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Volume 27 No. 12 December 2011

School realignment plan approved for next year By Kelsey Shea

Photo by Kelsey Shea Against the city skyline, developers broke ground at a lot on the corner of Madison and Tripoli last month where a dialysis clinic will soon be built. Check the news briefs on page 4 for the full story.

Garden Theater Block reels in three restaurants By Kelsey Shea This month, Garden Theater developers announced that three well-known Pittsburgh restaurants may be on their way to the Northside next year. The three restaurants, Nakama Japanese Steak House, Round Corner Cantina and the Firehouse Lounge, have shown interest in the Garden Theater Block on W. North Avenue and sent developers at Zukin Inc. letters of intent to lease spaces in the historic block. The next step for Zukin Inc. and the Urban Redevelopment Authority is to get leases for the spaces signed, as the letters are not legally binding. “We’re excited about the level of interest in the neighborhood. The real challenge will be to convert


these letters of intent into leases,” said Robert Rubinstein, director of economic development at the URA. The East End Food Co-op was originally named as a possible tenant, but developer Wayne Zukin said that an arrangement did not work out. “We were always focused on food services,” said Zukin. “People travel for food.” Zukin also mentioned that an advantage of all three restaurants is that they have renovated and moved into historic spaces before. Nakama, located on East Carson Street in the Southside, is currently housed in an 1893 historical landmark that was renovated and turned into a restaurant. Owners

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Nov. 22, in a near-unanimous vote, Pittsburgh Public School board approved the district realignment plan that will close seven Pittsburgh schools, including the Northside’s Oliver High School and Northview PreK-8. The plan was proposed this summer to decrease a projected $21.7 operating deficit for the 2012 school year and a projected $100 million deficit by 2015. “We’re trying to make the best decisions we can under the circumstances,” said District 2 representative Dr. Dara Ware Allen. Oliver and Northview will officially close June 30, 2012. In the 2012-2014 school year, Oliver students will be reassigned to Perry, which will become a partial rather than full magnet. Northview students will be assigned to King PreK-8 and Morrow, which will be expanded from a PreK-5 to a PreK-8. No plans have been announced for the Northview building. Special education offices and Pittsburgh McNaugher, a school for troubled students, will move into Oliver’s building. The current JTROC program at Oliver will remain on site. At the board meeting, one of the few dissenting voices regarding the realignment plan came from District 8 representative Mark Brentley, who opposed the closing of Northview because of the good condition of the building. “Somewhere, we have to find a way to remind poor, primarily African American schools that they matter,” said Brentley, who told the board closing Northview did not make sense, but supported the reassignment of Oliver students to


Perry. When the original realignment plan and later the reconsiderations that would instead close the Perry building were announced in through the fall, they were met with opposition from the Northside as a whole. Over 50 Northside speakers that included students, teachers, community members and parents addressed the school board at three public hearings to defend each school. Oliver supporters made the argument that Oliver had the larger building as well as a JTROC program, culinary program and free child care available, while Perry supporters maintained that Perry had a better building and met AYP standards. However, several teachers and community members saw the merging of the two schools as an opportunity to make a comprehensive Northside high school even before the vote. “We have an opportunity to be innovative,” said Derek Long, a teacher at Oliver who came to speak at one of the public hearings as a member of the community, asked the board to focus on the task of merging the two schools. “This is an opportunity to draw students back.” “The [Northside Leadership] Conference is pleased to see so much community input on this,” said Mark Fatla, executive director of the NLC, who noted that Northsiders made up the majority of each public hearing. “This is a good sign for the Northside regardless of what happens.” At the most recent public hearing, Diamond Kyte, a junior at Perry, supported the plan. “Perry High welcomes Oliver students with welcome arms,” she said.

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Community Meetings To have your community meeting included, email Allegheny West Civic Council 2nd Tuesday, monthly, 7:30 p.m. Calvary United Methodist Church 412.323.8884

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Bids for two NS schools accepted and rejected

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The sale of the Ridge Avenue School building in Allegheny West was approved by the school board Nov. 22. By Kelsey Shea Pittsburgh Public School district accepted and rejected bids on two empty school buildings in the Northside this month. PPS accepted a $1.1 million bid for the Ridge Avenue school building in West Allegheny from the nonprofit outreach group Light of Life Ministries and rejected a $62,713 bid from New Hope Neighborhood Renewal for the Horace Mann building in Brightwood. At PPS’s Nov. 22 meeting, there was dissent among some school board members who questioned the process in which the schools were put up for sale. “I think that our process was not reasonable for people to respond to,” said school board member Dr. Dara Ware Allen, who noted that the process could be restarted and still have the schools sold by next year. Board Member Mark Brentley opposed the sale of the building to Light of Life, and instead suggested that Pittsburgh Public Schools keep the building and work with CCAC to create a pre-college program for high school students. However in a close vote, Light of Life’s bid was approved by the board despite objections. Light of Light Ministries is a faith-based outreach program that serves the poor, homeless and addicted. At its current headquarters on W. North Avenue in the Central Northside, Light of Life provides food, shelter and resources to the needy. “The School Board has done

a terrific job looking at this effort from all possible angles, while taking into consideration the full analysis of each bidder’s proposed use for the site. In addition to the financial aspect of the bid, they are seeking a use that will enhance student enrollment, expand the tax base and have positive community impact,” said Craig Schweiger, Light of Life executive director. “I sense the committee [knew] that the net effect of Light of Life being selected as the winning bid would be best for the Northside and its entire population.” Schweiger said that the current building they are in is “grossly inadequate,” and that the Ridge Avenue building would provide them with 8,000 additional square feet. He also mentioned that the line outside the building of people waiting for services is a concern of community developers. The Allegheny West Civic Council objects to Light of Light’s use of the Ridge Avenue School building, as the property is not zoned for a nonprofit organization. “This is an utter non-conformist use,” said Jim Wallace, AWCC’s housing and planning chair. “This is not the correct place for this to be.” Wallace noted that the AWCC welcomes Light of Life and its mission but does not believe that the Ridge Avenue school building should serve as its new headquarters because the area is not zoned for that use, and it conflicts with Allegheny West’s 25-year-old master plan, which is available to the public. Allegheny West’s master plan calls for the Ridge Avenue property

to be used as a residential area, as its zoning dictates. “An enormous amount of labor has gone into this master plan,” said Wallace, who noted that they have worked with CCAC and collaborated master plans to use the Ridge Avenue property as residential area. “I understand the resistance, and I look forward to the point in the process when we share all of the community benefits that our relocation will bring to Allegheny West and the Northside at large,” said Schweiger. CCAC also made a bid for the property for new heath care programs, but came in second to Light of Life. Propel Schools came in third with its bid of $500,000 for the building they hoped to use as Propel Northside’s permanent location. The board however did approve the renewal of Propel Northside’s lease in the Columbus School building for another year. A $62,713 bid for the Horace Mann building in Brightwood made by New Hope Neighborhood Renewal was rejected by the school board, who hope to get more than $200,000 for the building. It was the only bid made on the property. New Hope Neighborhood Renewal is run through New Hope Church on Shadeland Avenue in Brightwood. NHNR was responsible for transforming the problematic Homeplate Bar into the local gelato and coffee shop, Café and Creamery.

