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Get Stuffed with Love

“Get Stuffed With Love” provides a free hot and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meal to people who really need them. On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers will deliver these much needed meals to those who apply.

Meal requests need to be made by November 17, 2014. Please spread the word and have neighbors call the Community Relations Officer in your Zone.  Names and numbers are listed on the attached flyer (note: ours is listed below).

If you want to volunteer to deliver these meals on Thanksgiving Day with police officers in your zone, send a private message to SaferTogether with your name and contact info, or call your zone officer.

Call Zone 1 Officer, Larry Crawford at (412) 323-7201 Download the “Get Stuff with Love” Flyer

Discounted Admission to the National Aviary

National Aviary Logo

Now through November 14th, Northside residents will receive $2.00 admission discounts and 10% off at the gift shop when they visit the National Aviary.  To receive this special deal you must bring the flier we’ve linked here with you when you visit.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to save while viewing beautiful birds, bats, blooms and more!

Download the Discount Flyer

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

Get Your Tickets

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!