“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
– Sam Keen
The next stop on my 2014 Laziness of the World Tour is in the Allegheny West Independence Day Block Party. It’ll be held this Friday, July 4. Tim Zinn, AWCC’s redoubtable Membership Chair, has a rib cook-off planned for this year’s party. Pittsburgh is known for rib cook-offs and, though we won’t be featuring musical performances by washed-up rock bands of the of the Seventies, we’ll still have a great time. If you’re a master rib chef, contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. If, like me, you’re more of a rib critic, be sure to come to the party and opine. As always, Allegheny West Civic Council provides the meat and the beverages, but we’d like you to bring a side dish or dessert to share with your neighbors.
Before I sign off, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Wine Tasting and House & Garden Tour last month. We had a great turnout, and I heard nothing but compliments from the tour-goers in my groups. Special thanks go to Trish “Trixie” Burton and Deb “Deb” Kelly for organizing the event. The did a great job of pulling things together.
Well, that’s all for now. See you at the block party. I’ll be the one with rib sauce all over my face. And shirt.
YPA is pleased to host John Canning at our second Speaker Series event. John is a lifetime resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside and member of the Allegheny City Society. John will discuss Northside historic preservation opportunities and the importance of protecting not only physical structures, but also the cultural fabric of a community.
The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 9th from 6:00-7:30 pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street
Submitted by Debra Kelly
Trish and I would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to making our wine tasting and tour in June such a huge success! This year, we sold out very early as more people are learning about our annual fundraising event and quite a few are now coming back year after year.
The weather could not have been any better to stroll through some of Allegheny West’s lovely “secret” gardens and beautiful homes. Although some of our guests have been on our tour multiple times, for others it was their first glimpse at the wonderful neighborhood we all get to share on a day to day basis. We served as hosts to 180 guests during the tours, who were divided into groups of 15 and who were led through our neighborhood by experienced guides who shared the history of Allegheny West. This year, our theme was “A Taste of Italy” where guests were served 7 different regional Italian wines and had hors d’oeuvres paired to complement their wines. In addition, they also experienced balsamic vinegar and olive oil tastings and sampled Italian cheeses and loves throughout the evening. Our guides pointed out Italianate style homes as they walked through our streets and taught our guests how to identify that style of home. We also had a Wine Specialist to speak about wine tasting and our wines of the evening and an expert in Italian gardening at several of the houses.
Our guests had very positive things to say about our neighborhood and the tour and expressed gratitude for being able to spend their evening with us. We would also like to thank all the homeowners who spent countless hours preparing their homes and gardens for the tour; volunteers who served as greeters; neighbors who helped make sure everything was spic and span on our streets; to all the people who prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts and for those who served them and poured the wine; for preparation of the brochures and ticketing for our guests and to all the guides who told the tale of Old Allegheny while leading our guests throughout the neighborhood.
This fundraiser, along with our Christmas tour, allows us to take on projects in the neighborhood which help to make Allegheny West increasingly beautiful from year to year. Without the help from so many people, these events would never happen.
For those of you who have not been actively involved in our fundraising events or have not considered having your home on tour for either of our fundraisers, please consider doing so! We may not think our homes are ready to be on a tour, bas as one of our guests said “it is like walking into Downton Abbey” and your perception of your home will change when you see the awestruck look as some of our guests walk through your home. Please let us know if you would like to have your home on the Christmas tour or to help in some other capacity, so that our fundraising events can continue!
- Bocce games continue on Thursdays at 6:30 pm, corner of Western Avenue and Rope Way.
- Erin Tobin is scheduled to update neighbors about the progress for the NE Commons Fountain Project at the July 8th membership meeting.
- Street sweeping Summer dates:
- July: Tuesday the 8th and Monday the 14th
- August: Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th
Please note: there will be no general membership meeting in the month of August.
July 8, 2014, 7:30 pm, Calvary Church
I. Guest Presentation – Jim Pashek on Fountain in NE Commons
II. Officer Reports
- Secretary (Michael Shealey) – Minutes of Prior Meeting
- Treasurer (Cathy Serventi) – Financial Report
III. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
- Housing & Planning (Jim Wallace)
- North Avenue – Stables Building
- Western Avenue Project
- Brighton Lots
- Zoning appeal re parking lots
- Light of Life Relocation/Expansion
- 928-930 Western Avenue – Wylie Holdings LP
- Membership (Tim Zinn)
- Property (Mary Callison)
- Ways & Means (Pretty Vacant)
- Friends of Allegheny West (Howard Brokenbek)
- Communications (Fran Barbush)
IV. AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS
- Green Space
- Trees and Sidewalks (Martha Helmreich)
V. NORTHSIDE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REPORT (John DeSantis)
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
- Parking in Allegheny West
- Bridges in the Commons
VII. NEW BUSINESS
To be added to the agenda please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press close bare-bosom’d night — press close magnetic nourishing night!
Night of south winds — night of the large few stars!
Still nodding night — mad naked summer night.
– Walt Whitman; Song of Myself
I hope you are enjoying your mad, naked summer nights as much as I. I also hope you enjoyed the first Allegheny West block party, on Memorial Day. We had a great turnout, and I think a good time was had by all. Our next block party will be on Independence Day, which falls on July 4 this year. Mark it on your calendars, s’il vous plait. Tim Zinn will be e-mailing out an announcement, with additional details, in a few weeks.
AWCC has started collecting donations for the Northside Food Pantry. You many have seen the collection table at the Memorial Day party. We intend to do this at all the block parties this year. While in-kind donations are gratefully accepted, we encourage you to give money. The reason for this is that the Food Pantry has the ability to purchase food at much lower prices than the average person can. So, they can stretch your food dollar much farther than you can. Also, they are not seeking non-food items, other than paper products like toilet tissue. The Food Pantry is, obviously, a very worthy cause, and we’d like to raise a large donation on behalf of Allegheny West. You needn’t wait for a block party to donate, either: simply send your check, made payable to “Northside Common Ministries”, to Cathy Serventi at the AWCC office, which is now 806 Western Avenue.
Finally, we have two new neighbors at 808 Western: Jeb Jungwirth and Alissa Martin. I met them at the closing of the sale of 808, and they seem like very nice people indeed. So, please welcome them to Allegheny West when you meet them.
From Howard Brokenbeck
Thanks to everyone who participated in the city wide clean-up on May 24th!
The next community cleanup is scheduled for June 28th. We will meet at 9:00 AM at the AWCC offices, 806 Western Ave. Coffee and donuts will be served.
From Martha Helmreich
Allegheny West Civic Council has invited Jennifer Kullgren from Tree Pittsburgh to speak at the June membership meeting on June 10, 2014. Jen will talk about what TreePittsburgh does, particularly in neighborhoods, and what kind of support it can provide as AW tries to develop a plan to improve its tree canopy and deal with sidewalk issues caused by tree roots and related problems.
Questions will be welcome. For more information, go to http://treepittsburgh.org
Western Avenue, 1934 (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)
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!