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“Today, we’re here to measure and document what’s here, and to figure out how to make it better.” Lisa Whitney said these words in reference to the former Bud’s Hardware building on Warrington Avenue in Allentown, where she and 14 of her students convened with property management and community members on Friday morning. See Page 8

Mount Washington

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith joined community members at Ream Recreation Center in Mount Washington for a pizza party and ribbon cutting re-opening ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 17. See Page 5

Mount Washington

Residential permit parking may be expanding soon in Mount Washington. Residents in the neighborhood have approached the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning about additional permit parking areas. See Page 5


Parents of children entering kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year are invited to a special parent ‘Welcome Center’ on Monday, Feb. 11 from 8:15-9:15 a.m. or 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Arlington primary school, 2429 Charcot Street. See Page 8

Mt. Oliver City

The Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. See Page 2

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By Sarah Beth Martin Contributing Writer At its first regular forum meeting of the year, the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) formally welcomed its new executive director, Jason Kambitsis, and hosted two guest speakers with plans for moving Pittsburgh forward. First to take the floor was Andrew Dash, from the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, who presented information on OpenSpacePGH, the second of 12 prongs in the city’s PlanPGH initiative. Mr. Dash explained OpenSpacePGH is a “plan for the city’s parks, recreation spaces and open and vacant lots.” Like many other PlanPGH projects, OpenSpacePGH is a 25-year plan, projecting what residents need and want to see in Pittsburgh over the next 25 years, Mr. Dash noted. Specific projects will begin this spring, on a prioritized basis. Getting to this stage in the plan has taken the OpenSpacePGH team approximately two years, said Mr. Dash, who visited the MWCDC in 2011 to garner community interest and solicit feedback. During those two years, the team researched, assessed, and analyzed each of the city’s 146 public parks, as well as numerous open, vacant and distressed properties, to determine what could be done to improve citizens’ enjoyment of natural and recreational assets. Crucial to this analysis, Mr. Dash stated, was the input of approximately 2,700 city residents who participated in OpenSpacePGH’s various public outreaches throughout 2011. According to Mr. Dash, what the team learned from its outreaches is 90 percent of city residents use parks that are close to their homes and there is a popular desire to get more use out of open outdoor spaces—such as trails—and a desire to keep them in clean condition and good repair.

Taking what residents said into consideration, the team looked at various factors including local access and walksheds to parks; the quality of the parks and the variety of experiences each provides; and, the economic benefit of the park to neighboring property owners. Analyzing these factors, the team made determinations regarding creating new parks, returning existing parks to nature and amending existing parks with renovated facilities and greenspace areas. Another goal of the team, Mr. Dash mentioned, is to implement activation programs, such as enhancing the events and outdoor programs in public parks and to better steward resources by reinstituting a park ranger program. “Eleven percent of city property is in parks,” Mr. Dash commented. “Most of them have a 1960s mentality and do not accommodate the modern trends of our mobile population.” Citing other stats, Mr. Dash said 18 percent of property in the city is either vacant, distressed or tax delinquent. To have these types of open spaces better serve resident interests and needs, the team looked at certain areas to determine the feasibility of things like urban farms. It is also working on streamlining the process by which citizens could request open space uses, Mr. Dash furthered. When asked for examples of areas where parks might be returned to nature, Mr. Dash referenced Devlin Park in Arlington Heights, noting the space does not serve the neighborhood because there no longer is a neighborhood to serve. He said this particular park gets very limited use and sits alone in an area where properties have been abandoned and demolished, which makes it a likely candidate to return to nature. Possible recommendations for Devlin Park, as well as for the bulk of other city parks, will be presented to Continued on Page 2

South Sider Mary Lou Collinger, flanked by city officials, says it’s okay to come to South Side to “party,” but to be respectful of the people who live there. Ms. Collinger joined Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilman Bruce Kraus and Responsible Hospitality Institute’s Jim Peters in an announcement of an “all hands on deck” strategy to address the neighborhoods public safety and quality of life issues.

