806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Introducing the 2015 AWCC Board

Please join using welcoming our 2015 Board members. We are forming committees for 2015 now.


President: Catherine Serventi –, (412) 418-2027

Treasurer: Bob Griewahn –
Please leave reimbursement requests in the office at 806 Western Avenue

Corresponding Secretary: Tim Zinn –

Membership: Mary Callison –
Please contact Mary if you have a great idea for an event for the neighborhood or would like to help plan social events.

Property: Howard Brokenbek –
Contact Howard if you notice any issues with AWCC properties such as the Stables on North Ave. 928-930 Western Avenue or the office at 806 Western Avenue

Friends of Allegheny West: Michael Shealey –
Michael manages the neighborhood clean-ups, works with the City on 311 calls and is a good contact if you’re interested in volunteering for the neighborhood green spaces


Vice President: John Desantis –
John is also representing us at the Northside Leadership Conference

Housing & Planning: James Wallace –
Contact Jim for issues such  parking, historic preservation & development

Secretary: Fran Barbush –
If you have articles for the Gazette, please send them to Fran

Sergeant-at-Arms: Gloria Rayman –
Gloria brings all the awesome snacks for the meetings


Ways and Means
If you have fundraising or event planning skills please contact Cathy Serventi if you’re interested in hearing more about this  important position

Guest Speaker at the January 13 Membership Meeting: PennEnvironment

Stephen Riccardi is the Western PA Field Associate for the PennEnvironment and has asked to speak at the the AWCC membership meeting on Tuesday, January 13. From PennEnvironment:

PennEnvironment ( is a statewide, citizen-based environmental organization that is working on a campaign to clean up our air quality here in Allegheny County and is engaging the area’s community organizations  to help us win this fight for cleaner, healthier air.  Air pollution is a longtime problem for Western PA.  The American Lung Association has given our air an F rating and ranked us as the 6th worst metro area in the country. This is putting our health at serious risk. For the 24,000 children and 100,000 adults in Allegheny County suffering from asthma, air pollution makes it risky to even go outside some days. Even for those without respiratory problems, Allegheny County is in the top 2% of US counties for cancer risk from pollution.  It may come as little surprise that much of the pollution in this area is emitted by dirty industrial facilities. One plant, the Shenango Coke Works, recently violated clean air standards 330 out of 432 days. But the agency responsible for regulating the facilities, the Allegheny County Health Department, is not doing enough to protect our health from these big polluters.

Come hear about the work PennEnvironment has been doing to engage with the Allegheny County Health Department to lookout for our most vulnerable citizens and our health.  

Christmas Tour Wrap Up

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

After 33 years, our event continues to be the start of the Holiday Season for people all over the Pittsburgh area. This year we hosted over 1700 visitors on the regular, brunch, lunch, dinner and train tours. For more details, please attend the January Civic Council meeting on Tuesday, January 13.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked diligently to make this happen. If you have comments/suggestions for next year’s tour, please send them to

Mark Your Calendars: Neighborhood Mixer

Allegheny West Neighborhood Mixer

Friday, December 19 @ 6:00 PM

Join your friends and neighbors as we support our local businesses!  We’ll be at Modern Cafe, 602 Western Avenue.  Stop by and join in some holiday season merriment!

Reminder: Street Sweeping and Closures

Street Sweeping Friday Morning

The City street sweeper will be around Friday morning. Please move cars so he can do his job.

Street Closings on Friday and Saturday

We will have over 1600 visitors in Allegheny West for The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. Our visitors will be walking the streets and alleys of our neighborhood. For the safety of everyone, the following streets will be closed to traffic and parking from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday, 12/12, and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday, 12/13:

  • Beech Avenue, from Allegheny to Brighton Road
  • North Lincoln Avenue, from Galveston to Brighton Road
  • Galveston Avenue, from Buttercup Way to Dounton Way
  • Rope Way, from Buttercup Way to Chapel Way

Off-street parking will be available in The Babb Co. lot on the corner of Galveston and North Lincoln Avenue (enter from Chapel Way), the CCAC lot on Ridge Avenue (across from the ramp to the Fort Duquesne Bridge), and the Smart Solutions lot (on the north side of the 800 block of West North Avenue)

Your cooperation is appreciated. Please move your car off the street during this event.

Letter from the President – December 2014

 Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. 

