April Our House Announcements

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An Information Resource of Events of the Goings-On in Wilkinsburg

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WILKINSBURG MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE MEETING – April 7, 2010 at 2:30 P.M. will meet at Church of the Narazene, 300 Peebles, Pastor Richard Payne. 412-242-9949.

COVENANT CHURCH OF PITTSBURGH (CCOP) 1111 Wood Street, “House of Bread Outreach” addressing a need in our community. Feeding Program (Monday & Thursday – 5:00 – 7:00 pm) and Clothing Distribution (Monday & Saturday – 11:00 am-2:00 pm) for further information call: 412-731-6221 ext. 232.

COVENANT CHURCH OF PITTSBURGH (CCOP) 2118 Andrew Drive, “Celebrate Recovery” a nationally known Christian 12-step based on the “Beatitudes” similar to “AA” NA will begin at the Worship Center at Andrew Drive Facility, Monday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. For more information email: HYPERLINK “mailto:CR@CCOP.ORG” CR@CCOP.ORG or call: 412-731-6221.

DUNAMIS BAPTIST CHURCH – 751 Wallace Avenue, “Soup Kitchen” addressing a need in our community. Feeding Program (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. For further information call: 412-731-6458 or 412-241-9621.

FREE HOME SAFETY CHECKS FOR SENIORS AGED 60+ — Safety for Seniors, a project of Family Services of Western PA’s Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program, distributes kits of safety supplies and provides home safety assessments that educate elderly residents about how to prevent accidents and fires. Allegheny County residents aged 60 or older qualify for a free safety check. Please call IVC at 412-345-7420 to sign up. Trained volunteers will inspect room by room for fire and fail hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will also distribute safety supplies, install smoke alarms, and help clients obtain grab bars or handrails free of charge. Each home visit takes about one hour.

LIHEAP is Pennsylvania’s Low- Income House Energy Assistance Program that helps low-income individuals pay their heating bills through various grants. You can get a LIHEAP application at your local county assistance office or by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095. The sooner you get your application in the sooner you can get some help, so don’t delay. YOU MUST FILL-OUT PROGRAM APPLICATION BY APRIL 12, 2010 DEADLINE. FOR ON-LINE APPLICATION WEBSITE: HYPERLINK “http://WWW.COMPASS.STATE.PA.US” http://WWW.COMPASS.STATE.PA.US. TO MAKE APPLICATION IN PERSON – GO TO SMITHFIELD BUILDING (Downtown Office Hours: 8 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)

MULBERRY SENIOR CENTER – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Contact: Bonnie Conway, Director —
412-241-7560; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The City & County RE-OPENS Homelessness Prevention Hotline: 1-877-350-4777. This Program will help pay rent or if
Facing eviction situation – call immediately. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. or search the website: HYPERLINK “http://www.alleghenycounty.US/recovery/hprp/program.aspx” http://www.alleghenycounty.US/recovery/hprp/program.aspx

MONTHLY PREVIEWS

AVAILABLE SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUTH: Here are websites, addresses and phone numbers for summer employment (info from WPXI Channel 11 News)

HYPERLINK “mailto:YOUTHLINK@GOODWILLPITTSBURG.ORG” YOUTHLINK@GOODWILLPITTSBURG.ORG
412-390-2441 OR Apply in Person at: 2600 Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 or
HYPERLINK “http://www.YOUTHLINKPITTSBURGH.COM/SERC/DOC/HOT” http://www.YOUTHLINKPITTSBURGH.COM/SERC/DOC/HOT JOBS OR
HYPERLINK “http://www.GOODWILLPITTSBURGH.ORG” http://www.GOODWILLPITTSBURGH.ORG (JOBS WIRE)
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GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
“THE LAST SEVEN WORDS OF CHRIST”
on the Cross Service will be held at (12:00 P.M.) NOON TIME
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 AT ST. STEPHENS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
600 PITT STREET AT FRANKLIN
Pastor Nancy O. Chalfant-Walker
SPONSORED BYTHE WILKINSBURG MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE
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THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM
Thursday, April 15, 2010
HOSTED BY WILKINSBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
(for further information call: 412-242-0234 or HYPERLINK “http://www.wilkinsburgsun.com” http://www.wilkinsburgsun.com)
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“MORTGAGES FOR MOTHERS”
DOLLAR BANK
FREE WORKSHOP – THE RIGHT WAY TO REACH HOMEOWNERSHIP
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010 – 9:00 A.M.
SHERATON STATION SQUARE
FEATURED SPEAKER: LYNNE HAYES-FREELAND
CALL: 1-800-345-DOLLAR (3655) FOR ALL RESERVATIONS OR VISIT: DOLLARBANK.COM
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VOTER’S APPLICATION REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010!!!

