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The March South Watch meeting will take place at Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street, this Wednesday, March 14, at noon. See Page 4

South Side

The South Side Presbyterian Church welcomes all to its “Blessing of the Animals” worship service on Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. See Page 5


Join the St. George Church Preservation Society for a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 19, at 4 pm. See Page 8

Mt. Oliver

Mt. Oliver Borough is accepting permit applications for the Community Garden at Transverse Park. Permits are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. See Page 8

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The Isaiah Project (TIP) in collaboration with POWER University (POWER U), Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council (BNC), Pittsburgh Leadership Council, PNC, RE360 and other supporting organization will sponsor an Emergency Gang Truce and Community Unity cleanup day on March 31.

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By Austin Vaught Contributing Writer Carrick residents were educated on the City of Pittsburgh’s disruptive property legislation and its consequences for local property owners at last week’s meeting of the Carrick/ Overbrook Block Watch. The ordinance, which went into effect December 1, 2008, gives the city the ability to charge property owners for costs of public safety services following three notices of “disruptive” activity that results in an arrest, citation, or summons over a 12-month period. Maria Bethel from the city’s Department of Public Safety gave a short presentation on the ordinance. Violations of about 45 city and state laws constitute as “disruptive activity” and among those laws are drug activity, disorderly conduct, loitering, noise control, underage drinking, and dangerous dogs. “Loud parties, drug activity, prostitution,” Ms. Bethel said. “Those are some of the things I’ve been getting over the years in this area.” According to Ms. Bethel, a benefit of the ordinance is to hold out-of-state landlords accountable for their properties in Pittsburgh and penalize those who fail to maintain city standards. Conversely, the ordinance also enables landlords to use a notice of disruptive activity to aid them in the eviction process at magistrate hearings. “If you have property in a landlord-tenant situation, you have a responsibility for your neighbors here,” Ms. Bethel

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said. “If you don’t know who is residing at your property or what they’re involved in, it’s the neighbors next door who are affected by it.” During the presentation there were several questions from those in attendance about what qualifies as disruptive activity. Substance overdoses no longer count as disruptive activity due to the Pennsylvania Good Samaritan Act which eliminates penalties for anyone who contacts emergency services to seek assistance due to an overdose. Furthermore, abandoned buildings do not count as disruptive properties, but instead fall under building code violations and are handled by the department of permits, licenses, and inspection. Individual rental units within a larger building are able to be declared disruptive only if the property contains six or more units. If the building contains fewer than six units, the whole building is eligible for disruptive status. Ms. Bethel said the ordinance applies to both residential and commercial properties. Residents who wish to contact her with questions regarding disruptive property eligibility can call the Department of Public Safety at 412-255-4789 or email her at maria.bethel@ In addition to Ms. Bethel’s presentation, community relations officer Christine Luffey reported that Pittsburgh police are investigating a string of 20 burglaries which occurred throughout Carrick Continued on Page 2

Zone 3 police are investigating 20 burglaries in Carrick since the first of the year with many taking place in the 1000 block of Brownsville Road, along with Minooka and Parkfield streets.

Dyngus Day will be celebrated at South Side Polish Falcons April 2 Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation (PFHF) will hold its second annual Dyngus Day celebration on Monday, April 2 at Polish Falcons of America Nest 8, 60 S. 18th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, from noon to 8 p.m. The event will feature Polka music by The Trel-Tones and a folk-dance performance at 6:30 p.m. New this year, the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck and Franktuary Food Truck will be serving Polish favorites, and paczki from Bethel Bakery will be for sale. Also, Father Miro will be on-site cooking his fresh potato pancakes. This year’s family-friendly celebration will be even bigger with a designated dancing area, cornhole, and children’s activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation.

Polish and domestic beers will be available for purchase. Vendors will be on-site with Polish folk-art pieces and various specialty items. The celebration will take place rain or shine. “We are so excited to once again be bringing back the tradition of Dyngus Day to the South Side of Pittsburgh,” said PFHF Vice President Patricia Del Busse. “Last year was a blast,” she added. Easter Monday holds special meaning to both Poles and Polish-Americans. The day is known as Smigus Dyngus or Lany Poniedzialek in Poland and Dyngus Day in the U.S. On the Monday after Easter, Poles celebrate the end of Lent and the joy of the Easter season. The celebration of Smigus Dyngus has existed in Poland,

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Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, young boys woke girls by pouring buckets of water over them and switching their ankles with willow branches. Poles held the superstition that girls who received a drenching were going to be married within the next year. Among Polish-American Communities in the U.S., the Easter Monday celebration is known as Dyngus Day. The holiday is a time for these communities to celebrate Polish culture, heritage and tradition. For more information regarding the Dyngus Day celebration, please contact the Polish Falcons at 844-2039917 or visit polishheritage. org/events. Continued on Page 1