Mayor calls all hands on deck with safety blitz of the South Side Flats The initial results of the South Side public safety blitz included 19 arrests, 94 citations, 42 towed vehicles and 14 non-traffic citations issued on Friday night. No bars were reported as being cited for overcrowding by fire department officials and building inspectors during the late Friday night and early Saturday morning inspections. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week, joined by city public safety officials, announced the aggressive enforcement blitz to restore safety to the South Side business district and nearby residential area. The announcement follows a year-long study by the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) that brought together residents, business owners, community stakeholders and government leaders to identify and propose quality of life and safety recommendations. While the study looked at strategies to improve all city business districts with a nighttime economy, the mayor directed city efforts to be focused immediately at restoring civility to the South Side. “It is clear that we need an all-hands-on-deck strategy to restore safety to the South

Side neighborhood,” Mr. Ravenstahl said. “This study has great recommendations that will improve certain aspects of the South Side, such as enhanced cooperation among bar and restaurant owners and plans to improve parking and transportation. These strategies, and others, will ultimately lessen the burden on our public safety officers, but we must take action now to restore order to this neighborhood. ” The short-term solution to improving the quality of life for South Side residents involves an aggressive approach to public safety. Beginning last Friday, the strategy increases the deployment of building inspectors and firefighters who will crack down on overcrowded bars violating the building code. In addition nearly twodozen additional police participated in “alleyway” saturation patrols citing for disorderly conduct, such as public drunkenness and urination. Roving DUI patrols and towing enforcement were also increased. Public works crews were also increased for litter pick-ups and trash removal. The additional enforcement will continue for an undetermined about of time.

The mayor and safety officials met with bar owners last week to inform them of the enforcement blitz. “I have directed my public safety chiefs to continue this enforcement blitz for as long as it takes to restore the quality of life that each and every Pittsburgh resident deserves,” Mr. Ravenstahl said. “This will not be a once in a while tactic. Every weekend, we will have this ramped up enforcement. If you go to the South Side and take part in any illegal activity, chances are you will be cited or arrested.” In addition to this blitz, other mid- and long-term recommendations of the study, officially called The Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan, will be implemented that will ultimately lessen the need for aggressive enforcement. The mayor has charged the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to develop an enhanced training program for officers who will specifically deal with the nighttime management of entertainment destinations. Through the Sociable City Plan, the city is conducting meetings to focus on how to adapt parking systems to meet nighttime demand, support services required for seContinued on Page 2


Zoning Board hearings

Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has scheduled the following public hearing of interest to South Pittsburgh residents in the first floor hearing room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown. Zone case 17/13 on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9:20 a.m. is the appeal of American Natural, applicant, and Forest City Station Square Associates LP, owner, for 1 E. Carson Street (73 E. Carson Street) in the 17th Ward (Zoning District SP-4). Applicant requests 300 sq. ft. expansion on the existing service station. Variance Requests: 921.02.A.1, Enlargement of existing nonconforming use shall be authorized as a Special Exception. Notes: Certificate of Occupancy 42108, dated May 12, 1983, permitted occupancy “Automobile & gasoline service station.” For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, go to: board_of_adjustment.html.

South Pittsburgh Real Estate Transactions 16th Ward Triko Enterprises Inc. to Triko Holdings Inc. at 2214 E. Carson St. for $153,000. Anthony Orio Jr. to Rick Horn Construction Inc. at 24 Eleanor St. for $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $3,978). Jeffery Bishop to Moonjeong Kim at 2334 Fox Way for $170,000. Richard Pisarcik to Michael and Elaine Loptata at 3232 Harcum Way for $50,000. Michael Maciejewski to Christine Lee Eddins and Christopher Dennis Lacher at 421 McManus St. for $2,000. Anthony Grande to Blue Line Property Management LLC at 2026 Spring St. for $31,000. 17th Ward Estate of Arlene Kozel to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. at 1902 Baldauf St. for $2,923 by sheriff’s deed. James Ginsburg to JMG 23 Enon LLC at 23 Enon Way for $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $52,182). Ray Burdett to Daniel Dolata at 1611 Merriman Court for $321,500. Six Regina Street Assoc. LLC to Pittsburgh Property Guy LLC at 6 Regina St. for $35,000. Samuel Russell to JRK Holdings LLC at 21 St. Leo St. for $75,000. Charissa Hamilton Gribenas to Silver Mist Assoc. L.P. at 1208 Sarah St. for $119,600. 18th Ward Mark Thomas Manse to John Sancandi at 95 Haberman Ave. for $4,900. Mitchell Hahne to Jamie Dawn Rosenfeld at 105 Reifert St. for $110,000. Federal National Mortgage Assn. to Alliance PA Holdings LLC at 408 Ruxton St. for $30,000. 19th Ward Thomas Kaminski to Linda Twining at 2 DeWitt St. for $116,375. Brian Hogan to Richard Milesky Jr. at 1000 Grandview Ave. Unit 1201 for $575,000. 30th Ward Richard Bartholomew to Frank Taylor at 160 Knox Ave. for $3,000. Mary Marchese et al. to Harry and Lynn Price at 225 Orchard Place for $18,000. Linda Palaski Schuster to Mustang Investments LLC at 224 Zara St. for $24,100. Real Estate Transactions provided by <RealSTATs>. Contact <RealSTATs> at 412-381-3880.

