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Don’t Miss this Exciting Concert: Spring Sinfonia

Tiffany Series Sponsored by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society Presents

Spring Sinfonia

Tiffany Concert on Sunday, April 14, 2019 with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Directed by Earl Lee, along with the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Winners.

This dynamic program Spring Sinfonia will include works by Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Concert to be held at the historic Calvary United Methodist Church at 971 Beech Avenue. Time will be 4:00 pm.

Tickets sold at door: General $15, Seniors $10, Students $10

For information call (412) 323-1070.

Award-winning Sundance Documentary on the Trans Experience

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

America in Transition

Sunday, March 31st
2:00 pm

In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, ReelQ presents a screening of “Where is my Refuge,” episode 4 of the award-winning Sundance documentary series America in Transition. This screening will be followed by a Skype discussion and Q&A lead by the subject of the documentary episode, Nina Chaubal.

America in Transition

America in Transition is an award-winning, Sundance-backed documentary series exploring relationships, family and social issues with trans people of color across the United States. Each episode explores one person’s story in depth, tackling intersectional issues such as HIV criminalization, living as trans in the South, family acceptance, trans exclusion from the military and immigrant detention.

Episode 4: “Where Is My Refuge” follows the story of Nina. After growing up misunderstood in India, Nina fell in love with another trans woman in the Bay. Together, they built a suicide hotline by road-triping across small town America and connecting with thousands of trans people. But her life changed in an instant. When Arizona authorities stopped her for being brown, they then refused to release her insisting that her marriage – and therefore her immigration status – was invalid. In the month since her detention, Nina’s been caught in legal limbo, afraid she’ll be forced to leave the country where she’s saved so many lives.

Reserve Your Free Tickets

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.

Housing Opportunity Fund Survey

The Housing Opportunity Fund could use your help in distributing a survey link for residents who could not attend any of the five public meetings to inform the 2019 Annual Allocation Plan. The link is: bit.ly/HOF19PGH

We are especially interested in reaching people directly affected by affordable housing issues.

The Housing Opportunity Fund is a locally-funded source dedicated to creating and preserving affordable housing in Pittsburgh. Although our timeline for 2018 funds began late in the year, our Advisory Board is required to put together the allocation plan for 2019 earlier this year based on our legislation.

Thank you,

Jamie

Jamie Reese
Affordable Housing Policy & Data Analyst
Housing Opportunity Fund
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh