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Tribute to Mayor Bob O'Connor A Friend

Lucille Kennedy

Over 10,000 people paid their respects to Mayor Bob O'Connor as he lay in state at the City-County Building, and again for two additional days at Freyvogel Funeral Home. Many wiped tears away as they signed the registr y. As we handed out memorial cards and thanked them for coming, the many mourners replied with comments such as, "how could I not come?", or "I just can't believe it !", "I didn't even know him but he was doing so much for us", or just a simple "why?" These comments couldn't be answered, merely acknowledged. One remark overheard on several occasions was, "Mr. O'Connor gave me my first job. He never hesitated to correct you when you needed it, he always complimented you on something well done. He gave me confidence in myself ". In this article, I hope to pay homage to Mayor Bob O'Connor, a truly fine man. I hope I succeed in just a small way, because he really was a dear friend. I've known Bob for about 13 years; as a man campaigning for office; a councilman; Hazelwood supporter; keen politician; Governor's liaison; Mayor and personal friend. While writing this, it was impossible for me to focus on one specific area of his life. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't separate the man from what he did ­ from what he was. A self proclaimed shy-guy, Bob was comfortable in his own circle of friends. Later, as a business manager and with the support of

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his employer and mentor, Lou Pappan, and a course at Dale Carnegie, Bob came into his own. Business contacts, employees and customers knew him as a strong, determined and extremely charism a t i c m a n . Fa t h e r Te r r y O'Connor, Bob's son, tells us his dad wanted to do something to help the people in the Pittsburgh he loved so much. With encouragement from Mr. Pappan, Bob began to consider running for City Council and, as he tells it, wife Judy gave it her blessing, although secretly she never thought he would win. But he did! He was a "natural". He was sincere, charismatic, and easy to talk to. When he shook your hand, he took hold of your ar m as though he were saying "don't run away, I want to hear what you have to say". Women got

a kiss on the cheek with their handshake and babies got a kiss or a tickle. Occasionally Bob would lift these babies from their mother's ar ms and car r y them around a room for a while as the mothers lovingly trailed behind. There was no disguising Bob's love for children. During a concert at the for mal opening of the Hazelwood Initiative Office adjacent to the gazebo and garden, Bob was called upon to say a few words. As he was speaking, my twin grandson pranced up and down, speaking quite loudly. Without missing a beat Bob scooped him up in his arms, continued his speech inserting only the words "if you can't beat `em, join em"! It is important for those of us in the Hazelwood community to See Friend, page 5

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HI Lites

Notes of the Hazelwood Initiative General Membership Meeting held September 12, 2006. Notes were taken by Board Member Deloris Livsey. Kris DiPietro asked for volunteers for the Meals on Wheels Program. If you wish to volunteer call (412) 5212330. Next, the Hazelwood Days of caring event was announced by Jim Richter. Kaufmanns shopping passes were made available for the event which was held Sept 16. Jim McLaughlin announced Safe Halloween at the Gazebo. Volunteers are needed to help prepare bags. If you would like to volunteer, meet at the Carbarn on October 25th at 6:30 P.M. You may donate candy but it must be wrapped. Monetary donations are also welcome. Joy Dore, speaking on behalf of The Hazelwood Presbyterian Church, announced the opening of an After School Program starting in October. The hours of operation will be 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Reverend Murray of the Hazelwood Youth Mentoring and Athletic Association spoke about The Greater Hazelwood Home Town Heroes Community Day. He thanked everyone who served on the committee and those who supported the event. A special thanks was sent out to Zone 4 See HI Lites, page 9

Hazelwood Initiative Member Spotlight: Joan McLaughlin

Kelli D. Herd

Come Halloween Night on October 31 of this year, it's almost certain that the gazebo, located at Second and Johnston Avenues, will be besieged by tiny ghouls and goblins having oodles of fun and taking home Mylar bags filled with tasty little treats. Safe Halloween has been a staple in the Hazelwood community for about six years. This month we highlight the woman behind the event, Joan McLaughlin. Joan is originally from Jefferson Hills but has been a member of the Hazelwood community since 1972 when she moved here with her husband to be closer to his parents. But upon moving here, Joan was no stranger to Hazelwood. Her parents had their beginning here and husband Jim and his parents have lived in the community since he was a child. The move to Hazelwood was intended to be a temporary one, but Joan couldn't deny fate, Hazelwood was a good fit-- the area was a practical place to live and a good place to raise children. All three of her children attended both St. Stephen's Catholic School and later various Pittsburgh Public Schools. Each of her children is successful in their own field after attending college and serving in the Navy. Joan realized that the move to Hazelwood had now become permanent so she decided to get to know more about the community and her neighbors. Her children, Amy, James and Colleen, had started preschool at HeadStart and Joan thought that would also be a good place for her to start. She became active in the parent organizations, serving on the board and attending many training sessions in and out of Pennsylvania. When her children started elementary school, Joan decided to reenter the workforce. She's had a variety of positions including her own home-based direct sale business selling jewelry. She also worked for McKeesport National Bank where she

rose from the bookkeeping department to secretary of the president; J.C. Penney Company Regional Office as secretary to construction engineers; and in 1988, Joan began working for the Pittsburgh public schools, where she currently works as secretary for all PPS school psychologists. Over time, Joan came to realize that the Hazelwood community was deteriorating and that the residents of Hazelwood had no voice in City Hall. About that time, then Mayor Tom

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Membership

Melinda Tomei Membership is central to the goal of the Hazelwood Initiative which is, essentially, the betterment of the Greater Hazelwood area. Any adult can become a member. Membership affords you the opportunity to take part in the decisionmaking process of HI, as well as the opportunity to have a greater, collective voice in the influence of government policies, programs, and elections. Most importantly, members of HI enjoy a heightened sense of community through their participation. Membership is beneficial to the community through this participation. Members participate in a variety of ways such as voicing their opinions and ideas relating to the future of Hazelwood. Planning. Are you interested in being part of the discussions about the future of Hazelwood? Members of the Hazelwood Initiative actively participate in the planning process for development in Hazelwood. For instance, HI facilitated the community process in the Master Development Plan for Hazelwood and Junction Hollow. This plan was used as a basis for ALMONO's Master Development Plan for the former LTV site in Hazelwood. The ALMONO Master Development Plan also serves as a guideline for how the area should look as it redevelops. HI also facilitated the Vision and Site plan for a nine-block area in northwest Haxelwood that includes Chatsworth, Monogahela, and Sylvan. In addition, HI worked with the Hazelwood Main Street Task Force to develop design guidelines for Second Avenue. If you are interested in taking part in the planning process in Hazelwood, please consider becoming a member of the Hazelwood Initiative. Your vision and your participation are needed for the betterment of our community. Please fill out and turn in the membership form located in this issue today.