NHNR also runs the Y.E.S Kids and S.T.E.P. programs, which mentor urban youth and guide them through secondary education. NHNR’s bid proposed using the building for a mix of commercial, office and residential space to bring business, residents and services to Brightwood. Prior to the decision, PPS said their decisions whether or not to accept bids would be based on offer price, outstanding debt and whether or not the new owner would be taxable, provide positive community benefits, have the potential to increase student enrollment and whether or not the owner had done successful and similar renovations before. NHNR’s proposal noted that their use of the building would provide positive community benefits, had the potential to boost enrollment through their mentoring programs and would expand the tax base by providing commercial, office and residential space as well as jobs. Pittsburgh Public Schools recommended the rejection of the bid because it “failed to meet or exceed the requested amount, and other benefits described in the bid did not sufficiently improve the overall bid for the District to reconsider at this time.” Sale prices for unused school buildings are based on the debt PPS owes on them.

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The bid made on the Horace Mann buildilng in Brightwood was rejected by the PPS school board.

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News Briefs Troy Hill recieves new website with CDBG funds

In October, Troy Hill Citizens launched a brand new website to engage Troy Hill residents online and in the community. Troy Hill Citizens, the neighborhood’s non-profit community development organization, had previously been using several blogs to communicate with the community, all of whose content was transferred onto the new website. Troy Hill Citizen’s Facebook page will remain active. According the Troy Hill Citizens, the purpose of the website is to “engage residents who are interested in getting involved with the community” and present Troy Hill to potential visitors or home buyers. The site gives users the ability to register new members, communicate with subscribes, organize events with Google Calendar, share resources and awareness of local programs, accept donations through PayPal and “share their vision of progress with downloadable PDFs of community plans.” The site was financed by a community development block grant from the mayor’s office and was designed by Avenue Design Studios. Check out www. for more information.

Fundraiser for Woods Run Library held at Young Brothers

The Friends of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosted the first annual Taste of Brighton, which featured beer tasting with Penn Brewery and fundraised for Brightwood’s Woods Run Library. The event was held Sunday November 13 outside of Young Brothers Bar several blocks down from the library on Woods Run Avenue. A large tent and a big screen T.V. was set up to watch the Steelers game. Several local businesses in Brightwood and Brighton Heights provided food and beer. The money raised will not be allocated to any specific endeavors at this time. The Friends of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit

volunteer organization that raises money for public libraries in order to fund specific programs and promote library services. “The Friends of Carnegie Library has been existence for quite some time now, and they continue to move forward in promoting the success of our library,” said Mary Beth Parks, manager of the Woods Run branch. They were inactive for a while, but were reactivated last year. Through their volunteering and fundraising, they have supplemented the budget for the library. They recently raised money for a yoga instructor and a Wii game system for teenagers. They also provide programs for the community and ultimately work towards improving the facility as a whole. “In spite of the inactive period that Friends of the Library went through, they are moving forward and have made great strides in terms of their organization, dedication, membership and support of the Woods Run Library.”

Dialysis Clinic to be built in Northside’s East Deutschtown

On the last week of November, developers broke ground at the corner of Tripoli Street and Madison Avenue for what will soon be a new DaVita dialysis clinic. Developers and community members used shovels to upturn the dirt in the empty lot near the Tripoli Street Bridge where a building will soon stand. DaVita clinic is currently located Allegheny General Hospital, but plans to move out when its lease is up in March. It is independent of Allegheny General and the West Penn Health System. The 9,000 foot building will be built and owned by developers Marco and Tony Pomeo and rented by DaVita. “We’re hoping to start construction possibly in a few weeks,” said Marco Pomeo, who noted that DaVita like the site because of its proximity to AGH. “This is an excellent quarter for development,” said Mark Fatla, executive director of the Northside Leadership Conference. “It’ll show that East Deutschtown is a great place to invest.”

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Mattress Factory renovates ‘new’ gallery space By Kelsey Shea The three story abandoned row house that sits at 516 Sampsonia Way has peeling wall paper, exposed brick, broken plaster and even a few holes in the walls – and that’s just the way the Mattress Factory likes it. That’s why the Mattress Factory bought the building in 2001 and is now renovating it into the museum’s third gallery space in the Central Northside. Rather than renovate every aspect of the building, the Mattress Factory will try to preserve and find the beauty in the battered old space to create a unique gallery experience not offered by the museum’s other two buildings. “The space will encapsulate the past and allow artists to respond to it,” said Marketing Manager Lindsay O’Leary. “It’s much different than the big white rectangle spaces in the main gallery.” O’Leary said one benefits of the new space is that more room will allow there to always be something new at the Mattress Factory. The house will remain broken

up into rooms, rather than the open space commonly found in art galleries, and the exposed brick and peeling wall paper will be maintained and preserved. Essentials like new flooring, new ceilings and an HVAC system will be installed. Because of this unique approach, the complete renovation of the 121-year-old Victorian building will only cost the Mattress Factory $360,000. Though the museum has owned the building for 10 years, the renovations are made possible by a recent community infrastructure and tourism fund grant from the Heinz Endowments, said the museum’s president and co-director Barbara Luderowski. 516 Sampsonia will add 2,500 square feet of exhibit space to the museum and will house permanent fixtures and traveling exhibits. There will also be a garden in the back that will be used for events and education programs on urban gardening. O’Leary estimates the renovation will take six to eight months. The Mattress Factory hopes to have its first exhibit opening in fall of 2012.

