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SQUIRREL HILL URBAN COALITION OFFICERS: Raymond Baum, President Richard Feder, Vice President Ceci Sommers, Vice President Richard Feder, Vice President Pete Stump, Treasurer Jim Burnham, Assistant Treasurer Barbara Grover, Secretary Cindy Morelock, Assistant Secretary Steve Hawkins, Immediate Past President BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Norman Childs, Vivian Didomenico, Andy Dlinn, Lori Fitzgerald, Ed Goldfarb (Board Member Emeritus), Steve Hawkins, Michael D. Henderson, Marshall Hershberg, Gina Levine, Ari Letwin, Lois Liberman, Lisa Murphy, Cynthia Morelock, Melanie Seigel, Ceci Sommers (Board Member Emerita), Josh Sayles, Sidney Stark (Board Member Emeritus), Peter Stumpp, Erik Wagner, Roger Westman Marian Lien, Executive Director Ben Kistler, Office Intern MAGAZINE STAFF: Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Editor Barbara Shema, Marketing Coordinator CONTRIBUTORS: Ray Baum, Scott Bell, Rita Botts, Maren Cooke, Melissa Friez, Mickey Gast, Ron Gaydos Marshall Hershberg, Nora Johnson, David Knoll, Carolyn Ludwig, Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Scott Roller, Sarah Scott, Roger Westman, Helen Wilson Design & Print: Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Creative Director Knepper Press, Printer Printed with soy inks and 100% wind energy! Squirrel Hill Magazine, Vol. 14, Issue 2, is published through the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Please direct any questions or comments to SHUC by calling (412) 422-7666 or emailing email@example.com. Please support our advertisers â€“ their ads solely finance this magazine!
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preserving, improving, and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. Volunteer supported standing committees provide leadership to our community by studying, debating and advocating positions on issues affecting our neighborhoodâ€™s vitality. Our mission is implemented through a long range planning process, which fosters community-based initiatives in the areas of education, public safety, transportation, parks and open spaces, and commercial, institutional and residential development. ON THE COVER: Nine Mile Run Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration completed in 2006 was created for excessive stormwater flow from the surrounding municipalities and city which eroded steam banks more than originally estimated.
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Features Squirrel Hill Locals Go Solar SHUC Solarize Commitee Bicycle-Pedestrian Improvements and the 8 Environment in Squirrel Hill By Marshall Hershberg Rain Gardens are Beautiful and Hardworking 11 By Brenda Smith Frick Environmental Center Moves Into 15 Final Construction Phase By Scott Roller New Trail Project Proposed for Squirrel Hill 18 By Richard Feder Spring Cleaning Done Right 20 By Barb Grover Sixth Presbyterian Church is Certified as a 23 National Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation By Nora Johnson Tips for Maintaining Your Trees 24 By Danielle Crumrine Sixth Presbyterian to Present Summer Concerts 25 By Scott Bell Squirrel Resident to Receive Award 31 for Tree Stewardship By Linda Ryan
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2016 Challenge Grant Thank You A Pittsburgh Startup Bets on Sustainability By Mickey Gast Summer Night Markets Return to Squirrel Hill By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
From the Editor Environmental issues have been hot topics not just here in Pittsburgh but nationally and internationally. For this issue, we wanted to bring it home and let our community know what is being done here to improve the our impact on the environment. Squirrel Hill effects many nearby ecosystems, both for good and bad. Caught between two of Pittsburgh's biggest parks on one of the city's busiest traffic corridors, we always have to consider the environmental ramifications of changes and improvements we make. We hope you learn a lot from this issue and can help us keep Squirrel Hill beautiful and green!
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SHUC Snapshots News and Notes from Your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
Squirrel Hill Historical Society Pittsburgh’s Environmentally Conscious Mayors from Squirrel Hill By Helen Wilson
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President’s Message Here’s Something to Think About By Raymond N. Baum, President Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition info@SHUC.org
What is the future of Squirrel Hill’s commercial district? What do we want it to be? What can we do about it? Are we missing out on opportunities to attract and hold businesses and residents? I think that it’s time for us to gather the data and convene the community and city government for a serious and forward looking discussion. The core business district includes Forbes Avenue from Wightman to Denniston, Murray Avenue from Forbes all the way to Morrowfield and Forward Avenue southwest from Shady to lower Beechwood. Most of the buildings are old. Some are just stuck onto the fronts of old houses and while many buildings are in good condition and worthy of preservation, many others are not. Almost nothing new has been constructed in this area for over forty years without a zoning variance. Many of the challenges reported in the Murray Forward Conditions Report (on our website at www.shuc.org ) discussed on our last issue apply to the entire business district. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s 1990 Master Plan (also on our website), called for denser use of our commercial district’s transit corridors with a mix of retail and professional space and more mid to high-rise multi-family developments. Based on this and the community’s desire to promote commerce, employment and quality of life, the Coalition has supported new residential and commercial developments even when zoning variances were needed. The challenges to new construction in our commercial district are many and are substantial: • • • • •
Zoning is restrictive and inflexible. Most properties are small, shallow and difficult to develop without the assembly of multiple parcels. Real Estate is expensive and assembly of multiple parcels exponentially more expensive. Site development costs continue to rise. Parking is in short supply and very few properties can support on-site parking.
Stormwater causes flooding and sewage backups plague most of the commercial district.
Most of the business district is zoned Local Neighborhood Commercial (LNC). Only the Maxon Tower site is zoned for a multifamily high-rise. Parts of lower Forward are zoned Park and Open Space. With the exception of the 1660 Murray Avenue Condominium (behind the Sixth Presbyterian Church), there are no special planning districts that provide planning flexibility like those that have helped parts of East Liberty, Oakland and Downtown accommodate planned development. Under LNC, most new development in our commercial district simply isn’t feasible. While LNC permits a wide range of uses (running from hotels to most office, business, medical, apartment and community purposes) the restrictions are stifling: • • • • •
Maximum height is three stories (up to 45 feet) Maximum floor area to land ratio (FAR) is 2:1 Only 90% of the land can be covered Set-backs are required Significant off street parking must be provided by the owner on site or very nearby
In our commercial district, LNC fights the existing urban and financial realities. Most buildings along Forbes, Murray and Forward were built under prior zoning and don’t comply with current zoning. Most, if not all, financially feasible new development requires zoning variances, a process that is challenging, expensive, time consuming and unpredictable. Developers are leery about investing the time and money necessary to obtain an option to purchase the site, obtain environmental studies, pay for plans and then throw themselves upon the mercy of the Zoning Hearing Board and then, if a neighbor appeals a variance, the courts. Variances are, by law, difficult to obtain. Our Zoning Board is enlightened and reasonable and our community is generally supportive, but variance applications are still an expensive crap shoot. If we want to attract new investment, provide rental and condominium apartment options to new residents and those moving out of larger houses, increase our
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businesses customer base and enhance the business mix, we need a plan. To come up with an effective plan and have it reflected in our zoning code and the City of Pittsburgh’s capital budget, we need data, including studies on parking, traffic, transportation, consumer demand, housing supply and demand, storm and sanitary sewers, and stormwater solutions. I think it’s time to convene all constituencies to work together to determine what we want and how to get it. Who wants to join in? Your thoughts are welcome on our web site or emailed to info@SHUC.org. How much parking do we need and where? How can we end the constant stormwater caused sewage backups that flood the basements along Forbes and Murray? How can we provide for more open space or encourage a mix of businesses that serves us, attracts customers and that is enduring?
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Squirrel Hill Locals Go Solar By Your SHUC Solarize Committee: David Knoll, Rita Botts, Maren Cooke, Ron Gaydos, and Roger Westman Squirrel Hill folks are among the Smartest People! Tom Berna of Squirrel Hill was smart. He recognized both the environmental and the economic benefits of going solar for his home. He mainly wanted to reduce his carbon footprint but he also wanted a good investment. He got both with a 4.5 kilowatt (kw) array of solar panels that will produce his electricity for the next 30 years without emissions--and pay for itself in just 10 years. He is looking at that as a 10% return, better than any bank currently provides. Tom also took advantage of the 30% federal tax credit that was renewed last year for solar systems. Additionally, with those savings, he replaced his old gas hot water heater with a new electric one. Not everyone caught wind of the Coalition’s Solarize Squirrel Hill campaign when we started it in 2015, but a friend in St. Louis brought it to Tom’s attention and he looked it up on the Solarize Allegheny/Squirrel Hill website and learned what to do from there. He got quotes from the two certified installers linked to the site and chose one with whom he is very pleased. Likewise, John Good would encourage everybody to do what they can for climate change and especially for clean air. He first learned about Solarize Allegheny when it began in Point Breeze but took advantage when we promoted it for Squirrel Hill. He likes how effortless it was on his part, with the installer doing all the paperwork and even taking care of the details with the electric company. Now, he enjoys the no-maintenance aspect of the flow of electricity to his home.
down so much that he chose to go ahead. At one time, the cost was over $10 per watt installed, but has “dropped to between $3 and $5 a watt depending on the scale and difficulty,” said Ian Smith. Director of Residential Consultations at EIS Solar (one of the two certified installers involved in our program.) Interested in exploring solar energy for your home, just as at least 16 other Squirrel Hill households have done so far? Do a search on Solarize Allegheny/Squirrel Hill and click on the GET STARTED button. The rest is easy - two prescreened installation companies will automatically contact you to provide you with a quote. What if you can’t go solar because of the configuration or shading on your home? Replace as many lights as possible with LED bulbs. One person told us they shaved about $50/month off their electric bill in their 3-person home by replacing every light with LEDs. However, going pollution free, with your own local solar energy production is very satisfying, economical, and smart.