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Editor Emeritus Lucille Kennedy Issue Editor Kelli D. Herd Proof Readers Jim Richter Melinda Tomei Design, Layout, Graphics Kelli D. Herd Contributing Reporters October Issue Theresa Chalich City County President Doug Shields Representative Dan Frankel Lori Gaido Kelli D. Herd Lucille Kennedy Deloris Livsey Jim McCue Melinda Tomei Ben Turner Rose Velgich Photos by Lori Gaido Kelli D. Herd Mouhammed Ngegbi

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Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. is always seeking new members. When you volunteer, you give part of yourself­your time, energy, skills and feelings. You give to your family and friends, to your neighbors, to your community. Contributions to others and to communities bring about feelings of self-fulfillment and the knowledge that a difference has been made. Volunteering is more than just giving. You also reap personal benefits and enhance your personal growth. If you are interested in becoming a member of Hazelwood Initiative, please give us a call at 412421-7234 or stop by our next general membership meeting, October 10 at 6:30 PM at the 5344 Second Avenue.

Hazelwood Initiative Inc. Welcomes Its New and Renewing Members: Emily Deasy Elpidia Epondulan Clarence Furlong Board Secretary Bill Kulina Richard Lamb Mary Murray Board President Reverend Tim Smith Board Member Matthew Smuts

Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. Mission Statement

Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., acts as a catalyst for the revitalization of the Greater Hazelwood community, provides leadership to create a healthy community, and serves as a community resource and advocate.

W ha t' s Up?

NOTICES NOTICES

CONCERNING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

HAPPENINGS AT THE HAZELWOOD YMCA Karate-- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM Activate Pittsburgh-- Wednesdays and Fridays 4:00 to 5:00 PM Jr. Penquins Hockey-- Mondays 3:00 to 5:30 PM Silver Sneakers-- Senior exercise class -- strengthening, range of motion, coordination & balance, done from a seated position. If you or someone you know carries HighMark insurance, there may be no charge for the class. Classes are open to everyone whether or not you are a senior, or carry the eligible insurance. No charge. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 to 11:00 AM Food Pantry-- Monthly Computer Classes-- Saturdays at 9:00 AM Lunch Served-- Daily 11-11:45 AM After School-- Weekdays 2:30 to 6:00 PM After School Program-- Begins September, 2006 For more information about these or other YMCA events. Please call 412421-5648 Let's g et cookin'! A Taste of Greater Hazelwood cookbooks are on sale now. Get those recipes that your neighbors make so well. Makes a great gift for birthdays, weddings or showers. Only $8 for over 100 great recipes and many timesaving and nutritional tips. Available at Jozsa Corner Hungarian Restaurant, at the Gazebo Grounds Cafe or by calling 412-421-7234. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. George Bernard Shaw

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Nar-Anon, a support group for families of people with dr ug addictions, meets each Wednesday at 7 PM. at the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh (221 Johnston Avenue). For more information, call Cindy T. at 412421-7076 or Eleanore M. at 412782-2210. Harvard University announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only 10 percent of the students in Elite higher education come from families in lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution." If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free...no tuition and no student loans! To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $40,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website at: www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call (617)-495-1581.

SeniorInterests is a program for persons 60 years and older provided by the City of Pittsburgh. In addition to recreation activities, services and programs especially designed for seniors are available at the Hazelwood Senior Center, 5344 Second Avenue. Well-balanced group meals are served at the center to registered participants. Special diets can be accommodated. Transportation services are also provided or coordinated through the senior center. Nonmedical transportation through OPT (Older Persons Transportation) provides transportation to local centers, for shopping, and other specialty trips. These offerings are augmented by senior program vans and chartered buses. Medical transportation services are coordinated through OPT to provide trips to doctors' offices and hospitals. Information and referral service is available to direct seniors to important services available at city, county, state, and federal levels. Assistance is available for public benefit programs such as rental rebates, PACE (pharmaceutical assistance), LIHEAP (energy assistance), ACCESS (transportation assistance), VITA (tax assistance), Carrier Alert, and Medical Assistance Programs, and the City and County property tax relief programs. Call 412-4226549 for more information.

The Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Head Start is currently accepting enrollment for children 3-5 years old. Head Start provides a wonderful preschool experience as well as support services for children with disabilities. The program is accredited by NAEYC's National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Head Start program is located at 4900 Second Avenue. For more information, please call 412-421-6379. FOR SALE ITEMS Stainless Steel microwave for $25, thirty-gallon fish tank with accessories and cherry wood stand--all for $45. Beautiful mahogany dining room set including drop-leaf table, four chairs, buffet and china cabinet..Like new. Asking $500. Call Kelli at 412-293-2963 IONICS Water Conditioner, good condition. Best offer - 412/401-0403 Large oak coffee table and four dining room chairs for sale. Very good condition. $300 Please call Janet or Don at 412-521-0306. SERVICES I will teach you to play the harmonica in your home or mine. Very reasonable rates. Call Billy Wagner at 412-421-4443 For Rent 3 BR apartment for rent. This spacious, nice and newly remodeled apartment is located on 149 Hazelwood Avenue close to three bus lines. Rent is $575.00+G+E. For a showing or more information please call (304) 280-3338 or toll free (888) 261-5538, or e-mail [email protected] Two bedroom apartment for rent in Hazelwood/Glenwood. Wall-to-wall carpeting. No pets. $450 plus utilities. Available October 28. Please call 412-853-5296 Defeat The Street, INC. Counseling Services with Dr. Eric Lee Monday 4-7PM Wednesday 4-7PM Friday 4-7PM For more information, please call: 412.421.7234 or 412.422.1205

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The next Hazelwood Initiative general membership meeting will be October 10, 6:30PM at the Carbarn located at 5344 Second Avenue. Please join us for our October general membership meeting when our guest speaker will be School Superintendent Mark Roosevelt. The evening's topic for discussion will be the transition of Burgwin students to their new schools. For more information, please call 412.421.7234.

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

For more What's Up and other information concer ning your community, see page 7

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Deadline extended for state Property Tax/Rent Rebate

State Rep. Dan Frankel

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31. The program provides state rebates to income-eligible senior citizens and other Pennsylvanians of up to $500 based on the property taxes or rent they paid the previous year. Older homeowners who are on a fixed income need programs like this to meet rising costs across the board. To qualify, a resident must be 65 or older, a widow or widower 50 or older, or 18 or older with a permanent disability. Household income cannot exceed $15,000, but applicants may exclude half of their Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or federal Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when determining their eligibility. Residents who received a property tax or rent rebate last year should have received a new application form in the mail this year. New applicants may visit or call my office for an application and for assistance completing it. In related news, I supported an expansion of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program that will help even more senior citizens. The law, signed this June, expands the income eligibility limits for homeowners under the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program from $15,000 to $35,000 to include an additional 400,000 households. It also increases the maximum rebate for homeowners and renters in the program from $500 to $650. Next year, many more senior households will be eligible for a rebate under this new law. This is great news for older Pennsylvanians who could use that extra help paying their property taxes, and it establishes a concrete foundation for future property tax reform. The state began mailing out rebate checks for this year's successful applicants in July. Recipients can have their rebates deposited directly into their checking or savings account. To check on the status of a claim, residents should call the Department of Revenue's FACT and Information Line at 1-888-PATAXES (1-888-728-2937). Touch-tone telephone service is required. Callers will need their Social Security number and the amount of their rebate. People without touch-tone telephone service should call 1-888-222-9190 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for help. Constituents in the 23rd Legislative District with state-related concerns or questions may call Rep. Dan Frankel's office at 412-422-1774 or visit the office at 4225 Murray Ave.