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NShore connector starts tests

By Manushka Gracia-Desgage After four years of work, the Port Authority’s North Shore Connector project is on track to begin test runs this month. The project consists of a 1.2mile twin tunnels that will run under the Allegheny River and extend the T, Port Authority’s light rail transit system, from downtown’s Gateway Subway Station to the North Shore. There will be two stations on the North Shore, a T station underneath Tony Dorsett Drive and an aerial station along Allegheny Avenue. The idea for the North Shore Connector project came about in the late ’90s. The Pittsburgh Port Authority undertook responsibility for the project in 1999 and construction began in 2007. The Port Authority will run a series of tests to ensure that all the systems on the connector are running properly this month. “In order to make sure everything is running smoothly, we are going to test the different systems, such as the communication and electrical systems, individually to see if there’s anything we need to take a second look at,” said Keith Wargo, project director for the North Shore Connector. “If they are functioning properly, then we move on to the next phase which includes interfacing the systems to see if they work well together.” The Port Authority is finishing the independent tests and then will be moving on to marrying the different systems. “Because the North Shore Connector project is an isolated and independent one, there haven’t been [many] local inconveniences,” Wargo said. Construction and testing is conducted outside of service and business hours in order to minimize distractions and disturbances.

The North Shore Connector will allow for quicker access to businesses and institutions, therefore decreasing congestion, said Wargo. “This project complements different developments in the Northside area. It will benefit CCAC students by giving them a quicker way to campus, avoiding all the morning and evening congestion,” says Wargo. Wargo adds that it will increase access to entertainment, employment and business opportunities for those who already travel as well as those who live in the Northside. Supporters of this project say that it shows a commitment to the Northside because it will serve different destinations, including new Heinz Field, PNC Park, Del Monte and Equitable Resources headquarters, Marriott Springhill Suites and Carnegie Science Center. It will also reduce traffic, create another mode of transportation, enhance access to the T for Northside residents and ultimately allow for further extensions throughout the rest of Allegheny County. Heather Pharo, Social Media and Communications Specialist for the Port Authority, said that they have no deals with any sponsors right now. “We are definitely interested in naming rights, but haven’t yet closed any deals. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will be responsible for securing any naming rights.” The original cost for the T extension project rounded up to $350 million. It rose to $538 million, but eventually decreased to a final budget of $523 million. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Northside Connector should be up and running on March 25, 2012. Manushka Gracia-Desgage is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying English Writing and Legal Studies.

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Northside author chronicles an infamous Pittsburgh crime spree By Karin Baker

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After a 30-year career with the Department of Corrections at Western Penitentiary, James Hollock of Observatory Hill took his knowledge of criminals and turned it into a true crime novel focused on a Pittsburgh-based crime spree. “Born to Lose: Stanley Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation”details the criminal case of Stanley Barton Hoss, a man who in May of 1969 began a spree of crimes sending him from a status of “local hoodlum to the most hunted man in America.” Hoss was placed on the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted criminals, and the search for him went nationwide. The story begins locally, with the abduction of a local girl from Shaler High School and the murder of Oakmont Patrolman Joe Zanella. Hoss and his crimes appeared in the news for eight years after 1969. His multiple crimes made research for the book crucial. “[The book includes] multiple crimes – I began with a kidnapping of a high school girl from Shaler High School. She was raped but released unharmed. I researched for five years before I wrote a word.” Following the old adage of “write what you know,” Hollock found inspiration for his book in his work. “One thing I did know was criminals.”

The publication of the book in May led Hollock to achieve his dream of becoming an author. “I did for many years want to be an author. Finally I just said the time is now. It turned into a gargantuan effort.” The book includes many highprofile persons, including J. Edgar Hoover, then head of the FBI, and locally famed attorney Edgar Snyder. Snyder, at the time, was a public defender, and defended Hoss in the first trial. “I interviewed scores of people. I tried to let them speak for themselves in the book.” In his introduction to the book, Hollock writes, “This notable saga is a natural read for any true crime devotee, but will as well captivate an audience drawn to a darkling tale that explores – and explains – how occasional human error and the very systems set in place to protect us can so easily be the cause for tragedy.” Hollock’s first publication has received positive reviews. A review on reads, “Author Hollocks research for his book was meticulous. His attention to detail is not something often found in an author’s first book and vividly depicts actual events. It is almost like you are there.” Karin Baker is a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Veterans work to relocate WWII monument By Kelsey Shea The relocation of a World War II monument in the Allegheny Commons Park nine years ago created a stir among Northside Veterans last month. The memorial, which commemorates the World War II veterans from the 23rd Ward, currently sits at East Commons and Sandusky streets, where it was moved in 2002 from its previous location at the corner of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue. Korean War Veteran and former Northside resident Bill Hill believes that the new location is disrespectful to the veterans whose names are on the monument, including a friend of his, Jack Kieffer who won a bronze star in Okinawa in 1945 and passed away in 2009. “There’s a lot of people we know on that monument,” said Hill. “This just isn’t right.” Hill started a committee at the Elks Club Lounge American

Legion to pressure the City to move the monument back to its original location to commemorate his friend Jack and Jack’s brother who died in France in 1945. “If you want to see it now, you have to go find it… It should be

back where it belongs,” said Adam Antczak, who is a 23rd Ward WWII Veteran whose name is engraved on the memorial. He told the American Legion he remembered signing up for the service just after he turned 17 in the Northside in 1944.

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The monument now sits at East Commons and Sandusky streets.

