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Has Your Business Posted the Paid Sick Leave Notice?

The Paid Sick Leave Act went into effect for all businesses operating in the City of Pittsburgh on March 15, 2020.

Under the ordinance all employers with 15 or more employees are required to offer up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year, and those employing less than 15 employees offer up to 24 hours of paid sick time.

The Paid Sick Leave website provides additional information, the ordinance, guidelines, printable notices, FAQs and a complaint form.

ALL businesses that operate within the City of Pittsburgh are required to post a paid sick leave notice for all employees in their place of business.

Printable copies of the notice are available online in 33 languages. Employers must post the notice in English and any other language(s) primarily spoken by employees.

Print Your Notices

Loyalty Bond Program for Small Business

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and Honeycomb Credit announced today that they are partnering to create the Pittsburgh Loyalty Bonds program, a new way for small businesses within the City of Pittsburgh to smooth out cash flow and engage their customers. Loyalty Bonds allow small, local businesses to sell gift cards at a discount right now and give prospective customers more reasons to return to that business for years to come. The first 100 Pittsburgh businesses to be accepted into this program will have their setup fees waived and will receive $300 from URA funds when they reach their funding goal.

Read Press Release for Details

The Children’s Museum is Hosting a Virtual Singalong

Children's Museum Singalong

Do your children need something to do at home? Now, with a push from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, they can make their own music video.

The museum is hosting a virtual “Neighborhood Singalong” as part of their “Museum at Home” series.

The museum will invite families to sing along to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” by Latrobe native Fred Rogers.

Families are invited to record a video of their own rendition of the iconic song in any format: singing, playing the piano, strumming the guitar, or playing the drums, for example. Rock out in your own living room — or even in your own bedroom.

Videos can be submitted through any of the following platforms:

Letter from the President – May 2020

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the following upcoming AWCC events have been cancelled:

  • May 12th General Membership Meeting
  • 2020 Memorial Day Picnic
  • 2020 Wine and Garden Tour
  • 2020 Alleys, Axles and Ales
  • 2020 Wine Spectacular Dinner

Like most everything else, AWCC business has ground to a halt. The Executive Committee is meeting on the last Tuesday of each month via Zoom. We are prepared to address any neighborhood issues or questions that might normally be discussed at a General Membership meeting. If there is an AWCC topic that you think needs to be addressed while membership meetings are suspended, please reach out to me or anyone on the Executive Committee.

As of this writing there has been no AWCC business requiring a vote of the Executive Committee, aside from approval of Committee recommendations to cancel upcoming events. We discussed and agreed that we will wait to see where things stand for the Fourth of July Block Party, and perhaps come up with a creative way to have a safe neighborhood celebration. 

As you might imagine, the AWCC By-Laws do not provide guidance on how to conduct meetings during a pandemic. If the PA Department of Health continues to mandate a stay at home order or limit gatherings to a maximum of 10 people in June, we will look into alternate ways to meet and, at a minimum, provide updates on some of the on-going membership meeting topics such as WANID and Norfolk Southern Railroad project.

Lastly, a reminder to everyone about the AWCC  “Zoom Room”: It’s available for anyone to use, for gatherings large and small. Please take advantage of this to keep in virtual touch with one another. If you have an idea for a Zoom event send an email to webmaster@alleghenywest.org.

Stay safe everyone!

Ann Gilligan
President, AWCC

Friday Night Happy Hour

Join your neighbors as we practice using Zoom doing something requiring no practice: Happy Hour! Every Friday from 6:00 to 7:00, BYOB!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/479233274
Meeting ID: 479 233 274 (This will remain the same each week!)

The AWCC Zoom account is available for virtual gatherings, large and small. Please join us on Friday and then stay tuned for invites to more Zoom events. If you’re thinking of organizing a Zoom event for the neighborhood, check out how to do that on our website:

https://alleghenywest.org/about/coronavirus-resources/

Hope to see all your smiling faces on Friday evening!

From the Governor’s Office: Wear a Mask Outside!

Gov. Wolf is now asking that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask, cloth or homemade, anytime they leave their houses. The Governor’s office asks that N95 and paper masks be reserved for healthcare workers.

“Your mask protects me from COVID-19, and my mask protects you from COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine explained. “Homemade masks protect everyone else from droplets created by the wearer. It’s important that as many people as possible wear masks when leaving home.”

Yard Debris Pick-Up

Yard Debris Pick-Up will be on Saturday, May 16th. Drop off resumed on May 5th, from Tuesday-Saturday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm at the locations listed below. 

