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Allegheny West 2019 Neighbor of the Year

Holly Pultz, Allegheny West’s Neighbor of the Year 2019, moved from the country to Beech Avenue thirty-two years ago with Dan, her husband, and their daughters, and that’s when the neighborhood beautification project began. At that time, Irish, a lady of the streets, yelled at Holly for weeding and cleaning up the streets, but that didn’t stop her. She loved the diversity of the neighborhood. An award-winning artist, Holly quickly put her creativity to good use in Allegheny West, designing and painting the facades used for the AW miniatures, sold at early Christmas house tours. She also has led art classes & programs for children and several Paint Monkey-type events to raise money for a neighborhood church choir to sing at Carnegie Hall.

If you’re driving past the Triangle garden at North & Brighton at 7L00 am, you might catch a glimpse of Holly pulling weeds and tidying the garden. It is just one of the many quiet acts of service that Holly provides and that has led to Holly’s nomination as Allegheny West Neighbor of the Year. Holly’s fierce determination has meant that beautification projects aren’t just discussed, but are realized, thanks to Holly’s researching and then cajoling local suppliers, leading fundraising efforts and, finally, literally getting her hands dirty as tree wells and empty lots are weeded, planted, mulched and maintained.

There are many other activities that Holly has cheerfully helped with over the past thirty years, such as block parties, pancake suppers, monthly clean-ups and flower baskets. She always appears with a smile on her face and a great attitude. No one can resist her laugh. But perhaps most impressive is that Holly shares her many gifts and talents, her time and energy, with graceful, elegant humility.

Holly will be honored at the Northside Leadership Conference dinner on Thursday, June 13th, at the Priory Grand Hall.
Congratulations, Holly!!

Get Ready for 2019 Tour and Tasting, featuring the Northside!

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

I’m thrilled to share that all of the homes are secured for the 2019 Wine Tour. Thank you to the following homeowners for opening up your homes.

2019 Homes

Holmes Hall (719 Brighton Road)
Scott Keeney (905 Beech Avenue)
Carol & Brett (940 W North Avenue)
CCAC West Hall (Ridge Avenue)
Emmanuel Church (957 W North Avenue)
Dennis & Doug (808 Galveston Avenue)

PLEASE NOTE! We are very excited that we are looking to have on the tour West Hall part of CCAC. This stop is added so guests will be able to view the incredible exhibit sharing a 50-year history retrospective of Allegheny West. An incredible story, beautifully woven together by Doris Short and Greg Coll. Doris and Greg will be on hand to walk guest through the exhibit. We would be remiss if we did not thank CCAC for generously opening the hall for the tour and allowing the exhibit to be extended for the guests.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Dr Quintin Bullock, CCAC President, Dr Evon W. Walters, Campus President and Mary Henderson with Facilities who all have supported the efforts to open these historic buildings for our tours. Please look in the near future on the Allegheny West website and in the program for upcoming wine tasting classes being offered at the CCAC Allegheny Campus.

Volunteers Needed

The tour committee is actively looking for volunteers to help during the tour – please see the list below of opportunities available. There are limited slots so they will fill up on a first response method: Contact Annette Trunzo or Carol Gomrick to sign up (tours@alleghenywest.org). In the next email blast, a link to a Google Docs sign up sheet will be available.

Volunteer Responsibilities | 1 per Homeowner / per Tour

Homeowners will be seeking wine pourers/food servers and greeters.

House Lead

Point of contact for the homeowner (House lead will need to be available during the entire shift)

  • Makes sure all issues are addressed / e.g. extra plates/napkins etc.
  • Coordinate with Annette Trunzo for additional supplies as needed
  • Coordinate on Saturday to tear down service at tour house and coordinate remaining food/wine delivered to after party. 1 per household / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9 (Holmes Hall is filled.)

