Public Hearing and Comment Period On Proposed Fare & Service Changes

Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold a public hearing and public comment period on proposed fare and service changes. Fare changes are scheduled to be implemented on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Service changes are scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2011.

The public hearing will be held Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 8 am to 8 pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Individuals wishing to testify are encouraged to pre-register by calling 412.566.5437 (TTY 412-231-7007) from 9 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays. Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Those who have not pre-registered may register at the hearing and will be called on as time slots become available. Port Authority will provide a sign language interpreter at the hearing as well as Braille copies of informational documents.

The public comment period will begin Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Comments on the proposals will be accepted by mail at

Port Authority Fare & Service Proposals
Heinz 57 Center
345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3
Pittsburgh PA 15222-2527.

Comments may also be submitted online via The deadline for receipt of public comments is Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 4 pm.
For more information, including details on transportation to the hearing, call Customer Service at 412.442.2000 (TTY 412.231.7007) or visit To request printed information only, call 412.566.5543.

A list of affected neighborhoods and a FAQ’s list from Port Authority are available in pdf format.

Donate your unwanted items to the PHCA yard sale

Once again the PHCA has accumulated a lot of STUFF.  Sometimes people give us useful things because they know we can find those items a new home.  And sometimes we just come across stuff, like on trash night, and then realize it’s all too much.

On Saturday August 28th, the PHCA will hold a yard sale fundraiser.  We’ll be selling off the interesting things we’ve accumulated to raise money for our other projects.  The sale will take place in front of the PHCA office at 3060 Brereton Street.  If you have unwanted, useful items, but not enough to bother having your own yard sale, please consider donating them to us.

We don’t have room at the PHCA to provide space for others to sell things, but looking ahead, we’re working on getting a permit to have another Polish Hill flea market at West Penn Park in late September.  Tables will be $10.  The flea market last year was a great community event, and lots of us got to take home new/old things to replace the stuff we’d just sold.  If you are interested in reserving a table at the September flea market and want to be notified when that event is confirmed, please email or call 412.681.1950 and we’ll put your name down.

Gold Way clean-up underway

Those of you who walk or bike along Gold Way will have noticed that the sidewalk had become so overgrown that it was impassable.  Yes, there is actually a nice wide paved sidewalk to the right of that guardrail in the above photo!  But this summer, pedestrians have had no choice but to walk in the road–pretty scary, on a blind curve where cars regularly drive too fast.  Repeated 311 requests to have the sidewalk cleared went unaddressed, so we decided to start the process ourselves.

Gold Way is not actually part of Polish Hill (it’s Oakland), but it’s a gateway to our neighborhood and an essential footpath for our residents.  So, on Saturday, a small group from the Polish Hill Green Team spent a few hours to start the process of excavating the sidewalk.  Not only had the knotweed and other brush grown over the sidewalk, but the dead brush from the last time the City cleared the path many months ago was left where it fell.  Someone had also dumped bags of waste from a building demolition.

A pedestrian who came along while the crew were working said that he was not aware there was a sidewalk along this road!  The Green Team crew spent a few hours cutting brush, knotweed, and cleared a long section of sidewalk to provide a guide for the City crews.  We have sent a request to the City to finish the job and clear the cut materials from the sidewalk.  We’ll let you know how that goes.

BikeFest 2010

So much happening over the next week for all of the cyclists here in Pittsburgh. Even with our sometimes-daunting hills, Polish Hill has its cycling proponents. As anyone could tell from the crowded bicycle parking stand on Dobson and Hancock!

BikeFest 2010 kicks off with a fundraiser at our neighbor’s, the Pittsburgh Opera. Festivities get underway in just a matter of hours —

BikeFest is on its way, and it’s time to get ready for one of the best parties of the year – BikePGH’s BikeFest Kickoff Fundraiser Party!
Friday, August 6, 2010. Our largest party of the year kicks off BikeFest in style, and raises funds to support BikePGH’s advocacy efforts.
Pittsburgh Opera (tons of indoor bike parking)
2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

There’s a lot of information on the Bike Pgh website about the pre-Party, the party-Party and the after-Party. Check into their site to find out about the food and entertainment, as well as ticket information.

But wait! there’s more!
This is more than just a one night fundraising event. BikeFest will be spanning the next five days with cycling events all over Pittsburgh From August 6-15, you, the Pittsburgh cyclist will be able to participate in rides and races in scenic neighborhoods. There are easy rides (The Sunday Seersucker Saunter Spectacular), and rides better suited for the seasoned cyclist (12 Bridges, 3 Rivers, 21 Miles). There is a full calendar of BikeFest 2010 events here.

Have fun and drive safe!

