Grow food. Sustain neighborhoods. Bring people together.
Grow Pittsburgh strives to teach people how to grow food and to promote the benefits that gardens bring to our neighborhoods. 
 
They are currently hiring three new positions to start in 2018.  There will be two full-time positions and one part-time position—each comes with a full benefits package.  Grow Pittsburgh Staff will help build and support unique gardens and farms by connecting directly with students, schools, families, home growers, and farmers.  
 
Available Positions 
  • Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farm Manager (Full-time)
  • Learning Garden Educator (Full-time)
  • Community Garden Coordinator (Part-time 30+ hours/wk)   
 

Water Test Results and Call to Action
 
One South Oakland residence's water recently tested at a 25 ppb for lead, well over the 15 parts per billion (ppb) considered a high level of lead based on government standards. That particular house is fairly newly constructed, so the source is likely the connection to the house or the main supply lines. We encourage everyone to have their water tested in South Oakland. 
 
For more information on getting a free testing kit, visit
 
PWSA is currently mandated by DEP and EPA to replace seven percent of publicly-owned lead service lines per year. With a unanimous vote, City Council recently passed legislation that positions the city to help Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers replace private lead service lines when PWSA completes adjacent line work, but no funding yet.  If more people get their water tested in South Oakland, and the readings are similarly high, we as a neighborhood can appeal to Council President Kraus to make South Oakland a priority when the City plans any action. 
 
HARD TO RECYCLE COLLECTIONS WESTERN PA 
 
Since 2003, PRC has held Hard to Recycle collections in Southwestern PA with the goal of providing responsible and convenient recycling for items not able to be recycled at the curb. At these events individuals have been able to recycle such item as e-waste, cell phones, polystyrene, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, Freon-containing appliances, tires and more. 
 
Saturday, July 29th
La Roche College 
 
Saturday, August 12th
Century III Mall 
 
Saturday, October 7th
Settlers Cabin Park 
 
See attached flyer or

The Bureau of Animal Care & Control serves the residents of the City of Pittsburgh by providing care, control and resolution to situations dealing with domestic animals and wildlife. 
 
The Bureau of Animal Care & Control provides assistance to Bureaus within the Department of Public Safety, other City Departments and the Allegheny County Health Department in situations involving animals, both domestic and wild. The Bureau enforces City and State codes dealing with animals; issues citations and appears in court; helps to keep our City’s parks animal-nuisance free; works with non-profit animal shelters; provides consultation to other municipalities concerning animal issues; and assists the Pennsylvania Game Commission in tracking the rabies virus. 
 
Animal Control Agents capture stray animals, assist in pet/owner recovery, resolve neighbor disputes over animals, assist the elderly and physically-challenged with animal concerns, advise and teach residents of their responsibility as pet owners, advise non-pet owners of their rights, and assist in the removal of nuisance wildlife. (Nuisance wildlife is defined as wildlife that causes, or is about to cause, property damage or that presents a threat to the health or safety of the community by means of disease transmission or direct attacks.) The Bureau also quarantines animals, provides removal of deceased animals and assists police and the District Attorney's office with humane investigations. 
 

Volunteer Opportunities
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) 
 
The City is looking for a minimum of 10 Oakland residents to train as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.  The classes are about a 16 hour commitment, that can either split it into 1 evening a week for 2 hours or 2 full Saturdays. The choice will be up to the group. 
 
CERT is a training program that allows civilians and government employees to take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives. During emergencies citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the medical emergencies by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it during emergencies when government response capabilities are spread thin. 
 

* – All City of Pittsburgh offices and most Citiparks facilities will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. 
 
* – Oakland refuse collection rescheduled from Tuesday, May 30 to Wednesday, May 31
* – Liberty Bridge Weekend Closure May 26-30 
 
PennDOT District 11 is announcing the closure of the Liberty Bridge in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will occur Friday night, May 26 through Tuesday morning, May 30 (weather permitting). 
 
The Liberty Bridge will close to traffic in both directions from 8 p.m. Friday night continuously through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.  The bridge will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Crews will conduct deck reconstruction work, placing new bearing seats and stringer beams, and installing new strip seal dams.  
 
The outbound Liberty Tunnel and PJ McArdle Roadway will remain open the entire weekend. A single-lane will remain open in the inbound (northbound) Liberty Tunnel, with traffic only able to turn right onto PJ McArdle Roadway.  
 
All Liberty Bridge traffic will be detoured during the closure. Most official detours involve I-376 and US-19 Banksville Rd.  A common GPS landmark would be Eat'n Park at 1250 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

The City of Pittsburgh offers special curbside collection days twice a year to promote environmentally-friendly disposal of your seasonal yard debris. 
 
Please check your collection calendar at http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/CE_Map_and_Calendar.pdf 
 
or visit PGH.ST to schedule reminders for upcoming dates. 
 