Tribute to Mayor Bob O'Connor

City Council President Doug Shields

with you some of the life lessons that guided Bob throughout his life in public service. I think we can all learn something from them .· Never be so busy that you can't take a phone call from your spouse, children or grandchildren. · When you promise a grandchild you will be at school for the play, make sure you get there. · Don't wait to be asked. · Offer your help when you think you have something to offer. · There is no such thing as saying thank you too many times. · A conversation over a cup of coffee can often accomplish what a formal meeting cannot. And my wish for Bob -- a favorite Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God Hold You in the Palm of His Hand

Like many of you, I lost a very good friend when Mayor Bob O'Connor died. I had the privilege of working for Bob and with Bob for 15 years. Whether late at night at his home, early in the morning at The Coffee Tree, or over a weekend at the office pouring over the budget, Bob was always Bob, following the rules that defined his life. So many words have been written and spoken about Bob that there is little to say that you haven't read or heard before. I want to honor his memory in a different way. I would like to share

PUBLIC SAFETY TIP How To Reduce Crime In Your Neighborhood

Provided by Officer Ashley Thompson

While we don't like to talk about it - or even think about it - crime is on the increase in America, and throughout the world. The number of burglars, muggers, auto thieves, robbers, purse snatchers, etc., is growing at an alarming rate. Now you, as a resident, working with neighbors can help reduce the crime rate. How? By organizing and/or joining a neighborhood program in which you and your neighbors get together to learn how to protect yourselves, your family, your home and your property. Working together, you can get the criminals off your block and out of your area. There's safety in numbers and power through working with a group. You'll get to know your neighbors better, and working with them you can reduce crime, develop a more united community, provide an avenue of communication between police and citizens, establish on-going crime prevention techniques in your neighborhood, and renew citizen interest in community activity. "Citizens Safety Projects" are set up to help you do this. It is a joint effort between private citizens and local police. Such programs have been started all over the country. Maybe one already exists in your community. These organizations don't require frequent meetings (once a month or so). They don't ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime. They leave the responsibility for catching criminals where it belongs - with the police. This is NOT a "vigilante" group. These groups gather citizens together to learn crime prevention from local authorities. You cooperate with your neighbors to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood, to keep an eye on homes when the residents are away, and to keep everyone in the area mindful of the standard precautions for property and self that should always be taken. See Tips, page 12

H AZELWOOD INITIATIVE INC .,

CONGRATULATES C ITY COUNCIL M EMBER D OUG S HIELDS ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE Mayor Bob O'Connor NEW 1946-2006 C ITY COUNCIL P RESIDENT .

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Friend, from page 1

remember what Bob did for us. Early into his days as Councilman he instructed his then Chief-ofStaff Doug Shields to "g o to H a z e l wo o d , t h ey a r e a n underserved community -see what they need". Also, tutoring prog rams at Burgwin, Gladstone and St. Stephen were established with tutoring provided by students from the Univer sity of Pittsburgh. Snacks and drinks were provided from Councilman O'Connor's private funds. With the collaboration of the Unive rsity of Pittsburgh and Councilman O'Connor, Project Impact came into being and with it came the IMPACT News. As its editor, I published a monthly "newsletter" which was distributed to businesses, churches and the post office. The newsletter contained neighborhood news and happenings. With the formation of Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. (first known as the Neighborhood Maintenance Task Force) this newsletter evolved into today's H a z e l wo o d H o m e p a g e, s u p ported then by CDBG and Weed and Seed Funding. Bob, or one of his representatives attended many of the HI meetings, repor ting monthly on what was going on in his council office. He requested that representatives from various City departments also attend and make themselves available to help when and where they could. Bob was also instrumental in leveraging over $75,00 for building the HI offices and the public garden at the corner of Johnston & Second Avenues. From the beginning of his term he was a doer. As a new Councilman he was a shy speaker ­ passionate about what he was saying, but uneasy about speaking to a crowd of people. But as the years passed, the shy speaker became the orator and the only words that were not understood were those muffled by the applause as he stood in front of the microphone. I will remember him aways as he finished - right thumb skyward, smiling and loudly proclaiming what came to be his mantra "Thank You Pittsburgh". W E M I S S YO U B O B ­ YO U WERE TRULY "EVERYBODY'S MAYOR"

Fr A Friend of Mine

A friend of mine just passed away friend just aw And I can't fathom why For this friend had just regained the power To spread his wings and fly

With wings flying over the city And a vision so sharp and clear He began the flight that had been his dream For many and many a year As though driven by time and passion To answer a desperate call He flew tirelessly over each region Spread his wings, and embraced us all He gave us all a new vision He fueled us all with his drive He made us proud to live in a town He had loved for all of his life But he tired as he flew higher So the Lord whispered in his ear "Rest with Me for a while No, they won't understand But right now, I need you Up Here" Lucille Kennedy September 2006

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Murphy approached the 80+ city communities to form task forces to let city officials know what was needed throughout these communities. Joan signed up for one of the task forces. She says, "I feel that no one had a right to complain if they weren't willing to do something about it." Over the next year or so, the Hazelwood Neighborhood Maintenance Task Force was formed, ultimately becoming the Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. According t o Joan, the group seemed to grow from the need to make a change. "I became proud of t he efforts and took on a more aggressive, leadership role," she says. Joan is extremely proud of the changes made to what she calls "an eyesore of property at Second and Johnston Avenues". The café, says Joan, has become her little corner to host individuals attending the many events held by HI. Another project that brings a smile to her face is the annual "Safe Halloween Gazebo." Parents, children and residents can all feel safe when a child receives the contents of a Mylar bag emblazed with the Hazelwood Initiative name on Halloween night, she notes. Joan is excited about the changes she knows will soon take place in Hazelwood. After 12 years, she says, it's time for the next resurgence into the Greater Hazelwood Community. She looks forward to seeing the LTV site developed and vibrant, with shops, restaurants, and new residences. She's also anxious to see new development along Second Avenue. She believes that there should be coffee shops, grocers, doctors, etc. for the residents. "I anxiously await good public transportation to the Oakland area, for doctor and hospital appointments," adds Joan. Her biggest wish for Hazelwood, however, is for the community to take pride in its deep history. Joan says, "We need youth to regenerate what has been lost. We need to respect ourselves before we can expect others to respect us. The whole community needs a new change in attitude, because the residents are equally important to making that change."

