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New Northside Grant Opportunities

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants

How would you use $1,000 to benefit your Northside neighborhood?

One Northside LogoThe Sprout Fund is offering Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants to support new projects, events, and activities that engage Northside residents in the civic life of their community.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to provide immediate support.

Applications will be accepted on the first Friday of each month beginning Friday, February 6th!

Questions? Call Sprout at 412-863-2907!

Learn more and apply at

Attend an Upcoming Info Session

Friday, January 16
9:00am – 10:00am

Studio Capezzuti
1509 Termon Ave (Brighton Heights)

Tuesday, January 20
11:00am – 1:00pm 

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan St (Chateau)

Thursday, January 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
1055 Spring Garden Ave (Spring Garden)

RSVP by sending your name and neighborhood to

Additional Info Sessions will be added. Check for updates!

Workshop: Maintenance is Preservation

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Maintaining an old or historic house can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if it has been put off for a while. Come learn how to determine urgent needs and what can wait, when to hire a contractor, and when to Do-it-Yourself.  Learn how to create a maintenance schedule to keep your property on track and reduce maintenance costs.

About the presenter: Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!  Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

Pothole Blitz Scheduled for Friday & Saturday: Contact 311

Residents are encouraged to submit pothole repair requests to the City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Center. The two-day Pothole Blitz (on Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th) efforts will be based on 311 submissions.

There are four ways to submit requests to 311:

  • Call between 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. In the City of Pittsburgh, dial 3-1-1. Outside of Pittsburgh, call (412) 255-2621. Your request will be taken by a live operator.
  • Submit a voice or text message by dialing or texting (412) 573-9736.
  • Twitter: send a tweet to @Pgh311.
  • Use the online form on the city website:

Daylight crews from the Department of Public Works will work to fill and patch roads damaged by winter weather. In the instance of inclement weather, work schedules may fluctuate.

Preservation Lecture: National Register and Local Historic District Designations

Thursday, January 15, 2015
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Have you ever wondered about what it would take to get your house or commercial building listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Do you know the requirements and implications of a City-designated Historic Landmark? Are you a member of a community group that is interested in designating your neighborhood as an historic district? And what’s with the Historic Landmark Plaque you see on so many buildings, bridges, and landmarks?

Fulton Elementary School, Building Pride Building Character Tour

If you have ever wondered about any of these questions and have an interest in learning more about historic these designations and their implications, from the federal to state, and local levels, then then join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for a comprehensive lecture on National Register and Local Historic Designations.

This lecture will include presentations by experts who will discuss what these designations mean, the advantages and distinctions of each, and the process of nominating buildings and neighborhoods for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or City of Pittsburgh- designation of historic buildings and districts.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015, 7:30pm, Calvary Church (at 971 Beech Avenue)

7:30 Guest – Stephen Riccardi

PennEnvironment speaking about air quality in Western PA.

7:45 Approval of the Minutes from Nov

7:50 Treasurer’s Report

7:55 Thank yous to transitioning 2014 Board members

  • Membership: Tim Zinn
  • Property:  Mary Callison
  • Friends:  Howard Zinn
  • Recording Secretary:  Michael Shealy
  • President: Bob Griewahn

8:05 Nomination of Ways & Means Chair

8:10 Introduction of New Board Members

  • President,   Catherine Serventi
  • Vice President, John DeSantis
  • Treasurer, Bob Griewahn
  • Sergeant at Arms,  Gloria Rayman
  • Recording Secretary, Timothy Zinn
  • Communications  Secretary,  Fran Barbush
  • Membership Chair, Mary Callison
  • Property, Howard Brokenbek
  • Housing & Planning, James Wallace
  • Friends of Allegheny West,  Michael Shealey
  • Ways & Means, TBD

8:15 Committee Announcements / Requests to the Membership

  • [Membership] 2014 Annual Memberships are now expired – forms available here or renew online.
  • [Membership} Upcoming Membership Events – Mary Callison
  • [Ways & Means] Christmas Tour Report / Calvary Church Donation – Carole Malakoff
  • [Property] Loan to AWDC to support the Stables and 928-930 Western

8:30 Northside Leadership Conference

  • Confirmation of 2015 representatives
    • John DeSantis
    • Bob Griewahn (alternate)
  • Education & Public Safety representatives from AWCC

8:35 Tabled Business

8:40 New Business

8:45 Q&A w/ Committee Chair

Please send a note to if you have additional agenda items to add.