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Housing Court hearings Police investigate increase in burglaries The following Housing Court cases are scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 8 a.m. in Pittsburgh Municipal Court: • Johnny C. Sancandi Jr., 95 Haberman Avenue, 19th Ward, Code PM108.1.1. • William Purdom, 424 Rochelle Street, 18th Ward, Code PM108.1.1. The following Housing Court case is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 1:15 p.m. in Municipal District Judge James Motznik’s Courtroom: • Gary J. Hall, 48 Southern Avenue, 19th Ward, Code 302.3. The following Housing Court case is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 1:45 p.m. in Municipal District Judge James Motznik’s Courtroom: • Dunamis Capital Partners LLC, 248 Dilworth Street, 19th Ward, Codes 304.7, 304.11. The following Housing Court case is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. in Municipal District Judge James Motznik’s Courtroom: • 1000 Grandview Assoc. Inc., 1000 Grandview Avenue, 19th Ward, Code 107.2.1. The following Housing Court case is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, at 8:45 a.m. in Municipal District Judge Eugene Ricciardi’s Courtroom: • Albert and Vera Donnenberg, 812 Windom Street, 17th Ward, Code 302.2. 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 Brownsvil le 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.

Continued from Page 1 since the beginning of the year. Officer Luffey distributed a map of Carrick containing the block address, burglary dates, and possible hours the crime occurred. The majority of the burglaries occurred in the 1000 block of Brownsville Road, Minooka Street, and Parkfield Street. Police do not have a suspect at the moment,

but believe a white male is involved. Officer Luffey said suspects who commit burglaries typically watch a house for a number of days prior to committing a crime. She encouraged all residents to lock their doors and windows. “If something doesn’t feel right and your instincts tell you that something is wrong, I’m asking you to make the call,” she said.

Friends of Phillips Park (FoPP) will present Non-Profit & Arts Fair, at Phillips Recreation Center, 201 Parkfield Street, Carrick on March 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., The event will feature performances from Brandon Lehman, 12 Peers Theatre, Rising Voices Youth Choir, and New Renaissance Theatre Company and workshops from Kara Kernan Yoga and The MMA Academy. The Non-Profit & Arts Fair is a free public event to allow the community to learn more about the non-profit and arts organizations in the Carrick neighborhood and in greater Pittsburgh. Admission is free, and non-

profits can register to present their work. Tables are also free. Table registration is available at LawG2Gzy8N9rsDQo1. General admission is available at https://www.showclix. com/event/fopp-artfair. “We are so excited to offer this to the community and to the presenting companies. As a former non-profit performing arts manager, I am so thrilled to share this great opportunity for performing artists to showcase their work, and reach new audiences in Carrick and Overbrook,” explained Amy Kline, chair of Friends of Phillips Park. FoPP mission is to promote

Pittsburgh’s Chief Legal Officer and City Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez Ridge is stepping down from her role next month and returning to private legal practice. She gave her resignation letter to Mayor William Peduto on Tuesday, March 6 and her final day in the Law DeSpencer United Methodist lunch and prizes. For reserva- partment will be April 6.  Church Spring Card Party will tions, call 412-881-4000. Mayor Peduto appointtake place on Saturday, April Spencer United Methodist ed Sanchez Ridge at the be7 from noon to 3 p.m. Church is at 117 Spencer Av- ginning of his administration Tickets are $15 and include enue, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. in January 2014. In her resignation letter she said the Mayor “envisioned a city government free of corouth ittsburgh ruption and committed to ethical conduct. Again, you gave me the tools and supported me in working to achieve this A Neighborhood Publications, Inc. Newspaper vision. Today we have a fully Serving The South Pittsburgh Communities of • Allentown • Arlington • Beltzhoover • Bon Air • Carrick • Knoxville functional Ethics Hearing • Mount Oliver • Mount Washington • South Side Board independent of politiSince 1939 cal influences. You demanded TOM SMITH Managing Editor that departments consult with the Law Department before making decisions that may ROBERTA F. SMITH Editor Emeritus have legal consequences. You

always want to do the ‘right thing.’ In short, you set a tone at the top that transformed city government’s culture to one that makes city employees proud to be public servants. I would not have continued to be City Solicitor for this long had this not been the case.” Ms. Sanchez Ridge also thanked Pittsburgh City Council and City of Pittsburgh employees.  “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my gratitude for the support that City Council has given me through the years. The people of Pittsburgh elected committed and honorable people. I have worked very closely with all council members in passing legislation and addressing their legal needs. They have always been respectful and collaborative. Pittsburgh’s best asset is its people. I am honored to have served them and will continue to do so in any way I can.” 