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The monument was moved in 2002 as a part of the Allegheny Commons Initiative’s plan to revert Allegheny Commons largely to its original landscaping and footprint designed 1935. At the time, veterans and their families were contacted about the move, and the City approved the relocation of the monument in November of 2002. Lynn Glorieux, of the Allegheny Commons Initiative and the East Allegheny Community Council, said that the memorial’s spot at the corner of Cedar and East Ohio Street was problematic. She said there were people defecating behind the memorial, drunks sitting on it and liquor bottles left on top of it. She also said flowers were left there for weeks at a time, and no one would clean them up. Its position also interfered with the walking path of the park’s master plan. “It was not only not a respectful

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Woodland Avenue will recieve two new security cameras with City grant Soon there will be two more eyes watching over the streets of Brightwood. After the success of two street security cameras installed in 2009, Brightwood’s Woodland Avenue will receive two more this month funded by City Council President Darlene Harris’ office. “I thought it was an important project for all my neighborhoods,” said Harris. “Brightwood has had so much success for the first set of cameras.” The current cameras led police to two suspects charged in the murder of retired Northside firefighter Mark Barry, who was killed while walking his dog in 2010. Diane Annis-Dixon, Brightwood Civic Group president, said the cameras also helped police solve two burglaries in the area. The cameras as well as a local

block watch and a series of housing projects are part of Brightwood Civic Groups Woodland Avenue revitalization project. Annis-Dixon said that the Woodland Avenue corridor has struggled since the closing of Horace Mann Elementary School in 2005, when many residents cleared out of the neighborhood. The objective of the Woodland Avenue revitalization project is to get homeowners in and to improve public safety. She believes the cameras are a great tool to make that happen. “The houses came secondary to the public safety project,” said Annis-Dixon who called the cameras a “huge asset.” Each camera will cost about $5,500 and will be tapped into the the IP addresses of local police. “We believe it’s an upgrade,” said Annis-Dixon.

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Progress made on Garden Theater Block From Garden Theater, page 1 declined to comment on the letters of intent, as nothing is final or official. The owners of Round Corner Cantina on Butler Street in Lawrenceville also turned an old hotel into a popular bar and restaurant. Though an owner, Derek Burnell, said if they open a Northside location, it will be a different restaurant and concept. The Firehouse Lounge was a renovated firehouse in the Strip District that closed in August. “From our perspective, we thought a mix of different restaurants would keep a good flow in the neighborhood,� said Zukin. If leases are signed, Zukin said construction will begin on the restaurant spaces in spring of 2012, though they plan to start stabilization work in the coming months on the Federal Street properties. Zukin said the three restaurants will be in Masonic Hall, the old theater and 8 W. North Ave.

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Two new school years on the Northside

This August saw the opening of two new elementry schools on the Northside. Four months later, they are each are finishing their second semester with relative ease despite the transition.

Northside Catholic School By Karin Baker Last March when Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese announced that St. Cyril of Alexandria and Cardinal Wright Regional elementary schools would merge due to budget cuts and low enrollment, feelings were mixed and the new school didn’t even have a name chosen. But at the beginning of November, the newly merged and newly named Northside Catholic School finished its first quarter in St. Cyril’s old building in Brighton Heights with minimal complications say administrators and parents. “From my perspective, the children have come together very well. It’s been very good,” said Northside Catholic School Principal Peg Bookser.Northside Catholic School is now the only remaining Catholic elementary school on the Northside. Father Kris Stubna, secretary for Catholic education, said that the name was picked in order to identify with the community. “[It’s] the only remaining Catholic school on the Northside. We wanted the school to be viewed as a resource to the community.” In March, when the announcement of the school merger was made, feelings were mixed in regards to the changes. Despite this, Stubna believes the year has been off to a positive start. One reason for the positive start at the new school is the existing relationship that St. Cyril and Cardinal Wright had in previous years. “That relationship has been there for years,” said Bookser. Students at St. Cyril were able to participate in the football program that Cardinal Wright provided, as their own school did not have one, so Some of the students were already acquainted with one another prior to the merger. The students from Cardinal Wright Regional were moved to St. Cyril of Alexandria’s buildin., due to further improvements that would need to be done to the Cardinal Wright’s building, including roof reparations ythe Cardinal Wright building in Allegheny West is

now being used to house various organizations including youth groups. rThe school believes one major positive that came from the merger is the school’s opportunity to make significant improvements to their education system. Technology, now a major part of any classroom, will be able to be improved with a more stable financial situation brought about by the merger “Improving technology is a priority at Catholic Schools,” says Stubna. The school is now integratinn smart boards and improving the quality of computer labs.. Last year, prior to the merger, both schools were given grants allowing them to have the finances needed to improve technology. The stimulus package is now going to improving the infrastructure of the school to better accommodate the technology at the school. Enrollment at Northside Catholic is no longer the issue that it was when the schools were separated. Previously, St. Cyril had a student enrollment of 105, Cardinal Wright had 154. Currently, Northside Catholic has a total enrollment of 203. The merger was successful in terms of maintaining students. Only three students from St. Cyril left the district,,and Cardinal Wright retained about 50 percen% of its students. When the merger was first announced, some parents said they felt “stuck” sending their students to the new school. At the end of the first quarter, however, parents seem much more positive about the change. Gretchen Marker, who was a parent at St. Cyril, said that the merger “went really well.” “Whenever you have double the kids and changes in the staff, there are going to be kinks. [The school] has handled it really well.” The kids, shessaid, have adjusted well to their new environment. “[We’ve had a] very positive start to the school year. I plan on going to Mass in November to bless both the building and the remainder of the school year.”

Propel Northside By Kelsey Shea Just three months after Propel Northside’s charter was approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools, the 2011-2012 school year began, and the teachers and students at Propel hit the ground running in the Northside’s newest school. Four months into Propel Northside’s first year, administrators and parents say that the school year is off to a smooth and exciting start. “It’s been an amazing start,” said Propel Northside Principal Ariane Watson. “It almost seems now like we’ve been doing this for more than 12 weeks.” Propel Northside opened in August as the first Propel school in the City of Pittsburgh with just under 200 students in grades K-4. The school is temporarily housed in the former PPS Columbus School building and will expand to a K-5 next year. “We want to extend these great resources [of the Northside] to our students and give them the opportunity to be a positive influence on the Northside,” said Watson. Their current location in the Columbus School building is temporary as the school looks for a permanent location. Watson said it is unclear if the school will remain in the Columbus building for year two. The PPS school board recently approved the extension of their lease for the 2012-2013 school year. “Because this is our first school located within the city of Pittsburgh, we consider this opportunity a very special one,” said Angela Gaitaniella, the community relations specialist at Propel Northside. “This venue is working out quite well for us. Although it is quite large, the faculty has enjoyed the aspect of teaching small classes in large classrooms. The children also feel

more relaxed.” A committee is assigned to searching for a permanent location on the Northside, though Propel Executive Director Jeremy Resnick said the committee is not interested in Brightwood’s Horace Mann building and are are currently looking into both traditional and non-traditional venues. Propel made a $500,000 bid on the Ridge Avenue School building this fall, but lost the bid to Light of Life Missions who offered more than twice as much for the empty PPS school building. More important than the physical premises of Propel Northside, Principal Watson, who was the previously the co-principal at Propel Homestead, said that this year teachers and students are working to build the culture of their school to develop “an environment of high academic expectations.” “Our vision is to cultivate a positive, warm school environment where all students fell like they are being supported and challenged to achieve their greatest potential,” said Watson. Michele Margittai, a parent of a Propel Northside first-grader, said the school culture can be found in daily Propel rituals, like teachers shaking hands with the students in the morning. She said her son is excited to go to school in the mornings. “The whole culture is just conducive to teaching,” she said. “It’s just been a fabulous experience so far. She noted that the individual attention paid to individual students was beneficial to her son, who struggled in kindergarten, but is doing very well at Propel. She said that over 30 parents attended the first school and community council meeting, and there were no complaints.