The installer provided a free tracking program to Alan Mallinger who now enjoys monitoring his 14 panel roof-top array. The tracking program, which works on smart phones, tablets and computers, is used by many to track hourly, daily, monthly and yearly electrical production. It estimates how many equivalent trees he is “planting”, how many tons of CO2 emissions are saved, and how many light bulbs’ worth of power have been generated. Some folks check the totals everyday. Even overcast days can contribute quite a bit to a monthly total. However, the “coolest part is to see my electric meter going backwards,” Alan remarked. Alan and his wife talked about going solar for a long time but found it to be too expensive. Now, the cost has come
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Pedestrian-Bicycle Improvements and the Environment in Squirrel Hill By Marshall Hershberg, SHUC Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee
As many of you know, last year the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) created a pedestrian-bicycle committee to enhance our neighborhood and to be a key part of the exciting effort under way to improve safety and opportunities throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This effort is but one strong example of the heightened environmental consciousness our region is experiencing. In our case, Squirrel Hill is a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood, and SHUC has noted the greater usage of bicycles as a major form of alternative transportation. We are acting upon it. We also look at how pedestrian -bicycling opportunities can connect with other forms of alternative transportation, such as public transit. The Committee supports the City of Pittsburgh’s “Complete Streets Initiative,” which seeks to improve the safety and aesthetic quality of street and sidewalk usage for citizens of all backgrounds, interests and abilities. Specifically, recognizing the increased amount of bicycling, and the interest in walking and hiking in Greater Squirrel Hill, the SHUC Ped-Bike Committee, in cooperation with the Greenfield Community Association (GCA), has been examining ideas for improving and adding to the bicycle routes now being used from eastern parts of Pittsburgh through Squirrel Hill, and connecting to Oakland, the Eliza Furnace Trail, Downtown and points beyond. Current pathways include trails, specific bike lanes, and shared streets. We have examined them all and have identified
places where gaps can be filled, new construction can improve the pathways and extend interconnections, and where new markings or other safety features can be incorporated into them (go to page 18 to read about a proposed trail project) We have requested that the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Department conduct the engineering studies required to determine feasibility and cost-effectiveness among a number of potential route alternatives. We are also exploring all appropriate funding sources for these projects. The Committee will keep you posted and seek your ideas as we move forward. Further, we want to emphasize that some general environmental concerns will guide us in any actions we finally decide to undertake: •
Increasing and enhancing opportunities and amenities for individuals and families to recreate safely – walking, biking, and pausing along the way – on existing and new trails and pathways. Many of these carry us through lovely woods and greenspace. Striving to achieve good design and to protect existing greenspace on our trails and bike paths, and adding greenspace wherever possible and feasible.
In the broadest sense, the SHUC Ped-Bike Committee is confident that the improvements in bicycling and pedestrian activity we hope to accomplish will contribute much to sustaining a safe and healthful environment and a vibrant quality of life in Greater Squirrel Hill. For more information about the SHUC Ped-Bike Committee, and to be notified about our meetings and activities, e-mail Marshall Hershberg, Coordinator, at email@example.com or phone him at (412) 709-8052.
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Friendship Circle Moves In By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt
1922 Murray Avenue has gone through many changes over the its storied history, but one of the most innovative and perhaps influential is its transition from restaurant to inclusive teen programming space. Friendship Circle, once located on Northumberland Street, has finally relocated!
Smaller groups of kids allows them to get acclimated better”. One of the main drives behind the move, aside from the group's expansion, was the need to provide a space that allowed their members to simply come and socialize. Having both hangout space and dedicated program space will allow members to join into classes and groups as they used to but also offers a safe place to simply visit with their friends. This also offers programming to become more focused, as it can cater directly to member interests.
The move has been long in coming. Friendship Circle, a non-profit which unites teen volunteers with children who have special needs, has wanted a larger space for many years. Buying the larger building in 2013 was only the start of their transition, which required a complete renovation of the existing Friendship Circle focuses heavily on inclusion, making opportunities for members and structure. They moved into the building in March of their families to get the most out of both programs and space. To that end, they've this year after construction was completed. made many great additions to their new building, including a kids playroom on the second floor, a larger kitchen with adjustable tables for classes and meal prep and a While staff work to perfect the space, members are quiet, calming room that will allow members an escape when overwhelmed. Above slowly being brought all, the new design for the building focused on the needs of their teens. Everything into the new location. is accessible for any member, regardless of their mobility. Many rooms in the new “We are intentionally building are able to serve multiple purposes. This flexibility was intentional, allowing starting out small,” said for changes in programming and future membership expansion. Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, Executive Director of While most of the summer will be dedicated to adjusting to the new building and Friendship Circle. “Even working our any kinks such a renovation might entail, a grand opening celebration is our bigger events that likely to occur near the end of the season. Welcome to the neighborhood, Friendship we typically do, we're Circle! not doing here yet.
Squirrel Hill Resident Releases New Book
By Barbara Rabner
Have you ever gone into a coffee shop and wondered what the chatting customers were discussing? Have you ever wanted to join in? It’s a thought that has often run through my mind as I bought my cup of Joe and headed back to work. Ivan Frank, a long-time Squirrel Hill resident, teacher, and writer, has recently written a book about a coffee shop that his friends refer to as “his office”. His book, entitled A Cup of Coffee and Bagel: Sharing Life Stories, describes the many meaningful relationships he has enjoyed with people of diverse cultures. Their heart-to-heart conversations have involved family matters, politics, life goals, news, movies and life conditions in Pittsburgh and throughout the world. The most interesting person he became friends with was a knowledgeable 80-year old man who had something to say about everything. He quickly became Ivan’s mentor. In a way, the coffee shop reflects the diversity of Squirrel Hill. What surprised Ivan the most was how open people are to spontaneous conversation. His morning ritual of a coffee, bagel and newspaper, as well as these interesting discussions, has enriched his life. I believe his stories will enrich yours in return. His book can be purchased at his upcoming Squirrel Hill book signings: Christine Frechard Art Gallery- June 5th - 10am-12pm Chocolate Moose- June 18th - 10am -12pm You can also purchase a copy online at www.acupofcoffeeandbagel.com. Get yours today!
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Rain Gardens are Beautiful and Hardworking By Brenda Smith, Nine Mile Run
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Rain Garden Native and adapted plants Absorb stormwater and transpire it back into the air.
Water Source A pipe directs stormwater from the downspout of a building to the rain garden, where river stones help to slow and spread the rainwater throughout the rain garden.
All residents of Squirrel Hill live in one of three watersheds – Nine Mile Run, Negley Run or Panther Hollow – and all three share certain problems, and potential solutions, in common. Like all urban watersheds, each of these areas has a high percentage of impervious surfaces – roofs, roads, and parking lots – which generate a lot of stormwater runoff during rain storms. The volume and velocity of this runoff is a problem in and of itself, causing erosion and wrecking habitat in the Nine Mile Run and Phipps Run streams. But worse, most of this runoff goes straight into the City of Pittsburgh’s combined sewer system, leading quickly to sewer overflows, and in very severe storms, to flooding and basement back-ups. This can have tragic consequences, as we witnessed on Washington Boulevard at the bottom of the Negley Run watershed, just a few years ago.
Ponding area Allows water to pond 3-4 inches during periods of heavy rainfall, but should absorb and evaporate within 24 hours. Soil Amended with compost and a gravel layer, rain garden soil encourages healthy plant growth along with stormwater absorption, filtration, and infiltration.
a rain garden to which one or more downspouts are re-directed. A rain garden is a shallow depressed area in your yard that is filled with a soil mix that encourages infiltration of water, and is planted with deep rooted native plants and grasses that can drink and transpire large quantities of water quickly. As the plants begin to become established, a rain garden soon looks like any attractive, everyday garden. It attracts birds and butterflies and other pollinators, and can be incorporated into a variety of landscapes and yard designs.
Like any garden, a rain garden will require some maintenance. But the garden will receive extra water from each rainfall, and many rain garden plants are also very tolerant of drought, so overall they require less attention than most gardens. Because deep digging, removal of some soil, and replacement with a better soil mix is required, rain garden installation is a big task to take on, but may people have built their own successfully. Fortunately, there are also experienced designers and installers available locally. For more information about rain gardens and how you can help ease stormwater problems, please visit http:// raingardenalliance.org/ or http://www.stormworkspgh.com/.
