Morningside is one of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets. Close-knit and friendly, neighbors live in two-story brick homes with old fashioned porches that encourage long talks and quick chats with friends and neighbors. Children ride their bicycles in the gentle shade of the trees that line the sidewalk, and joggers have two-square miles of neighborhood to explore. The Morningside Area Community Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Morningside VFW Hall at 1820 Morningside Avenue.
VFW Post #3945 shares the following news…..The dedication of the World War II Memorial on North Shore Drive, North Shore Riverfront Park, will be at 10:00am on Friday, December 6. Free parking will be available at the Rivers Casino, as well as in the parking lot adjacent to the site. Free shuttles will take guests from the Casino parking garage to the Memorial. After the dedication, all are invited to the Rivers Casino for a complimentary luncheon. For questions or more information, call 412-779-2959.
This year, Morningside will be overflowing with holiday cheer and there will be something for everyone, so please join us for any or all of the following:
Would you like to volunteer to help with Merry Morningside? Contact Garrett Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-692-1984.
Read on for more details, and we can’t wait to see you in December!
Merry Morningside Events
Caroling - Sunday, December 15th at 5:00pm
Meet at Rep. Dom Costa’s office, 6808 Greenwood Street (hot chocolate will be available!)
Song sheets will be provided, but bring your own flashlight and festive scarf or hat! Caroling will last until it gets too cold or 6:00pm, whichever comes first.
Holiday Party - Sunday, December 15th at 6:00pm. Christmas cookies, tree trimming, and more!
The Bulldog Pub, 1818 Morningside Avenue
Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the St. Raphael’s Food Pantry.
Attendees may vote for their favorite entry in the holiday light decorating competition from 6:00pm – 6:30pm; winners will be announced at 7:00pm. Holiday refreshments will be provided and usual pub fare will be available for purchase.
Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm – Final decorations must be hung! Judges will tour homes this evening and pictures will be taken for the people’s vote.*
Sunday, December 15th at 7:00pm – Winners will be announced at the holiday party, but decorators need not be present to win.
* There will be new guest judges this year and only those Morningsiders who come to the party can vote, so it’s a whole new ball game! :)
To be considered for judging, a home must be registered in the competition. Judges will not visit decorated homes that have not submitted an entry form. Register now!
Online entries must be received by Wednesday, December 11th.
There is no cost to enter the competition.
Only residential properties/units in Morningside may enter. This includes apartments above businesses, but not storefronts.
Places will be awarded based on a combination of the Contest Judges’ Vote and a People’s Vote (think “Dancing with the Stars”).
Lights are not required, but are highly encouraged (judging will take place after dark.)
Contest Judges will be looking for the lights/decorations that they like the most – not necessarily the house that is the most decorated. All judging is subjective. Contest Judges and Morningsiders voting in the People’s Vote may judge based on whatever criteria they choose.
Decorations must be hung by Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm. Contest Judges will evaluate the registered homes after that time. Also on the evening of December 14th, contest organizers will photograph the homes. Pictures will be shared on facebook and put on display at the Merry Morningside Holiday Party for consideration for the People’s Vote.
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded courtesy of the Morningside Area Community Council.
First place will receive $50, second place will receive $35, and third place will receive $15. The first place winner will also receive a trophy to display through the New Year.
Winners will be announced at the Merry Morningside Holiday Party on Sunday, December 15th. Contestants need not be present to win. First, second, and third prize winners who do not attend the party will be contacted within 24 hours.
Winners must be able to provide proof of residency in the winning home to claim their prize.
Rules for Multi-Unit Properties (Duplexes, Apartments, etc.)
Units in multi-unit properties may enter individually or together. For example, 123 Main Street, 1st Floor and 123 Main Street, 2nd Floor could enter together and be judged as one household or enter separately and compete against each other for the prize.
If a multi-unit “team” places, the cash prize will be doubled and split amongst the total number of units that have entered together. If there are more than two units, the prize will still double and be split evenly among the units. For example, if 456 First Street, 1st Floor, 2nd Floor, and 3rd Floor enter together and win second prize ($35), it will be doubled ($35×2 = $70) and split amongst the three units ($70/3 units = $23.33 per unit.)
If a unit in a multi-unit building enters, they must specify what should be included for judging – for example, “123 Main Street, 2nd floor of house plus yard.”
MACC is sad to report the passing of Joe Natoli. A great friend, neighbor, coach and advocate for the Morningside community. His life touched so many in such a positive way. Our best wishes and condolences go to the Natoli family. His obituary can be found here: http://obituaries.triblive.com/listing/232235/Joseph-B-Natoli/
Oct. 30, 2013
Route 8 Butler Street Ramp and Island Removal Begins Thursday in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing work on a temporary roadway at the intersection of Butler Street (Route 8) and One Wild Place in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will begin on Thursday, Oct. 31, weather permitting.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 crews will begin removing the traffic island and the eastbound right hand turn ramp from Butler Street to One Wild Place in preparation for construction a temporary roadway. Motorists will still be able to make a right hand turn from eastbound Butler Street to One Wild Place at the traffic signal.
The work is part of the Route 8 Heth’s Run Bridge replacement project. The existing bridge built in 1913-14 will be replaced with a new structure. A temporary roadway through the Pittsburgh Zoo parking lot will be implemented for cars and light trucks. Additionally, the project includes reconstruction of 870 feet of Butler Street, improvements on One Wild Place, drainage, and sidewalk and signal upgrades.
To help keep motorists informed as work on the Heths Run Bridge continues PennDOT is creating an email distribution list for Route 8 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and writing “Subscribe – Route 8″ in the subject line.
MACC is excited to announce a MAJOR COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP on Saturday, November 9th!
In addition to our usual fall clean-up, the Allegheny CleanWays Dumpbusters will be clearing a long-standing dump site on a hillside between Marietta and Baker Streets and could use a few additional adventurous and sure-footed volunteers.
WHAT: Morningside neighborhood and dump site clean-ups
WHO: Individuals and groups (sports teams, church groups, scouts, etc.). Dump site volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and those under 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent. DOWNLOAD WAIVER
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2013
TIME: 9:30am – 1:00pm (or until you have to leave)
Neighborhood clean-up: Meet at the Morningside VFW, 1820 Morningside Ave
Dump site clean-up: Intersection of Marietta and Premo Street
RSVP: Neighborhood clean-up: email@example.com or 412-204-7410
RAIN OR SHINE
Possible areas of clean up include:
Community service hours available. Volunteers should sign in the day of event to receive trash bags, gloves, instruction, etc. Pre-volunteer sign up is encouraged.
OTHER: If you are not able to help on the 9th, but would like to donate homemade or purchased snacks for either or both groups of volunteers, they would be greatly appreciated! Please coordinate with Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-204-7410. Allegheny CleanWays will be providing pizza after the clean-up for those who work on the dump site.
JOIN US AND KEEP MORNINGSIDE BEAUTIFUL!