Events this Month at Carnegie Library

Kelli D. Herd Here is the October list of events happening at the Carnegie Library Hazelwood Branch: Story Time Fun for Toddlers Thursday, October 5, 2006 10:00 AM Pittsburgh Heroes--A tribute to the 70's Pittsburgh Steeler Saturday, October 7, 2006 2:00 PM Story Time Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:00 AM Paint a Pumpkin Saturday, October 14, 2006 1:00 PM Story Time Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Thursday, October 16, 2006 10:00 AM Story Time Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Thursday, October 23, 2006 10:00 AM Story Time Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Thursday, October 26, 2006 10:00 AM Howling Halloweed Party Saturday, October 28, 2006 10:00 AM Story Time Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Monday, October 30, 2006 10:00 AM Enjoy!

Staying Active

Lori Gaido RUNNING ZooZilla Run Walk Sunday, October 8, 2006 8:00 AM Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium One Wild Place Pittsburgh , PA www.pittsburghzoo.com Race for Pace Saturday, October 14, 2006 8:00 AM Pace School 2432 Greensburg Pike Pittsburgh , PA www.paceschool.org 2006 SAVE Walk Saturday, October 14, 2006 9:00 AM Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill Oakland/Squirrel HIll Pittsburgh , PA www.paar.net Jack-O-Lantern Jog Saturday, October 28, 2006 9:00 AM The Meadows Race Track Race Track Road Canonsburg , PA www.eteamz.active.com Grandparents Race Saturday, October 14, 2006 9:30 AM Passavant Retirement Center Culvert Street , Zelienople , PA

WALKING Year-round West Penn Park, Polish Hill, Schenley Park Oval For information: 412-255-2539 SKATEBOARDING Year-round Citiparks Skate Parks McKinley Park, Beltzhoover West Penn Park, Polish Hill Tuxedo Street, Sheraden For information: 412-255-2539 ICE SKATING PPG Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh is home to an outdoor ice skating rink. The Rink at PPG Place has an ice surface of 104' x 104' - more than 2,000 sq. ft. larger than the rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center. PPG Skating Rink Hours: Open November 18 through March 5, 2006 Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Midnight Sunday Noon to 8 pm

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What's Up continued

The Meals on Wheels program in Hazelwood is in dire need of volunteers for substitute drivers, delivery and kitchen help. If you are interested or know of anyone interested, please call 412.521.2330. Allegheny County Health Dept Flu Clinic open October 16, 2006 at 3441 Forbes Ave. in Oakland. Allderdice Football Booster Org. Presents "Night at the Races" Saturday, Nov 4,2006 Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink Doors Open 6:00 PM First race 7:00 PM . Call Bill Boyle at 412-421-2991 for tickets and information. Free Smoke Alarms Available to Hazelwood Residents The Allegheny County Health Department is offering free smoke alarms to residents of Hazelwood. The smoke alarms, powered by built-in lithium batteries designed to last ten years, come with free installation and fire safety education. To schedule an installation, please call the Health Department at 412247-7800. Funding for the program is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Visit our web site at www.achd.net The Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club meets Thursdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Kingsley Association located at 6435 Frankstown Avenue in East Liberty. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. along with Dollar Bank will sponsor a Small Business Development Seminar Thursday, November 9, 2006 at the Carbarn located at 5347 Second Avenue. Look for details in the November edition of the Hazelwood Homepage and around your community or for more information, please call 412-421-7234. The Hazelwood Presbyterian Church invites you to come join us for a night of games, food and fun. Hazelwood Presbyterian Church is celebrating with a "Hallelujah Night" on Tuesday, October 31st. No costumes are needed. The festivities begin at 4:30 P.M. Both parents and children are invited to the party. All ages are welcome! Great news, there is no fee. The church is located at 5000 Second Avenue. For more information, please call 412-421-0947 OR Email to [email protected]

Hazelwood Halloween Safe Gazebo A Scary Neighborhood Event At the Corner of Second and Johnston Avenues Tuesday, October 31 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come for free bagged treats and to meet some frightening local Characters!! for Ages 10 & under Call Hazelwood Initiative Inc. 412.421.7234

Shared Grief is Diminished Grief Grief Support Group Meeting Starting September 2006 1st Tuesday of each month at the First Hungarian Reformed Church Hall 221 Johnston Avenue at 7 PM All are welcome. Refreshments after the meeting. For more information, please call 412-421-1165 Sponsored by Sauvageot Funeral Home Metropolitan Cremation Service

Events In and Around Pittsburgh

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House South Park, 412.847.7055 Come see why this is the best haunted house in Pittsburgh! Hundred Acres Manor is a nonstop, high-startle event that showcases the very latest in "haunted house technology" for an experience unlike any other. Ghosts lurk in every corner as you wander through this old house. See if you can make it all the way through as Hundred Acres Manor's spirits come alive and uncover your deepest fears! All proceeds benefit Animal Friends and the Homeless Children's Education Fund. September 22 - 24 and September 29th - October 29th (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 7 pm ­10 pm (11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays) Kiski Junction Railroad Season Opens Schenley PA, 724.295.5577 Riverside train rides on a real working railroad,bring a lunch, cars have tables.

The family of Oyama Butler wishes to honor and pay tribute to a beloved father, husband and grand father. On August 30, 2006, Oyama Butler passed away, leaving behind to cherish his memories, a loving wife, children, grand children, and friends. Oyama Butler August 1934 - August 2006 He will be missed.

Hazelwood Homepage Needs YOU!!! If you've ever dreamed of seeing your writing published or if you simply have something you want others to read, give us a call or email us at [email protected] Who knows this may be the first step to a serious career in journalism. Please call Kelli at 412.421.7134 for submission guidelines. The next deadline for article submissions is October 19, 2006.

2006 Saturday Sidewalk Sales Continues

Sidewalk sales will continue through to the first Saturday of October. Location is on Second Avenue between Hazelwood and Flowers Avenues. Hours are from noon to 5:00 PM. Interested parties are encouraged to set up a table and sell their home grown produce, crafts, and flea market items. For information, contact Alex Bodnar at 412.422.1886.

