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Northside Leadership Conference to Host Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras 2015 Flyer

NSLC is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at the Allegheny Elks Lodge on Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Tickets are $8 at door and sales benefit the Deutschtown Music Festival.

Dixie Doc and the Dixieland All Stars will be playing Dixieland Jazz starting at 8:00 pm. Legends of the North Shore and James St Gastropub will be selling po’boys and gumbo! Louisiana’s Abita Beer will be on tap at the bar. Northside’s own Jack “Johnny Angel” Hunt will be our first annual Mardi Gras King – he’ll join the band for a few numbers and he’ll have New Orleans music memorabilia from his collectibles store Ginchy Stuff. We’ll have King Cake, beads and a helluva good time!

Just like the French Quarter in New Orleans, we are North of a river! Hope you can join us for Mardi Gras!

Lecture: A New Deal for Old Key West: A Case Study of Preservation and Populism

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:00 pm ‑ 8:00 pm

Come hear the story of how the preservation of history and architecture played a fundamental role in the economic revitalization of Key West, Florida, during the years of the Great Depression. This case study of how Key West engendered a new dimension in historic preservation practice, and cultivated an awareness of local history, holds lessons for all of us in historic preservation.

About the presenter: Dr. Matthew Hyland is an assistant professor of History at Duquesne University. His areas of specialization include historic preservation studies, public history, and American architecture. At Duquesne, he teaches courses in all of these fields and enjoys the public outreach he and his students do through service learning.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Membership Plans and Dates

Submitted by Mary Callison 

Activities for the month of February are:

Bowling every Wednesday night 7:00 pm at the Elks on Cedar Avenue. Everyone is welcome, the price is only $2:50 per game and this includes ball and shoes. Don’t worry about fitting in, very few are really good bowlers. An added bonus is you can go downstairs after we finish around 9:30 and listen to the Banjo Club.

On February 17th we will have a neighborhood Pancake Dinner at Calvary Methodist Church from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This is a family event. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5 years with no reservation needed.

February 20th will be the monthly Mixer. The gathering will be at the Modern Café beginning at 6PM.

On Saturday morning, February 28th at 10:00 am, I would like to have a membership committee meeting at my house 942 W North Avenue. Items to discuss will be plans for the 3 summer Block Parties and any other ideas anyone may have for neighborhood events. Call or email me and let me know if you can come or would like a different time. If meetings do not work for you and you want to volunteer for any of these events call or email me. Phone (413) 321-5951 or email

Believe It or Not, It’s Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser!

Submitted by Trish Burton 

Winter is unfortunately still with us, but it’s now time to start planning for the AWCC summer 2015 fundraiser, A Tour & Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny, to take place this year on Friday evening, June 5 and Saturday evening, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It’s a house and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an evening of entertainment. 

This year our tour will be highlighting France and featuring both red and white regional French wines, hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines and cheese tastings and desserts at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. We have invited a wine specialist to educate guests, guides and homeowners about wine tasting.

We may still need a home for the tour, so If you would like to offer to open your home or garden for the tour, please contact us as soon as possible. We also will need many volunteers to:

  • Be tour guides
  • Help homeowners to serve, pour and clean up
  • Help run the tour that weekend (take tickets, direct visitors, etc.)
  • Be on our committee (and while we promise to limit the number of meetings, remember that we always “taste” wine at those meetings!)

First meeting will be Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Burton’s, 926 Beech Avenue. Join us! 

If you can help with any of these, or if you can provide any stories about French influences in our neighborhood, please contact us at , or call either Trish Burton at (412) 523-9402 or Deb Kelly at (724) 316-7213.

Please help us to get the word out to friends and co-workers about our event. Tickets can soon be purchased on our website, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Spring is Renovation Time – Your LRC is Here to Help

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

Allegheny West homeowners and businesspeople: Are you contemplating exterior renovations to your property this Spring? If so, you may want to contact your Local Historic Review Committee. We are a group of residents and property owners convened by the City Historic Review Commission to review exterior renovation projects, to help property owners manage the building permit process, and to provide our recommendations to you, as the property owner, and the City Historic Review Commission.

Because Allegheny West is a City Historic District, all exterior work that is visible from a right-of-way, a street or alley, needs a Certificate of Appropriateness, and, depending on the type of project, possibly a building permit. Once you have a concept, idea, or plan, check the Allegheny West Historic Guidelines. These guidelines are posted on-line on the City HRC site. If your project fits the guidelines or is fairly simple and straightforward, such as painting, you may be able to get approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness “over the counter” at 200 Ross Street, Downtown. The person you will need to contact for this is Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Preservation Planner, (412) 255-2243 or

However, if you are planning a more significant project, such as replacement of windows or doors, installation of a fence, porch, or addition, you will need to have a hearing before the Historic Review Commission. In the second instance, please contact us, your local committee. We will review your plans, make recommendations, and help you get through the process. To be put on the LRC’s agenda, contact Carole Malakoff,

Warning – Do not proceed with work without a building permit or a CofA! Property owners who have done so in the past have been cited by Building Inspection. Time and money had to be expended to resolve the situations, and projects were delayed.

