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Free Tickets for Northsiders: Day Room Window

Day Room Window

Day Room Window

October 19, 22 and 23

Northsiders, you are invited to the world premiere of a gripping, true story at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

Courage, Injustice & Hope

Nine girls are wrongfully sentenced to time in a woman’s prison. Based on real experiences from inside the juvenile justice system, Day Room Window takes us on a journey of courage, compassion, and ultimately, hope.

Listen to an interview with the playwright on WESA

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October 19   October 22   October 23

Christmas Tour Committee Meeting

Thursday evening, October 16 at 7:30 pm | 913 Brighton Road

Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the planning process, especially if:

  • you are a homeowner on tour or would like to be on tour (we still need 1 or 2 more homeowners to open their homes for the regular tour and brunch or lunch groups);
  • you are a homeowner who is hosting a brunch or lunch;
  • you are chairing a sub-committe: greeters, tour guides, street decorating, tickets, mailing, party, trains, etc;
  • you would like to volunteer for a task.

If you would like to help but cannot attend, please contact Carole Malakoff: (412) 321-3612

Letter from the President – October 2014

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

– Ernest Thayer, Casey at the Bat

If you’re like me, you are still getting over the drubbing that the Pirates took at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. The only solace I can offer is that at least it wasn’t the Atlanta Braves this time. That, and I suppose the Steelers may still eke out a good season. Well, maybe.

On to more pleasant matters, then. The AWCC Nominating Committee is about to put together a slate of officers for 2015. I encourage anyone who is interested in serving to call John DeSantis or me. We spent 2014 with one vacancy on the Executive Committee, and I don’t want that to happen again in 2015. Rest assured, if you decide to chair one of our committees, you will receive help from the other committee chairs. No one has to go it alone.

Even if an Executive Committee position is not right for you, you can still help by serving on one of our committees. You can help with Membership (event planning), Ways & Means (tours), Finance, Green Space, Property, and Housing & Planning. It’s an easy way to help make your home a better place.

Speaking of events, bowling is set to resume in January, but several of your neighbors are having regular pre-season bowling sessions on Wednesday nights at the Elks Lodge. Come on down and bowl, or just have a drink with your neighbors.

Lastly, before I sign off, the annual Victorian Christmas House Tour preparations are now in full swing. I know that the planners are looking for a few more houses for the tour, so please consider taking a turn this year. There are also plenty of other ways to help out, too. If you’d like to get involved (and I hope you will), please contact any of the Executive Committee members, including myself.

Have a great October, folks.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

AWCC Annual Meeting and Election: November 11

Submitted by John DeSantis

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Allegheny West Civic Council will be held on Tuesday November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the social hall of Calvary Church, entrance on Beech Avenue. In order to be eligible to vote or to hold office, individuals must be current Members of the AWCC, with dues paid as of the October 14 AWCC Membership meeting.

At the November 11 Annual Meeting, the election of Officers for the 2015 calendar year will be conducted.

The 2014 AWCC Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of candidates. In addition, nominations may be made from the floor at both the October and November General Membership Meetings. All nominees must be an AWCC Member in good standing, and must have
agreed to serve in the nominated office if elected.

President: Cathy Serventi
Vice President: John DeSantis
Treasurer: Bob Griewahn
Secretary: Tim Zinn
Sergeant at Arms: Gloria Rayman
Membership: Mary Callison
Housing & Planning: Jim Wallace
Property: Howard Brokenbek
Ways & Means: vacant
Friends of Allegheny West: Michael Shealey
Communications: Fran Barbush

Happy Halloween!

Sourced from the Department of Public Safety – City of Pittsburgh

For many, Halloween is a festive night celebrated by both children and adults. Halloween is also the night when the time honored tradition of trick-or-treating takes place.

This year the City of Pittsburgh’s official trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, October 31, 2014.

In addition to trick-or-treating, many community groups and churches throughout the City host Halloween parties, parades and other events as alternatives to trick-or-treating. To connect interested residents with neighborhood events, the Department of Public Safety’s SaferTogether initiative has created an easy, user-friendly way for community and church groups to register their Halloween festivities online.

