Help for Homeowners

With the mortgage crisis, it is a comfort to know that there are avenues opening to assist those homeowners in need.

The Post Gazette has an articel by Diane Nelson Jones about one of these new avenues —

When the mortgage company was threatening foreclosure on Mr. Kendrick’s mother’s house on Wylie, he said, “they told me they realized the house isn’t worth that second mortgage. They were demanding payment, and the turnaround came when Irene stepped in. Then it became negotiable.” Read the article

Mayor's Neighborhood Newsletter

Dear Neighbors:

Pittsburgh is a city of 90 unique neighborhoods. The character of our neighborhoods is often defined by the business districts within. Neighborhood business districts are at the heart of many communities, providing a place for the exchange of goods and services, as well as a place for neighbors to meet and socialize.

As neighborhood revitalization and reinvestment remains one of my top priorities and we are focused on creating and maintaining vibrant neighborhood business districts. We want to maintain the long-time businesses that have served our communities for years, while also attracting new businesses. We want residents to see their business districts as assets, and not as things of the past. In addition to implementing programs to make the business district safer, cleaner, and more attractive, we are also crafting initiatives to attract and help small businesses grow and succeed. City living is convenient and enjoyable, and our reinvestment in neighborhood business districts ensures those benefits continue on into the future.

My administration is currently putting together a plan to clean up our business districts.This multi-faceted approach will include working with the numerous business districts in the city to find out exactly what they need, providing direction and consultation in terms of planning and redevelopment, and making neighborhood business districts a priority for City services and government. My staff has been working with business owners and community leaders in our neighborhoods to discuss this initiative and to find out what each business district needs.

Business districts will be given a menu of resources to choose from such as garbage cans, benches, and bike racks to help clean up and make the streetscape more attractive and appealing. We will also mobilize City teams to focus efforts on business districts in regard to graffiti removal, line/curb painting, sidewalk repairs and code enforcement. Finally, we will be competitively selecting a number of business districts to receive professional design and planning consultation to implement comprehensive redevelopment.

In addition to cleaning and revamping our business districts, we continue to implement programs that will attract residents and businesses. We are keeping our business districts safe through the beat cop program. Bicycle patrols as well as beat cops are working in our neighborhood business districts. Through the Storefront Renovation Program, we offer small business owners grants for façade improvements. This program sparks investment in neighborhoods, attracts positive attention to businesses and spurs other businesses to undertake needed improvements. Contact the Urban Redevelopment Authority for more information about this and other incentives, loans, and grants to small business owners looking to open up shop or complete renovations at 412-255-2566.

Please call my Office of Neighborhood Initiatives at 412-255-2566 with any questions regarding these programs. As the weather warms up, I encourage you to visit your neighborhood business districts, and to get out and enjoy all that your neighborhood and our great City has to offer.

Public Safety Meeting | Thursday

Public Safety “City Wide” Council Meeting

DATE:     Thursday, April 24, 2008

at 7:00 pm

PLACE:   Teamsters Temple          

                                4701 Butler St.  Lawrenceville   


Topics:   Weed and Seed Strategy;

                   Criminal Court System      


Guest Speaker: 

Deputy District Attorney Richard Goldberg


Food and refreshments will be served starting at 6:00 pm.


For further information contact:  Sharon  Wolkiewicz, President

Zone 2 Public Safety Council at 412-682-4692

Bellflower project for Mother's Day

Origami (折り紙 origami?) (from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a given result using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper medium. “Origami” nowadays refers to all types of paper folding, even those of non-Asian origin. From Wikipedia

Here are the directions for making this flower.  If you have any difficulties, stop by —

Polish Hill Civic Association
3060 Brereton Street
May 3, 2-3pm

Paper and instruction are compliments of Susan Constanse

Breaking Ground in Friendship

It’s a beautiful day, perfect for starting new projects. Like the groundbreaking ceremony on Penn and Gross Street, in the heart of the Penn Ave Arts Corridor. Three new town homes are slated for gthis corner lot, across the street from Garfield Artworks, in the middle of Unblurred territory. Read more about it on the Post Gazette.