Zoning Board hearings

Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has scheduled the following public hearings 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 52/18 on Thursday, March 15 at 9:20 a.m. is the appeal of Peter M. & Michelle Margittai, applicants and owners, for 136-38 S. 15th Street in the 17th Ward (Zoning District R1A-VH). Applicant requests lots reconfiruration and construction of two-story addition to existing garage structure with rooftop decks, 6’ highfront wall for use as a single-family dwelling. Variances: 903.03.E.2: Minimum 1,200 sq. ft. lot size permitted and less requested for lot 1; Minimum 15’ rear setback permitted and 3’ (lot 1) and 0’ (lot 2) requested; Minimum 5’ front setback required and 0’ requested for front wall; 925.06.G: Minimum 3’ interior side setback required and 0’ requested for the addition; 912.04: Minimum 5’ rear setback required and 0’ requested (accessories); Minimum 5’ interior side setback required and 0’ requested (accessories). For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, go to:

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Zone 3 overdose statistics were also distributed at the meeting. According to the report, 36 percent of the city’s overdoses between January 1 and March 5 occurred in Zone 3 neighborhoods. Of the 33 total overdoses that occurred in Zone 3 neighborhoods, Mount Washington had the most with ten and Carrick had the second most with six. The majority of the overdoses were white

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Spencer United Methodist Church will offer Naloxone (Narcon) training on April 4, 7 p.m. Training will be provided by Prevention Point Pittsburgh. Topics will include: What to do and what not to do

if someone overdosed. Those attending will also be able to home a supply of Naloxone. For more information, contact Pam Ozanich at 412-8814000. Spencer United Methodist Church is at 117 Spencer Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.

and preserve Phillips Park as a community resource, green space and center of activity in the South Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The organization’s meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Phillips Recreation Center.

males between the ages of 31 and 35. Seven of the 33 overdoses were fatal. Two community events were also announced at the meeting. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser benefitting the victims of last month’s fire on Westmont Avenue will be held Saturday, March 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carrick High School cafeteria. Friends of Phillips Park will host a “Nonprofit & Arts Fair” on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phillips Park Recreation Center. The event will include performances by local theater and choir groups. The next Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch meeting will be on Monday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Concord K5 auditorium.

South Pittsburgh Real Estate Transactions 16th Ward David Allen Kozerski to RDH Investments LLC at 2402 Charcot St. for $6,500. Estate of Marsha Hutter to Roger Choka at 2407 Holt St. for $50,100. Shawn Clark to Three B Development LLC at 2401 Salisbury St. for $70,000. 17th Ward Dale Reese to Theodore and Andrea Haaz at 12 Enon Way for $285,000. MAPA Real Estate Holdings LLC to Opus One Real Estate Holdings at 58 S. 12th St. for $360,000. Gerry Leco to Andrew Mullen and Ritu Kannekanti at 69 S. 19th St. for $279,000. 18th Ward Justin McIntosh to PGH City Holdings LLC at 843 Freeland St. for $17,000. Estate of Dorothy Poole to Justin Parry at 444 Ruxton St. for $15,000. 19th Ward Tina M Geigere Koral to FF&J Properties LLC at 330 Augusta St. for $70,000. Michael Cunningham to MAA 2 LLC at 435 Augusta St. for $75,000. Richard Hetland to MLC Investment Group LLC at 142 Bertha St. for $199,500. FRMM Group LLC to Matthew and Valerie Amick at 223 Meridan St. for $482,000. Mt. Washington Community Development C to John DeSantis at 502 Natchez St. for $12,000. William Glick to Joseph Mosovsky and Brandi Kautz at 378 Republic St. for $147,500. Megan Wilson to Keith and Rick Traffican at 28 Ruth St. for $189,900. Travis Marrara to Tyler Hartz at 84 Southern Ave. for $95,000. Kevin Cagni et al. to P4 Investments L.P. at 124 Ulysses St. for $90,000. Edward Simeoni to Mark German at 1704 W. Carson St. for $60,000. 29th Ward Geraldine Yayo to GMMJ LLC at 2710 Brownsville Road for $90,000. Estate of Ann Krause to Ryan Shannon at 38 Cedricton St. for $82,500. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Theresa Massie at 2427 Diehl Ave. for $15,000. Trifera LLC to Atlantica LLC at 2433 Eiler Ave. for $10 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $70,908). Atlantica LLC to Joshua Pascazi at 2433 Eiler Ave. for $28,400. Ruth Mandrier to Barr Property Development Inc. at 316 Overbrook Blvd. for $42,000. Richard Bartholomew to Emily Bodak at 2027 Westmont Ave. for $137,500. Mt. Oliver Marlex Properties LLC to Realmark Properties at 218 Amanda Ave. for $24,000. Real Estate Transactions provided by <RealSTATs>. Contact <RealSTATs> at 412-381-3880.