We will collect the following items curbside:
  • Leaves
  • Branches (4" diameter or less)
  • Brush
  • Grass
 
Yard waste that does not meet the collection guidelines will be left at the curb.
This month instead of the regular meeting they're organizing two tree care days in Oakland; one will be in South Oakland and the other in West Oakland. They're still finalizing the dates/times with Tree Pittsburgh but stay tuned so you can come out and work side-by-side with your neighbors to keep our trees healthy. 
 
There is no technical expertise involved; it’s weeding, and mulching for the most part. If there is any pruning that needs to be done, that will be flagged for trained individuals.

Friday, May 19th – 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Schenley Plaza (near Porch) 
 
Have you always wanted to try biking to campus? This is your chance! Join your fellow Pitt community members and bike to campus on Friday, May 19th. New bicyclists and seasoned bicyclists alike are welcome! 
 
  • Enjoy the commuter café with free breakfast and coffee.
  • Enter to win raffle prizes, including a U-lock and bike lights.
  • Practice placing your bike on the bus rack in a low-stress environment with Port Authority’s demo bike rack.
  • Receive a free bike safety check from the Pitt Police.
  • Learn about bike laws and bike safety from the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) and The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
  • Meet the Pitt Bicycle Collective student club and learn about a new Bike Co-Op space being planned at Pitt.
  • Register your bike for free and receive a gift, complimentary of OTMA.
  • Meet other like-minded bicyclists!
Don’t have your own bike? Healthy Ride bike share is offering free rides all day on May 19th! In order to use a Healthy Ride bike, you must be registered. You can register for an account prior to May 19th online at HealthyRidePGH.com, or register through the smartphone app NextBike. 
 
Preparing for your ride?
This event is presented by: Pitt Parking Services Office, Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH), Pitt Police, Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pitt Staff Council, Pitt Bicycle Collective, Healthy Ride, and Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC).

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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

 

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 2pm at:
  • Zone 4 Police Station 5358 Northumberland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
  • UPMC, Falk Pharmacy: Falk Medical Bldg, 2nd Floor Lobby, 3601 Fifth Ave
  • UPMC, UPMC Presby, Prescription Shop, 1st Fl, 200 Lothrop St
  • UPMC, Forbes Pharmacy of WPIC: Oxford Bldg, 7th Fl, 3501 Forbes Ave
  • UPMC, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Main Lobby, 1st Fl, 300 Halket St
  • UPMC, Forbes Tower Main Lobby Atwood St Between Forbes Ave & Sennott St



See attached flyer for more or visit www.DEA.gov for more info and locations.

A visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens could mean more than a walk through the flowers—it could mean a more sustainable future for Pittsburgh. Inline image 1
 
The Oakland-based public garden now offers incentives for switching to Green Mountain Energy, one of the largest clean power retailers in the country. Pennsylvania and New York residents who visit Phipps can work with an on-site Green Mountain representative to swap their current electricity provider for power generated by sources such as local wind farms and solar. Every guest who switches during their visit gets a free one-year family membership to Phipps while existing members receive a six-month extension of their membership. 
 

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Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:

Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/free-events/  
 

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The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority has created the Clean Water Assistance Fund to help families pay their sewage treatment bills. This program serves low-income residential customers in the 83 municipalities that ALCOSAN serves. It is
administered by Dollar Energy Fund. 
 
Who is eligible? The Clean Water Assistance Fund is available to ALCOSAN service area residential homeowners (and tenants who have accounts in their own names) who meet family income limits set by the federal government. 
 
Household size Monthly income Annual income
  • 1 $1,485 $17,820
  • 2 $2,003 $24,030
  • 3 $2,520 $30,240
  • 4 $3,038 $36,450
  • 5 $3,555 $42,660
  • 6 $4,073 $48,870
  • 7 $4,591 $55,095
  • 8 $5,111 $61,335
See the attached flyer for more info.

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Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 PM
Danielle Marvit, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery
POWER/EEFC Conference Room 
 
Garden Dreams head farmer Danielle Marvit will provide tips on selecting seed varieties and discuss how to properly germinate, pot up, feed, and harden off homegrown seedlings. Please bring seeds to swap! 
 
To RSVP for this event, please call 412.242.3598.    
 

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit: 
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
 
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburgh Inline image 1
  • Hervé Tullet exhibit at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Now-February 26
  • Party in the Tropics at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: February 3, 7—11 p.m
  • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh: January 26—February 4
  • The Addams Family at Shady Side Academy: February 10-12
  • Ice skating with BikePGH at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: February 12
  • Valentine’s Day and Ginger Whiskey Weekend at Wigle Whiskey: February 14, 17, 18, 19
  • Award-winning acrobatics group Galumpha at various venues: February 14-19
  • The Harry Potter Film and Cultural Festival at Row House Cinema: February 17-March 2
  • Firelei Báez: Bloodlines at The Andy Warhol Museum: February 17–May 21
  • Tropical Forest Congo Festival at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: February 18
  • Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: February 24 & 25