Mayor Renews Opposition To Amending State Constitution On Defining Public Charities

Mayor William Peduto today made the following statement about Senate Bill 4, which seeks to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to make the Legislature the sole authority on what is a purely public charity:
“After giving this secretive and rushed legislation a review, I continue to stand with Pittsburgh’s delegation in Harrisburg and Mayors from across the state to affirm my strong opposition to it.
My administration has shown good faith by trying to come up with a local solution to the nonprofit issue in Pittsburgh, and Senate Bill 4 further stacks the deck against all communities working to find common sense solutions. Those talks have been constructive and robust, as we have focused on ways we can jointly support the city we share. But these 11th hour moves, made without full hearings or accounting, threaten to damage the fragile relationships Pittsburgh and other cities statewide have built with our nonprofit partners.

Pgh Council District 3 Oakland Office Now Open By Appointment Only

Council President Kraus’ Oakland satellite office is now open by appointment only at People’s Oakland, 3433 Bates St. You can get in touch with Donna and Arlene at 412-689-1130 to make an appointment.

Click here to read the post about the original opening of this satellite office

Mifflin Rd (Rte 885) Inbound Closed

Southbound (outbound) Mifflin Rd, Route 885 will be closed to traffic around-the-clock for 140 consecutive days between Doerrville Avenue and Lebanon Road.


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Zone 4 Public Safety Council Meeting – Thu Feb 5 6pm – Jewish Comm Ctr.

Zone 4 PSC meeting is held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center at 5738 Forbes Avenue in room #307
February’s meeting is going to be a First Aid presentation by Pittsburgh EMS.  It may also include a CPR demonstration and they are also going to provide information on The Envelope of Life as well.
Seating may be limited so please RSVP to Zone 4:

Survey To Gauge Needs Of SWPA Veterans

Attention Veterans in Southwest PA: Please fill out this anonymous survey to help private/public organizations understand the needs of those who have served in the armed forces in Southwest PA. The survey is being run by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

East End Food Co-op Events

Upcoming Events
Setting and Achieving Realistic Resolutions

Vanessa Broers, Sweat & Butter
Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 PM – Gemini Theater

  The Food Disconnect Sarah Trafican, Clinical PsychologistWednesday, February 11th at 6:30 PM – Gemini Theater
Environmentalism Starts on Your Plate 

Jeffrey Cohan, Jewish Vegetarians of North AmericaWednesday, February 18th at 6:30 PM – Repair the World Workshop

Getting to Know Our Food Policy Council 

Dawn Plummer & Dora Walmsley, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30 PM – Gemini Theater

These events are FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
For more information, visit our Events Page.

Public Mtg For Proposed Plans For 3811 Pier St, – Wed 1/21 6PM At Career Ctr

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Public meeting hosted by OPDC:
Proposed Plans for 3811 Pier Street
Wednesday, January 21st 6pm
Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street
See plans for a proposed five-unit apartment building on Pier Street and offer your thoughts and input.
For more info and contacts:


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City Office Closings, Refuse Collection Changes For MLK Jr Holiday Tue 1/20

The City of Pittsburgh offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
Refuse, bulk waste and recycling collection will not take place on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Department of Public Works has released the following schedule for the week:
  • If your scheduled day of collection is Monday, January 19th you will be serviced on Tuesday, January 20.
  • If your collection day is Tuesday, January 20, you will be serviced on Wednesday, January 21.  
  • If your collection day is Wednesday, January 21, you will be serviced on Thursday, January 22.
  • If your collection day is Thursday, January 22, you will be serviced on Friday, January 23.
  • If your collection day is Friday, January 23, you will be serviced on Saturday, January 24.
If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773.


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Public Meeting On Greenfield Bridge Project – Tue 2/3 6pm – 411 Greenfield Ave

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The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, Bureau of Transportation & Engineering will be holding a Public Meeting to review the final plans for the Greenfield Avenue Bridge project which will replace the existing structure along with minor roadway upgrades. The new bridge will be constructed on the current alignment following the closure of the existing bridge in October of 2015 and implosion in December.
PUBLIC MEETING DATE: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
TIME: Open House – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Presentation – 6:30 PM
LOCATION: St. Rosalia Catholic Church,
411 Greenfield Avenue, Wuerl Hall

