Office of Councilman Patrick Dowd — November 2010 News and Updates

Greenway Named

The votes are in – and the new greenway which will be designated to protect the vibrant, verdant link through the Allegheny Valley will be named the Allegheny River Greenway. Legislation was introduced by Councilman Dowd and will now go through the City Planning process to create this greenway through Morningside and Stanton Heights.

New Hire in District 7

Lawrenceville resident Steve Fatur has joined the team in District 7 part-time to work primarily with constituents to resolve issues in the community. Know of a huge pothole? Call Steve. Parking issues? Again, Steve. Street cleaning or snow removal? Steve! Of course, Chief of Staff Emily Keebler and Administrative and Communications Director Jennifer Thoma are always in the office to help you with your concerns as well. Please join us in welcoming Steve to City Council.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go
Thursday, October 28, 6:30pm-8:00pm; Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Morningside at Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1806 Chislett Street.

Wednesday, November 10, 6:30pm-8pm; Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Polish Hill at Lili Cafe, 3138 Dobson Street.

Monday, November 22, 6:30pm-8pm; Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Highland Park at Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro, 1125 N. Highland Ave.

Community Events

Quantum Theater’s When the Rain Stops Falling runs from October 28 through November 21 at the Iron City Brewery Building, 3340 Liberty Avenue. Quantum’s community neighbors receive a $5 discount (some restrictions apply). Just use the NEIGHBOR coupon code when purchasing tickets.

Thursday, October 28, Bloomfield Halloween Parade, 7:30pm, Liberty Avenue & Osceola Street; the largest nightime parade in Pittsburgh with lots of bands, floats and more. The parade begins at the corner of Liberty Avenue & Osceola Street and proceeds down Liberty Avenue ending at the Bloomfield Bridge. Call (412) 363-6191 for more information.

Friday, October 29, Lawrenceville United’s Annual Children’s Halloween Celebration, 7pm-9pm, Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be food, games, music and fun.

Saturday, October 30, Halloween on Polish Hill, 6pm, Polish Hill Community Association office, 3060 Brereton Street. Festivities kick-off with pumpkin decorating for the kiddies! The Haunted Schoolyard will begin at dusk, about 6:30-6:45. The Schoolyard trail is in the old Immaculate Heart of Mary Schoolyard and will be guided by a wizard who will protect from the ghoulies and ghosties!

Sunday, October 31, Highland Park’s 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Parade and Contest for Kids, Highland Park Entrance Fountain, 3:30pm-5pm.

Sunday, October 31, 5:30pm-7:30pm; TRICK OR TREAT in the City of Pittsburgh!

Saturday, November 6, 9am-12noon, Highland Park Tree Planting, Stanton Avenue east of N. Highland; in need of volunteers to help plant, stake and mulch. Kids 8 and older can help plant and there will be activities for younger children.

Saturday, November 6, 9am-12noon, Pittsburgh Fulton PreK-5, 5799 Hampton Street; Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Public Meeting to update the Regional Parks Master Plan for Highland Park.

Saturday, November 20, 9am-1pm, East Liberty Tree Planting, 5400 and 5500 blocks of Black Street. This is part of TreeVitalize’s five year initiative using shade trees to help reduce storm water runoff, noise, pollution, energy costs and improve the livability of communities.

Thursday, November 25; HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (Office closed 11/25 and 11/26)

Did You Know?

Turkey Facts

What do you know about turkeys? Increase your knowledge and impress your friends with this interesting turkey trivia Click on the turkey to begin! Then read our collection of fun turkey facts.

Here turkey, turkey, turkey
Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas.
The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.
They what?
Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.
Eat, sleep, gobble, gobble
Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.
Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
Eyes in the backs of their heads?
A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.
And they’re fast, too!
A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
So close, yet so far
Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
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