Help available for uninsured adults

Pennsylvania’s health plan for uninsured adults with pre-existing medical conditions, PA Fair Care, is now taking applications.

Benefits will include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services and prescriptions. The cost to enrollees is a subsidized premium of $283.20 a month.

To be eligible for PA Fair Care, applicants must:
• Be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident
• Be a Pennsylvania resident
• Have a pre-existing health condition
• Be uninsured for the previous six months

The program has initial funding to serve about 3,500 people. Eligible applicants will be enrolled on a first-come basis.

Applications can be completed online at Those without Internet access may apply with assistance from the toll-free helpline at 1-888-767-7015 (TTY 1-888-767-7018) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance with any state-related issue.


Gather the family and head out for an unforgettable day of free family activities when Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s FAMILY FUN FEST celebrates summer at four locations in early August.

“This summer many families are staying close to home and enjoying all our region has to offer,” said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “Those of us who live in Pittsburgh are fortunate to have many urban parks and green spaces with plenty of free activities to keep families busy all summer long.”

FAMILY FUN FEST will include a wide variety of free child-friendly activities including the Citiparks Roving Art Cart, face painting, moon walking — and a hands-on experience interacting with City of Pittsburgh fire, police and paramedic vehicles.

Then “Backpack Bash” will challenge children to play games for a chance to win back-to-school backpacks and supplies.

On the first three occasions, FAMILY FUN FEST will precede an opportunity to enjoy a free movie under the stars as part of Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series, and on the final occasion, FAMILY FUN FEST will expand a Citiparks Roving Art Cart engagement.

Call 412-255-2493 for more information.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010
7 – 9 p.m.
West End Overlook
followed by Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park at dusk showing “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (PG)

Thursday, August 5, 2010
7 – 9 p.m.
Brookline Memorial Park
followed by Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park at dusk showing “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (PG)

Friday, August 6, 2010
7 – 9 p.m.
Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville
followed by Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park at dusk showing “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (PG)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Woods Run Playground

Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District

The Pittsburgh Public Market will be opening Labor Day Weekend — September 3, 4, and 5. This new venture is a revitalization of an old idea: public markets were conceived as a place to sell frsh produce, and other goods. Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers and artisans to market their wares. There is some great historical information at the Pittsburgh Public Market site.

A few years ago, Neighbors in the Strip began researching the viability of establishing a year-round public market. The result has been the renovation of the historic Produce Terminal building, located on Smallman Street in the Strip District. The vendors displaying their wares in this contemporary take on the public market ranges from specialty teas to Moroccan crafts. A list of vendors is available here.

In addition to the opportunities to shop local produce and artisan-made wares, Pittsburgh Public Market plans to have programming for the community on-site at the market house.

All of this sounds like a great addition to the city. I am looking forward to exploring what the Public Market will offer.

Pittsburgh Public Market is open:
# Fridays, 9am to 7pm
# Saturdays, 9am to 5pm
# Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Grand Opening
Pittsburgh Public Market
September 10, 11, and 12.
Stay tuned for more information about everything from balloons to music to the best local foods in the ‘Burgh!

State Sen. Jim Ferlo and citizens of Pittsburgh will join in a national celebration of the 45th Birthday of the Federal Medicare Act today by rallying to support an expanded Medicare for all.

The rally will be held today, Friday, July 30 at noon at the Allegheny County Court House Fountain Plaza.

Ferlo will join with the PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare, Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees, PA Alliance for Retired Americans, Just Harvest and other organizations at the event.

“The Federal Medicare Act is landmark legislation that represents a major national milestone, Ferlo said. “This year’s celebration is critical in light of the forthcoming battle to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security.”

Ferlo added that Medicare provides medical coverage to 95 percent of all seniors 65 and older. By pooling benefits and risk universally, it advances the right of affordable health care equity through a practical economic model. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries are overwhelmingly satisfied with their coverage.

“Congress should reject any recommendation by the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that might threaten the continued sustainability of Medicare and Social Security,” Ferlo said. “Medicare is a successful, publically financed, privately delivered single-payer approach to health care that should be expanded to cover every American.”

Additional Contacts:
* Sandy Fox – Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare, (412) 421-8233
* Jean Friday – PA Alliance for Retired Americans, (724) 930-9848
* Ken Regal – Just Harvest, (412) 363-5142
* Denise Edwards – Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees, (412) 401-6693

Have you seen this dog?

Tan and white, Approx. 8 pounds, was wearing a blue collar with one gold & one blue tag.
Very friendly, answers to TWITTER

Please call 412 295 8472 if found or return him to owner at 3106 Dobson Street.

PLEASE NOTE: The address Twitter’s tag is different from return address