Free Music Together Family Music Class!


Posted by ksloneker | Dec 19, 2013

We had so much fun last week at our free Music Together classes that we’ve added two more – both at First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh at Aiken and Centre in Shadyside. That’s the church where the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is located. We’ll meet tomorrow morning, December 20 and January 3 at 10 AM. We have spaces for only 12 children at each class, so respond quickly to with the number of children you’ll be bring, as well as their ages. Hope to see you – tell your friends, too! For more information about Music Together classes in Pittsburgh, visit

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Friendship Holiday Party


Posted by Maribeth | Dec 11, 2013

COME CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR FRIENDSHIP NEIGHBORS at the annual FRIENDSHIP HOLIDAY PARTY! The annual Friendship Holiday Party is Friday December 20th from (7PM to 10PM) in Susan Peterson and Stefan Frembgen’s home at 415 S. Pacific.  Bring an appetizer, main dish or dessert to share.  The Friendship Community Group is providing liquid refreshments.  Babysitting provided! Everyone welcome! Wonderful time with wonderful neighbors guaranteed!

If you’d like to volunteer with the host committee please contact Susan Spangler at  All are welcome!

-Friendship Community Group

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“Jesus the Light” — Fourth Presbyterian Church


Posted by Maribeth | Nov 13, 2013

From Fourth Presbyterian Church: 5450 Friendship Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 – (412) 661-7414 – email:

Dear Pastors, Christmas event alumni and interested volunteers,

We at 4th Pres are excited about our 2nd annual Christmas event, “Jesus the Light”. We will host it
Saturday, Dec 14th @ 6:30PM. We pray it will again serve as an outreach to the community, introducing
our neighbors to Christ using a quality production of “The Christmas Story” as told by our churches using
drama, choir and music.

Last year, with the help of the Lord and several churches, the inaugural production was deemed a success.
There were 25 singers, 10 actors, 12 band members, 10 hospitality folks, advertisers, video & audio
production, decorators, and 250 or so in the audience. The offering was given to “Open Hands”, a local
non-profit group. This year, we need the same volunteer participation for “Jesus the Light” to bless the
Friendship area neighborhood. We ask you to join with us in this endeavor.

Ted Rymarz will once again lead the undertaking.

The initial need is for singers with some choir experience. If you would like to sing with us, please review
the rehearsal schedule and contact Ted ASAP via phone 412-400-3984 or email
( ). You’re response either way helps the overall planning and preparation. Please
pass the information on to folks who may want to sing in a large choir. We expect choir members to attend
at least 4 rehearsals and the Dec 12 dress rehearsal.

The choir rehearsal schedule:

Wednesday, Nov 6 @ 7PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Wednesday, Nov 13 @ 7PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Wednesday, Nov 20 @ 7PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Sunday, Nov 24 @ 1:30PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Wednesday, Dec 4 @ 7PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Sunday, Dec 8 @ 1:30PM, 4th Pres Sanctuary

Thursday, Dec 12 @ 7PM (Dress rehearsal), 4th Pres Sanctuary

If you have any questions please contact Ted Rymarz (see above) or Pastor Eric at (916) 367-9628.

We’re excited to put our best efforts together and do something great for our God. We believe this is
something that will reach out to our community and be a great experience of Christmas for all involved.
The Lord has given our talents to us, may we use them to honor Him and advance His Kingdom.

In Christ,

Pastor Eric Amundson & Ted Rymarz

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Friendship road closures…


Posted by Maribeth | Oct 1, 2013

South Atlantic will be closed as of Monday and will be in effect by afternoon rush hour. Penn Avenue will feed traffic toward town and the outbound traffic will be fed from Main Street onto Friendship Avenue. See link for details:


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Community Meeting (Children’s Home Construction)


Posted by Maribeth | Oct 1, 2013

COMMUNITY MEETING! When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: The Children’s Home, First Floor Conference Room 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 RSVP: By Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to Josh Amrhein at or 412-441-4884

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh (Penn Ave. and S. Aiken) is getting ready for a major expansion.

The new construction will occur within the existing footprint, with plans for vertical expansion up two floors. Part of this plan includes a new penthouse that will house its own separate HVAC unit. This could mean adding another 9.600gsf within 30-40 feet of the Children’s Home. Many of the surrounding neighbors have concerns about the additional HVAC output and the subsequent noise that it will create.

When the Children’s Home first opened their doors many of us were affected by the overbearing, loud pitch the buildings HVAC units produced. We quickly learned that the Children’s Home did not keep in accordance with the proposed sound wall that was part of the original master plan due to lack of funding. After years of working with the Children’s Home, community members and civic leaders a sound barrier system was finally installed. It didn’t fix the problem but did lower the noise level and pitch.

