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Take a Bike Tour of GTECH’s Green Space Projects

GTECH Bike Tour

Two Wheels Lots of Green is a guided bike tour designed to connect people to GTECH’s vacant lot reclamation projects. This year we will be cruising through neighborhoods in South Pittsburgh’s Hilltop communities. GTECH has been working with residents and community groups in the Hilltop for the past two years to turn vacant lots into community assets, including gardens, parklets and playspaces.

Join us to view these unique green spaces and meet the community members who made them possible. Riders will be provided refreshments by local eateries throughout the ride to refuel during the tour. Here is a video of one of our first Two Wheels Lots of Green events. We are excited about how this event continues to grow and helps fuel GTECH’s mission!

Two Wheels Lots of Green
Bike Tour & Project Showcase

Saturday, August 20th

The ride will take place from 9:00am-noon, followed by a pop-up party with Food Trucks and Lawn Games from noon-2:00pm at a community garden. When registering you have the option to sign up for a shorter relaxed route or a longer rigorous route. Please click register to learn more and get tickets.

Register to Participate

We are also seeking volunteers to help with event logistics or serve as bike guides. By volunteering, you receive FREE admission to the bike tour and after party along with everlasting gratitude from GTECH Staff. Please click the volunteer with us link or image to sign up.

Wine Tour: Planning Meeting on May 18th at 7:00 pm

We are holding a planning meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 pm at Carrie
Doyle’s (950 Beech Avenue) and kindly request that you make every effort to
attend. If you are a homeowner, volunteers, cook or want-to-be participant in any way, please attend the meeting.

Thank you to the following homeowners whose homes and gardens are scheduled
to be on tour:

John DeSantis – Brighton Road
Bob and Carole Malakoff – Brighton Road
Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone – 800 block W North Avenue
Trish and John Burton – 900 block Beech Avenue
Ross Catalano – 800 block Western Avenue
Carol Gomrick and Brett Kempf – 900 block W North Avenue
Eric Van Buren and Drew Gorenz – 800 block Beech Avenue

Thanks again for your generosity! See you on May 18th, 7:00 pm at 950 Beech Avenue.

Contact Carrie Doyle: (412) 337-6020 or

Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser – California Dreaming!

Planning has started for our summer fundraising event, A Tour and Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny, which will be held on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 (5:00 – 9:00 pm both evenings).

It’s a home and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an entire evening of great food and entertainment!

This year our tour will be highlighting California and featuring both red and white wines and hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. As in years past, we are having all the tours gather together at the beginning of the tour at John DeSantis’ house. Tour goers will then visit six other beautiful and unique homes in our neighborhood.
Tickets cost $70 each and are now on sale on our website, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, M-F, 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Get the word out to friends, relatives, and co-workers to purchase their tickets now. Why not get a group of friends together and enjoy a summer evening?

Thank you to the following homeowners whose homes and gardens are scheduled to be on tour:

  • John DeSantis: Brighton Road
  • Bob & Carole Malakoff: Brighton Road
  • Mitchell Schwartz & Elaine Stone: 800 block West North Avenue
  • Trish & John Burton: 900 block Beech Avenue
  • Ross Catalano: 800 block Western Avenue
  • Carol Gomrick & Brett Kempf: 900 block West North Avenue

…and one more special home to be named.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our neighborhood cooks and bakers who have volunteered to make hors d’oeuvres to serve at one stop on the tour. If you can help them in their efforts in creating appetizers. You just need to follow their instruction—please let us know as soon as possible.

We need volunteers to help the homeowners with food prep, serving, pouring wine and clean up. Please let us know if we can count on you for one, two or all three tours. It’s a lot of fun to help with this event—and you’re invited to our volunteer party on Saturday (which will be held and Cathy and Gene’s home on Beech Avenue)!

So…please let us know how you can contribute by contacting Carrie Doyle at or (412) 337-6020. Cheers!

Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser – California Dreaming!

Daffodils and tulips are up and the trees are blooming – Spring is finally here! As we see the signs of a new season in the neighborhood, it’s planning time for our Summer 2016 fundraiser, A Tour & Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny. This year, the tours will take place on Friday evening, June 3rd, and Saturday evening, June 4th. It’s a house and garden tour, a wine tasting and a great evening of entertainment.

This year, our tour will be highlighting California, featuring both red and white wines, hors d’oeuvres and desserts paired to complement the wines in six homes and gardens in our neighborhood.

We need many volunteers to:

  • Be tour guides
  • Help homeowners (serve, pour, clean up)
  • Help tour weekend
  • Be on the committee (yes, wine will be tasted at each meeting!)

If you would like to help with this year’s tour, please contact us at or call Carrie Doyle at (412) 337-6020 or email: Our first meeting will be held on April 11th @ 7:30 pm at Carrie’s (950 Beech Ave, #1). Join the fun! Tickets can soon be purchased online.

Letter from the President – January 2016

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I’m one of those people who makes, and occasionally even keeps, New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I would share a couple of the resolutions I made for this year.

But before I do that, I do want to take a minute to send out a huge thank you to everyone who did such an amazing job on the Tour. Trish, along with Gloria & Carrie were really able to recruit and organize an amazing amount of support for the tour. I’m tempted to just list out everyone who helped but I’m pretty sure that it would take up the entire newsletter. I’m not sure folks realize that over 100 volunteers participate in the tour every year! For a neighborhood of somewhere around 300 people that just boggles my mind. We’ve been working with some of the other neighborhoods on how to support each other’s efforts and when people ask us how we manage to pull ours off I always end up saying “Have wonderful, great, amazing neighbors!” Not sure how useful that advice actually is, but frankly it’s the truth. Please join us for a Tour wrap up discussion before Tuesday’s membership meeting (7:00pm) so we can run through what worked really well and any ideas for things we want to try differently next year.

Back to the resolutions. This is it, this is the year! WE ARE GOING TO FINISH REVISING THE BYLAWS! There I said it, you all heard me. Feel free to stop me on the street and ask me how the bylaws are coming along. I promise not to deluge you with the minutiae of current best practices around conflicts of interest for Board of Directors for nonprofits. (Unless you really want to know…) A couple of more areas we also want to address are things like defining more clearly eligibility for voting memberships and the accountability and management of funds. If you’re interested in our current Bylaws they are posted on our site. Gloria, Jim and Bob M. have also put in a lot of effort on this project which will hopefully end soon.

Also, the grant for the Buhl Foundation came through, so you’ll start hearing a lot more from Martha and I about how we can improve quality of life. I have some other goals: sell all the real estate! Organize the filing in the office! But the bylaws and the Buhl grant will be my main focus for this year. Stay tuned to hear more from new and returning Committee chairs for their plans as well.

Finally, I hope to see you all at the first meeting of the new year. We’ll have presentations from the folks who are purchasing the Stables (yay!) about their plans for it, as well as our annual update from Calvary. We’ll also be welcoming the new Board members and thanking Board members who are rolling off the Board or changing positions. Hope to see you all there!

Catherine Serventi
President, AWCC

Thank You!

Thanks to all who helped with the 2015 Wine and Garden Tour! We are deeply appreciative of neighbors who guided tours, cooked delicious appetizers, attended meetings to help us plan, recruited volunteers, designed the brochure, helped homeowners during the tour, found parking for visitors, hosted the after-party, planted flowers and otherwise helped to beautify the neighborhood by cleaning and weeding…and most especially to those who opened their homes and gardens to our visitors (after working for months on their properties): John DeSantis, Eleanor Coleman, Doug Lucas , Howard & Shirley Brokenbek, Cathy Serventi & Gene Wilson, Brian O’Neill and Jim Wallace.