Our city and county sewer Authorities are working on plans mandated by state and federal regulators to reduce sewer overflows which will take years to implement. But in the meantime, every homeowner can be part of the solution by removing at least some of the stormwater generated on their property from the sewer system. There are several ways to disconnect your downspouts from the system; one of the most effective is to install
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Familiar Faces: Your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Board Members By Raymond N. Baum, President Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition email@example.com
Martha Isler Martha 'Mardi' Isler defines the term super-volunteer. Whenever there is a tough community problem needing a fresh and deft approach, Mardi is the first we call. Whether it’s education, community development or trees, Mardi is there to lead the charge. Mardi is a founding board member and president of Allies for Children, Chair of the City of Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, a long-time leader of Tree Pittsburgh, Secretary of the Board of Allegheny County Community College, President of the newly re-energized Squirrel Hill Business and Professional Association (also known as Uncover Squirrel Hill) and Chair of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition's Gateway Committee, to name just a few. Mardi’s service to our community has been long, sustained and intense. In 2008, when the city obtained an expert report that hundreds of our trees had to be removed, we formed the SHUC Urban Forest Committee. Mardi lead a cooperative process that created a city ordinance that saved trees, resulted in the training of dozens of neighborhood volunteer tree tenders, and planted about two hundred new street trees. In 2009, Mardi lead our Gateway Committee in working with The Design Center, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, and our elected representatives to develop The Gateway Plan for the revitalization of the public spaces in our Forward-Murray area. The initial results include the new Welcome to Squirrel Hill Sign on Forward, all new decorative street lamps and many new street trees along Murray and a renewed Post Office parklet at Murray and Darlington.
Crucially, the Gateway Committee’s work, along with the efforts of the SHUC committees, has also inspired renewed interest in developing vacant properties in the Forward-Murray area and support from the City of Pittsburgh for these development efforts. As if that’s not enough, Mardi’s leadership at Uncover Squirrel Hill and her ability to work with many others has been crucial to the success of the ongoing Squirrel Hill Night Market (this year on June 18, August 20 and September 17), and our fabulous Lunar New Year February. Mardi and her husband Bill have lived in the same house in Squirrel Hill since 1984 and raised their son there. Mardi shops, eats and sleeps Squirrel Hill. If there is a community need, Mardi is there.
Marshall Hershberg Marshall Hershberg has been a board member for only a year, but boy did he hit the ground running. He immediately joined both our Commercial Development Committee and Storm Water Task Force, and then co-founded our Ped-Bike Committee. He was a major force in the drafting of our successful PWSA grant request regarding storm water hot spots and related green infrastructure improvements. His Ped-Bike committee has quickly drawn a wide membership of people who want to make safer and more friendly to bikers and pedestrians. It is the best way I can think of to participate in and Marshall was contribute to the well-being, able to jump in vibrancy, and improvement so quickly and of the neighborhood I love effectively because of his dedication so much. to community and his incredibly rich experiences. When he retired in 2014 Marshall had, among other things, been: •
The grant writer and program developer for Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc.,
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landing major grants such as YouthBuild Johnstown (U.S. Department of Labor), and a Brownfields Job Training (EPA), and a Regional Career Education Partnership (PA Department of Labor and Industry). Vice President, Home and Community Services, for the Jewish Association on Aging in Pittsburgh Special Assistant to the President of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh staffing the President’s Office and coordinating the work and outreach of the Museums of Art and Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Science Center. A consultant to hospitals, long-term care organizations, and public and private human service agencies.
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Marshall holds a Ph.D. in political science and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Eleanor have lived in Squirrel Hill since 1966. Why did Marshall join the Coalition Board? “It is the best way I can think of to participate in and contribute to the well-being, vibrancy, and improvement of the neighborhood I love so much. Participating in SHUC and its myriad activities and interests has given great meaning and enjoyment to my time in retirement.” Why do Marshall and Eleanor stay in Squirrel Hill? In his words: “The convenience the strong cultural, commercial, residential and recreational amenities; Schenley and Frick Parks, as well as our many trails and by-ways. Our proximity, connections, and transit options to Oakland, Shadyside, downtown and all points beyond, make Squirrel Hill one of the most important parts of Pittsburgh and our region.”
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Frick Environmental Center Moves Into Final Construction Phase By Scott Roller, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy On track to be one of the greenest buildings in the world. Falls Ravine trail is one of most popular trails in Frick Park, and for good reason. Once you descend from Beechwood Boulevard into Falls Ravine Trail’s gently rolling terrain, the sounds of traffic and city life drift away, and there’s a great change. You’ll see wildlife scurrying as you make your way towards the thick of Frick Park’s 644 acres. With no internal roads for traffic – unique in our city parks – Frick Park is a wonderful way to make time stop. But if you’ve been on the Beechwood side of Falls Ravine Trail recently, you’ve seen proof that time is indeed moving onward. The Frick Environmental Center site has been rising for the past two years and this spring has shown dramatic progress as the construction’s final phase is underway.
on the site and lovegrass and winterberry are now flourishing. Nearly 100 of the approximately 365 trees and shrubs that will be planted on the site’s landscape are now in the ground. You may also notice that the construction trailers have moved to the outside of the gatehouses and fence. This move is necessitated by the construction of the parking lot area of the site, including concrete bases for the photovoltaic (solar) installations. The solar energy captured by these panels is an important component of the Frick Environmental Center’s net zero energy status, meaning it will produce as much energy as it uses.
Scheduled to open in the latter half of this year, the most visible exterior sign of the progress of the Frick Environmental Center is the black locust exterior siding. Keep an eye on it over the next year and enjoy the color changes, as it is designed to weather to a hue and finish that will blend with the surrounding landscape. Trees, including black gum, tulip, red maple, pawpaw, flowering dogwood, and eastern redbud, have been planted
Significant progress is also happening inside the building as the finishing touches are being put into place. Interior walls are now enclosed and detailing work on floors is now underway. Final wiring and ductwork is being put into position and ceiling enclosure prep work has begun. Balcony railings, featuring quotes by nationally renowned environmental writers, are set for installation in the coming weeks. The site’s barn, eaturing restrooms, storage for environmental educational programs, and gardening and site care equipment, is also entering its final phase of construction.
Designing and building a LEED platinum and Living Building Challenge certified building is not an easy task,but the Frick Environmental Center is on track to become one of the greenest buildings in the world. “It’s definitely been an amazing journey. It’s shown how essential good partnerships are to a project like this – both with the community and with the city and our design and construction team,” said Director of Education Marijke Hecht. “I’ve loved seeing how ideas that originated in community meetings years ago have come to life in the building and site. And the enthusiasm of the City (of Pittsburgh), our construction team PJ Dick, our landscape architects LaQuatra Bonci Associates, and architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been hugely exciting. Everyone knows we’re all working on something really special.” For regular updates on the construction status of the Frick Environmental Center, visit www.pittsburghparks.org/ frick-environmental-center
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News and Notes from Your Squirrel Hill Urban Coaltion Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Golf with SHUC Event The Golf with SHUC! fundraiser returns to the Bob O'Connor golf course for the second year! SHUC has once again partnered up with First Tee Pittsburgh to present an afternoon of great warm weather, good outdoor fun, and plenty of camaraderie. The afternoon features a relaxed 9-hole shamble followed by a catered meal, beer, and other libations. Prizes for exciting contests such as hole in one, closest to the pin, longest drive, and and putting await the winners. With last year's success in mind, the event is expected to sell out quickly. Registration starts at 2:30 with a tee time of 3pm. Players get two hours to complete the shamble to join us for dinner at 5pm. Not a golfer but have always wanted to learn? Not to worry, group lessons are available this year! Tickets are also available for just the dinner itself, making it the perfect way to support your neighborhood! Individual tickets are $65 while teams of four are discounted to $200 ($50 per person). Dinner only tickets are $20 per person. To order tickets or for more information about the event, visit SHUC.org/golf. We hope to see you on the green September 9th!
2nd Squirrel Hill Wine Walk Benefits SHUC Uncover Squirrel Hill hosted their second Wine Walk of the year on Saturday, May 21st. Their first event, held in April, sold out within a couple days and drew participants from across the city, prompting the creation of the May event. In spite of the steady drizzle on the day of this second Wine Walk, there was a great crowd for the event. The Wine Walk featured 25 businesses in the Forbes-Murray corridor, including local partners such as Ten Thousand Villages, Squirrel Hill Sports Bar, Christine Frechard Gallery and Capriccio Boutique. Each location offered a small wine tasting, with different varieties of wine at every location. Each ticket holder was also entered into a raffle for a gift basket. SHUC Board members and volunteers assisted participants at check-in locations Eyetique and European Wax Spa, checking Ids, handing out wristbands and
explaining how the Wine Walk Passport worked. 30% of the ticket proceeds, totaling nearly $2,000, were donated to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. (The first Wine Walk helped benefit the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.) Thank you to everyone who came to the event and all our dedicated volunteers who helped out!
6th Annual Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards Each year, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition honors one place and three individuals or organizations that have had a strong impact on Squirrel Hill. They're designated as 'Treasures’. As the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, SHUC has raised over $180,000 since it’s inception. The proceeds provide nearly half of the operating costs for the organization. Past honorees have included the Manor Theater, Karla Boos of Quantum Theater, Honorable Mayors Sophie Masloff and Bill Peduto, as well as Homewood Cemetery. This year's event will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Ticket holders will enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a delicious catered meal. In lieu of speeches, a short, professionally produced film will our honor our treasures. For our 2016 Annual Treasure Awards, we are honoring: Friendship Circle: A dynamic civic organization leading the way to greater neighborhood inclusion Classic Lines/Books and more: A vibrant independent bookstore fostering community ties. Citiparks: An essential community partner enlivening our urban backyard. And our Place Treasure Community Day School: An inspiring historic academic space for Jewish education Tickets to the dinner are $90. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to shuc.org.