– William Wordsworth

This is my final President’s Message to you, as my term ends this month. The Allegheny West Civic Council has accomplished a great deal in the last two years, largely due to the folks who sit on its executive committee. Among other things, we’ve completed the sale of the McIntosh Row properties, fought a few battles in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, helped beautify the neighborhood, and provided several social activities for our members. I want to thank everyone who has lent a hand during the past two years, from those who volunteer on the house tours to those who bring potluck dishes to the summer block parties. But, my special thanks go to the people who have stepped up to the plate and helped out on AWCC committee work. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

I now leave you in the very capable hands of Cathy Serventi. Cathy has already done a great deal for the Civic Council, from her hard work modernizing the production of both the Christmas and summer house tours, to serving as AWCC treasurer for the past two years. She brings intelligence, humor, energy, and a fresh perspective to the position, and the neighborhood will be all the better for it. Good luck, Cathy!

I’ll see you all around the neighborhood. Have a great holiday season, everyone.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

An Old Allegheny Christmas

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The 33rd Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour will be held on Friday, December 12 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Tickets are selling very quickly. Dinner, Brunch and Lunch Tour tickets are sold out. Regular Tour tickets are still available after 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to purchase theirs today!

The Tours

As always, the tour will feature 6 homes on the regular tour, plus 4 homeowners hosting Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.

Homes open for the regular tour are:

  • 950 Beech Avenue – Carrie Doyle
  • 926 Beech Avenue – Trish and John Burton and family (This home will be decorated with the help of The Urban Gardener, our North Side garden center.)
  • 834 Beech Avenue – Jessica and Bill Murphy
  • 913 Brighton Road – Carole and Bob Malakoff
  • 849 North Lincoln Avenue – Hal Dixler and Nick Duerlinger
  • 719 Brighton Road – John DeSantis (Also, the Toy Train Museum will be open here. Tickets to view it may be purchased on-line in advance or at the door for $12.)

Hosts for the Dinner, Brunch, and Lunch tours are:

  • 929 Beech Avenue – Linda and Joe Iannotta (Linda will be preparing all of the food for the brunches, lunch and dinner.)
  • 844 North Lincoln Avenue – Cecile and Carl Canales
  • 1021 Galveston Avenue – Debra and John Lantz
  • 913 Beech Avenue – Shirley Mehring and Howard Brokenbek

These homeowners need your help. Offer them a helping hand to decorate, welcome guests, or serve food.

Toy Train Museum

Something new this year at The Toy Train Museum at Holmes Hall … available for sale, the newly released book, Greenberg’s Guide to Lionel Standard & 2-7/8 Gauges, 1901-1940. This is a 432 page edition with 1,364 illustrations, many of them from the John DeSantis collection. The perfect holiday gift for the toy train enthusiast.

Signed copies are $100.

Committee members and homeowners have been working since September to put this event together. Now there are several things you can do:

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour guides are still needed – contact Doug Sprague,
Housesitters are also needed – contact Carole Malakoff,


Fill a trash bag with leaves and other “stuff“ from your curb and street. Sweep leaves out to the street. City street sweepers will be around the neighborhood on Wednesday and Thursday before the tour. Please move cars from the street so they can do their job.

Street Closings

Beech Avenue (both blocks), Galveston (from Dounton Way to Buttercup Way), the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Rope Way (from Buttercup Way to North Lincoln Avenue) and the 800 block of Buttercup Way will be closed to traffic from 4:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday.

Off-street parking is available at:

  • the CCAC lot on Ridge Avenue, just across from the Fort Duquesne on-ramp
  • the Babb Inc. lot on the corner of North Lincoln and Galveston Avenues
  • the Smart Solutions lot on the north side of the 800 block of West North Avenue

Volunteer Party

All volunteers are invited to help celebrate another successful tour in Allegheny West, on Saturday evening, December 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 pm at the Smart Solutions facilities on the 800 block of West North Avenue. Our tours have been so successful over the years because of the effort and spirit that you, the volunteers, have put forth. Let’s do it again this year!

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Translations



Part of the CSA Performance Series
December 12 | 8PM

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

From Bridges and Parks to the Stage

A one-hour performance in six acts that translates performances from Pittsburgh Performance Actions for the stage at the New Hazlett Theater, as part of their 2014-2015 CSA Performance Series.

The cast includes: Mimi Jong as The Musician; Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction; Joanna Reed as The Slow Activist; Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing; Christina Lee as The Artist; Tessa Barber as The Singer; Oreen Cohen as Witness #1; Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2; Scott Andrew as The Unreliable Narrator and Translator; Ji young Nam as The Last One Standing; Kylan Bjornson as The Child; Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weather.

Get Your Tickets

 December 12

From the Archive: Manchester Bridge

Manchester Bridge

Manchester Bridge (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)

Got Photos?

If you have photos from old Allegheny West, please send them our way so we can post them to the Archive. Just shoot them to us in an email! 

Thanks to James Wallace for providing us this photo!

From the Archive: YMCA


YMCA (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)

Got Photos?

If you have photos from old Allegheny West, please send them our way so we can post them to the Archive. Just shoot them to us in an email! 

Thanks to James Wallace for providing us this photo!