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Northside nonprofit for girls recieves donation from Eaton By Kelsey Shea

Sixteen-year-old Northside resident Erica and her daughter Jamya are two of about 160 girls who can call themselves “Gwen’s.” Sitting in a common room with her seven-month old daughter on her lap, Erica talks about her friends who have passed through Gwen’s Girls, a nonprofit residential program for at-risk teenage girls in Pittsburgh who are assigned to the program by Community Youth Services and juvenile courts. Erica goes through the list of names noting that some are in college, some are in graduate school, others are professionals, a few own houses and all seem to be doing well and raising their children, who like them were once considered “at risk.” “They’re like a part of my family,” said Erica. Erica hopes to move onto CCAC’s nursing program after she graduates high school and plans to remain close to her current home at Gwen’s Girls. Though the headquarters of Gwen’s Girls is in Point Breeze,

the residential program is in the

Police commander. Elliot started

8-18, five years before her death in 2007. In her obituary, Elliot was called “a trailblazing champion for the rights of women.” Gwen’s Girls Executive Director Lynn Knezevich called Elliot a visionary, who is missed very much within the organization. Even four years after the founders passing, Gwen’s Girls continues to grow and thrive, working with other local organizations like The Children’s Museum and other nonprofits to expand their services. Gwen’s Girls received a donation this month from Eaton Photo courtesy Gwen’s Girls. Electric of $11,000. Dave Tallman, Eaton employees present their donation to Gwen’s Girls. who is vice president of Eaton and also serves on the board of directors at Gwen’s Girls, which he believes is Northside, where 13 girls, many of the organization because of the helping to “break the cycle of abuse whom are pregnant or have children, hardships she saw young girls facing and neglect.” live. in her years of service, specifically “One of our values is to support Gwen’s Girls helps its residents pregnant teens she saw trapped in the communities we work in,” said focus on finishing school with tutors impossible home situations. Tallman. “Our company is very and childcare programs, gives them As well as being one of the involved.” a safe place to live and offers them first women police officers in the Knezevich said donations are personal mentoring and career City, Elliot also helped transform very important, especially after services. procedures for working with victims recent state budget cuts and the Gwen’s Girls was founded by of abuse. She founded Gwen’s Girls money will go towards several Gwen Elliot, a retired Pittsburgh in 2002 to help at-risk girls, ages concrete needs for the facility.

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A Northside holiday gift guide.......

Rather than fighting the crowds of malls and shopping districts, check out some the sites of some Northside crafters and artisans this season and shop local! RagTrader Vintage Horse Necklace $18

Cotton Factory

RagTrader Vintage

Beth Voltz, creator and designer of RagTrader Vintage RagTrader Vintage, specializes in the creation Blue rose ring of vintage jewelry. The collection features rings, $17 necklaces, earrings, and a pair of working compass cufflinks for the gentleman you’re buying for. “Half the stuff is vintage found items, the rest is vintage reproductions made from the molds,” says Voltz. A large selection of pocket watch necklaces serve as a perfect gift for a daughter always looking for something unique, and zodiac cameo ring is great for the astrologically conscious. “I’ve always liked things that are rusty and old,” Voltz said. Jewelry prices depend largely upon how elaborate the piece is, however most pieces stay well under the $40 range. RagTrader Vintage products can be found online at two websites, as well as in a few local Pittsburgh stores. (by Karin Baker) Luxx – Southside RagTrader Vintage PageBoy – Lawerenceville Watch Necklace SoMe - Glenshaw $30

Jes-Ha-Ka Described as “Slimey creations” on their Etsy website, Northside crafter, Jes Ha Ka brings the slime to Pittsburgh in the classiest of manners. Were you looking for a pair of teeth earrings to give your little girl this Christmas? Maybe a set of “slimeballs,” ozzingly cute decorations for a Christmas tree? “I’ve been drawing cartoon and stuff like etsycom/shop/jeshaka that for a long time,” says Jes LaVecchia, creator Slime Ball ornament and designer for the line. The show Adventuretime on Cartoon $5 Network is Jes’ current inspiration for the wacky designs that children love. (by Karin Baker)

Humorous t-shirts galore can be found at the Cotton Factory’s website. The Pittsburgh based printing company has pages of creatively designed and chuckle inducing T-shirts to browse through. While some can be enjoyed by people from all places, there are others that can only be understood by those native to Pittsburgh. “The people’s parking authority – yinz respect the chair,” pokes fun at the countless chairs lining the curbs as space savers for that coveted parking space outside your house. The website also features a line of printed aprons, great for anyone that loves the kitchen. Don’t expect to find the “Kiss the Cook” apron that you have been dying to get, but absolutely unique and amusing designs such as “Rock lobster.” (by Karin Baker)

Cotton Factory Iron City T $17

Mattress Factory Funkyphonic Headphones $28

The Warhol and The Mattress Factory

Another great place for unique, Pittsburgh-centric gifts is at the gift shops of the Northside’s local museums – The Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory. The Warhol is full of iconic Warhol images imprinted onto everyday items like bags and coasters. Plus the Warhol gift shop has a great book selection. The Mattress Factory’s gift shop also stocks artsy, fun accessories, house wares and Mattress Factory T-shirts. Family memberships are always a great gift as well! (by Kelsey Shea) Mattress Factory gift card jeshaka Tree plush $8