Squirrel Hill Joins in Yearly Clean-up By Rita Botts, Litter Patrol Member On April 17th, more than 125 volunteers collected 150 bags of trash and 40 bags of recyclables - not to mention at least one shopping cart and a tire - at the annual Squirrel Hill Litter Cleanup. Councilman Corey O’Connor and Murray the Squirrel were joined at the cleanup by Squirrel Hill families, Community Day School students, AmeriCorps members, and Jewish Federation members. In addition to collecting litter on many residential streets, volunteers cleared both sides of the 376 West ramp, Wightman Park, Davis Playground (on Hobart Street), and the Post Office parklet. The cleanup was organized by the Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol, a committee of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. In preparation for the cleanup and Earth Day, students from Minadeo Elementary and Community Day School decorated coffee mugs with environmental themes. Based on their juried artwork, the students were awarded prizes at the cleanup event, receiving the book If I Were To Plant A Tree, illustrated by Environmental Charter School students. Students from the Children’s Institute, under the
supervision of Eva Kehn, sold Squirrel Hill T-shirts with proceeds benefiting the Litter Patrol. Look for the T-shirts on sale at this summer’s Night Markets and Farmer’s Markets. The Litter Patrol is grateful to Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Allegheny Cleanways, Dunkin’ Donuts, Giant Eagle, JAA Center for Rehabilitation, Squirrel Hill Wine & Spirits, and Starbucks for sponsoring and assisting with the cleanup.
New Trail Project Proposed for Squirrel Hill By Richard Feder, Vice President of SHUC In the past couple of years, there has been a lot of interest in the City of Pittsburgh and other areas on behalf of providing an improved environment for walking, bicycling, and other forms of “active transportation.” Citizenry in Squirrel Hill are definitely interested. In late 2015, in response to public requests, SHUC formed a volunteer Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee composed of persons interested in improving pedestrian and bicycle transportation in the neighborhood. Residents of Greenfield are also interested in improved pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, and so SHUC and the Greenfield Community Association (GCA) have been working together to convene the new committee. In its initial meetings, the committee identified concerns related to the condition of sidewalks, safety issues at traffic signals and crosswalks and locations for bicycle parking. Most importantly, the committee decided that it would like to see a new pedestrian-bike route connecting lower Squirrel Hill and Greenfield to Oakland, Downtown, various riverfront developments, and the regional trail system. The idea for the new trail came out of several previous studies.
In 2014, Carnegie Mellon graduate architecture students prepared the “Envisioning the Forward-Murray Gateway” report. It was this project that suggested implementation of a new pedestrian-bike route to begin at the ForwardMurray-Pocusset (F-M-P) intersection. The idea was suggested by the design students and supported in public meetings on the project. Such a trail would provide a new transportation route between Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. It would also provide access to the regional and national trail systems for hikers and bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Where Would the New Route Be Located? The following figure shows where the potential new route would be located in relation to Squirrel Hill and Greenfield. The route would begin at the F-M-P intersection and connect with Saline Street in The Run section of Greenfield.
The 2009 Gateway Plan focused on the “Gateway” area that covers the entrance to Squirrel Hill from I-376. The Plan recommended bringing the feel of the business district to lower Forward Avenue, including green space, sidewalks, and a pedestrian-scale design. The Plan also suggested methods of traffic calming to slow down traffic to and from the highway as well as other improvements that would make the area more friendly for walking and bicycling. Since 2009, that Plan has resulted in a number of public space improvements throughout the Murray Avenue and Forbes Avenue business district, including the Welcome to Squirrel Hill sign as well as new trees and lighting.
Description of the Pedestrian-Bicycle Route Idea From the major intersection of F-M-P, there are two possible paths for the pedestrian-bicycle route. One route would extend the existing pedestrian-bicycle trail along a portion of Pocusset Street. The other would use PennDOT and City of Pittsburgh right-of-way parallel to, and on the north side of, the Parkway East (I-376). In the following figure, the two proposed routes are shown in blue: “Route from Pocusset” and “Route from Forward.” Connecting with the existing pedestrianbicycle routes (shown in orange) in The Run, the two routes would provide a walking and bicycling path to Eliza Furnace Trail, other trails, regional attractors such as Pittsburgh Technology Center, Southside Works,
(also shown in Figure 1 as a yellow star connoting access point). It would be built as an exclusive pedestrianbicycle trail to Saline Street from this location; in addition, it could start right at the F-M-P intersection by building a sidewalk at this location that is wide enough to be used by walkers and bicyclists, similar to the sidewalk through The Waterfront that is used by the existing Great Allegheny Passage trail. West of the Lifetime Automotive parking lot, the route would be designed as a dedicated trail that would travel westward alongside and just north of I-376, under the new Greenfield Bridge, and descend 35 feet to an intersection with Saline Street in The Run. After connecting with Saline Street, the two proposed pedestrian-bicycle routes would both use existing streets, bike lanes and bike tracks to connect with the head of the Eliza Furnace Trail. In addition to serving The Run and connecting Greenfield and Squirrel Hill to the regional trail system, the proposed routes would also connect with the Pittsburgh Technology Center, Southside Works, and the Almono development currently underway at the northern tip of the Hazelwood neighborhood. In Figure 1, it can be noted that the two trail ideas would intersect at the two end points: the F-M-P intersection and at Saline Street. In addition, there is a possibility that a connector pedestrian-bicycle ramp could be built between the Route from Pocusset and the Route from Forward, in the vicinity of the PennDOT maintenance yard along the I-376 westbound on-ramp.
Hazelwood-Almono, Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, and other areas. The Route from Pocusset would begin as an on-street bike route using Pocusset Street from the F-M-P intersection; pedestrians would use the existing sidewalks. The on-street route would connect with the existing Pocusset Trail, and an access point to this trail is shown in the figure as a yellow star symbol. The route would use the Pocusset Trail and intersect with the intersection of Greenfield Road and north end of the Greenfield Bridge (another access point shown on the map). The route would cross this busy intersection via an at-grade crossing. Pedestrian crosswalks and striping for bicycles are included in the intersection re-design that is part of the ongoing project to reconstruct the Greenfield Bridge. West of the Greenfield Bridge, the pedestrianbicycle trail would need to traverse a vertical separation of approximately 200 feet in order to travel down to the Saline Street area in The Run. It could do this by a series of switchbacks or a long looping trail.
See the accompanying article in this issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine for how the Pedestrian-Bicycle Committee views its role in studying and advancing improved pedestrian and bicycle routes, trails, and other improvements. See future issues on ways in which the potential routes and trails could benefit the challenging design of the Forward-Murray-Pocusset intersection, and how they could interface with potential real estate development in the vicinity.
The Route from Forward would start near the F-M-P intersection, in the empty lot currently for sale along the western portion of the Lifetime Automotive property
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Spring Cleaning Done Right
By Barb Grover, Litter Patrol Chairperson Spring time is well known as the season of renewal, growth, and, of course, cleaning! But what do you do after you’ve made everything spic and span? Recycling your unused or broken belongings can be a problem. That's where the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) can lend a hand! Each year between April and October, PRC holds Recycling Collection events in the Greater Pittsburgh Area (which includes Washington, Beaver, Cambria, and Allegheny Counties). They sponsor two types of events: Hard to Recycle collections (such as TVs, computers, electronics, tires, medical equipment) and Household Chemical Collections (such as paint and aerosol cans). Although there is a small charge for some of the items collected, most of the items will be accepted for free. Details of exactly what is accepted at these events and their charges can be found at prc.org. Note: payment is in cash only. Unfortunately, Pharmaceutical Collections (unused prescription and non-prescription drugs) are no longer a part of these events. However, several pharmacies in our area are collecting these items. These are listed below for a 20 mile radius of the 15217 area. For other locations, you can go to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s page for Controlled Substance Public Disposal locations or to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. The state department has detailed instructions as to how to prepare for the disposal and which medications are accepted (including pet medications) and which are not. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. Please dispose of these pharmaceuticals responsibly!
The 2016 Collections Schedule is as follows: Hard to Recycle Collections (9am – 1pm) • • •
June 25 – Ansys, 2600 Ansys Drive, Canonsburg PA August 20 – Century III Mall, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA October 1 – The Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
Household Chemical Collections (9am – 1pm) • • • •
July 9 – Washington County – Washington County Fairgrounds, 80 N. Main Street, Washington, PA 15301 August 13 – Allegheny County – Boyce Park Four Seasons Ski Lodge Parking Lot, Center Road, Monroeville, PA September 12 – Allegheny County – South Park Wave Pool parking lot, 1 Wave Pool , Bethel Park, PA October 8 – Beaver County – Brady’s Run Park Recycling Center, Brighton Township, PA
Pharmaceutical Collection Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations authorized by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in our local area are: • • • •
Wilson’s Pharmacy, 4101 Penn Avenue Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy, 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard Donora Union Pharmacy, 642 McKean Avenue Heritage Valley Pharmacy, 720 Blackburn Road
Enjoy the great feeling of having cleaned out your home in a marvelously responsible way – recycled!