Resources Council will offer a variety of collection events in 2018 Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and its partners have scheduled a number of collection dates to drop off a wide variety of materials – ranging from computers and household chemicals to usable building materials and unwanted medications. “The Pennsylvania Resources Council provides residents of the commonwealth with numerous options to conveniently and costeffectively dispose of a wide variety of materials,”

according to PRC Regional Director Justin Stockdale. “Since details vary for each of these opportunities, we encourage individuals to visit our website at or call PRC at 412-488-7452 for complete details.” “ReuseFest” will take place on Earth Day weekend, Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Children’s Hospital employee parking lot, 55th and Harrison streets, Lawrenceville/Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Individuals can drop off items for reuse including medical equipment, usable building materials, clothing, furniture and more. The 7th annual ReuseFest supports local non-profits including Brother’s Brother, Catholic Charities, Construction Junction, Dress for Success, Free Ride, Free Store Wilkinsburg, Global Links, Goodwill, Humane Animal Rescue, Off the Floor and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Celebrate spring with your neighbors. For the fifth year in a row, South Side Neighbors are planning a Spring Social for all residents of the Flats and the Slopes. The party is on April 7 from 5-9 p.m. on the second floor of Steel Cactus at 19th and East Carson streets. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Come to enjoy live jazz, good food, a cash bar and fun neighbors and friends. The party planners welcome all residents and businesses to get involved and build a better community on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Tickets may be procured online at event/SouthSideSocial. Sponsors of this year’s social include: John J. Gmiter Funeral Home, Inc., Copies on Carson, Jim Andrew, Dr. Bryan Boak, Cindy Esser Floral Shop, Charlene & Joe Colia, German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue PA, Inc,. Anna Marie Kijanka, New York Life Insurance Company, Bruce Kraus, Betty and Bob Kripp, Tracy and Ken Kucera,  Local,  Michele and Peter Margittai, Lois &

Rick McClain, Metropolitan Cleaners, Rebecca Kichta Miller, genealogist, Amy and Mike Mosallem, Mary and Nate Myles, Linda and Bob Nelson, Philip Pelusi Salons, Paul Pieffer, Perlora, Johno Prascak, Roberta Weissburg Leathers, Steel Cactus, South Side Community Council, The Homyak Law Firm,  Twelve, Kitty Vagley and Jeff Neubauer and Frank Vitale. Proceeds from the event will benefit South Side Park and Ormsby Park.

Ormsby Recreation Center has announced its spring programs. Kindersports is an ongoing program for children ages 5 and under and their parents/ guardians. This free program includes playtime in the gym along with story time, snacks, and crafts on Fridays from 1011:30 a.m. Walkfit is a fun and easy way to exercise by walking, side-stepping and moving to the music. This free program is for ages 16 and up also in-

cludes a light weight workout. The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is ongoing. 3-on-3 Soccer begins on March 12 for 7 to 12-yearolds in teams of 8-10 players. Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 9-year-olds will play from 6-6:45 p.m. and 10 to 12-year-olds will play from 7-7:45 p.m. Games will be played with three players and a goalie. Each game will be 45 minutes long and the will be played

in the gym. There will be two different levels. The silver level will be for beginner soccer players or less experienced players with two weeks of practice and six weeks of games. The gold level will be for experienced players. Players will scrimmage the first week to be put on even teams and have seven weeks of games. Fee is $10 and includes a t-shirt and medal. Learn the fundamentals of basketball including dribbling, passing, shooting and defense at the Arlington Recreation Center, 2201 Salisbury Street on Saturdays, March 17 through April 21. The program meets from 11 a.m. until noon for ages 3-5 and from noon to 1 p.m. for ages 6-8. The fee is $10 and includes t-shirt and medal.

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S.Side Park Master Plan input session

The last South Side Park Master plan event to give input is Thursday, March 15, at the Arlington Recreation Center, 2201 Salisbury Street, Pittsburgh PA 15210 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Stop in anytime to provide input on what you would like to see in the park. The designers will a draft plan based on feedback they received at the first two events. Plans will begin to be implemented this summer. This meeting will replace the March General meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association.

