May 17th. We are extremely grateful to have so many wonderful neighbors and friends. A big thank you again to our generous sponsors, donations, supporters and volunteers.

The Allegheny West Timeline Exhibition will be on display till June 20th.

Opening Hours (May): Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Opening Hours (June): Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Summer Block Party – July 4th

It’s not too soon to begin planning your side dish for the annual Independence Day Block Party, to be held this year in the 800 block of N Lincoln Avenue from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, July 4th.
AWCC will provide grilled burgers and hotdogs along with beverages for all ages. (Please bring that side dish – in a dish marked with your name! – along with a chair.) The 800 block will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 3:00 pm on the 4th. Kindly move your car from the block prior to 3:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed for set-up and clean-up. Please contact Greg Coll, Membership Chair, at gregcollcreative@gmail.com for details and to volunteer.

We can’t sponsor these parties without lots of help!