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Sixth Presbyterian Church is Certified as a National Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation By Nora Johnson Sixth Church, located at the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues in the heart of Squirrel Hill, has been an active environmental congregation for some time, collecting recyclable materials, replacing energy inefficient fixtures and thermostats, planting trees along Murray Avenue last year and taking part regularly in the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition's pick up program. Now, however, Sixth has stepped up its environmental commitment and has been certified by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as an Earth Care Congregation. The certification required the congregation to collect information on its sustainable practices over a one-year period, looking especially closely at its worship services, its education program, its church building (built in 1902) and its activities with organizations and other churches in the community.
congregation is part of the Clean Rivers Campaign, the large public works project seeking a green solution to our region's storm water overflow problem. Dr. Kolb said, "I hope that our designation as an Earth Care Congregation will be a sign to our surrounding community and student population that we are as concerned about the future as they are. Not only will we work to make our congregational life sustainable, but we will continue to work with the Clean Rivers Campaign to make sure that Pittsburgh is America's most livable, green city."
Peter Kaplan is current chair of the congregation's Church and Community Committee and former SHUC Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. He says, "These efforts grow from the passion of Sixth Church members for social and environmental justice and from their concern for preserving and sustaining God's creation." In order to qualify, several of the church's committees took action: The Christian Education Committee saw that the Sunday school curriculum included earth-conscious presentations and activities, such as the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition's clean up day; the House Committee improved the building's lighting and HVAC systems; and the Worship Committee focused prayers, music, and readings on God's love for Creation. The Rev. Vincent Kolb preaches frequently on creation-centered themes. Session, the governing board, oversaw the process and committed to the Earth Care Pledge. Outside its walls, the
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8 Tips for Keeping Your Trees Healthy By Danielle Crumrine, TreePittsburgh Squirrel Hill boasts one of the largest planted tree canopies in the City of Pittsburgh. While the City-wide tree canopy average is 42%, over 50% of Squirrel Hill is tree-covered. This is largely due to the love and care that homeowners show to their own trees. Investing in their care yields a significant return as trees improve quality of life and provide economic benefits. They provide cooling shade in the summer, cutting energy costs, and they provide beauty which increases property values. Trees clean the air, capture stormwater runoff and they buffer noise from traffic. Trees and parks are a point of pride for Squirrel Hill residents and a big reason why people are attracted to the area.
Here are 8 great tips for keeping your trees healthy year round: 1. Regularly inspect your tree for signs of stress. These include: pest holes and feeding, canopy dieback, leaf spots, leaf discoloration, bark damage, dead branches and fungi. 2. Mulch your tree. Mulch provides essential nutrition for your tree and a healthy tree is better equipped to fight off pests and disease. Be sure to leave room between the base of the trunk and the mulch to avoid the “volcano” shape that can lead to bark decay. 3. If you suspect something is wrong with your tree, contact a tree care company that employs an ISA Certified Arborist. Visit www.isa-arbor.com to find an ISA Certified arborist in your area. 4. Pruning of certain species at certain times of the year could be beneficial or detrimental to the tree. Species like oaks, elms, and London plane trees should only be pruned in the winter months to avoid the spread of disease. 5. Be sure that your contractor sanitizes all tools before working on your tree. In certain instances, tools should be sanitized in between pruning cuts. Details of tool disinfection should be included in the contact’s scope of work. 6. Before work begins, be sure to request proof of your contractor’s liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance. 7. Be aware of how home renovations might impact your tree’s health. Brick cleaning chemicalxcavation and soil compaction can all negatively impact your tree. Be sure to request that your contractor take precautions as they work. 8. Educate yourself by becoming a certified Tree Tender. Visit www.treepittsburgh.org to learn more and register. For another great resource, visit www.treesaregood.org for more detailed tree owner information. As important as maintaining trees, is planting new trees. A healthy urban forest is one with trees that range in age and species diversity. Homeowners must consider carefully what species and location are most appropriate before planting. Underground utilities must be identified by calling PA One Call at 811 and conflict with overhead lines should be avoided. An Someone is sitting in the ISA Certified Arborist or other trained landscape professional can shade today because someconsult on what species is best for the site. To learn proper planting one planted a tree a long techniques, visit www.treepittsburgh.org, become a Tree time ago. Tender, or volunteer with a local tree planting organization to gain experience. Consider working alongside your neighbors -Warren Buffettto apply for street trees through the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh program. The application can be found at www.waterlandlife. org/216/treevitalize. 24 www.SHUC.org
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Sixth Presbyterian to Present Free Summer Concerts By Scott Bell Sixth Presbyterian Church will be featuring Squirrel Hill based musicians in conjunction with the Squirrel Hill Night Market events. Both concerts take place at the church, located at the corner of Murray and Forbes and will begin at 7pm. On August 20th, The Squirrel Hillbillies will bring their own brand of folk, country and blues to the neighborhood. Well known for their off-the -cuff interactions with audiences as well as their heartfelt artistry, they will provide an unforgettable experience. Musicians Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth are coming home after delighting audiences in England on their recent tour.
On September 17th, the Ortner/Marcinizyn Duo will present their unusual and eclectic instrumentals to their fans old and new! The innovative collaboration of Susanne Ortner on clarinet/soprano sax and John Marcinizyn on guitar will bring their international tastes to Sixth. They have promised to run the musical gambit from New Orleans style, Classical, Klezmer, Swing to some surprises! Please join us at Sixth Presbyterian on those Night Market evening for some great (and FREE!) music and a comfortable place to sit while you are in Squirrel Hill taking in all the other offerings!
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Pittsburgh’s Environmentally Conscious Mayors from Squirrel Hill Squirrel Hill Historical Society By Helen Wilson Vice President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society Pittsburgh officially became a city on March 18, 1816, with the signing of incorporation papers that gave its citizens the right to govern themselves. The event probably didn’t cause much of a stir in Squirrel Hill because it didn’t belong to Pittsburgh until it was annexed in 1868. Before then it was part of rural Peebles Township, which abutted Pittsburgh to the east. In 1816, the city of Pittsburgh consisted of just the downtown area. Pittsburgh’s incorporation created the position of mayor, and since then Pittsburgh has had 60 of them. Four have been from Squirrel Hill. Pittsburgh’s 42nd mayor was George Wilkins Guthrie, who served from 1906-1909. Sixty-eight years later, Richard S. Caliguiri became the 55th mayor of Pittsburgh, serving from 1977-1988. Sophie Masloff succeeded him and served from 1988-1994. The city’s 58th mayor, Bob O’Connor, took office in 2006. An earlier mayor also deserves mention: Magnus M. Murray, Pittsburgh’s fourth and sixth mayor, who served from 1828-30 and 1831-32. Murray didn’t live in Squirrel Hill, but his son bought land there for an estate he named Murray Hill, located where Murray Hill Avenue is today. Nearby Murray Avenue was named for Magnus Murray, because when Pittsburgh was expanding rapidly in the late 1800s, new roads were often named after prominent local historical figures, including the first four mayors of Pittsburgh. The theme of this issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine is the environment, and it is interesting to look at some ways Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill mayors tackled environmental issues. Because of space limitations, only a sampling of each mayors’ many achievements can be presented here. The following information was compiled with the help of Squirrel Hill researcher Wayne Bossinger. To begin with Magnus Murray (1787-1838): Murray was elected mayor in 1828, a time when horses were the major means of transportation and houses didn’t have central heat, running water or bathrooms. Pittsburgh was just beginning to be concerned about its infrastructure, and Murray supported public improvements and humane causes, such as providing free smallpox vaccinations for the poor. Shortly after he took office, the city completed its first waterworks, located on Grant’s Hill. However, during his third term, the city council opposed a move to construct
Magnus Murray (1787-1838) underground sewers for fear they would freeze and become useless in winter. Squirrel Hill wasn’t annexed by Pittsburgh until 30 years after Murray’s death, and it took 68 more years for the first mayor from Squirrel Hill to be elected—George Wilkins Guthrie (1848–1917)—who was the grandson of Magnus Murray. Guthrie came into office in 1906 as a “reform” mayor, determined to eliminate the widespread government corruption that existed at the time. His accomplishments are many; a few are that he was one of the original incorporators of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, president of Saint Margaret’s Memorial Hospital, and board member of Kingsley House Association. Guthrie is also credited with significantly reducing a typhoid epidemic that had plagued the city for over 30 years by implementing a citywide water filtration system to reduce transmission of the disease. The waterworks constructed during Magnus Murray’s term brought running water into the city but had no filtration system. Those who could afford it drank bottled water. Everyone else made do with the polluted water coming from the taps and suffered the consequences. It wasn’t until 1977 that another mayor from Squirrel Hill took office—Richard S. Caliguiri (1931–1988), the 55th mayor, who served until 1988. At the time, the city was undergoing a painful economic downturn, with widespread factory closings, loss of corporate headquarters, soaring
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unemployment and huge population losses. With little control over the factors causing the downturn, Caliguiri used every tool available to rally the city. His greatest accomplishment was “Renaissance II,” an urban renewal effort that dramatically reshaped the downtown skyline and revitalized the city. He also helped create Strategy 21, a series of economic incentives that, among other things, helped convert the J&L mill site along Second Avenue into a technology center. All of the hard work paid off in February 1985 when the city was ranked as America’s #1 most livable city in Rand McNally’s Places Rated Almanac.