Spring 2015 Love Your Block Grant Applications Due 2/13

Applications are available for the servePGH Spring 2015 Love Your Block grant award program. The block revitalization program gives organizations up to $1,000 in funds and donated supplies for a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Projects will be implemented from April 25 to June 30, 2015. Applications are available online at:
Applicants for the spring 2015 program must be a qualified nonprofit organization (or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent) and the impacted area must be within city limits. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 13, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 2015. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in early April 2015.
An information session will be held at 6 p.m on January 20, 2015 in the City County Building, 414 Grant Street (Room 646).  At this session, applicants can ask question about project ideas and grant proposals.    
To date, grantees have impacted approximately 389 blocks by collecting 34,527 pounds of litter, creating 255 green spaces, leveraging almost $473,000 in donations and recruiting around 4,571 volunteers through the program.
For more information and applicaiton, visiti the full article, or the link listed above.

Pgh Citizens Police Academy

Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau.  The Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.  
Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week in many of the varied functions of law enforcement.  They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.  Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects.  They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.  All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.  
Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers.  Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community. 
This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.
Class size is limited to 30 participants. All interested persons must give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.
The next session of the CPA will begin on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 107 Thackeray Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The program will be held each Tuesday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 15 weeks. Please return applications by U.S. mail or hand-deliver to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy. All applications must be received by February 3, 2015.
Visiti the original post on City website for application.


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Univ Of Pittsburgh Attempting World Record Of Clothing Donations By End Of Feb

The University of Pittsburgh is striving to make history this coming spring as we introduce the Give a Thread campaign in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most clothing collected for the intent of donation or recycle. Large articles (pants, shirts, jackets, suits, dresses, shorts, skirts, etc.) will be collected through the end of February, when the world record count is attempted.

Articles should be clean but can be in any condition. Items that are not suitable for donation, such as torn, stained, or heavily worn items will be recycled by Goodwill of SWPA to create a sustainable filler for insulation. Currently, all regional campuses as well as the City of Pittsburgh, Mayor Peduto’s Office, Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are all participating in the Give a Thread campaign.

Clothing will be counted and sorted. Items for recycle (torn, stained or unusable items) will be provided to Goodwill for recycle, which includes shredding for filler material. Clothing in gently used condition will be distributed amongst the following agencies: Thriftsburgh (student run thrift store on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Goodwill of SWPA, Dress for Success Pittsburgh, the University Career Development and Placement Assistance Office, and other organizations as appropriate.

For more info:


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Pgh Restaurant Week – Jan 12-18

Some restaurants will offer pre-fixed menus as their special deals, while others will have a flat discount.

The goal of the weeklong event is to highlight the city's dining options and attract customers from surrounding boroughs or suburbs.

A few of the participating restaurants are outside the city in Monroeville, Cranberry Township, Moon Township, Robinson Township, Scott Township, Penn Hills, Peters Township, McCandless and Ohio Township.

Reservations are a good idea because some of the most popular restaurants get booked up.

FULL LIST: See which restaurants are participating in Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Read more:


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Pgh Community Service Career Fair – Fri 1/16 10am-2pm

You are invited to attend a Career Fair held by Pittsburgh Community Services, INC.  The career fair will host local employers and training programs for all.  A complimentary lunch will be provided as well for those individuals who participate.  The career fair will be held:

Friday, January 16, 2015

480 Wadsworth Hall
Oak Hill Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213

10 am – 2 pm

For more information on the event, click here.

To visit the Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. website, click here.


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City Opens Warming Centers Due to Frigid Temperatures

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 8, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh has activated emergency response protocols due to severe weather and extreme cold temperatures hitting the area this week.
Warming centers at four Senior Center locations are currently open throughout the city. Facilities are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until further notice. The locations include:
  • Greenfield Senior Center – 745 Greenfield Ave. (412-422-6551)
  • Homewood Senior Center –  7321 Frankstown Ave. (412-244-4190)
  • Sheraden Senior Center – 720 Sherwood Ave. (412-777-5012)
  • South Side Market House Senior Center – 12th St. and Bingham St. (412-488-8404)
Public Safety personnel have been instructed to notify and assist the homeless with access to the shelters.
City residents are advised to keep their pets indoors this week. New and approved changes to the animal care ordinances are also in place. Owners are not permitted to leave a dog outside, subject to the weather and elements, for more than thirty (30) minutes at a time when temperatures are below thirty-two (32) degrees Fahrenheit. Any violations to the animal care ordinances should be reported to Animal Care and Control by calling 412-255-2036 during business hours or 412-255-2935 outside of business hours.


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