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Free Tickets for Northsiders: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Presented by barebones productions

November 23 | 2PM + December 2 | 10AM

Northsiders, you are invited to barebones productions latest performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

The Tennessee Williams Classic

After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella’s (Blanche’s sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. Blanche’s efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. As rumors of Blanche’s past begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable.

Starring: Tami Dixon, Jenna C. Johnson, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Jaime Slavinski, Ben Mayer, Dante Poloni, Christopher Josephs, Cindy Jackson, Siovhan Christensen, and Ryan Borgo.

Get Your Tickets

November 23   December 2

From the Archive: Northside Market House

Northside Market House

Northside (Allegheny) Market House (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!

Letter from the President – November 2014

When earth repays with golden sheaves
The labours of the plough,
And ripening fruits and forest leaves
All brighten on the bough;
What pensive beauty autumn shows,
Before she hears the sound
Of winter rushing in, to close
The emblematic round!

– William Wordsworth, Thought on the Seasons

I hope you had a great October, and that November is shaping up for you nicely, as well. We have a few important news items in Allegheny West. To wit:

  • The Allegheny West Civic Council has acquired 928 and 930 Western Avenue. This is the large duplex that had fallen into disrepair over the last several years. AWCC’s plan is to sell these properties for use as single-family homes. The interiors still have a great amount of original architectural detail, and each unit is quite spacious. Please spread the word that we are looking people interested in living here in Allegheny West.
  • AWCC elections will be on Tuesday, November 11, during the regular membership meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church on Beech Street. We have a very good slate of dedicated people, but are still looking to fill one of the slots. I realize that Tuesday night is half-priced wine night at Benjamin’s, but I would ask folks to please attend Tuesday’s meeting to help select next year’s officers and chairpersons. After that, drink up!

Lastly, I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

AWCC Annual Meeting & Election – November 11

Submitted by John DeSantis

At the November 11 Annual Meeting, the election of Officers for the 2015 calendar year will be conducted.

The 2014 AWCC Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of candidates. In addition, nominations may be made from the floor at both the October and November General Membership Meetings. All nominees must be an AWCC Member in good standing, and must have agreed to serve in the nominated office if elected.

President: Cathy Serventi
Membership: Mary Callison
Vice President: John DeSantis
Housing & Planning: Jim Wallace
Treasurer: Bob Griewahn
Property: Howard Brokenbek

Secretary: Tim Zinn
Ways & Means: vacant
Sergeant at Arms: Gloria Rayman
Communications: Fran Barbush
Friends of Allegheny West: Michael Shealey

Meet & Greet at the Children’s Museum

Meet & Greet

Catch up with neighbors, enjoy some light refreshments and get the latest scoop on upcoming projects at the Children’s Museum and the latest happening in nearby Allegheny Commons Park!


The Children’s Museum
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Tuesday, November 18th at 5:30 pm

This is event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Erin: (412) 330-2569

The 2014 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

Everything you need to know about this year’s Christmas Tour, and more…

This year’s tour is Friday, December 12, 5:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 13, 10:00 am-8:00 pm. 

In addition to regular tours ($30), there will be brunch and lunch ($60), and dinner tours ($120).

Ticket Sales

Tickets are selling briskly. Regular, brunch, lunch and dinner tours are about 1/3 sold out. We are expecting a sell-out again this year, bringing more than 1500 visitors into our small neighborhood. To purchase tickets or for more details, check our web-site,

The homes on the regular tour

950 Beech – Carrie Doyle
926 Beech – Trish and John Burton and family
834 Beech – Jessica and Bill Murphy
913 Brighton – Carole and Bob Malakoff
849 N Lincoln – Hal Dixler and Nick Duerlinger
719 Brighton – John DeSantis

Hosting brunch and lunch

913 Beech – Shirley Mehring and Howard Brokenbek
1021 Galveston – Debra and John Lantz
844 N Lincoln – Cecile and Carl Canales

Hosting dinner

929 Beech – Linda* and Joe Iannotta

*Linda is doing all of the food for the dinner, brunches, and lunch again this year. 

The Holiday Gift Shop

Again this year, The Holiday Gift Shop will be in the basement of Calvary Church, the start of the tour, so guests can shop before going on tour. Arrangements will be made to hold purchases for guests while they tour. For more information about the shop, contact:

Martin Fuess

Train Museum

The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Holmes Hall. DVDs of the train exhibit will also be for sale ($15). They sold out last year so, if you want to purchase one, do so now via Amazon:

 Tin Plate Legends in Action, Part 3

Street decorating

We will be decorating our streets on Saturday, December 6, starting at 9am. Volunteers will be bunching greens in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way, just off Galveston.


Also on Saturday, the 6th, please join your neighbors and help pick up litter around the neighborhood. If each of us fills one trash bag with litter, our streets will be litter-free.

We need your help!

There are many opportunities to volunteer. On Saturday, the 6th, come out for a few hours to help bunch and hang greens for the neighborhood lamp posts. During the tour, you can be a tour guide, a conductor at the Toy Train Museum, a greeter at Calvary Church, a house-sitter for a homeowner on tour. You can also help light luminaria or set up the street closing barricades.

Holiday Party

All volunteers are invited to our Holiday Party. This year it will be at the Smart Solutions facilities, the old Hipwell building, on the 800 block of West North Avenue, on Saturday, December 13 starting at 9pm.

Decorating by The Urban Gardener

Our local North Side garden center, The Urban Gardener, will be decorating the Burton home for the tour.

Post Gazette story

Look for a feature on Trish and John’s home in the Post Gazette on Saturday, December 6.

To volunteer

Contact the following coordinators:

Tour guides

Doug Sprague

Church greeters

Brandon Williams

Party helpers

Gloria Rayman 

Lighting luminaria

Chris Fetter

Toy Train Museum conductors

Cecile Canales 

Housesitters and everything else

Carole Malakoff 

Street Closings

To insure the safety of all, the following streets will be closed to traffic and parking on Friday, the 12th from 4pm to 11pm and on Saturday, the 13th from 9am to 11pm:

  • the 800 and 900 blocks of Beech Avenue
  • Rope Way from Buttercup Way to Western, and from Western to N Lincoln
  • Galveston Avenue from Dounton Way to Buttercup Way
  • N Lincoln Avenue from Galveston to Brighton Road

Please make arrangements to park elsewhere. We will provide information on off-street lots available closer to the tour weekend.

The next Tour Committee meeting will be on Thursday evening, November 13 at 7:30 pm at 913 Brighton Rd. Everyone is invited to attend.

Get Stuffed with Love

“Get Stuffed With Love” provides a free hot and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meal to people who really need them. On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers will deliver these much needed meals to those who apply.

Meal requests need to be made by November 17, 2014. Please spread the word and have neighbors call the Community Relations Officer in your Zone.  Names and numbers are listed on the attached flyer (note: ours is listed below).

If you want to volunteer to deliver these meals on Thanksgiving Day with police officers in your zone, send a private message to SaferTogether with your name and contact info, or call your zone officer.

Call Zone 1 Officer, Larry Crawford at (412) 323-7201 Download the “Get Stuff with Love” Flyer