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Housing Court hearings MWCDC public forum The following Housing Court cases are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 1:00 p.m. in Magisterial District Judge James Motznik’s Courtroom: • David M. Crown, 277 Paul Street, 19th Ward, Continued Codes 307.1, 302.4, 302.7, 304.7, 304.9, 303.1. • Morina Romanus, 528 Boggs Avenue, 19th Ward, Continued Codes 302.7, 304.9, 304.7, 704.2, 111.1, 922.02A, 926.76B. • Bartholomew David Crawford, 735 Wills Street, 19th Ward, Codes 307.1, 302.4. The following Housing Court cases are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:00 a.m. in Magisterial District Judge Eugene Ricciardi’s Courtroom: • Harry D. Wolfe, Harry D. Wolfe Jr., Lillian P. Wolfe, 2418 Eccles Street, 16th Ward, Continued Codes 307.1, 302.4, 304.6, 304.13, 304.10. • Ralph W. Busha, 2414 Patterson Street, 16th Ward, Codes 302.4, 307.1. • Sallee Kami, 440 Parkwood Road, 16th Ward, Code 302.4. • Thomas Harris, 1002 E. Warrington Avenue, 17th Ward, Codes 302.4, 307.1. • John Yakopcic, 67 Pius Street, 17th Ward, Codes 302.3, 302.4. All Housing Court cases are open to the public. Judge King’s office (Mt. Oliver Borough and Pittsburgh Wards 18, 29, 30 and 32) is located at 2213 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Judge Motznik’s office (Pittsburgh’s 19th Ward) is at 736 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. Judge Ricciardi’s office (Pittsburgh Wards 4, 16 and 17) is in the Maul Building at 1700 E. Carson Street, third floor on South Side. Pittsburgh Municipal Court is at 660 First Avenue. Check for updates at

Letter to the Editor

Let the kids alone

I agree with the Letter to the editor several weeks ago (My First Amendment rights, Oct. 9, 2012). Freedom of expression is sweeping in its meaning and application, including the right to “panhandle” under reasonable circumstances and to sit around and gather in public places. Under our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, there are no second class people. Everyone enjoys, or at least is supposed to enjoy, the same basic rights and freedoms. Therefore, I am disgusted by Councilman Bruce Kraus’ campaign against the civil rights of young people who pass through South Side as they travel free all over the country. Called “railroad kids” and other terms, they sit around resting, playing their guitars and sometimes passively ask for money with signs. I’ve never known them or heard of them aggressively asking passersby for money or bothering anyone. What they do is well written freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment. Councilman Kraus and the city Parking Authority claim panhandling near machines involved in the transactions of money are forbidden. I recognize this as a reasonable limitation. However, Mr. Kraus and the Parking Authority are claiming that parking machines are transaction devices just like banking MAC machines; which is a distortion of the meaning of the law. What I, as a Vietnam era veteran, find particularly offensive are the shoo-away signs at the Vietnam War memorial on the corner of the parking lot at East Carson and S.18th streets. That memorial honors the sacrifices of Americans who died supposedly to brig freedom to Vietnam and should not display signs whose intent is to violate the rights of harmless Americans just because Councilman Kraus doesn’t like the way they dress. Joseph Forbes South Side Letters to the Editor may be submitted by: • Email to • Mail to PO Box 4285, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 • By Fax at 412-488-8011 The South Pittsburgh Reporter reserves the right to edit letters for length and accuracy. Submitting a Letter to the Editor does not guarantee publication. Individuals may only have one letter published in a four week period. Unsigned letters will not be published. All letters must include a contact telephone number. Due to the length of letters recently, The South Pittsburgh Reporter reserves the right to limit letters length. Letters to the Editor represent the opinion of the writers and not necessarily those of The South Pittsburgh Reporter.

