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DIY Workshop: Laminate Flooring Essentials

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Laminate flooring products are designed for the DIYer.  But with so many products on the market, it is critical to have a clear understanding of the types of laminate flooring available today.  Students will learn how to estimate material, tools for laminate floors, layout techniques, and how to install laminate flooring.

About the presenter: Michael R. Wetmiller is a Pennsylvania-Registered Home Improvement Contractor specializing in interior renovation.  He grew up in a family of tradesmen and attended a four-year carpenter’s apprenticeship training program.  He became a Journeyman Carpenter in 1999.  Michael has worked in both commercial and residential construction in all phases from foundations to finish carpentry.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
April 18, 2015

Film Screening: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Thursday, March 16, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Join us for a screening of the American Experience documentary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which chronicles the life and work of Rachel Carson, a biologist for the federal government whose research into unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides, sparked a warning that helped awaken the consciousness of the modern environmental movement.

A short presentation and a question-and-answer session by representatives of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association will follow the film screening. PHLF played an active role in saving and preserving Rachel Carson’s birthplace in Springdale, Pennsylvania.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
April 13, 2015

Free Tickets for Northsiders: The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death

Presented by Kinetic Theatre
April 19 – 26 | Wednesday – Saturday 8PM & Sunday 2 PM

A Dark Comedy

Meet Edgar and Alice, a witty, long-married couple. Married perhaps 25 years too long, this career military man and his grand dame of a former stage actress wife reside in a former prison on a remote island off the Swedish coast. Rarely seen live, The Dance of Death is a caustic, hilarious dark comedy. Kinetic Theatre’s Pittsburgh premiere production stars Sam Tsoutsouvas and Helena Ruoti, each in the role of this or any other lifetime, with Mark Staley as Kurt, the long-suffering soul who sets them up.

You’re Invited

Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents are invited to attend The Dance of Death for free. A limited number of tickets are available online. Reserve your seat today!

 April 19 at 2:00 pm  April 22 at 8:00 pm  April 23 at 8:00 pm
 April 24 at 8:00 pm  April 25 at 8:00 pm  April 26 at 2:00 pm

April 12, 2015

Lecture: Industry and the Allegheny Valley Railroad

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

When one ponders the historical industrial might of Western Pennsylvania, our thoughts often turn to the image of the flaming furnaces of the Monongahela Valley. Yet, in many respects, the Allegheny valley was Pittsburgh’s original valley of industry.  In this lecture, we explore, the history of the railroad, through a photographic journey, noting the important strides made by the metals, oil, and manufacturing enterprises historically located in the Allegheny Valley during its era of growth.

About the presenter: Ken Kobus, a retired third-generation steelworker with almost 45 years of service in mostly local mills, is the author of three books and several articles on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Pittsburgh, and the region’s steel industry. He has made numerous presentations about railroads and his photos have been donated to the University of Pittsburgh’s Archive Service Center, a sampling of which can be viewed on the Historic Pittsburgh website. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (Mechanical Engineering), he is a longtime member of PHLF.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join! Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 
April 11, 2015

Letter from the President – April 2015

So I go to a lot of meetings (A LOT!). And, not that I would admit this out loud, but I kind of like them; it turns out that they’re a pretty good stand in for a social life1. Obviously the folks in the neighborhood are cool to hang out with – frankly you all make me laugh – and it’s a bonus that the meetings often end up being at some nifty local restaurant like Carmi’s or the Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe or sometimes lemon loaves or chocolate mousse just appear (seriously, you guys should be coming to these meetings: I’m not telling you which ones, you’ll just have to try for yourselves). It also turns out that there’s a ton of really interesting ideas that get talked about in these meetings: the Candidates Night on April 14th; potentially developing the Stables into swanky condos; mulch (so complicated!); train trips to West Virginia, etc…

One meeting really stood out this month, though. I went to a talk at the Allegheny YMCA given by Diana Brucco of the Buhl Foundation. Honestly it was mostly to see if I could get some tips on for resubmitting the Sprout Fund grant that had been rejected. (Turns out 2nd time was the charm and we can now put our knowledge of mulch to good use on Tree Well day, April 11th). I was stunned to discover that the survey, that I had sort of half-heartedly filled out last summer had, turned into a $60 million commitment over 10 years to all the neighborhoods on the Northside. Even us!