THE MAY VOTERS PRIMARY IS SCHEDULE ON TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

POLLS OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. & POLLS CLOSED AT 8:00 P.M.
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NATIONAL EARTH DAY – APRIL 22, 2010
WATCH FOR COMMUNITY CELEBRATION SITES
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“EMERGING LEADERS FORUM”
A forum bringing together a diverse group of leaders focusing on local, regional, and national issues that can impact
An emerging leader’s ability to the successful
FEATURING DR. WILLIAM C. RICHARDSON
President & CEO Emertius, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan, President Emeritus,
The John Hopskins University, Baltimore, Maryland
FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 – $30.00
HOSANNA HOUSE, INC. 807 WALLACE AVENUE, WILKINSBURG, PA 15221
RSVP BY APRIL 18 TO: Jeannette Davison at HYPERLINK “mailto:jeannetted@hosannahouse.org” jeannetted@hosannahouse.org or call: 412-342-1336
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“ UNITED STATES 2010 CENSUS”
DON’T FORGET TO FILL-OUT & MAIL YOUR CENSUS INFORMATION
(LET’S BE COUNTED – EVERY RETURNED CENSUS INFORMATION
WILL BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY)
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“ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE BOOK SALE AND FLEA MARKET UNTIL MAY 31, 2010”

THE WILKINSBURG LIBRARY BOOKSALE & FLEA MARKET IS SCHEDULE FOR JUNE 04 – 12, 2010,
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US DURING THE SALE. CONTACT: BETSEY SWARTZ AT 412-244-4372 OR EMAIL: HYPERLINK “mailto:SWARTZB@EINETWORK.NET” SWARTZB@EINETWORK.NET. WATCH FOR UPCOMING DETAILS
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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENING IN WILKINSBURG BOROURGH

WILKINSBURG PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Monday, April 5 – at 6:00 p.m. Borough Building, 2nd Floor, Council Conference Room.

WILKINSBURG CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY CLASSES:

Tuesdays, April 06, 13, 20, 27 — 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Borough Bldg. 3rd Floor Auditorium.

WILKINSBURG COUNCIL MEETINGS:

(Ward 1 Reps): Eugenia Moore, President, Barbara Erving, Paige; (Ward 2 Reps): Jason Cohn, Vice President,
Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson, Pamela Macklin; (Ward 3 Reps) Michael Lefebvre, Tracey Evans, Carl Lewis

Wednesday, April 07 – Planning Session at 7:00 p.m., Wilkinsburg Borough Bldg. 2nd Floor.
Wednesday, April 21 – Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., Wilkinsburg Borough Bldg. 2nd Floor.

WILKINSBURG CHAMBER MEETINGS:

2010 CHAMBER ELECT OFFICERS: VICKI CHERNEY, President; CLARK WALTER, Vice President; JOHN IRWIN, Treasurer & STEPHANIE CARLETON, Secretary. BOARD MEMBERS: LISA BROWN, DEBRA COMTE, LARRY FOCARETA, AL MERRITT, GAIL MITCHELL HALL

Thursday, April 01 – Executive Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wilkinsburg Borough Bldg, 2nd Floor
Thursday, April 15 – General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Metro Family Practice, 901-B West Street.

WILKINSBURG PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING:

Chief Ophelia Coleman and Chief Owen MacAfee lead open discussion with our business/residences on how to keep Wilkinsburg safe for our business district & families and friends. (Contact: 412-242-2920)

Thursday, April 01 – BUSINESS DISTRICT – 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at 1001 Wood Street, WCDC OFFICE
Thursday, April 01 – RESIDENCE — 2:00 p.m. Borough Bldg. 3rd floor, Auditorium.
Thursday, April 15 – RESIDENCE –5:00 p.m. Borough Bldg. 3rd floor, Auditorium.

WILKINSBURG BASEBALL REGISTRATION

For further information contact: David Reese at 412-565-2657 or 412-657-2411 or Clifford McCauley at 412-401-7533

WILKINSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING

Monday, April 19 – Vintage Fashion Show entitled “Fashions Through The Years” by Jean Kanouff at 7:30 p.m.
South Avenue United Methodist Church, Wesley Room. Public welcome and refreshment served. For further information contact: Joel 412-244-2941

WILKINSBURG SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS:

2010 SCHOOL BOARD OFFICERS: KAREN PAYNE, President & JEROME GARRETT, Vice President.
Non-board members: JIM RICHARD, Treasurer & DARNICA SPRADLEY, Secretary

Tuesday, April 20 – Planning Session at 7:00 p.m. Wilkinsburg School District Bldg. 718 Wallace Avenue, 1st Floor.
Tuesday, April 27 – Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m. Wilkinsburg School District Bldg.718 Wallace Avenue, 1st Floor.

