August newsletter from Councilman Patrick Dowd's office

News and Updates

On Thursday, July 29, 2010, from 7pm-8:30pm, the Office of City Councilman Patrick Dowd will host a panel discussion at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville, regarding Marcellus Shale drilling and its impact on the urban environment. Doors open at 6:30pm to offer an opportunity for community members to collect information at tables hosted by relevant organizations. More information

Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, with Councilman Dowd as a co-sponsor, has recently introduced an amendment to the current City statute regarding how the positions on the Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB) are filled.

The central purpose of the CPRB amendment is twofold: to clarify and define the difference between a vacancy on the board (whenever a board member suddenly leaves their position due to death, move out of the city, etc.) and expiration of a member’s term. It will also serve to provide a more detailed timeline and guidelines for the appointment/reappointment process of board members. More information

For special note, City Council will be on recess and not meeting from August 3rd through August 26th. The District 7 office will have limited phone and office hours. Please leave a message in the event that we cannot directly answer your call and we will return it promptly.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go

Friday, August 20: 7:30 to 9:00am, Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Lawrenceville at Perk Me Up. 4407 Butler Street.

Thursday, August 26: 6:30 to 8:00pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be at Morningside’s Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1806 Chislett Street.

Community Events

Thursday, July 29, 6:30pm: Marcellus Shale Panel Discussion, Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.

Every Sunday in August beginning Sunday, August 1, 5-7pm: Reservoir of Jazz, Highland Avenue & Reservoir Drive, Highland Park. Sponsored by Highland Park Community Club.

Every Sunday in August beginning Sunday, August 1, 7-8pm: Summer Soul Line Dancing, Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park. Sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, August 3: 27th Annual National Night Out is an annual celebration held around the country to raise awareness around issues of community building and crime prevention. Please look for the following events in District 7:

Lawrenceville Cookout, Leslie Park, 5-8pm. Sponsored by Lawrenceville United.

Porch parties, various times and locations in Friendship. Contact Emily at for more information or to volunteer. Sponsored by the Friendship Preservation Group.

Tuesday, August 3, 6-7pm: Electronic Signs and Billboards Community Meeting, first floor conference room, John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.

August 6th -15th: Bike Pittsburgh’s Bike Fest 2010, various times and locations.

Tuesday, August 10th, 7-8pm: Zone 5 Public Safety Meeting, Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue, Highland Park.