806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Above & Beyond: Anecdote

Submitted by Ritsu Shimizu

Being already well established and reputed for his business and cultural contribution to the larger Pittsburgh community, Mr. John DeSantis may not be in need of any additional favorable recognition. I will, however, point out one more aspect of an improvement he has undertaken in Allegheny West since no one has expressed this point.

How many of you remember the old gas station at the corner of the Galveston and Western Avenue? Mr. Tom Fry, my deceased partner of 30 years, used to loathe that greasy business front – Tom even used a word, “an eye sore.”

John purchased this site and Lo and behold…the building was transformed as an office with a residential look, surrounded by a spacious flower garden. Recently a very impressive ornamental black iron fence was added on the top of the granite foundation. Whenever passing by this corner, my heart calls for him. “Look at this corner, Tom.”

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.

More snow angels: Bob K. was spotted shoveling walks on Beech Avenue.

Howard B., in his awesome, just-get-it-done way, managed to get all the bows & wreaths from the Christmas tours off the light poles despite the miserable weather.

More than one person asked us to thank Mary C. and Holly P. for all the research to get the flower basket program started. And then Holly & Trish for braving the bureaucracy to get it approved. Finally, a special shout out to, John D., Annette, & Trish for getting the ball rolling with their pledges at the meeting. A few seeds have truly flowered…

Neighborhood Cleanup

Submitted by Michael Shealey

Saturday, April 11th at 9:00 am

Please join your neighbors at the AWCC office at 806 Western Avenue for the first neighborhood cleanup of 2015.

If we have mulch, we will be mulching some of our neighborhood’s tree well. With or without mulch, we will be getting trash off our streets and alleys. Refreshments provided.

NSLC Scholarship Program

Know a high school student doing great community volunteer work? Pass this along to them!

Through their 2015 Scholarship Program, the Northside Leadership Conference will recognize and award high school seniors who volunteer their time to improve the Northside community. Any Northside resident in the 12th grade, who performs volunteer service in their community, and who will be attending a college or training program after high school, is eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.

Awardees will be selected by the NSLC Dinner Committee on June 11, which is made up of representatives of the neighborhoods and participating sponsors. The number of scholarships will be determined by sponsor commitments.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Animal Farm

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Animal Farm

Presented by Prime Stage Theatre
March 8 | 2PM

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

A limited number of free tickets for Northsiders are available online and are distributed first-come first-serve.

Two Legs Bad…

The chant rings out across the farm: “Two legs bad! Four legs good!”

Prime Stage Theatre brings the theatrical interpretation of George Orwell’s classic story to the New Hazlett stage. Animals overthrow their farmer masters, revolutionizing society. But is it for the better?

Animals, animals, everywhere!

Western PA Humane Society Special Event

Just in case the onstage critters of Animal Farm aren’t quite enough to satisfy your “animal instincts,” Prime Stage Theatre will be featuring several four-legged guests at our Sunday, March 8 matinee.

Creatures both human and canine will be visiting from the Western PA Humane Society from 1:30-2:30 pm, with information on the organization, pet adoption, and more. Who knows? You may just increase your critter population at home after meeting one of the adoptable dogs on site.

Get Your Tickets

 March 8

Western Avenue Flower Baskets for 2015

We’re delighted to announce that beginning this spring and summer we will be adding hanging flower baskets to Western Avenue!

Thank You: Charter Sponsors

  • Gary Otto in Honor of Donna Otto (1 basket)
  • Annette Trunzo (1 basket)
  • The Burton Family (1 basket)
  • Anonymous neighbor & business owner (1 basket)
  • Allegheny West Civic Council (4 baskets)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) will provide the baskets, flowers, installation, watering and maintenance, “take-down” and storage of the baskets. We currently have 15 baskets sponsored, but with 32 poles, there is 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. The deadline to sponsor a basket for 2015 is February 28, 2015.

In 2015, the WPC is providing a discounted rate of $325/basket for the initial year, which includes purchase of the basket. Future years will be assessed at a $275/basket rate for planting and maintenance. Sponsoring a basket this year doesn’t require a commitment to continue to sponsor in the following years.

Sponsors of a full basket will be recognized with a sign on the basket. Contributors of smaller amounts—to be combined for full baskets or for future years’ maintenance – will be recognized on the AWCC website and in our newsletter.

Sponsor or Donate Today

We can accept payment for a basket online or by sending a check made out to AWCC to 806 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please include a note with the wording for the acknowledgement sign.

We will be in touch shortly to confirm your donation. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at or give Trish a call at (412) 523-9402.

Free Tickets for Northsiders: The Crumbling

The Crumbling

February 20-21 | 8PM

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

Free tickets for Northsiders are still available but going fast. Claim them by visiting the links below. Northsider tickets are only available online and are distributed first-come first-serve.

A Live, Stop-Motion Opera…

The Crumbling tells a surreal tale with stop-action animation and live music.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“Unique video opera to premiere this weekend at New Hazlett Theater.” – Northside Chronicle

The Crumbling is a twenty-one-minute stop-motion video opera by fellow Northsider Alexis Gideon. Set in a dream-like mythic town, the story follows the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The video is projected alongside Gideon’s live musical performance of the piece. Following the performance there will be an exhibition of original artwork in the lobby.

Get Your Tickets

 February 20  February 21

Workshop: Re-imagining Kitchens in Old and Historic Houses

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am ‑ 11:30 am

Remodeling a kitchen can be a challenging and costly endeavor. Renovating a kitchen in an older house can come with even more obstacles and uncertainty. Making sure the design plans are right is critical. This workshop will touch on a variety of kitchen design topics, including assessing needs and function in a modern-era kitchen, tips for embracing troublesome openings and obstacles, and choosing a style that is timeless for older and newer houses. We will also discuss planning for adequate lighting, differences in cabinet styles and finishes, typical space allowances, making the space adaptable for multiple users and abilities, budgeting, and more.

About the presenter: Julie Graf has 15 years experience as a Certified Kitchen Designer and is the owner of One of a Kind Design. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and an adjunct Interior Design faculty member at Chatham University.

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

PNC Bank to Host Information Session

Recruiter’s from PNC Bank’s Retail Branches, Call Center, and Operations will be hosting an information session to discuss part-time and full-time positions at branch locations. Recruiters will cover customer contact oriented positions they are seeking to fill. The session will also cover other topics about the selection process for opportunities with PNC. The following information is for the session:

Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 am

Bloomfield Garfield Community Activity Center
113 N. Pacific Avenue

To register please call 412-362-8580.  For more information, please click here.

Rescheduled: Lake Elizabeth Cleanup

Lake Elizabeth

We have rescheduled the Lake Elizabeth clean up!

Who: Neighbors of Allegheny Commons
What: Removal of leaves and debris from Lake Elizabeth
Where: Meet at Soldiers Monument
When: Monday, February 16th at 3:30 pm
Why: Removing the excess debris will allow DPW to refill the lake with water
How: DPW will be providing trash bags, rakes and gloves to assist in the clean up. Please come dressed for the cold weather! Some tools will be available but feel free to bring along anything that might be helpful!

light snacks and refreshments will be available