WEED & SEED SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Monday, April 12 – Neighborhood Restoration at 10:00 a.m. Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Avenue, Room 420 –
Minister Linda Kirkland Law, Chair – 412-628-8686
Monday, April 12 – Prevention, Intervention, Treatment at 11:30 a.m. Addison Behavior Office, 901-B West Street –
Bernadette Turner, Chair — 412-731-2353
Monday, April 19 – Community Law Enforcement at 10:30 a.m. Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Avenue, Room 420 –
George Spencer, Chair –412-371-9188

(JOINED TOGETHER FOR 2010 – NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION SUBCOMMITTEE UNDER THE WEED & SEED INITIATIVE & AMERICORP KEYS: Americorp & Wilkinsburg volunteers CONTINUING working in our Community. If you haven’t contact the work force to service you, you can contact: Linda Kirkland-Law at 412-628-8686 or 412-731-0538; Al Merritt at 412-342-1340; Pastor David Keller at 412-371-7421; Holly McIntoish, AmeriCorp Keys 412-350-2739 or Gail Mitchell Hall at 412-244-0643.) WATCH FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS ANNOUNCEMENTS.

WEED & SEED A.I.D. TEAM MEETING:

Monday, April 19 – The Weed & Seed A.I.D. Team Meeting is scheduled at Hosanna House, Room 420. (11:30 a.m. Meet & Greet time, a $5.00 charge for lunch meal) For further information contact: Gail Mitchell Hall, Site Coordinator at 412-244-0643.

SHADE TREE COMMITTEE MEETING:

”WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS — SATURDAY, MAY 1st PLANTING 36 TREES IN WILKINSBURG. PLEASE EMAIL US: HYPERLINK “mailto:TREES@WILKINSBURGPA.GOV” TREES@WILKINSBURGPA.GOV OR CALL: MINISTER LINDA KIRKLAND-LAW at 412-628-8686”

Monday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m. Borough Building, 2nd Floor Council Conference Room.

WILKINSBURG TAX COMMITTEE (has a new name): THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS TO RECLAIM VACANT PROPERTIES

The purpose of this shared committee of the Borough and the School District is to enact and administer various programs to encourage the growth of the tax base primarily through redevelopment of abandoned and tax delinquent properties. The Joint Committee currently has two program that are active including the “Willing Seller Program” which compromises back taxes on tax delinquent and vacant properties for a qualified new owner that is going to redevelop the property. The other program Isa “10 Year Graduated Real Estate Tax Abatement” on significant renovations or new construction. The “abatement” only applies to the increase in assessment that arises from property improvements. Applications for both programs are available on the Borough’s website as well as the Borough Manager’s Office.
The Joint Committee will meet the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Boro Bldg, 2nd Floor and every fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers Boro Bldg, 2nd Floor (whenever it has business to conduct)

Monday, April 26 – 5:30 p.m. The Joint Committee Meeting at Borough Building, Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor.

The meetings are open to the public.

NOW (East End & First Pittsburgh) COMMITTEE MEETING:

Thursday, April 15 – 7:00 p.m. Borough Bldg. Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor.

WILKINSBURG COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (WCDC) MEETING:

Saturday, April 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wilkinsburg School District Bldg., 718 Wallace Avenue, 1st Floor.

ZONING BOARD MEETING:

Thursday, April 22 – 7:00 p.m. Borough Building, 3rd Floor, Auditorium.

WEATHERIZATION INFORMATION:

***AMERICORP SERVICES – lining windows and doors, repair cracks, wrapping hot water tanks, etc.
Contact: Linda Kirkland-Law at 412-628-8686 or 412-731-0538; Al Merritt at 412-342-1340;
Holly McIntosh at 412-350-2739; Pastor David Keller at 412-371-7421; Gail Mitchell Hall at 412-244-0643.

***ACTION HOUSING – Repair of cracked or broken windows, wrapping hot water heater, attic insulation and
ventilation, furnace retrofit and storm windows repairs. Contact Number: 412-227-3700, ext. 2106

*** STEEL VALLEY O.I.C. INC – Repair of cracked or broken windows, wrapping hot water heater, attic
insulation and ventilation, furnace retrofit and storm window repairs. Contact Number: 412-678-8622.

Additional information and/or to add your information to “OUR HOUSE” contact Minister Linda Kirkland-Law at
412-628-8686 or email: HYPERLINK “mailto:llaw908@comcast.net”llaw908@comcast.net

WATCH FOR MAY 2010 EVENTS

MAY 01 – SHADE TREE COMMITTEE – PLANTING OF 36 TREES
MAY 17 – HOMEOWNER FREE WORKSHOP (PHDA, DOLLAR BANK, NEIGHBORHOOD
RESTORATION (WEED & SEED INITATIVE)
MAY 22 – 8TH ANNUAL HIGHMARK WALK FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY

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