We Need Your Help!

From Councilman Bobby Wilson’s office: My office is partnering with Cityview Church to collect much needed household supplies for the 240 residents of Pressley Street High Rise, Northview Heights & Arch Court Apartments.

Needed items:

  • PAPER TOWELS
  • TOILET PAPER
  • HAND SANITIZER
  • DISINFECTANT/CLEANSER
  • SOAP BARS
  • LAUNDRY SOAP
  • DISH SOAP

Bulk items will be separated to stock supply bags for each resident. Drop-Off Details (Please follow social distance guidelines): Cityview Church, 816 Tripoli Street May 4-9 (Monday-Saturday) 12:00-4:00 pm.

Questions? cityviewpgh@gmail.com

Let’s Make a Neighborhood Art Gallery!

Gene Wilson shared the article linked below, which discusses displaying our own art in the windows to create a neighborhood gallery. If you have a painting, drawing, or sculpture  you’ve done and are proud of, consider displaying it in your window. (Goodness knows it won’t fade with the weather we’ve been having! We can all have something new to look at on our walks! See this article for more information:

https://www.nextpittsburgh.com/features/lets-turn-pittsburgh-into-an-art-gallery-a-call-to-all-residents-to-display-local-art-to-lift-our-spirits/

The June 2 Primary, Simplified

Submitted by Bob Griewahn

As mentioned previously, Pennsylvania’s April primary election was postponed to June.  The scheduled date is now Tuesday, June 2nd.  As a judge of elections, I’m urging all voters to vote by mail in the upcoming primary.

How Do I Get a Ballot?

The Allegheny County Elections Division recently announced that all registered voters will be mailed vote-by-mail ballots in early to mid-May.  You may already have received a ballot by the time you read this.  If not, you can still request a mail-in ballot.

Why Vote By Mail?

If you’re like me, you like going to the polling place each election to cast your ballot.  Here’s why you may want to consider voting by mail in this election.

  • Health – This is the most obvious reason to vote by mail.  By avoiding the crowds at polling places, you avoid viral transmission.
  • Fewer Polling Places –  Act 12 was recently signed into law.  Among other provisions, it allows the state to reduce the number of polling locations by 60%.  Allegheny County traditionally has had over 1,300 polling places, but the country recently asked the state to reduce that number to only 200-300 locations.  The new law says that each municipality has to have at least one polling place.  The City of Pittsburgh, however, is an exception:  Pittsburgh has to have at least nine polling places.  Nine.  I expect the city to have more than nine locations, but that figure gives you an indication of the kind of reduction the state government is considering.  So, there’s a very good chance that you will not be voting at your traditional polling place and may have to travel to vote in person.
  • Long Lines – Fewer polling places means longer lines for the voters who choose to vote in person.  The government’s hope, obviously, is that most people will vote by mail, thereby reducing the lines.  Still, there will be voters who show up at the consolidated polling locations.  They probably can expect longer lines than normal.  And, it’s not just due to the reduction in the number of locations that will cause the long lines.  Strict social distancing will be required, which means that the floors will be taped to indicate where voters can stand, and how far apart from each other they must be.  That means that more people may have to wait outside to get in.
  • New Machines – There will be new voting machines this year.  Voters will be given scannable paper ballots to fill out, which will then be fed into a ballot reader.  Since this is an entirely new system, voters are undoubtedly going to take longer to cast their votes.  More time per person means longer lines.  Furthermore, the Elections Division had to cancel many of the training classes for the poll workers who will be assisting voters on the machines.  So, you can expect more confusion than normal if you vote in person.
  • All the Other Reasons –There are a host of reasons people don’t vote in person, even if they intended to.  Bad weather, illness, unforeseen emergencies, prior commitments, etc.  I hear these from my voters all the time: “I always vote, but I couldn’t this last time because of XYZ.”  All those issues can still arise on election day, making it a hassle to vote in person.

So please consider voting by mail.  Even though the county will attempt to send mail-in ballots to all  registered voters, you may want to apply for one anyway.  You can do so at this link:

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin

You’ll need a valid PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID number.  The online application takes only a  few minutes. I did it a few days ago, and it was easy.

Want to check to see if you’re registered?  Go to this link to verify your registration:

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

Want to see who’s on the ballot?  You can look up the sample ballots for your polling place here (Allegheny West is in Ward 22, District 1):

https://apps.alleghenycounty.us/website/ElectPollPlace.aspx

Make your voice heard at the polls this year – by mail!