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The city’s 58th mayor and last (to date) from Squirrel Hill was “The People’s Mayor,” Bob O’Connor (1944–2006). O’Connor immersed himself in the local community at the grassroots level. During his frequent walks through city neighborhoods, he talked to everyone, no matter what their station in life was. They had his ear, and he acted on their concerns. One of his early initiatives was the “Redd-Up Pittsburgh” program, an effort to clean up blight. A Public Works “strike team” was set up to target specific problems, coordinating its efforts with neighborhood volunteers or other departments. Sadly, O’Connor died after just seven months in office. Pittsburgh—and Squirrel Hill—have changed a lot since Magnus Murray’s times. Through the years, an awakening concern for the environment has brought improvements— cleaner air and water, large city parks, revitalization efforts, and reclamation of devastated industrial sites—many of which were made under the direction of Pittsburgh’s mayors from Squirrel Hill. Anyone interested in learning more about Squirrel Hill history is invited to attend the meetings of the Squirrel Hill Historical Society, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Go to www.squirrelhillhistory.org to view upcoming lectures and events. They are also posted in the calendar in this magazine. Please consider joining the SHHS. Membership is only $15 per year ($25 for families). There is no charge for attending the meetings.
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When Caliguiri died in office, his place was taken by Sophie Masloff (1917–2014), Pittsburgh’s 56th mayor, serving from 1988-1994. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Romania, she was the first woman to become mayor of the city. Much of her time was spent dealing with the city’s ongoing economic problems. Costs were cut by privatizing the National Aviary, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh Zoo and Schenley Park Golf Course.
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A Lasting Impact: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring By Sarah Scott, Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill
Among the staggering number of books that are published through the centuries, occasionally one emerges that will spark a movement or change the course of history. Silent Spring, by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson, is one such book. First published as a series of articles in the New Yorker in 1962, Carson single-handedly confronted the issue of synthetic pesticides and ignited a revolution. To this day, Silent Spring remains a landmark text and is often cited as being the primary force behind the launch of the environmental movement.
Today, we recognize the detrimental effects DDT and other pesticides have on both the environment and ourselves. Yet in 1962, this concept was radical and unprecedented. Not only did Carson introduce readers to the dangers of these new chemicals, she also depicted a world without the flora and fauna we love and depend on; a “silent spring” that we would ultimately bring upon ourselves. This future she creates is both chilling and ominous.
Agency (EPA) as a safeguard to prevent such lapses in the future. Even today, Silent Spring remains one the most influential books ever written, compelling readers to consider their impact on the natural world. I will not lie to you, Silent Spring is not what I would call a “fast read.” It can be a bit dry at times and the information and arguments are often outdated. However, with this in mind, I still wholeheartedly recommend this book. It provides us with a unique historical snapshot, and is, at times, surprisingly poetic. Over fifty years later, it still asks us questions we cannot yet answer, and forces us to reflect on the choices we continue to make. If you are interested in learning more about this remarkable woman, I highly recommend On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder. Both books are available at the CLP Squirrel Hill Library. You can also visit the Rachel Carson homestead in Springdale, PA, which is open on weekends throughout the summer, or contact the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. Or, if you prefer solitude, feel free to stroll along the Rachel Carson Trail, contemplating your own impact on the nature that surrounds you.
Following the immediate publication of Silent Spring as a monograph, anger and indignation resonated from the chemical industry, who criticized Carson as being “hysterical” and “extremist.” Yet despite these attacks, the book’s impact was both immediate and lasting. Public outcry forced the government to take action, and not only was DDT banned, but the government eventually created the U.S. Environmental Protection
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Squirrel Hill Resident to Receive Award for Tree Stewardship By Linda Ryan When it comes to keeping city trees alive and well in Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods and five regional parks, Martha “Mardi” Isler has been a dedicated tree ambassador. The ability to combine a passion for greenspace with the science of tree preservation has earned Mardi the 2016 Root Award. This award will be presented at Tree Pittsburgh’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 7th at the Fairmont Hotel. The Root Ball is a fundraising event and will also recognize researchers from the U.S. Forest Service. Mardi is a founding board member of Tree Pittsburgh and has chaired the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission since its inception. She feels fortunate to have the support and collaboration of Tree Pittsburgh, a non-profit which permits donated funds to keep these projects (and trees) active and growing. By educating residents and business owners on the work needed to maintain tree-lined streets, these two organizations emphasize the benefits of keeping our city parks and neighborhoods filled with healthy trees along with a long-term plan to sustain new growth. Mardi is part of a tree leadership group that is convened by the Western PA Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh Executive Danielle Crumrine, and our City Forester Lisa Ceoffe. Arborists, along with state and county officials, complete this group. An example of their work is TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, a partnership with the Western PA Conservancy and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Since 2008, there have been 20,000 new trees planted including five Cherry trees on Murray Avenue near the Sixth Presbyterian Church and four Elms on the property of Shaar Torah Congregation. Mardi is a 32-year resident of Squirrel Hill and has collaborated with the past four mayors. In fact, it was near the end of Tom Murphy’s administration when Mardi recognized a gaping absence of trees in an area being developed. She brought it to attention of Mayor Murphy who appointed Mardi to chair the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. When
she is not working on tree advocacy, Mardi enjoys gardening and spending time with husband Bill, their son James and daughter-in-law Erin and granddaughter Lilly. Mardi answered questions about her work for SHM. Congrats on receiving the Root Award. How do you feel about being a "tree ambassador”? It’s an honor that I need to share with so many others who were at the beginning of this Tree Pittsburgh journey, beginning with the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commissioners. A vote was decided to establish Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest in order to have a nonprofit entity able to accept funding support for tree projects. It is with their help and support that we have planted more than 25,000 tree. I like the term “tree ambassador” as it applies to so many advocates. Sometimes being “green” isn't always popular. How do you maintain your mission in the face of opposition? Those of us who volunteer with the Squirrel Hill Coalition and Coalition staff members do run into some who are opposed to trees in front of their properties because they drop leaves in the fall. We try to explain that raking a few leaves is a small price to pay for the health benefits (trees help clean the air by absorbing pollutants). Trees also lower the heat island effect from streets and parking lots and lower our energy bills. Trees help with stormwater run-off and reduce soil erosion. Trees enhance the aesthetics of our neighborhoods, and provide shade for our recreational activities. A first impression of our businesses is important for attracting shoppers; a treelined shaded and landscaped business district is more welcoming and appealing. I could go on! The public is welcomed to get involved. Information about Tree Tender and Stand up for Trees classes can be found at www.treepittsburgh.org. There are also mulching parties, pruning workshops and tree planting events. Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
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Thread: Pittsburgh Startup Bets on Sustainability By Mickey Gast
e’re fortunate to be surrounded by a strong community of innovators and entrepreneurs in pittsburgh. We’re even more fortunate when the some of these entrepreneurs turn their attention towards solving social problems. Not instead of making a profit, but in addition to making a profit. Ian Rosenberger, a Pittsburgh native, is one of these people with a grand vision. Rosenberger found himself amidst the rescue efforts after the Haiti earthquake of 2010 wondering how a country so badly affected by poverty could turn their luck around. Haiti has a 40 percent unemployment rate and, at the same time, is one of the victims of environmental pollution because of plastics which litter the streets and canals of Port-au-Prince. There was only one question that Ian Rosenberg set out to answer: How can Haiti turn the trash epidemic into money? It was then that an idea was born, which now stands at the forefront of Thread’s mission: to turn the plastic bottles in Haiti into “the most responsible fabric on the planet.” And with the textile industry as one of the most polluting industries in the world, second only to oil and gas production, that was a tall order. In only three years, Thread, a Certified B Corporation based in Pittsburgh, has so far diverted over 70 million plastic bottles away from the littered streets of Haiti and into a production process which employs hundreds of people from some of the world’s most economically-depressed areas. “We're firm believers that poverty is an epidemic that's curable in our lifetime,” says Frank Macinsky, Thread’s director of marketing. “The solution is employment and opportunity. At Thread, we look
at waste as a valuable, untapped resource to support the economic development places like Haiti and Honduras need,” he adds. In its production process, Thread minimizes the use of water and energy while maximizing the social impact of the supply chain, a chain that is already more transparent than what’s usually found in the textile industry. What happens to the plastic that the company turns into pellets? It is made into filament, yarn and finished fabrics in the United States, then sold to suppliers and manufacturers who turn it into clothing and accessories.
eager talent next door at world class universities to a budding and thriving startup community make this a great place to be,” says Macinsky. Not only is there a strong startup community here, but it's supportive. There's a strong pool of young, eager companies willing and able help each other out. It's a rare combination that Pittsburgh should be proud of and that Thread is happy to tap into. When asked for advice on what should someone who wants to focus on sustainability in business do first, the answer is as
Frank Macinsky believes that the way we currently look at the products that we buy needs to change. Because immense human effort goes into producing almost everything we own, clothing chief among them, as consumers we have the responsibility to consider the connection we should have with Bales of crushed plastic bottles these products, the (above) are shredded into how, where, and most smaller pieces (right) before importantly, the who being further processed into behind the things filament we wear. “The more practical as it is companies that work idealistic. Focus with us and the more people on the business case first. To be who buy products with Thread a sustainable business, you have fabric, the more we can bring our to be a sustainable business. products to life,” says Macinsky. Customers and investors (from whom Thread raised over three Setting up camp in Pittsburgh was million dollars in funding so far) will a simple choice - it was where the care about your impact, but only founding team met. But making the if you have a great product and choice to stay in Pittsburgh, when viable business plan to back it up. a large percentage of startups and There are countless opportunities capital are on the East and West to make the world a better place, coasts, is a testament to the city’s but the true innovation comes from friendliness and sense of rebirth balancing all the stakeholders and possibility. For the Thread people, planet, and profit. team, Neigstaying in Pittsburgh made sense. “Everything from the countless resources and young,
Good News From Our Schools Colfax Ends the Year on High Notes By Carolyn Ludwig Pittsburgh Colfax closes this school year with our traditional end-of-the-year celebration – Carnival! Held the evening of June 9, the entire Colfax community will celebrate with Cultural Tents highlighting our school’s diversity, food, games and more. Guys & Dolls Jr. was this year’s middle-level musical. The talented cast and crew gave an absolutely fantastic performance! Months of dedication and hard work under the leadership of Musical Director Bridgette Perdue and, the unending support of Ms. Raffaella Greco, gave audiences an electrified production! Other musical highlights included a production given by the 4th and 5th grade students, under the direction of our music teacher, Ms. Victoria Moule. The chorus and instrumental Spring Concert also took stage. A big thank you to Mr. Brian Lee, our instrumental teacher, for all he has given to Colfax over the past several years. We will miss you. Springtime also brought our annual plant sale and “Wake Up the Garden” gathering, showcasing our invaluable Edible Schoolyard with school partner Grow Pittsburgh. All spring sports rocked, with this year’s boys soccer team finishing the regular season 8-1 and entering the playoffs. A season thrill was a win against the mighty Arsenal team for the first time. The Girls Soccer Team had a great season and finished with 4 wins and only 2 losses. The wrestling team ended an outstanding season by winning the city title for the second year in a row after completing an undefeated season. Congratulations to everyone!
