Welcoming Pgh Community Mtgs, 5 Locs/Dates in March – RSVP Required

The Office of Mayor Peduto and the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council will turn a listening ear to Pittsburgh residents during five meetings at sites around the city this month. Details below. Hope to see you there!
Who Should Attend?

Do you want to see Pittsburgh grow to become a more diverse and welcoming city? Are you passionate about improving the city for our immigrant population? Are you dedicated to making the city more livable for all? Are you actively involved in working with immigrants? Are you an immigrant who is active in the community or who runs a small business? We're seeking leaders and connectors to join us – whether you’re an immigrant or just new to the city, or a lifelong Pittsburgher, you should attend!


03 2015

City Of Pgh Recruiting Police Officers – Apply By 5/11/15

PBP Recruitment LogoThe City of Pittsburgh is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer from 02/25/2015 through 05/11/2015. Apply online at www.pghjobs.net. Questions? Email joinpghpolice@pittsburghpa.gov
See more details and a message from Chief Cameron McLay at


03 2015

Hearing On Proposed Zoning Code Change Re Agriculture Use – Tue 3/24 2pm

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Proposed Zoning Code Text Amendment
Land Use Control File No. C-782
Agriculture and Urban Agriculture
The Planning Commission has initiated a Zoning Code Text amendment related to Urban Agriculture. The amendment is proposing to:
  • expand the allowable zoning districts and use classifications for all types of
  • amend and supplement the use standards for all types of Agriculture and
  • add definitions to supplement Agriculture and Urban Agriculture
A copy of the proposed text amendment may be reviewed at the Zoning Office on the 3rd floor of 200 Ross St., Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or online at  www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/notices
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed text amendments
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.
John P. Robin Civic Building, 1st Floor
200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh PA
Testimony presented by individuals will be limited to three minutes each. In addition, any
person who intends to testify on behalf of an organization such as a chamber of commerce, community club, etc., shall provide a “Letter of Authorization” from the appropriate duly appointed officers before testifying. Prepared comments, statistics or
reports in printed form may be presented to the Commission to support testimony or in lieu of testimony. (Interpreters for the hearing impaired will be provided with 4 days notice by contacting Richard Meritzer at 412-255-2102.) You may call 412-255-2241 if

Pittsburgh named America’s ‘Best Downtown’

Panorama of downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington

Pittsburgh is getting national attention, this time, for having America’s best downtown, according to livability.com

The website contained its search to small and mid-sized cities, taking into

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onsideration increasing housing values and populations to find cities that are growing and thriving.

Home Share Summit – Cathedral Of Learning – Wed 3/18 3-4:30pm

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Save the Date for the Home Share Summit
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Social Work Conference Center
Cathedral of Learning, Room 2017
Organized by Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education
University of Pittsburgh MSW Students

To attend, please RSVP to: Breann Farrier at bnf11@pitt.edu by Tuesday, March 10th

Home Share Program
Speaker: Janet Hunko, LMSW
Director at UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors*, Ann Arbor, MI
The Home-Sharing movement is an innovative community response to help older adults age at home, retaining the highest level of independence possible while simultaneously promoting intergenerational living and mutual support. Such programs promote shared housing among older adults and between older adults and younger members of the community, often university students. This Home Share Summit explores the potential benefits of Home-Sharing through a presentation about a successful program in Michigan followed by a brief Q & A and a discussion of the possibilities and opportunities in the Pittsburgh area. Please join us if you are interested in learning more about this model and meeting others who are also interested in the possibility of bringing it to the Pittsburgh area.

*The Housing Bureau for Seniors is a community supported program of University of Michigan Health System

Public Meeting On Proposed Hyatt Hotel – 3/9 7pm – PAA 4215 Fifth Ave

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See plans for a proposed Hyatt Hotel in the Pittsburgh Athletic Association’s parking lot and offer your thoughts and input.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue
Contact wwilson@opdc.org or 412.621.7863 ext.15 for more information


Hydroponics Workshop Notes

Students from Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) and Pitt Honors College conducted a workshop at Frazier Fieldhouse as part of a research project on Urban Hydroponics.

Website With Info On Beechwood Blvd/Greenfield Bridge Project

Research Survey On Why People Do And Don’t Garden In South Oakland

In order to better understand the food gardening habits and barriers to gardening in South Oakland, research is being conducted as part of a community-based project through the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to understand gardening habits in South Oakland to determine why people do, and don’t garden. If barriers are identified, this project aims to connect residents to gardening resources. We are asking residents to fill out a 5 minute anonymous survey (link below and available on SouthOaklandPgh.org). Thank you for your time and consideration!