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Hometown Hero Kamikaze Kid Chuck Bonasorte

Kelli D. Herd

Thinking of Hazelwood hometown sports heroes; one can't help but to think of Chuck Bonasorte. Chuck was raised on Hazelwood Avenue, he attended St. Stephens Elementary School, he owned and continues to own a business in Hazelwood, and he still lives on Hazelwood Avenue. Chuck played football at Central Catholic High School and later went on to play catcher for the University of Pittsburgh's Baseball Team and defensive back for the Pitt panthers. It was on the football team that Chuck became known as a local favorite and earned the name Kamikaze Kid. Chuck received a full scholarship to play for the Pitt Panthers. During his freshman year, he helped lead the team to a 10 in 1 season and during senior year, Chuck aided the team to a 12 in 0 season. In 1976, Chuck assisted the Pitt Panthers in winning the national championship. Chuck has come and gone from Hazelwood, spending a few years in Baltimore, MD, but he always returns home. In 1979, Chuck and his mother, Mary Ann, opened in Hazelwood a restaurant lounge called Chasmar Restaurant. Chuck's mom did the cooking and the restaurant was a delight to all, particularly the LTV workers. Chuck also hosted 14 softball teams from the mills. The business was a success, however, when the building burned down in

Hometown Hero Pat Deasy

Jim Richter

Pat Deasy was born on December 7, 1948. He was the sixth child born to Patrick and Esther Deasy. He graduated from St. James High School. Pat earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin for boxing. Pat began his boxing career at the Glen Hazel Boys Club. His manager, Cy Obremski, knew right from the start he had something special in Pat. In 1956, Pat won the Junior Light Weight Novice Boxing Championship. In 1958, Pat won the Junior Open Lightweight Championship. In 1959, he won the Senior Open Golden Glove Lightweight Championship. In 1959, Pat was chosen most outstanding amateur boxer in Western Pennsylvania. He was given that honor by such notable fight-game authorities as John Burke, president of the A.M.A. and boxing chairman; and Pete Borlin, developer of amateur boxers and the district's best ring judge at the time. Pat also spent two years from 1960 to 1962 on the U. S. Army boxing team. He had matches in Germany, France and England As part of Pat's boxing training, he began to take up running. What started as just a few miles each day, lead to competitive, long distance running. In 1977, Pat raced in his very first race which was the A.O.H. marathon in North Park. Pat competed in the United States Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC for 10 years. He has also competed in the Boston Marathon and the Pittsburgh Marathon. He has placed numerous times in his age division with a personal best of 2:47 in the Marine Corps Marathon at the age of 44. All in all, Pat has competed in a total of 33 marathons and many half marathons. Pat and his wife Nene have been married for 42 years. They have six children and four grandchildren. In 2002, Pat retired from the B&O Railroad after 38 years of service. Pat and Nene still reside in Hazelwood.

the early 80's, Chuck and his mom decided not to rebuild in part because of the declining mill industry. By chance Chuck got the idea to sell tshirts and other paraphernalia for his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. On his first day, April 7, 1989, on the corner of Forbes and Bellefield in Oakland, selling tshirts and shorts with the Pitt logo, Chuck made a whopping $65. He returned the next day, and after a very long battle with city council members about where and when he can vend, Chuck continues to sell Pitt paraphernalia on that same corner where he started. Of course now he has a much larger operation to include has his own silkscreen business which is located on the corner of Flowers and Second Avenue in Hazelwood. Chuck says that he loves Hazelwood and has no plans to move. In fact, his next move is to purchase the building next to the one he already owns. "I grew up here my whole life. I know everybody. Everybody knows me," he says.

Hazelwood YMCA Community Resource Manual

Theresa Chalich, RN

Thanks to student interns from the University of Pittsburgh's Bridging the Gaps program, the Hazelwood community now has a very resourceful Resource Manual. The manual details YMCA programs available to the community and includes information on health care topics, such as asthma, mental health, vision, and dental care. The manual also lists local social service and health care agencies along with phone numbers and addresses to help community members access needed services. The Bridging the Gaps program links the training of health and social service students with the provision of health related services to city neighborhoods. Students are enrolled in nursing, social work, pharmacy and other healthcare schools at the University of Pittsburgh. Students bring clinical skills to communities where residents provide information on everyday community living. This one-on-one interaction enhances student education by providing a better understanding of the needs of the community. Each summer the program places a pair of interns in a city neighborhood. This year was the first year that the Hazelwood YMCA hosted the interns. They worked closely with Aaron Gibson, Executive Director and with Ericka Wingfield, Program Director. Below is an interview with Intern Mara DeLuca. Mara attends the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. Her colleague was Glaivy Batsuli, who is in her second year at the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School. Q: Briefly talk about your summer at the YMCA and how you came up with the idea to do a manual? A: At the YMCA this summer, we were hired as "health promoters", but the kids knew us as one of their counselors. As well as helping to coordinate the usual summer camp activities, such as dodge ball, swimming, computer games, playground time, and field trips, I designed a few activities aimed directly at health promotion. We held a dental health program, where we distributed floss, toothpaste, brushes, as well as stickers and coloring sheets for the wee ones. I had my group of sixth grade boys research global warming. We also made posters to help combat the playground's littering problem. When we first arrived at the YMCA, we imagined ourselves creating and implementing some sort of program, for example, a nutrition workshop. However, due to the great staff and programming, this service was not needed. What we did discover, through our time there, and speaking with the residents, is that they had no sort of materials to give out that described the YMCA's great programs that are offered. We for medical care, social services, help with insurance or prescriptions. It also includes a few short sections on issues affecting families that may be used as a starting point for advice on specific topics, like community building, household safety, and improving literacy. While this manual is geared for the families who live in Hazelwood; it can be used by everyone. All residents will find this book very useful. Q: What agencies will have copies of the book? A: Early Head Start on Second Avenue has a copy as does the Hazelwood Family Service Center. And I have not yet delivered two copies to the Hazelwood Carnegie Library, but I hope to make it down there soon! Q: Where can a Hazelwood resident get access to the book? A: The YMCA has around 50 copies left to distribute and they will retain several permanent copies. And as I mentioned, I need to get the manuals to the library. Please check out this resource manual. It really is chockfull of very good information.

also found that social and medical services in the Hazelwood neighborhood are scarce. So we came up with a "Community Resource Manual", which would be a one-stop book to make this information available to the residents. Q: How will the manual be used? A: This book can be used by parents, teens, families, and elderly citizens. It describes the wealth of services at the YMCA, and it provides local resources

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Hi Lites, from page 2 and Commander Degler and other organizations for their support. Reverend Murray felt the day was a great success, the children had a great time but he noted that we needed more community and HI Board involvement. Mr. Douglas spoke very highly of the Hazelwood Community and has committed to providing financial support to any student that wishes to attend college. Everyone agreed that the event was indeed a day of unity and peace. Kris DiPietro gave updates on upcoming general membership topics. ·October--Education Forum · November- Allegheny County Representatives/ Pa. Representative. Nominations for the Board/By Law Changes · December--Election of Board and any new by/Laws Annual Meeting/ Holiday Party · New topics 2007 meetings: Development of Youth Organizations; Meeting with the new Major; Tour of Churches in the Community in the Spring. Jim Richter gave the executive report and commended