Cotton Factory Pgh T $18

“Installations: Mattress Factory 1990-1997” $32

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Mentors celebrated at Allegheny Middle School By Kelsey Shea This year First Lady Michelle Obama called for 1 million mentors to get involved in the lives of kids across the country, and Allegheny Middle School is just one of eight Pittsburgh Public Schools answering that call. Nov. 15, United Way, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Attorney General David Hickton gathered at Allegheny Middle School to celebrate the success of the United Way of Allegheny County’s Be a Sixth Grade Mentor program and received a donation of $125,000 from First Niagara Bank. The program matches sixth grade students with adult mentors who help them stay focused on their studies and their futures. “Pittsburgh has such fabulous support, and this is just one of the ways you can see it,” said PPS Superintendent Linda Lane, who remarked on the exciting growth of the program since its inception three years ago. “Watching it grow has been just a gratifying experience.” Allegheny Middle School Principal Toni Kendrick said that middle school students in the program have higher attendance, improved grades and are more

focused on their futures. About 20 eighth graders in the program sat on the stage of Allegheny’s auditorium Tuesday afternoon and discussed career paths with United Way of Allegheny County President Bob Nelkin. Students told the audience they wanted to be lawyers, teachers, doctors, social workers and one eighth grader was even as specific as

to mention neonatology as a possible career for herself. The students also discussed their experiences in the past two years working with adults in the community. “Having a mentor is like having another person in your corner to look after you,” said Allegheny eighth grade student Joseph Jones, who hopes to go into the armed forces after high school.

Dr. Linda Lane applauds students and mentors in United Way’s Be a Sixth Grade Mentor Program at Allegheny Middle School. (Courtesy Steven Lowry)

The Healing Space with Ayeshah A. Bulls

What do you see? order to embrace the many opportunities

Do you need a new pair of glasses? Now, I don’t mean the kind of specs that you would buy at LensCrafters or Pearle Vision, but the non-physical ones that you see life and the world through. The lenses that we see life through give us our perspectives, our views and our opinions on our observations. When we are seeing life through lenses that are not balanced, are dirty or smudged, are out of focus and not prescribed specifically for us, our whole outlook is distorted. When our outlook is distorted we are not able to perceive, view and form healthy opinions about life and the world as a whole. What lenses are you wearing? Are you seeing life through lenses of sadness or anger? In which, no matter what happens, what experiences and interactions you have, what triumphs and accomplishments occur in your life, you just can’t seem to find joy in anything. You need new glasses of happiness and forgiveness so that you can free your heart and mind to still see the good even when times seem to be all bad. Are you seeing life through lenses of fear? When new opportunities, relationships and blessing come your way, your first thoughts are how it’s not going to work, it’s going to fail anyway, or you’re too afraid to embrace them. You need new glasses of hope and courage in

that life is certain to send your way when you are open to them. Are you seeing life through lenses of self righteousness? Do you think that you are always right and anyone that believes, thinks or sees life outside of your own belief systems is wrong? Are you forming your opinions or thoughts about someone before even truly hearing or getting to know them based on them being different than you? You need new glasses of openness, compassion and love so that you can see life from a new perspective without compromising your own, but possibly adding to it. Often times we are wearing the glasses of others. Any good eye doctor will tell you that you should never wear glasses prescribed to someone else. Look inside yourself, and see what thoughts, false information or emotions could be distorting your vision. Be sure that you are not seeing life through the perspective others that may be passing on their twisted perceptions onto you. This season, as we begin the shift into a new year with so much happening around us, take a moment to check your lenses. See if you wearing the proper specs to truly receive all the lessons, blessings and experiences that life has to offer to you through your visions, observations and interactions.

First Niagara President Todd Moules presented a check for $125,000 to the program for the second year in a row and noted First Niagara’s continuing support of mentoring programs across the country. The bank’s Mentoring Matters program has donated over $3 million to mentoring programs nationwide. Across the City, there are currently 266 sixth grade mentors and 442 total mentors in eight middle schools. US Attorney General David Hickton, a strong supporter of the program, said that the most impressive statistic he sees in the program is the 65 percent retention rate of mentors who choose to continue their involvement. “These numbers tell me two things,” said Hickton. “First of all that this program is very valuable… and the mentees are getting as much out of this as the mentors. So to the students, hats off to you.” Seventh grade mentor, Sarah Schneider spoke to the audience about her positive experience mentoring two students at Allegheny. She’s already told them she expects to be invited to their high school graduation parties.

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Veterans question the move of NS monument From Monument, page 9 place, but it was a disrespectful place [for the monument],” Glorieux said. “I don’t know where the hell this country has gone if we’re letting people like that dictate our way of life,” said Bill Hill about the problems surrounding the monument old location. Glorieux said Allegheny Commons has taken no official position on moving the monument, but would personally be very “wary” to do so. Part of the problem that Morton Brown, City of Pittsburgh public arts manager, sees with the current location of the monument is not visibility or accessibility, but rather that the monument does not sit in the 23rd Ward whose soldiers it commemorates, but instead in the 22nd Ward, which begins at Cedar Avenue and encompasses the entire park. “In my opinion, it’s highly visible where it is. It’s placed similarly to how others are placed throughout the city. I’m not saying if that’s a necessarily a good or bad thing,” said Brown. “I think the correct thing to do is to move it into the correct ward.” Another obstacle Bill Hill, the American Legion committee and the City must face is the cost of moving the monument, which Morton estimates could be as much as $20,000, though he noted that grants for such projects were often available. Morton and City public works had a meeting with the monument committee from the American Legion to discuss the possible relocation of the monument into the 23rd Ward, and were unable to identify a new location or funding for the move. They are now focusing on adding a light to the monument.