Continued from Page 1 City Council in a hearing next month, and will be open to public meetings and comment in March and April. Following Mr. Dash’s presentation, Adam Young took the floor. Mr. Young is a Carnegie resident and U.S. Steel employee who had a “really cool idea” one afternoon, when taking in the view from the Duquesne Incline. “How cool would it be to plummet across the river?” he asked himself that day, and asked those in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting. Mr. Young presented his plans to bring a zipline to Pittsburgh, stretching from Mount Washington to the North Shore. A zipline, Mr. Young described, is a thrill-seeking, extreme sport ride, where an individual is harnessed into an apparatus and launched on a corded-track. Ziplines can be found in various ski resorts across the globe, and in U.S. states including Utah and Alaska. “It’s a 420-foot drop (from Mount Washington to the North Shore),” Mr. Young reported. “It’d be a half-mile ride at 50 miles per hour.” Mr. Young’s proposed business would feature a launch site located on Grandview Avenue, between Isabella’s on Grandview and the Georgetown Inn, and a landing site somewhere on the North Shore, tentatively near the Carnegie Science Center. Rides would cost around $30 a pop, he said, and free shuttle service would be provided from launch site to landing site (or vice versa). Hoping to get the zipline zipping in the next year or so, Mr. Young asked the audience for feedback and questions. The majority of people at the meeting expressed interest in, and support for, the impending business. Concerns, however, were raised, namely over skyline/ view interference, noise pollution and safety. As far as infringing on the viewshed, Mr. Young showed GPS slides suggesting minimal obstruction against the cityscape. Noise pollution, he said, would be mostly an issue at the landing site, which he proposes to be expansive enough to absorb excess sound. To address safety issues, Mr. Young clarified that the system would be equipped with a “Zip Rescue” harness to rescue patrons trapped on the line. He also said he is considering equipping the apparatus with flotation devises. For updates on Mr. Young’s progress with this business proposal, check out Before adjourning, the meeting was opened to public discussion. Mount Wash-

ington resident Patricia Ward stepped up to speak about the grassroots effort she is involved with to bring a K-8 charter school to the former St. Mary of the Mount school building. Ms. Ward said her group has written a comprehensive curriculum and created a unique financial package for the school. “Now all we need is community support,” she stressed. Explaining her group recently responded to recommendations from its public hearing and panel interview with Pittsburgh Public Schools, Ms. Ward said the school’s application is now at the stage where the panel will decide if the group has met its criteria and will make its final recommendation to the Pennsylvania Board of Education. “Anyone interested in helping us meet our goal of bringing the best charter school in the state to Mount Washington should email, call or write the Board of Education and show your support.”

South Side safety blitz

Continued from Page 1 curity and enforcement, and enhance revenue. The goal is to encourage employees and patrons to use remote parking areas with shuttle services in order to free up neighborhood parking space for residents. One proposed plan is to utilize the parking area near the 10th Street Bridge as a pilot location for remote parking. In addition, Councilman Bruce Kraus and RHI will partner with UPMC, Dollar Bank and local universities to develop a social marketing campaign that addresses patron personal accountability and public behavior. Since the study was launched last April, the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association became engaged, enhanced communication has taken place between police and bar owners. More than 200 stakeholders, representing 17 governmental departments and agencies, 47 businesses, 20 community groups and several universities, have attended strategic meetings leading to the formation of the plan.

Mt. Oliver City Block Watch

The Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish Center.