Matt Galluzo for securing Mr. Douglas for the Hometown Heroes Hazelwood Community Day. He also spoke about his meeting with The Chancellor at Pitt University. Jim thanked everyone for their support. He also introduced John Cheatham, a new Americorps member at HI HOPE. Under new business, Rev. Murray suggested that we hold an event each year to commemorate former Mayor Bob O'Conner. Barbara Butler a resident of Hazelwood suggested that we sponsor a Community Day Parade, an event that the youth in the community can prepare for throughout the year under the guidance of older residents of the community. Eight representatives were present to answer questions and provide information for the public safety forum. Brian Hill of the Bureau of Building Inspection announced that the Mayor's Service Center has reopened. Contact Number- 255-2621, hours of operation 8:00 to 4:15 P.M. There will be several demolitions in the area. For a list of demolitions call 255-2187. Seargant Douglas Epler- Bureau of Police Narcotics & Vice Squad Office (412323- 7797) Fax(412-323-7770) email [email protected] There are a total of thirteen men on the

Task Force. There are changes on arrest procedures. If suspect has a verifiable address and I.D. they have to be released and a summons is issued. Commander Degler of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 4 supplied the following information. 1. If you have any complaints use complaint forms or call 911. 2. In August, there were 22 arrests made in Hazelwood. 3. Prostitutes have been sited on Second Ave. Pittsburgh Fire Chief Huss stated that October is fire Prevention Week so check your smoke detectors. He also stated that there have been 8 structure fires and 389 incidents. A Board Up program is available to have vacant structures boarded up that are located next to occupied housing. Pittsburgh EMS Chief Robert K. McCaughen stated that there were 900 EMS calls Jan 2005 through Dec 2005. Hazelwood is serviced by two districts. There are 7 Medics in one location and 12 in the other district. CPR Training is available for those who desire the training.

Bob Fuller of Allegheny County 911 Call Center Zone 4- City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Service provided the following information: · Staff members total 230 at Allegheny County's one call center. ·Center star ted Jan 2004. Provides the highest quality of service. . Tom Morgan, from the County Department of Health, stated that: 1. Free Dental Services are available for children. 2. Free Smoke Detectors are also available. Call (412) 687 ACHD to find out about Programs and Services. Ashley Thompson- Zone 4 presented a certificate of merit to H a z e l wo o d I n i t i a t ive by t h e Pa. Commission of Crime and Delinquency in appreciation of five years services. A question and answer period following the presentations and many safety issues were addressed. Unanswered questions were referred to the proper agency. Summary of Safety ForumHow to Stay Safe! 1. Stay active in the community.2. Join a Block Club. 3. Attend Community Meetings.

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Wheatley Earns `A-plus' Rating on Gun Violence Prevention

Ben Turner House Democratic Communications Office

State Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr., DPittsburgh, has earned an "A-plus" rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of just 27 Pennsylvania House members to achieve that distinction. "Since his (first) election in 2 0 0 2 , Re p r e s e n t ative Ja ke Wheatley has been a tireless advocate for gun violence prevention. Working closely with law enforcement allies in Pittsburgh, Representative Wheatley worked to keep assault weapons off the streets with his amendment to House Bill 954 last year. He showed further strong leadership by co-sponsoring House Bill 16, legislation to create safety standards for handguns," said Chad Ramsey, Pennsylvania field director for the Brady Campaign. Wheatley said, "I am honored to receive this rating, and I will continue working to prevent gun violence." Wheatley's amendment to House Bill 954 was written to give Pittsburgh equal status with Philadelphia under an existing state gun law. Currently, the law imposes an added penalty for people not licensed to carry a gun in Pennsylvania who are convicted of doing so in Philadelphia. T h e Re p u bl i c a n - c o n t r o l l e d House tabled the bill in June 2005. House Bill 16 would create safety standards for handguns using personalized technolog y that allows guns to be fired only by authorized users. The bill remains in the House Judiciary Committee. "This simple, common-sense step could dramatically cut the number of gun deaths and injuries, without affecting the rights of gun owners," W heatley said. "With this change, guns stolen in Pennsylvania would be useless to thieves and other criminals." Wheatley represents the 19th District, which includes part or all of these neighborhoods: the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downt ow n , t h e B l u f f, K n ox v i l l e, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights, and West, South and North Oakland.

Local Churches

PITTSBURGH LEARNS After School Program

A program of the Hazelwood YMCA & Wireless Neighborhoods All Hazelwood Parent's of K-2nd Graders, have your child join the Pittsburgh LEARNS after-school program at Mifflin School and make a positive difference in your child's life! Our program runs 3:30-6:00pm, Mon - Fri, beginning October 10th. Pittsburgh Learns also runs an educational enrichment program throughout the summer; allowing your child to attend summer camp for free. A wide variety of age appropriate activities are offered in the education curriculum areas of math, reading, and communication. Board games, sports, arts and crafts, and music are all tools used to motivate the kids. Many forms are used and are aimed at improving literacy by including forms of technology and health and wellness. Our program provides homework assistance, tutoring, technology, physical exercise and healthy snacks.

St. Stephen Parish 412-421-9210 Church of the Good Shepherd 412-421-8497 Keystone Church of Hazelwood 412-521-3468 First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh 412-421-0279 St. Paul's Lutheran 412-521-0844 Hazelwood Christian Church 412-421-9908 Morningstar Baptist Church 412-421-6269 St. John The Evangelical Baptist Church 412-521-0994 Hazelwood Presbyterian Church 412-421-0947 Church of the Good Shepherd 412-421-8497 Gtr. Pittsburgh Fountain of Life 412-422-4322 Oasis Ministries Church of God in Christ 412-422-2588 Gtr. New Hope Baptist Church 5401 Second Avenue

To get your child involved...contact Ericka Wingfield of the Hazelwood Branch YMCA to receive registration forms.

The Hazelwood Branch YMCA 4713 Chatsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15207 Phone: 412-421-5648 Fax: 412-422-8017 www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org

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Teaching Literacy

Rose Velgich

The other day, I was talking to someone about literacy. We dec i d e d t h a t w h e n we t h i n k o f someone who is literate, we think about that person as someone who can read. When we think of someone who is illiterate, we think of them as one who cannot read. But really, there is much more to literacy. There are four building blocks on which literacy is developed. They are: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the building blocks, there are several components of literacy. They interrelate to one another and they include but are not limited to: language and vocabulary development, phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, writing, spelling and motivation in all of these areas. Literacy begins long before a child enters school. The language a n d vo c a bu l a r y d e ve l o p m e n t component begins at birth. Children need to be immersed in vocabulary and language enriched activities at home, which will become the foundation for good literacy skills. For this to be successful, parents and caregivers must talk with children so that their expressive and receptive language skills develop and increase on a consistent basis. Once a child enters preschool or kindergarten, their vocabulary and language increases, then they begin to tell the difference in letter sounds, begin to identify letter names and manipulate the letters and sounds to write words or u s e i nve n t e d s p e l l i n g , r hy m e words, and/or read print. Reading skills should be taught explicitly so that the development of comprehension is shaped. In developing comprehension, particularly when children are read to or read to themselves, there should be a purpose for reading. Literacy can also be defined as having good listening skills because this will in turn develop good story telling skills. Creative writing, applying the writing system and using writing to convey meaning at any grade level are all signs of the development of literacy. The written word and spoken word should be valued and acknowledged by adults who are active in a child's life. Literacy is also built on good teaching. Reading and writing experiences should permit children to build upon prior knowledge of oral and written language. These experiences must be guided and independent. There continues to be a national concern about the demand for high literacy skills but stagnant reading perfor mance, weak teacher preparation, ineffective reading comprehension and persistent achievement gaps between children in different demoFor m graphics continue to plague our schools. Continue to build literacy in your child's life by celebrating and immersing your child in reading, writing, listening and speaking! The real process of education should be the process of learning to think through the application of real problems. John Dewey

