News Around the Neighborhood

NS Merchant Street Bridge On-Line Meeting Presentation and Request for Public Input

Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) and Michael Baker International, in coordination with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) published an on-line presentation of the Merchant Street Bridge Project. This on-line presentation is in lieu of a public meeting, unable to be held due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Also available is a comment form to gather public input in compliance with Pennsylvania Act 120 and Pennsylvania History Code. The presentation and comment form are available here (links available on the Gazette version on the website as well as via e-newsletter) until August 26th. Local group Rail Pollution Protection Pittsburgh (RP3) published the following in response to requests for comments after viewing the video presentation.

Has Your Child Ever Wanted to Write Their Own Story?

Let’s Spin a Bedtime Story
Thursday July 30th 7:00 pm

Attention to children of all ages! The New Hazlett Theater needs your help. We’ve brought together three amazing creators to spin a brand-new tale, but they are missing some of the details. Bring your pajamas and your popcorn and join storyteller Parag S. Gohel, cartoonist Joe Wos and musician David Bernabo on The Show Must Go(Online), to help them bring this new bedtime story to life. Wos will illustrate the story live to screen with prompts from the audience. Don’t miss the collaborative adventure for the whole family.

Mayor’s Office Follow Up: Allegheny Circle Public Meeting

Below is information regarding the Allegheny Circle public meeting recording and a link to a comment form. The deadline to give comments is July 31st.
Follow this link to view materials for additional review and comment. Here you will find (1) the video of the meeting from two weeks ago, (2) a revised slide deck that includes the bus stops and shelters, (3) project fact sheet, and (4) comment form. Note that the primary change in the slide deck is the inclusion of bus stop and shelter locations.

City and County Offering Rental Assistance

City/County Rent Assistance Chart

While Governor Tom Wolf has extended protections for homeowners and renters from foreclosure or eviction through August 31, eligible residents of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh should be aware they can apply for rental assistance if needed.

The chart above describes both programs more completely. Those seeking assistance may find more information on County programs here and about URA programs here. Pennsylvania residents may also seek help here from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. (Please also note this press release from Allegheny County.)

Letter from the President – July 2020

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
– Rosa Parks

AWCC’s inaugural General Membership Informational meeting in June was a big success  over 25 neighbors joined and heard presentations from the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Infrastructure and Mobility, our own Cathy Serventi, AWCC Treasurer and our own John DeSantis, Northside Leadership Conference Bridge Committee.

The July 14th General Membership Informational meeting will also take place via Zoom and has another packed agenda: COVID-19 impact on AWCC Budget, Norfolk Southern Update/Bridge demolition, Allegheny Commons Park Update.

There is so much happening all over the area/country/world, maybe an hour or so of neighborhood-focused news will offer a nice distraction. You can find the Zoom meeting details on the next page. I hope to see you there!

One of the most significant discussions occurring right now at our dinner tables, Zoom meetings, social media platforms and almost every other place where people gather is the Black Lives Matter movement. I’d like to take an opportunity to highlight two recent, local items.

One is a statement from the Northside Leadership Conference that begins: “Racial discrimination is immoral. Four simple words. The frustration of black residents is real and sadly justified because some people cannot recognize and honor the truth of those four words.”

AWCC is a NLSC member, has representation on the Executive Committee and stands in support of the statement, which you can read in its entirety here.

Second is the historic legislation passed unanimously on July 7th by Pittsburgh City Council that commits that “Black Pittsburgh Matters.” Pittsburgh is the first city in the nation to officially state that their Black Citizens and the Black communities they live in matter.

These are difficult times in general let alone to answer Rosa Parks’ call to live our lives as a model for others. It seems it’s most essential now.

Black Lives Matter.

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

AWCC Informational Meeting – July 14, 2020

Via Zoom (details)
Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Gather, Say Hello, Talk about Weather (It’s hot!)
  • 7:35 – Update: City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Office
  • 7:45 – AWCC 2020 Budget/COVID-19 Impact (Cathy Serventi)
  • 8:00 – Allegheny Commons Park Update: Playground Equipment (Tom Barbush)
  • 8:15 – Norfolk Southern Update: Bridge Demolition (John DeSantis)
  • 8:30 – Conclusion

AWCC Meeting/Happy Hour Information

Membership meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89969724081

  • Meeting ID: 899 6972 4081
  • Password: 922184

One tap mobile:

  • +13017158592, 89969724081#,,,,0#,,922184#
  • +13126266799, 89969724081#,,,,0#,,922184#

Problems connecting? Text (do NOT call) Cathy at (412) 418-2027.

Friday Happy Hour: Every Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, BYOB!
Join Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/479233274

  • Meeting ID: 479 233 274 (This will remain the same each week!)

COVID Testing Resources on the Northside

Northside Christian Health Center

816 Middle St, 15212

Offering free oral self-swab Coronavirus testing. Must pre-register: alleghenycovidtesting.com / (412) 321-4001 option * for assistance

Allegheny Health Network

(Former Divine Providence) 1004 Arch St, 15212

A doctor’s prescription is needed for this site. For more information: ahn.org/coronavirus / (412) 687-7348

Central Outreach and Wellness Center

127 Anderson St, Ste 101, 15212

The onsite testing is suspended, but they can assist you if you do not have a PCP or insurance: call (412) 515-0000

Fall 2020 Tree Planting

Submitted by Mary Callison

According to Jeffrey Bergman, Director of Community Forestry and Tree Vitalize at Western PA Conservancy, there will be tree-planting in the fall. The intention is to move forward with the plantings for approved Tree Vitalize applications in Pittsburgh. They are finalizing assessments for the fall this summer and will follow up with applicants in late August.If you did not apply to have a tree planted, it may not be too late. Call or email me at (412)-321-5951 or callismar@gmail.com and I can provide the application form.