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TUESDAY , JAN. 22, 2013



South Side branch library lists upcoming programs and activities Indoor winter activities are gearing up with something for everyone from toddlers to college students and beyond at Carnegie Library - South Side, 2205 East Carson Street. Kids are welcome to stop by the library each week for a new do-it-yourself craft activity during Drop-In Crafts. Materials are supplied. Imagination Builders is on Wednesdays from 3 – 5p.m., January 23- March 13. Building blocks are more than just fun toys - they are a valuable educational and creative tool. While exploring their creativity and using their imagination, children also develop

important math, motor and communication skills. Family Storytime is at 11 a.m. on Thursdays from January 24 - March 14. Share the fun of reading with children age 2-5 years. Children and their parents or caregivers will explore stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. Programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand imaginations and selfimage and arouse curiosity about the world around them. Free Chess Classes are on Saturdays through February 23 from 1 – 2 p.m. Children can improve their chess

skills by learning basic strategy and techniques. Recommended for children grade K-8 who know how the pieces move and want to learn more. Teen Lounge takes place on Mondays from 4 – 6 p.m. with plenty of awesome, free stuff to do. Play games, create art, get crafty or just relax and spend time with friends. All the supplies and snacks needed for a free, fun, and relaxing afternoon are provided. The Teen Advisory Committee meets once a month during this time. Light refreshments are served. The Labs Week Five : Jan-

Programs listed for Carrick library Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick has a variety of upcoming programs coming up in January and February. Winter Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. through February 28. Parents and their children can share the fun of reading. Explore entertaining stories, songs and rhymes that will captivate a child’s imagination, build early learning skills and spark curiosity. There is no fee for Winter Storytime. In After-School Art Club, in grades 1-5 can drop into the library after school for a creative new project every Thurs-

day in January from 3:30 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Teen Think lets teens 12-18 come in and hang out at the library every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for art projects, games, snacks and more. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Session is planned for Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A PHEAA representative will

be at the library to help complete FAFSA applications. If possible, students and/or parents should bring their completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other income or benefits information. Register in advance by calling 412882-3897. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Carrick is at 1811 Brownsville Road.

Vive la France! After Hours @ the Library: Late night returns

Ooh La La! Carnegie Li- with a French flair. Guests of past events have brary of Pittsburgh’s popular After Hours @ the Library: enjoyed socializing over muLate Night returns – this time sic, refreshments and grownup games while experiencing the library in its off hours. During this year’s Parisian-inOpen At: 4 p.m. Weekdays; 11 a.m. Saturdays; 7 a.m. Sundays spired event, guests will feel like they have been whisked Accepting New Veteran & Social Members across the Atlantic as they sample French wine, enPremier Jewelry joy live music and compete Show February 2 • 8 - 12 in a live action version of “French” Monopoly. Hosted By February 10 • 2 - 5 Guests 21 years and older Win Free Jewelry are invited to enjoy the library Hall Rental Available For All Occasions from this interesting perspective Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 – In-House Catering Available Members & 1930 Sidney St. 412-904-2842 Guests Welcome 10 p.m. at CLP – Main (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Ave. Tickets are $40 until February 7, all proceeds benefit Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Tickets to the event include: live jazz music from PA Contractor Registration # PA027384 Chico’s Quintet +1; French DAVID C. PUDUP • 2400 ARLINGTON AVE. wine tasting accompanied by 412-488-3962 FREE ESTIMATES delicious food from Bar Mar•BOILERS •FURNACES •AIR CLEANERS •HUMIDIFIERS •CENTRAL AIR co; beer from Full Pint BrewFinancing Available ing Company; a silent auction of antique Library furniture, including card catalogs, and handcrafted rocket ships; absinthe sampling from Philadelphia Distilling; library tours; and, a live-action version of “French” Monopoly. Tickets are available in advance for $40 until February 7 and may be purchased online check * LOCAL AREAS at ONLY & clean afterhours or by calling 412622-6502. A limited supply of tickets may be available at the door on February 8 for $50.

uary Free-for-All is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 4 – 7 p.m. This month in The Labs, they’ll be going with the flow— participants get to decide what they want to work on. Mentors will be available to set up equipment and assist with projects. Want to receive workshop reminders and updates on a phone? Sign up for text messages by texting the message “@SSLabs” to 23559. Standard texting rates apply. Event web site: http://www. events/programs/thelabs/ College Coffee Night is Mondays beginning at 6 p.m. Can’t seem to focus on studying? Need a change of scenery? Check out the library for a totally new study spot. The meeting room will be available every Monday for any student who wants to study, work on a paper or tackle an assignment. Staff will be on hand to help navigate the resources available at the library. Plus there’s free wi-fi and coffee. The Winter Poetry Series, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Poetry Society, is planned for Saturday, January 26, February 23, and March 9 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful poetry in the comfort of the newly renovated Library.

