District 7 Newsletter- May 2012

News and Updates

2012 Paving Season Begins!

The Department of Public Works has begun the 2012 paving season. This year’s $11.3 million budget will allow the City to pave about 60 miles of City streets. Based on environmental conditions, the street paving work season is performed between April 15 and November 20.  To find out which streets in District 7 are being resurfaced this season and how streets are prioritized, visit the City’s PAVEMENT PLAN . You can also follow “@CityPGH_DPW” on Twitter, or call the Mayor’s 3-1-1 response line for more details.

April Proclamations

During the month of April, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamation to City Council for approval:

Comcast for their 11th annual Comcast Cares Day which included a clean-up project in Stanton Heights to make way for a proposed community green space, as well as other important projects in the West End and the North Side.

District 7 office bids farewell to Jen, Hello to new staff!

This month brings change to the District 7 office as our Director of Communications and Administration, Jennifer Thoma, leaves to fill a position at Chatham University. We will miss Jen dearly and thank her for all her hard work and dedication to District 7! Also, the District 7 office welcomes Moira Egler to the team as Constituent Services Assistant. Stay tuned for an update on our new Communications and Administration Manager!

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Council to Go

Join Councilman Patrick Dowd and his staff at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.

Polish Hill – Wednesday, May 9, 7:00pm-8:00pm – Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street

Highland Park – Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm-8:00pm — Enrico’s Tazza D’Oro, 1125 N. Highland Ave

Community Events

May 12th& 13th,  Butler Street, Staring at 10am and continuing throughout the day, take a stroll down Butler Street during the 2012 Lawrenceville Blossom Tour: A Celebration of Spring and Lawrenceville’s dedication to local goods and services! For a list of participating businesses and more information, please visit http://blossomtour.wordpress.com/

Saturday, May 12th, 11:00am-4:30pm, Baum Grove, — At the intersection of Harriet, Fairmount, and Roup Streets in Friendship will be the Friendship Flower and Folk Festival for music, fresh flowers, food, raffles, and demonstrations. Locally grown flowers, vegetables, and perennials will be for sale to support the mainternance of Baum Grove. There will also be demonstrations on sustainable practices, gardening, and fitness.

Thursday, May 17th, 6:00pm, Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street — The Zone 2 and Zone 5 Citizens Public Safety Councils, with the support of the Zone 4 command, are excited to announce a city-wide public safety meeting for Pittsburgh residents on “Summertime Safety for Youth”.  This meeting will cover various city programs and policies to keep our youth safe and out of trouble in the summer, as well as general updates from our Public Safety divisions and a special presentation from the Mayor’s Office.  Your RSVP by Thursday, May 10th would be appreciated for food orders. Questions and RSVPs can be sent to Melanie Brown at  melanieb.1@verizon.net.

Summer Farmer’s Markets


Mondays 3:30-7:30pm, East Liberty, Penn Circle West (Opening May 14th)

Thursdays 3:30-7:30pm, Bloomfield, Immaculate Conception School Parking Lot, Cedarville St & Friendship Ave. (Opening May 17th)

Lawrenceville United & District 7 Office

Saturdays 12:30-4:00pm, Lawrenceville, 118 52nd St (Opening June 2nd)

Did You Know?

Each Department of the City of Pittsburgh is responsible for archiving their own historic documents, whether they are old maps from City Planning, past Council archives and legislation in the City Clerk’s Office, or essential documents from the City Controller’s Office. The Pennsylvania State Code requires all municipalities and counties that are NOT first and second class cities care for their historic documents in an archive maintained by the governing body. Municipalities or counties that are not able to adequately care for their documents are required to hand them over to the state’s Historical and Museum Commission.