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Above & Beyond: Special Edition

Babb Insurance, our neighbors on Ridge Avenue, got together 25+ employees for a service day in Allegheny West. Their fearless leaders, Kaylee Kirsh and Sarah J. Hagen, whipped them up to such a state of enthusiasm that the Allegheny West folks who joined them, Michael Shealey and Cathy Serventi could barely keep up with things for them to do. They swept the entire neighborhood for trash, weeded every treewell on Western, and removed a bunch of debris in front of the Stables building and at the corner of North Ave. and Brighton. We’re really grateful and hope they come back soon!

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to president@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy a call at (412) 418-2027 and we’ll make sure they’re recognized in the Gazette.

We ran into Carol S. and her mom walking past with bags of weeds and clippings that turned out had come from the garden on Brighton & North. Loved her observation that she caught herself thinking that that “wow, someone should really trim those peonies that were squashed in the rain” quickly followed by “wow, I could take 20 minutes and trim those peonies”.

Michael S. has been a litter fighting MACHINE over the last few weeks. If you felt a little disappointed that Kenny Chesney turned out to be pretty much a non-issue and so you missed out on an opportunity to get snarky about folks from the suburbs, you can thank Michael. He spent that weekend walking around talking to folks, modeling proper behavior by preemptively picking up litter and leading a clean-up so that the neighborhood looks awesome for the tour.

So picture this, Tom B, chaining himself to an Allegheny West light post facing off a group of probably pretty confused electrical workers, until Councilwoman Harris swooped into rescue him (and us). Basically, rather than listen to Fran B explain where the conduit for the light poles was buried in the gutter, the power company, after drilling some random holes in the sidewalk, was planning to put in a “temporary” fix for the Beech Ave lights that have been out for a few weeks. It involved a random telephone pole and very un-decoratively strung wires (all wildly historically inappropriate). Everyone is back to focusing on actually fixing the lights.

“Many hands make light work.”  John Heywood

Nonie sends a big “Above and Beyond” to the committee who worked together for the Memorial Day Block Party. Chairwoman, Mary Callison, Michael Shealey, Trish and John Burton, Gloria Rayman, Howard Brokenbeck, Tom Barbush and Greg Coll (Sorry if I missed anyone). Their efforts gathered many neighbors together to welcome “unofficial summer” to Allegheny West. For those of you who have never helped or chaired this committee, you may not realize how much hard work, mentally as well as physically, is involved. The work begins before the day of the party, and as many of the helpers are aging, the schlepping, hauling and lugging is really a hard task. Nonie hopes that at the next party, those who are on hand could lend a hand during the set-up and clean-up. This would be GREATLY appreciated. It would be terrific to have more people get involved. Again, many thanks to this wonderful committee. For those of you interested in helping with the July 4 party, please contact Mary Callison by e-mail at: callismar@gmail.com.

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Gene and Fran have both been working diligently through the 311 line to try and get the street lights back on on Beech Avenue. (We’re setting up a pool for which day the week of the Wine Tour the City decides to tear up the street.)

Carl & Cecile and Deb & Doug got up an insanely early time to host the neighborhood cheerers for the Marathon. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Our insurance agent Megan & Scott from Babb Insurance spent a Friday afternoon scrambling to set up parking for the folks displaced by the marathon. Thanks to Hal for his suggestion that we should look for parking – he’s looking out for folks.

Talk about above and beyond…Deb and Trish have been helping out home owners on tour with actual gardening, along with all the Tour arrangements!

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to president@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy a call at (412) 418-2027 and we’ll make sure they’re recognized in the Gazette.

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to abovebeyond@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy a call at (412) 418-2027 and, space allowing, we’ll recognize them in the Gazette.

  • Anne G. spent a good bit of time tracking down and getting confirmations from an ever changing field of City Council candidates for the Candidates Night forum.
  • Holly P. got us an amazing deal on mulch for the Tree Well clean up.
  • Speaking of tree-wells, Gene and Trish spent an evening passing around flyers for the event and Michael S. is making donut runs & organizing coffee.
  • Super excited that Q Development will be sponsoring the garden triangle this year!

Above & Beyond: Anecdote

Submitted by Ritsu Shimizu

Being already well established and reputed for his business and cultural contribution to the larger Pittsburgh community, Mr. John DeSantis may not be in need of any additional favorable recognition. I will, however, point out one more aspect of an improvement he has undertaken in Allegheny West since no one has expressed this point.

How many of you remember the old gas station at the corner of the Galveston and Western Avenue? Mr. Tom Fry, my deceased partner of 30 years, used to loathe that greasy business front – Tom even used a word, “an eye sore.”

John purchased this site and Lo and behold…the building was transformed as an office with a residential look, surrounded by a spacious flower garden. Recently a very impressive ornamental black iron fence was added on the top of the granite foundation. Whenever passing by this corner, my heart calls for him. “Look at this corner, Tom.”

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to abovebeyond@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy at call at (412) 418-2027 and, space allowing, we’ll recognize them in the Gazette.

More snow angels: Bob K. was spotted shoveling walks on Beech Avenue.

Howard B., in his awesome, just-get-it-done way, managed to get all the bows & wreaths from the Christmas tours off the light poles despite the miserable weather.

More than one person asked us to thank Mary C. and Holly P. for all the research to get the flower basket program started. And then Holly & Trish for braving the bureaucracy to get it approved. Finally, a special shout out to, John D., Annette, & Trish for getting the ball rolling with their pledges at the meeting. A few seeds have truly flowered…

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to abovebeyond@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy at call at (412) 418-2027 and, space allowing, we’ll recognize them in the Gazette.

Trish and Carol S. were spotted shoveling a neighbors sidewalk.

Michael must have done something really excellent in a former life, or last month, since his karma quotient was exceptional this month: he’d like to thank Eleanor for the gorgeous curtains and her sister Marcella for the help hanging them; he also appreciated the trip to Brenkle’s she and Deb organized to fill the donated concrete planters. Finally, as an awesome preview of the AW Tree Well Day, he was extremely touched by all the neighborly assistance for his spontaneous mum planting project.

Finally Carol R and John very much appreciated the kindness of the ladies from Motive, the new salon on Galveston.

Above & Beyond

If you’d like to recognize a neighbor who went above-and-beyond for you or the neighborhood this month please send a note to AboveAndBeyond@alleghenywest.org or give Cathy at call at (412) 418-2027 and we’ll make sure they’re recognized in the Gazette.

Nonie organized and Elaine & Mitchell provided the space an impromptu New Year’s Eve party and invited the entire neighborhood.  Elaine & Mitchell’s son even provided our own ride service!

Since the neighborhood has purchase of 928-930 Western, Tim has been tirelessly showing the property to prospective buyers and insurance inspectors alike. Howard has also put a ton of time and effort into stabilizing the property.

Finally an extra special thank you to Carole and all the amazing volunteers who helped make the Christmas tour such a great success this year.