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By Austin Vaught, Contributing Writer Carrick residents were advised to lock their homes and cars after police said thefts have increased significantly in the community over the last 30 days. Of the 47 thefts reported to police between July 1 and August 5, 24 were from automobiles,10 from people, six from businesses, and five from residences, according to the monthly crime stat sheet presented at August’s meeting of the Carrick / Overbrook Block Watch. While the cause behind the increase isn’t clear, Zone 3 officer Christine Luffey said securing personal property is the most important thing residents can do to prevent theft @ Sopghreporter.com in the future. “Don’t leave your valuables in your car,” officer Luffey Pittsburgh Mayor William Pedu- said. “If you do, you’re asking for it. The probability of getto and Moms Demand ting your belongings back is very low.” In addition to the thefts, officer Luffey described four drug Action founder Shannon arrests and one stabbing that took place across the Carrick Watts have called for imand Overbrook communities in July. mediate state and federal The first case involved a man arrested on July 2 at 12:15 action on common sense gun safety measures, sim- p.m. after narcotics detectives staged an undercover drug ilar to those approved by buy on Merritt Avenue. Police received tips about an indithe City of Pittsburgh this vidual selling large amounts of narcotics in the community and arranged a meeting with the suspect after they obyear. tained his phone number. @ Sopghreporter.com After the suspect arrived at the agreed-upon location on South Side Merritt Avenue, police surrounded his car with multiple Seventeen volunteers undercover police vehicles. According to the report, the from St. Joseph Catholic suspect refused to follow the officer’s orders and attemptchurch in Strongsville, OH ed to flee the scene by ramming into the undercover cars. who call themselves “MisAn officer was able to break the driver’s side window and sion of Hope” descended pull the suspect from the vehicle. Police then confiscated on Pittsburgh in mid-July heroin, marijuana, ecstasy tablets, three cell phones, and a with a single goal: to help. large sum of cash. The suspect was arrested and charged Page 3 with reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled subAllentown stance, and possession with intent to deliver. Seniors 60 and over are The second case resulted in two drug arrests after police invited to the Allentown launched an investigation into a residence in the 1900 block Senior Citizens Center for of Westmont Street for the second time this year. Officers a Hawaiian Luau on Tues- received reports the owner of the property was aware of and day, Aug. 20. Don a favor- permitted drug use and sales to take place on the property. ite flowered shirt, grass Police encountered the owner when they visited the propskirt or muu muu for the erty on July 2 around 7:28 p.m. According to the report, activities. the owner allegedly admitted to the accusations. Officers Page 3 confiscated multiple bundles of heroin and a bag of crystal Housing Court............... Online meth from the building. The owner and another male susZoning Board................ Online pect were both arrested. A third drug arrest occurred when Beechview neighbors Check them out at: complained of a male suspect coming and going from a reswww.sopghreporter.com Continued on Page 4 County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was joined by Judge Elliot Howsie, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Chief Public Defender T. Matthew Dugan, Court Records Director Michael McGeever and other officials in announcing the launch of ‘Project Reset.’

In a neighborhood of murals, Caroline Stephenson, 1½, added to the artwork in the parking lot of the Hill Top United Methodist Church during the Allentown National Night Out celebration. The annual event, sponsored by the Allentown CDC, featured public safety officials and equipment, food, music and a bake sale and rummage sale with the Allentown Senior Center.

Brashear receives $1 million from state RACP for new Hilltop center In a meeting with Senator Jay Costa and State Representative Harry Readshaw on August 1, representatives from The Brashear Association received news the South Pittsburgh social service non-profit was awarded $1 Million from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for their Hilltop Community Center. After advocating for and working with families throughout the Hilltop neighborhoods for years, Brashear plans to better serve all members of the community within a new 40,000 SF facility built on six contiguous sites along the 300 block of Brownsville Road in the Knoxville neighborhood and within the Mt. Oliver Business District.

Adjacent vacant lots will be utilized for a garden and outdoor spaces. Senator Costa believes “this facility will be a focal point for the South Pittsburgh Hilltop community as well as a catalyst for continued economic development along the Brownsville Road corridor.” The Hilltop Community Center will allow Brashear to expand its services as well as strengthen existing, and create new, community partnerships. In a key partnership with LifeSpan, a nonprofit which provides critical support for seniors and currently occupies a portion of the building site, Brashear envisions the facility as an all ages, social service hub for the entire community. Brashear’s programming for children and families

through tangible assistance, education, employment, and case management services will be complemented by LifeSpan’s senior services, including a commercial kitchen and Meals on Wheels program. In addition to Brashear and LifeSpan, the building will house the offices of the Birmingham Foundation, also a partner and supporter of the project. Brashear recognizes this award represents support for their project at the state level, but also locally from Senator Costa and State Representative Readshaw. As champions for Brashear’s mission, the award demonstrates their commitment and dedication to the people who live and work in South Pittsburgh and to the many Continued on Page 3

