Free Daffodil Bulbs Available To Oakland Properties

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Thanks to the Western PA Conservancy and Phipps Conservatory, the Oakland Green Team has free daffodil bulbs to beautify Oakland neighborhoods.
Planting sites should be viewable to the public.
For more details:
Check with SONG to volunteer to help plant these bulbs this fall.

Volunteers needed for Oakland Housing Court Thurs 9/18 10am

Two Oakland cases will be heard in Housing Court on September 18th at 10am:
3275 Parkview Avenue:
Violation: Failure to repair/replace sidewalk or driveway
Owner: Marie A. Drak
3325 Parkview Avenue:
Violation: Garbage and debris throughout property/ Incorrect handrails on front entry steps, exterior steps and interior basement steps/ Deteriorating roof drains, gutters and downspouts
Owner: Peter Kamaras
Magistrate Ricciardi’s courtroom is located at 1700 Carson Street.
If you are able to go, please confirm attendance with Oakwatch: The Oakland Code Enforcement at Oakwatch @ or (412) 621-7863 x27

Oakwatch Meeting – Wed 9/17 12pm at Jewish Federation of Grtr Pgh

Wednesday, September 17, 12pm, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, located at 234 McKee Place. Please RSVP by contacting 412.621.7863 ext. 21 or
For more information, go to

Fruit Tree Orchard Classes – Tue 9/23 6pm Parkview Manor

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Tree Pittsburgh and OPDC are partnering to plant eight fruit trees at Frazier Farms and a vacant lot on Parkview Ave.  Neighbors will have the opportunity to take three free classes to learn about fruit trees and ensure their sustainability.  The first class will focus on fruit tree biology, site selection and species information.
Tuesday 9/23 from 6-7:30pm at Parkview Manor, 3250 Parkview Ave.
For more info:

East End Food Co-op Employment Opportunities Sept 2014

East End Food Co-op
Meat Clerk, Cheese Merchandiser, Manager On Duty, Stockers, Assistant Cafe Manager, Cafe Counter Supervisor, Produce Clerk, Dishwasher/Prep, Cashier.
General info on employment:
For more specific hiring info, or to apply online:


09 2014

Health Department Urges Prompt Reporting of Animal Bites

The Allegheny County Health Department urges timely reporting of animal bites to avoid transmission of rabies, which is 100% preventable when prompt, appropriate medical care is provided.
“Animal bites can be reported to the Health Department 24 hours a day, seven days week by calling 412-687-ACHD (2243). If you are bitten, please wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical evaluation,” said Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker.
Twelve animals in Allegheny County have tested positive for rabies this year – 5 bats, 2 raccoons, 2 groundhogs, 2 cats and 1 skunk.
Read full press release:


09 2014

Developer Plans For Former Cnty Hlth Dept Bldg At 3333 Forbes At City Planning Tue 9/9/14

(according to OPDC staff, 9/9 is only a briefing before the commission. The actual hearing will be 9/23)
“According to the agenda of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, an affiliate of Valdosta, Ga.-based Ambling University Development Group, plans to call its new 389-unit apartment building Skyvue.
The project is proposed to replace the former Allegheny County Health Department building at 3333 Forbes Ave. and a few smaller neighboring properties near the heart of Oakland.”
To read the full article:
To view the proposal:

South Oakland Neighborhood Group (SONG)

Sidewalk Tree Planting Applications – Fall 2014

If you’re interested in a free tree for the sidewalk, please fill out the application and bring it to the next SONG meeting Tuesday March 4, or give or mail it to David Zwier at 235 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  There will be a site inspection for each application, because not all locations are suitable for trees.

You can also volunteer to help plant and maintain the trees.  More info on TreeVitalize Pittsburgh’s website

There is a PDF version you can print and fill out by hand, or the DOC version, you can fill out electronically, print and sign.

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Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Open House – Tue 9/9/14 5pm

Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Open House
Project for Public Spaces & The City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline to register is Friday Sept 5.
For more info or to register:

Public Mtg On Demolition Of Former Children’s Hospital Tower – Wed 9/17 6-8PM


(The meeting for the UPMC south tower demolition that was supposed to happen this Wednesday has been postponed.  The city is asking for some additional revisions to the plan so everything is being pushed back until further notice.)
Wednesday, September 17th 6-8pm
Oakland Career Center
294 Semple St
Hear from UPMC representatives about plans for the demolition of the former Children’s Hospital Tower.
Plus updates on other neighborhood projects.
Check for updates.

