Please join Troy Hill residents and a bus load of Pitt students for Pitt “Make a Difference Day”! We have some great projects to wrap up before the really cold weather sets in and we hope you’ll come out to help. All tools, materials, water and lunch are provided! Meet us at 1706 Rialto Street at 10am this Saturday, October 22. We’ll be dividing the group into three smaller projects:

BUILD:  Vacant lot demonstration project with GTECH on Straubs Lane.

CLEAN:  Rialto Street needs some TLC – from Route 28 to the split at Pittview – and we plan to tackle it all!

PAINT:  A set of City steps at Purse Way (near Citizens Park, off Hatteras Street) needs a touch of color and a lot of knot weed removal.

Again, please meet at 1706 Rialto Street (large corner yard) and wear weather-appropriate clothing/shoes. Please contact Nicole at 412-321-2852 with any questions. Thanks!


CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN BINGO – Saturday, Oct. 15, Noon – 3pm. Doors open at 11:30.  VFW Post 7090, Sundeman Street, Troy Hill. $5.00 per person. Refreshments, Chinese Auction, 50/50.  Treat for all children. Free Chinese Auction ticket for any child wearing a costume. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

We know the Troy Hill neighborhood holds a special place in your heart and that’s why we’re reminding you that The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving is Tuesday, October 4, 2011. When you make a donation to Troy Hill Citizens, your donation will be matched.

On October 4, please follow the steps below to demonstrate your support:
2. Click on ‘Donate Now’
3. Enter your name, email, and phone number in the appropriate boxes. Please note that you must have a valid email address to receive a tax receipt.
4. Select ‘Troy Hill Citizens’ from the dropdown menu
5. Enter your donation amount and Visa or Mastercard info. Minimum donation is $25.00.
Thank you in advance for your generous support.

Want a simple way to help support local food pantries? Donate your canvas tote bags!

A donation of your new and/or gently-used canvas tote bags help folks carry their groceries and it saves food pantries MONEY for plastic bags (your donation cuts down on the use of plastic bags too!). Drop-off bins are located at NSLC (4 Allegheny Center, Suite 601, 15212) , AGH (North Avenue) and Bistro-To-Go and Bistro Soul (East Ohio Street) between NOW and Sept 26. More details here.

Luncheon Bingos are back

Starting Oct 1 through June 2, the luncheon bingo sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary will be held at the VFW Post 7090, Sundeman Street in Troy Hill. Bingo’s take place the first Saturday of the month. Doors open at 11:30 am, lunch is served at 12:30 pm, bingo following.  Cost – $7.00.

Save the Date! Children’s Halloween Bingo – Oct 15 – Details coming soon!

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have announced their proposed Facilities Re-organization Plan for 2012-13 (NOT the school year about to start, but NEXT year). That plan is District-wide, but affects several Northside schools. The highlights:

–          Morrow K-5 in Brighton Heights expands to include Rooney to create a K-8 (Morrow housing K-4, Rooney 5-8)

–          Manchester and King Schools, both at risk of closing, remain OPEN.

–          Northview Elementary closes and the kids in that attendance zone are assigned to either Morrow/Rooney or King.

–          Oliver High School closes, and Perry becomes the sole Northside High School

–          The Special Education program in McNaugher School moves into the Oliver Building, and the McNaugher Building closes.

You can read the details of the plans here (Roll over the Aug 4 headline and it will give you links to several documents):


Community will have several opportunities to speak to this plan. Make your voices heard at one or more of these meetings:

–          Mon Aug 22 at 6:00 PM, Special Public Hearing before the School Board

o   At District’s main office, 341 S Bellefield Ave, Oakland in Conf Rm A

o   Speakers are limited to 3 minutes and MUST register to speak by calling 412-622-3600 NO LATER THAN NOON of the day of the hearing.

o   You can submit written copy of your statement if you wish – bring 15 copies if you can.

o   The District has several rules for speakers – see them here:  http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/14311059122535553/blank/browse.asp?a=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&c=55269&14311059122535553Nav=|&NodeID=1500

o   There is no give and take or questions– you just make your statement

o   If you cannot attend, you can submit comment in writing by email to publichearing@pghboe.net or by fax to 412-622-3624 before 5 PM on Aug 22.

–          Thurs Sept 15 at 6:00 PM, Community Forum, 6:30 – 8 PM

o   At King School gymnasium, Northside (across the park from AGH)

o   District staff will give a short briefing on the proposed changes, and then public can give comments or ask questions.

o   No need to register in advance. Just show up.

o   This is a chance to ask questions and there will be more opportunity for discussion than before the School Board.

o   If you can’t make the Northside Forum on 9/15, you could attend the Southwest Forum on Sept 13 (Greenway School conference ctr) or East Forum on Sept 22 (Reizenstein School cafetorium). Both are also at 6:30-8 PM.

–          Mon Sept 19 at 6:00 PM, Special Public Hearing before the School Board

o   At District’s main office, 341 S Bellefield Ave, Oakland in Conf Rm A

o   Same rules for speakers as in the Special Public Hearing on Aug 22 (see above). You MUST REGISTER to speak by calling 412-622-3600 before NOON on the day of the hearing.

–          Mon Oct 24 at 6:00 PM, Regular Public Hearing before the School Board

o   Same location and rules as above. MUST REGISTER to speak, call 412-622-3600.

–          Mon Nov 21 at 6:00 PM, Regular Public Hearing before the School Board

o   Same location and rules as above. MUST REGISTER to speak call 412-622-3600.

Two other dates to note:

–          Sept 26 at 5:30 PM, the District will announce the proposed Attendance Zones for this new building configuration at a special meeting of the School Board. No public comment will be taken then, but the School Board members may ask questions of District staff.

–          Nov 22, the earliest date when the School Board can vote on the Re-Organization Plan. The Board has a Legislative Session scheduled for that day (a Tue instead of the usual Wed because of the Thanksgiving holiday).