What Do You Want in 2015?

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Thanks to everyone who came out for our 2015 New Year’s Goals meeting. Each committee member gave a brief overview of their committees, and the attendees gave some input on goals for the new year.

We got a lot of great ideas to bring back to committee meetings, and help drive 2015. Do you have some input on what you’d like to see in 2015?

Outreach: “What can outreach do to get more people involved in 2015?”

Steptrek: “How can we increase awareness about the StepTrek event in Pittsburgh and nationally?”

Beautification: “What are you willing to do to make your neighborhood a more beautiful place?”

Zoning and City Services: “What is the number one city service you have concerns about?”

Trash sub-committee: “How can we better address public health and public safety issues that accompany illegal trash storage?”

South Side Park: “What improvement would you like to see to the South Side Park?”

We invite you to reach out to one of our committee chairs if you are interested  in participating in a committee this year. For more information on our committees, check out our Committees page: http://www.southsideslopes.org/who-are-we/committees/

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2015 Meeting Dates

Mark your calendars! These are the planned 2015 Meeting and party dates for the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association:

  • Tuesday January 13 – New Year’s Goals General Meeting
  • Tuesday March 3 – General Meeting
  • Tuesday May 12 – General Meeting
  • Tuesday July 14 – Summer Picnic
  • Saturday October 3 – StepTrek
  • Tuesday October 13  - General Meeting & Elections
  • Tuesday December 8 – Christmas Party

All general meetings are held at the St Paul of the Cross Monastery Retreat Center at 7PM. The address is: 148 Monastery Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Parking is available.

In order to be a voting member, you need to attend at least 2 meetings during the year.

We will have more details for each event as we get closer. We hope to see you at an event this year.

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New Year’s General Meeting

Join us for our first general meeting of the year!

Where: St Paul of the Cross Monastery Retreat Center
When: Tuesday, January 13 at 7PM

Meeting Topics:
Goal Planning for the New Year
Treasurer’s Report of 2014
Committees Overview

Help us determine what to do in 2015!

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South Side Slopes Year in Review 2014

What an exciting year for the South Side Slopes! Here are some highlights from 2014:

January: We welcomed in Bruce Kraus as President of City Council and Bill Peduto as Mayor of Pittsburgh.

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February: First General Meeting of the year

March: Meet the Candidates Night for our State Representatives

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April: Earth Day event in South Side Park collaborated with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy & Planted the Western Conservancy Gardens for the season

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May: Acacia Happy Hour with funds being generated for South Side Park signage

June: South Side Slopes receives a grant for $100K for Steps repair and maintenance

July: Annual Summer Picnic & Trail Improvements to South Side Park continue with our grant 

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August: Major progress on Knoxville Incline Overlook Park & Emerald Trail Corps wraps up for the summer

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September: Hosted the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Conference for a walking tour of the South Side Slopes

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October: StepTrek (with honorary chair County Executive Rich Fitzgerald)

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November: First Annual Dirty Dozen Viewing

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December: Annual Christmas Party & Successful Fundraiser for Signage at the Knoxville Incline Overlook Park

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Hope to see you on January 13 as we re-group and start 2015 with new projects and goals!

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Dirty Dozen Viewing

Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association to cheer on the Dirty Dozen riders bicycling up Eleanor Street on Saturday November 29. We will be cheering at the Eleanor Street Park from 3:30PM to 5:30PM with hot coffee. Bring a mug!

If you’re not familiar the Dirty Dozen is a bicycle race up Pittsburgh’s 13 toughest hills. Welsh Way is hill #11, and Eleanor Street is hill #12. This year is the 32nd annual event. More details here: http://www.dannychew.com/ddinfo.html
To track the riders on the day of the race, a live stream will be available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D61-Er_WrE

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Slopes Christmas Party

The annual South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 7PM at St Paul’s Monastery Retreat Center.

Dinner will be provided, but feel free to bring a dessert or appetizer.

Hope to see you there!

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2015 Capital Budget Hearing

The City of Pittsburgh will hold a public hearing to seek public comment from interested citizens, community organizations, and the business community on the 2015 Capital Budget. This hearing is separate from the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program hearings.

The Capital Budget funds projects to build or renovate City assets such as bridges, roads, parks, and buildings. It also supports long-lasting programs to strengthen neighborhoods and improve quality of life. These public hearings allow Pittsburghers to voice opinions about where they feel City resources are best spent.

The hearing will begin at 6:00 PM and will be held at the following location:

Wednesday, October 29th
Morningside Senior Center
6944 President Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Anyone interested in signing up to give testimony at the hearing should contact Jennifer Sample Presutti at 412-255-2640 or jennifer.sample@pittsburghpa.gov.

Neighbors have requested support for the following projects:

  • Repairing the hillside on Huron Street
  • Repairing Mission Street Bridge
  • General Improvements to our retaining walls, fences, and steps
  • Anything you want to see fixed in the Slopes
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Welcome New Board Members

Welcome to Kristin Raup and Candice Gonzalez – our new South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association Board Members.

For the past few years, Kristin has been a very active member of the Association – present at clean-ups, StepTrek and many committee meetings always offering new insight. She just recently purchased her second home on the South Side Slopes.

Candice is a South Side native who lived in California and Italy before deciding to return to her hometown. You may have seen her at the South Side Chamber of Commerce where she is Executive Director.

We also wish to thank Molly McClelland and Maggie Buck for their years of service on the Board.

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StepTrek is Saturday, October 4

Take a journey of 2,000 steps as you trek up and down the hillsides of the South Side Slopes this Saturday from 11am-4pm. The 14th Annual Pittsburgh StepTrek begins at South Side Park (21st and Josephine), where the StepTrek Marketplace will feature entertainment, raffles, sponsor displays, artists, historic photos and food trucks- including Saucy Mamas, South Side BBQ and Spun Sugars!  Along the routes, enjoy spectacular views with plenty of photo ops, stop for a water break and listen to music from Corey James and Brad Yoder.

Advanced Tickets available here: http://www.showclix.com/event/steptrek

All the details here: StepTrek

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Slopes Board Meeting & General Elections

StepTrek wrap-up and the Board Elections for the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be at the next general meeting. If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact Brian Oswald (brian.oswald@southsideslopes.org).

The meeting will be on Tuesday October 7 at the at the St Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Avenue at 7PM.

Voting Members of SSSNA are eligible to vote at the October Meeting. Voting Members must be eighteen years old or older and have attended at least two General Meetings this past year. (See By Laws, Article IV, Section 1.)

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