The PHCA office will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2. We’ll be checking messages, so if you have a question or a concern, please call 412.681.1950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
The lights are up around the neighborhood, and the cold and snow makes it feel very Christmas-y. The spirit of the season is expressed in many ways, from the lights on homes, to the monument tree. Here is a lovely small nativity scene, in an old storefront on Brereton Street.
And you may have noticed a spot of light on color up on the old billboard frame on a building on Bigelow Boulevard, just inside the Polish Hill border by the Bloomfield Bridge:
It’s a dove, by Polish Hill sculptor Tim Kaulen.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best of the season to everyone!
(Photos of the Brereton Street storefront creche by Leslie Clague, photos of the Bigelow billboard dove by Mark Knobil)
This Xerox copy of a tattered newspaper clipping is one of older press items we have in the Polish Hill archive. The day and year was cut off, but we know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church was dedicated in 1905. This item from the Pittsburg Dispatch in November of that year notes that the church is nearing completion and will be dedicated on December 1.
The church was built on a site that formerly contained a brick factory. The small building just to the right of the church is long gone, but the two buildings to the right of that still stand.
Click here for a printable PDF version of the article.
Who says that gardeners have the winter off? Once the gardens have been put to bed for the winter, it’s time to study and plan next year’s growing season. For those who are new to vegetable gardening and hope to start next year, this is a great time to learn. Grow Pittsburgh has just announced the 2014 dates for its Garden Primer course, which covers all the basics, including which tools beginner gardeners will need, what and where to plant, and when to harvest. In addition, those taking part in the course will be given step-by-step instruction on everything from starting a compost to properly transplanting seedlings. All classes will take place at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church and will run from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
The class will be offered three times:
February 11, 18 & 25 OR March 4, 11 & 18
April 3, 10 & 24 (note: there is no class on April 17th)
The cost is $60 ($50 for Grow Pittsburgh Members)and includes a detailed resource manual and some light snacks. To secure your place in a class and make your payment online visit Showclix.com and select from either the February, March, or April sessions. Payments can also be made by sending a check to Grow Pittsburgh at 6587 Hamilton Avenue, #2W, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. A limited number of scholarships and childcare are available. Please email email@example.com or call the office at 412-362-4769 for more details.
After Sarney’s Bar closed in September, residents have eagerly been waiting to see what would come next. Before it was Sarney’s it was Orie’s Tavern; before that, the Frank Kaminski Pharmacy.
Now, it’s Pope’s Place, named for Frank Pope — that’s him, above, one of the owners (the other owner is Mark Baranowski, known for the North Park Lounge). Pope’s quietly opened today and residents have been stopping in to check it out. They don’t have the full kitchen up and running yet, but the tvs are on, the smoke filter is running, and the place looks really nice.
The official opening is on Friday, but they’d love it if you stopped in before then. Hours are 10 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Monday thru Saturday; 11:00 a.m. – midnight on Sundays. Welcome to the neighborhood, Pope’s!
The Polish Hill Stair Stewards program was created to keep our City steps clear of ice and snow. The agreement with the City is that if we can find a neighborhood volunteer to assume stewardship of a set of city steps, City crews will provide a salt box at the site and keep it filled. Currently, four sets of City steps in Polish Hill have stair stewards: Fleetwood, Harding, Apollo, and at the monument. But the two most-used sets of City steps, Dobson-Herron and Downing-Herron, don’t currently have stewards after their former caretakers moved away.
So we’re putting out the call. If someone who lives near either of these steps wants to help make the neighborhood safer for pedestrians, and has the energy to climb and shovel, please get in touch. Call 412.681.1950, or email us.
(Above: the former stewards of the Dobson-Herron steps, Jen Kirk and Patrick Singleton, in 2011. Jen and Patrick moved to Portland Oregon, and are much missed. Photo by Mark Knobil)
United Way of Allegheny County has launched a new initiative called Open Your Heart to a Senior. Simply put, volunteers are matched with seniors who want to continue living on their own, but need a bit of help. Here’s how it works:
1. Seniors who need help contact the program, register and put in a request for a volunteer.
2. Meanwhile, you sign up, complete a volunteer registration form and attend an info session.
3. The match team aligns your interest with the needs of a senior and gives you a call.
4. If you’re available, great. You’ve got a match for volunteer assignment.
5. If you’re not available right then, it’s okay. They’re flexible and will keep you in their system.
6. Once you accept your senior match, they give you the details and contact info so you can get in
touch with your senior.
7. Over the course of your pairing, the UWAC program office will keep in touch.
Here are some of the ways in which you could help:
– Providing transportation to medical appointments, pharmacy and other necessary errands
– Shopping for groceries with or for a senior
– Making friendly home visits and telephone reassurance calls
– Performing Safety for Seniors home assessments
– Assisting with correspondence, paying bills and filling out applications
– Completing yard projects, shoveling snow, raking leaves, planting and gardening
– Driving the Free Rides for Seniors shuttle bus
– Delivering or Preparing Home Delivered Meals
To find out more, dial 211 or call 412.307.0071, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the website. And if you’re interested in volunteering, fill out this online form to get more information.
Polish Hill welcomed the holiday season with a Light Up and a Holiday Potluck Party at Lili Cafe.
The side yard at the PHCA was also lit up.
After the lights had been admired, the action moved down the block to Lili Cafe, for the potluck.
There was a lot of good food, and everyone crowded in to eat and visit.
Thanks to everyone who came out, all the people who brought food, and those who helped set up and clean up. It was a great start to the season!
(Photos from Janice Heagy, Leslie Clague, and Laura Zurowski)
The fir tree at the monument has grown to such a size that volunteers can’t reach the top to decorate. Last Saturday, the Department of Public Works kindly sent a bucket truck and crew to help out. They arranged the lights on the upper half of the tree, leaving the more accessible bottom section for neighborhood volunteers.
Lights and decorations were also added to the smaller trees and to the reindeer-on-a-bike sculpture that appeared last week. Everything was tested and made ready to go for Light Up night.
Volunteers included (left to right): DPW crew, Terry Doloughty, Alexis Miller, Janice Heagy, Deb Jozwiak, Jean Kowalecki, and Cathy Woodul. Brian Seklecki also helped out. Thanks to everyone for making the monument area so lovely, and to DPW for their help.
(Photos from Janice Heagy and Terry Doloughty)
The PHCA office will be closed on November 28 and 29. We’ll be back open as usual on Monday, December 2. If you need to get in touch, email email@example.com, or message here — we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Have a great holiday and a great weekend, and we’ll see you in December!