For more information, or to request a free activity book, please contact Liz Style or John Tokarski:

(412) 255-8977

With your help, we can make Halloween a safe and enjoyable event for all residents of Pittsburgh.

Our Christmas Tour, 2014

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

My issue of the Victorian Homes Holiday issue arrived last week. Our Christmas Tour is listed on “The Spectator” page again this year. This means that potential visitors from all around the country will pick up the information about our tour. Last year we had visitors come from the tri-state area, New York, and as far away as California.

I titled this story Our Christmas Tour because the funds raised from this event benefit all of us who live and work in Allegheny West. The funds raised from this event go toward neighborhood beautification, remediation of problem properties, social events, etc. The Tour Committee is asking everyone to GET INVOLVED.

Of course, we will need help the weekend of the tour with house sitting, guiding tours, lighting luminaries, and decorating our streets. Right now we need homeowners to step forward and offer to open your homes for the tour. Many of us have done this over the years. Some have done it every year, for 32 years. We need some of you who have not participated before to do so. Please DO NOT sit back and think that it is not your responsibility or that “someone else will do it”. It is the responsibility of all of us to see that our neighborhood continues on an uphill mode.

So-o-o, if a member of the Tour Committee asks you to open your home this year, please say, “Yes this is the year that I can make a big contribution to my community”. Yes, it is stressful, but help is out there if you need it, and it is a great ego booster. Visitors always offer compliments on the work you’ve done.

Contact Carole Malakoff:

(412) 321-3612

The next meeting of the Tour Committee is on Thursday evening, October 16 at 7:30 pm at 913 Brighton Road. Everyone is invited to attend. Come and find out what you can do to help!

Back of the House: Menu Revealed

Back of the House Barbecue

The ordering is done, and the prep has begun for our big “Back of the House” barbecue, heatin’ up the North Side this Sunday, October 12 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.

The Menu

We have an all-star cast of chefs cooking under four big tents for our festive fall feast, and for the first time ever, we’re releasing their drool-worthy menu:

The BEEF Team

sponsored by DJ’s Butcher Block

NY Strip, cooked over wood, sliced and seasoned with chimichurri
Chef Anthony Falcon, Gaucho

Smoked Brisket
Chef Rick DeShantz, Meat & Potatoes and Butcher & the Rye

Beef Short Ribs
Chef Sam DiBattista, Vivo Kitchen

The VEG Team

sponsored by Paragon Foods

Farro with baby kale and white balsamic, Collard Greens
Chef Kate Romane, E2

Cole Slaw
Chef Rafael Vencio, Legume Bistro and Chef Leah Lizarondo, The Brazen Kitchen

Sweet Potato Fritters with Bacon Glaze
Chef Ryan Chavara, Whole Foods Pittsburgh


Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese
Chef Stephen Thompson, Bluebird Kitchen and Chef Jason Dalling, Habitat

Green Garbanzos with Salsa Verde
Chef Stephen Felder, Stagioni

Potato Salad
Chef Rafael Vencio, Legume Bistro and Chef Leah Lizarondo, The Brazen Kitchen

The PORK Team

sponsored by Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Pork Confit, Blue Cornbread, Cracklings, and Pickles
Chef Bill Fuller and Eli Wahl, big Burrito restaurant group

Pork Belly Pastor with Charred Pineapple and Togarashi
Chef Derek Burnell, Round Corner Cantina; Chef Roger Li, Tamari; Chef Domenic Branduzzi, Piccolo Forno

Porchetta Sandwich
Chef Domenic Branduzzi, Piccolo Forno

Handmade Chorizo
Chef Keith Fuller, Root 174

Barbecue Pulled Pork
Chef Kevin Hermann, The Porch at Schenley

Puerto Rican Spices and Sauces
Chef Jamilka Borges, Bar Marco


Jerk Chicken Thighs
Chef Brian Pekarick, Spoon, BRGR, Grit & Grace, Willow

Here’s How It Works

You head over to Showclix and snag a $35 ticket (kids = $12). On Sunday afternoon, come on down to YouthPlaces, at 711 West Commons on the North Side. We’ll give you 7 tickets to taste your way around the event. And not to worry, they’ll be more tickets available on site (in case you need seconds of the pulled pork or mac n’ cheese or any of the other deliciousness).