In the very near future, in-person surveys (approx 15 min) will be taken of both avid gardeners, at Frazier Farms, home gardens or otherwise, and those who don’t, and why for more in depth analysis.  The surveys should be done by March 10th, but may extend a few weeks if not enough surveys are completed.  The data analysis and report will be done by the end of April. If the results clearly identify a problem that could be addressed, the student will try to coordinate an event or program sometime in May to try and help people in the community who need help to start gardening!

If you know anyone that is interested in participating please use the link below, or have them contact SONG,either call or text  or print out the attached flyers to hand out.


Central Page with Research Project Links


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Skyvue Development (3333 Forbes) Update 2/17

Skyvue Development Update: 2/17/2015 

Schedule Update

  • Currently working on excavation, shoring & caissons through Spring 2015
  • Steel & plank will be set from Spring 2015 through Winter of 2016
  • Installation of building skin and interior work will begin in Summer 2015

Lane Closures

  • Massaro will be utilizing the parking lane on Forbes Avenue (between Craft & Halket) for the duration of the project. This will allow safe entry and exit of delivery vehicles to and from the project site.
  • Pedestrian access will be closed on project side of Fifth and Forbes for the duration of the project between Craft & Halket.


You can search the website for other posts about this project.


02 2015

Public Mtg On Proposed Marriott Residence Inn – Mon 2/23 7p – Oakland Career Ctr

Public meeting:
Proposed Residence Inn by Marriott
Monday, February 23, 2015 7pm
Oakland Career Center
294 Semple Street
See plans for a proposed Residence Inn by Marriott on Forbes Avenue and offer
your thoughts and input.


02 2015

PNC Bank To Host Information Session Wed 2/25 11am

Recruiter’s from PNC Bank’s Retail Branches, Call Center, and Operations will be hosting an information session to discuss part-time and full-time positions at branch locations.  Recruiters will cover customer contact oriented positions they are seeking to fill.  The session will also cover other topics about the selection process for opportunities with PNC.  The following information is for the session:
Wednesday, February 25, 11 AM
Bloomfield Garfield Community Activity Center
113 N. Pacific Ave.
To register please call 412-362-8580.  For more information, please click here.


02 2015

CANCELLED – Monthly Adult Night At Frazier Fieldhouse – Sat 2/28 8pm

Updated: 2/28/15 - Most of the people who had planned to come have cancelled so we will not be having Adult Night Tonight.  Hopefully we be able to get things going better when the weather starts to warm up.


Our monthly adult get-togethers at the Frazier Fieldhouse adjacent to Dan Marino Field on Frazier St.  Any volunteers, donations of food or beverages is encouraged and welcome.

The Kids nights are going to be suspended during this cold weather.

Saturday Feb 28th is the adult get-together from 7pm-10pm.

Some entertainment is possible, but this event is more of an eat, meet and greet, maybe some card games so that neighbors can introduce themselves and discuss topics of interest and ideas for future events like like music, movies, games, etc.

This event is for ages 21 and older.

Due to the size of the building and limited people to run the event, we are limiting the number of adults to 30, so signing up beforehand is recommended.  Please include your name, address and contact number.

Donations of a covered dish, hors d’oeuvres, snacks and beverages are requested and welcome, but not mandatory.

Anyone that would like to share some of their favorite beer or wine for their neighbors to try is also welcome.  To avoid this becoming a “bar” night, we ask that you limit to one or two drinks total per person.

We reserve the right to ask anyone who is disruptive at any event to leave.

Please RSVP via SONG contact page, call or text SONG Phone#, or talk to Janet Sims in person.

Arborist/Tree Care Course – 2/20

4-Day Arborist Course

February 20, 2015

Sat., Feb. 20 – The Penn State Extension is hosting a 4-Day Arborist Short Course in the basics of arboriculture (tree care), including tree biology, tree risk assessment, tree planting, and other topics.  This course is designed to increase working tree knowledge, professional arborist skills, and prepare you for the ISA Certified Arborist Exam, which should improve your marketability. Info and registration: Click here


02 2015

WindNest Project At Schenley Plaza – ZBA Hearing CHANGED

They are postponing the ZBA hearing regarding the WindNest project, pending the outcome of design revisions that will have an effect on the scale.

The project will no longer be on the March 5th agenda. We will continue to pass along any updates we receive regarding the project.


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There is a renewable energy/public art installation planned for Schenley Plaza. They need setback and height approvals at zoning board – hearing is March 5 at 10 AM, 200 Ross Street 1st Floor.   Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is partnering with the artists on this project.
From the artists:
“Please encourage people to get in touch with us directly if they have any questions or would like to learn more.”