806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Update on Alleys, Axles & Ales Planning Meeting

The meeting of the Alleys, Axles and Ales tour committee has been changed to Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00-9:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix begins this week and Monday night is the popular Walnut Street car show. Please if possible, change your plans and attend the meeting Tuesday. Refreshments will be served at the Tuesday meeting. All AW members are welcome to attend. Finishing details will be discussed with emphasis on advertising and getting the word out. Posters will be on hand to distribute to local businesses, beer distributors and car dealerships.

Allegheny West members are encouraged to sell tickets to the alleys, Axles, and Ales tour to friends and coworkers. Each 5 tickets sold will be entered in a neighborhood raffle for a chance to receive a ticket to the Ground to Glass Wines Showcase September 15, 2018. Four select Eberle wines will be featured with a paired food course. This event will be held at Holmes Hall ballroom hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought. Valued at $120.

Tour and Tasting 2018: THANK YOU!

Thank you to all neighbors who volunteered to make this year’s wine tour possible. And a special thank you to Carol Gomrick for once again organizing, such an amazing and successful tour!!

Fight Litter on the Northside

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is partnering with local community groups to fight litter after the Deutschtown Music Festival. Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the two-day, free music festival, which can equate to quite a lot of litter! Join PRC for a litter clean-up to protect our environment, as well as the community members who call the North Side home. PRC will provide pastries for breakfast as well as gloves, vests, bags and litter pickers for volunteers.

Deutschtown Music Festival Litter Clean Up: Sunday, July 15th 9:00 – 11:00 am

Meeting at the Public Parking Lot next to Allegheny City Brewing. Email for more info.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

The next meeting of the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be Monday, June 11th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer, you are able to sign up at or email Cecile Canales at Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, to help at the Cars ’n Coffee table, to deliver and pick up kegs and ice, to make chili and cornbread for the after party and to set up and clean up at the after party. Please speak with garage/car owner before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cars’ coffee will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Alleys, Axles & Ales Meeting Agenda: June 11th

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars ’n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party

A meeting of the Beer Selection Committee for the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be held Monday, June 18th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm.

Beer Selection Committee Meeting Agenda: June 18th

  • Garages and Beer stops
  • Selection of Beers and Breweries
  • Program Write-ups
  • Volunteers

Wine Tour Clean Up Reminder

Tour-goers will be walking through our neighborhood the weekend of June 22nd – 23rd, traveling along Brighton Road, N Lincoln Avenue, Galveston Avenue, North Avenue, Beech and Allegheny Avenues, as well as Rope Way.

Please begin now to pull weeds in front of your property and to fill a bag or two with trash, old leaves and other “street” debris along the tour route so that we can put our best face forward. Should you need trash bags or gloves, please contact Trish Burton, (412) 523-9402 or

Also, if you intend to plant flower boxes or urns in front of your property, please consider doing so before the tour so that our guests have a lovely walk between host houses. Thanks in advance for helping to beautify Allegheny West!

Thanks to Babb Employees!

Once again, a group of Babb employees devoted their “Day of Caring” to Allegheny West, helping Diane Caruso, Cathy Serventi and Trish Burton at the Parklet at Brighton Road and Western Avenue, pulling (many!) weeds, mulching and transplanting perennials, planting all of those zinnias, begonias and sweet potato vines. Several also helped to weed and mulch tree wells in the 800 block of Western Avenue, in addition to picking up litter. Thanks, too, to Carole Malakoff and Eleanor Coleman for donating annuals and perennials to the Parklet.

We could not have accomplished what we did without you. Thank you!