Allderice Sweeps the Sciences: 2016 Award Winners Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair Students chosen to attend the International Science & Engineering Fair (Phoenix Arizona) Xiao-xi Gao Natalia Hajlasz 2nd Place Category Winners Xiao-xi Gao (Medicine) Natalia Hajlasz (Chemistry) Ashwin Srinivasan (Computer Science) 3rd Place Category Winners Tova Finkelstein (Biology) Jahnik Kurukulasuriya (Medicine) Hillary Serbin (Biology) Sponsor Awards Vikaas Arunkumar (full tuition scholarship) Steven Barash (IEEE) Vikram Bhat (Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, CMU Gelfand Center) Nolan Dickey (IEEE) Tova Finkelstein (CMU Department of Biological Sciences) Xiao-xi Gao (Innovation Works) Natalia Hajlasz (Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, full tuition scholarship) Zoë LeGarrec (Penn State tuition scholarship) Thaddeus Pellegrini (IEEE, Kennametals) Jan Reihl (full tuition scholarship) Nicolas Saba (Naval Science Award) Hillary Serbin (CMU Department of Biological Sciences) Ashwin Srinivasan (IEEE) Carlisle Turner (full tuition scholarship, NASA Earth System Science Award) Perseverance Award Jahnik Kurukulasuriya, Connor Mowry, Ashwin Srinivasan For a more complete awards list, including the Pittsburgh Junior Science Academy (PJSA), 2016 Physics Bowl and much more, visit our blog at SHUC.org.
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Neighborhood Notes Forbes Avenue Circuit Returns to Vintage Grand Prix The Pittsburgh Grand Prix, a favorite among locals and car enthusiast from across the country, is the largest vintage car race in the county. It began as a single day event in 1983 and has since grown into a 10 day event that draws in over 250,000 spectators. The Pittsburgh Grand Prix is an event with a mission: “to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region.” With events starting July 3rd with the Kickoff Rally and ending on July 17th with the Shenley Park Race Weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy these amazing cars as they race and parade around the city! As the Grand Prix enters it's 34th year, SHM is thrilled to announce the return of the Forbes Avenue Race Car Parade and Display! The “Forbes Avenue of Speed” event, last held in 2013, features over 75 cars, including racing, classic and Marque of the Year cars. The parade starts in Schenley park, winding down Beacon Street to Shady Avenue before turning onto Forbes Avenue. Both sides of Forbes Avenue between Shady and Murray will be transformed into an fantastic car show! The parade begins at 6:30 with the entire event ending at 8pm. Both events parade and car show are open to the public and free of charge. This year, this amazing automotive event coincides with the Squirrel Hill Sidewalk sale! Head to Forbes and Murray Avenues from Thursday, July 14th to Saturday, July 16th to find the best deals of the year on clothing, shoes, household items, gifts, and so much more. The Sidewalk Sale will also feature musical performances and a collection of food trucks, the perfect compliment to our fantastic local eateries and shops! Don't miss out on this amazing weekend! PHOTO: Racers speed through Squirrel Hill during the 2013 'Forbes of Speed' event. Credit to Matthew Little
Founding Executive Director of Jewish Residential Services Retires As the founding Executive Director of Jewish Residential Services (JRS), Debbie Friedman has been the guiding force and visionary of all aspects of the agency. Trained as a physician assistant at the Medical College of Wake Forest University, Debbie practiced in in-patient and out-patient psychiatric settings. When she and her family returned to Pittsburgh, she worked first at the Parental Stress Center and later for Oakland Planning and Development Corporation. Debbie’s bond with JRS provided her with the unusual opportunity to weave together two of her strongest professional interests, supporting people with disabilities and developing opportunities for people to live successfully in communities of their choice. Debbie excelled at working with professional staff, public and community representatives, foundations, boards and special needs/special interest populations. Through the years, she successfully evaluated community needs and interests, incorporating the perspectives of service providers, consumers and funders and using that information as basis for appropriate planning and programming. With her passion for the work, excellent skills and knowledge of the Allegheny County Human Service landscape, JRS opened the first licensed community residential facility in Squirrel hill for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in 1993 called the Leonard Staisey House. Understanding the greater needs of individuals with disabilities to have autonomy and personal choice, she sought funding from Allegheny County, Department of Human Services to open a second program in 1995 supporting adults living in their apartments. In 1997, JRS in partnership with ACTION-Housing received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to create Charles Morris Hall, a residential apartment building for individuals with Intellectual disabilities. Charles Morris Hall opened in 2000. In 1998, the late Sally Levin created the Levin Memorial Fund to honor her son and to develop the Howard Levin Clubhouse, a licensed psychiatric rehabilitation program for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The Howard Levin Clubhouse opened in January 2001. In 2002 and in collaboration with the JCC Special Needs Department, JRS began the Jewish Singles Social Network, a self-governing social club for adults with Intellectual disabilities. In 2012, Jason Kramer Hall opened as JRS’ second residential program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In conjunction with Verland and funded by the Dr. Solomon and Sarah Goldberg Memorial Endowment Fund, JRS opened the Goldberg house, a licensed home for adults with intellectual disabilities in 2014. The JRS current programs support over 200 people. Thank you Debbie for all you've done for our neighbors and our community and congratulations on you retirement!
Summer Night Markets Return to Squirrel Hill By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt Uncover Squirrel Hill and the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition are proud to announce the 2016 return of the summer Night Markets! After last year's hugely successful summer season, they've been brought back bigger and better! Market events this year focus on musical performances while also offering the same great arts market you've been craving. I Made It Market comes back with their collection of amazing and versatile artists, as well as many other local sellers. Individual performers from across the city will also be joining in to wow crowds throughout the evening Here's just a taste of the groups you can look forward to over the summer: Squirrel Hillbillies
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From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk,
Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They have performed more than 200 shows, including recent appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Leigh Folk Festival in England. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gotten radio play on stations across the US and around the world. The Squirrel Hillbillies will be playing at the June 18th Night Market. Buffalo Rose Buffalo Rose is a four piece folk band that combines intricate and passionate lyrics with soaring vocal harmonies. Formed in March 2016, this group has wasted no time feeding from each other's creative energy and musicianship. The members, which include Mac Inglis
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(dobro and vocals), Shane McLaughlin (guitar and vocals), Lucy Clabby and Mariko Reid (vocals) all contain within them a fiery passion for music that intensifies the sensitivity of their musical collaboration. This energy shines through in their performances as well, where the combination of each distinct voice with the others creates a swirling web of sound and harmony. Paired with evocative and catchy lyrical phrases drawn from life experience and the American lexicon, Buffalo Rose's songs are ones that you will find yourself singing along to before they come to an end. Currently writing and perfecting music for their debut album, Buffalo Rose will be joining the Squirrel Hillbillies on the roster for the June night market! August and September performers have yet to be decided, but looking at June's line up, you're in for a treat! Celebrating the Bicentennial SHUC and Uncover Squirrel Hill are pleased to announce their partnership with the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission. The Commission was formed by Mayor William Peduto and includes communities, organizations and individuals in the celebration of the two hundredth year of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Bicentennial anniversary differs from the 2008 regional celebration of the founding of the city in 1758. The 2016 Bicentennial marks the first time Pittsburgh's citizenry could vote, creating a mechanism for self-governance, as well as creating legal standing for Pittsburgh with the nation. Our September Night Market will bridge the past to the present, with reenactors and locals in historical costume, photo displays from Squirrel Hill's past and much more. Squirrel Hill has such a vibrant and storied history, we're looking forward to sharing how we helped shape the past, build the present, and look forward to changing the future! For more information about this and other Bicentennial events, visit PGH200.com. Visit SHUC.org/squirrelhillnightmarket to get the latest information on the Squirrel Hill Night Markets!
