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Allegheny West Summer Fundraising Tours 2020

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

Happy New Year Allegheny West! I hope you all enjoyed a blessed holiday season. I’m back from an amazing trip in Africa. Safari in Tanzania and wine tasting in the Stellenbosch region, Capetown South Africa. Speaking of wine …
We have the dates for two wine events this year. I’m very excited about how these events are coming together. Tickets already available for sale on AWCC website for both events!

Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny: Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th

  • (We’ve already sold 4 tickets!)
  • The tour will seek food and wine sponsorship from various eateries
  • If you are interested in having your home on tour, please confirm with me
  • Future communications will go out about various volunteer opportunities to help pull this together

Pour & Plates – A Wine Showcase Event: Saturday September 12th
Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wines will host an intimate evening in the beautiful gardens of Holmes Hall discussing personally selected wines she’s paring for each of the five courses. All in Good Taste Productions, the premier caterer in Pittsburgh, is currently working on a menu to bring guests classic dishes from the great wine regions of the world. No doubt this will be a spectacular culinary and wine experience.

  • This event sold out in 2018 and I’m thrilled to offer this unique experience again.

Your feedback is needed! Tuesday, February 18th 7:00 pm | AWCC Office – Western Avenue
Please come to this meeting to discuss the tours of 2019 (Wine and Christmas). I’m seeking your feedback on what went well, what needs to improve and creative ideas to enhance the upcoming 2020 tours. If you are new to the neighborhood, please come and learn about the tours and meet your new neighbors. All are welcome.

These tours are only successful because so many contribute. Thank you for your help in 2019 and I’m looking forward to a successful 2020. CHEERS!

Friends of Allegheny West Committee

Submitted by Diane Caruso

Our neighborhood parklet continues to grow and improve with the help of a few neighbors and Babb Insurance company’s annual volunteer day. We will soon begin our monthly clean-ups along Western Avenue, as well as weeding and working in the parklet this spring. Please watch for notices in our e-newsletter for our first clean-up. Clean-ups always take place on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am, and fresh donuts are supplied!

Last year we added a brick walkway to the parklet with donated bricks from neighbors. This year, we plan on placing a beautiful metal sign in the garden, with another sign being placed at the corner of Allegheny and Western Avenues. We have a sign committee that has been working on the design of these signs. The signs will read “Allegheny West National Historic District.” We love our neighborhood and we need and appreciate your help in continuing to beautify our exceptional and unique community.

Neighborhood Tree Project

Submitted by Mary Callison

Plans are underway for planting trees in our neighborhood this Fall.  We will be working with Tree Vitalize and the City Forester Lisa Ceoffe on this project. In 2016, a Neighborhood Rejuvenation Plan was developed by Pashek Associates in response to issues voiced by the neighborhood. One concern voiced was the condition of our trees. I am using the section on trees in this report as a guide for this project.   

Neighbors have volunteered to help contact property owners to explain the plan and ask them to fill out the application for a tree in front of their property. If you would like to help with this part of the project or later in the Fall with the planting, contact me at (412) 323-5951 or email The deadline for submitting a request for the 2020 Fall Planting is March 13th at 4:00 pm.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Tree Tender Training on February 22nd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact or call (412) 781-8733 x 204. You need to pre-register for the class. Call me if you have difficulty registering.

From the Membership Committee

Bowling has begun. 🎳 It takes place at the Elks Lodge on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. It’s a bargain at $2.50/game, and that includes bowling ball and shoes. Food and beverages are of course available, also at prices not seen at many establishments! Hope to see you this winter on Wednesdays at the Elks Lodge, 400 Cedar Avenue.

Also, we had our first Allegheny West Mixer of 2020 on January 24th, and it was a success. Keep an eye out for news about upcoming mixers on the Allegheny West Facebook page!

Amendment to the Allegheny West Civic Council Bylaws

Submitted by AWCC Bylaws Committee

Change Article VII Section 6, adding the text in bold, to

  1. Standing committee Chairman shall select from between two and ten members for their committees within 45 days following their election. No member of Council may chair more than one standing committee at a time. No officer may chair any standing committee except for the Corresponding Secretary who is ex-officio chair of the Communications Committee. All standing committees except for the Executive Committee are open to everyone to participate in discussion and all Civic Council members in good standing present are eligible to vote on any motion from the committee.

This amendment was presented in writing at the January 2020 membership meeting and will be published in the Allegheny West Gazette and voted on at the February meeting. If approved by two thirds of the members present will take effect immediately.

Corresponding Secretary is still an officer of the Council and is directed to be chair of the Communications Committee.

Historically, all committees except for the Executive Committee have been open to everyone.


Letter from the President – January 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

20/20: denoting vision of normal sharpness
20/20 Hindsight: the full knowledge and complete understanding that one has about an event only after it has happened

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful Christmas House Tour and, like always, it seems like everyone contributed. A special thank you to Annette Trunzo and Carol Gomrick they both worked very hard to manage all the pieces of the tour puzzle. They assembled a great team. If you volunteered or went on the tour, you saw the results of everyone’s hard work. We’ll get a breakdown of the financial results of the tour at the membership meeting this month.