Lake Elizabeth Update and Call to Action

Lake Elizabeth

PWSA Director Bob Weimar and Chief of Operations Guy Costa from the City attended last night’s Allegheny Commons Initiative meeting. We discussed the history of the issues surrounding Lake Elizabeth and were brought up to speed on the latest discussions between DPW and PWSA for addressing the current lake concerns:

  • PWSA is now subject to the PA Public Utilities Commission regulations, with their core responsibilities to provide safe and reliable drinking water, convey sewage and manage storm water. As a result, PWSA has very limited ability to expend funds that do not directly benefit their ratepayers and therefore will not pay for the installation of the aerators in Lake Elizabeth.
  • PWSA will be working with the DPW to identify some possible solutions such as the treating the water with small amounts of Algaecide. The City will be working to identify funding to pay for the electrical infrastructure needed to power the aerators. They are committed to draining and cleaning out the lake on a more regular basis to decrease the amount of organic material that contributes to the algae blooms and overall unsightliness of the lake.
  • The DPW asked the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to help organize a volunteer event to remove debris from the lake. I will be at the lake 8am this Saturday morning with gloves, trash bags, and a few rakes/shovels. Please register online here if you can join:
  • The DPW understands that they will need to go into the lake and power wash following the removal of debris. They explained that this work will happen quicker with the support of volunteers. So please consider joining me on Saturday morning!

What else can the community do to help?

  1. If you cannot volunteer, we could still use rakes and shovels. PPC will provide gloves and trash bags. I can pick up items on Thursday or Friday if you are willing to let us borrow, feel free to text/call or email 201-669-9046
  2. Contact Councilwoman Harris and request that she put $ in the capital budget for 2019 for the aeration system for the lake. 412-255-2135,
  3. Help make the power washing and refilling of the lake a priority for DPW by continuing to send in 311 calls, contacting Councilwoman Harris at 412-255-2135 and contacting the Mayor’s office 412-255-2626
  4. Please attend your local community group meetings where I attend and provide park updates and can be available to answer questions. Or reach out to me directly and let’s meet for coffee!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks all for your continued support and advocacy for the park!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

2018 Wine Tour and Tasting : A Toast to the Central Coast

The 2018 Tour and Tasting planning is well underway. As a reminder, the homes to be featured this year are:

Annettte Trunzo – 800 Beech Avenue
The Zoufaliks – 852 Beech Avenue
The Malakoffs – 913 Brighton Road
Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 851 Beech Avenue
Doug Debelak and Deb Kelly – 840 N Lincoln Avenue
Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Corner of W North and Allegheny Avenues

Thank you all for opening your homes and gardens!

The theme this year is Ground to Glass from the Central Coast. I’m excited to share with you that several Central Coast wineries (Paso Robles) are contributing to this event for the walking tour. In addition to the wineries, the food pairings are being primarily selected from a cookbook of a premier Paso catering company, Cahoots Catering. Cahoots is donating cookbooks and product for raffle to the event.

Here are the details:

Walking Tour ($75)

June 22 – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
June 23 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm / 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Showcase Event at Holmes Hall ($150)

June 23 – 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Contact Carol Gomrick if you have interest in volunteering in any other way:

A Big Thank You

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Ed Menzer at the Parador Inn, a B&B on Western Avenue, for his donation of (a lot of !) mulch that we used for the tree wells in the 900 block of Western. It looks great. Thanks, Ed!

We’d also like to thank Dr. Dan Strinkoski who continues to ensure that our neighborhood is clean and litter-free. It used to require about ten volunteers to do the work that Dr. Dan does each week with his leaf and litter blower. Thank you, Dr. Dan!

The volunteers who helped with our first clean up on Saturday, April 28th. Ann Gilligan, Tim Zinn, Mike Douglas, Tom Barbush and Tony and Diane Caruso joined Trish Burton in mulching Western Avenue tree wells, transplanting grasses to the parklet and weeding and sweeping the neighborhood and alleys! Let’s keep this up and keep Allegheny West looking lovely all summer long!

Alleys, Axles & Ales

Allegheny West will hold the initial planning meeting of Alleys, Axles and Ales tour Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue.

R.S.V.P. to Cecile at if you plan to attend or to receive more agenda information.

Cecile Canales and Tom Barbush will co-chair this tour. If you are interested in having your garage on tour or would like to volunteer, please email Cecile at

Volunteers will be able to sign up at Please speak with garage/car owners before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29, 2018.

Meeting Agenda

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party