Free “hands-on” CPR course

Pittsburgh EMS in conjunction with UPMC, is beginning a city-wide Citizen CPR training program in 2016. Residents and community leaders, like the members of the Polish Hill Association, who reside in Police Zone 2 are the first to learn this life-saving technique.

Called Bystander CPR or “hands only” CPR, it allows time for anyone to initiate resuscitation protocols and improve the ultimate outcomes of patients suffering from medical emergencies, specifically cardiac arrest. The goal in 2016 is to train at least 2,500 Pittsburgh residents in this and the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) protocols.

free 30 minute non-certificate course will be hosted by the Zone 2 Public Safety Council  at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 28beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Ave.

For more information, contact Liz Style: or 412- 255-8977 .


Liz Style, Coordinator: SaferTogether, collaborative strategies for community safety

City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety

City County Building
414 Grant Street, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-432-8505 cell

412-255-8977 office

Public Safety Announcement – from Zone 2

At January’s community meeting, several residents raised concerns about public safety incidents in the neighborhood. Commander Kudrav and Lieutenant Vinansky from Zone 2 attended the meeting and were able to address a number of issues.  We thank the Commander for following up with the statement below:

Dear Polish Hill Residents,
On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2016 around 5 p.m., Zone 2 officers responded to a
call on Harmar Street for a domestic disturbance incident.  The
responding officer’s preliminary investigation brought forth an
indication that the suspect may return to the location later in the
day.  The officers appropriately prepared to apprehend the suspect.
When more officers are available for a higher risk task, we take
advantage of the opportunity with the goal to ensure the stability and
safety of the community and officers. I offer the following
information as a reference to provide context to why so many officers
responded and the importance of officer safety practices in any law
enforcement profession:

The FBI reports 96 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty
in the United States in 2014. 51 of those officers were outright
killed by suspects the officers encountered just doing their everyday

Now on the other hand, each officer is held to a high standard of
professionalism in all of their actions and performance. It is
important that I am informed of poor interactions our officers have
with any community members. As an organization, we are learning that our community members can be equally effected by the processes of law enforcement in their neighborhoods as the end results. I am looking into concerns that were shared with me in this regard. I will inform your group leaders of my findings as appropriate.

Additionally, I alerted all shift supervisors of the armed robbery
reported by a group member. Zone 2 shift supervisors will assign
targeted patrols to Polish Hill. This was a serious crime of violence
that was not fully communicated to Zone 2 for a timely response. For
this I apologize. I notified Zone 2 plainclothes detectives of the
reported armed robbery and one of our detectives is working the case.
He has tried several times to get in contact with the victim. The
detective has also responded to the location to gather more evidence.

Looking toward the future, I will inquire as to what instruction is
available for community groups to better understanding what happens
when someone calls 9-1-1. Also, I am inquiring about the possibility
of community personal safety training.

Anna Kudrav, Commander
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Zone 2 Station
2000 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
FBINA #255

Light Up Night, Monday at 6:30pm

This Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:30pm, join friends and neighbors for Polish Hill’s Light Up Night at the monument at the corner of Brereton and Dobson.

Father Joe from the neighborhood’s own Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will bless the tree. And we’ll be joined by a guitar player for some carol singing. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Thanks (in alphabetical order) to Terry Doloughty, Janice Heagy, Deb Jozwiak, Mark Knobil, Myrna Newman, and Brian Seklecki for their help in organizing everything.

PHCA Office OPEN on Fridays 12:30-4:30pm

Dear Neighbors,

While the PHCA is in transition, please be assured that we are continuing to advocate for all Polish Hill residents.  For instance, several board members have volunteered their time in order to keep the office open on Fridays from 12:30-4:30PM.  They are available to answer any questions or discuss issues.  You can also meet with a constituent services staff member from State Representative Ravenstahl’s office during that time.

We thank you for your patience as the board of directors works towards finding funding for a staff presence in the office. In the meantime, please know that we are actively continuing efforts to keep communicating with and advocating for our residents. More information is available at our next community meeting at the West Penn Rec Center on Tuesday, Oct 6th at 6:30 pm.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email, or leave a voicemail for us at 412-681-1950.

The board realizes that some type of staff presence is a crucial part of what the PHCA offers to the neighborhood, and we are exploring ways to achieve staffing in the office.  Rest assured that programs that have already been developed (Pivotal Streets, Green and Open Space Improvements, etc.) will continue to happen thanks to the efforts of the PHCA board and residents like you. Thank you for your understanding and participation during this time. We look forward to hearing from you, and being able to continue to work with you—our neighbors.

PHCA Board of Directors

Hazelwood Gardens and Permaculture Food Forest!

Terry Doloughty went on a little expedition today to meet up with some volunteers in Hazelwood. He helped to create two rain barrels for the Permaculture Food Forest, as well as offering pointers for making them on your own. This ended up being a great collaboration. He ended up working with Pittsburgh Garden Experiment, Hazelwood Initiative, SCA students, and the Permaculture Food Forest. The event was hosted by the Hazelwood Initiative.

“We taught young residents about rain barrels, and demonstrated different techniques used in their construction. The SCA provided the barrels, I provided the expertise, tools and some improvisation with found materials.” said Mr. Doloughty.