The project is being developed by the Friendship Development Corporation with the assistance of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Signs Project

The enthusiastic crew at Pittsburgh Signs Project have a new project in the works to celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250 Anniversary –

The Pittsburgh Signs Project invites photographers of all levels from the 14 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania to submit up to five images for possible inclusion in Pittsburgh Signs: 250, a full-color book showcasing images of signs, past and present. Counties represented may be: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland.

Download full details here.

Iron City Times

Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Recipe of the Week, from our lovely friends at Iron City Beer

Coconut Beer Shrimp with Sweet & Tangy Sauce Recipe
-4 eggs
-1 cup Iron City Beer
-3-1/2 tsp Creole seasoning (divided use) -1-1/4
cup all-purpose flour
-2 Tbsp baking powder
-48 large raw shrimp, peeled, tails on, de-veined
-1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh or moist-packed shredded
-Oil for deep-frying
Sweet and Tangy Sauce:
-2 cups orange marmalade
-1/4 cup Creole or Dijon mustard
-3 Tbsp shredded horseradish
Shrimp: Combine eggs, beer, 1 teaspoon Creole
seasoning, flour and baking powder. Blend well. Season
shrimp with remaining seafood seasoning. Dip the
shrimp in beer batter and roll in coconut. Fry in oil
heated to 350 degrees F. in deep fryer, wok or deep
saucepan. The oil should be at least 1-1/2 inches deep.
Drop shrimp in a few at a time and fry until golden
brown. Remove and drain on paper towel. Serve with
Sweet and Tangy Dipping Sauce.
Sauce: Blend together orange marmalade, Creole or
Dijon mustard, and horseradish.

Life'sWork and Ben & Jerry's

  Training for youth with disabilities and at-risk youth Life'sWork's Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop NEWS


5885 Forbes Avenue Squirrel Hill, PA  15217 (412) 521-7550


APRIL 15, 2008


Sales increase takes squirrel hill PartnerShop to the top 25

  Book us!   Now's the time to plan those summer extravaganzas. Call today...the calendar is filling up fast!  We'll do all the set up, scooping and clean up, making our Ben & Jerry's Traveling Scoop Shop the easiest, no-muss-no-fuss way to show your staff or customers how much you appreciate them! IF you love something, GET IT FREE! FREE CONE DAY Tuesday April 29, 2008 Noon to 8 p.m.

Congratulations to our Ben & Jerry’s team for taking shop sales to the top 25 out of all stores across the country — about 350!

Our Ben & Jerry’s Regional Business Consultant Ed Peistrup said the stats are for sales increase, including both in-store and off-premise sales, for the period Jan-Feb 2007 vs. Jan-Feb 2008. Our Squirrel Hill PartnerShop’s increase was a whopping 55%.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Please stop by the scoop shop to give our star scoopers an extra “pat on the back” for a job well done.

  Book us!   Now's the time to plan those summer extravaganzas. Call today...the calendar is filling up fast!  We'll do all the set up, scooping and clean up, making our Ben & Jerry's Traveling Scoop Shop the easiest, no-muss-no-fuss way to show your staff or customers how much you appreciate them!

Contact: Katherine Osan

(412) 471-2600, x242 or

  Book us!   Now's the time to plan those summer extravaganzas. Call today...the calendar is filling up fast!  We'll do all the set up, scooping and clean up, making our Ben & Jerry's Traveling Scoop Shop the easiest, no-muss-no-fuss way to show your staff or customers how much you appreciate them!  


About Us

Located on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill, this PartnerShop is one of only 17 in the U.S. and U.K. and a big part of Ben & Jerry’s social mission. Proceeds from every cone, cake and sundae sold both in the store and at off-site catering events support Life’sWork’s programs and services — which makes the Squirrel Hill Ben & Jerry’s the “coolest” treat in town!

Neighbors in the Strip

A message from our lovely neighbors in the strip —

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

William Shakesphere

Feeling youthful? Me, too. I’d even feel more youthful if I could shake the excess winter poundage from my bones. I will get serious about that . . . right after lunch. The Strip isn’t the place to diet.

Hey, please try and join us at:

2008 Spirit of the Strip 250 Photowalk – April 19, 2008

Guest Bartender with TJ Miller – April 23, 2008 (see below)

2008 Spirit of the Strip 250 Award Ceremony – May 1, 2008

Find out details for the above in this month’s NITS-egram