If you have specific questions, be sure to attend February’s AWCC meeting. Sarah Quinn, the City Historic Planner will be there to talk about the process, guidelines, and answer your specific questions.

Letter from the President – February 2015

So I have this idea….actually I have a lot of them, all of which came from talking to other folks about ideas they are excited about for the neighborhood. Thanks to everyone who responded to my last President’s message as well (although now I’m slightly intimidated that people are actually reading these.)

Here’s a few things folks were interested in:

  1. Parking (but I think I’m going to have to start with something easier, like world peace, but I promise we’ll get back to that.)
  2. Helping new folks feel welcome, and making it easy for them to get involved with the neighborhood.
  3. Projects to make the neighborhood even more gorgeous, like spiffing up the alleys and helping everyone maintaining their tree wells.

As you can tell from the breadth of our membership meeting agendas, folks have already hard at work on some of these projects. Just one example, some of our neighbors on Tuesday will be presenting a proposal for hanging flower baskets on Western that they’re hoping for neighborhood support for, so please come and express your opinion (in a friendly, good humored way, of course.)

Another idea we will be discussing, is an application for some funding to purchase mulch and potentially even flowers and fencing and having an “Allegheny West Tree Well Day” as one of monthly clean up events sponsored by the Friends of Allegheny. From my perspective there’s an incredible wealth of gardening knowledge in our neighborhood that I’d like to take advantage of. I’d be more than happy to wheel a barrow full of mulch up the street for a neighbor, especially one who is new in town and hasn’t had a chance to figure out where to even get mulch. And, of course, there will be a potluck. As a bonus, I swear I will stop showing up to social events with paperwork for people to fill out after I file for the grant.

Some of those same gardeners have suggested that the April clean up would be the ideal month, and we’ll hear about the results of the grant application in late February so we’ll have lots of time to plan a blow out of a clean up.  By the way, these Buhl Fundation funds are open to anyone on the Northside, so if you have another idea you think could benefit from $1000 I’m happy to help you out with the application (but you have to take the petitions to the mixer.)

Hope to see everyone at the Membership meeting next Tuesday, with more ideas they’d like help making happen.

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

P.S. Carol R., I have ordered the tiara, you have to come to the meeting now.

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – February 4, 2015

7:30 – Guest Speakers

  • Sarah Quinn:  City Historic Review Board
  • Erin Tobin:  Allegheny Commons Initiative

8:00 – Minutes: Review of Motions from last meeting

8:05 – Treasurer’s Report

  • Funding request for a 2 year financial review

8:10 – Housing & Planning

    • February H & P meeting canceled
    • Agent for 928-930 Western
    • Sale of vacant lot on Western
      • Retaining Real Estate Counsel for Vacant Lots & 928-930 Western
      • Adjustment of terms of sales agreement from the last meeting

8:30 – Friends: Grant for Tree Well

8:35 – Green Space: Funding request for Hanging Baskets for Western

8:40 – Bylaws: Timeline

8:45 – Ways & Means: Wine Tour

  • Dates: June 5 & 6
  • Planning meeting:  Feb. 19,  Location: TBA

8:50 – Property

    • Contract for Snow removal
    • Funds for meeting insurance requirements on 928/930 Western

8:55 – NSLC

    • Ohio Street Bridge Update
    • AGH Sign Update
    • Symphony in the West Commons

9:00 – Pancake Supper / Shrove: Tuesday, 2/17

9:05 – New Business

9:05 – Q&A w/ Committee Chairs

Special Guests for February Membership Meeting

One of the ideas that folks for making the AWCC Membership meeting more interesting is to have more outside speakers. Since your wish is my command (except for Parking, because I’m not actually a magic genie), we have two special guests on Tuesday.

Sarah Quinn, from the City of Pittsburgh’s, Office of Historic Preservation will be visiting to answer all your questions about the Historic Review process. With the spring construction season fast approaching, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on everything

Erin Tobin from the Allegheny Commons Initiative will also be visiting.  Great timing for us, so we can follow up on the discussion we started at the last meeting about the fate of the West Ohio Street Bridge.

If you have ideas for future speakers, please send them my way, at or (412) 418-2027.


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

Trish and Carol S. were spotted shoveling a neighbors sidewalk.

Michael must have done something really excellent in a former life, or last month, since his karma quotient was exceptional this month: he’d like to thank Eleanor for the gorgeous curtains and her sister Marcella for the help hanging them; he also appreciated the trip to Brenkle’s she and Deb organized to fill the donated concrete planters. Finally, as an awesome preview of the AW Tree Well Day, he was extremely touched by all the neighborly assistance for his spontaneous mum planting project.

Finally Carol R and John very much appreciated the kindness of the ladies from Motive, the new salon on Galveston.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: WaywardLand



Part of the CSA Performance Series
February 12 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to WaywardLand at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

A Different Kind of Circus Performance

When contemporary circus meets dance, anything is possible. Dropped into a sweeping landscape performers ignite the world around them. In this new collaboration between Jil Stifel and Ben Sota, moments of quirkiness melt into shifting perceptions and reveal hidden beauty.

Get Your Tickets

 February 12