My own assumption before attending this talk was that programs from these grants weren’t really intended for “affluent Allegheny West2”. But the focus of Buhl Foundation’s work around education, quality of place and employment apply just as much to the folks in our little corner of the Northside as anywhere else. Frankly, if nothing else the folks in our neighborhood have a lot of expertise to offer to folks in other neighborhoods who are embarking on work similar to what was started here 20 years ago. But what really impressed me was the fundamentally practical way the Buhl folks have approached setting priorities and implementing solutions: ask me about the work they’re doing around food programs in schools – it’s super cool but too complicated for a newsletter article. They are definitely interested in hearing what we have to say. I left that talk not wanting to be left out of plans that have such an incredible amount of potential. And so of course, I’m doing what we always do when we’re excited about something: I’m setting up (yet) another meeting – this time with Buhl Foundation. Expect to hear a lot more about this!

  1. Feel free to remind me that I said I liked meetings when I’m getting grumpy two hours into any random meeting. I’ll probably roll my eyes at you (such a bad habit!) but you’ll know it’s just because it’s probably the 3rd night that week that I’m at a meeting – getting inspired all the time is exhausting!
  2. From this article. I’m not sure I entirely agree with that characterization. even if the stats say our average income is higher. It’s way more complicated than that.
April 10, 2015

311 Follow Ups from Last Meeting

Now that the folks are starting to venture out of the house after the Winter “blahs”, we’re starting to see an uptick in requests for AWCC to follow-up on issues like potholes, streetlights and parking. I figured this was a good time to remind people of strategies that have worked for us in the past when we’re trying to get some assistance from the City.

The first thing that any department we speak with asks us is a reference number for the 311 report that we should have already filed about the complaint. That means that it’s really important that when you call to make a report or when you make a report by email, make sure the operator gives a “Reference (sometimes called a Ticket) Number”. Generally we prefer that neighbors make the initial report since you’re the person with the most first-hand knowledge of the problem. If you’re not able to get the issue resolved, AWCC needs that 311 Reference Number to follow up. To make it easier to notify AWCC when you’ve filed a report and to keep track of reference numbers we set up the email address 311notifications@alleghenywest.org which you can use in one of the optional cc’ sections in the online reporting.

For more information about 311 tracking, as well as direct links to the City 311 online reporting website go to our Government Resources page. Happy reporting!

April 10, 2015

Membership Activities for April and May

Monthly Mixer for April will be something new, both time and place. On Monday, April 20th we will meet at Lola Bistrô on North Avenue at 6:30 pm. Because the restaurant is small the owners agreed to host us on a Monday when they are normally closed. We will order from the menu, dinner entrees or just appetizer or dessert. Lola Bistrô does not have a bar, we may bring our own wine. There will be a corkage charged.

May 15th the Mixer will be an Allegheny West Art Show and Party at 832 Western Avenue, 6:30 pm. Dennis Bergovin suggested having an art show featuring Allegheny West artists and their artist friends. Linda Iannotta offered to organize the food and everyone will bring their own beverage of choice. If you have art that you want to exhibit contact Dennis at (412) 323-0539 for details about submission. The rest of the neighborhood is invited to come, eat drink and enjoy the art.

May 25th will be the Memorial Day Block Party, first street party of the summer.

Mark your calendars, join the fun and get better acquainted with your neighbors.

April 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 abovebeyond@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy a call at (412) 418-2027 and, space allowing, we’ll recognize them in the Gazette.

  • Anne G. spent a good bit of time tracking down and getting confirmations from an ever changing field of City Council candidates for the Candidates Night forum.
  • Holly P. got us an amazing deal on mulch for the Tree Well clean up.
  • Speaking of tree-wells, Gene and Trish spent an evening passing around flyers for the event and Michael S. is making donut runs & organizing coffee.
  • Super excited that Q Development will be sponsoring the garden triangle this year!
April 10, 2015

AWCC First Annual Art Show: May 15th!

Submitted by Mary Callison 

Thanks to Dennis Bergovin’s idea for a neighborhood Art Show featuring our own artists and their friends! The event will be at Dennis’s studio at 832 Western Avenue on May 15th starting at 6:30 pm. Bring your own beverage of choice; party food will be provided. If you or a friend have art to be exhibited, please contact Dennis at (412) 323-0539 for information. (This event will also be our Neighborhood Mixer for May.)

April 10, 2015

Tree Well Project Update: Free Flowers Available May 16th

Hopefully by the time you’re reading this the neighborhood will have had a successful first round for the Tree Well project for this spring. Luckily we were able to qualify for one of the Buhl Foundation / Sprout Fund Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants AND Holly was able to get us an amazing deal on mulch so we have plenty of funds left over for phase 2.

Starting the day of the mulch clean up AWCC residents and business owners will be eligible to order (free) flowers for their tree wells. Watch for more information on the email list and save the date, for May 16. Make sure you take a “before” picture now that your tree wells are pristine: we’re considering a contest for the the most creative plantings after the 5/16 event.

April 10, 2015