News Around the Neighborhood

Parking Updates & Street Closures for Residents (Christmas Tour)

The Christmas tour is almost here! Please see below for important information affecting residents and street closures for the tour.  
  1. Please contact Carol Gomrick at if you have any questions.
  2. During the tour you can text Cathy Serventi at (412) 418-2027 at Calvary before 8:00 pm if you have any concerns.
Street Closures During the Tour
  • All of Beech Ave and the 800 block of N. Lincoln will be barricaded to vehicular traffic during the tour. Please do not expect to be able to drive on these streets during the tour.
    • Friday: starting at 3:30 pm ending at 10:00 pm
    • Saturday: starting at 9:30 am ending at 10:00 pm
  • Landlords – please make sure your tenants are aware of the street closures
  • Western Ave will be fully open to traffic
  • Galveston will be blocked at the intersection of Beech Ave. Thru traffic on Dounton and Buttercup Way
  • Residents on Beech and 800 Block of N. Lincoln are asked to move their cars from the street during the tour. The parking lot at Babb Insurance, corner of Galveston @ Chapel Way is available to residents for their vehicles.
    • Lot opens Friday, 3:00 pm thru Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • Tour Attendees and volunteers will have free parking in the CCAC Lot on Ridge Ave. but if you are a resident please use the Babb Lot, since we’ve run out of parking for attendees, especially Saturday afternoon and evening. 
Times (Tours leave every 12 minutes) – We have been sold out since November 2, and we can’t take any walkins at the door.
  • Friday, December 8 –  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (doors open 4:00 pm, last tour at Holmes hall 11:30 pm)
  • Saturday, December 9 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (doors open 9:00 am – last tour at Holmes Hall 11:30 pm)
Model Train Museum
If you would like to visit the model train museum at Holmes Hall on 719 Brighton Rd, tickets are $20 at the door. Hours are:
  • Friday 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday 12:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Antique Shoppe
  • The Antique Shoppe is open to the public while tours are leaving from Calvary. The Shoppe will be in the basement of Calvary. Many of the vendors from prior tours are back and some new ones too. Please visit during the tour. 
Small Favor
  • Please take some time to clear leaves and debris on your walkway and assist in making the sidewalks safe. Many of the tours happen in the evening and it is important that the sidewalks are kept clear. 
We expect over 1700 people to walk through our streets during the tour! It’s a testament to everyone over the 40-year history who have built this tour into one of the most sought-after Christmas events. Thank you to all for your efforts in making wonderful Christmas memories for so many! 
Thank you for your assistance with this.
Tour Committee

In Memoriam: Dan Pultz

DANIEL MURPHY PULTZ, 80, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at his home.  Born on April 5, 1943, Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Holly Wilbert Pultz; daughters, Shannon and Allison; and grandchildren Lilian, Niall, Julian and Milo.  Having fought in Getlin’s Corner, one of the Vietnam War’s most decorated battles, Dan was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal with the V device for Valor in recognition of his leadership and courage.  After his military service, Dan founded and led several companies, including Nettec Services (later Advanticom).  
In retirement, he dedicated himself to extensive volunteerism in the veterans’ community, leaving a lasting impact on the Veterans Leadership Program, Friends of Danang, and Semper Fi Outdoor Odyssey, among others.  Beyond his military and entrepreneurial pursuits, Dan was an adventurer, earning a pilot’s license and cycling and playing golf around the world.  Devoted to family, he cherished their Ligonier cottage and engaged in lengthy discussions with friends and neighbors on his Northside porch.  His quest for truth led him to explore various faiths, evolving from his Irish Catholic upbringing into a spiritual seeker.  Following a life-altering bicycle accident, Dan formulated the acronym VAULT with his friend Harvey Young, reflecting the universal human desire to be Valued, Accepted, Understood, Loved, and Trusted.  This philosophy reflects his lifelong pursuit of connection and a legacy that transcends color and creed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in Dan’s memory to the Semper Fi Outdoor Odyssey program at Outdoor Odyssey, 450 Boy Scout Road, Boswell, PA. 15531.  A celebration of life and memorial service will be held in the spring.  Arrangements made by Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc. 

In Memoriam: Mary Callison

It is with heavy heart that we announce the death of our dear friend and neighbor, Mary Callison.  Mary has been a vital part of Allegheny West for decades, working tirelessly on neighborhood projects, and delighting us all with her wonderful cooking, baking and gardening.  She was elegant, insightful and intellectually curious, so always an interesting and commanding companion and participant in book clubs, coffees, bridge and brunch groups.  Mary served on the board of Allegheny West Civic Council and was a leader in green spaces, property management and historic preservation…and when she wasn’t leading, she was doing:   planting flowers, clearing litter, acting as a docent for house tours, managing AWCC’s tenants, attending City and Historic Review meetings on behalf of the neighborhood and so much more. 

Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband, Harper and her brother Ralph; and is survived by her sisters, Louisa and Alice, and her brother, John; her daughters Melissa, Amy, Jane and Rachel and their spouses, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, of whom she was so proud.
Mary will be greatly missed and mourned by all who knew her.
Per Mary’s preference, there will be no viewing.  There will be a service at Calvary United Methodist Church at a time in the future to be announced.  Her ashes will then be buried alongside her husband, Harper, in Marlington, West Virginia.   
Rest in peace, Mary.