Make Local Energy, Not War

Jim McCue

The bottom line for some of our largest corporations is money rather than people. Why else is our world rampant with sick and hungry people, environmental destruction, violence, addictions, and war? People make money maintaining rather than solving problems. To be successful in business, many believe that a thick skin and tough attitude is the key. To care about the environment is considered weak and feebleminded. But, for those of us with our eyes open, this most dangerous time in human history is also an opportunity to participate in an economic development renaissance - the creation of new and more appropriate technologies to replace our lost jobs and no longer viable industries. There has been a long-term trend toward concentration of both financial power and energy generation - yielding massive energy generation facilities owned by a relatively small group of super-wealthy people. People with enough money to invest make even more money. Those of us barely able to keep our heads above water don't have extra financial fat to put to use to better our futures; we have enough trouble taking care of the here and now, one day at a time. So the rich become richer, the middle class and poor even more helpless, and the energy facilities ever larger. Like the financial world, the energy industry's thoughtless pursuit of money without considering the consequences of it's methods has planted the seeds of it's own destruction. Now, we have massive energy generation and delivery systems-nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and environmental problems so breathtakingly complex that we can't even assume a continuation of traditional weather patterns. The fossil fuel and nuclear industries are finding themselves on the business end of legal attempts to make themselves Earth-friendly. And the general public is wondering how those in a position to know didn't notice we've been destabilizing the planet's ecosystem. If distributed energies-such as solar, wind, microhydro, and biofuelssupplied and run locally, been given fair competition in the marketplace, our energy system would be much more decentralized and secure. People would make their own power, or buy from nearby rather than being monopolized by some distant massive utility where the people have no say. And we wouldn't be enmeshed in increasingly cutthroat competition worldwide to import power. Now that's homeland security. As humanity trembles with wars over non-renewable resources (and ever more advanced weapons of mass destruction), the new captains of industry are rising to make war unnecessary. At a recent CMU lecture, a couple of businessmen discussed the country's need to fight for fossil fuel market share. With the language of science applied to manufacturing, they discussed their work making biodiesel in New York City and models for biodiesel production, distribution, and use throughout the United States. TriState Biodiesel representatives Brent Baker and Christopher Frank spoke about how waste vegetable oil, animal fats, and oil extracted from crops (including even algae) grown specifically for energy is replacing gasoline with cleaner, more climate-friendly alternatives. For those who know that green technology, not gambling, is real economic development, get involved in the rebuilding of our already melting-down economy. Much information is available on the net.

Demolition site on Second Avenue. Part of the city's condemnation list. This former site of Schultz Draperes is being demolished.

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Letters to the Editor:

Last month, Hazelwood Initiative Community Organizer Melinda Tomei asked the question "What is Community?" There was only one response to her question. It is printed below. However, again we pose this same question to the Hazelwood Community and Homepage subscription base. We await your response and will print them in the November edition of the Hazelwood Homepage. Dear Editor: According to Thorndike Barnhart a community is a group of people living together subject to the same laws and sharing common interest. I totally agree; however I have seen in the past that the Hazelwood Community seem to have either lost, never knew or simply disregarded this concept. Esther N. Waller Dear Editor: The close proximity of our homes in H a z e l wo o d p r o m p t s n e i g h b o r s (good neighbors) to have consideration with regard to parking, noise, keeping one's property clean, etc., but what is the deal with the owners of BARKING DOGS? Are they deaf ? I am (literally) surround, on all sides, by Pitt Bull owners. These dogs bark continuously--day and night, rain or shine--barking, barking, barking. The bad thing is that when one dog starts, it gets them all riled up. One Sunday, (the day of rest) we had barking for three solid hours. At one point, there were as many as five dogs barking at once. What recourse do we have to get a few moments of peace? Approaching these individuals is out of the question..too frightening. We have started having dinner out every night, as our nerves are so shattered from constant barking. We have to leave our homes to get some peace. Dog owners--get with it. Keep your dogs quiet and give us some peace!! J. Lewis Dear Editor: Here is a suggestion for the Hazelwood Homepage. Establish an "I ARC" column to illustrate our community strength. I ARC stands for Individual Appreciation/Recognition Column. Many of us have benefited since our Hazelwood Initiative has been established. However, the quiet assistance we receive from each other, through the efforts of Jim Richter and his intelligent and productive staff, while appreciated, may not be recognized on a community level. Why should we not brag about our strength? We can become a stronger community as each day silently passes. For example, I have kudos for Reverend Jim Herbst and Don Lane. I personally thank them. I have many, many, more to thank as well. Who suggested, or made known to Jim and Don, an "unknown Hogan" was in need of help? Ed Hogan

If you would like to recognize someone or some group helping others or making positive changes within the Hazelwood community, please write to us and let us know and we will include them in our IARC column.

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Letters to the Editor can be submitted via email to: [email protected], or in writing via postal mail to Hazelwood Homepage, 5344 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Sorry, but we do not print anonymous submissions/letters to the editor.

Renova Street Block Club

Melinda Tomei

The Renova Street block club was established eight years ago when Joe Hepner and a few other concerned residents on Renova Street came tog ether to affect change in their neighborhood. Hepner became the block club chairperson and organizing a block party became their first project. Now, the Renova Street Block Par ty is widely known in Greater Hazelwood and attended by many. Although the Renova Street block party is held in the summer, planning begins in January. In case you missed it, this year's block party featured the 94.5 FM 3WS Sports Challenge, 96.1 KISS FM, a talent show, a moonwalk and train ride for children, games, raffles, and a buffet that spans the length of four tables. In addition to the block party, the Renova Street block club also works to enrich the lives of the youth in the neighborhood. Several free or low-cost outings and events are planned throughout the year specifically for the youth. Among the events are an Easter egg hunt, a summer trip such as this year's trip to C o n n e a u t L a k e Pa r k , a n d t r i p s planned with Youth Places to destinations such as Kennywood's Phantom Fright Nights and ski resorts for snow tubing. The block club also provides opportunities for youth emp l oy m e n t i n t h e c o m mu n i t y through money given by county government. Youth in the neighborhood are paid by the block club to maintain the yards of vacant lots and proper ty on Renova Street. In order to raise funds for these events, block club members participate in fundraisers such as hoagie and candy sales. Hepner always has a large selection of candy and snacks on hand to sell to support the block club's events. The Renova Street block club, with about fourteen active members, meets monthly. Hepner isn't exactly satisfied with the number of current members, though. As he said in an interview, "We would like the whole street to join!" When asked about the top accomplishments of the Renova Street block club, Hepner listed crime reduction and the bringing of people together to enhance their community. As evidenced by the Renova Street block club, block clubs can be very effective in increasing the quality of life in a community. For more information on starting a block club on your street, c a l l t h e Hazelwood Initiative office at 412-421-7234.