Members of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society will share excerpts from “The Potter’s Wheel: Pittsburgh Poetry Society 2007-2010 Anthology.”

Copies of “The Potter’s Wheel: Pittsburgh Poetry Society Anthology” will be available for purchase during this program.

Mt. Washington Children’s Center provides quality child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We participate in the PA Keystone Stars Program and Department of Education Child Care Food Program, providing breakfast, lunch, and snack Monday through Friday. Admission is open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability. There is no discrimination in admission policy, meal services, or the use of facilities. Questions contact: 412.381.1515

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Margaret Hurney, South Side businesswoman for 44 years By Jennifer Szweda Contributing Writer The South Side recently lost a figure who was part grandmother, part unofficial community mayor. Metropolitan Cleaners owner Margaret Hurney was 85 when she died on January 7. She owned and ran the dry cleaner for 44 years. Her family remembers even when sick, she rushed from the back of the shop when longtime favorite customers walked in. “She just loved people,” said Margaret’s son, Tom. “She knew the questions to ask to find out what was going on.” Customers loved Margaret right back, said Tom’s wife, Linda. “People would come in just to talk to her—just to get things off their chest,” she said. Margaret wouldn’t just lis-

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from the islands. She came through on the offer. “If she could do something for you, she’d do it,” Tom said. Margaret’s husband Leon bought the business in 1968 in case anything ever happened to him, he wanted her to have a way to support herself and the couple’s six children. Several years after, he died. Margaret remained at the helm of the old-fashioned cleaner—a store that still has an antique cash register, latticed counter fronts from the 1970s, and floral print wallpaper last changed 15 years ago. The long turnstiles of pressed clothing in plastic bags are just behind a glass partition. Margaret sewed buttons and hems until weeks before she passed away. All along, the business was a family affair. Many years

ago, Margaret brought her toy poodles to the store. Tom remembers first spending time at the cleaners at age five. It’s been his one and only job since he was a teen. His wife, Linda works there, too—she’s been frequenting the shop since age eight when going to the dry cleaner to drop off and see Margaret was a big Saturday event for her and her grandmother. The family is still intimately connected with the shop. Once a year, the store sells Girl Scout cookies from Tom’s niece. It wasn’t just in paying for dry cleaning that the community supported Metropolitan over the years. Tom remembers one time in the 70s when the neighborhood came through for Margaret and her shop. He had left the back door open and a gust

Mount Washington resident to receive the Manifesting the Kingdom Award

It’s not just because she’s been a converted Catholic for over 50 years. It isn’t even because she’s been called the “Queen of Funnel Cakes.” For Lois Keller, a member of Saint Mary of the Mount parish, receiving the “Manifesting the Kingdom” award on January 27 is an honor, because it reflects the deep gratRodney D. Shepherd itude she has had for her relationship with Christ. For over a decade, the DioTough times never last, cese of Pittsburgh has had the but tough people do. tradition of honoring lay and Free Consultations — religious women and men who manifest the Kingdom of God • Criminal through their lives of service. • Divorce On January 27 of this year, • Social Security more than 100 people from parishes across the Diocese • Bankruptcy will receive the award from the Most Reverend David ZuAnswers 24 Hours a Day bik, on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of the Conversion of River Park Commons Saint Paul. 2403 Sidney Street, Mrs. Keller was baptized Suite 208, in the Lutheran faith but conPittsburgh, PA 15203 verted to Catholicism when (Three blocks from the Cheesecake Factory) she married her husband Paul in 1953. “I always felt in my A Debt Relief Agency helping people file heart that I wanted to be Cathfor relief under the Bankruptcy Code olic. My husband served in

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the Korean war, and I told myself that if he didn’t make it through, I was going to be a nun. I always felt like God was drawing me in.” Together, they raised seven children in the Catholic faith and made personal sacrifices to send them each to Catholic school. Being brought up with kindness really helped she says. “I always had a strong faith. Even when I was carrying my first child, I went out on the street collecting money. Everyone said, ‘You mean father is sending them out pregnant!’ I wanted to live my religion.” Mrs. Keller’s past activities include serving on the

Parish Pastoral Council, the finance council, Renew, Ladies of Charity, the Bereavement Team, Street Fair Committee and bingo. She currently serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic and still solicits sponsors and donations for the Saint Mary of the Mount Fashion show, Ethnic Fest and Fish Fry. Even though Mrs. Keller is retired, she has a lot of knowledge and skills that she would like to pass on to others. “I want to write a book entitled ‘Where to Turn’ so I can still continue to help people.” Her advice to members of community: “Be loving, caring, and mostly, always be yourself. Don’t be a phony.”