Food Runner

  • Point of contact for the homeowner
  • Requirements will vary based upon the restaurant assigned to the house
  • Pick up food from local restaurant and deliver to the home | may require multiple trips during the tour. Restaurants: Bier’s Pub, Lola Bistro, Brugge on North, Bistro 2 Go
  • Deliver dessert to the homes for the last tour of the evening

Tour Runners

  • Point of contact for Annette Trunzo to set up/tear down tour; address any issues during the tour
  • Make sure parking signage from AWCC office is set up/returned for the tour
  • Set up/tear down tables for Byers Hall and return tables to their owners (Doris/Greg and Carol/Brett)
  • 3 per tour / openings Friday 5 – 9 / Sat 1-5 / Sat 5 – 9

After Party

  • Help setup/tear down after party at Carole and Bob Malakoff’s house – 9:00 pm start
  • Need to deliver food/drinks / help set up Saturday night after the tours
  • Clean up after the festivities

Tour Guides

Thank you all for your support of the 2019 tour. Pray for great weather! Cheers!

2019 Tour and Tasting

Submitted by Annette Trunzo, Ways and Means Chair

The 2019 Tour and Tasting will be held on Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The Committee is excited to share that we have several houses, but we still need a few more. If you are interested in putting your home and garden on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick: carolgomrick@gmail.com.

The theme of the tour will be a vastly different from previous tours. To highlight the incredible restaurant scene in Pittsburgh, the committee is reaching out to local restaurants to provide the food “tastings” and appropriate wine pairings. Guests will not only have the opportunity to try a variety of wines, but also learn more about what is making Pittsburgh such a foodie destination! Starting in April, the committee will be asking for help to promote the tour through social media and will share available volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check the Gazette and weekly email blast for updates and information.

Memorial Tree Plantings

Submitted by Fran Barbush

I wanted to make neighbors aware that the Allegheny West Civic Council has been in discussions with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy regarding tree plantings, which will take place during the week of April 8th. Seven trees will be planted in memory of Stella (Yia Yia) Kalaris, Kerry Kennedy, Donna Otto, Dan Rooney, Bob Turley and Alex Watson. Any neighbors who wish to learn the locations of these trees, and share a moment together in our wonderful Commons remembering these special neighbors can come to the corner of Brighton Road and Western Avenue on April 13th at noon.

I hope to see you then.

2019 Tour and Tasting

Submitted by Annette Trunzo, Ways and Means Chair

The 2019 Tour and Tasting will be held on Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The Committee is excited to share that we have several houses, but we still need a few more. If you are interested in putting your home and garden on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick: carolgomrick@gmail.com.

The theme of the tour will be a vastly different from previous tours. To highlight the incredible restaurant scene in Pittsburgh, the committee is reaching out to local restaurants to provide the food “tastings” and appropriate wine pairings. Guests will not only have the opportunity to try a variety of wines, but also learn more about what is making Pittsburgh such a foodie destination! Your house could be the backdrop to this fabulous experience!

Starting in April, the committee will be asking for help to promote the tour through social media and will share available volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check the Gazette and weekly email blast for updates and information. Looking forward to another successful event!

Wash Away The Winter Blues with some Reds and Whites

Submitted by Annette Trunzo

It’s time to start planning for the 2019 Tour & Tasting Event!

Yay – the Polar Vortex is over and Punxsutawney Phil says spring is right around the corner, so it must be time to start planning for the 2019 Allegheny West Wine Tour! The dates are set, Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. The approach is going to be a little bit different this year. Pittsburgh has been recognized nationally and internationally as a destination for foodies. To capitalize on that and draw more awareness to the tour and Allegheny West, the tour committee is going to solicit restaurants to participate and present their food and suggested wine pairing at the homes. I’m excited to share that we’ve already been successful in raising strong interest from several restaurants.

In the short term what is needed are homes! If you are interested in having your house on the wine tour this year, have any questions, or want to know how you can help please contact me Annette Trunzo at
act1@pitt.edu. I’m really excited about the tour this year and to network with restaurants about the event. Please check the Gazette and weekly e-newsletter for updates about the tour and tour meetings. Cheers!

Doors Open Pittsburgh Presents

Doors Open Pittsburgh

Ride with the King: Black History Tour

January 19, 2019
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Doors Open Pittsburgh is providing access to three prominent African American churches in Pittsburgh, as well as to the August Wilson Center and Dollar Bank Heritage Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, during a special tour on Saturday, January 19th.

Participants will be able to tour the three churches on their own – or register for a bus tour that will take participants to all the sites. The churches are located in East Liberty, Uptown, and Central Northside.

Volunteer help is needed too!