Another item on the agenda at this month’s membership meeting is a presentation from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on the Allegheny Commons North Promenade Project. PPC will be asking for a Letter of Support for the Historic Review Commission, which will require membership approval.

Andrew Reichert will also be attending the membership meeting to provide an update on the Stables Building development project.

It is heartening to see that the number of people attending the General Membership meetings increased month-to-month last year, particularly in December. In 2019 we had a surge of new members, also mostly occurring towards the end of the year. An interesting and positive twist – many new members are neighborhood businesses.

It will be challenging to keep the enthusiasm level as high as it was at the end of last year but I’m hopeful we can. I look forward to seeing new members and members who started attending meetings again continue to stay involved this year. There is a lot going on in our officially smallest neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

AWCC currently has 4 standing and 2 ad hoc committees, listed with their chairs below:

  • Property: Michael Shealey
  • Housing & Planning: Robin Zoufalik
  • Ways & Means: John DeSantis
  • Friends of Allegheny West: Diane Caruso
  • By-Laws (ad hoc): Bob Malakoff
  • WANID (ad hoc): Ann Gilligan

The Committee Chairs will be writing brief columns to appear in this and subsequent Gazettes to describe what they are doing, who they’d like to have on their committees and how to join. I encourage all members, long-time and newly joined, to volunteer on one of these committees.

Do you see a need for neighborhood volunteer work that doesn’t fit one of the current committees? Let me know how you want to contribute and I promise I’ll do whatever I can to help make it happen!

Wishing everyone health, peace and prosperity in the New Year.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Membership Meeting – January 14, 2020

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, January 14th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilman Wilson’s Office
    • Senator Wheatley’s Office
  • 7:50 – November & December Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: Allegheny Commons North
  • 8:20 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:30 – Committee Reports
    • Ways & Means
    • Housing & Planning
    • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Membership
    • By-Laws
  • 8:50 – New Business
    • Allegheny Historic Preservation Society, Tiffany Concert Series
    • Andrew Reichert, Stables Building Progress Report
  • 9:20 – Meeting Conclusion

Property Committee

Submitted by Michael Shealey

The Property Committee oversees the maintenance and any alterations to most, but not all, AWCC properties. These properties include, primarily, 806 Western Avenue with its AWCC office on the first floor and rental apartment above. It also includes the AWCC vacant lot on Western Avenue and sidewalks in front of all AWCC-owned properties. Property Committee responsibilities do not include maintenance of the AWCC parklet at the corner of Brighton and Western Avenues.

Current projects include the installation of air conditioning for the apartment at 806 Western Avenue and repair of the roof on that building. Various small maintenance tasks are also in process. If you want more information or wish to join the committee, you may contact me at

Housing & Planning Committee 2020

Submitted by Robin Zoufalik

Hello Allegheny West Neighbors and Members of the AW Civic Council: Happy New Year 2020!

As Chair for the Housing & Planning Committee, here is a message for the coming year of meetings and activities anticipated. Past Chair, Ashley Webb, has briefed me on various items on the agenda for the committee that have been discussed over the last few months and are anticipated for the coming year. Having attended a couple of the meetings the most recent being on Dec 17th, I believe a message to the neighborhood and members of the AWCC is appropriate, at this time, prior to the 1st meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st (3rd Tuesday of the month) starting at 7:30 pm at GoRealty, 848 W North Avenue.

The AWCC Bylaws have the following mandate for the standing committee:

The Housing and Planning Committee shall be responsible for the physical planning and housing conditions in Allegheny West. It should be as representative as possible of residential, business, and institutional sectors of the neighborhood.

Additionally, the committee members are to be chosen as follows:

Standing committee chairmen shall select from between two and ten members for their committees.

Please let me know if you are interest in being a member of the H&P Committee. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the H & P meetings and participate in discussions and votes, whether or not a member of the committee.

Prior to the 1st meeting, I would request all of you to provide input as to any items you would like the committee to address in the coming months that may not be on the current list relayed to me as follows:

  • Western Ave Neighborhood Improvement District (WANID)
  • Northside Leadership Conference (NSLC) Bridge Committee & Opposition to double-stacked trains
  • Code Enforcement Concerns
  • Historic District Expansion
  • Galveston Ave. Traffic Calming
  • Stables Development
  • Value Added Properties
  • Scrap Yard
  • CCAC Workforce Development Center
  • Allegheny Commons Master Plan and Noise along Brighton Road
  • Light of Life Ridge Ave Facility
  • HIP at the Flashlight Factory

The meetings will be conducted in an orderly manner to have productive discussions and allow  everyone to actively participate. However, personal attacks by attendees will not be acceptable and non-factual statements will be questioned. We are all neighbors and should have equal opportunities to speak and listen in a respectful manner.

All comments, feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Either email me at or call (412) 216-0207.