DEA National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout region, including many municipal buildings and police departments. Individuals can drop off unwanted and expired prescription and over-thecounter medications at no cost during U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s nationwide Drug Take-Back Day. PRC and Pennsylvania American Water will sponsor three collection events in western Pennsylvania (Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon and Robinson Township). Visit for details. Nationwide on Drug TakeBack Day, more than 5,000 collection sites will enable patients, caregivers and pet owners to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at no cost. Visit after April 1 for a complete list of drop-off locations. Household chemical collections will launch on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at North Park Swimming Pool parking lot, Allegheny County Individuals can drop off automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, paints and other household chemicals for

Easter brunch, Egg Hunt in Allentown

All are welcome at Hill Top United Methodist Church, 631 E Warrington Avenue, on Easter Sunday, April 1 for Easter Brunch, an Egg Hunt and Worship. A potluck brunch starts at 10 a.m., those attending should feel free to bring a dish to share, followed by an egg hunt for children at 10:45 a.m. Worship service starts at 11:15 a.m. Call 509-954-9170 for more information or with questions. RSVPs appreciated but not required. 

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can drop off televisions and computer monitors, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, printers, small Freon appliances and tires. 2018 hard-to-recycle collection schedule: May 12, Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County; June 16, Bethel Park High School, Allegheny County; June 30, Quaker Valley High School, Leetsdale, Allegheny County; August 25, Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Allegheny County; and, October 6, Settlers Cabin Park, Allegheny County. For complete collection event information, visit www. or call PRC at 412488-7452.



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Fund supporting women-owned businesses sent to URA Board The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority is poised to provide $100,000 towards funding for a $5 million fund to support women-owned businesses in the city.  Next Act Fund, LLC (“Next Act”) is an early stage women-owned business focused venture fund. Next Act’s mission is to invest in

early-stage, women owned companies in Pittsburgh. Next Act will fill a gap in Pittsburgh’s early stage business capital flow by focusing on women-led companies. Next Act is already building significant interest from local women entrepreneurs with more than 50 Pittsburgh companies preliminarily

The Stations of the Cross, a traditional Good Friday devotion, will be walked along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington on Friday, March 30. All those interested

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engaged for possible funding. Next Act plans to use its initial $2.5 million fund raise to invest in up to 40 companies. The average investment will be $75,000 per company with a range of $50,000 to $100,00. The vast majority of these companies are likely to be located in the City of Pittsburgh. Additionally, the substantial majority of those investing in the funds are women making their first angel investments.  The URA is playing a significant role in support of Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial eco-system. URA direct business investment programs such as Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Fund and URA supported investment tools and programs such as Keystone Innovation Zones, Riverfront Ventures, Alpha Lab Gear, several coworking spaces, and more critical elements of this eco-system - creating and growing hundreds of Pittsburgh businesses creating thousands of jobs across the City of Pittsburgh.  “As the URA advances its commitment to p4, Next Act provides an opportunity to strengthen their commitment in support of women entrepreneurs and to expand their impact by leveraging substantial private investment.” said Mayor William Peduto.

South Side Traveler’s Rest, hostel-style lodging in South Side, will open on April 1 on 6th Street at Bingham.

Hostel-style lodging will become available at South Side Traveler’s Rest

After four years of extraordinary due diligence and an abundance of hard work to bring their property up to code with city and county officials, Paul Kletter and Mary Beth Karabinos will open and welcome guests to the South Side Traveler’s Rest on Sunday, April 1, at 67 S.

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6th Street, at the corner of S. 6th and Bingham streets, for unique lodging for travelers in Pittsburgh. South Side Traveler’s Rest is an oasis for travelers, who are looking for a comfortable, hostel-style stay. Mr. Kletter and Ms. Karabinos were inspired by their own travel experiences and look forward to welcoming travelers to their comfortable and cooperative environment. Near the start or finish of the Great Allegheny Passage, the traveler’s rest has accommodations and amenities for anyone seeking informal, friendly lodging, especially outdoor enthusiasts. The traveler’s rest has been established in the repurposed former headquarters of the A. M. Byers Pipe Company, a 19th century Pittsburgh industry leader and world-renowned wrought iron manufacturer. Its South Side plant opened in 1863 and at times had up to 1000 employees. Byers Pipe manufactured primarily lap and buttwelded wrought-iron pipe and galvanized tube. They built their offices to match

their reputation. With the building full of architectural character and craftsmanship dating back to 1883, the South Side Traveler’s Rest is the only licensed hostel in Pittsburgh. It has private and shared rooms and bathrooms, and a communal space that includes a grand living room and kitchen. It is within walking distance or a short bicycle or other ride to Downtown Pittsburgh and numerous South Side restaurants, drinking establishments, shops, bicycle trails, parks, public stairs and other entertainment attractions. The South Side Traveler’s Rest is having an open house preview event on Friday, March 23, from 4-9 p.m., featuring live music, a raffle, complimentary drinks, and tasty edibles. They welcome the community and others who are interested in taking a tour of their accommodations. Contact them at http://, or — Candice Gonzalez