Learn More

Upcoming Projects: Addressing homelessness on the Northside

Allegheny County’s Point in Time Survey

On January 30th, January 31st and February 3rd from 6:00-8:00 pm we will be canvassing the neighborhoods of the Northside to encounter and ‘count’ as many people as we can who are sleeping outside. Having the most accurate number will help increase access to funding to provide more housing options for those individuals experiencing homelessness. What we need from you is to know of any homeless encampments in your neighborhoods that we can make sure to visit and engage on those nights. Please email me with details and we will check them out and engage those spaces.

Northside Clean Up

On February 16th, we will be bringing close to 60 volunteers to do some clean ups of camps on the Northside. If you have areas that are in great need, please let us know. It is best to service areas that are in close proximity since we will be getting a dumpster. At our typical cleanups, we remove around 200 bags of trash.

Forum on Homelessness

On February 23rd, we will hold a local forum on homelessness at 9:00 am. This will be time for you as a neighbor and community partner to hear and discuss some issues regarding homelessness on the Northside including panhandlers, housing programs, shelter rules, Allegheny LINK, organizational programming and more. If you are interested in attending this free event, please let me know. Breakfast will be served and the event should last about 2 hours.

Thanks for your time!

Charles Chapman – LIVING Ministry
NHA Chairman
(412) 302-1678

Another Success Story for our Annual Christmas Tour

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

The chill in the air did not deter guests from attending nor their spirit during the 2018 Christmas Tour. This year was a tremendous success. We sold over 1,500 tour tickets and over 300 train tour tickets. The tour boasted a special treat for several groups Saturday afternoon when the president of CCAC, Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, came into his office and allowed guests to view the grandeur of the Byers wing of Byers Hall. Quite often guests shared how excited they were about the homes on the tour and what a great experience they had visiting our neighborhood. The showing of Byers Hall made real for so many the history they hear on the tour about the once magnificent Millionaires’ Row and a greater appreciation of how important is is to not lose any more of our history.

As many know as recently as mid-November, we were a few homes shy and running out of options. Once again the neighborhood came together to bring Christmas early to so many. I really need to express a special thanks to the homeowners who are the the real heroes. The Moore and Beer families, the Malakoffs, Hal and Nick, and of course John DeSantis – thank you for your hard work and welcoming so many people (and a dog) into your homes! Special thanks to Amelia Beer. Several tour groups were treated to and impressed by Amelia’s violin playing.

The tour guides were incredible again this year! So many guests shared with me how knowledgeable and engaging or guides were this year. I received a special email from one attendee “Sally”. She was so impressed with Thomas Huygens she just had to share her impression – “Outstanding 2018 tour … Our guide a young man named Thomas was absolutely fabulous. He was very conscientious about all aspects of the tours … thank you for making our 11th tour one of the best ever!” High praise indeed especially for a veteran tour guest like Sally and knowing the bar is high with all of the other tremendous docents!

Thank you to Rev Larry, Martin, and Doug for all of their efforts at Calvary. It makes such a difference to have such a welcoming place to greet the guests!

This is my last tour as Ways and Means chair. The baton is being handed over to the capable hands of Annette Trunzo. So many of you have been incredibly generous with your time and support over the past two years, there are no words to express my heartfelt thanks. The tours with all of their twists and turns never fail to remind me of how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful community and though my term as Ways and Means has come to an end, I look forward to staying involved with the tours in 2019.

Happy New Year to you all and congratulations on completing another successful tour season!

Thanks All Around

Submitted by Trish Burton

Thanks to Diane and Tony Caruso and to Carol Gomrick for helping me last Saturday to pull out the parklet annuals and prepare the garden for next spring’s planting. Hot coffee from Mayfly Market on Arch Street helped us battle the cold and rain!

A special thanks to Tony Caruso for all of the help he’s provided this year to beautify Western Avenue: digging up and transplanting shrubs and grasses; wrestling with broken hoses; hauling and spreading many bags of mulch; bagging huge amounts of debris — and remembering to drag those bags to the curb on Sunday nights for trash collection!

And we can’t forget the constant care that Dr. Dan provides each week so that we have much less litter on all of our streets. Thank you, Dan!

Looking forward to seeing you all in the spring when we begin work again on the neighborhood green spaces.