Monday, May 20, 2013
The program has helped expand small businesses and more.
From facilitating the expansion of restaurants and other small businesses, to providing creative space for artists and community gardeners, the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program is working to be a vital tool for community renewal in Wilkinsburg. Expanding a Small Business Alaa Aqra, owner of Al’s Fish and Chicken, recently utilized the VPRP to acquire a derelict house on the lot adjacent to his restaurant at Penn Avenue and Coal Street. He plans to demolish the house and gain needed space to provide safe, well-lit off-street parking for his customers. Aqra, an immigrant from Palestine who also works as a court interpreter, runs a translation service, and is completing his MBA at Point Park University, learned about the …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Many residents in the Sherwood neighborhood are unhappy about noise and traffic coming from a Hosanna House facility.
Forest Hills and Wilkinsburg officials are expected to meet with representatives of Hosanna House International to discuss some noise and traffic issues stemming from the Sherwood Event Center. The meeting, which is an attempt to address the concerns of unhappy residents in Forest Hills' Sherwood Road neighborhood, is scheduled for Thursday, May 16. A representative of the neighborhood also will attend the closed meeting. The Sherwood Event Center, located at the end of Sherwood Road, is technically located in Wilkinsburg Borough. However, there only is one way to get there, and that's on Sherwood Road in Forest Hills. Many neighborhood residents have flooded council chambers in recent months to discuss problems with traffic, speeding, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
A 15-year-old has been missing since Thursday.
Wilkinsburg Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old, according to WPXI. Kayla Cohen last was seen Thursday morning at her Hill Avenue home. According to police, Kayla called her stepfather at 4 p.m. and said she had to stay after school at City High School. However, police report that Kayla had not attended school. The teen is 5'4 and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, and she wears glasses. She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and black pants. Anyone with information should call the Wilkinsburg Police Department at 412-244-2913 or 412-244-2950. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Do you need a job? Some of these listings might be for you.
Here are some of the latest job openings in and near the Forest Hills-Regent Square area. To see more information on each job, click on the links below. Wilkinsburg police officer (Wilkinsburg) Qualified persons are invited to apply to the Borough of Wilkinsburg Civil Service Commission to take competitive examinations leading to eligibility for appointment as a Patrol Officer for the Wilkinsburg Police Department. An application form and details of the selection process may be obtained at the Wilkinsburg Borough Building, located at 605 Ross Ave. Financial Analyst (Forest Hills) The Financial Analyst at Community Life collects and studies data to determine costs of business activities, and prepare budgets and forecasts, and makes …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Here's a look at some local job listings.
Here are some of the latest job openings in and near the Forest Hills-Regent Square area. To see more information on each job, click on the links below. Assessment Specialist for Holy Family Institute (Swissvale) The Assessment Specialist provides service planning, counseling, parent education, case management, risk assessment, facilitating family communication and identifying mental health risk and services for both children and adults. Services are provided in the family’s home. GoGetter at GetGo (Regent Square) The GetGo on South Braddock Avenue is seeking a part-time employee. Responsibilities include manning the register and watching customers at the gas pumps. Addictions Counselor for Pyramid Healthcare Inc. (Wilkinsburg) Responsible…
Bob Glidden, a Park Place neighborhood resident, shares a column with Patch.
Tuesday, April 30
Submitted by Bob Glidden, Park Place neighborhood resident Over 100 years ago, nine lots were transferred to Wilkinsburg School District at the corner of Green Street and Mifflin Avenue. It might have been intended for a local school or some other public purpose, but over the years became a funny little patch of grass, concrete and asphalt. A vacant lot in 1905 had been put to use after park features were built, but the meaning of "vacant" was about to change for some. Twenty five years ago, the Borough of Wilkinsburg created its “Moving Toward the Future” community-wide plan, but never saw it to full implementation. The future had already been well underway by that time, in this area and throughout the world. The economic policies of …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Judge Kim Hoots heard two cases on April 11.
Wilkinsburg District Justice Kim Hoots heard the following cases on April 11: ________________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter . | Sign up for our daily email newsletter.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Here's a PennDOT update.
Work to replace a traffic monitoring camera on the Parkway East will occur on today, April 17, weather permitting. To allow the work to occur, a single lane closure will occur on the outbound (eastbound) Parkway East between the Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77) and Wilkinsburg/Forest Hills (Exit 78) interchanges from 9 a.m. to noon. Motorists should use caution, slow down, and expect stop conditions when traveling through the area. Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on most major roadways before traveling. ______________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Sign up for our daily email newsletter.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Forest Hills-Regent Square area residents were signed up to run the famous race, which was rocked by two explosions about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line.
Several Pittsburgh area residents—including some from Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale and Park Place—who were running the Boston Marathon are OK after two explosions near the finish line killed three and injured many. They took to social media to let people know they were safe. Leyah Valgardson of Swissvale alerted her Facebook friends Monday afternoon that she was unharmed. "The Lord was very mindful of me, my sister Chalyce and my colleagues and blessed us with safety," she wrote. "I ask each of you to join me in praying for those who were affected by today's tragedies." Frank Oberlitner of Wilkinsburg Tweeted on Monday that he, his family and friends were all safe. Greg Barnhisel of Park Place near Regent Square finished the race in 3 …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The undercover investigation was initiated after complaints of open-air sales by the Smithfield Street McDonald's.
Police officers have charged 34 individuals in an undercover drug investigation in downtown Pittsburgh, including three Wilkinsburg men. Davon Loveings, 19, Brandon Taylor, 21, and Joe Middlebrook, 40, are all charged with possession of a controlled substance, intent to deliver a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance. The investigation was initiated in response to numerous complaints of open-air drug sales downtown, but more specifically, the sale of prescription pills at the Smithfield Street McDonald’s during the early morning hours. During the investigation, Pittsburgh police officers personally witnessed the rampant sale of prescription pills inside and around the McDonald’s restaurant located in the 500 block …