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In praise of the Christmas tree Paramount Glass Co. in Manchester, were cut and glued In the next few weeks, into reflective millions of trees, some snowflakes. Ribbons live, some freshly cut, and trinkets were some aluminum and some attached to metallic deceptively real-looking pie plates. Rolls plastic ones, will find their of aluminum foil way into our homes and were transformed into neighborhoods. long chains. Plywood Last winter, on the day stars, cut by after Christmas,  several Alex Watson and folks in our neighborhood Merle Dickenson were introduced to a new were painted and and  wonderful tradition “glittered” by young from Germany from our and old residents of friend Susanna Ortner. the neighborhood. Known in southern One homebound Germany, Susanna’s neighbor, Alden homeland, as Christbaum Craig, an artist in Loben (In Praise of the his own right, sent Christmas Tree) it is a several shopping time to walk about visiting bags of unique neighbors under the ornaments. Gift pretext of admiring their bags, filled with an Christmas tree and sharing orange, an apple, a bit of schnapps, wine cookies and candy or some sweet treats  at were  assembled each house. It was good for all the kids as that we all walked!  What The Christmas tree in Ober Park in 1916. (Courtesy well as folks living a wonderful, should I say, Pittsburgh City Photographer, Archive Services Center at alone in small rooming gemutlich, tradition: meeting the University of Pittsburgh) house units scattered neighbors, spending time in the community.  In John Ober, famed brew master with old friends and being those years, our good neighbor and civic leader of Allegheny surprised at the great variety of Neil Savage was the embodiment of City, probably made certain that ways folks decorate their trees. Santa in a magnificent suit of velvet a community tree was erected in Some were quite splendid and fur. the center of the formal park he and had elaborate and costly On a Sunday evening a presented to Allegheny City. In ornaments.  Some were decorated week before Christmas the with cookies, others with homemade recent years I’ve appreciated the tree community assembled to decorate  placed in the heart of the Historic ornaments, and one was completely our tree.  Allegheny West Deutschtown business district on free of decorations except scattered Civic Council’s vice president East Ohio Street. snow.  I admired them all and in those years was Major Don Last year the National Aviary thought of the many trees of my Peterson of the Harbor Light transformed a gigantic Blue lifetime. Salvation Army facility located in Spruce outside their facility  into Growing up in the “Christmas the neighborhood. Don arranged for a magnificently lit tree in the Story” era of the ’50s, the tree Allegheny Commons, and the tree in a small brass band of SA musicians in our home and in those of my to accompany the carol sing. The Brighton Heights grows taller each Brighton Heights neighbors were year. One of my fondest memories is Major also provided the “Sally either Spruce or Scotch Pine of  the community tree of Allegheny Wagon” which served hot chocolate with lights, metallic icicles, paper and cookies everyone. Santa West in the late ’70s. chains and a sundry collection of distributed gift bags to all.   To me, this tree symbolized one ornaments.  Our tree usually went The Tree Event was indeed a of the beauties of life in a diverse up on December 24 and was gone community sharing and celebrating urban neighborhood. The massive by early January – none of this all the positive images associated evergreen was provided by the Halloween to Valentine’s Day type with the season.  No “Humbug” Muellers, who operated a parking of Christmas season.  here!  Just Goodwill and lots of lot at Brighton Road and Western There was also a community “Merry Christmas” greetings as we Avenue. tree in Legion Park, decorated by gathered around tree.  There are The decorations placed on the the Brighton Community Club. indeed many good reasons  or an tree were all made by neighbors I imagine similar community annual Christbaum Loben  in all of from a variety of materials. trees were found throughout the our neighborhoods.  Mirror pieces, gleaned from the Northside. 

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Cottage Place for $25,000. Sandra Telep to Todd Meyer at David Marker to Louis and 110 Galveston Ave. and North Linda Ross at 1210 Pemberton St. for $120,000. Ave. for $50,000. Estate of Richard Klaner to Robert and Debra White at Brighton Heights 2060 Stonelea St. for $47,500. Chris Balouris to Bank New Estate of Marguerite Rockey York Mellon trustee at 1001 to Ronald Rockey at 1039 Pemberton St. for $2,969 by Haller St. for $30,000. sheriff ’s deed.  Kimberly Renee Hartnett to Debra Green at 1110 Speck St. Brightwood Rose Cathie to US Bank NA for $7,200. trustee at 1216 Ingham St. for Mary Ann Scheib to Eleanor $2,317 by sheriff ’s deed. Shirley at 3462 Harbison Ave. Robin Stromberg to Federal for $77,900. National Mortgage Assn. at Estate of Ruth Keefe to Michael Sisk at 3404 Brighton 1207 Marshall Ave. for $1,557 by sheriff ’s deed. Road for $80,000. Carolyn Fratto et al. to Alice Balay to James Cush Matthew Beall at 626 Woods Jr. and Karen Cush at 1808 Run Ave. for $53,000.

John Loebig to AMD Construction & Development LLC at 918 Rothpletz St. for $13,500. DeSean Davis to Federal National Mortgage Assn. at 1229-1231 Dickson St. for $1,685 by sheriff ’s deed. Michele Fonzi to Sabrina and Ronald Yakovich at 2422 California Ave. for $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $72,657). Bonnie Yakemawiz et al. to Bank New York trustee at 2918 Shadeland Ave. for $2,700 by sheriff ’s deed. Aurora Loan Services Inc. to REO Distribution LLC at 2339 Atmore St. for $6,450.

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Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. to Mark Monahan at 1206 Loraine St. for $2,000. Joseph Ferrara to Kyle Lackey at 414 N. Taylor Ave. for $214,900.

East Deutschtown

Robert John Grady to Patrick Butler at 921 Constance St. for $5,000. Birchmere Capital L.P. to R&D Vinial LLC at 1030 Vinial St. for $235,000.


Dale Craig to Charles Spuhler Jr. at 1726 Meadville St. for $75,000.

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Historic Deutschtown

Michael Seifer to Samantha Smelko at 504 Lockhart St. for $85,000. William Harvey Jr. et al. to Lutz and Carolyn Kurzweg at 1111 Middle St. for $30,000 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $54,990) by sheriff ’s deed.


Julia Scrivens et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assn. at 1217 Juniata St. for $1,623 by sheriff ’s deed. Charles Taylor to Jack Rosenberger at 1115 Liverpool St. for $18,000. Maureen Neary to Haley Rae Wallace at 1010 Abdell St. for $135,000.

Observatory Hill

Frank Wolber to Kathleen Kasunick at 3861 East St. for $85,000. Realty Choice Investments LLC to David and Seina Smoshkovitz at 27 Bonvue St. for $55,000. Lena Cammarata to David Vandall at 3030 Marshall Road for $150,220. Equity Trust Co. Cust FBO Steven P Oberst to Jeremy and Crystal Manke at 2921 Norwood Ave. for $164,000. Frederick Hirt to MROW Properties L.P. at 3634 Baytree St. for $28,000. David Krieger II to Charles and Elizabeth Chapman at 27 Watson Blvd. for $34,500. Marte Beth Urban to Denise

Stefanyszyn at 4059 Grizella St. for $49,000.

Perry Hilltop

CTS Holdings LLC to Hampton Estates LLC at 223 W. Burgess St. for $9,000. Wells Fargo Bank NA trustee to Vincent Graziani at 863 Marshall Ave. for $15,400. Michael Schrass et al. to Clarence Watkins at 109 W. McIntyre Ave. for $11,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Ras and Brenda Davis at 543 Norman St. for $7,000.

