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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 Informational Meeting – June 9, 2020

Via Zoom (details below)
Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Gather, Test Audio, Learn to Use Mute
  • 7:35 – Brighton Road Redesign Plans – Sean Stephens (City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure)
  • 7:55 – Leah Friedman (City of Pittsburgh)
  • 8:10 – Erin Tobin (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy)
  • 8:15 – AWCC 2020 Budget – Cathy Serventi
  • 8:25 – Norfolk Southern Update – John DeSantis
  • 8:30 – Allegheny West Parklet Sign Design Changes – Diane Caruso
  • 8:35 – Allegheny West 2020 Neighbor of the Year Award – Tim Zinn
  • 8:40 – Conclusion

Please use this link to join the meeting:

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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

Letter from the President – April 2020

“We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

From the song, “We’ll Meet Again”, written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles

At the March 10th General Membership meeting the membership voted to give the AWCC President authority to suspend future meetings in the event of medical emergencies related to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that tonight’s scheduled General Membership meeting is cancelled. The May 12th meeting is tentative and will proceed based on Local, State and CDC guidance.

Also at the March 10th meeting, the Executive Committee was given the authority to conduct the business of the organization during a suspension of meetings. As of April 13th there has been no AWCC business requiring a vote of the Executive Committee.

The cancellation of regular AWCC meetings is a small example of the historically significant time we’re experiencing. I haven’t heard of anyone in Allegheny West who has been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, and for that I’m thankful and hopeful. Some of our neighbors and neighborhood businesses are facing significant financial hardships. Other neighbors are working the frontlines in healthcare. All of us are experiencing disruptions to our normal lives, along with the anxiety and stress that brings.

Amidst the darkness brought about by the pandemic are some uplifting things happening in Allegheny West. Hopefully these will brighten your day and perhaps provide inspiration to add to this list:

  • The AWCC Website team – notably Nick Smerker – quickly implemented changes to our website to add helpful COVID-19 information and links to resources – see the great work at alleghenywest.org/about/coronavirus-resources
  • Neighbors answered the call to place teddy bears in windows for neighborhood children (well, really for all of us) to find on bear-hunting outings.
  • Neighbors are participating in Tuesday evening “Illumination Ovation” with people across the city by stepping outside to honor front-line workers for their amazing efforts by lighting porch lights and applauding.
  • Neighbors are checking in on other neighbors, offering to pick up grocery and pharmacy supplies or just to say hello.
  • Neighbors are getting take-out food and beverages from local businesses, supporting them while normal operations are suspended.
  • Neighbors are sewing and donating face masks.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that AWCC has a “Zoom Room” – with big thanks to Cathy Serventi for setting it up and providing technical support. The AWCC Zoom Room is 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

AWCC Membership Meeting – March 10, 2020

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilman Wilson’s Office
    • Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • 7:50 – February Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Committee Reports
    • Ways & Means
    • Housing & Planning
    • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Membership
    • Property
    • By-Laws
  • 8:30 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:40 – Old Business
    • Anti-littering Crusade (Tom Barbush)
  • 8:45 – New Business
    • PPC Letter of Support for Restoration of the Hartzell Monument
    • Andrew Reichert, Birgo: requesting letter of support to develop behind Stables Building
  • 9:00 – Meeting Conclusion

AWCC Membership Meeting – February 11, 2020

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue
Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 – Guests
    • Officer Burford, Pittsburgh Police
    • Molly Onufer, Mayor’s Office
    • Councilman Wilson’s Office
    • Senator Wheatley’s Office
    • Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • 7:50 – January Membership Meeting Minutes
  • 8:00 – Committee Reports
    • Ways & Means
    • Housing & Planning
    • Friends of Allegheny West
    • Membership
    • Property
    • By-Laws
  • 8:40 – Treasurer’s Report
  • 8:45 – Old Business
    • Treetenders
  • 8:50 – New Business
  • 9:00 – Meeting Conclusion

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