Pics from the Rain Barrel making event —

Tonight at Lili coffeeshop

It’s a lovely day here in Polish Hill. The beautiful spell of low humidity and mild temperatures should extend into the evening. Why not enjoy the weather, your neighbors and some tunes this evening? The Working Poor will be performing tonight at Lili Coffeeshop. You can get a taste of their music here.

The Working Poor
July 1 | 7PM
Lili Coffeeshop
3138 Dobson St.

Active Allegheny

Last month, we posted about Allegheny Places, the county’s comprehensive plan. Allegheny County continues to gather information from the many facets of our community on such issues as land use and transportation.

One planning arm is looking at “human powered transport”: pedestrian and cycling issues that concern Allegheny County residents. Active Allegheny is seeking the input of community members about whatever concerns that you have. The primary objective of the “Active Allegheny” Plan is to encourage and accommodate walking and biking as modes of commuting in Allegheny County. Active Allegheny invites county residents to take a survey about access issues. The survey will take about ten minutes and is available through July 23, 2010.

The survey is pretty general. One of our neighbors, Patrick Singleton, is actively involved in access issues as they apply specifically to Polish Hill and would like to see a more comprehensive statement made for our neighborhood. We have offered to assist him in accumulating your suggestions and comments about human powered transport. What do we want your feedback on? issues like —

Sidewalk access
Condition of staircases and sidewalks
Problem intersections
Connections to other neighborhoods

You probably have other things that you would like to say. Maybe you have a suggestion on how a problem can be addressed effectively. Feel free to send that on, also. We would like to receive your comments by July 15, 2010. You can email your comments to Mr. Singleton will also be attending our community meeting on July 6, and can collect comments then, also. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Happy anniversary BLOGSKI

It’s hard to believe that BLOGSKI is one thousand posts old. Time sure flies!

BLOGSKI began with a quiet little post about the West Penn Community Center. It was December 19, 2007, over two years ago. PHCA’s president, Terry Doloughty, wanted a better way to keep the Polish Hill neighborhood informed about events and issues. A blog seemed like the perfect forum.

Naming the blog took a lot less time than launching it; really, what name could be better for a Polish Hill blog than BLOGSKI?

Through the immediacy of blogging, the Polish Hill Civic Association has been able to keep members of the community informed about events, issues and inquiries, providing informative posts about a range of topics.

Blogski (aka Staffski, aka Susan Constanse) and Houndsbay (aka Leslie Clague) work diligently to bring Our Readers all of the news that matters, at least here in Polish Hill.  We have shared trials and tribulations. We have spread our laughter and offered our condolences.

Over the past one thousand posts (let me say that again: one thousand posts!) BLOGSKI has welcomed several guest writers to share this forum. Patrick Singleton and Jenn Kirk have sent in articles about access issues. Josie Ramsey, Polish Hill’s Green Team leader, has supplied us with lots of useful information about everything from knotweed to bees.

We want to thank all of our readers for following our posts.  Looking forward to many more posts.  As Polish Hill continues to prove it is the best little neighborhood around we will keep letting all our readers about all  things  related to Polish Hill!

Order Redstone Easter Candy!

eastercandy.jpgWe now have order forms for Redstone Easter Candies, and there’s a long, yummy-sounding list of items to choose from:

1-lb. eggs in fruit and nut, maple nut, peanut butter, or coconut (10.95 ea)

14 oz eggs in chocolate nut, fudge nut, or chocolate coconut (10.95 ea)

Foiled eggs (11 oz. box/7.95)

Chocolate covered pretzels (8 oz./7.95)

Solid milk or white chocolate rabbit, hen, bear, or cross (5 oz./4.50)

Solid milk or white chocolate rabbit (10 oz./7.95, 15oz./9.95, or 26 oz./14.95)

Chocolate covered marshmallows (10 oz./8.95)

Fruit, spiced, or black jelly beans (24 oz./5.50)

Peanut butter logs (10 oz./8.95)

Gummi strawberry fish (16 oz. jar/6.50)

Stop by the Polish Hill Civic Association office and pick up a form. Orders and payment are due back by March 18. Download a flyer here or the order form here

Obscure Games is at it again!

This Sunday, those wonderful folks from Obscure Games will be back in Polish Hill, playing some games at West Penn. This time, it is Human Curling —

Played in a gymnasium, teams take turns pushing players in swivel chairs across the gym floor, scoring points for accuracy and distance. Teams position players strategically in order to pull off complicated ricochets and other high-scoring plays, while simultaneously trying to tag-out members of the opposing team. And though the US Olympic Curling Teams have not fared well, in this weekend’s tournament, Obscure Games teams will bring honor back to the US and to Pittsburgh by competing to be named “Human Curling Champions of the World.”

The games begin on February 28, from 10:30AM – 1:30PM. There is more information and a place to register a team on the Obscure Games site.

Human Curling
Citiparks/West Penn Community Center
470 30TH @ Paulowna Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
(412) 622-7353

For more information about Obscure Games Pittsburgh’s weekly game events, or the upcoming Steel City Games Fest, contact Adam Nelson at (412) 223 7142, or visit the Obscure Games Website,