An Update on Morningside School

MACC would like to thank A.M. Rodriguez Associates for presenting their preliminary plans at the November general meeting for the redevelopment of the Morningside elementary school. If you missed it, the minutes from the meeting are now available here: MACC-Minutes-2014-November

MACC’s December meeting (Wednesday the 4th, 7:00 pm at the VFW) will be dedicated to providing additional feedback to Rodriguez Associates’ refined development plan.

As with every monthly MACC meeting, everyone from the community is encouraged to attend.

Help Keep Morningside Beautiful on 10/18/14 at 10am

WHAT: Morningside neighborhood clean-up

WHO: Individuals and groups (sports teams, church groups, scouts, etc.). *If under 18, parents must sign a waiver in order to participate

WHEN: Saturday, October 18, 2014

TIME: 10:00am – 12:30pm (or until you have to leave)

WHERE: Meet at the Morningside VFW parking lot, 1820 Morningside Ave

RSVP: Neighborhood clean-up to Lisa Petrilli or 412-450-8062


Possible areas of clean up include:

  • Natoli Field
  • Heth’s Field
  • Business District
  • Neighborhood Streets

Gloves, trash bags and vests will be provided.

Jancey Street Christmas Trees

It’s almost that time of year again! For over 50 years, Jancey Street Trees has provided the finest Christmas trees available to our community at great prices. 

Jancey Street Trees will open at the Morningside School building at 1800 Jancey Street on the Saturday after Thanksgiving beginning each day at 11:00 am. 

Locally grown Fraiser and Douglas Firs in many sizes will be available, hand sheared and cut and as always you can get a fresh cut put on the tree and help getting it on to your vehicle. Come out and support a great local business and get a fantastic tree!

Happy holidays!

Major Community Clean Up!

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: or 412-204-7410


Possible areas of clean up include:

  • Marietta Street dump site – coordinated by Allegheny CleanWays
  • Natoli Field
  • Heth’s Field
  • Baker Street
  • Stanton Avenue
  • Business District

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 or 412-204-7410.  Allegheny CleanWays will be providing pizza after the clean-up for those who work on the dump site.


Business District Updates

The Morningside Business District has been growing and improving. Morningside Automotive, 1801 Morningside Ave., reopened on January 1, 2013 with an attractive new face to the community. The owner would like to thank everyone for their concern and support following last year’s fire. Please consider supporting this local business. Call 412-661-6400 for more information.

Welcome to Garbella, a local company that makes and silkscreens clothing and accessories. Garbella moved in to 1806 Chislett this fall, formerly the Morning Glory Cafe. You can learn more about them at

The Bulldog 1818 Tavern at 1818 Morningside Avenue is a little behind schedule, but still on the way. Owner Terry Golden invites you to join him and many of your neighbors for a St. Patrick’s Day grand opening on Saturday, March 16. We hope to see everyone there!

From Morningside Memories to the Bulldog Pub & Grill

By Terry Golden

I have always looked back on my years growing up in Morningside with a sense of amazement and wonder. Whether spending entire summer days at the field or evenings playing “release” or “hide and seek” in the back alley, it seemed to me that there couldn’t have been a better place to be a kid in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The field was mecca for any kid interested in whichever sport was in season. Whiffle ball games in the showers or against the fence adjacent to the third base bleachers were common; rules were determined and enforced by the kids (I always liked that). The basketball court was the place to be after 5:30, with 4 or 5 teams lined up to play. If your team won you kept playing; lose and you went to the end of the pack to wait.

The field itself was reserved for minor and little league baseball from 5-8; then, men’s softball usually took over, under the lights after ‘ 74. If you played baseball you either played for Stumpf ’s Market, red; Al Heyl Cleaners, blue; Stanton Federal, green, or Moose The current interior of the former Marooney’s Bar that will become the Bulldog 46, black. Summers passed by quickly and fall meant Joe Natoli, Baz Fitzpatrick and the Pub & Grill. It is under renovation and expected to open in October of 2012. Morningside Bulldogs. As a kid, I was in awe and more than a bit frightened by the Bulldogs. Joe and Baz were larger than life, and the teams were a  combination of energy and fearlessness that to me, at 10 years old and 62 pounds, were daunting. Joe was serious, strict but approachable; he commanded your attention without asking for it. Baz was no less a coach, an intellectual with a passion for detail and a nocturnal flair that brought many a young Morningsider to seek his counsel at 2 or 3 am (especially when home for college breaks.)

Getting to play for the Morningside Bulldogs in ‘74 and ‘75 (once I got over the fear factor) was one of the highlight of my teenage years. I wonder how many Morningside kids from my years stop to think about the many men and women who gave so much of their time without pay to make sure there was a place for kids to go, have fun, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way. People like Russ Kirk, Fran Laffey, Joe DiLorenzo, Dan Bradley, Dave Taylor, Milford Kuntz, Dom Stratiff, Buzzy Stack, Lou and Olga Lombardo, Don Sauerwein and Mike Suska just to name a few.These were men and women with families and commitments that found time to give back to the kids of Morningside, and perhaps that is what made Morningside such a special place.

So here I am, about to begin restoration of the old Petrelli’s Bar and eventually open the Bulldog Pub & Grill. The name is an obvious nod to Joe, Baz and the others mentioned above. We want to honor this legacy of Morningside sports in the decor, so if you have any pictures or memorabilia to contribute, please contact me at My business partner and I will be putting in a new kitchen with a full menu, which you can view on our website, which will launch in the next few months at We hope to offer Morningside and the surrounding communities a comfortable, first-class restaurant that is family friendly and feels like home. I hope to meet you and begin new friendships in the fall of 2012 at “The Dog.”

Fall 2011 Edition of the Morningside Newsletter

Greetings Neighbors!

The Fall 2011 edition of the Morningside Newsletter will be in mailboxes soon and is available to download now!
This edition has a ton of useful information about our neighborhood including:
  • The Morningside Mile walk/ run scheduled for September 10th
  • The Heth’s Run Watershed Clean-Up
  • Sports Teams Sprucing Up our Community Parks
  • Messages from Councilman Dowd, Representative Dom Costa and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
  • TreeVitalize Street Tree Program Update
  • Love Your Block Grant Received by Morningside
  • St. Raphael Church Celebrates 100 Years
  • Senior Center News
  • New Business Updates
Many thanks to the University of Pittsburgh Center of Excellence in Autism Research for sponsoring this edition of the newsletter!
MACC Communications Committee