January Council to Go re-scheduled

Council to Go re-scheduled to 5:30 instead of 6:30, date remains the same.
Council to Go | Jan 20 | 5:30PM @the PHCA office
3060 Brereton St, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Council to Go is the mobile district office for Patrick Dowd at City Council. If you cannot make it to the Polish Hill office, remember that PHCA has a speakerphone. You can call in your comments during the session, or you can drop off comments to PHCA via email or phone. If you cannot make it to the Polish Hill office, remember that PHCA has a speakerphone. You can call in your comments during the session, or you can drop off comments to PHCA via email or phone.

Hello out there

Staffski knows that Polish Hill has friends all over the world. So here’s a BLOGSKI shout out, in acknowledgment of Our Friends from the Southwestern States. Ladies and Gentlemen – Kinky Friedman

Dinners for children at West Penn

Flash! Staffski apologizes for the misinformation! I was under the impression that the dinner program was for everybody. It is for children  eighteen and under! Please check into the CitiParks page for additional information.

Starting Tuesday, September 8 at West Penn Recreation Center is the dinner program. Sit down dinners will be served at the Rec Center for children up to 18y/o. Dinners will be served from 5:30-6:30PM, Mondays through Fridays. Snacks will also be available from 3-4PM. You can read more about the program —

The program ends for the school year June 16. The city recreation centers will serve meals from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Children must eat the meals on site. Read the Tribune Review article

Seeking Green Volunteers!


Volunteer with the Polish Hill Green Team and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to prepare flower beds for the coming cold weather! Contact the PHCA at phcapgh@gmail.com or by phone at 412-681-1950 with any questions.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
9AM – 12PM
Meet at 30th and Brereton St.
Light refreshments provided.

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