Street Tree Program

The MACC & TreeVitalize Pittsburgh (a partnership to restore tree cover in the Pittsburgh region) invites you to join in the effort by REQUESTING a planting of a FREE street tree on your sidewalk. Street trees are trees planted between a street curb & sidewalk. If you would like to be considered for a FREE tree & planting, contact Amy at 412-330-7667. Fall planting application deadline is 3/20/11.

PRC Spring Classes

The Pennsylvania Resources Council has some great classes this spring!

Learn how to turn food scraps into valuable food for your plants while reducing your waste stream! The first workshop – Worm Composting – will take place Thursday, March 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. For class details, cost and registration click here: http://prc.org/community_adultedu.html.

Learn how to make your own beauty and cleaning products with alternative ingredients for healthier living! The 2nd workshop: Healthy Body, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet – will take place Tuesday, March 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  For class details, cost and registration click here: http://prc.org/education_environmentalHealth.html.

Classes will be held at the CCI Center is conveniently located on the South Side at 64 S. 14th Street and parking is available and free.

For more information on these or other workshops, please call at 412.488.740 ext. 246.

Pennsylvania Resources Council
64 South 14th Street Pittsburgh PA 15203
412-488-7490
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Winter Weather Emergency Guide

You may have noticed Emergency Snow Route signs appearing around the City and should have received the Winter Weather Emergency Resource Guide in the mail from the Department of Public Works.  In addition, District 7 staff has created a Google Map to make it easier for residents to find the emergency snow routes in our district.

As stated in the Resource Guide, please keep in mind that the emergency routes will not come into play unless more than 6 inches of snow are forecasted.  Before that point, emphasis will be placed on primary routes and small equipment will be assigned to secondary routes, with tertiary to follow.  So, in a typical Pittsburgh snowstorm, the new Emergency Snow Routes would not be employed.

Based on a memo from the previous Director of Public Works the routes are defined as:

  1. Primary routes are main arteries that provide access to hospitals, schools, major access roads and fire stations.
  2. Secondary routes are usually residential streets and thoroughfares.
  3. Tertiary routes are those streets and alleyways that have little traffic on a regular basis.

The Director of Public Works will be addressing Council regarding this plan in the near future and Councilman Dowd will be requesting an individual meeting to address District 7 in particular.  If you have any questions that we can help to answer or bring to the Director’s attention, please contact the office at 412-255-2140 or district7@city.pittsburgh.pa.us.

Many thanks to the District 7 staff for pulling together this useful information!

Next MACC Meeting: Elections

The next MACC Meeting is Wednesday, December 1st, 7 p.m., at the Morningside VFW. On the agenda – the election of the Vice President and Treasurer. Pizza will be served and we welcome anyone wanting to bring hors d’ oeuvres or cookies!

Burglary Prevention

An excellent presentation was given at the November MACC Meeting by Pittsburgh Police burglary detectives.  The interactive discussion focused on what makes a burglar want to target your home.  They discussed recent activity, including arrests, in the neighborhood, and provided us with a handout on Burglary Prevention Measures. Please review, and help keep Morningside the safe and secure neighborhood it is.  

Message from the President

Stewardship of a neighborhood is a responsibility shared by every resident. Stewardship can mean an activity like maintaining your property or cleaning up loose debris and litter around your house. But it can also mean participating as a member of a civic organization, a church or coaching youth athletics. In either case, such activities take time and dedication and are the backbone of any good neighborhood.

I was reminded of the power of stewardship a few weeks ago when Councilman Dowd’s office helped to coordinate a meeting between members of the Morningside Athletic teams, MACC’s Beautification and Greening Committee and representatives from the City of Pittsburgh. The topic at hand: improving the quality of Heth’s and Natoli Fields. The conversation among participants was energetic, solutions offered were creative and the possibilities of working together were endless. During the meeting, looking at the twenty or so attendees, one couldn’t help but be impressed by the number of attendees and the dedication each person displayed – particularly considering the size of our community.

Morningside offers residents plenty of opportunities to fulfill these civic responsibilities. On October 16th you’ll have the chance to meet your neighbors through a full day of activities that demonstrate one of Morningside’s greatest assets: the volunteers that make these opportunities possible. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the VFW parking lot, MACC will be hosting the final neighborhood clean up of the year. We’re looking for volunteers so please stop on by. Following the clean up, MACC will be hosting the 2nd Annual Fall-O-Ween Festival in the Morningside Business District. Live music and food will be available at this family-friendly event beginning at 2pm. Meanwhile, at Natoli Field, Morningside Football will be in action all day.

Making these events possible and creating neighborhood improvements takes time, plenty of patience and preparation. Please take time to lend your neighbors a hand and also thank these dedicated volunteers.

Grant Ervin
MACC President

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Pittsburgh’s Citizens Police Academy brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, this program is given twice a year for members of the community who wish to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau.

The 15-week program meets one evening a week for three hours of training. Participants are exposed to the operations of the Police Bureau, taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms, and other highlighted police training topics. They also learn about processing a crime scene, conduct a ride-along with an officer, and will meet many street officers as well as command and training staff.

The current session of the Citizens Police Academy is being held at the Police Training Academy and participants are scheduled to graduate December 15th.
If you are interested in signing up for the next session or for more information, you can call the Citizen’s Police Academy at 412-665-3600 or visit the City of Pittsburgh web-site at www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/police/html/citizens_police.html

Changes to Bus Service

Changes to bus service in Morningside will be coming soon. Starting Sun., Sept. 5, 94B service to N. Negley and Penn Avenues, Larimer, Aspinwall, Waterworks and O’Hara will be discontinued. Beginning Sept. 7th route 77F will be revised and replaced by 87 Friendship (Morningside branch). 87 Friend

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ship will operate between Downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, Bloomfield, Friendship, Negley and Stanton Avenues, Chislett, Greenwood and Jancey streets. Limited trips will operate to Baker and Butler streets. Service to Larimer from East Liberty, formerly offered by the 94B, will be available on route 74 Homewood-Squirrel Hill. Meanwhile, service to Waterworks is available on route 74B and 500 from East Liberty. Both operate through Highland Park, not Morningside. Alternate trips on route 87 will serve Stanton Heights beyond Stanton at Chislett. Limited trips will operate to Baker and Butler streets. Service on the Stanton Heights branch of 87 Friendship will operate seven days a week.

PAT Hearing on Proposed Changes

Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold a public hearing and public comment period on proposed fare and service changes. Fare changes are scheduled to be implemented on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Service changes are scheduled for Sunday, January 9, 2011.  The public hearing will be held Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 8 am to 8 pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Individuals wishing to testify are encouraged to pre-register by calling 412.566.5437 (TTY 412-231-7007) from 9 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays.

Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Those who have not pre-registered may register at the hearing and will be called on as time slots become available. Port Authority will provide a sign language interpreter at the hearing as well as Braille copies of informational documents. The public comment period will begin Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Comments on the proposals will be accepted by mail at Port Authority Fare & Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh PA 15222- 2527. Comments may also be submitted online via portauthority.org . The deadline for receipt of public comments is Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 4 pm.  For more information, including details on transportation to the hearing, call Customer Service at 412.442.2000 (TTY 412.231.7007) or visit portauthority.org . To request printed information only, call 412.566.5543