Spring Garden

Raymond Anderson to Alexander Tarnas at 1454 Firth St. for $4,000. Katherine Draznak to Carol

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Scherer at 1115 Spring Garden Ave. for $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $25,038). Dressel Assoc. Inc. to Metal Foundations Acquisition LLC at 2200 Spring Garden Ave. for $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $140,751).

Troy Hill

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From the office of State Sen. Wayne Fontana

Working for more jobs in Pittsburgh You can’t turn on the news or open a newspaper today without hearing about the Attorney General’s charges against former and current employees of Penn State University related to the sexual abuse of children. The charges and the events behind the charges are shocking and disturbing, and as much as we would like to go back and change what happened, we cannot. No matter what action we take today or tomorrow, we cannot change what happened to these children. We can send our thoughts and prayer to the victims and their families, and we can take steps that will provide additional protections to our children moving forward. I first introduced legislation in September of 2005 to address child abuse by school employees. Through each and every version of it, I have worked with stakeholders

– both those who are in favor of the proposed changes and those who had concerns. In that process, I have made concessions and changes to the bill. I have met with those groups that my colleagues have asked me to, and my staff has spoken with each and every person who has contacted my office on this bill – to hear their story, to determine if we can address their concerns and to continue to improve this bill. That is what Senate Bill 549 does – it amends the Child Protective Services Law to address suspected abuse by school employees. The bill would lower the threshold for when suspected child abuse by a school employee must be reported and investigated. The bill provides that the information from a report (now deemed confidential) may be provided to the employer of a person, providing limited information on facts, related to the employee’s suitability in the workplace. The bill removes any separate reporting procedures and would require that reports are made

in the same way regardless of who the suspected perpetrator is or what the offense is to ensure that the child’s welfare is the first priority. The bill strengthens the immunity provisions for those individuals making reports, providing both civil and criminal immunity if the person participates in good faith in making a report (mandated or not), cooperating with an investigation, testifying in a proceeding or referring a report to law enforcement. I share this with you to make it clear that SB 549 is not a knee-jerk reaction to what occurred in Penn State. It is not grandstanding. It is a well thought out work product that has been developed and improved over six and a half years. I have asked the Senate leadership to act now to protect our children by moving SB 549 to a full vote – and I ask you, today, to help by continuing to advocate for this legislation to protect all of our children. Senator Wayne D. Fontana 42nd Senatorial District

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From the office of State Rep. Chelsa Wagner

Bill to protect senior, disabled tenants My legislation that would end the common practice of landlords claiming a portion of a senior or disabled tenant’s Property Tax/ Rent Rebate was unanimously reported out of the House Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 2. Many personal care homes include a lease provision which allows them to claim a portion of the rebate designated for a tenant, typically 50 percent or $325. This is often overlooked or not understood by tenants or their family members. The lease agreement provided to personal care homes by the state Department of Public Welfare actually includes boilerplate language claiming the rebate for landlords. Seniors and disabled residents of our Commonwealth are faced with difficult economic times on a fixed income, and it is our responsibility to do all that we can to protect their economic security. After identifying numerous cases of this practice in Allegheny County and investigating its legality, I confirmed that this is a statewide problem requiring legislation. This practice represents a

misallocation of state resources for an unintended purpose. Care home residents continue to face daily personal expenses which are becoming tougher to meet. My bill would prevent this abuse of one of our most-utilized state programs. I am urging the House to act immediately so that H.B. 415 may be signed by the Governor before the end of the year.  We should not tolerate another year of this benefit being abused and taken from our most vulnerable citizens. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters (excluding half of Social Security income). Those eligible may apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid during 2010 until December 31. For more information or to receive an application, call my Constituent Service office at (412) 343-2094. Rebate applications for property taxes or rent paid during 2011 are expected to be available in February.

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The Game Page Last Month’s Puzzle Solutions First published in a U.S. puzzle magazine in 1979, Sudoku caught on in Japan in 1986, and became internationally famous in 2005. The aim of Sudoku is to enter a number from 1 through 9 in each space on a 9×9 grid made up of 3×3 subgrids (called “regions”). Some of the numbers have already been given. You may not use the same number twice in a single row, column, or region of the grid. Completing the puzzle requires patience and logical ability.

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Chronicle Crossword Across 1- Cleanse; 5- Bed down; 10- Appraise, charge per unit; 14- Horne solo; 15Contour feather; 16- Now ___ me down...; 17- Singer Vikki; 18- Warble; 19Drill a hole; 20- Belief involving sorcery; 22- Very small amount; 24- Flows; 27- Belgian river; 28- Wrapper; 32- Intoxicating; 35- Actress Charlotte; 36Inclined; 38- Nonsense!; 40- Orange cover; 42- Floored; 44- London district; 45- Killed; 47- Agitates; 49- Rocky hilltop; 50- Loose; 52- Extortion; 54- Letters, e.g.; 56- Boris Godunov, for one; 57- Less expensive item; 60- Skinflint; 64- Diamonds, e.g.; 65- Senate attendants; 68- Vamp Theda; 69- French 101 verb; 70- Make into law; 71- Skillfully; 72- Clairvoyant; 73- Radioactive gas; 74- Bottom of the barrel; Down 1- Baylor’s city; 2- Bedouin; 3- Beget; 4- Capital of Zimbabwe; 5- Bond, for one; 6- “Seinfeld” uncle; 7- Finishes; 8- Adversary; 9- Somewhat pale; 10Plantain weed; 11- Drug-yielding plant; 12- Small mountain lake; 13- Needle hole; 21- Hawaiian native dance; 23- Abstruse; 25- Words of denial; 26- Rotates; 28- Goes astray; 29- Metal spikes; 30- Open to bribery; 31- Delight; 33Loincloth worn by Hindu men; 34- Lout; 37- Between, old-style; 39- Threadbare; 41- Distance across a circle; 43- Ages; 46- Final Four org.; 48- Con; 51- Herring; 53- Concerning Comanches, e.g.; 55- Woody vine; 57- Adorable; 58- Bring on board; 59- Mild oath; 61- Kemo ___; 62- Della’s creator; 63Beams; 64- Paris possessive; 66- Green prefix; 67- RR stop;

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The Northside Chronicle December 2011 edition