Zero Waste program on the South Watch agenda The March South Watch meeting will take place at Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street, this Wednesday, March 14, at noon. In addition to reports from various city departments, there will be a presentation by Michael Roth, a Resilence AmericCorp Fellow in the Department of City Planning. He will provide an overview

of the Zero Waste program along with its goals and how the city plans to meet those goals. Interested South Side Flats and Slopes residents are welcome to attend. Previous South Watch meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed at the South Side Community Council’s website: www. southsidecommunitycouncil. org.




PA Attorney General files lawsuit against Uber for data breach Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for violating Pennsylvania’s data breach notification law. Uber knew for more than a year that a data breach potentially impacting 57 million passengers and drivers around the world had happened – but the company failed to disclose the breach until last November. At least 13,500 Pennsylvania Uber drivers were impacted by the breach. Their first and last names and their drivers’ license numbers were stolen by hackers. Under Pennsylvania’s data breach notification law, Uber was required to notify impacted persons of the breach within a reasonable time frame, but the company failed its duty to do so. “Uber violated Pennsylvania law by failing to put our residents on timely notice of this massive data breach,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Instead of notifying

impacted consumers of the breach within a reasonable amount of time, Uber hid the incident for over a year – and actually paid the hackers to delete the data and stay quiet. That’s just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I’m suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians.” The lawsuit alleges Uber violated the Pennsylvania Breach of Personal Information Notification Act, which requires notice to persons impacted by a data breach within a “reasonable” time frame. The suit represents the first time Attorney General Shapiro is suing under that statute on consumers’ behalf. Under the law, the Attorney General’s office may seek remedies of up to $1,000 for each violation. With at least 13,500 Uber drivers impacted by the breach, the Attorney General’s legal team can seek civil penalties as high as $13.5 million from Uber. A second claim in the lawsuit against Uber alleges

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to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The theft of drivers’ license information may leave persons vulnerable to identity theft, as thieves who gain access to the information use it to establish phony credit card accounts and run up huge debts in consumers’ names. Ofttimes, stolen drivers’ license numbers are sold on the dark web as cyber-criminals build complete packages of information to steal a person’s identity. Another factor is the many

As Pittsburgh bids a chilly farewell to the frosty winter of 2018, a vessel of history in the Ohio River is welcoming March’s thaw. Carnegie Science Center has announced USS Requin (SS 481) is sailing into spring with a return to daily hours of operation from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weather and river conditions permitting. Selfguided tours were limited to the weekends during winter, but with warmer weather in sight, Requin is once again ready for daily visitors. The Cold War-era naval submarine offers visitors an authentic look at how 80 men used their expertise, humor, and sheer ingenuity to carve out a rough and adventurous life during lengthy defense and scientific missions, some of which are still classified to this day. The submarine was in service from 1945 to 1968 and opened for tours in Pittsburgh in 1991.

State-of-the-art and battleready when she set out just days before the end of World War II, Requin holds the distinction of being the Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine. “From seeing the captain’s quarters and massive diesel engines, to interacting with informative touch-screens and our knowledgeable staff, a visit to USS Requin (SS 481) is a truly special educational experience, showcasing technological and scientific discovery,” said Patty Everly, curator of historic exhibits at the Science Center. “Requin is so rich in history, and it is an honor to have her here in Pittsburgh.” General admission to the Science Center includes access to USS Requin (SS 481), but tickets to tour the submarine may also be purchased separately for $7. For more information, visit or call 412-237-3400.

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Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at S.S. Presbyterian The South Side Presbyterian Church welcomes all to its “Blessing of the Animals” worship service on Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. People are welcome to bring their peaceable pets to worship God on the first floor. Animals need to be on a leash or in a crate. “We plan to pray for a


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other data breaches taking place around the same time as the Uber breach. Personal financial data such as the kind stolen from consumers during the Equifax data breach – a massive breach impacting nearly 148 million Americans and at least 5.5 million Pennsylvanians – could be combined by cyber-criminals with data stolen during the Uber breach to put together fraudulent profiles. “The more personal information these criminals gain access to, the more vulnerable the person whose information was stolen becomes,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “That’s why my Bureau of Consumer Protection is not only taking action in the Uber breach today – we are also leading a national investigation into the Equifax breach.” Pennsylvania drivers impacted by the Uber breach finally began receiving notice from the company of the breach beginning last