The Children’s Home is a wonderful addition to our community. They have a worthwhile mission and add a positive element to Friendship. That being said, as a community we need to ensure that the quality of our life and ability to enjoy our homes isn’t severely compromised due to additional noise pollution any new construction/renovation might produce. For those interested in this topic the Children’s Home is holding a community meeting to discuss their plans for construction and neighborhood concerns. Please consider attending. When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: The Children’s Home, First Floor Conference Room 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 RSVP: By Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to Josh Amrhein at or 412-441-4884

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Computer Problems Solved – In Home or by Phone

Posted on Sep 17, 2013

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for home users and small businesses, over the phone, in your home or office.
Please call for a free phone consultation.
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Mainstreets Pittsburgh – Meeting on 9/24/2013


Posted by Maribeth | Sep 13, 2013

Please join us at a Community Meeting to kick-off a Strategic Plan for the Penn Avenue Commercial District

Click here for the flyer: 9-24-13 Community Meeting

(Brought to you by Mainstreets Pittsburgh and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation)

At this first of three planning meetings, we’ll take a look at

• past plans;

• the work that’s been done, and;

• the work that’s still on our plates.

And we’ll give you a chance to add to the list!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
St. Maria Goretti Activity Center
140 North Atlantic

(Save these dates for the final meetings! Oct. 15th and November 4th)
Please bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner starting at 6:00 PM
Childcare will be provided by reservation only.

For questions, to conrm your attendance, to reserve childcare, or to get extra copies of this flyer to help spread the word, please call 412.837.956!  We will be having a Canvassing Day for these meetings on Saturday!  Call for more information!

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Friendship House Tour Returns THIS SUNDAY – Tickets Available!!


Posted by Maribeth | Sep 9, 2013

The much-anticipated return of the Friendship House Tour will occur on September 22, 2013 at 11 a.m.  Please contact if you have any questions or would like to participate in some way!

Make a day of it!  Have brunch/lunch at Verde and enjoy the Glass Center exhibit before or after the tour.

Please visit to purchase tickets for the 2013 Friendship House Tour!
Or Click Buy Now

2013 Friendship House Tour


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Bloomfield Development Corporation Announces New Board and Initiatives


Posted by Maribeth | Aug 14, 2013

Sent: 8/13/2013 10:49:52 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Bloomfield Development Corporation Announces New Board and Initiatives

August 13, 2013
Contact: David Feehan, Interim Executive Director (202) 288-0528
Joey Vallarian, Board Chair (412) 393-4606



PITTSBURGH – Fourteen new board members and four new board officers all with a renewed energy for improving Bloomfield has the revamped Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) hitting the ground running with some exciting new initiatives.

“We have recruited a great roster of business owners and residents to the new board, and everyone is very excited about the direction this organization is taking,” said board chair Joey Vallarian.  “With Dave Feehan’s invaluable leadership as interim executive director, there’s a renewed energy for the new initiatives planned.  It’s an exciting time to be part of the BDC.”

One of the first tasks the organization is undertaking is a day of cleaning the Liberty Avenue business district in preparation for the upcoming Little Italy Days, scheduled for August 22-25.

“Even though the BDC isn’t operating the festival, we felt it necessary to help get the neighborhood ready to put its best face forward for the many visitors,” said David Feehan, interim executive director.  “We know how important this festival is to the businesses and residents of Bloomfield.”

Two of the more exciting initiatives the organization will be undertaking over the next year are a new holiday lighting event that will go throughout the neighborhood, as well as the establishment of a Saturday Market, which will combine a farmer’s market and much more.

“Long term, we want to take a look at the public realm along the business district including regular street cleaning, sidewalk improvements, façade improvements, and business recruiting and retention,” said Vallarian.  “But that just scratches the surface of what we can accomplish!”

 Below is the list of the new board makeup for the organization:


Joey Vallarian – Board Chair                     Resident (Duquesne Light Company)

Clarence Jackson – Vice Chair                  PNC Bank

Nancy Graham – Treasurer                        Citizens Bank

Shelly Majcen – Secretary                          City Planning Department

Nicolle Capozzi                                                Boxheart Gallery

Moira Harrington                                           Tessaro’s Restaurant

Christy Howell                                                 Resident

Hoon Kim                                                          Fukuda Restaurant

B.J. Leber                                                          West Penn Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Lucchino                                         Resident

Kathy McKenzie                                             Allegheny Health Network

Fred Mergner                                                  Resident

Dave Namestnik                                             Lot 17 Restaurant

Caitie O’Hara                                                    Resident

Amy Peck                                                         Dayton Enciso PC

Dom Piccola                                                    Resident

Lesley Rains                                                    East End Book Exchange

Tara Sherry-Torres                                      Resident

D.J. Smulick                                                    Chef’s Sausage and Catering Company

Christine Tobias                                            Quest Diagnostics

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Penn Avenue Roadway Construction


Posted by Maribeth | Aug 13, 2013

Sent: 8/12/2013 10:01:34 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: Penn Avenue Roadway Construction
Please note that construction will begin on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield and Garfield  next Monday, August 19th.  Construction will take place overnight on weekdays for the first thirty days.  The attached announcement contains further details including the official detour (Main St, Liberty Ave, Negley Ave).  However, please be aware that all roads are open to the public and some may create their own detours, so there may be an increase in traffic volumes and confused drivers on side streets.
Please help us spread the word to your neighbors, particularly those closest to Penn Avenue.


Emily Keebler ·  Pittsburgh City Council District 7
510 City-County Building · 414 Grant Street · Pittsburgh PA 15219 · 412 255 2140 ·
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