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Four Mile Run Watershed Green Infrastructure Plan Takes Shape By Scott Roller and Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
chenley Park and the neighborhoods that surround it are part of the Four Mile Run Watershed, and with that, comes some astounding figures. One such number is 22,792,000. That’s the number of gallons of water that fall on a 560 acre site within the Four Mile Run Watershed in a single one and a half inch rainfall event. Where all that water goes is a question that is being addressed by the coordinated efforts of The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, The City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority (PWSA). All of these organizations share the common goal of continuing to improve the ecological condition of Schenley Park and its connections to adjacent communities, and furthering the health and function of the watershed around it. Building upon significant collaborative planning work that’s been done with many partners over the past five years, they are developing a conceptual plan for the Four Mile Run Watershed that fully considers the important contexts of stormwater management and the needs of surrounding neighborhoods— with Schenley Park and greenspace as the connective tissue at its center. This area encompasses a large portion of Squirrel Hill, all of Schenley Park, the majority of
Oakland, and parts of the neighborhoods of Greenfield and Hazelwood, and connects to the Allegheny River. To ensure that the work was begun eyes and ears open, the Parks Conservancy has held two planning sessions with over two dozen stakeholders to gain their perspective and input in creating a successful conceptual design. With regional stakeholders at the table, nationally renowned experts in fields critical to the project have been brought on board, including the community development and civic engagement team at Jackson/Clark Partners, the engineering firm of Burns McDonnell and landscape architecture and urban design team Phronesis. The conceptual design by Phronesis is driven by the intention to develop a holistic “green infrastructure first” urban planning process, focused on identifying opportunities that support resilient infrastructure strategies for catalytic community redevelopment in Pittsburgh. Their green infrastructure framework for Four Mile Run has three focused concepts: disconnecting the Panther Hollow Watershed from the sewer with a long term ecological restoration of Panther Hollow Lake, demonstrating a green street with Schenley Drive, and daylighting the Panther Hollow Lake outfall into a new stream valley through Junction Hollow.
The design team has calculated that with green infrastructure interventions, the Four Mile Run watershed has the capacity to capture 19,682,000 gallons of rainfall per single inch and a half storm event, drastically easing strain on our sewage system, reducing flooding and erosion, and improving the overall health of the Four Mile Run Watershed region. “We are excited to be an active participant in creating green infrastructure systems throughout the City of Pittsburgh,” said Tim Duggan, Landscape Architect with Phronesis. “We look forward to sharing the collaborative concept plans with the larger community for feedback and input on next steps early this summer.” In the coming weeks, look for information on the next public Four Mile Run Watershed green infrastructure meeting at www.pittsburghparks.org or contact Parks Conservancy Community Outreach Coordinator Erin Tobin at email@example.com.
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Event Calendar Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch 5801 Forbes Ave. (412) 422-9650 or www.carnegielibrary.org Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents Be a Herpetologist Wednesday, June 22, 4:15 -5pm Bring out your wild side with live exotic amphibians and reptiles. Learn how to observe them like a scientist using real scientific tools. Examine up close the amazing adaptations that help them to survive in the wild, and test the herpetologist in you through hands-on science activities. t will be a wiggly good time. Teen Time Every Tuesday & Thursday at 3 pm If you’re into cool art projects, epic games, music, movies and just chilling out, come kick it at Teen Time! Classes Chinese Conversation for Beginners Every Saturday at 2 pm Russian for Beginners Every Monday at 6:30 pm Let’s Speak English Every Tuesday at 6pm If English is not your native language, join our group for casual conversation in English. You don't need to bring anything or register. For even more events at this and other library locations, visit Carnegielibrary.org/events
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Bob O'Connor Golf Course, 5370 Schenley Park Drive Friday, September 9th – 2:30pm Join SHUC and First Tee of Pittsburgh for a fun afternoon of golf, good eats, beer and other libations. Registration begins at 2:30 on the day of the event. The 9-hole shamble tees off at 3pm followed by a dinner at 5pm. Tickets range from $65 for an an individual to $200 for a group of four. For more information or to RSVP, please go to www.shuc. org/golf
2016 Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards Dinner
Pittsburgh Golf Club Wednesday, November 2nd, 6pm Each year, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition honors one place and three individuals or organizations that have had a strong impact on Squirrel Hill. They're designated as 'Treasures.’ As the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, SHUC has raised over $180,000 since it’s inception. The proceeds provide nearly half of the operating costs for
the organization. This years honorees are: Friendship Circle: A dynamic civic organization leading the way to greater neighborhood inclusion Classic Lines/Books and more: A vibrant independent bookstore fostering community ties Citiparks: An essential community partner enlivening our urban backyard Community Day School: An inspiring historic academic space for Jewish education Ticket holders will enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a delicious catered meal. In lieu of speeches, a short, professionally produced film will our honor our treasures. Tickets to the dinner are $90. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to shuc.org.
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June 18th, August 20th September 17th Saturday, 6-10pm The Squirrel Hill Night Markets are back! Inspired by popup night markets in Asia and around the world, the Squirrel Hill Night Market is a free, outdoor, nighttime street festival that's fun for adults and kids of all ages, featuring: 50+ I Made It! Market artists selling handmade wares, live bands and art from local performers, food trucks, and activities and crafts for kids.
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The Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month FREE at 7:30 June 14: "Marketing the Presidency" Speaker: Steve Mihaly, Retired Vice-President of the H.J. Heinz Co., and Political Historian July 12: "Auto Dealership and Service Stations in Squirrel Hill over the Years" Speaker: Morry Sable, Member of Family that Owned "Sable Motors" and "Sable Chevrolet" in Squirrel Hill June 26: "150 Years of Beer at Penn Brewery " Speaker: Linda Nyman, Co-Owner of "Penn Brewery” September 13: "Jewish Pittsburgh" Speaker: Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
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June 5th-November 13th Running through September, Citiparks brings back this favorite local event! Featuring 20+ vendors, including organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local cheeses and much more!
Squirrel Hill Sidewalk Sale
Forbes & Murray Business District July 14th- 16th, 10am-8pm The Squirrel Hill Sidewalk Sale is back! Head to Forbes and Murray Avenues from Thursday, July 14th to Saturday, July 16th to find the best deals of the year on clothing, shoes, household items, gifts, and so much more This event coincides with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Race Weekend, which means extra fun! Bring the kids to watch the “Forbes Avenue of Speed” Parade and Car Show in our Squirrel Hill business district. Throughout the weekend, look for food trucks to supplement local restaurants’ offerings. Music and special activities are also planned, including the Forbes Ave Race Car Parade and Car Show on Friday evening. Bring your friends and family to Squirrel Hill for a weekend of food, fun, fast cars, and special finds!
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Schenley Park and Locations nearby July 8th-July 17th 10-days of events dedicated to celebrating the automobile The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix started out as a single day race in Schenley Park in 1983. Our tribute to motorsport history culminates that magical weekend, our event has blossomed into a 10-day celebration spanning six venues and two counties. The links in this section will give you just a taste of what has become PVGP Race Week. The complete Grand Prix schedule can seem overwhelming so we hope this page helps layout our entire event. Basically it is two weekends of vintage racing with supporting car shows and events in between.
PVGP Presents: “Forbes Avenue of Speed – Race Car Parade & Display”
Beacon, Shady, & Forbes Avenues Friday, July 15, 6:30 - 8pm We are thrilled to announce the return of our Friday night “Forbes Avenue of Speed” Parade and Car Show in Squirrel Hill. Over 75 vintage racers will parade through Squirrel Hill via Beacon to Shady, and then park on Forbes Avenue for a car show! Both the parade and car show are free and open to the public.
Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch
Rose Garden, Mellon Park Sundays from 10:30 am-12 pm This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn at Mellon Park. Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning composed of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch. Join us for this delightful buffet of classical melodies.
June 26 - Allegheny Brass Band July 3- Community Band South July 17- Tom Roberts and the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra July 24- Aeolian Winds July 31- Klezlectic August 7- Mon Valley Community Band August 14- East Winds Symphonic Band
Cinema in the Park - Schenley Park
Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park Sundays and Wednesdays through August 31 Citiparks presents Cinema in the Park! Come early to enjoy mid-week musical performances before the movie begins. Bands perform on Flagstaff Hill Wednesdays from approximately 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm June 19 - Father of the Bride (PG) June 22 - Black or White (PG-13) CONCERT: Rachel B June 26 - The Walk (PG) June 29 - Ant-Man (PG-13) CONCERT: Ferla-Marcinizyn Duo July 3 - The Great Outdoors (PG) July 6 - Concussion (PG-13) CONCERT: Jahouija Bones July 10 - Life of Pi (PG) July 13 - Brooklyn (PG-13) CONCERT: L’Lamint July 17 - Inside Out (PG) July 20 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (PG-13) CONCERT: GumBand July 24 - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG) July 27 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG) CONCERT: The Squirrel Hillbillies July 31 - Miracle (PG) August 3 - Race (PG-13) CONCERT: Kea Michaels August 7 - Cinderella (PG) August 10 - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (PG-13) CONCERT: Anjroy August 14 - Heavyweights (PG) August 17 - Abduction (PG-13) CONCERT: Shinizyn August 21 - The Peanuts Movie (G) August 24 - Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13) CONCERT: Seventh Nova August 28 - Rent (PG-13) August 31 - Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (PG-13) CONCERT: The John Trumaine Show A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Saturday, July 9 Members-Only Preview - Meet the Collector!: 6–6:30pm Opening Reception: 6:30pm–8pm Celebrate the opening of A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America with us at this free event! Enjoy live music, light
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