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Brashear receives $1M

Continued from Page 1 communities in need of resources. “Brashear’s work has long provided important services to residents in my district and I’m thrilled to see that scope expand with this project,” says Mr. Readshaw. To ensure the new facility best serves the community, Brashear is developing a Program Steering Committee with representatives from each of the 11 South Pittsburgh neighborhoods it serves, staff, and members of the Brashear Board of Directors. The Program Steering Committee will meet monthly to discuss the needs of the community and provide insight and direction for the programs and services availPolice Tactical Operations and Zone 3 Commander Karen brought neighbors together from across South Side to able within the new facility. Dixon visited the National Night Out celebration at the enjoy the company, good food and live music in a relaxed “Community engagement end of 17th Street in the South Side Flats. The annual event atmosphere. is the cornerstone of suc-

Mission of Hope volunteers make an impact in South Pittsburgh munities in need. The group spent a week with the Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization which provides homes and support services for people with intellectual disabilities in the Pittsburgh region. Accompanied by their pastor, Father Bob McWilliams, the volunteers visited the Emmaus headquarters and residential home in the South Side, as well as Emmaus homes in Brookline, Mt. Lebanon, and Scott Township. They tackled an assortment of projects, including painting a resident’s bedroom, renovating a bathroom, staining decks and Where your child is the Superstar renovating a patio at the Em• Disco Like Atmosphere maus homes, and projects in • Laser Light Shows the Emmaus bowling alley • Smoke Machines and office space. • DJ & Food Provided According to Emmaus’s Call For Party Packages Director of Communi412-832-0515 ty Relations, MiRan Surh, APlusPartyZone.com “the group was just amazadno=6398175

Seventeen volunteers from St. Joseph Catholic church in Strongsville, OH who call themselves “Mission of Hope” descended on Pittsburgh in mid-July with a single goal: to help. This multi-generational group of volunteers provides “traveling retreats” for its members, as they set out to local and out-of-town sites to complete skilled rehab work—cleaning, painting, dry walling, electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, and landscaping—for com-

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ing. They had a plan, they worked so hard, and they got everything done.” Ms. Surh noted the volunteers had an opportunity to meet and enjoy refreshments with some of the Emmaus residents as well. Following the trip, Mission of Hope made a donation to the Emmaus Community. According to Mission of Hope Trip Facilitator Kathy McConnaughy, the visit was

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Hawaiian Luau for seniors at Allentown center Aug. 20 Seniors 60 and over are invited to the Allentown Senior Citizens Center for a Hawaiian Luau on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Don a favorite flowered shirt, grass skirt or muu muu for the activities that begin at 10 a.m. There will be live entertainment by Bruce Puckett who will be singing Hawaiian favorites. Other activities include dancing, raf-

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cording to Mission of Hope, “the purpose of our mission experience is not only to provide labor, but to be a spiritual journey for our missionaries.”

cess for program development. It gives the community ownership, which is needed for long-term success,” states Brashear’s new Executive Director, Andrea M. Matthews. Over the next few months, Brashear will launch a Comprehensive Campaign to raise the estimated $15 million needed to support construction and programming for the new facility, anticipated to open its doors in 2022. “Our board spent many years planning for and anticipating this important expansion to Brashear services and the opportunity to better serve our clients. Having established that groundwork, recently hiring a new executive director, and receiving RACP support as part of our fundraising, we are now poised to bring the project to fruition,” Board President Kristi Rogers shared reflecting on the project’s process. “We are all very excited about the future of the Hilltop and the important role Brashear will play in it!”

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Residents cautioned to lock cars, homes Continued from Page 1 idence in the middle of the night while driving a white Cadillac Escalade. On the evening of July 11, patrol officers followed the Escalade to Carrick and stopped the driver at the intersection of Amanda Avenue and East Meyers Street for a traffic violation. Officers searched the vehicle after noticing a strong odor of marijuana. In addition to finding marijuana, officers also confiscated a large sum of cash and a couple of cell phones. The suspect was arrested. The fourth case discussed was a drug arrest at the vacant apartment building at Berg Place and Brownsville Road. Officers have been aggressively patrolling the property after several reports of “squatters” and drugs on the property over the last several months. While patrolling on August 2 at 6 p.m., an officer saw a man on a porch attached to the rear of the building. According to the report, the officer observed

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