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City URA invests $7 million in small businesses citywide The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, with support from Mayor William Peduto’s administration, invested nearly $7 million in small businesses across the city last year, which supported almost $24 million in neighborhood development projects. The businesses were URA loan clients, facade clients, Neighborhood Business District funding recipients, and manufacturers supported through the agency’s Manufacturing Assistance Program in partnership with Catalyst Connection. It supported in total 46 businesses and nine neighborhood district improvement projects, with $6,977,613 in direct URA dollars invested and $23,981,644 total project costs. “Supporting small businesses is one of the most powerful tools we have to provide economic opportunities for all. I’m proud of the focus the URA has for neighborhood businesses, which sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves,” Mayor Peduto said. The spending has included support for businesses and initiatives such as Everyday Café in Homewood, Little Angels Learning Center in Bloomfield; Federal Galley in Allegheny West; Micro Diner in Mount Washington; and the Hazelwood Business District Plan. A full list of small businesses and the URA’s 2017 investments in them is available at: http://bit. ly/2DjiBia According to Tom Link, the director of the URA’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the URA has a variety of other

programs that provide direct assistance to neighborhood businesses as well. They include: • Keystone Innovation Zones (Urban Innovation 21/Pittsburgh Central and Greater Oakland). The URA helped create the KIZ program in Pittsburgh and provided ongoing financial support to Urban Innovation 21 (through membership fees). In 2017, 43 Pittsburgh companies received about $2.5 million in KIZ tax credits. KIZ awardees in Pittsburgh include Roadrunner Recycling and URA borrowers such as ShowClix, Savage Visual Effects, Treatspace, Thread, and dozens of others. • Alpha Lab Gear. The URA helped seed Alpha Lab Gear in partnership with Innovation Works (IW), philanthropy, the state, and Federal government. Alpha Lab Gear is one of the nation’s most recognized and lauded hardware company accelerators. To date, it has hosted 32 companies through its accelerator programs including notable companies such as Identified Technologies, Trusst (also a URA borrower), Sole Power, and dozens of others. • Riverfront Ventures, which the URA helped seed in 2014. The IW-managed $25 million Venture Fund was seeded in partnership with philanthropy, universities, the state, and private investors. Riverfront Ventures has invested in nine notable, jobcreating Pittsburgh companies including Wombat Security, Thread, Containership, and others http:// portfolio •Forty-four companies have formed and/or received growth funding through AlphaLab Gear and Riverfront

Volunteers wanted to help plant trees in Allentown TreeVitalize will host a community tree planting day on April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in Allentown. Volunteers are welcome to help plant 11 trees in the neighborhood. Those who would like to help, should meet at 831 E. Warrington Avenue, free parking is available in the lot next to the building. Coffee,

snacks and lunch will be provided. Volunteers should register online at: http://bit. ly/2p1z5Y6. The Facebook link to the event is: https:// events/565172580535702/ TreeVitalize is administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Retired men’s luncheon group will learn about Churchill The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group welcomes retirees to its Thursday, April 19 luncheon with event speaker Jack Puglisil who will speak about the history of Winston Churchill. Lunch is at noon. The cost for lunch is $8 payable at the

door and the lunch is held at the Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church at 199 Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills. Reserve lunch by calling the church office at 412-6552000. Come socialize with us and enjoy the educational history of Winston Churchill.

Ventures. Two companies in particular, NoWait and Wombat, had successful acquisitions by leading, global companies. To demonstrate the positive impact these companies have on Pittsburgh›s economic vitality, the 44 companies have raised an additional $211 million from the private sector and employ nearly 300 people.  • BizFit Entrepreneurial Training, a training program for disadvantaged construction entrepreneurs through Riverside Center for Innovation. The URA helped seed this program. To date, BizFit has supported about 40 disadvantaged construction firms since its inception in 2016. • Small Business Resource Fairs, monthly programs in partnership with neighborhood business district partners to bring URA programs and support programs into our neighborhood business districts. The URA has done more than 30 of these in the last three three years. • PghLab, for which URA staff provides oversight to the program in partnership with the City’s Department of Innovation and Performance. Pittsburgh startups, including Haversines, Remerge and others have gone through the program. • Next Act, a $5 million fund to support womenowned businesses in the city that the URA board is poised to support with a $100,000 investment. Next Act plans to use its initial fund to invest in up to 40 companies, most of them in the City of Pittsburgh. Additionally, the substantial majority of those investing in the funds are women making their first angel investments. • Additionally, tools such as Launch and, Neighborhood Business District support / Mainstreet programs also flow through the URA. “In addition to programmatic efforts, my team is consistently engaged with networking and outreach activities meeting new businesses and entrepreneurs and helping to direct to services that can help,” Mr. Link said. “In 2016 -– 2017, CIE staff had 534 touch points with entrepreneurs, businesses and outreach events. My team attends events across the city weekly and monthly meeting small business owners. Just last week we had tables at the 17th annual Government Conference for Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Hill District Quarterly meeting with program information and staff available to answer questions.”