Letter from the President – January 2015

I have to admit, I’ve been really nervous about my first President’s message (which is why this is so late, sorry Fran!). I have some big shoes to fill. Bob Griewahn has done an inspiring job as President the last couple of years, so I hope folks understand while I get up to speed. The rest of the Board, as you might expect since they’re Allegheny West neighbors, has also been wonderfully supportive and generous with their time – patiently bringing me up to speed on where we are on all our ongoing projects.

As one those people who make’s New Year’s resolutions (and even keeps some of them!), I’ve been talking to lots of folks in the neighborhood about what our resolutions for the neighborhood should be. But I’ve only just started figuring out what would get folks get really excited. Based on the conversations so far, here are some of the the things we’re working on for this year.

  • Encourage more folks to come to the meetings and take a leadership role for neighborhood activities. One idea was to have more external speakers come to the meeting, and so have folks lined up for the meeting in January (PennEnvironment) and February (Sarah Quinn from the City Historic Preservation Office). Please share any ideas for speakers or even just what might make you want to come to the meeting.
  • Put the finishing touches on Western Avenue and identify what our next big project is. The Buhl Foundation has made a huge financial commitment to the North Side, on the order of $40 million dollars over the next 4-6 years. I want to be sure we participate.   What are the things in the neighborhood that you think that Civic Council could have the most impact on that would personally make your life better?
  • Modernize our bylaws, so that folks with good ideas see the Civic Council as a place to get support to put great ideas into action. Good bylaws should make it clear how how we can work together to make things happen and not stand in the way. Gloria, Bob, and Jim have been working through them, and we hope to have a draft available to comment on by the March membership meeting. If you have specific concerns that you want to be sure are addressed don’t hesitate to ask me. (That was my best attempt at making bylaws exciting.)

We’re still looking for feedback about how we should be spending our time and resources to improve the quality life in the neighborhood.  Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list, there are ton of other things on the Council’s plate as well. If there’s something not mentioned here that you think should be a top priority please let me know.

I have a confession – I’m a bit of an introvert. At the same time I know it’s really important for me to get to know folks in the neighborhood.   I’m going to work on coming out from behind my computer screen and starting conversations with folks, but it would help me if the extroverts among us could help me get to know folks as well.

Here’s how to get a hold of me if you have any ideas that you would like the Civic Council to support  or are not sure who to contact on the Board with a specific question. It’s easiest to get a hold of me by email (seriously, introvert): If you prefer the phone, you’re more likely to catch me in the evenings between 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm or on weekends: 412-418-2027. I’m in meetings a lot during work so I often can’t answer the phone during the day. I’m both excited and nervous about this year – let’s have some fun!

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

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 we’ll make sure they’re recognized in the Gazette.

Nonie organized and Elaine & Mitchell provided the space an impromptu New Year’s Eve party and invited the entire neighborhood.  Elaine & Mitchell’s son even provided our own ride service!

Since the neighborhood has purchase of 928-930 Western, Tim has been tirelessly showing the property to prospective buyers and insurance inspectors alike. Howard has also put a ton of time and effort into stabilizing the property.

Finally an extra special thank you to Carole and all the amazing volunteers who helped make the Christmas tour such a great success this year.

2015 Membership Plans

Submitted by Mary Callison

The holidays are over and 2015 is here. As a result of the 2014 elections I became membership chair.  Tim Zinn did such a wonderful job as membership chair the last two years it will be a difficult act follow. I discovered after reading the Council by-laws the plan was for each chairperson to form a committee to accomplish the work for that area.  Membership is responsible for planning Block Parties, neighborhood social events and activities. Over the last few years we have bowled, played bocce and gathered at neighborhood sites for a Mixer. I have a couple of additional ideas and hopefully some of you have ideas of things we can do to have even more fun. If you would like to help with this process and be part of the membership committee; call me 412-321-5951 or email me I plan to schedule a membership committee meeting  by the first of February. Do not be scared, we will not meet on regular basis, once we have plans for the year most things will be done by phone or email.