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.

Mixed Martial Arts Program @West Penn Rec

There is a new program starting at west Penn Recreation Center; Mixed Martial Arts. The start date Tuesday, December 16th. The class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee for the class is $20. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Mixed Martial Arts
Instructor: Duane
Starting 12/16/08
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm – 8:30pm
West Penn Recreation Center
470 30th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 622-7353

Remembering the hungry in today's hard times

The Pittsburgh Opera is pleased to partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to collect food for our neighbors in need. From their notice —

We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to drop off in Food Bank containers in the Benedum Center lobby at all four performances of The Grapes of Wrath; donations are also accepted at the Opera he ad quarters at 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District until November 21. No glass containers, please. For more information, contact Allison Ruppert at (412) 281-0912, x262.

The Grapes of Wrath runs from Nov. 15-23 at the Benedum Center at 719 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222
412.281.0912 x262
412.281.4324 fax

Halloween at the Bolinski House


On Halloween night, regardless which night it falls on, my husband, Jeff  and I throw a chicken wing party.  It actually started off about 10 years ago, with a 5# bag of chicken wings, my sister-in-law and 2 nephews from Bethel Park.  Over the years it has since grown into a houseful of family and friends (some of which were born and raised on Melwood, as I am) and 80# of wings.  Yes, 80 pounds of chicken wings.  Every imaginable dip and desserts are brought in by those who attend and of course like every Polish house, there is always plenty of food and drink.  I actually called it a BYOP party.  Since Halloween was on a Friday this year, I encouraged those that were traveling a distance, to Bring their Own Pillow and stay the night, and some took us up on that idea.

We also had some good clean fun as well.  Our neighbor, Tommy still has clotheslines in his yard, so my husband thought it would be a neat Halloween “trick” to put up ladies bras on his clotheslines.  I asked for donations from all the ladies that were coming over and I had an overwhelming response and one VERY LARGE one, as you can see in the picture attached. (No one actually fit that one, it was a gag gift from one of those silly catalogs).

Tommy came home from work later that evening and stopped over our house to join in on the festivities and low and behold he got the biggest kick out of what was on his clotheslines!  He’s actually going to keep them up until he needs the space for his own laundry.

What will next Halloween bring at the Bolinski house???  I know there will be chicken wings, lots of them with the most awesome sauce.  Maybe we’ll sell the sauce one of these days?

Happy Halloween-  Jeff and Susie Bolinski (Susie King)

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