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Emergency gang truce and clean up day in Beltzhoover March 31 The Isaiah Project (TIP) in Beltzhoover Neighborhood collaboration with POWER Council (BNC), Pittsburgh University (POWER U), Leadership Council, PNC, RE360 and other supporting organization will sponsor an Emergency Gang Truce and Community Unity cleanup day on March 31. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the BNC Building, 407 Gearing Bar and Grill Avenue. The agenda includes national organizations speaking on gang prevention practices, a tribute to former 2526 E. Carson St. members who have 412-431-4090 gang graduated from TIP and have 45¢ WING NIGHT been employed for more than Wednesdays, 5-9 pm a year, those serving in local This Week’s Specials non-profits and the POWER Tuesday U violence prevention team. Mushroom The Community Unity Day Swiss Burger will feature speakers from: french fries...................................$6.95 the BNC, City of Pittsburgh / Wednesday Ronald Dillion Organization, Steak Allegheny County police, RE360, Terrell Thomas, Caesar Salad .....................................................$6.95 Community Empowerment Association, The University Thursday of Pittsburgh and NAACP. Salisbury Other participants include: Steak


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Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Housing Authority and the City of Pittsburgh and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh have announced their acceptance into the ConnectHome USA Program. This national program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the digital inclusion non-profit, Everyone On, closes the digital divide for individuals in HUD-assisted housing. The ConnectHome national data survey shows 35 percent of individuals in HUD assisted living go without inhome internet access. Lack of access impedes the ability to complete homework, participate in online banking or apply for online job applications once all public locations for free internet access are closed. Furthermore, 2016 research

from the Obama Administration, The Digital Divide and Economic Benefits of Broadband Access, verifies individuals with in-home internet access are employed 25 percent faster, translating to more than $5,400 in additional annual income. Through ConnectHome USA, the county, city and housing authorities seek to increase internet adoption, inhome computer device access, and digital literacy training to ensure everyone has the tools necessary to engage with the changing digital landscape. “Technology has the op-

portunity to provide equity in many ways, but that is only if our most vulnerable residents have access,” said Frank Aggazio, Allegheny County Housing Authority executive director. “We are committed to working together as champions of digital equity to serve our residents,” said Caster D. Binion, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. The ConnectHome USA platform catalyzes collaboration towards a bigger vision for the city and county around digital inclusion. The initia-

tive provides a framework for building a more substantial plan for digital inclusion in addition to providing resources through local and national partnerships and mentorship from cities leading in connecting residents. “As a resident of Allegheny County Housing Authority for over seven years, I welcome the opportunity to have some competitive choices in our cable and internet service providers. Most live without because they cannot afford the service at all,” said Minister Erwin R. Harris, Pleasant Ridge resident.

NEED will be hosting their 55th Annual Scholarship Dinner on March 22 to honor and award 50 students with scholarships and recognize the efforts of students, educators, and community leaders that have made it possible for NEED to further their mission: to provide career and college access services which empower youth from the Pittsburgh region to aspire to, learn about, prepare for, and complete higher education.

This year’s theme is “Start with a Dream; Finish with a Future.” The phrase is the epitome of the organization’s purpose for each student that they serve. In NEED’s 55 year history, they have given scholarships to more than 35,000 students and assisted thousands more with the college process. The 55th Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 22, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh

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Join the St. George Church Preservation Society for a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 19, at 4 pm. The dinner will take place at St. Pius X Auditorium in Carrick at Pius X Byzantine Catholic Church, 2336 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. The event includes a spaghetti dinner featuring Alla Famiglia sauce, dessert, door prizes and raffles. Donation is $15, seating is

limited, reservations end on May 1. To make reservations and payment online visit: www. stgeorgepreservationsociety. org. Reservation may also be made by mail by sending a check with diners’ name(s) and phone number to: SGCPS, PO Box 4228, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. For more information, call 412-502-5062. Proceeds benefit the St. George Church Preservation Society.

cepting permit applications for the Community Garden at Transverse Park. Permits are awarded on a first come, first serve, with priority given to Borough residents. A single plot, approx. 10’ x 20’, costs $15 for the year. Double plot and raised bed options are also available. For more information on applying for a Community Garden plot or for an application, contact Rick Hopkinson at 412-431-8107 x 106 or rick.

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