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Criminals avoid neighborhoods where such groups exist. Through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, some of the things you will learn are: · What to do in an emergency. · How to best identify a suspicious person. · How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity. · Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized. · What to do in case of injury. · What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street. · How to recognize auto theft in progress. · How to protect your house or apartment. · How to recognize a burglary in progress. · How to protect yourself and family and much more. It's easy to get your group started. All you have to do is contact your neighbors and arrange a date, place and time for the first meeting. Hold the meetings at your home or that of a neighbor. Try to plan a time that is convenient to most of your neighbors - preferably in the evening. Then call your local police department. They will be happy to give your group informal lectures, free literature - and in many instances, window stickers and I.D. cards. Remember, police officers can't be everywhere. Your cooperation with them is for the benefit of you, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood.

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Hazelwood Celebrates Hometown Heroes

Kelli D. Herd

On Friday, September 8, 2006 the Hazelwood community came out in force to kick off this year's COBRA midget league football season and to welcome home one of Hazelwood's own hometown heroes, Herbert P. Douglas. The evening's event also included the sprout fund mural dedication to Mr. Douglas. Reverend Michael Murray addressed the crowd followed by a prayerful invocation by Dr. Patricia Mason. At least 300 onlookers were later serenaded by Erica Ogden. Muralist Heather White thanked the crowd for helping to create the vision for the mural and Cathy Neiderberger, a representative from PNC, a sprout fund financial supporter, gave her remarks on the event and dedication. Sprout Fund Program Coordinator Morton Brown made his remarks on behalf of the Sprout Fund Public Art. Afterwards, Hazelwood Initiative Chair Reverend Tim Smith introduced Herbert P. Douglas. Mr. Douglas delivered his keynote address saying that he was especially honored by his hometown recognition. Douglas indicated that although he had moved away, he was still from Hazelwood noting that he continued to own property on Hazelwood Avenue. At one point Douglas spoke directly to the younger members of the crowd. He stated that they should look to him as an example because he was once in their shoes. He also encouraged the students to look to other positive role models and leaders within the community. Douglas presented a challenge for the young people. "Stay in school, do well and when you graduate, I will see that you get into college," Douglass told the youth. One can believe his pledge. Douglas is well-known for his performance on the race track. He ran track and played football for Allderdice High School and while attending school at the University of Pittsburgh, Douglas won three collegiate medals for the long jump. He later went on to win the Bronze Medal for a 24 foot 8.75 inch long jump in the 1948 London Summer Olympics. As much as Douglas is a true hometown sports hero, however, he is also dedicated to the community

Herbert P. Douglas addresses the Hazelwood community.

where he grew up and to educating the youth in Hazelwood. Douglas attended Gladstone Elementary and Middle School. He later attended the University of Pittsburgh at a time when most blacks didn't imagine an education beyond high school. After winning the bronze medal in the 1948 Olympics, Douglas returned to the University of Pittsburgh and in 1950 received his M.Ed. degree. He continues to serve on the board of directors of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh. Douglas is committed to seeing more young people, particularly African American children, graduate high school and

move on to college to receive a Bachelor's degree. T h e h o m e t ow n h e r o e s ' evening celebration ended with remarks by Hazelwood Initiative Executive Director Jim Richter, Monong ahela Block Club Chair Juanita Godfrey, and Glen Hazel Resident Management Kenny Robinson. Before closing remarks by Reverend Murray, K.R.U.N.K. performers from Center of Life performed a rap selection. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success.

Hazelwood Initiative Executive Director Jim Richter and Hazelwood Youth Mentorship and Athletic Association Reverend Mike Murray Onlookers await the evening's celebrations.

Reverend Mike Murray, Herbert P. Douglas, HI Chair Reverend Tim Smith

COBRA Cheerleaders

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Lewis Playground Beautification Project

Lori Gaido

The Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. was recently offered the opportunity to create a mural on the Lewis Playground located at Second Avenue between Berwick Street and Minden Street. This opportunity came to us through the United Way's Days of Caring Campaign. The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Community and Governmental Relations chose to work with the Hazelwood Initiative during this year's event. A team from Pitt's Facilities Management department prepared the wall for the mural in a d va n c e. T h e a r t i s t , Jo d y Adams, then created the outline of the mural on the playground wall, and finally after a rain delay, the mural was painted by a group of 20 volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, September 22 nd . Their e n t h u s i a s m a n d e xc i t e m e n t brought the drab wall to life with 20 different vibrant colors. On Saturday, September 23 rd, Hazelwood residents; Ursula Craig, Marcella and Georgetta Rue, joined students from Pitt's School of Social Work in completing an additional part of the Lewis Playground beautification effort by weeding the playground and removing all of the grass and debris from between the cracks and crevices, making the playground much more attractive and user friendly. T h e Pa rk s D iv i s i o n o f Pittsburgh's Public Works is currently repairing the backboards

Pitt and community members pose in front of mural.

for the basketball courts and will permanently rid the courts of weed growth. The hoops should be back up in 2-3 weeks. Additionally, Pitt students will return on weekends to complete the painting and design of the front wall on Second Avenue. I would like to thank the Hazelwood YMCA who provided their facilities to our volunteers during Friday and Saturday's event. Also, to the kids who also helped in the

clean-up effort on Saturday, but more importantly provided hours of entertainment with their swing acrobatics and relay races, thank you. I apologize for not writing your names down but your happy faces did make the picture. I hope everyone will stop by the Lewis Playground to see the mural and take part in the playg r o u n d s o n g o i n g p r o g r e s s. Please call Lori or Kelli at the Hazelwood Initiative to learn about volunteer opportunities.

University of Pittsburgh volunteers pose in front of Friday's work.

The Hazelwood Initiative, on behalf of the Hazelwood community, would like to thank the following contributors for their support during this United Way Days of Caring event: University of Pittsburgh's Office of Community and Governmental Relations University of Pittsburgh's Facilities Management Department University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work

Pitt volunteers

Panera Bread ­ Squirrel Hill Giant Eagle ­ Greenfield PPG and Pittsburgh Paints YMCA - Hazelwood Pittsburgh's Public Works Department Italian Village Pizza Forward Lithography Allegheny Fence Stephen Gombas, and of course the artist, Jody Adams.

Community members come out Saturday to lend their support.

Your contributions made this event possible. Thank you for your commitment to Hazelwood and community service.

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