In Memoriam: Dennis Bergevin

DENNIS JOSEPH BERGEVIN, age 72, and longtime resident of Allegheny West, passed away in the early morning of Friday, November 24, 2023.
Dennis was born on April 5, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Gerald Bergevin and Rita Caruso Bergevin.  As a child, his family moved to San Diego, CA, where Dennis was raised.
At the age of 18, Dennis’ lifelong career as an artist took off when he was awarded a grant to study markup and wig-making at the National Opera Institute in New York City (now OPERA America).  He was owner of Elsen Associates, a Pittsburgh-based company that provided wig and makeup design to theater companies throughout the country and abroad.
With his ever-present, captivating smile, his outstanding talent and true enjoyment of the trade, Dennis’ profession took him around the world, allowing him to establish many lasting friendships.
Dennis was a natural artist, having talent in different media including sculpting and painting.  His work was featured in many art galleries in various states, including Watergate Gallery in Washington, DC, Gallery Chiz and The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.  Dennis also began and led the annual art exhibition in Allegheny West, featuring neighborhood and other local artists.
Dennis was a brilliant light in his community.  He loved people and was a magnet for many in all spectrums of life.  He was a true romantic, lover of all things beautiful, and a discerning collector (of at least one of everything!). Dennis had a sharp wit, a compassionate heart and an ever-inquiring mind.  He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Jeanne Schreck.
Dennis is survived by his beloved husband, Doug Schreck; three siblings, Gerald Bergevin (Bonnie TuSmith) of Boston, MA; Paul Bergevin of Goleta, CA; and Catena Bergevin (Anthony Tedesco) of Greensboro, NC; and niece and nephew, Analise Munday (Brandon) of Winston-Salem, NC and Ludy Bahneman (Bella) of Norfolk, VA.  Also surviving are Dennis’ sister-in-law, Katie Strickland (Tom); brother-in-law, John Schreck; niece, Sarah Strickland; nephews Kevin Strickland and Douglas Schreck (Laura), all of Pittsburgh, and nephew Daniel Schreck of Phoenix, AZ; dear friend, Jeffrey Frank, of Sarasota, FL; and many extended family and friends.
Dennis’ family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many dear friends and family who have shown their support and love.
A private Celebration of Life will be held in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Dennis’ name to Persad Center,
McDonald-Linn Funeral Home is assisting Dennis’ family.  Online condolences can be made at

Andy Warhol (Seventh Street) and David McCullough (16th Street) Bridges Closing

Public Works has granted permits to P3R to close the Andy Warhol (Seventh Street) Bridge and the David McCullough (16th Street) Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh for the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The closures will occur from 6:30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday, November 5. Public Works is not involved with this event and is providing this information as a public service announcement only. Read more:

Yard Waste Pick Up this Saturday

Contributed by Chris Siewers

This Saturday, 11/4 is yard debris pick-up in Allegheny West. Paper bags with leaves, twigs, weeds, plants, etc have to be out by 6:00 am on Saturday.

Opening Announcement for GalleryH

karlhuberillustration and galleryh are proud to showcase the illustrated fantasy work of Karl Huber. Karl’s Kreature Feature! The show will run from October 7-31, 2023. Opening reception on Thursday October 26, from 5:00-7:00 pm at 909 Western Ave, Pittsburgh. Everyone dressed entirely all in black will be eligible to enter a drawing to win…a drawing. There is a $1 dollar fee to participate. Hope to see you there! 

City Books OcTBRfest 2023

Mark your calendars to spend some time every Saturday in October at City Books on Galveston Avenue for author readings, refreshments and giveaways.  
October 7th activities from noon – 4:30 pm include “comically correct portraits” by Almost Polite Caricatures; Virginia Montanez, author of Everywhere, Nowhere; Joyce Tremel, author of the Brewing Trouble Mysteries and the Homefront News Mysteries; and Bonita Lee Penn, author of Every Day a Foot is Looking for My Neck.  
More details to follow in October, but see Arlan’s website at in the meantime.  

Peace Rally Planned

An Interdenominational Prayer Rally for Peace will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 11:00 am – noon in West Park across from St. Peter Church (if inclement weather, rally will move to inside St. Peter’s).
The stated goal of the rally is to “unite local churches and our community together in solidarity and prayer for restored peace with the increasing senseless violence in our city.”
Speakers include the pastors of St. Peter’s, Destiny of Faith Church and AME Church.  
All are welcome. Bring a chair and a friend!

Bridge Closure Follow Up

Zachary Workman, PE, the Project Manager from the City’s DOMI Department who spoke at the Membership Meeting last Tuesday, provided some information pursuant to members’ questions about the detours.  
Additional signage is slated to be installed next week as follows:
.  Allegheny/North – Additional, more visible signs that the road ahead is closed.
.  Western/Galveston – Additional signs to direct detoured traffic to continue on Western.
.  North/Galveston – Signs prohibiting trucks on Galveston.
.  Brighton/North – “Do Not Enter” signs installed at the end of the slip lane by the Triangle garden.
He encouraged residents to continue to call/email 311 with any issues and problems so that the City can address those.