Bar Marco will also be on site, serving Wigle Whiskey cocktails, wines, and a handsome list of fall beers: Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Spacewalker and Eliot Ness, The Brooklyn Brewery‘s Pumpkin Ale, Deschutes Brewery‘s Mirror Pond and Magic Hat. All of the drinks are just $5 and can be purchased with drink tickets at the event.

And, Red Ribbon Soda will also be there, pouring! Root beer, anyone?

This event and participating chefs are helping to support YouthPlaces job training for the food service industry.

Get Your Tickets Today

Event Sponsors

PNC Bank
Paragon Foods

First National Bank
Allegheny Health Network

TABLE Magazine, WYEP-FM, Revive Marketing Group, Party Savvy, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, Natrona Bottling, Wigle Whiskey, Domino Foods, Inc., DJ’s Butcher Block, Mediterra Bakehouse

Now On Sale! Tickets for the 2014 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

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You’re Invited: The 33rd Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

After 32 years, our Christmas Tour continues to be the most popular in Western Pennsylvania. People from all over our area return year after year to start their holidays. It has become a holiday tradition for many. If want to reserve a particular tour time, make plans now.

Guided Tours Available

Friday, December 12, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Special Brunch, Lunch and Dinner tours also available. Get a group of friends together and order your tickets and order your tickets now. Brunch, Lunch and Dinner tours sell out quickly.

Purchase Online or – New This Year – By Phone

Learn More & Buy Tickets Online   Order By Phone: (888) 718-4253 

Letter from the President – September 2014

WHILE not a leaf seems faded; while the fields,
With ripening harvest prodigally fair,
In brightest sunshine bask; this nipping air,
Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields
His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields
Of bitter change, and bids the flowers beware;
And whispers to the silent birds, “Prepare
Against the threatening foe your trustiest shields.”
For me, who under kindlier laws belong
To Nature’s tuneful quire, this rustling dry
Through leaves yet green, and yon crystalline sky,
Announce a season potent to renew,
‘Mid frost and snow, the instinctive joys of song,
And nobler cares than listless summer knew.

– William Wordsworth, September 1815

After the muggy weather we had for the Labor Day Block Party on N. Lincoln Avenue, it’s hard to believe that
autumn is on its way. Still, the calendar tells me that it’s so. While we’ve had an unusual amount of cool weather this past summer, I’m still looking forward to the crisper days ahead.

I think everyone who attended the block party will agree that it was another excellent Allegheny West event. A tip of the cap goes to Tom Barbush – the Corn Master, and Scott Mosser – the grill master who tended the hot coals and turned out some truly excellent roasted ears of corn. I’d also like to thank everyone who provided side dishes or desserts. They were uniformly excellent, with the possible exception of the Keebler Cashew Sandies that I brought.

Thanks, too, go to all the folks who helped set up before the event, or cleaned up afterwards. I’d also like to express my appreciation to Cathy Serventi, who staffed the donations table for the food pantry, and to all those who donated. The biggest thanks, though, go to Tim Zinn, our Membership Chair, who has overseen these events for the past two years. He’s done a great job with Allegheny West parties and community events. Give him your thanks when you pass him on the street, and tell him that his beard looks good, too.

Please don’t forget the next membership meeting on Tuesday, September 9, at Calvary U.M. Church on Beech. There will be lots of exciting games and prizes. Well, maybe there won’t be games or prizes, but it will be an informative meeting nonetheless.

I’ll leave you now with one more September quote:

I love September, especially when we’re in it.

– Willie Stargell

I hope you have a great month.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

Recruiting Vacant Land Ambassadors NOW

Submitted by Lydia Yoder 

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) is on a search for ten Northsiders looking to make change in their neighborhood. From the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015, these individuals, called Ambassadors, will meet for classes and workshops to learn about Pittsburgh’s vacant land issue and think about recreating vacant lots in ways that benefit their communities.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2015, each Ambassador will make their ideas come to life. Participants will use what they’ve learned in the classroom to build their very own project on a vacant lot in their neighborhood. We’d love to have an Allegheny West resident as part of the cohort.

Please help spread the word or recommend any potential Ambassadors. Here is a link where more information about the program can be found along with the application:

Learn More and Apply