Something beautiful this way comes


Staffski stepped across the street with her trusty camera to check out the progress at 3101-3103 Brereton this morning. First drawn by the lovely awnings and the smell of fresh paint, she was ever so pleased to find that significant progress had been made on the interior of the buliding —


On closer inspection of the windows (yes, I should have noticed that first. I needed coffee) Staffski found signs posted in the window from her friends at Urban Gypsy. What did they say?


Something beautiful is in your future
flowers . events . classes
handmade, locally made & vintage items

Staffski is ever so excited!

Polish Hillarian, Andy Matia

Staffski would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Andy Matia, a Polish Hill artist. Mr. Matia has just completed a Sprout Fund Mural in Crafton. His mural adorns the side of the Crafton Library, sparking shildren’s minds to creativity and imagination.

You can read more about the project on the Post Gazette.

G20 update

The Pittsburgh G20 Partnership continues to be a resource for information about the summit. The G20 Summit is less than a month away and so many issues are up in the air. Bill Flanagan has this to say —

I’d be careful about believing what you’re seeing and hearing in the news. The amount of conjecture and just plain wrong information is disheartening to say the least — and that’s leaving opinion aside. A lot of it is because nature abhors a vacuum, and right now concrete details are limited. The media are filling in the gaps, too often with hearsay. As we move beyond Labor Day the haze should begin to clear. Read his weekly update

Very good advice.  Mr. Flanagan points out that, while some details have been decided and some issues have been resolved, that things could still change as we progress to the Summit.

The Pittsburgh G20 Partnership is a great place to go for information about what we can do to make visitors to Pittsburgh feel more at home and to make sure that Pittsburgh puts her best foot forward. If you would like to help out with clean-ups, you can contact Pittsburgh Cares, who is arranging for two concerted clean up efforts in September.

Onorato Announces Purchase, Protection of 73 Wooded Acres in Pine Twp.

countylogo.jpgLand will buffer North Park, reduce stormwater runoff in Pine Creek watershed

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced the purchase and protection of 73 acres of wooded land in the Irwin Run Valley adjacent to North Park in Pine Twp. Allegheny County provided more than half of the funding to acquire the property, which will be called the Irwin Run Conservation Area and held in perpetuity by Allegheny Land Trust.

“The benefits of conserving this land in the Irwin Run Valley reach far beyond protecting beautiful green space and helping to maintain the water quality of North Park Lake,” said Onorato. “Downstream communities in the Pine Creek watershed, such as Hampton, Shaler and Etna, will benefit from the land’s capacity to hold back nearly 60 million gallons of rainwater
before it becomes stormwater each year.”

The land will help to buffer North Park from development and protect beneficial wetlands, densely wooded slopes and a stream valley. These natural features trap sediment and silt before they reach North Park Lake. A closed portion of Irwin Road provides a beautiful walking trail through the property and access to additional North Park trails.

The establishment of the Irwin Run Conservation Area is consistent with the County Executive’s commitment to sustainable practices, as well as his goals of protecting open space and greenways, expanding the region’s parks and trails system, and reducing urban, agricultural and industrial pollution runoff to protect streams and watersheds.

The purchase price of the land was $500,000, which included $253,200 from Allegheny County’s portion of Growing Greener funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. The Laurel Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, Sierra Club’s Huplits Trust, and BP Foundation through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided nearly $217,000 in grants. Several local residents, community groups and organizations raised more than $30,000.

“Our hat is off to the local residents, businesses and organizations who reached deep into their pockets to raise the final dollars needed to meet our goal,” said Allegheny Land Trust Executive Director Roy Kraynyk. “They will be rewarded for years to come with the natural beauty of this wonderful green space, its trails and clean flowing streams.”

The North Area Environmental Council, Friends of North Park, Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, and neighboring homeowners associations also participated in the effort to protect the land.

“This project is another great example of collaboration between Allegheny County, Commonwealth agencies, our vibrant non-profit sector and the community,” added Onorato. “I want to thank the foundations for providing significant grants, the neighborhood groups for fundraising door to door, and Allegheny Land Trust for bringing their expertise in local land conservation.”

G20 Summit


The G20 summit is taking place in September here in Pittsburgh. However, it is never to early to prepare. On Polish Hill we have the benefit of having residents from very diverse backgrounds. Some of our residents have had the benefit of living in other parts of our country and other counties where similar summit events have occurred. Taking into account their first hand experience there are a few good suggestions we would like to pass on to our membership. The upcoming event will have an exceptional amount of people visiting Pittsburgh so planning around large crowds is key.

Make sure your prescription have been filled.
Do your grocery shopping before the event
Schedule any downtown appointments on alternate days if possible
Make sure you place of work knows that you may be late on the event days
Is telecommuting, working from home an option?

The real essence of it is that everyone on Polish Hill is your neighbor, we can all benefit from each others knowledge and experience. If you have any wisdom to share that could benefit our residents in getting through the event please share it with us and we will communicate these ideas with our membership. The more we communicate and share with each other the better.

Terry Doloughty
Polish Hill Civic Association

Allegheny County Pools to Offer Free Swimming Lessons

The Allegheny County Parks Department today announced that free swimming lessons will be conducted at the pools in Boyce, North, Settler’s Cabin and South parks from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July.

Classes for individuals with last names beginning with “A” through “K” will begin on Tues., July 7. Individuals with last names beginning with “L” through “Z” are encouraged to begin classes on Thurs., July 9.

Individuals must be five years of age or older in order to participate. No pre-registration is required.

For additional information, visit this link

Oh, did we have fun…


The Benefit Show for the Art What You Got festival was absolutely fantastic! It seemed like everyone was there, dancing and enjoying themselves. The Art What You Got festival takes pace on Sunday, July 19, at Brereton and Dobson Streets. For updates on artists and performers and all thngs Art What You Gat, check out our MySpace.

A special shout out to Gooski’s for hosting the Benefit Show!

~ And many thanks to ~
UkuLizzy – check her out
Horse or Cycle – check them out
DJ’s Mary Mack & ja(m) (b)ox
… and Blissy

For helping us out. You were all so wonderful!

Neighbors in the Strip

A message from our very good friends in the Strip District –


The Farmer’s Almanac said that this was going to be a cold and snowy winter.  Personally, I think we should put a pox on them.  They deserve it.

But I know a few things happening in the Strip that will “warm” you up – Bikram Yoga, Lisdoonvarna, romantic Valentine Day dinners at Kaya, Enrico Biscotti, Lidia’s or Eleven, and buying lots of Steelers sweatshirts for Super Bowl Sunday!

Hey, make sure you enter the online Photo Scavenger Hunt – it’s sure to give you a warm-huggy feeling – especially when you win the grand prize of a triple treat of tasty “Pittsburgh Popcorn Company” popcorn! Yum!

See more about everything in the NITS-e-gram!

Geez, just remember that for evey winter, a spring follows.


Iron City Brewing

Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

The Pittsburgh Brewing Co, makers of the local and Steeler Nation favorite Iron City Beer, are going to be re-organizing their operations over the coming months —

Iron City Brewing said yesterday it will temporarily move production of Iron City and IC Light cans outside Pittsburgh, effective March 1, resulting in the layoff of 25 percent or more of its work force. Read the Post Gazette article

This is most unfortunate. We at the Polish Hill Civic Association wish the company and its employees the best of luck through the coming reorganization.