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.

2014 Morningside Mile Wrap Up

On behalf of the Morningside Mile Committee, we would like to thank you for your participation, donation, and support for the runners for the 4th Annual Morningside Mile Honoring Those Who Serve! This year we had just under 200 participants register for the one mile race and many others attend the Morningside Mile MACC n’ Cheese competition and Comedy Night fundraisers. Together, we raised over $6,000 for the Allegheny Gold Star Mothers and the Morningside Area Community Council in the name of our 2014 honoree – Morningside resident and Gold Star Mother, Mrs. Frances Colletto 1914-2013.

Check Presentation

We will be presenting a check to the Allegheny Gold Star Mothers on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00PM at the Morningside VFW (1820 Morningside Ave).

Race Results


We’d very much appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to provide us with feedback on your experience and recommendation for next year. We are looking for feedback from those who participated in the race and those who did not, since the race impacts all Morningside residents. Click here for the short survey:

Thank you again for your support of the 2014 Morningside Mile and we appreciate your help planning for an even more successful 2015 race!


The Morningside Mile Planning Committee

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Are you a Morningsider who would like a free tree?

Did you know that trees increase property value, decrease storm runoff, help eliminate pollution, cut energy costs and add beauty and harmony to our beautiful neighborhood?

If you live in Morningside and are interested in being considered for a tree, free of charge, from the City of Pittsburgh, please download the form below. Please read it carefully, fill it out and return it to Lisa Petrilli, MACC Beautification & Greening Chair, on or before August 21, 2014 (contact information is on the form).

Don’t hesitate to Lisa if you have any questions.

Download a tree application!

*Please note that completing this form does not guarantee that you will get a tree. An assessment of the property where the tree will be planted will be conducted by Tree Vitalize to determine the suitability of the location.

Save the Date for July 25: Morningside Mile Comedy Night

This year’s Morningside Mile Comedy Night will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at the VFW. This is a 21 and over event.

  • Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door
  • Sliders (pulled pork, ham bbq, and italian roast beef,) + veg chili will be available for $2 each
  • CASH Bar
  • 50/50
  • “American” Auction

For more information about comedy night, or to purchase tickets, visit:


MACC Vice President Opening

The Morningside Area Community Council is accepting nominations for the July slate to serve out the 2014 term of Vice President of MACC. Given MACC’s summer meeting schedule, the nominee would serve during the last four General Meetings of this year (September – December 2014). The regularly scheduled VP election will occur in December for the 2015-2016 term.

Duties of the VP include assuming the duties of the President in his or her absence, maintaining and upholding the bylaws, and acting as final authority in all matters dealing with parliamentary

All interested parties can email Ira Mabel at to have their names included on the slate.

The Executive Committee would like to thank Ben Kelley for serving as interim Vice President until the next VP is elected.

Morningside Merchants – Hairstyles by Lisa

Morningside Merchants

In this new series, MACC interviews one of our business sponsors to find out what Morningside looks like through the eyes of an entrepreneur. This month we talked to Lisa, who recently celebrated Hairstyles by Lisa’s 30th anniversary in Morningside.

Name: Lisa
Business: Hairstyles by Lisa
Established: January 4, 1984

Why did you choose to open a business in Morningside? How did you get started?

I chose to open a business in Morningside because I was born and raised here. When my business was established, I was 19 and too young to get a loan, so my father co-signed for me.

What do you enjoy most about running your business? What makes your business special?

I have been very blessed to have survived for this many years here. I credit my success to all my clients who have stuck with me through thick and thin. I would not have survived without them. Also, it has taken a lot of hard work. It has not been easy. I have enjoyed running a business, but the best part has been the close relationships I have developed with my clients. That’s what makes my business so special.

What has been your biggest challenge with running a business in Morningside?

The biggest challenges I face are trying to keep a small business going, between the economy and challenging times. It’s harder now than ever before because of the rising costs of overhead and the larger businesses taking over the smaller ones. I hope to stick around a while because I love what I do, and I love the neighborhood.