Labor Day Week Changes For Refuse And City Services

In observance of Labor Day, city of Pittsburgh offices will be closed and there will be no garbage collection on Monday, Sept. 1, but six regional city pools will be open.
In addition to city offices, Citiparks’ 10 recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors will be closed Monday. All city offices and facilities will reopen Tuesday.
Weather permitting, Monday will be the last day six regional swimming pools will be open for the summer, from 1-5:45 p.m. They are: Highland Park; Jack Stack (Brighton Heights); Moore (Brookline); Ream (Mt. Washington); Schenley Park; Sue Murray (Allegheny Center/North Side).
There will not be any city refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday and all collections will be one day later for the entire week.
If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.


08 2014

South Oakland Adult Night For Sat 8/30 Cancelled

We didn't get any inquiries, and most of the people that have come before have said they will not be able to make it because of other plans for the holiday weekend, so we won't have an Adult Night this Saturday.
Check the website for next month's events for adults and kids.


08 2014

Pittsburgh Once Again “Most Livable City”

Once again, Pittsburgh has been named the most livable city in the continental United States.
For the second time since 2009, the Economist rated the Steel City as best places to live, based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
For more info:

Pgh Public Schools To Offer Free Lunches To All Students, Regardless Of Income

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, all students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will receive free breakfasts and lunches regardless of family income, courtesy of the Community Eligibility Provision.
Though the program is new to Pennsylvania, it has been in a pilot stage in 10 states and Washington, D.C., since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010. The act aimed to provide nutritious food to the 32 million students who eat lunch and 12 million students nationwide who eat breakfast at school each day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Upcoming Events At The Corner

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
An event newsletter sponsored by The Corner community center at 200 Robinson Street in Pittsburgh’s West Oakland neighborhood.

THE EASIEST WAY TO KEEP UP ON CORNER EVENTS? “Like” us on Facebook as TheCorner200
And check out our website …

The current version of The Corner Café will host its final café hours today, Tuesday Aug. 19th, and Wednesday Aug. 20th from 3pm-7pm. Come have a cuppa joe and a piece of buttercake as we celebrate all that this outreach has done for our community over the last 16 months! And watch for updates on upcoming renovations of The Corner building.

Conscious Media: Back to School Edition – Screening of the film Freedom Writers on Thursday, Aug. 21st at 6:30.This film chronicles struggles endured by at-risk youth and a passionate teacher’s dedication to their education. We’ll take a look at and discuss the state of America’s public school system. Free event. Light refreshments provided.

FREE HOMEBUYING WORKSHOP – The Corner is partnering with Dollar Bank to host a FREE Home Buying Workshop on Monday, Aug. 25th at 6pm at The Corner. Learn how you can improve your credit, access home buying programs, and become a first-time homebuyer. Meal and refreshments provided. To register, contact Julie @ 412-683-1400


Poetry Reading and Book Signing by CATHLEEN BAILEY, 
author of Split Rock/Cracked Cave and Wild Howling WomanThursday, Aug 21st, 6-8pm at the Ujamma Collective Boutique, 1901 Centre Avenue.

Word of Mouth: Open Mic, Music, and more. Black August Edition. Friday, Aug. 22nd, 9pm-midnight. Sign up or 412.228.5160. Hosted by artists and activist Blak Rapp Madusa. $5 cover. Refreshments.


Rock The Mic: Open Mic Series @ The Corner, Saturday, Aug. 23rd at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is $5. An epic night of spoken word, music and poetry. Please contact Nadine Masagara-Taylor at or call412.683.1400 for more details or to perform.

The next meeting of the West Oakland Neighborhood Council is Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:30-8:00. Contact The Corner to add an agenda item.

On Saturday, Sept. 6th, The Corner will be partnering with Oakland Planning and Development Corp to participate in the 3rd annual Good Neighbor Campaign! We’ll welcome new student neighbors with gift bags and information on the community. Meet at 9am in front of Friendship Community Church (181 Robinson St.) if you want to be part of this welcome team. Contact Julie Hudak @ 412-683-1400 or for info or to let us know you’ll participate.

Last year TreeVitalize brought 20 new trees to West Oakland (and more will be planted this fall). Residents can now participate in a Tree Care Day, a 2-hour effort to clean and weed tree pits and remulch. With interest and for details, contact Barb Brewton, 412-606-9692.

AROUND THE CORNER is sponsored by The Corner, 200 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213, a program of Friendship Community Church. Please forward this email to neighbors, friends, and family who’d be interested in these events. If you wish to unsubscribe from this email list, please email

To learn more about The Corner, visit or or call 412-683-1400.