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Ream Recreation Center on Mt. Washington reopens Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith joined community members at Ream Recreation Center in Mount Washington for a pizza party and ribbon cutting re-opening ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 17. “To have a safe place where the youth can participate in recreational, educational and social activities, is such an important asset to a community,” said Councilwoman Kail-Smith. The center serves youth in Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights and surrounding communities.

YouthPlaces is currently operating the recreation center and 18 after school and recreation programs. The organization also operated Ream from 2008 to 2010. “The Citiparks and recreation flag football and basketball leagues are two of the programs that the kids at Ream have really enjoyed participating in over the past five years,” said John Marcellaro Jr., recreation center director. Ream Recreation center is at 321 Merrimac Street in Mount Washington. For more information about the center contact Mr. Marcellaro at 412758-5071.

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to see how the police serve the community. Those considering applying for the program should note the program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer. Class size is limited to 30 participants. All interested persons must give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. The next Citizen’s Police Academy course will begin on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Avenue in the Highland Park/ East Liberty neighborhood of the city. The program will be held each Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for 15 weeks. Return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy application can be found at police_academy.htm. All applications must be received by January 25, 2013. For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Lieutenant Jennifer Ford at: Pittsburgh Police Training Academy, 1395 Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, call 412-665-3600 or email

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“Surprisingly, this is an area we haven’t worked in before,” said Ms. Whitney to explain her selection of Allentown as the site for this year’s project. “I’m very eager to see what we can make happen here.” That vision, Ms. Whitney clarified, she has entrusted and assigned to her students, ten of whom are Advanced Commercial Design students (who will propose interior design renovations), and four of whom are Environmental Design students (who will propose signage and way-finding assets and improvements). The students will work on their proposals for the remainder of this academic quarter, and will present their ideas to building management in mid-March. The presentation will include boards from each student, displayed at a public event in the building. Ms. Whitney said she looks forward to inviting the community at large to attend, to stop by and celebrate her students’ ideas, ask questions and enjoy a social experience. According to Ms. Whitney, the goal of the project is not simply to give students handson experience, but also, in a greater sense, to provide the property owner with viable options for the building and to ultimately give the community what it needs. What exactly is it the community needs? It was this question, and variations thereof, that Ms.Whitney’s students posed to property management and Allentown CDC members on Friday morning. Before pulling out their tape measures, digital cameras and other tools of the trade, the collection of 14 inquisitive minds picked the brains of the community liaisons to assess potential uses for the space, asking about various things from the general shopping and resource needs of locals to the specific historical ethnic composition and demographics of the area. Potential uses to which attending Allentown CDC members said they could see

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the space put included a coffeehouse, an art gallery/venue, a bar and an incubator/alpha site. Joe Calloway, of RE-360, the company that manages the property, said an alpha business has already expressed interest in the building, and could be considered a tentative use. Though, at this point, any use could be considered a tentative use, and Mr. Calloway said he’d make concessions to a business with a good business plan. One concession he’d be willing to offer is free rent for a coffeehouse. “Studies have shown that one thing that makes a great neighborhood is a good coffee shop,” he elaborated. “If someone came to me with the right plan for a good coffee shop, I’d let them use the place rent-free.” But Mr. Calloway isn’t just looking for the right business to come to him. He’s also looking for one of the AIP students to bring him the right proposal. Be it for a coffeehouse or an incubator, for a bar or something not yet mentioned, Mr. Calloway said he’s open to any business coming into the space and bringing life into the community. For more information on the project, including updates and photos, search for “Urban Studio Project” on Facebook and look forward to an open presentation invitation in Interior Design students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh measure the inside of the former Bud’s Hardware mid-March. store as part of their senior project to redesign the space.


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